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Activities and events on Lake Constance 2024 and 2025


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Annual calendar of activities and events

To give you a clear picture of what’s going on at Buchinger Wilhelmi all year round, we have put together an annual calendar of activities and events, sorted by subject.

*All events are free of charge as part of our Buchinger Wilhelmi program.


Seminar: Sunshine, Strengths and Upward Spirals

with Saskia Fehr

An empowering programme for more emotional wellbeing.

Dates

10 – 16 June 2024

More Information

When the sun is at its zenith gifting us plenty of energy and warmth, we want to focus on what gives us energy and warmth in our life: Personal strengths and positive emotions. This summer programme from Positive Psychology will set you up for an upward-spiral of wellbeing.

Through dynamic and interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, guided meditations and the supportive embrace of our group, you will embark on an exploration of your unique character strengths. Uncover the inherent gifts that empower you, and identify practical strategies to leverage them in your daily life, fostering a sustainable sense of well-being and flow. With the help of Positive Psychology Interventions targeting forgiveness, gratitude, savouring and optimism we will lay the foundation for your sustained wellbeing. By cultivating a regular practice of experiencing positive emotions, we initiate a powerful upward spiral of well-being that extends far beyond your time at Buchinger Wilhelmi.

Also: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise (TRE®).
A series of physical exercises aimed at releasing the tension in the body caused by stress and trauma through a natural neurogenic trembling process. – max. 12 participants

About Saskia Fehr
Saskia Fehr is a Positive Psychologist and Coach. With her passion for a good life, she integrates insights from the science of wellbeing with approaches from coaching, methods from body psychotherapy and teaching from various wisdom traditions in her practice as Coach and Trainer for Individuals and Organisations. In addition to her practice, she teaches Positive Psychology in a Master’s program and is pursuing a PhD in human flourishing and spiritual awakening. Personally, she considers herself a Dhamma student and practices Vipassana Meditation and Hatha Yoga.

Languages

English


Art Weeks

with Joanna Klakla and Ursula Erchinger*

Art Weeks take place four times a year with an inspiring motto and under the supervision of Joanna Klakla. The creative atelier is open for three hours every day during Art Week to allow you to work creatively. During this time, our guests can be creative at their own pace.

Dates

13 – 20 July 2024: Summer Lights

28 September – 05 October 2024: All about colours

21 – 28 December 2024: Celestial Inspiration

Further information

The workshop is run by Joanna Klakla. She is a freelance artist and art teacher who is specialised scriptural painting, woodcuts and collage. Joanna Klakla is also a lecturer at the Youth Art School in the district of Lake Constance. The focus of the Art Weeks is on experimenting with various techniques and materials. The goal is to also cultivate your individual artistic expression.

Here are the mottos of the Art Weeks through the seasons:

  • Spring: Growing Plants/A Garden Installation
    Techniques: drawing, painting, cut-outs, collage, printing techniques
  • Summer: Summer workshop
    Technique: painting
  • Autumn: All About Colours
  • Winter: Celestial Inspiration

Languages

German, English, French


Mindfulness Meditation Week

with Tenzin Kalden*

Lharampa Tenzin Kalden is a Buddhist monk and meditation instructor who teaches traditional mindfulness meditation methods and Tibetan Lu Jong yoga. Learn how to bring more mindfulness into your life and thoughts.

Dates

12 – 16 August 2024

25 – 29 November 2024

More information

Practising mindfulness plays a central role in Buddhism. Being mindful means being in the present moment. According to Buddhist teachings, we are conscious of our emotions, thoughts and actions in the here and now. At every moment, our mind is alert and knows what impact our actions will have on others and on the environment. Mindfulness is considered a clear, neutral spirit that does not judge or appraise.

There are four aspects to mindfulness: mindfulness of one’s own body, one’s feelings, thoughts and actions. Those who practice mindfulness are aware at all times of samsara, the repetitive everlasting cycle of habit, and live their lives for the good of all sentient beings.

Mindfulness Meditation Week is run by Tenzin Kalden, who was born in Tibet and grew up in Europe. He studied at the Sera Monastic University in South India for 17 years, where he graduated in the five great sciences of Buddhism. He was awarded the title of Rabjampa and achieved the highest scholastic title of Lharampa. For the last nine years, Lharampa Tenzin Kalden has organized training courses in Buddhist philosophy and meditation retreats in Europe.

Content of the mindfulness seminar:

  • Meditation and Tibetan Lu Jong yoga for the five elements
  • Mindfulness meditation and walking meditation
  • Buddhist psychology for more harmony and health
  • Healing mantras and chakra cleansing exercises derived from Tibetan Buddhism
  • Meditation and exercises against stress and burnout
  • Lecture: “Dealing with sorrowful emotions using exercises for mindfulness meditation”
  • Lecture: “Buddhist philosophy as a basis for meditation”
  • Lecture: “The therapeutic benefits of buddhist tantra

Languages

German, English


Semaines Francophones

with Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo, Jean Montagard and Irina Brook*

This year, our French-speaking guests will again be able to enjoy the Semaines Francophones. The events offered by our main speakers and the evening programme as well as several other activities in the course of the day will be held in French.

Dates

08 – 22 September 2024
with Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo

16 21 September
and with Irina Brook

“ We are such stuff as dreams are made on” (Prospero, The Tempest, W. Shakespeare)

Irina Brook, director, photographer and artist, invites you to join her in a series of workshops with a wonderful mix of theater, mindfulness, acting and creativity. A meditative theater for all. No theatrical experience is necessary, because with an open and curious mind, anyone can be Hamlet for a day!

Seminar will be held in French.

 

03 – 17 November 2024
with Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo

Language

French
Partly in English


The Science Week.

with the Buchinger Wilhelmi Science team*

Join us for an enlightening Science Week dedicated to the theme of “Therapeutic Fasting and the Microbiome.” Discover the profound connection between therapeutic fasting and the microbiome, the community of trillions of microorganisms living in and on our bodies.

At Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic, our expertise in therapeutic fasting stands out due to our commitment to scientific validation and evidence-based outcomes. We are the ONLY place that validates, tests and amplifies their own product scientifically and hence can almost guarantee certain outcomes. Our scientific team wants to share this with you by a series of engaging lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive discussions with world-renowned experts in nutrition, fasting, and microbiome research.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about the latest scientific advancements, explore personalized fasting protocols, and understand the pivotal role of the microbiome in health and disease. You will even be able to have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of scientific research by cultivating the microbes that live on their skin.

Dates

02 – 07 December 2024

More information

The following sessions are planned:

02.12. Afternoon (1.5 hours). Cultivate your skin microbiota (Part 1).
Participants will be provided with the unique opportunity of cultivating their skin microbiota. An introduction to experimental research will be provided. This hands-on experience will be accompanied by explanations about how microbiota are analysed, and how the sequencing of DNA is changing our society.

02.12. Evening lecture. Scientific research at the Buchinger Wilhelmi clinics.
An overview of the major achievements of the scientific department to document the safety and therapeutic effects of the Buchinger Wilhelmi fasting method. Exclusive insights into the current research studies will be provided. / Dr Robin Mesnage.

05.12. Evening lecture. FastForward for a better understanding of the crucial period following a fast.
The new research study ongoing in our clinic aims to study how to improve the food reintroduction and help our patients adopting a healthy lifestyle after fasting. Practical tips for a better blood sugar control and mindful eating will be offered. / Marie Knufinke

06.12. or 07.12. (1.5 hours). Cultivate your skin microbiota (Part 2).
Participants will be provided with the unique opportunity of cultivating their skin microbiota. In this part 2, the patients will be unveiling the results of their very own laboratory experiment initiated 4 days earlier.

07.12. Evening lecture. The mysteries of the gut microbiome.
Our digestive tract is home to an incredible number of bacteria. Recent scientific discoveries about this microbial world is revolutionising medicine and is opening the way to new therapeutic possibilities. / Dr Robin Mesnage

03.12. and 04.12. from 11:00 to 12:00. The scientific department will be opened for visit. Members of the science team will be welcoming you to answer your questions and explain you their work in the realisation of scientific studies.

Languages

English


Yoga transformation retreat

with Gilbert Grimeau*

Experience the transformative power of yoga at Buchinger Wilhelmi!

The end of the year, especially the Christmas season, is great for letting go of the old, allowing change to happen, and realigning yourself. This intense yoga transformation retreat is your opportunity to do so.

Learn various meditation techniques and breathing exercises, explore your body awareness during yoga classes, and open up new horizons through mantra chanting and much more. It doesn’t matter how much yoga experience you have, as you can find your own intensity through the different levels.

We at Buchinger Wilhelmi want to offer you this particularly protected space for your retreat, your spiritual development, and your transformation. Fasting during the retreat can support you in your transformation, but is not mandatory.

Date

09 – 14 December 2024

More information

*Gilbert Grimeau is a yoga and meditation instructor. He has practised yoga for more than 22 years as a life philosophy. Gilbert started training as a yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition 16 years ago. Following this, he completed further courses in modern styles like Anusara, Yin and Vinyasa yoga. His courses are designed to be integral, incorporating elements from various yoga styles. He learned and experienced meditation in various ashrams in Germany, India and South America. He is currently deepening his knowledge by training to become a yoga therapist.

Since 2021 he has been an Inspiration Coach at Buchinger Wilhelmi, where he offers our guests various meditation and yoga classes, breathing therapy classes and therapeutic dancing.

 

The following classes are planned:

Daily

7:30–8:10 a.m.: Pranayama – Peace Chanting

8:15–8:50 a.m.: Meditation

9:00–10:15 a.m.: Yoga Level I

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Yoga Level II

 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday:

5:00-6:30 p.m.: Yoga therapy (digestive system, heart, respiratory system, musculoskeletal system)

 

Sunday afternoon:

5:00-6.00 p.m.: Dance It Off (Embark on a journey through the elements and move intuitively to inspiring music. Without judgement, you develop your own, individual dance and activate your self-healing powers.)

 

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday evening:

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Mantra yin yoga / Mantra meditation / Mantra with sound

Language

English



Events 2025 – Preview

Seminar: Release. Align. Proceed.

with Saskia Fehr*

A programme for more meaning and purpose in life.

As the New Year rises on the horizon and the festive Christmas lights fade, it’s the perfect time to turn inward, release the old and embrace the new. This program accompanies you on a journey of discovery into what gives your life meaning and purpose.

With support from Positive Psychology, you will explore the topic of meaning and purpose in life and identify what is most important to you in life. Let go of what no longer serves you and devote the energy and resources you have gained to what lies ahead. Through interactive exercises and in exchange with the group, you will gradually create your meaningful life.

About your instructor: Saskia Fehr is a Positive Psychologist and Coach. With her passion for a good life, she integrates insights from the science of wellbeing with approaches from coaching, methods from body psychotherapy and teaching from various wisdom traditions in her practice as Coach and Trainer for Individuals and Organisations. In addition to her practice, she teaches Positive Psychology in a Master’s program and is pursuing a PhD in human flourishing and spiritual awakening. Personally, she considers herself a Dhamma student and practitioner of Vipassana Meditation and Hatha Yoga.

Date

14 – 20 January 2025

More information

The following sessions are planned:

14.01. Introduction to the Programme
Introduction to Positive Psychology and the topic of meaning and purpose in life.

15.01. Letting go of what no longer serves you.
Detaching ourselves with gratitude from the things that no longer serve our growth and development – guided meditation and reflection closed by a fire ceremony.

16.01. Your sources of meaning in life.
Everyone perceives different things as particularly meaningful in life. We want to identify these sources of meaningfulness together. Please bring your phone.

17.01. Core Values.
Everyone has a personal value system that underpins perception, action and identity. We want to clarify those core values together.

18.01. The Good Life.
Wellbeing and the good life ultimately lie in the subjective judgment of the individual. This session is about your personal idea of the best possible existence.

19.01. Vision.
Through a guided visualization exercise, we will create a strong vision of a meaningful life and design our own visual aid: Your vision board.

20.01. Intention.
At the end of the week, we will reflect on what we have developed for ourselves and create a plan for how we can integrate our insights into our lives in a sustainable way.

In addition:

Evening: Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercise (TRE®).
A series of physical exercises aimed at releasing the tension in the body caused by stress and trauma through a natural neurogenic trembling process. – max. 12 participants

Language

English & German


Yoga transformation retreat

with Gilbert Grimeau*

Experience the transformative power of yoga at Buchinger Wilhelmi!

The beginning of the year offers a good opportunity to reorganise your intuition and potential and to get new impulses for the spring. This intense yoga transformation retreat is your opportunity to do so.

Learn various meditation techniques and breathing exercises, explore your body awareness during yoga classes, and open up new horizons through mantra chanting and much more. It doesn’t matter how much yoga experience you have, as you can find your own intensity through the different levels.

We at Buchinger Wilhelmi want to offer you this particularly protected space for your retreat, your spiritual development, and your transformation. Fasting during the retreat can support you in your transformation, but is not mandatory.

Date

17 – 22 February 2025

More information

*Gilbert Grimeau is a yoga and meditation instructor. He has practised yoga for more than 22 years as a life philosophy. Gilbert started training as a yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition 16 years ago. Following this, he completed further courses in modern styles like Anusara, Yin and Vinyasa yoga. His courses are designed to be integral, incorporating elements from various yoga styles. He learned and experienced meditation in various ashrams in Germany, India and South America. He is currently deepening his knowledge by training to become a yoga therapist.

Since 2021 he has been an Inspiration Coach at Buchinger Wilhelmi, where he offers our guests various meditation and yoga classes, breathing therapy classes and therapeutic dancing.

 

The following classes are planned:

Daily

7:30–8:10 a.m.: Pranayama – Peace Chanting

8:15–8:50 a.m.: Meditation

9:00–10:15 a.m.: Yoga Level I

10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Yoga Level II

 

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday:

5:00-6:30 p.m.: Yoga therapy (digestive system, heart, respiratory system, musculoskeletal system)

 

Sunday afternoon:

5:00-6.00 p.m.: Dance It Off (Embark on a journey through the elements and move intuitively to inspiring music. Without judgement, you develop your own, individual dance and activate your self-healing powers.)

 

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday evening:

7:30-8:30 p.m.: Mantra yin yoga / Mantra meditation / Mantra with sound

Language

English


Meditation during Lent

with Niklaus Brantschen, Jesuit and Zen Master*

Learn to meditate during Lent with Jesuit and Zen Master Niklaus Brantschen.

Learn more!

Date

02 – 07 March 2025

Languages

German, English


Art Weeks

with Joanna Klakla and Ursula Erchinger*

Art Weeks take place four times a year with an inspiring motto and under the supervision of Joanna Klakla. The creative atelier is open for three hours every day during Art Week to allow you to work creatively. During this time, our guests can be creative at their own pace.

Dates

13 – 20 April 2025: Growing Plants

19 – 26 July 2025: Summer Lights

27 September – 04 October 2025: All about colours

20 – 26 December 2025: Celestial Inspiration

Further information

The workshop is run by Joanna Klakla. She is a freelance artist and art teacher who is specialised scriptural painting, woodcuts and collage. Joanna Klakla is also a lecturer at the Youth Art School in the district of Lake Constance. The focus of the Art Weeks is on experimenting with various techniques and materials. The goal is to also cultivate your individual artistic expression.

Here are the mottos of the Art Weeks through the seasons:

  • Spring: Growing Plants/A Garden Installation
    Techniques: drawing, painting, cut-outs, collage, printing techniques
  • Summer: Summer workshop
    Technique: painting
  • Autumn: All About Colours
  • Winter: Celestial Inspiration

Languages

German, English, French


Happiness Week

with Florence Servan-Schreiber*

Florence Servan-Schreiber is an author who lives and works in Paris. She holds workshops and lectures on positive psychology and the science of happiness. Learn how to craft your own happiness and mobilise your own “superpowers”!

Dates

26 – 31 May 2025

Languages

English, French


The Science Week.

with the Buchinger Wilhelmi Science team*

Join us for an enlightening Science Week dedicated to the theme of “Therapeutic Fasting and the Microbiome.” Discover the profound connection between therapeutic fasting and the microbiome, the community of trillions of microorganisms living in and on our bodies.

At Buchinger Wilhelmi Clinic, our expertise in therapeutic fasting stands out due to our commitment to scientific validation and evidence-based outcomes. We are the ONLY place that validates, tests and amplifies their own product scientifically and hence can almost guarantee certain outcomes. Our scientific team wants to share this with you by a series of engaging lectures, hands-on workshops, and interactive discussions with world-renowned experts in nutrition, fasting, and microbiome research.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn about the latest scientific advancements, explore personalized fasting protocols, and understand the pivotal role of the microbiome in health and disease. You will even be able to have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of scientific research by cultivating the microbes that live on their skin.

Dates

09 – 14 June 2025

More information

The following sessions are planned:

09.06. Afternoon (1.5 hours). Cultivate your skin microbiota (Part 1).
Participants will be provided with the unique opportunity of cultivating their skin microbiota. An introduction to experimental research will be provided. This hands-on experience will be accompanied by explanations about how microbiota are analysed, and how the sequencing of DNA is changing our society.

09.06. Evening lecture. Scientific research at the Buchinger Wilhelmi clinics.
An overview of the major achievements of the scientific department to document the safety and therapeutic effects of the Buchinger Wilhelmi fasting method. Exclusive insights into the current research studies will be provided. / Dr Robin Mesnage.

13.06. Evening lecture. FastForward for a better understanding of the crucial period following a fast.
The new research study ongoing in our clinic aims to study how to improve the food reintroduction and help our patients adopting a healthy lifestyle after fasting. Practical tips for a better blood sugar control and mindful eating will be offered. / Marie Knufinke

13.06. (1.5 hours). Cultivate your skin microbiota (Part 2).
Participants will be provided with the unique opportunity of cultivating their skin microbiota. In this part 2, the patients will be unveiling the results of their very own laboratory experiment initiated 4 days earlier.

14.06. Evening lecture. The mysteries of the gut microbiome.
Our digestive tract is home to an incredible number of bacteria. Recent scientific discoveries about this microbial world is revolutionising medicine and is opening the way to new therapeutic possibilities. / Dr Robin Mesnage

10.06. and 11.06. from 11:00 to 12:00. The scientific department will be opened for visit. Members of the science team will be welcoming you to answer your questions and explain you their work in the realisation of scientific studies.

Languages

English


*All events are free of charge as part of our Buchinger Wilhelmi program.

Do you want more information?

T +49 7551 807-0

info@buchinger-wilhelmi.com