photo credit: Joanne Saltet,


Perceive not only with your head
but with your whole body

Slow down
but speed up flow

Don't move
but travel wide and far

Deepen your roots

The healing intelligence of nature
lives inside of you

Stillness has been casted into the shadow of a fast-paced society.
When speed rules, we fall out of balance.

Stress, intellect and growth-goal oriented life had become a blind habit in our culture.

As consequence the slowness of a tree or a plant it's strange to our daily rhythm. And comes to us as something exceptional, reserved to vacation time, a walk in the park or forest.

However having most often the energy and focus high up in the head and way out in the future, is not affordable either. Not for our health, and certainly not for our Earth.

When we live like this, more than not we are moving away from the earth and from the ability to stay present with the difficulties of our times.


If you need an example, guide or someone who inspires you about stillness, grounding, responsiveness and healing, try to stay with the trees.

Tree Time aims to facilitate the present-moment experiences of standing with the tree as a living mirror.

In Tree Time we nurture partnership with the tree and place.

Whilst standing still you will be guided towards the architecture of uprightness and into the several expressions of health-related forces in the body - as reflected by the tree and elements of the place.

By way of tree postures, derived from a ancient chi kung tradition, sensorial-archetypical guidance and dialogue,
you are encouraged to:

explore aliveness in stillness

tend to cycles of expansion and contraction

cultivate the downward and upward current of energy

investigate clock-time, body-time and tree-time

nurture the sense of place

awaken to the reality of the senses

connect to the environment

"I hardly move though really I'm traveling a terrific distance. Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.”
Mary Oliver

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"Because this practice evokes exactly these inquiries: Do I dare to stand? Do I dare to keep my head up, rise and be seen in life? Do I dare to stay present with whatever is? Do I dare to feel connected with nature, life, other people, myself?
We are just like the trees, standing tall with our roots into the ground and branches growing into all directions. Exploring and expanding in life while staying grounded and connected to all. We might not always feel this, but we long for it.
Chi Kung is an embodied exploration into these inquiries. And in my experience absolutely transformational."

Chloe Monteiro, Founder of De Meditatietuin and Shiatsu Practitioner


Spending time in a forest among trees is always calming and refreshing.  Combining that experience with Chi Kung allowed even more quietness and understanding of self; of being able to appreciate the world around us and to be grateful for the gifts presented to us. 
In return we had the opportunity to bond with and appreciate the earth we live on, the spirits that reside here and share the bounty of Heaven and Earth with us; to make a connection to something that is bigger than all of us and maybe in some small way be able to give back.  The trees were truly amazing!! It was a powerful day with lovely people guided by a compassionate and talented lady.  An experience I would recommend to anyone.  Having prior knowledge of Tai Chi of Chi Kung is not needed...just an open mind and an open heart."

Linda Boggie,DVM, CVA, FAAVA
Founder of Boggie Veterinaire Acupunctuur, teacher

Tree Time

This workshop takes place in the park and in De Meditatietuin.

Registration or more information, please contact
After receiving your interest, Raquel will return with an intake form and the practical details.

€30 (excl.vat)


26 th September,
31st October, 19th December

De Meditatietuin
Amstelpark 6, Amsterdam
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Tree Time Sterrebos-Dalfsen
This workshop unfolds in the woods of Sterrebos - Dalfsen and in the studio from an inspiring and quiet forest-farm.

Registration or more information, please contact

After receiving your interest, Raquel will return with an intake form and the practical details.

€30 (excl.vat) per workshop


21 November

: Sterrebosweg 1- Dalfsen
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photo credit: Joanne Saltet,

Refund policy:
-if by unforseen reasons you need to cancel your participation, the fee will not be refunded, unless you offer someone to replace you.
- if due to unsuitable weather conditions the workshop cannot take place, a new date will be set; if you cannot attend in the new date, then the fee will be refunded.

Coronavirus safety requirements:
- there's a limit for the number of participants
- the 1,5 meter distance should be respected