Esoteric Healing & Reiki Retreat

          5 Day Retreat in Reiki, Energy Medicine and Esoteric Healing,

                            Paya Bay Resort, Roatan Island,

                                     Bay Islands, Honduras  

                                          7 -11 May 2018

This retreat combines Reiki training with instruction in Energy Medicine for self healing and Esoteric/Energy Healing techniques from the Arcane Mystery Schools.

The course has a dual objective. Firstly, you will learn what energy healing is, what it involves to be a healer and how to look after your self as a helper of others, to learn about energy management to keep yourself healthy and happy and in a peak state of mental, emotional and energetic fitness. Secondly, you will have the opportunity to learn techniques for healing others, including releasing mental and emotional energy blockages, working with the chakras and the aura, guided visualizations and meditations, and more.  


If you are a past student of Reiki, you can repeat previous level attunements and receive your next degree attunement including Reiki Master.  If you are a new student, you can receive your first and second degrees during the course.

Good health can be described as a condition in which there is an uninterrupted flow of energy throughout the whole body. This is also true for mental and emotional health - the absence of energy patterns that cause stagnation and inhibit the natural freedom of the mind, heart and belly. The causes of physical ailments are often these same mental and emotional patterns and negative energies, such as stress, depression, anxiety and other thoughts and feelings that seem to lodge themselves and repeat automatically - our conditioned responses.

Our fundamental approach in energy medicine is to become aware of the world of energy in and around our bodies/mind, and how our thoughts and feelings influence our health and well-being. Words and concepts such as the aura, chakras, energy lines, meridians, and etheric field all describe this energy body on the personal level. The more universal field of energy that we are all an integral part of is described by concepts such as the matrix, the collective unconscious, archetypes, the quantum field, and even called the Mind of God by Einstein.  Scientists and mystics agree: we influence and engage with that field with our intentions, thoughts and feelings - and the field determines the shape and health of the atoms and cells of the body.  

A study by the American Medical Association  in 1998 found that people are desirous of “treating illness within a larger context of spiritual and life meaning….the use of alternative care is  part of a broader value orientation and set of cultural beliefs, one that embraces a holistic, spiritual orientation to life.”  In this course we will also discuss the spiritual significance of disease, and the message, gift and opportunity for spiritual growth that diseases can bring.  




Paya Bay Resort, winner of four and a half stars and the Travelers Choice Award on Tripadvisor, is a family run and owned private resort hotel on the East End of the island, away from the more developed West End.  It has a picturesque little secluded clothing optional beach.


Roatán Island forms part of the Bay Islands on the Caribbean coast of Honduras.  There are direct flights from the US to the island.  Roatán is a very popular destination for tourists and is especially known for many diving schools.  The island does not share the security problems of the mainland.  Retreatants will be picked up at the airport or ferry port by shuttle. 

 INVESTMENT includes:

Private room for single:        $1400  per person            

Shared room 2 beds:             $1200  pp                        

Shared room 3 beds:             $1150   pp                         

Shared room 4 beds:             $1100  pp                    

Non-residential tuition fee:   $550

If you will be coming to the course during the day, lunches will be available from the resort restaurant.

Early bird discounts:  $250 off before January 1, 2018,          

                                        $150 off before March 1 2018

Reiki Masters can attend at a further $100 discount.

Course Director and Reiki Master, Hendrik van der Merwe, has over 30 years experience as a bodywork therapist and energy healer.  He has been on the spiritual path since his mother, who was a Jungian scholar, gave him a book on Zen Buddhism at the age of 20, and inspired him with yoga and taught him how to meditate.   He started his formal training in Buddhist philosophy and meditation and hatha yoga at the age of 21 and attended his first course in Tibetan massage,  “Taming The Tiger” at the age of 22.    The following year he met his principle teacher, Patrick Desplace, and completed Advanced Esoteric Healing training with him over several years.  He also trained with renowned energy healer Rosalyn Bruyère, and continued to study various healing modalities such as Applied Kinesiology, Thai Massage, Chi Nei Tsang and Karsai Nei Tsang.  After more than two decades of working with energy healing and massage he started Reiki training, and has been a Reiki Master for 7 years. 

 Zendrik also trained as a Sivananda Yoga teacher and has been teaching yoga for 16 years. He studied with two Zen masters and received transmissions from Namkai Norbu, a Tibetan Lama of the Dzogchen school.   He includes shamanic work with plant medicines, study of Advaita Vedanta and A Course in Miracles as seminal influences in his life. 

Zendrik is an integrative practitioner, combining various disciplines, techniques and modalities to approach healing and personal growth in a holistic way.  His yoga classes are focused on the harmony of the inner and outer asana.  His work as a healer is predominantly focused on releasing emotional and mental energy blockages and old cellular memories for deep lasting healing and spiritual growth.

He established the Ananda Healing Center in San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala in 2014, where he teaches courses in Reiki and Esoteric Healing, Thai Massage, and Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage).   Sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience and guiding other healers on this path has become his passion over the last five years.

Zendrik is also a  musician, sound healer and sculptor, and coaches chess to Mayan school kids in Guatemala.