Special Events > European FREE Retreat: Where Is Happiness? February, 2018

European Danda FREE Retreat: Where Is Happiness?

Saturday, February 17 - Sunday, February 18, 2018
Place: European Danda, Maria Hoop, The Netherlands
Presented by: Adidam Europe
Retreat language: English
Cost: FREE
Online registration: click here
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Can't make these February dates? Don't speak English? Other upcoming retreat dates and languages include: March 17-18, 2018 (Dutch).

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Retreat Overview

Where Is Happiness?

The fundamental human urge and need is not food, sex, power, "things", or even physical survival. The fundamental human urge and need is happiness — but not in the mere "satisfaction-of-self" sense. The fundamental human urge and need is ecstasy.

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This two-day retreat will be filled with the Revelation and Spiritual Presence of Adi Da Samraj.

Everybody wants to be happy, but how do you actually "do" happiness?

Please join us to find out more about true happiness in this FREE, two-day retreat at The European Danda, a former monastery in the South of Holland close to the German border.

This retreat is based on, and inspired by, the wisdom of Adi Da Samraj and includes meditations, yoga lessons, video presentations, group considerations, personal stories, contemplative walks, and delicious vegetarian meals.

The retreat will also include a visit to the Adi Da Museum of Art.

The retreat program and the stay for two nights in a pleasant yet simple former monks room are for free. You pay only a nominal fee of 45 euro (to cover the cost of food and drinks) for the whole weekend.

This retreat is for free, only the first time of your visit. Please don't wait too long with registering, because there are only a limited amount of 20 people who can attend the retreat. First come, first serve.

Tangibly feel and receive Adi Da's Spiritual Presence and Blessing-Transmission as it is powerfully communicated in many ways:

  • Sacred Sightings of Adi Da — Rare videos of Adi Da granting His Silent Spiritual Blessing to all and speaking about the True Condition of all beings, which is Prior Unity, Perfect Freedom, and Divine Happiness.
  • Avatar Adi Da's Liberating Teachings and Revelations about the Ultimate Nature of Reality and Truth.
  • Intimate, inspirational stories about Adi Da's Life, Work, and Blessing-Influence, told by His devotees.
  • Viewing of Adi Da's now world-renowned Divine Image-Art. The European Danda houses The Adi Da Museum of Art, the largest collection in the world of Adi Das Transcendental Realist Art. Art tours and presentations will be offered during the retreat.
  • Recitals offered by exceptionally gifted devotee musicians who serve the retreat with keen sensitivity and feeling.
  • Time and space for rest, relaxation, refreshment, and sacred contemplation.
  • Guided meditations.
  • Yoga and Tai Chi classes.
  • Delicious vegetarian meals, made from produce grown locally.
  • Group considerations / sharing personal stories.
  • and much Good Company.

Each retreat has proven to be inspiring and thought-provoking, and for some, even life-changing.

Retreat Location: The European Danda

the European Danda
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European DandaThe retreat will be held at the European Danda, our Spiritually-Empowered Center in the south of the Netherlands. The Danda is the Spiritually Empowered Seat of Adi Da's Blessing in Europe. The Danda is a former monastery — a quiet place, and a place where Adi Da twice resided. It houses The Adi Da Museum of Art, the largest collection in the world of Adi Das Transcendental Realist Art. Art tours and presentations will be offered during the retreat. Filled with Adi Das Presence, it is a perfect location to retire from worldly stress and distraction to sink into the deepest feeling of Reality Itself.

the European Danda
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Your retreat will include 3 great vegetarian meals per day, contemplative walks in our private forest and plenty of opportunity to ask devotees any questions you may have.

the Da Peace site
the Da Peace site
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For a tour in pictures of the beautiful grounds of the European Danda, click here.

For more about the European Danda, click here.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you on retreat!

Retreat Testimonials

Yi Wen Hsia: "It brought me clarity in my questions and clarified my path and what moves me. It moved me deeply and effected me strongly. It helped taking a much deeper look at myself. I very much like to learn about it and am open for it."

Iren Winterkorn: "Brought peace and awareness and understand ego as activity."

Ciska Janssen: "Despite the fact that I dont understand things it has brought me more understanding and insight. This sounds paradoxical, but this is the way I feel it. Letting go has become more important, but difficult."

Kees van Ekeren: "Brought peace, relaxation, emptiness and giving. I have gotten to know interesting and nice people that I otherwise would have never met. Beautiful surroundings and a new source of philosophical information."

Shiva Najaf Nejad: "This retreat gave me an answer to what happiness means to me. I am happy and can allow myself to feel this more in my whole body."

Jeff van Haarlem: "It has brought me in contact (relationship) with Adi Da Samraj in a very nice, beautiful and penetrating way. And with nice and wonderful people."

Monique Marten: "It was a very nice group of people both participants and hosts. I felt that all people and opinions where respected and that made me feel save to express myself. Everything was very nicely and lovingly served, including food, the rooms etc. The energy was very nice. In that sense I feel invited to come again. It was an acknowledgment and recognition for what is important for me. From a new angle, but in essence the same. Feeling of enrichment and gratitude."

Soraya: "It led me to seeing things from a different angle. It showed me that more people than I thought of are having a warm and open heart as I do. It made me think of ways Im doing in my live that prevent myself from being happy. Gave me some rest."

Mariso Acchiardo: "I always like the Teaching of Adi Da and this was the first time I could discuss this with other people that were interested in the same subjects and teachings. I really enjoy this and loved the interaction with the guides. Had many deep insights throughout the whole weekend, many tools to take home. And I am really looking forward to go home and implement this teaching in my daily live. Thank you so much. Timo Jansen: I felt a big pull to come and check out your school and its teachings. I am very happy I did. Thank you so much for having us. It is amazing to be here and experience Adi Das legacy. You are all very open and giving."

More Information

The retreat runs from Saturday 9.30 till Sunday 17 o'clock.

The language for this retreat is English.

The retreat program and the stay for two nights in a pleasant room are for free. You pay only 45 euro for your meals.

If you come from a distance and have a long travel time, you are welcome to arrive on Friday evening. We charge an additional 15 euros for lodging and breakfast.

Canceling registrations (and getting your deposit back) is free up to 10 days before the retreat begins.

The retreat is limited to 20 participants — so register now!

PLACE: European Danda
Annendaalderweg 10
NL-6105 AT Maria Hoop
the Netherlands

Railway stations Echt, Roermond, Geilenkirchen close-by. Airports Eindhoven and Maastricht. Pick-up from railway stations possible.

Facebook event page: click here

Online registration:
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For more information you can leave us a message or write to info@whereishappiness.org. You can also register or ask for more information via phone or email:

  • United Kingdom: Tel. + 44 845 330 1008, or email:
    Flights go with Ryan Air from Stanstead to Eindhoven. Alternatively, some people drive and take the ferry. Concessionary rates may be available upon request.

  • Germany: Tel. + 49 30 21478179, or email: .

  • Holland: Tel. + 31 0475-484710, or email: publicretreats@adidam.nl.

  • All other countries: email us at publicretreats@adidam.nl.

If you are interested in coming, do let us know ahead of time if you can, as we may be able to arrange a car share.

Future retreats. Can't make these February dates? Don't speak English? Other upcoming retreat dates and languages include: March 17-18, 2018 (Dutch).

The Adi Da Museum of Art

(formerly known as "The Bright Room Gallery")

Art Exhibition at the European Danda

More information about the Adi Da Museum of Art here.

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