Robur at The Oak

— recognised by the King Baudouin Foundation, check goededoelen.be (only Dutch, French, German; you can find info in English about the King Baudouin Foundation here) —

“The world needs places to connect.”

*** Important note: The English website won’t be updated anymore, because at some point it will disappear. Google Translate and other translators have become good enough to interpret websites in foreign languages. Only the Newsletter will continue to appear in English as long as the English website is online. When it goes offline interested subscribers can move to the Flemish website and subscribe to the Newsletter there. You will be updated when this change is about to happen.
Thanks for your understanding!***

What is Robur at The Oak?
Since the summer of 2015, a unique little house is slowly but surely taking shape in the woods. A place of healing for people who need it in our rushed and demanding world: in the first place people suffering a burnout. A connecting place where you can also get in touch again with your deepest self and help prevent burnout through activities that are related to peace, nature, healing or creativity.
In addition, writers and artists are also welcome at this creative place. With their literary, musical, visual and plastic creations they offer a very personal healing contribution to our society.   → Find out more

DSC02883 - 2017-06-03, So sweet, father and son working together

Where have we got to?
Robur at The Oak is making good progress in becoming a small scale project with already a big impact.

Help Robur into the world!

Since 2017, numerous volunteers have been building this unique little house – we have made some more progress than shown in the pictures (discover the latest developments in the Newsletter)!

Volunteers mid-June
These are volunteers from Germany, Brasil, Argentina, Belgium, Mexico, Chile, The Netherlands and Belgium.

Explore the website and get to know a lot more!

>>> All photographs on this website, except those of guest photographers and of the introduction of the team, are © Wandering Oak  <<<


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About Robur

This is the adventure of making a dream come true. The coming-to-life of Robur at The Oak (Antwerp, Belgium). A healing, ecological place in the forest. A place to escape the rat race of this world, to spend time on what is really important in our unique lives. The (re)discovery of our true self. A place to search and to receive what we need at this moment. To shine our hidden light in our darkness.

If we take good care of ourselves , we can go back to our own place feeling strengthened, and take better care of our family, our work and our society.

Looking at it in this way, Robur at The Oak can have a much bigger impact on society than you would expect from a small scale project! A place that restores and enhances the ever-present connection between all living things. Connecting with yourself is connecting with everything and everyone… That is our contribution to a society that we care for deeply. Under all of our cynicism, this society is as vulnerable as every separate individual that exists in it.

And as strong.

Vision
The not-for-profit association Robur at The Oak is convinced that one of the most important underlying causes of modern western ‘well-being’ diseases can be found in our deep disconnection of nature. Who in the western world still knows how to survive in nature and even thrive in it? And we are part of nature! So in fact we are deeply disconnected from ourselves.
Another consequence of this disconnection is the way we have developed an ‘infinite growth’ economy, without respect for natural cycles or balances. No wonder the planet is getting exhausted!
And no wonder we are depressed and burned out…
We harvest what we sow.

Robur at The Oak wants to help connect to nature and to ourselves again, in a small-scale setting, in order to continue what begins slowly: a new and connecting way of thinking that can lead us to a more humane and natural society.

The house carries the name Robur, from Quercus robur, pedunculate oak.
And it takes time to become strong.
Like an oak.

Target Audience
A non-profit organisation since February 22, 2017, Robur at The Oak is meant to be a healing place for:

– people recovering from burnout or people close to getting burned out, for (preventing burnout can be organised in cooperation with companies/employers, and for independent entrepreneurs!)

– people who have been through an acute situation, and need to be away from their own surroundings for a while

– people in need of some quiet time, especially highly sensitive people (HSP)

writers/artists who are looking for a quiet place in nature to focus on their project

– small groups of friends who want to work on (physical, spiritual or psychological) image007_homehealing, amongst themselves or with a facilitator

– to experience The Work of Byron Katie, EFT (tapping) etc. on request /in workshops

– meetings in the Red Tent (and other women’s circles) and men’s circles, because these have a strong connecting and healing effect, originate from ancient tribal traditions and don’t get so much attention in our individualistic society

– to sing together, laugh, share and be quiet around the central Fireplace

– space for small lectures and mini-workshops by and for people who wish to grow and share in peace, nature, healing and creativity

– healing and ecological ideas: Robur at The Oak aims to be a creative hub

– …

Put briefly, Robur at The Oak aims to restore our wholeness by offering Nature, Rest, Healing and Creativity. CONNECTION is the keyword: to connect is to Relate – and that is love.
How the project will develop in the coming years is part of this adventure. One thing is clear: it grows organically, like nature.

You will find the mysterious story of the origin and evolution of Robur at The Oak here.

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Newsletter

Every now and then there is something to tell you about Robur at The Oak. Big things and little things. The activities that took place there. A moment of quiet contemplation. Robur’s guardian would like to share this with you.

Click here for the newsletter, with the calendar in the margin to the right. Take a subscription there, too, so you can keep up to date with it all!

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Financial Support

At the moment the completion of Robur at The Oak is in the hands of people who care about the project and support it, so that the not for profit organisation can fulfil its mission: to be a refuge for those who need it more than others, for artists and for meetings and (creative) workshops.

Your (financial) support builds a money-bridge to span the financial gap. So the moment of completion and coming into service comes closer and closer, step by step…

Thanks to the Newsletter on this website you remain up to date on what your money is being spent on.

Support! (You will be referred to a safe page.)

Every euro counts! Most people choose the amount they wish to donate themselves. For larger sums, we have a return favour to offer. –> Find out more

(If the links below do not work, follow this link)

SUPPORT ROBUR
CHOOSE YOUR OWN AMOUNT


For those who wish to offer a larger donation:

SUPPORT ROBUR
300 EURO
or 330 USD
STAY IN ROBUR
FOR A LONG WEEKEND
VALID FOR 1 YEAR
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500 EURO
or 550 USD
STAY IN ROBUR
FOR A FULL WEEK
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SUPPORT ROBUR
30 EURO or
33 USD A MONTH
STAY IN ROBUR
FOR A LONG WEEKEND
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SUPPORT ROBUR
50 EURO or
55 USD A MONTH
STAY IN ROBUR
FOR A FULL WEEK
VALID FOR 1 YEAR

(“Valid for 1 year” is from the moment that Robur has become available)

Monthly support is not (yet?) possible through the safe donation page. You can give your bank an order to make a regular money transfer in favour of:
Robur op Den Eik vzw
IBAN: BE82 5230 8087 7968
BIC/SWIFT: TRIOBEBB
You can also make single gifts to that bank account if you prefer not to do so through this website.

From July 2018 through December 2019 tax payers in Belgium can make tax deductible donations as from 40 euros, look here for all conditions!

In any case, we THANK YOU in advance!

!!! For donations of 50 euros, starting on 20 April:

WIN A PRACTICAL ARTWORK!

THE FIRST 200 PEOPLE MAKING A 50 EURO DONATION CAN WIN A BEAUTIFUL AND UNIQUE ARTWORK (SHALLOW PLATTER, ALSO POSSIBLE WALL DECORATION) WORTH 250 EUROS, OR A FRUIT BOWL WORTH 200 EUROS.

Jan van Berkel, twee schalen

Artist (+ photos): Jan van Berkel, WoodenArt
The winners will of course be personally informed, and announced via the Facebook group “Robur at The Oak” and via this website.

YES, I DONATE 50 EUROS (or more) and may win an artwork!