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Spiritual Book Club

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog, Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spiritual Book Club

An ecumenical spiritual book club open to all who want to share the journey through the writings of those who have lived extraordinary and inspiring lives.

Please confirm your participation to

Want to join us but you can’t attend in person? Call in on Skype and sit in on the fun from wherever you are!

Our first meeting on Sunday 7 September we will review “Dying to be Me” by Anita Moorjani (2012, 208 pages), a remarkable story of a near-death experience and a complete healing from terminal cancer.

“The Snow Leopard” by Peter Matthiessen (1973, 336 pages) will be reviewed at our second meeting on Sunday 12 October. The author recounts his journey to the Himalayas as a biologist, which parallels his profound inner journey along the way.

On November 16 we look at “Tuesdays with Morrie” by Mitch Albom (2003, 224 pages), a touching conversation between a dying man with a great sense of life and his devoted student.

December 14 finds us discussing “Man’s Search for Meaning”, psychiatrist and Auschwitz survivor Viktor Frankl’s remarkable story of how to turn away from suffering towards a life of joyful purpose. (1959, etc., ±200 pages)

Mindful Living

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Blog, Events | 0 comments

Mindful Living

Life can be pretty challenging at times, and it’s hard to find balance in an imbalanced world. My longtime practice of yoga and mindfulness have brought me enormous rewards and allowed me to navigate some pretty rough waters, emerging stronger and lighter from each challenge.

I am pleased to share what I have learned by offering an eight-week mindfulness course, called Mindful Living, which is modeled on the format of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and strongly influenced by my long-time teacher, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh.

This course is an invitation to move towards greater balance, peace and participation in life through a more conscious awareness of our attitudes, feelings and impulses. Our sessions may involve working with stress, burnout, pain, illness and the many other challenges and demands of everyday life, according to the needs of the group.

Through this course you will be introduced to a variety of simple meditation and movement practices designed to cultivate presence and awareness. Practices include sitting meditation, body awareness, yoga and the ten mindful movements, as well group discussions and a range of informal meditation exercises.

The classes are ecumenical, and appropriate for people of all ages and backgrounds, including those coping with stress, chronic pain and illness, mild depression, anxiety and panic disorders, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, fatigue, heart trouble, high blood pressure and headaches. Mindfulness supports us as individuals, and also supports and benefits the work of teachers, therapists and other caregivers.


There are two courses available, on Tuesday OR Thursday evenings

Tuesday 23 September: Free Information Session & Orientation (19:00 – 20:30)
Tuesday 30 September, 7, 14, 21 October, 4, 11 (half-day silent retreat, bring a picnic lunch), 18, 25 November: Sessions from 19:00-21:30
Thursday 11 September: Free Information Session & Orientation (19:00 – 20:30)
Thursday 18, 25 September, 2, 9, 16 October, 6, 15 (half-day silent retreat 12-17, bring a picnic lunch), and 20 November from 19:00 – 21:30

VENUE: 53 Rue Alphonse Renard unless otherwise stated. Skype participation is possible by agreement!

COST: 260 euro, which includes:

Seven classes of 2-2.5 hours each.

A Mindfulness Workbook.

Additional reading materials and selected poems.

Audio recordings with guided meditations.

A half-day silent retreat.

* Concessions available for students and the unemployed

* Places are limited!

For more information or to register, please write to me at

Prolong the summer with an Ardennes retreat!

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Blog, Events, Featured | 0 comments

Prolong the summer with an Ardennes retreat!

A weekend retreat at Radhadesh in the Belgian Ardennes

From Friday 26 to Sunday 28 September 2014

Take a brief respite from daily life and enjoy the many facets of yoga, plus great vegetarian food, and the fresh air and beauty of the Ardennes at Radhadesh (Château de Petite Somme) in Durbuy.

Attend the entire weekend for optimum benefit, or just join us when you can.

Non-participating partners and children sharing a room are welcome to spend the weekend enjoying the beauty and quiet of the surrounding forests and the charm of Durbuy, only 6 kms away, and to take meals in the restaurant at own expense. Please note that here is no childcare available, and children cannot attend group sessions.

Friday 26 September 2014

From 15:00 – Arrival and check-in

18:00-19:30 – Dinner

19:30-21:00 – Introduction, followed by Relaxation and Meditation

21:00 until morning – practicing Noble Silence

Saturday 27 September 2014

07:00-08:15 – Pranayama and meditation
We begin the day with gentle movement and stimulating breathing exercises followed by centering and stillness

08:15-10:00 – Breakfast and free time

10:00-12:30 – Alignment of body and soul – how to use your yoga practice to develop more self-awareness (for teachers, this can be applied to understanding your students better as well!)

12:30-14:30 – Lunch and free time

14:30-15:30 – Walking Meditation and/or Digestive Yoga (weather dependent)

16:00-18:00 – Sacred geometry – the many triangles of yoga practice!

18:15-19:30 – Dinner

19:45-21:00 – Nada yoga – Using the voice to generate a healing vibration and meditative state.

21:00 until morning – practicing Noble Silence

Sunday 28 September 2014

07:00-08:15 – Pranayama and meditation
We begin the day with movement and stimulating breathing exercises followed by centering and stillness

08:15-10:00 – Breakfast and free time

10:00-12:30 – Discovering self-esteem through asana and the chakras.

12:30-14:00 – Lunch and free time

14:00-15:00 – Walking Meditation and/or Digestive Yoga (weather dependent)

15:00-17:00 – Living Yoga every day – plus questions and answers

17:00 – End of retreat


Fee 170€ with registration and payment made on or before 25 September 2014 for the full workshop; or 80€ per day.


Cancellation Policy
The workshop payment is fully refundable if written cancellation is received at no later than 15 September 2014. If written cancellation is received by 21 September 2014, 50% will be refunded. Afterwards, you may only be refunded if you are able to find someone to take your place.

This workshop is organized by Inspiration asbl, Rue Alphonse Renard 53, 1050 Brussels. Upon registration, please make payment to:
Inspiration asbl – IBAN BE58 3630 3840 6279 – Swift Code: BBRUBEBB

Information about getting to Radhadesh –

Susan Hopkinson began exploring yoga in Toronto in 1985, and has taught hatha yoga in Brussels since 1998. She has been a qualified yoga therapist since 2007, using Ayurvedic and bio-mechanical principles, yogic and Buddhist psychology, as well as astrology in her therapeutic work with clients presenting a variety of physical, psychological and spiritual challenges. Go to to learn more.

Mataji is here – Narvada and Ganga Puri visiting in May!

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

A taste of India in Brussels!

About Mataji and Ganga:

Narvada Puri travelled from Germany to India when she was 24 years old. After one year trip around India, she met Baba Santosh Puri, her Guru, and she never left him again. For 30 years, she stayed with him and followed his teaching.

They lived for 10 years on an island by the Ganges River, and established an Ashram together, where they had 3 children. Babaji left his body in 2001. Maa Narvada and the children continue life in the bliss of Guruji’s benediction.

Ganga Puri is the son of Baba Santosh Puri and Narvada Puri. He spent his chilhood in company of holy men and women. Initially, he studied Physics and Mathematics, but after the Mahasamadhi of his father, Ganga transformed his life into one of complete devotion to the Divine Truth, and meditation and yoga became his main focus.

He studied at the Gurukul Kangri University, and now devotes his energy to leading yoga courses and Vedic studies for aspirants of truth.

Workshops and satsangs:

At Catherine Nozeret’s – Rue de Verrewinkel 278, 1180 Brussels
Contact: – 02/332 27 70 – 0485/421 325
Tuesday May 21
06:30 am – 07:30 am – Meditation, Mantras
Tuition: 10 €
10:00 am – 12:00 am – Asanas
Tuition: 20 €
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Teaching on the Upanishad, Mantras
Tuition: 20 €
At Susan’s – 53 Rue Alphonse Renard, 1050 Brussels
Wednesday May 22
10:00 am – 12:30 am: Morning workshop
Tuition: 20 €
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Meditation/Satsang
Tuition: 20 €
Confirmation is required!


Elisa Novick workshops

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Elisa Novick workshops

Three Workshops:

In the Laboratory of Life you will learn a fascinating mode of perception to awaken greater, more fine-tuned self-awareness and develop your innate potential as a loving, spiritual being, capable of effective action in the world. Does something call out in you to be fed, heard, released, or explored in this time of great change?

This workshop is for anyone who desires to feel more vibrantly alive and to experience greater autonomy in making decisions, or who yearns to be of service by being in a greater flow of love.

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The Laboratory of Life uses the configuration of people through the space of a room or other environment to create a dynamic map of relationship that will enable us to use our personal energies more effectively and create more optimal patterns for our lives. Human consciousness is holographic, and can be perceived in relationship to other people and within our environment. Current neurological research indicates that all of our experiences are recorded holographically in our brains. In other cultures this principle is well known. For example, Feng Shui, the Chinese science of spatial relationships, has been used for millennia to promote health and prosperity. Just as when we build a house, we start with a blueprint, in the Laboratory of Life we create multi-dimensional blueprints for the dreams and goals we wish to bring to fruition that can be “read” for inspiration, necessary resources, course of action, course correction, and successful outcome.

This work is highly practical and accessible as well as spiritually uplifting, without limits in its application. It is powerful, exciting and profound!

    • Saturday, May 11th: Full-day workshop, 10-17:00, €120, includes time with the trees (please bring a packed lunch!)
    • Sunday, May 12th: Afternoon workshop, 14-17:00, €60, with visit to the forest

Individual sessions: available by appointment – contact Elisa or Susan to book

Elisa Novick, MSS does profound work as a healer, teacher, counselor, coach, minister, and facilitator of workshops and trainings in personal, professional, and spiritual development. She can assist you to clear personal, karmic and genetic patterns that have limited you and teach you exquisite attunement skills so you can become the magnificent master of life and Light that all of us are destined to be. Elisa has been assisting people in their growth since 1982 through her counseling practice and in facilitating over 1,000 workshops in holistic health, human development, family constellation, systemic constellation, organizational dynamics, planetary healing, and spiritual awareness.

Locations: At 53 Rue Alphonse Renard unless otherwise indicated

The workshops will be conducted in English.

Contact Susan Hopkinson
+32 473 26 99 90

To register:

    • Send Elisa an e-mail with your contact information; name, e-mail, cell phone number or home phone if no cell phone.
    • Send payment for the workshop here (click on the Donate button for the Thriving Planet World Tour) to use PayPal or a credit card.
    • Contact Susan Hopkinson (see information above) to let her know you are coming and with any questions.

Laughter Yoga

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Laughter Yoga

Do you need a good excuse to laugh?! Laughter yoga is the fastest way to look younger, feel lighter and breathe easier!

Enjoy your lunch break and (re-) discover relaxation, mental clarity and joy. Everyone is welcome – No prior experience is needed to remember how to laugh!

TUESDAY 16 April from 13:00 to 14:00 – a short walk from the European institutions!

La Sagesse intérieure
32 Rue Général Leman, 1040 Brussels (Jourdan)
10 euro per session

Yoga Therapy for the Back

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Yoga Therapy for the Back

Monthly workshops to learn proper alignment, strengthen and balance the body to ease and heal back pain, which is most often due to poor posture.
Monday 20 May and Monday 17 June – from 19:30 to 21:30

La Sagesse intérieure
32 Rue Général Leman, 1040 Brussels (Jourdan)
30 euro per session

Healing and Meditation Circle

Posted by on Mar 9, 2013 in Events | 0 comments

Healing and Meditation Circle

Learn various simple healing practices to use at any time, including Marma (pressure points), Pranayama (breathing exercises), Naada Yoga (sound healing) and gentle movement,  followed by a meditative practice. Our group energy heals and uplifts participants as well as those around us in body and spirit.

9 and 16 April, plus every Tuesday in May 2013 from 10:00 to 12:00

at 53 Rue Alphonse Renard, 1050 Brussels (Brugmann)
20 euro per session

Sound Healing and Meditation

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Sound Healing and Meditation

Chanting, vocal toning, breath work and silence prepare us for the practice of meditation. Don’t be shy – no musical talent is needed to benefit from the healing vibrations of your own voice!

Here’s a fascinating article about how words and frequencies affect our DNA – what sages have known for ages!

Sunday and Wednesday evenings from 19:30 to 21:00 – please check the calendar for the dates in April and May!

at 53 Rue Alphonse Renard, 1050 Brussels (Brugmann)
15 euro per session

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