FAQ

Here you find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Venwoude.
We have listed them in three different categories:

Haven’t found what you were looking for? Please don’t hesitate to e-mail us at info@venwoude.nl. We will respond as soon as possible.

Participants

What is Venwoude?

Venwoude is an Integral Practice Community on the Venwoude estate in the woods near Lage Vuursche in the center of the Netherlands. Over the years, Venwoude has developed into an internationally known retreat and training center in the area of personal growth, consciousness work and evolutionary spirituality. For more information, please go to Who we are on the Venwoude website.

How do I get to Venwoude?

By car: our visiting address is: Vuursesteeg 1, 3749 AN Lage Vuursche, Netherlands. Click here for an up-to-date route planner.

By public transport: at railway station Hilversum or Den Dolder, take a taxi or bus 59 (once an hour, not on Sundays) or rent a bicycle. For more information about Dutch public transport, go to www.9292.nl (destination: bus stop Venwoude).

Does Venwoude have wifi?

Yes, in all conference/training halls, bedrooms and public meeting spaces there is free wifi.

I left some of my belongings behind at Venwoude. How do I contact Lost & Found?

Please e-mail info@venwoude.nl or phone *31-(0)35 666 8447. Let us know what you’re missing, where you think you may have left it and in which training you were participating. You will be informed whether or not the object has been found and where you can pick it up. Unclaimed found objects are safeguarded for about a month and then taken to a second-hand store.

I will be sleeping in a dormitory. Can I rent bed linen and/or towels?

Yes, you can. A package bedlinen with towels costs about € 15,-. You can make a reservation beforehand by e-mailing info@venwoude.nl or ask and pay a Venwoude assistant in the Pyramid to arrange it for you.

Is it possible to arrive the night before my training or stay another night afterwards?

That is only possible for people coming from abroad, depending on the availability of beds and at an extra charge. For more information, please e-mail us at info@venwoude.nl.

Can I pay for my consumptions in the Pyramid by bank card?

Yes, in the Pyramid you can pay with most types of debit cards and credit cards, including contactless (up to 25 euros, through NFC technology).

I am on a strict diet; should I bring my own food?

Venwoude employs professional cooks who can cater for special diets. For most common diets, such as lactose-free or gluten-free, standard alternatives are available (special bread, spelt products, goat milk /cheese /yogurt). In case of doubt about your specific diet, please let us know on your training registration form or e-mail us at info@venwoude.nl

Venwoude for Rent

What are the conditions for renting a hall at Venwoude?

In general, Retreat Center Venwoude strives for long-time, multiple-year relationships with its rental clients. In weekends (Friday to Sunday) it is only possible to book a hall for two or more consecutive days. Renting a hall for one day or night is only possible if it is part of a longer program consisting of multiple-day blocks. For the two smallest halls, the minimum number of people is 12, for the largest room the minimum is 18. Meals and catering will be taken care of by Venwoude.

Where do I find your prices for renting a hall and accommodations?

We make customized quotations, taking into account length of stay, amount of participants, whether it is a one-time event or part of a longer year program etcetera. You can request a quotation by e-mailing verhuur@venwoude.nl, stating your wishes about dates, number of days and participants, dimensions of the hall, accommodation etcetera. You can find a general indication of fees for renting halls and accommodations under Prices.

Is it possible to view availability of halls online?

Unfortunately, no, that is not possible yet. Renting conference or training halls is linked to the availability of sleeping accommodations. Please e-mail verhuur@venwoude.nl or phone (00-31)-(0)35 666 8447 for the most recent information.

Venwoude Sangha

I don’t have any experience with meditation. Can I still become a Sangha member?

For sure. The Venwoude Sangha is open to anyone interested in consciousness work wanting to find out what an integral approach of spirituality has to offer.

Does the Venwoude Sangha adhere to a specific faith or spiritual movement?

The Venwoude Sangha practices integral spirituality, which implies growing, awakening and ‘being a contribution’. It also means distilling the best from all existing (spiritual) traditions.

How can I contact one of the Sangha teachers for a conversation?

Just send an e-mail to sangha@venwoude.nl and we will contact you.

I am not always free on Sunday evenings. Is that a problem? Won’t I miss important information?

Each Sunday Evening is complete by itself. All Sangha members receive audio recordings of all evenings so they can do or continue the practices at home.

How much is the membership fee if I join later in the year?

Our Sangha’s financial year starts at January 1st. If you step in later, you simply pay for the remainder of that year.

I have been at the Summer Retreat. Does this mean I get a discount when becoming a Sangha member?

It is just the other way round. Sangha memebers get a 15 per cent discount on the Sangha’s Summer and Winter Retreats.

Can I get to Venwoude by public transport on Sunday evenings?

Unfortunately, there are no buses to Venwoude on Sundays. However, it turns out that people are always able to share a car or arrange to be picked up from a nearby train station.

For emergencies, you can always call 06-4744 6676.

Is it possible to stay the night after Sunday evenings?

Please contact Centrum Venwoude to ask about possibilities and reservations.

How can I get a taste of the Sangha as a non-member?

You can always come to the Day Opening that takes place every morning at Venwoude and/or you can subscribe to its digital version and receive three summarized transcripts a week by e-mail. You are welcome to attend three Sunday Evenings as a guest before deciding to become a Sangha member.

Sangha (Summer) Retreats are open for everyone!