Create and Connect: Create Your Life Retreat

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Miranda van den Heuvel is a life coach, artist and children’s author whose motto is “the way you do one thing is the way you do everything.”  In her workshops and retreats, she shows women how changing one thing for the better has immediate and significant impact.  City Savvy’s Tina Pace recently attended Miranda’s Create Your Life Retreat and she’s here to tell us about it.


Who It’s For and What It’s All About

Miranda van den Heuvel has a true passion for coaching and inspiring and she’s put together a retreat that does just that. For women ages 30-60, (either alone or with friends) who are busy juggling multiple roles, looking for what’s next or just needing to take some time out to really think about and set goals, Create Your Life Retreat focuses on getting clear about your purposes, passions and how to sort and filter out the stuff that gets in the way of them.

“To move from ‘reacting’ to ‘creating’ your life, all you have to do is move the C.  All I do is help people move their C to the right place,” Miranda says.


Where You’ll Stay

The retreat takes place at Hindeheuvel, a cozy, hidden gem of a place just a short distance from Bitburg, Germany. Owned and run by Peter Puijman and his wife, Josette Engles, you’ll feel immediately welcome and at home. Meals and workshops all take place in the main house, while bedrooms, with shared bathrooms, are in a separate building just a short walk away. The single or double occupancy rooms are comfortable, although I didn’t spend much time in mine – only for sleeping. The surrounding grounds of Hindeheuvel is the star of the show here, with its quiet and serene gardens and wooded areas for hiking.

Peter is trained in and offers Aqua Wellness sessions in the indoor pool. I didn’t give it a go, but I’m told that it’s a completely different type of physical and mental relaxation than one has ever experienced; described as life changing, even. Guests are also able to use the indoor, heated pool and sauna.

  • Insider Tip: Bring along an extra jumper and scarf for the cool temperatures and a torch for walking from the main house to your room after dark.  

What You’ll Do

Guests arrive on Friday evening, get settled in to their rooms and meet Miranda the other participants. Comfort and relaxation are the order of the evening, with the workshops starting on Saturday and continuing until Sunday evening. Miranda has crafted each session with just the right mixture of participation and interaction, yet plenty of time and permission for quiet reflection and introspection.

As an ambivert I found a welcomed balance to my extroverted tendencies and the pull toward introverted solitude, which often gets neglected. Yoga is taught on Saturday and Sunday mornings by Laura from YogaBalance. Worry not if you aren’t a yogi: Laura guides you in a gentle vinyasa flow suitable for all levels. Dorothy from Spa Anywhere is onsite for the weekend, offering 60 minute relaxation massages.

The Food

Not only do Peter and Josette run the place, but they do all the cooking and serving too. Meals are vegetarian and organic, healthy and tasty, with special attention and care given to allergies and dietary restrictions.

Would I go back?

Absolutely. Miranda has a genuine gift in coaching women and relates well to us in all of our roles. The retreat was grounding, restorative and I left feeling inspired with ideas for projects, words I want to get down on paper and specific areas of clutter (mental and physical) that I want to tackle. If I had any qualms about how I’d get on with the other women, it was all for naught. In fact, we’ve been in contact nearly daily since the retreat, have scheduled coffee dates and dinners, and have already booked our next session together with Miranda.

Miranda will be hosting an Art and Yoga retreat in April 2016, Create Your Life Retreat in November 2016, and offers Intuitive Painting Classes in her studio in Berdorf.

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Featured photo: Jay Mantri/unsplash (file)

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Tina Pace
Ohio-born and bred, Tina and her family moved to Luxembourg with her husband's international assignment here. When not sampling the Duchy's amazing array of baguettes, Tina can be found blogging about her travels, experiences and anecdotes from everyday life. You can follow her blog here.


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