The Awakened Living Project, Reimagined

An immersive and transformational experience that transcends the traditional retreat model.  Experience a new way of living.

Join us for a weekend, a week or longer between January 5th to 14th, 2024

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A Retreat + Embodied Daily Living

We invite you to go beyond the momentary escape or the quest for an epic "retreat experience."

We are inviting you into something deeper.

An experience that serves your quality of life, meets your heart and expands you into the next chapter of your being…during the retreat and more importantly, long after the experience.


How Does It Work?

We will enter into a retreat space that leverages the profound nature of tribal connection, the healing of Heart iQ circle, expansive consciousness practice and ancient teachings.

We will embrace the artful and yogic practice of being while also engaging with the world in action and connection.

It's community living + a training ground for life. 

The Awakened Living Project offers an environment that allows you to upgrade whatever it is you're ready to upgrade in your life, as well as having a training ground to actually practice and embody that. This isn't about going to a structured event or training, it's about entering an environment and culture where you can thrive. 

Choose How Long To Stay.

Experience a weekend, a week or stay for the full two weeks here at New Eden based on what it is that you're looking for. This is about curating the experience personal to you and what you want. 

What Will You Receive?

The focus of this transformative experience is to prioritize slowing down so you may feel the power of living and creating from a parasympathetic state, while also learning how to engage in the world with more clarity, trust and attunement. We will leverage the power of the amplified field that we co-create to bring about personal and collective healing.

  1. Deep Personal Transformation: Experience profound personal growth and self-discovery, leading to lasting changes in your life.

  2. Enhanced Mindfulness and Presence: Learn to slow down and become more present, improving your mental clarity and emotional well-being.

  3. Community Building and Connection: Forge deep, meaningful connections with like-minded individuals, creating a sense of belonging and support.

  4. Stress Reduction and Relaxation: Engage in practices that promote relaxation and help reduce stress, enhancing overall health and happiness.

  5. Heart iQ Circle Experience: Participate in Heart iQ circles, a unique approach to emotional intelligence and heart-centered living.

  6. Consciousness Expansion: Explore and expand your consciousness through time-honored and innovative practices, leading to greater self-awareness.

  7. Nature Immersion: Enjoy the serene and rejuvenating environment of New Eden, surrounded by natural beauty.

  8. Cultural and Spiritual Exploration: Delve into a blend of cultural and spiritual practices, enriching your understanding and appreciation of diverse perspectives.

  9. Personalized Journey: Tailor your experience to meet your individual needs and goals, ensuring a deeply personal and relevant journey.

  10. Empowerment for Daily Life: Gain practical tools and insights to improve your everyday life, helping you live more consciously and joyfully.

What's Offered at New Eden?

We create the perfect environment for personal transformation and healing. Here's a little about what's offered.

Morning Practice

We have a culture of daily morning practice to connect with your breath, body, life-force and your intention for the day. 

Regular Classes

From nervous system regulation, heart intelligent communication and group dynamics all the way through to meditation, satsang and presence practices, each week offers a number of different classes.

Sauna & Pool

Open day and night, we have a heated pool (open from May to November) and sauna (open all year) to connect, relax and unwind each day. 

Forest & Nature

Home to serene forest and surroundings. Go for a daily walk in the 40 acres of forest that surrounds the property to connect with yourself and the land. 

About New Eden

New Eden, a property located in the Heart of Friesland, Netherlands, is surrounded by 50 acres of beautiful forest and nature.  It is completely private and is gloriously free from the noise and distractions of modern life.
At New Eden you can spend quality time with yourself or your partner, collaborate with others, make new friends, recover from burnout or exhaustion and take a selection of  classes or workshops to upgrade your communication, leadership and intimacy skills.
By being together with other highly conscious and heart intelligent individuals, a powerful amplified field is created where you'll experience deep connections, incredible adventures and unique opportunities to multiply your impact and give back to humanity, so that you can play an even bigger game and significantly expand your ability to accomplish bold things.
Staying at New Eden is like stepping into a different reality of wonder and magic. We go to great lengths to create a strong and loving container for you to stretch into the best version of yourself while creating a culture of acceptance, authenticity, depth of practice, mastery and heart-centered living.
So right now, feel your heart and ask it what it wants in relationship to staying with us. If you feel excited and opened by the thought, then join us for the 2024 Awakened Living Project.
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Meet the Facilitators

The Awakened Living Project is led by the founders of New Eden, Christian Pankhurst and Sumir Brown

Christian Pankhurst

Christian Pankhurst is the founder of Heart iQ and author of "Insights to Intimacy" - Why Relationships Fail and How to Make Them Work. He is globally recognized as an eminent authority on emergent group dynamics and an expert on facilitating community heart fields. Through the integration of various embodied modalities, he has devised a groundbreaking method to allow you to do your deepest work together with others in tribe.


Sumir Brown

Sumir is a sought after international facilitator of Women, Mens and Couples retreats. Her focus is on attunement to love, expansion of consciousness and the Art and Yoga of Beingness. She is the co-owner of New Eden, a beautiful retreat center located in The Netherlands and of The Lilley Center, a cutting edge wellness center located in the United States.  She is the founder of Feminine Rising and the nonprofit, Humanity’s Heart.

Choose Your Preferred Experience

The Awakened Living Project offers both Week-Long and Weekend experiences. Both are immersive and set to the rhythm of slowing down to feel, be and accomplish more. Attending the week will offer a paced community experience (For example, we will follow a natural rhythm of gathering for satsang, classes, meals and experiences together).

Attending the weekend will offer a customized experience. (For example, Men and Women will gather separately to experience unique and specific practices).

The Week-Long Experience

(Monday - Sunday)

The focus of the week-long experiences will be to immerse yourself in the lived experience of slowing down, learning and really feeling what it means to “do less and experience more.” Give yourself  the chance to unfold naturally inside an environment that supports your exploration.  It is here, in the unhurried moments together, where we become present to our breath, movement, touch and connection with others, that we are reminded of our true essence and the gifts of slowing down. 

Join us in creating and establishing a new reality that meets your heart and the new world unfolding before us.

The Weekend Experience

(Friday - Sunday)

Weekends at the Awakened Living Project run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. You can choose to attend a stand alone weekend, or as as part of our week-long stays.

Our first weekend gathering on January 5th - 7th will be an Embodied Man and Embodied Women's retreat delivered separately by Christian and Sumir. 

Then, the weekend after (January 12th - 14th), Christian will facilitate a Heart iQ Circle in an event we're calling 'Thriving in Tribe'.

Register for the Awakened Living Project

Choose when you'd like to come and for how long.

Stay for a Week (Or More)


Price based on the minimum six night stay. Includes meals & shared accommodation.

Your package includes:

  • Week long stay at New Eden in a shared occupancy room. Arrival on Monday 5th or 8th of January. 
  • Includes all standard classes, circles, sessions & activities from Monday to Friday.
  • Attendance to either our Embodied Man / Embodied Woman Retreat (January 5th - 7th) or the Thriving in Tribe Weekend Gathering (January 12th - 14th).*
  • Access to New Eden facilities, including sauna from Monday to Sunday.
  • Vegetarian meal package.
  • Private room upgrades are available for an additional fee.

Stay for a Weekend


Includes meals and shared accommodation from Friday night to Sunday lunch.

Your package includes:

  • Weekend stay at New Eden in a shared occupancy room. Arrival on Friday 5th or the 12th of January.
  • Attendance to either our Embodied Man / Embodied Woman Retreat (January 5th - 7th) or the Thriving in Tribe Weekend Gathering (January 12th - 14th).
  • Access to New Eden facilities, including sauna from Friday to Sunday.
  • Vegetarian meal package.
  • Private room upgrades are available for an additional fee.



Frequently Asked Questions

The Awakened Living Project runs from January 5th - 14th. You can stay for a maximum of 9 days.

We offer weekend and week long packages, however, there is no limit to how many weekends you register for in this time period. Check in days are Monday and Friday. Checkout days are Sunday.

Yes! When booking together as a couple you will be guaranteed your own room (you won't be sharing with others). 

Our standard offering is vegetarian but we cater for vegan, dairy free, gluten free, sugar free and soy free.  

You will be able to select your dietary preference when you book your stay.


We do our best to serve organic produce, yet it's not guaranteed that all ingredients will be certified organic.

If you have further dietary needs, you'll need to bring you own supplemental snacks / pre-prepared meals as we can't cater for everyone's unique needs outside of what is offered.

Nearly all of our rooms come with private bathroom & have a simple design. They are minimally furnished with beds, desk and side tables with lamps.

We supply sheets, bedding and towels.

Getting to New Eden is easy!

We've created a page on our site with easy directions on how to get here by Train, Bus and Car.

Click here to open a new page and learn more about getting to New Eden.

Cancellations 30 days or more before your check-in date will receive a full refund minus 10% processing fee. If you cancel eight or more days before registered check-in date, you will receive a full refund less a 25% processing fee. Cancellations within 7 days before registered check-in date will be non-refundable. No credit or refund is available if you cancel; if you do not show up; or if you leave early for any reason.

The Awakened Living Project is an adult experience, however children are welcome to be here. We do not have the staff or facilities to cater for your young ones and so they are 100% your responsibility. Children are not permitted in classes, practice sessions or circles, and must be supervised at all times.

No. We offer an environment to experience awakened living in community with others.

As such, you will be invited to contribute and give your time freely to help out around the centre. 

The experience is one of mutual giving and receiving. We will take care of you, and it's expected that you will help take care of us. Treat this as you would your own home, rather than a hotel where the expectation is to be served.

Check in is at 1pm. Check out is  at 5pm.

Your lodging fee includes dinner on the day you check in and lunch on the final day you check out (Sunday)

Are You Ready to Join Us and Be a Part of The Awakened Living Project at New Eden?


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