Amanae Retreat
Experience personal transformation
into the depth of your soul

Immerse yourself in 5 days of very effective bodywork

Feb 26 - March 1, 2024 (in English)
July 8 - 12, 2024 (in Dutch)
October 2 - 6, 2024
Lievegem (near Ghent) - Belgium

We all have insights, but can you actually live them?
Until you have felt through it, it is merely an idea. And though it may offer grip and comfort, it stays an abstract thing.

These 5 days help you live what you haven't allowed before. So you don't need to keep life itself at bay any longer, so you may embrace it fully.

By entering truly into your body, into a layer you may never have experienced before, you encounter life itself, or your defence or prejudice against it. Power, sorrow, life force, numbness, your inner child, your family, depth, rest, fear, compassion,...

Stories emerge, but during these 5 days, you won’t go into that story, you'll go underneath it, into the feeling, and what you feel is what you heal, old emotions, old thoughts and convictions and patterns all alike.

  • In a small group
  • With personal guidance
  • Towards a powerful experience

  • Discover new insights
  • Create space and openness
  • Free yourself from personal constraints

This workshop was a present that life gave me

What Can You Expect?

Intensive bodywork

You'll take part in two 3-hour sessions a day. One session on the table being worked upon, and one session next to the table, being present for the other and yourself. Sometimes it is an even bigger experience to be next to the table than being on it. These XL sessions allow you to get into every aspect that needs attention from different angles.

Personalised within a small group

A very small group of 3 to maximum 6 people, which allows for a lot of personal coaching while still benefitting from the group container.

Minimal talking, maximal feeling

It is bodywork, not talking therapy. You will be focused on the breath and the sensations in the body. The story is secondary. Being 100% present with these sensations. This is very powerful and will bring you release, insight and opening.
Still, during the work, sometimes you will be asked some questions and receive coaching to get you even deeper into your transformational process.

And a great supportive atmosphere, including delicious soulfood

The surroundings matter. So we offer the perfect space for such intensive work, and foresee healthy soulfood to keep your body nourished.

New to bodywork in a group setting?

You will have work carried out on the physical body, with pressure and movements on the skin, in a small group of 2 to 6 people. Check how this feels with you, and if this truly bothers you, this intensive might not be your best choice.

You will be lying down on a massage table, covered by one or more blankets, only wearing your underpants and if needed a tank top. The points worked are spread over the body, but not touching sexual areas.
Most work is done on the heart, the lungs, the back, the hips and the neck.

Meet Your Guides
On This Journey Into Your Body

Kim Cao-Van, Ph.D

That's me. I offer an open non-judging heart, a very intuitive but firm touch, a sharp mind and no-nonsense mouth - well most of the time :)

And for those that care: I also have a sense of higher energy and spirituality to share.

Charlotte De Cramer

My beloved wife, and assistant during these workshops.

Whatever I write here is biased of course, but she is a loving down-to-earth angel who knows what is needed so you can surrender to yourself.

And Meet Yourself

Participation in itself is not a guarantee for a result. It is key that you take your responsibility. We offer you the ultimate setting where you can do just that, but in the end, nobody else can take responsability for your process other than you.

A lot of people in therapy do not really want to change, or at least, they are not ready to take the responsability for their own proces. It is key that you take this responsability.

Don't let other people or situations dictate your process. Use this unique opportunity to claim it for yourself, and take matters into your own hands. Amanae bodywork is the perfect tool for this!

Reported results include

  • Sleep better
  • Feel lighter and positive
  • Relief of physical pain and tension
  • Breath more freely
  • Inner strength
  • Keep off work stress more easily
  • More realizations than years of therapy
  • Being more comfortable with yourself
  • Waking up of sexual energy
  • Better boundaries
  • Stilness, and a deep sense of calm
  • Being able to trust again

Shed your layers
and tap into the power of your true self!

Bypass the mind, and discover what your body harbours

Is This For You?

Are you ready for the next level? If you truly want change, but you feel like you have reached a plateau, this is for you...

If you want to connect to the light and love inside of yourself, in a down-to-earth manner, this is for you...

If you want to really feel your body, and embrace it.

And if you already experienced Amanae, than you know how powerful it is and what it does for you. So if you feel called for a submersion, you know what to do.

What Others Say About Their Experience


I arrived hesitantly for the Amanae intensive. But during this three-day event, a complex physical knot with deep-seated emotional and mental patterns was loosened piece by piece.

The respectful and loving approach, as well as the professional and structured working method helped me feel safe enough to be able to let go of control and experience a complete surrender.

The enormous force in the transformation of that tense knot was phenomenal!

With joy and gratitude, I look back to that liberating and transforming experience. The effect is still tangible to this day.

Thanks, thanks, my infinite thanks to you, Kim and Charlotte. You are a wonderful team/couple!

Katia - Belgium


I'm so happy that I followed my gut feeling to do a 2nd intensive. It was very intensive, but so liberating and enlightening. I think I've never gone so deep.

Now I live instead of surviving. This is so different, and fun too!

I didn't realize that I was actually in survival mode. Things are still coming up or something is hurting. That's life. How I react is different. I try to feel the pain, not to flee from it or to hide it. To then let go.

In these days I was able to let go like never before. Deeply hidden emotions, sadness, pain, anger ... Going there, breathing, feeling everything and then let go. It was so liberating.

I now live instead of surviving. The inner unrest has gone. I can fully enjoy even very small things. I'm more aware of the beauty, nature, colors, sounds. Kim's website says: coming home to yourself, that's what I am experiencing now.

The part that Kim and Charlotte play in this process is incredible. They complement each other in a way that makes the work even stronger. Very present they feel flawlessly what is needed. You feel that they do this from their heart. I'm greatful I was allowed to be a part of this.

I'll carry this in my heart forever and I will never forget this.

Gerda - Belgium


One of the most special and intense experiences of my life (and I have done quite a few things), creating the most powerful transformations I ever felt. As the layers dissapear, I become more and more me, standing firmer and more authentic in life.

The guidance felt very special, a safe harbor during sometimes very strong emotions. They are always involved and ready to do what is necessary. Their loving presence invites you time and again to go where healing is needed. Every session felt like a great gift.

Charlotte - Belgium


I don't have a lot of words for this transforming experience, but I can feel it all the more :-) Woaw what an experience, and just at the right moment

Mieke - Belgium


The intensive has made a lasting impression on me, I have learned a great deal from it. And up to date, I'm still impressed with Kim's qualities regarding bodywork, feelings, softening and creativity. He is a warm and loving person of integrety who brings out the best (feeling) in others.

Leon - the Netherlands


I feel reborn. Really, I do! I hope this power stays in me, because I haven't felt so clear and happy in ages. Grateful to you, my angel, and to Charlotte of course. So there's two angels :)

Sofie - Belgium


What touched me, was how the body was treated and listened to, with power, with love and attention. There, in the memory of the cells, are the hidden injuries and the healing and growth potential.

The support from the group and practitioners was a gift. I've seen things, felt, heard, and received a lot of information on myself, my past and my ancestral line.

Kim works with a lot of attention and respect, and combines a variety of specific talents, skills and trainings into a beautiful holistic whole. He guides you gently but surely towards a deeper place if he senses if something is off or hides different layers. There, in the seeming oblivion, you can find pearls of healing, selfknowledge and wisdom.

To be continued.

Marleen - Belgium


This workshop was a present that life gave me. I felt surrounded by lots of love from the practitioners and the participants. Very deep and unforgettable experience! Thanks again Kim.

Maria - France

Still In Doubt?

If you feel hesitant...

It's normal. This is a big step.
You may experience some resistance, or some anxiety. You may wonder if this won't be too much, too far from your comfort zone.

To be honest, it will be a lot, but not too much.
You will get exactly what you need at this moment to grow in your process, though it may be different from your expectations. I realize this is a bold statement, but participants have reported this time and again.

"Expectation is the root of all heartache" - William Shakespeare

And it will challenge your comfort zone, but if you're still reading this, isn't change exactly what you are after?

1350€, all-in* (July)

* Including lodging, food, snacks and drinks. Transport to the venue is not included.

VAT included for individuals (without invoice), excluded for business and professionals (with invoice)