WILLA'S WEEKEND OF INNER PEACE
Slowing down - Inner Peace Conference 2016
September 22, 2016 by Willa Stoutenbeek

Our days seem to get fuller and fuller, the workload and social pressure, in my opinion have never been as high. I have inner struggles about on one hand wanting to live in a big city (Amsterdam always felt a little small to my liking) and on the other hand feeling the urge to have more quality of living. Not living for work but working to have an income to live a good life.

My daily reality however comes a lot closer to the first example…

Owning a company that is getting more successful every day, paying employees, rent and running a business isn’t exactly how I imagined it when I decided to follow my dream of setting up W.Green.

At the same time I’m immensely grateful for the success of W.Green. I still love going in to work every day, I really like the team and the clients that we work for. When you get caught up in the daily rush, it’s easy to lose sight of those things. For me yoga and meditation are big keys to finding more inner peace and therefore also keeping more overview in life. The funny thing is, when I get busier and busier it’s one of the first things that I tend so sacrifice, although I’m well aware that I actually need to more pro-actively invest time to find stillness.

Saturday:
Although I would love to start my day off with Tijn Touber’s ‘The Art of Meditation’ (one of my favorite guided meditation workshops, but I’ve already done that 3 times), I decided to start with a Pranayama meditation at 9:30h by the renowned Eddie Stern at the Posthoorn Kerk.

Followed by The Delight of Being by Juno Burger at 11:00h, which is part of the Wisdom program.

At 13:30h I will join Hector Ramos (the Philippines) for the Twin Hearts Meditation. There are only eight Master Pranic Healers in the world, and Hector is one of them.

After a beginning of meditation and wisdom, time for some action! Because the ultimate inner peace is found when mind, body and soul align and find balance. I chose Healing Yoga with Kevin Sahaj at the iconic Beurs van Berlage at 15:30h.

At 17:30h it’s time for some Inner Space & Peace (at the Posthoorn Kerk) with Paul Dallaghan, who lived in Thailand for many years. Paul has also been involved in Buddhist culture and practices. He is completing his PhD in Biological Anthropology at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, conducting research on yoga as an inner practice and its subsequent effects and roots as a tradition.

Finishing my first day at 19:30h will be with Inner Peace at the beautiful church de Duif hosted by Tulku Lobsang Rinoche. Born in Amdo, Tibet and deeply rooted in the Tibetan Tantrayana Buddhist and Bön traditions, today he travels the world sharing his profound healing wisdom.

Right now is one of those times where I need to start listening to my inner voice more attentively.

I can easily lose myself in excesses like wine, comfort food or out voicing myself. That’s why I’m very much looking forward to the weekend of October 1st and 2nd, the very first international Inner Peace Conference, organized in Amsterdam by Delight Yoga. The Conference is hosted in some of Amsterdam’s most beautiful old churches (de Duif, Posthoorn Kerk, A moment for me to reset and create overview again. In preparation I already quit drinking alcohol in the past few weeks (I’ll make one exception for my Birthday this week...).

The program of the Inner Peace Conference seems quite impressive and decided to already put together my schedule for the weekend (in order to create more peace during the days themselves).

Sunday:

On Sunday I will start the day at 9:00h with Everyday Awareness – by Kimberly Poppe at the Posthoornkerk.

At 11:00h I’ll take a moment for myself. :)

Very much looking forward to Tribal Vinyasa by the amazing Afke Reijenga at 13:30h at the Vondelkerk.

In the afternoon it’s time for some food insights by Kyra de Vreeze (who stole my heart when I met her several years ago, what a kind wise soul!). Really excited for her 15:30h Simply Daytox session at the Amstelkerk.

At 17:30h it’s time for some music. Heard and read nothing but good things about Joep Beving and his Solipsism. Performance at the beautiful De Duif

At 19:30h we will all unite for spreading positive vibes at the World Peace Meditation session Tijn Touber the Beurs van Berlage. I love Tijn’s pragmatic approach to spirituality and I am already quite excited about being part this Mediation to close the weekend!

Read more on the Conference here:
innerpeaceconference.org