Authentic presence – taster

innocently present
not making anything happen
not preventing anything from happening
intimately available
to life
revealing itself
through me

Do you desire a deeper and more authentic connection with yourself, your friends, and family, but you don’t know how to achieve this? Are you curious about what is happening in the emotional margins of your experience? Would you like to explore with spontaneity, liveliness, and gentle reflection what is alive in you and in the connection? Do you sometimes censor parts of yourself in important relationships? Have you ever experienced a relationship or yourself as inauthentic, hidden, masked, or superficial?

Welcome seekers of deep connection!

This day will provide you with the basic tools to deepen your connections and be authentically in touch with the people you care about. No experience is necessary. Just come as you are.

Authentic presence

Authentic presence means being available, open to the immediacy of the moment, simultaneously moving and being moved, touching and being touched. A sensual dance at the interstices between inside and outside, self and other, between venturing out and welcoming in, like interfering waves in an ocean, seamlessly dissolving into each other, effortlessly returning to their singularities. Authenticity here doesn’t require a “unique essence” or a “real, true core”. It is rather the absence of such a core that makes resistance or separation groundless and brings forth a vibrant void through which an untethered life can reveal itself.

Authentic presence is paramount if we want to love without conditions or die without fear. Only if we can be fragile, porous and transparant, can we see ourselves, the other, and the world around without the mist of projected fears and unconscious desires. To witness another as (s)he is, to be different together, allows for a love that gives space. Seeing myself with radical honesty, without holding onto comforting or numbing identities, makes it possible to die without regret or fear. 

Authentic presence is a skill that can be trained. This workshop proposes concrete exercises to practice looking at yourself with radical honesty, connecting intimately with your own body, disclosing yourself in connection with another, and following your body in movements that automatically arise.

Exercises include meditation, self-exploration, structured dialogues, movement, etc., alone, in pairs or in group. You can always choose to not participate or stop an exercise if you feel uncomfortable. 


This training is facilitated by Dr. Stijn Smeets, potentially assisted by guest instructors.

Dates, locations, costs:

Days (9:30-17:00): €47, including a biological-vegetarian lunch.

Weekends (start Friday 20:00, ends Sunday 17:00):

  • April 12-14, 2024: target group: cognitively able adults, location: Samaya, costs: € 760 (accommodation: €360 for a private room, €290 for a shared room; tuition: €400).

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