Summer sculpture retreat


“You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way”

– Richard Bach, Jonathan Livingston seagull





This retreat invites you to explore your own boundaries and inspires you to reach further into freedom. We examine how to create more space for yourself and what its significance is. We focus on the perception and use of space in the sculpture. In this retreat creating space in the stone and in yourself goes hand in hand. Sculpting we alternate with moments of reflection and inspiration experiences.

After this retreat you have a view on how to create more interior space in everyday life. The sculpture that you make during the retreat symbolizes this intention.


The summer retreat takes place in Athanor Centre, Hooislagen 9 in Lochem. A quiet place with inner growth and transformation support. For more information


August 8 – 11, 2019


We welcome you on the first day of the retreat at 15.00 hours at Athanor Centre. At 18.30 hours we will start the program. We start each morning with meditation, visualization and/ or a body-centered practice like Qo Gong and Tai Chi. Afterwards, you start sculpting. You work every day for about six hours, three hours in the morning and three hours in the afternoon.
Additionally, through exercises and discussions, there will be time for your process: what happens in the creative interaction between you and the stone and how you can apply it to the creative process in your life. We use the wisdom of various spiritual and philosophical trends and translate it into everyday reality. In the evening you will have time for yourself or each other.  The retreat will end on the fourth day at 15:00 PM.

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This retreat is organized by Jan van der Laan  and  Irene van der Laan and will be held in Dutch.

Accomodation and costs

Athanor Centre has a limited number of 2 – and 1 single rooms. Book early as participating works on a first-come first-served basis.
Each room has its own toilet, shower and WiFi. Your bed is made for you and there will be fresh towels. Accommodation provides full pension, including coffee, tea and fresh fruit. Additional beverage is at own expense. Vegetarians are accommodated. Indicate this when you register. All required materials for sculpting and stone are included.

The price for the retreat / workshop is 475, – euro,  accommodation costs (full pension) amount to 356, -euro, for a single room.  All costs include VAT, stone and material costs and a consultation.



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“Very nice, a warm atmosphere, a nice group and nice accompaniment. Very good, a warm atmosphere, a nice group and great guidance. I experienced again that I should follow my instinct, which can lead to beautiful things as long as I keep going with it and persevere
. Ruud

“It was a very pleasant and well-organized retreat. I helped me become more aware of certain things about myself. I really enjoyed sculpting ”. Jasperina

 “Very valuable, especially thanks to the combination of physical activity and creative appeal. Additionally, you work with your emotions, thoughts and motivation”. Marije

“I experienced the retreat as very positive. It has given me more clarity about my own possibilities and further understanding”. Frieda

“My overall rating for the retreat is an A. Besides sculpture, I found meditation, visualization, and labyrinth so beautifully mixed with each other. It was a great fit, in my opinion. It gave something extra to the retreat. I’m glad I signed up for Jan and Nynke’s retreat. The accommodation: a great place, neat and tidy, meals were great, good sleeping and a clean bathroom. I give it an A”  Corry

“The retreat” The Way of the sculptor as a metaphor for your life ‘ was a special experience for me under Jan’s guidance. Pleasant, relaxed, insightful, instructive. Inspiring. Clearly more than a 3-day sculpture program. That was thanks to the extensive program directly and indirectly linked to sculpting. Equality between very different people, each doing his/ her own thing and there was respect for each individual. A meaningful experience”. Loes

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Check out the facebook page of Jan van der laan– sculptures  

Terms and conditions

This course accommodates a minimum of four participants and a maximum of ten members. The workshop will take place when enough participants are registered. Allocation of participation takes place in order of registration. Payment will be made on the registration date. You will receive confirmation of participation by E-mail or by mail to the contact address you have provided.

Conditions for cancellation
In the event that the activity would not take place, those who have paid and have not cancelled will be refunded the full amount. This will be done at the latest four weeks before the scheduled course. For cancellations up to five weeks before the start of the course the total amount will be returned, minus 50, – Euro per person for organizational and administrative costs. For cancellations within five weeks prior to the start of the course, there will be no refunds.

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