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05/04/2019 to 09/04/2019

April 5 - 9, 2019 - Residential Program in the Netherlands 

The art of calming down and balancing our inner state is crucial in the way we deal with our own challenges and the challenges at our workplace. Developing leadership competencies is not enough to thrive in challenging positions nowadays. Succesful professionals live a balanced life, make good use of their body awareness and their intuïtion. This improves their resilience skills and they  are able to spread a calm and resourceful atmoshpere for others. 

Life can be very hectic and overwhelming. We often think we are powerless, but there are always small things we can change in the midst of all the things we cannot change. Seeing these opportunities and focusing on them are small things which will make a world of difference and help us cope and thrive in the more difficult periods of our lives.  

Based on our experience of more than 30 years of work with leaders and professionals all over Europe, we know that an intensive program of 4 days really brings a new level of focus and energy in your life: mentally, physically, emotionally and existentially. 

You will be introduced in the powerful approach of Solution Focus, a philosophy of language that will change your outlook on life and interaction with others. We will practice meditation, emotional body work, movement and breathing. This combination will leave your body with rich memories of how to better manage your inner state, also during the moments where life is challenging and work situations are tough.

Moreover, during this Solution Focused* retreat, you will make room for what is important in your life now: perhaps you want to be more clear in saying no, you want to make better decisions, you want to work on your coaching skills. Through the guided conversations, coaching and meditations that we offer, you will have better access to your resources and make steps forward in your specific personal development needs. 



We will send you a questionaire and some preliminary work to come well prepared for this "quest", so that you arrive with a clear question and a focused mind.   


  • Solution Focused program by two senior coaches
  • Optional Daily yoga sessions to warm up in the morning and relax in the evening, suitable for beginners & intermediates
  • Healthy drinks and organic vegan food
  • 4 nights accommodation in simple rooms with private bathroom
  • Enjoy nature & walks on the beach
  • Personal assignments to work on your development


  • Optional individual coaching/ heart coherence/ breathing session/ therapeutic body work. (limited places only) .  
  • Personalized follow up: coaching sessions per skype or at Ilfaro


  • Healthy practices to sustain your energy on a daily basis
  • An increased feeling of inner peace and balance
  • Awareness of your personal qualities and uniqueness
  • More connection to your intuition
  • More clarity about what feels right to you and your possibilities
  • Energy, joy and a happier body!
  • A new network of powerful and warm connections


DAY 1: Arrival day  

from 14.00 Arrival & registration 

18.00 – 19.30 Evening movement/yoga & meditation practice 

19.30 – 20.30 Dinner  

21.00 – Opening ceremony


DAY 2, 3, 4 Full Retreat Days 

7.00 – Wake up

 7.30 – 9.00 Optional morning movement/yoga, meditation practice

9.30 – 10.30 Breakfast

10.30 – 13.00 Morning group program 

13.00– 14.00 Lunch 

14.00 – 17.30 Individual assignments, reflection time, & sessions  

18.00 – 19.30 Evening movement/yoga & meditation practice 

19.30–20.30 Dinner 

21.00 – Optional group activity


DAY 5 Departure Day 

7.00 – Wake up

 7.30 – 9.30 Optional morning movement/yoga, meditation practice 

9.30 – 10.30 Breakfast 

11.00 – 11.30 Closing ceremony 

12.00  Lunch  

13.00  Departure 


We will host the retreat in the beautiful Metta Vihara retreat center in Holland

Who will be there

  • Managers, leaders, experienced professionals who want a time-out for body and soul and come closer to an authentic life.
  • Minimum 8 and maximum 12 participants
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Petra Müller Demary & Liselotte Baeijaert

Petra & Liselotte are both senior coaches and facilitators. They both created their own businesses and have a long experience of working in organizations and facilitating workshops. They are very active in the International Solution Focused Community and are members of the board of SFIO (Solution Focus in Organisations). Now they are ready to take the approach just one step further by including the body and addressing the needs of finding peace and calm in the midst of the busy modern life. The retreats in Romania were very much appreciated and called by some as "life-changing" experiences. Now they bring this experience to the Netherlands and they are looking forward to welcome you!

WHEN/: April 5th till April 9th

WHERE: Metta Vihara retreat Center in Hengstdijk, The Netherlands

PARTICIPANTS: Minimum 8, maximum 12


  • 1300 euro for a shared room, VAT excluded
  • 1500 euro for a single room, VAT excluded  

 Early bird = 20% Off. Offer valid until February 1st 2019

  • € 1000 for a shared room, VAT excluded  
  • € 1200 in a single room, VAT excluded ( if enough rooms are available.)

Rates are per person all inclusive


  • Twice daily yoga & meditation sessions
  • Group facilitations by two senior Solution Focused trainers
  • 3 daily healthy vegan meals, all organic and local produce
  • 4 nights accommodation 
  • Possibility to go for walks in nature


  • Optional individual coaching/ heart coherence/ breathing session/ therapeutic massage. (limited places only) .  
  • Personalized follow up: coaching sessions per skype or at Ilfaro




"The retreat (and Ilfaro) reminded me of a saying I read some time ago: "I am a lighthouse rather than a lifeboat. I do not rescue, but in stead help others to find their way to shore." I appreciated the total concept (nature, healthy food, yoga, having time to reflect, inspiring company, wise & fun loving coaches, massage) feels so right and provides the best possible circumstances to grow. I appreciated the different methods used; the good, enthusiastic and complementary tandem Liselotte and Petra, the time to reflect, the save and warm (at least 37°!) environment." 

Heleen De Wulf, Belgium

"I came in this retreat with high expectations and this program was above of everything I was thinking about. I came back home very energetic, full of love, happy, confident and grateful for my life and this opportunity. I experienced in these 4 days intense emotions that I was not aware I'm capable of.  Petra and Liselotte are amazing coaches: warm, smart and kind, love them:) I recommend this retreat for every person who is aware or not that from time to time we all deserve to invest in our personal  development, both physical and emotional." 

Roxana Memetea, Romania

"It helps people to change their perspective on their lives. Often if we can't actually change the situation it helps to be able to just shift our perception of it, or to find acceptance. Liselotte and Petra are very intuitive facilitators, and they allow everyone the space to move at their own speed. Thank you so much! xxx"

Kathy Wheddon, UK

The retreat was a gift to myself, and what a gift …Time to get to know and feel my body, not only as an instrument for my brain, but as part of me that remembers, feels and guides me to unknown depths in myself. A space to meet, relax, have conversations that matter and enjoy the beautiful nature and the great food. Grateful for the privilege to have been there …"

Birgit De Clerck – Belgium