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Activities and events on Lake Constance 2023

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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.

We hope you enjoy browsing!

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

Semaines Francophones

with Dr. Françoise Wilhelmi de Toledo*

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.


29 January – 12 February 2023
with Jean Montagard and in the second week additionally with Blandine Montagard

10 – 24 September 2023
with Dr. Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo

5 – 19 November 2023
with Dr. Francoise Wilhelmi de Toledo



Music as a way to the images of the soul

with Anna E. Röcker*

Music therapist (GIM) Anna E. Röcker addresses the correlations between art, spirituality and healing. She uses her training in analytical psychology (C.G. Jung Institute, Zurich) to illustrate the role symbols play in our holistic health.


17 – 19 February 2023:
“The Magic Flute”

26 – 28 May 2023:
The healing power of music

Discover the fascination of “The Magic Flute” and its timeless significance

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed “The Magic Flute” in the year before he died. It became one of the most famous and most-performed operas in the world. A particularly interesting aspect of this work is against the background of the Freemasons. How much secret knowledge from his own Masonic affiliation did Mozart “betray” in an encrypted form in this piece? And what is new and almost revolutionary about this?

As well as the wonderful music, the general human issues described so magically in the opera are what delight people of all ages. The musical comedy between Tamino/Papageno and Pamina/Papagena can be simply enjoyed, or the opera can be seen as a kind of “initiation path” that the individual characters have to travel. At the same time, the tasks and challenges they face apply to a certain extent for all time.

In the workshops, we will study the individual characters and the meaning of the aspects of the human soul they represent for our personal life through techniques such as active imagination, musical journeys and musical meditation.


17 – 19 February 2023

The healing power of music

Healing comes from the creative qualities of music itself; music is therefore not a means “to …”. Through different instruments, music prompts us to explore and nourish the soul in all of its forms.

Discovering the healing images of the soul with classical music

Music has long served as a medium for healing. The Greeks believed that physical and mental suffering could be healed through music. In the Orient, India and Ancient China, music was also considered a healing art.

For the composer and healer Hildegard von Bingen, the Creation originated in the sound of the word. The mediaeval scholar war familiar with the idea that the cosmic harmony of the universe is reflected in music. That is why she referred to her songs as a musical interpretation of the harmony of heaven.

An important aspect of the healing power of music is therefore its ability to create harmony in us on all levels.

In this presentation, we will look at music in terms of its healing power on all levels. Using individual examples, we will illustrate the effect of music above all on a spiritual level.

In workshops, you can explore your very own inner healing images with the help of selected pieces of classical music in the form of so-called musical journeys.

  1. Streich, Music and Psyche, p.51

26 – 28 May 2023


English, French

Meditation during Lent

with Niklaus Brantschen, Jesuit and Zen Master*

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

Contemplation, relaxation and presence of mind: Through meditation, we can find a way back to ourselves. We are particularly receptive for this when we fast. At Buchinger Wilhelmi, you now have the chance to learn this technique from Niklas Brantschen, who entered the Jesuit order aged 22 and has since dedicated himself to the study of philosophy and theology. In the course of many visits to Japan, he also gained the qualification of a Zen Master (Roshi). He is a friend of our clinic and has published numerous books on meditation and fasting. For more information, see his website:


19 – 26 February 2023


German, English

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.


06 – 10 March 2023

14 – 18 August 2023

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


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.


16 – 22 April 2023

16 – 22 July 2023

01 – 07 October 2023

23 – 30 December 2023

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


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”!


15 – 20 May 2023


English, French


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.


12 – 17 December 2023

More information

*Gilbert Grimeau is a yoga and meditation instructor. He has practised yoga for more than 20 years as a life philosophy. Gilbert started training as a yoga instructor in the Sivananda tradition 14 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 and monasteries in Germany, India and South America. Since 2021 he has been an Inspiration Coach at Buchinger Wilhelmi, where he offers our guests various meditation techniques from different traditions.


The following classes are planned:


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



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

Do you want more information?

T +49 7551 807-0