Welcome to Venwoude

“Interconnected Individuality frees up everyone’s unique contribution
to transforming the human condition.”
Venwoude has been a living laboratory for personal growth, sustainable living and spiritual transformation for 30 years.

Our Retreat Center is located on a beautiful estate in a woodland nature sanctuary between Amsterdam and Utrecht in the Netherlands.


Retreat Center Venwoude: time for reflection, awakening and transformation

Venwoude For Rent: a unique retreat center in a Dutch nature sanctuary


Giving and Receiving: Venwoude inspires people to develop their potential in order to enrich the world around them. Our way of living and working together is based on the principle of ‘giving what you’re good at and receiving what you need’. We welcome win-win relationships with like-minded persons, businesses and organizations.


Our New Conference Hall

Our new conference hall is operational and already used by different beautiful groups. More information about this hall here >

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14 Oct - 20 Oct
Integral Zen Retreat
Doshin Michael Nelson Roshi
In this 7 day Integral Zen retreat not only your connection to your true nature will deepen, you will most certainly find your specific Bodhisatva-way […]
16 Mar - 22 Mar
Silent Zen Retreat
Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi
This Retreat is for those who want to deepen their meditation practice within the Dharma of the Mondo Zen tradition. This Silent Retreat contains sitting […]
06 May
Introductory Evening & Satsang
Miranda Macpherson
On the evening before the Retreat, Miranda will give an open evening of Satsang. All who hold an interest are welcome. This could also be […]
07 May - 10 May
Living the Embodiment of Grace
Miranda Macpherson
Surrender anything that binds your precious life force into self-centered patterns, and open to the Grace that supports you to stabilize in loving presence.
Don McIver
Followed : Silent Zen Retreat
This silent zen retreat was my third retreat at Venwoude.  I highly recommend this silent zen retreat, and also the impeccable container that the facilities and community of Venwoude provide.  Upon arriving at Venwoude, I sense and feel the integrity of the space which then allows me to relax, and to quickly dive deeply into the silence.   I feel safe and know I will be well cared for during my stay and all the little details of daily life will be capably looked after.  I look forward to returning for another exquisite experience next year.  Much gratitude! Dr Don McIver DC (Canada)
Marianne Moliere
Followed : Silent Zen Retreat
Thank you, the whole Venwoude team, cooks, cleaners, everybody...from the bottom of my heart that you made it possible for me to sit in silence with a wonderful group of people and two great teachers...The care and love were visible in the subtle details, like the beautiful flower arrangements, a clean towel when I needed one, a big bowl of fruit, lovely food and the beautiful landscape all around us...  
Günther Endres
Followed : Silent Zen Retreat
IT WAS A MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE – with Jun Po and Vicara, and as well with all the helping hands of this great place Venwoude. Thank you all very much! Mit besten Grüßen / kind regards Dr. Günther Endres