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November, 19-23, 2022
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico


This retreat is a profound opportunity to explore one of mankind's most asked questions "Who am I?" through powerful psycho-spiritual tools and periods of contemplative silence. The safe and supportive retreat container invites one to drop out of daily worries and the busy-ness and demands of modern life, piercing through the layers of the mind. False identification with the personality, rigid beliefs, and preconceived ideas are gently and organically exposed. Old layers are shed and an expanded state of consciousness is revealed, eventually inviting a reconnection to and resting in the Heart.

A powerful, creatively and lovingly challenging retreat encouraging a fresh experience of the essence of one’s being.

“The wise have inherited wisdom by means of silence and contemplation.”

― Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

The Awakened Heart is an intensive residential retreat for those who want to go deep. The aim is to awaken insights into awareness, compassion, love and freedom. This meditation retreat combines modern, western techniques of non-judgemental listening and honest communication through dyads (partnered communication exercises) with the self-inquiry method of Indian Hindu sage Ramana Maharshi. Self-Inquiry is one of mankind's most powerful psycho-spiritual tools to break through the maze of the mind and return to the Heart.


This retreat is a profound opportunity to look deeply within; earnestly and honestly, with complete loving attention centered around one of the fundamental questions facing humankind: “Who am I?”. You will be carefully guided step-by-step through simple techniques of inquiry that allow you to experience embodied, authentic, intimate presence – an ecstatic, primordial, natural state of bliss. The retreat seeks to offer a framework to connect with the  peaceful,eternal core of your being; the source of all inspiration, love, and beauty.


This retreat provides a safe and supportive framework within which you are encouraged to ease into an honest, authentic and deep period of  self reflection to discover the Truth within oneself through meditation. The vow of Noble Silence is practiced throughout the retreat except during the communication phase of the Dyad practice and occasional voice activation exercises. The Dyad practice aims to help you experience the power of witnessing through open, non-judgemental communication and relating. This practice is based on traditional Zen techniques that seek to nurture a direct experience with the truth of one’s being and are understood to accelerate the contemplation process.


The retreat includes activities such as:

  • Inspiring lectures crafted from a variety of spiritual traditions

  • Q&A sessions to support you in overcoming and integrating psychological, emotional and spiritual barriers

  • Voice activation

  • Contemplative hatha yoga

  • Sound healing 

  • Breathwork 

  • Dyad (partnered communication exercise)


All activities are offered with the intention to spark curiosity, insights and assist the integration process back into one's daily life.


Following the retreat there is an optional eight week online course to guide the incorporation of this awakening process into one's practice, with further ongoing training options in our somatic practices and self-inquiry, deepening our sense of embodied presence and relationship with all of ourselves and finding ever greater rest within the space of the Heart.


There are basic ground rules that apply to the residential time of the retreat, designed to minimize any distractions from the contemplative state. These include no smoking, alcohol, caffeine or any other consciousness alterants, no sex and no gossiping. The food provided is simple and vegetarian.


06.30 - 08.30 Meditation

08.30 - 10.00 Hatha Yoga & Breathwork

10.00 - 11.00 Breakfast

11.00 - 12.00 Lecture

12.00 - 13.30 Dyad & Sound Healing or Voice Activation

13.30 - 14.30 Lunch

14.30 - 15.30 Break

15.30 - 17.30 Meditation

17.30 - 18.30 Dyad

18.30 - 19.30 Dinner

19.30 - 20.30 Q&A*

20.30 - 21.30 Dyad

21.30 - 22.00 Meditation

*Depending on the amount of questions, the length of the evening session might vary

What's included:


  • Daily guided meditation

  • Daily dyad practice

  • Daily hatha yoga

  • Daily gentle breath work

  • Alternating sound healing or voice activation practices

  • Daily guidance and advice about integration into daily life

  • Daily inspiring lectures crafted from a variety of spiritual traditions

  • Meditation techniques from different traditions to deepen the practice and expand the contemplative state

  • Three delicious vegetarian meals

  • Water and tea throughout the day

  • Accommodation in a private or shared double room for 4 nights

  • Access to beautiful permaculture gardens, and meditations and contemplation places in nature

The dates listed above are for accommodation. The course begins the morning after the date of arrival and ends the evening before departure. Check-in is available from 14:00 on arrival day. Please plan to arrive in time to get settled into your accommodations before the Orientation Session, which is at 19:00. It is not possible to join the retreat after 6:00 on the first day.


  4 nights, private veranda room with private bathroom: 900 USD

  4 nights, private jungle casita with shared bathroom: 825 USD

  4 nights, shared veranda room with private bathroom: 740 USD

  4 nights, shared jungle casita with shared bathroom: 680 USD

All booking options include dinner on arrival and 3 vegetarian meals per day during the retreat.

The retreat will take place at the beautiful retreat center Casa Arkaana in Tulum, Mexico.


Please see the full retreat guidelines here.

Optional eight weeks online integration course with various recorded meditations, Hatha yoga and other somatic embodiment practices, weekly calls and a one hour one on one personal coaching session with Katrin and Dan for an additional 450,00 USD.


At registration, full payment of the total booking is required.



Payments are refundable up to 14 days before check-in. Cancellation fees will be applied as listed below.

  • Cancellation up to 30 days before check-in: A cancellation fee of 150 USD will be charged.

  • Cancellation up to 14 days before check-in: A cancellation fee of 50% of the total booking amount will be charged, minimum 150 USD.

  • Cancellation less than 14 days before check-in: No refunds will be given.

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