Venwoude is home to all of our retreats

Our Venue

Venwoude is a special and inspiring place to slow down, reconnect your mind with nature, and journey deep within yourself. Venwoude’s 40-acre estate is situated in a nature sanctuary named the Lage Vuursche, a 50-minute drive from Schiphol airport. Leaving the noise of modern life behind, the venue is the idyllic setting for personal growth, deep healing, and spiritual transformation.





Your Stay With Us



Our retreat venue is composed of many buildings and spaces for you to explore. From the traditional Dutch White Villa that’s home to our shared dining space and the Glass Pyramid where we welcome each guest upon arrival, to the cedar sauna and light-filled ceremony room, there are many places to relax throughout your retreat.



All twin and double bedrooms are simple, each one filled with natural light and designed to be minimal and comfortable, to enjoy some respite in a space of relaxation.



With a meditation garden, walking spiral trail in the woods, and a pond that’s home to a protected colony of dragonflies, the natural surroundings invite you into an even deeper connection with nature. Designed for you to relax and enjoy your space, this outdoor oasis sets the scene for a truly transformative experience on your Synthesis Retreat.





Travel Details

Address: Venwoude, Vuurse Steeg 1, 3749 AN Lage Vuursche


From Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

From Amsterdam Centraal Station




Team & History

Center Venwoude was founded in 1988 by the late Ted Wilson together with a group of trainers and therapists who were using a method for emotional bodywork developed by him and Geert van Coilie, called Emotionaal Lichaamswerk (ELW®). Under Ted’s inspired guidance, a community was formed on the Venwoude estate that explored and practiced new ways of living and working together. Its overall purpose was conscious growth and developing new incentives and alternatives for our increasingly materialistic Western society.

The community was influenced by a wide range of methods and approaches, as well as by the many international spiritual teachers that found their way to Venwoude over the years.

Realizing that Venwoude forms an integral whole and should never become anyone’s personal property, from the very start the estate was incorporated into a foundation called S.O.I.L (Stichting Onderwijs Integrale Lichaamstherapie). Over the next 30 years, a very colorful palette of workshops and trainings would be offered here, first under the name of School for Body & Soul, which in 1999 became the Institute for Emotional Bodywork, offering professional training as well. Since 2015, after a thorough overhaul, this institute has been transformed into the Venwoude Levensschool (Venwoude Life School).


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