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Enlightenment Intensive Retreat (Hoorneboeg, NL)

28.04.2024 - 3.05.2024


“Who am I? What is my true nature?” … these are fundamental questions.

The Enlightenment Intensive is a unique process which facilitates a state of Being completely present and free from a relentless stream of thoughts. You will experience how it feels to be deeply connected to your Essential Self, free from social conditioning, restraints and masks. Such a state facilitates a deep sense of satisfaction, inner peace, a joyful aliveness and knowing your true purpose (self realization).

“ The most fantastic, mysterious and the most rewarding journey any of us will ever take – the journey of our True Self. “

About the Enlightenment Intensive
Enlightenment Intensive (also known as ‘Satori retreat’ or ‘Who is in?’) is a group retreat designed to enable a spiritual enlightenment experience (satori) within a relatively short time. It is a ‘stand-alone’ process outside any organisation or religion, yet it uses a combination of the most efficient tools from traditions such as zen, mindfulness and modern communication techniques. The founder of the Enlightenment Intensive process was Charles Berner, who developed its structure during his research of more effective ways to accelerate spiritual development and personal growth.

“I have tested this technique and I have compared it to other methods of enlightenment. This technique is about 50-100 times more rapid in producing enlightenment experiences than the classical techniques.” Charles Berner



How does it work
The primary aim of this process is to crack open the challenges, such as thinking and emotional patterns, that mask your true Self and to allow your authentic (essential) nature to flow and bloom. Experiencing directly your Essential Self facilitates a deep sense of inner peace, a joyful aliveness and flowing energy.

The Process
During the intensive process, you will be placed in a completely secure and safe environment with no distractions (social silence). The core of the work will be self enquiry sessions called Dyads: a profound zen contemplation of the question (koan) ‘Who am I?’. The program also includes numerous holistic techniques, such as guided meditations, conscious movement, working/walking contemplation and holistic detox. After three days of the intensive process, you will have an opportunity to integrate and enjoy the afterglow of your experience through relaxation, movement sessions and/or to simply enjoy the stunning nature around. All practical aspects are taken care by the staff of facilitators, so that you have the full support to totally pursue your personal self enquiry.


What Is a Dyad?

The core of the process are enquiry sessions called Dyads that facilitate a physical, mental and spiritual detox. Dyads are enquiry sessions that are held with two people. One listening in stillness, the other communicating their direct experience of this moment in response to the question ‘Who am I?’ After five minutes the roles change.

This is repeated for thirty or forty minutes and is followed by a break. You will start the next Dyad with a new partner. Each Dyad clears the mind of mundane chit-chat and gives space for your authentic Self to be revealed. After a while the grip of the mind loosens as you move deeper into the direct experience of your Essence. Eventually, there is a moment where the mind becomes completely still. This creates a profound shift in your state of being – in the traditional practice of Zen, this is known as a Satori … A glimpse of enlightenment.


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Read more about the processclick here
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Additional Info

This retreat will be held in English.
The maximum recommended number of participants for this retreat is 24.
It is recommended to refrain from caffeine, tobacco and sugar for a few days prior to the retreat.
Approx. two weeks before the retreat starts, you will receive a brochure (via email) to support you in preparing yourself for your Enlightenment intensive experience.

Please read the Practicalities and Agenda Section below to understand the commitment required to participate in this amazing and powerful process.



Below you will find essential information about the practical elements of the retreat.


Food: On the arrival day, there won’t be a dinner, but there will be a light snack & tea provided. During the intensive process (day 2,3,4) you will be served with plated detox meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner + tea breaks & snacks), to support a natural cleanse of your physical body. For the remaining days there will be a vegetarian buffet (breakfast, lunch, dinner). The last meal is a breakfast on the departure day. There will be no coffee, black tea, sugar, alcohol, meat or fish. If you drink a lot of coffee it is highly recommended that you stop for two or three days before the Intensive starts. Otherwise, you may find that you have a caffeine withdrawal headache during the group. If you follow a special diet, please let us know when you register.

Please note, that on the arrival day there will be only a tea and light snack on that evening

Smoking: It is recommend stopping to smoke during the process. If you do smoke, cutting down to 3 a day would make it easier to spend a few days without tobacco. If you feel that you cannot manage this then we can find a balance that you are comfortable with.

Mobile Phones: You will be asked to surrender your mobile phone for the three days of the Intensive. During the process, unless in an emergency, there will be no contact to the outside world so please make sure your affairs are in order before we start.

Silence: The three day Intensive process part will be held in social silence. You will be talking during the Dyads and open sessions but will be in silence when outside the group space. Being in silence also means you will not have access to the Internet, phones, TV, radio or any distractions that take you away from your contemplation.

Open heart and mind: This process is intense and has been carefully structured to work deeply and with lasting changes. It is challenging yet the rewards are reflected in the changes that may occur with a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you.



The Schedule is here as a guide and is subject to modifications.


Arrival Day 1

Guests are welcome to arrive from Sunday evening from 18.00. 1-2-1 Meetings will start at 18.30hrs. The introduction session will start at 20.30. Please note, that no dinner will be served on the arrival day, but there will be tea & snack available after your arrival.

Day 2 & 3
06:15 – 06:30 Arise and Dress
06:30 – 07:00 Instructions / Dyad
07:00 – 07:30 Movement
07:30 – 07:45 Tea and Snack
07:45 – 08:30 Dyad
08:30 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 – 09:45 Dyad
09:45 – 10:30 Dyad
10:30 – 11:30 Walking Contemplation
11:30 – 12:15 Dyad
12:15 – 13:00 Working contemplation
13:00 – 13:45 Lunch
13:45 – 14:30 Dyad
14:30 – 15:15 Sharing and talk
15:15 – 16:00 Open session
16:00 – 16:45 Dyad
16:45 – 17:00 Tea and snack
17:00 – 18:15 Rest and Shower
18:15 – 19:00 Dyad
19:00 – 19:45 Dinner
19:45 – 20:15 Dyad
20:15 – 20:45 Dyad
20:45 – 21:30 Walking Contemplation
21:30 – 21:45 Tea and Snack
21:45 – 22:30 Dyad / Contemplation

22:30 – 06:15 Sleeping Contemplation

Day 4
Schedule same as Day 2 & 3 except,
19:45 – 20:30 Dyad
20:30 – 21:15 Closing Session

21:15 Celebration

Day 5

Integration day. Relaxation, conscious movement and bodywork sessions (optional), sharing circles, walks in the nature, sauna. A precious time to enjoy the sweet flowing moments. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6

Guided meditation, Breakfast, Closing Circle and departure


The Team

On this retreat, you will be supported by Peter and his team of experienced facilitators and counsellors, to ensure your smooth experience.

About Peter Harper (the main guide)

Peter is an experienced spiritual guide with 40 years of experience in self-discovery and spiritual guidance. He divides his time hosting Meditation and Self Awareness Retreats and Workshops in Europe and creating Guided Meditation and Conscious Music recordings.

Peter is the founder of The Drunken Monk project connecting spirituality with daily life, using tools such as guided meditations, Enlightenment Intensive process and Self Awareness retreats.

“Above the clouds of the mind, there is a clear blue sky. I will meet you there….” Peter



This retreat takes place in Aan de Hai, two unique monumental farms right on the moor. They have been completely renovated on the inside and have a super-atmospheric interior with a combination of contemporary design and beautiful natural materials. Both farms are located on the wide heath and an extensive woodland garden. There is a wonderful workshop room with a gigantic window overlooking the garden, a library, a spacious living room, a sauna and relaxation area and a choice of very cozy single and double rooms on the upper floors, all with private bathroom.

The Aan de Hai are part of Buitenplaats De Hoorneboeg in Hilversum, a beautiful estate of 13 hectares of land with its own forest, ancient winding paths and a magical hill in the middle. This country estate also has a vegetarian farm-to-table restaurant with its own vegetable garden.

Booking & Price


Single room: €1830  /  Twin room: €1590

EARLY BIRD Special offer (for first 10 bookings) Single room: €1680  /  Twin room: €1440  SOLD OUT

The above prices are the prices per person.
All rooms have a private bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.
In the twin rooms the beds are separated.


five nights stay in a single or double room
all classes and sessions belonging to the program
all meals and tea breaks: for the Intensive Process period there are plated detox meals (day 2,3,4) otherwise vegetarian buffet
unlimited water and herbal teas
use of sauna (as a part of the program and during the integration day)


travel and cancellation insurance
parking costs at the Hoorneboeg: 20 for the whole stay. Please, secure your parking ticket directly with Hoorneboeg in advance via this link


You can register for the retreat using the email button below. In addition to your name, we also invite you to share a few words about your motivation for joining this retreat.





Health & Safety

Please, note, that if you are following any form of mental health therapy / using any medication / have a recent history of any substance addiction (in the last 6 months) / you are in any kind of a recovery process, before you book your spot, kindly reach out to the retreat provider via info@the-drunkenmonk.com, so you can find out together, if this retreat is suitable for you. This precaution serves to secure the maximum safety for you as well as the whole group dynamic and it ensures the quality delivery of the retreat effect. Please note, that in the case of not following this precaution, the retreat provider reserves the right to remove the participant from the retreat process. Thank you for your understanding.

Please note, that this retreat is a very profound individual journey of self discovery. In case you wish to experience this program with your relatives, partners or friends, we highly recommend to book different dates or at least don’t share a room together. You can also contact us before you book, so we can find together an arrangement, which won’t interfere into your EI process.



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Hoorneboeg 5
Hilversum, 1213 Netherlands
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