Trance Dance

Visionary Darkness

5 Day Retreat

Would you like to relax deeply...
Into the womb of darkness
And go on a journey of discovery...
To be born again in light?

Unique Retreat

In this special retreat you spend most of the time in complete darkness. Even a short period of darkness, as during a meditation, or in a (blindfolded) trance dance, can be very beneficial. 

When you spend more time in darkness, the chatter in your head will settle down. The mind clears up, and room for profound contact with your essence, and the source of life and creativity, is created.

A Healing Journey

Once you allow yourself to really slow down, and drop from doing or trying into being, you open yourself up for a new vision: a new perspective on you, and your life… not forged by the pain of the past, but born from your authentic essence, and purpose.

Visionary Trance Work

In Darkness we become Visionaries

Our fixation on the light often blinds us. Yet everything is born from the cradle of darkness.

Ceremonial darkness has always played an important role in meditation and shamanic work.

When the mind can safely release the security of the visible world, invisible landscapes of creative inspiration become visible.

Read more: 

Sacred Darkness
about blindfold, surrender and transformation

Darkness Retreat

5 Days of Darkness

We provide a secure space, in which you can slowly surrender to your inner journey.

Moments of silence, and time and space for yourself, are interspersed with group activities.

We dance, meditate, make musical journeys, stimulate the senses, and are creative in different ways. You will discover new ways of perception, and make deep contact with your life force, your essence, to be reborn out of the womb of darkness, into the light at the end of the retreat.

We will work with:

Trance Dance Facilitator TrainingBreathwork
Trance Dance Facilitator TrainingMeditation & Trance
Trance Dance Facilitator TrainingSound & Music
Trance Dance Facilitator TrainingMovement & Dance
Trance Dance Facilitator TrainingCreativity
Trance Dance Facilitator TrainingExploring Nature


Wellspring Retreat Center

You will stay at the cosy retreat called Wellspring
located in the beautiful South Eifel Nature Park. Wellspring is surrounded by forests and streams that are fulll of wildlife.


participants stay in 2p and 3p rooms (single room depending on availability and for a surplus)


We serve healthy and vegetarian meals, mostly organic. Coffee, tea and refreshments are included.


Aernoudt KnechtAernoudt Knecht has over 20 years of experiece in the fields of psychology (MSc, Radboud University), meditation, trance- and somatic therapies and coaching, and is internationally renowned for his work in teaching and facilitating trance dance.
Roger VossenRoger Vossen is an musician and sound artist with decades of experience in meditation and breathwork, and has over 10 years of experience in facilitating darkness retreats.

Some Testimonials

A magical workshop, a unique experience!
Danny Bogaert
Since the retreat I am more in touch with my own life force, my feminine power, and my inner fire.
Chandra de Rijk
A fascinating inner journey, that has made me more whole. Thank you!
Giséle Lievens
Retreat Group

Upcoming Dates

February 7-11, 2024

arrival Wednesday 16-18 h, departure Sunday 13 h


meals and lodging: €320
workshop & materials: €475

Sum: 795

A Magical Workshop…
A Unique Experience!

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Max. 12 participants

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Darkness Meditation Retreat


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