- A member of the global community of courageous hearts who have at attended a NAKED retreat or two…or three!
- A love warrior with a mission to strip away all that is not real.
- A hunter for transparency in every moment.
- Someone who is ready to throw the need to be perfect over board and sink into a deep acceptance of what is.
- An alchemist who transforms vulnerability into strength.
NAKED. So much fantasy about it. And yet nothing is more concrete than being naked. Nothing to imagine: it’s all staring you in the face. That was my experience of NAKED.
I arrived at the Dominican Republic where it was 28 degrees Celsius. And yet, internally, I realised I was still ‘dressed up’ for the Arctic cold, with layer upon layer of protection to stop me from seeing my own nakedness: for fear of being ashamed of it, disgusted, judgemental. The exercises facilitated by Dara and Simon were challenging but they helped unzip the clothes. However, I had to be the one to decide to take them off. I was not stripped. I was allowed to and invited to undress. Such a big difference. The difference between safety and abuse. It is not about being stripped to the bone.
I got to keep my muscles and flesh, because that is me, that is the actual me that interacts with others and with myself. And it is so freeing to be able to see myself with all that I am, not dissected – literally and figuratively – by my underwear which hides away what is deemed shameful or offensive. Instead, I had a whole body, a whole self. It is that wholeness that allowed for the emotions to finally manage to come through.
And finally, being naked in all sense with others is what contributes to the healing gaze. It is the being seen by the others in the group that allowed me to also see myself as good and beautiful. So thanks to all of you who made naked my best suit.
– King Mike
Struggling in my life with not coming out fully, at the outside everything okay, but still this feeling I hadn’t unpacked my real self, holding back on something in relationships with others and toward myself. I didn’t dare to be really open. This feeling was also mixed up with not feeling satisfied with what life brought me every day therefore I was yearning for more attention, more sexual pleasure, more challenges, more from others and myself.
And then, Google drew my attention towards NAKED. The words about stripping off and being totally naked, physically, emotionally and mentally – those words touched me deeply.
After two weeks of hesitation I decided to apply. Since then a journey of mining and gold digging started towards the real Willem, my soul, my vulnerable part, the part that I didn’t dare to come true for. What I was dying for started to be revealed in a totally unexpected way. I possessed the key already and what Naked The Retreat did was helping me to strip off all the counterproductive thoughts and feelings, to shake them out, to flush them away. It’s awesome to experience how the love and truth that we shared with each other has helped me to find the key and to unlock my inner self!
I am familiar with the theological concept of rebirth; wow man, this was a real rebirth, discovering and showing the Willem I have always been. I can’t recommend you a better way to stop sabotaging your life and to start fully living who you really are, a love giving and love receiving being!
– King Willem
Gratitude; this is what I want to say I feel. Simon and Dara put so much energy, your presence and I know how much strength and energy it takes to organise it, to make it happen and hold the space and presence and energy of others. I appreciate your commitments to this transforming work and to inspire people to change for their internal worth. I appreciate the pointers you give me and invite me to investigate if I wish. I gained a lot from this second retreat, it was different from the first one. Im immensely grateful for this gift you gifted me.
– Queen Magnificent Moony
Naked the Retreat is the place to be if you’d like to get to know and open up to your true, authentic self. It is a soul-warming, heart opening experience and makes you indulge in the feeling of freedom. I have spend one of the most beautiful weeks of my life with the international group of the Naked tribe. My heart is still filled with the love that I felt that week and I am constantly spreading the good vibrations back home.
Dara and Simon are simply amazing. Naked is a creation of their love, wisdom and honesty.- Queen Alice