Many internationally acclaimed teachers have found their way to Venwoude over the years. It is our pleasure and honor to present to you here a number of teachers who regularly give retreats and trainings at Venwoude. All of them are well-known guides in their area of expertise and feel an inner call to contribute, each in his or her own way, to deepen and spread conscious awareness of the oneness and interconnectedness of all life on Earth.
All of these teachers praise Venwoude because of its beautiful natural surroundings, its excellent organic food and the warm, personal care they and their participants receive here. Yet the decisive factor to choose Venwoude as their venue, year after year, is the unique vibe of spiritual depth that can be felt all over the estate – the fruit of 30 years of living and working together as an Integral Practice Community.
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Marijke, Mauk and Pauline are the ‘elders’ of Venwoude and the driving force behind the Venwoude Sangha. For over 20 years, they lived and studied under their late teacher Ted Wilson, Venwoude’s founder. After his death in 2007, they went through another intense process of personal and spiritual growth together, which has resulted in the collective, holocratic style of leadership that now characterizes Venwoude.
Each of these three facilitators embodies totally different qualities. They have developed and claimed these qualities for themselves over decades of ceaseless and still ongoing self-inquiry and practice, honed by daily interaction with one another.
Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi
Jun Po has been practicing, studying and teaching Zen and Yoga for over 25 years. In 1992, he was acknowledged as Zen Master of Inka Zen, a lineage in the Rinzai tradition, by Eido Shimano Roshi of The Zen Studies Society. He was Vice Abbot and head monk as well as resident yoga teacher at Dai Bosatsu Zendo Kong Ji in the Catskill Mountains in New York state from 1987 through 1993. He is the architect of the Mondo Zen™ Koan Process, a very effective transformational method that combines traditional Eastern Zen practice with Western psychological insight.
Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi
Doshin received Inka, his recognition as Zen master, from Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi in 2011. From the start, Doshin has dedicated his life to the refining and spreading of the light (De-light) of Jun Po’s Mondo Zen™ Koan Process (see above under Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi). Doshin brings to this practice an Integral perspective as well as his deep insight in personal and collective shadow.
Miranda is known for her depth of presence and refined capacity to guide others into direct experience of the Sacred. She shares an integrated approach to non-dual realization born out of her own awakening process, inspired by the silent presence of Sri Ramana Maharshi, A Course in Miracles, extensive study of the world’s wisdom traditions and more recently, the Diamond Approach.
Isaac Shapiro is an internationally known facilitator, fascinated with life lived in alignment with the world’s wisdom traditions. He enjoys exploring and assisting those who share this interest. How do we live our lives moment by moment? This enquiry considers how we relate to ourselves and to others, how we parent, do business and interact with our environment.
Pema is co-founder of WildTantra, a tantric family of lovers, as she likes to describe it. Since 1999 she dedicates herself to the transmission of the ‘Kaula Heart of All’, a tradition she receives from her Tantra teacher Leela as well as from Osho’s precious wisdom. Her way of teaching tantra comes from a natural wildness, love, keen insight and an unpredictable sense of humor.
Carsten Dohnke is a highly appreciated and respected teacher within the growing circle of Healing Tao practitioners in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. He uses qigong and tai chi for healing, for energy vitalizing (of the organs) and for opening the heart center. He shares his knowledge of Tao and the traditional Chinese healing arts in a professional, open and playful way.
Professional trainings in the area of sexual healing and de-armoring.
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‘Bliss your Body’: Tantra retreats for younger people (age 18-45) and for women of all ages.
Your Lab: retreats for young people.
Barbara Doeleman- van Veldhoven
‘Days of Silence’ based on BFC Mindfulness.