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Welcome to the Inner Mind Institute

You can learn everything about mindfulness at our institute, and you decide how far you want to study. During your journey, we will guide you to the essence of mindfulness, and if you’re interested in becoming a teacher, you can even follow our Teacher Training.

How to get started

Begin your study at the Inner Mind Institute and follow these 4 steps to get to the essence of mindfulness. Are you new to the Inner Mind Institute? Start with our Introductory Course The Essence of Mindfulness.


Introductory course

To get started, we recommend you to begin with our Introductory Course
The Essence of Mindfulness. This course is suitable for both beginners and advanced practitioners and teaches you many new mindfulness techniques.


Trial or Essential MRP

After you’ve finished our introductory course, you can continue with one of our Mind Retreat Programs (Trial or Essential MRP). During your retreat, you will deepen your mindfulness skills. 


Standard MRP

After you’ve finished your Essential MRP, you can continue your study with our Standard MRP The vast majority of this program, you will learn online. 


Master MRP

To become a junior Master, you will continue with your Master MRP. During this period you will become a monk or non to complete your mastery. Becoming a true Master requires at least 7 years of dedicated training. 

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Niels de Stürler Boekwijt (34) is the founder of the Inner Mind Institute. While currently living as a monk, Master Niels guides retreats in the Thai temple of Piyapodok Dhammastan, organized by the Inner Mind Institute.

Since 2010 Master Niels traveled multiple times to Thailand to expand his knowledge about mindfulness, eventually becoming a monk for the first time in 2015. This year, in 2020, Master Niels will live as a monk for one full year. His ultimate goal is to find enlightenment and to spread his knowledge to his students.

In the Netherlands Niels works as an osteopath, treating people in the Inner Mind Center in Oegstgeest and he organizes mindfulness courses and retreats in The Netherlands and Thailand.

You can learn more about Master Niels in the documentary The White Monk. The documentary is to be released later this year. Subscribe to the newsletter to receive updates about the documentary and it’s release date.