Retreat Center Venwoude

“Attractive retreat center in Dutch nature sanctuary

Venwoude is a unique retreat center in the  Netherlands, situated on a beautiful estate in the woods between Amsterdam and Utrecht. It is known for its excellent organic food, its simple but high-quality accommodations, its well-kept gardens and its general atmosphere of loving care and spiritual depth.

Year in,  year out, prominent international trainers and teachers of consciousness work choose Venwoude as their favorite venue because of the palpable spiritual vibe that is present here. This is a place where you feel invited to slow down and turn within, making it an ideal setting for personal growth, bodywork, energy work, meditation, satsang and other processes for spiritual transformation.

The Venwoude Retreat Center is run by a dynamic group of people with a passion for personal growth and consciousness work. From the very start, now 30 years ago, we have made our conference halls, group facilities and accommodations available for groups that have the healing of people, society and our planet at heart.


Our New Conference Hall

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



30 Oct - 03 Nov
Opening of The Sensual Feminine - The Gaia Method
Susanne Roursgaard
In this experiential deep intimacy workshop, you will learn to combine breath work, body movement, sound, and touch to de-armour your body and reconnect deeply […]
06 Dec - 08 Dec
Leon Gras & Anne Karen Bakker
Living fully the unique contribution that you are. Get in touch with the call of your heart, and with new possibilities in yourself and your […]
09 Jan - 12 Jan
The Art of Living
Carsten Dohnke
A year training in the Taoist traditions of healing, philosophy, eating, moving, meditating and enlightenment. This training is for you if you are open for […]
16 Mar - 22 Mar
Silent Zen Retreat
Jun Po Denis Kelly Roshi & Vicara Roshi
Want to feel ‘zen’ again? In our hectic lives and dynamic jobs, it can be hard to stay in touch with our natural inner peace. […]
07 May - 10 May
Living the Embodiment of Grace
Miranda Macpherson
Grace (or direct experience of Divine Presence) is the very ground of our being, the blessings that sustain us, the power that transforms our suffering […]
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