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SPECTRUM | Student Platform & Chaplaincy Wageningen 
Flourish in Diversity
Newsletter January 2023

Happy 2023, Dear ones! :D

How was your first day of the new year? Did you joyfully celebrate the beginning of new 365 (more or less) days? We hope so!!, but if not...

... we have selected a daily mantra/ prayer to repeat each day as you wake up. Thoughts are powerful tools in our daily lives and, if repeated long enough, they sink into our subconscious mind and begin to reprogram the stories we tell ourselves every single day. Waking up expecting and believing something beautiful is going to happen to us today is like a boost of serotonin- the molecule which "makes us happy". We start looking more deeply at each day, appreciating it, noting the brighter colours of the sky, the gentle blooming of a dormant bud. 

When you repeat the above quote as a mantra or a prayer you add one more layer of trust into it, as the statement becomes part of your spiritual life, helping you behaving in  way in which we feel longing for a joyful day. 

That above, is our wish for you all, every day, despite from any circumstances!

Now, coming to our monthly activities, i
n chronological order we will have:

Weekly Meditation- Every Monday & Thursday
Taizé Prayer- January 9th
Lost a parent- Support Group (only in Dutch- at the moment)- every 2 weeks on Monday
Reiki with David- January 18th
Forest Bathing- January 19th
Happiness Training- Session Series- January 23rd
Yoga with Petra- January 24th
Retreat & Recharge- January 25th 
Sufi Poetry Night- January 27th
International Worship Celebration - January 29th
Grief & Writing workshop- January 29th

Please, note that days of the Book club events for January 2023 are not included as the group is already full.

Scroll down to find out more and see you at our activities:)

Weekly Mindfulness Meditation
Every Monday and Thursdays | 12:30- 13:15| Forum Library, room 366       

"Unlike self-criticism, which asks if you are good enough, self-compassion asks:
what is good for you?" [K. Neff]

Take a moment to train in mindful awareness, calming your body and mind, giving love and kind acceptance to yourself.
This activity is open to both beginners and advanced practitioners.  
Register here
 Taizé Prayer 
  Monday, 9th January| 20-21| Arboretum Church, August Faliseweg 22
Taizé Prayer comprises of meditative service with silence & songs. The prayer takes place every 2nd Monday of the Month, in the Arboretum Church.
 It is free of costs and all of you are very welcome to join!! :)

After praying and worshipping together, be most welcome to have a cup of herbal tea and biscuits with us, while sharing your experience !

For more information, or if you want to help, send an email to
Sign up here!
Lost a Parent- Support Group:
Only available at the moment for Dutch students

Georganiseerd door en voor studenten die een ouder hebben verloren. Twee keer in de maand komt een groepje studenten bij elkaar die recentelijk, of langer geleden een ouder hebben verloren. Om ervaringen te delen en herkenning te vinden. Om samen een weg te vinden hoe je ruimte maakt voor rouw in je drukke dagelijkse leven, hoe je er met anderen over praat of hoe je weer ontspanning en een stabiel fundament vindt in jezelf.


Reiki with David
Wednesday, 18th January| 18-19:30| Forum, Room to be announced

Dr. Mikao Usui developed reiki in the early 1900s, deriving the term from the Japanese words rei, meaning “universal,” and ki, which refers to "the vital life force energy that flows through all living things". 

Reiki is a Japanese form of energy healing known also as "hands-on-body healing".  The energy that flows through (the palms of) our hands encourages emotional or physical healing. But we leave the floor to our David to explain you better what Reiki is... :P

David is a Master student from Colombia who has a diploma as a Reiki teacher, he is very knowledgeable and talented in this discipline.

Curious to know (more) about Reiki?
Come and join our first Reiki session with David!! ;D

No costs involved. (Possibly, bring your yoga mat).

Location will be announced later on.
Sign up here!
Forest Bathing
Thursday, 19th January | timing to be announced via social media | De Ontmoeting, Emmaleen 1, Bennekom

Forest bathing is a mindful and meditative way of visiting the forest. You will be guided in some exercises to slow down, find silence and connect with your own body, mind and soul and the forest.
We take a forest bath in the morning, around sunrise. Our forest bath takes 45 minutes, it will give a nice starting energy to the rest of your day.

We gather at our building ‘De Ontmoeting’, Emmalaan 1 , Bennekom. It is 10 minutes of cycling from Wageningen campus.

We leave ‘De Ontmoeting’ at 8.00 o’clock and walk in 6 minutes to the entrance of the forest at the end of Algemeer/Bornweg.

Forest Bathing will be Dutch and English spoken.

This activity is free, but please register at You will receive an email with more detailed information on what to bring and what to expect.
Happiness Training - Session Series
Monday, 23rd January | 18- 21 | Attic of the Clockhouse

Life is the C between B and D.

Life is the choices we make between birth and death.

Jean-Paul Sartre


Start 2023 with better habits and committing to your goals.


We offer you insights, tools and inspiration to help you decide on and commit to your better habits and personal goals for the upcoming months.

We also invite you to be part of a support group to give and receive the support to actually follow through and feel connected during the process.


23 January 2023

18:00 pm – 21:00 pm


Including dinner together



sharing our chosen habits and goals

and last but not least:


*** a guided meditation by Costanza Giubboni ***


Upcoming evening is part of a series with each month an evening about a topic relating to happiness: Investing in social connections, Managing stress, Hardship and trauma, Taking care of your body and soul, Practicing gratitude and positive thinking. These evenings will be open to everybody.


Sign up here!
Yoga with Petra
Tuesday, 24th January| 20-21| Location to be announced

"Sometimes in yoga I feel like a graceful swan, other times I feel like a baby giraffe learning to use its legs"[Anonymous]

Have you ever heard the quote above? Or does it also apply to you?

Well, this definitely won't be the case with..
...our Yoga class with Petra!!
Petra is an exchange Master student from Norway, who has a lot of experience in yoga and is happy to teach it to you :D

Students who had a private session with her and had tensions/difficulties to stretch their bodies said they have never been so relaxed, flexible, and serene after a yoga session. 

As usual, this activity has no cost, and all you need to do is click on the button underneath and sign up for it!

Location will be announced later on. Possibly, bring your yoga mats!

Sign up here!
Retreat and Recharge evening
Wednesday, 25th January | 19:30-21 |  Arboretum church (side entrance)
August Faliseweg 22, Wageningen

Are you longing for some inner silence and reflection? At the monthly Retreat & Recharge Evenings we slowly digest an inspirational quote. Without hurries, we read, meditate and share. A nurturing way to retreat from our busy lives and recharge. The evening will involve a meditation on the quote, using a four-step technique called Lectio Divina. Don't forget to wear some easy pants, that make you sit comfortably on a meditation pillow or chair.  Make sure you are on time, we will need to lock the outside door when we start the evening, at 19.30. Please kindly send me an email if you cannot make it.

Student testimonies
“A precious moment to disconnect from the outside hectic world”.
“I never know what I'm going to find during the evenings, but it is always humbling and valuable.” 

About the facilitators
Jeannette den Ouden is theologist and pastor of the Arboretum Church and student chaplain for Spectrum. She has worked over 15 years with Lectio Divina and uses it for her daily inspiration. Marloes Harkema works for Spectrum as coordinator for Buddhist activities and life coach for the WUR. For the last years we have used quotes from Thich Nhat Hanh, Desmond Tutu, Rumi, Julian of Norwich, Pema Chodron, Etty Hillesum and Tara Brach.

For more information please mail

Next dates: 
Tuesday 28 February
Wednesday 15 March
Wednesday 19 April
Monday 15 May

Sign up here!
Sufi Poetry Night
Friday, 27th January | 19:30-20:30 | Attic of the Clockhouse
This evening, we will learn more about Rumi's poetry through a recitation by Mehran, who has studied Rumi's poems in the language they were orginally written in, Farsi. 
Jalāl al-Dīn Muḥammad Rūmī was a 13th century poet and Sufi mystic, whose poems are well known and admired across the world, even today. Mehran will read extracts of some of his works, both in Farsi and translated in English, and we will listen in meditative silence and reflect upon the deep meaning conveyed.
Afterwards, he will tell us more about his interpretations and the history of the poem, and we will discuss amongst ourselves our impressions, thoughts, and feelings.
Warm tea will be served.
Whether you are familiar with Rumi's work, or are simply curious, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more and enrich your cultural horizons and cultivate your spiritual awareness.

Please sign up below!

Sign up here!
International Worship Celebration
Sunday, 29th January | 13-14:30 | Grote Kerk, Markt street

An invitation!

Join us for our second International Worship Celebration.

We long to celebrate the unity of christians in Wageningen and be open to anybody interested.

We come together to worship, pray and listen to Gods words, to meet each other and enjoy drinks and some food.

You are more than welcome.

Sunday 29, January.

1 pm - 2.30 pm

Big Church
City centre of Wageningen

Sign up here!
Grief and writing workshop

Sunday, 29th January | 15:30 - 17:30 | Online TEAMS

By using small creative writing exercises, we will express our stories of grief, give voice to our sadness or pen down our warm memories of loved ones. This can be healing on its own. You can then share your experiences and advice with others as well as learn from them. As everyone deals with grief differently, this can lead to new ideas. You will work from home: having your own safe space to write, while we will share online our personal stories and give voice to feelings of grief.
The workshop is planned every last Sunday of the month for 2023. You can join in any time, and the sessions stand on their own: you can join once, or multiple times.

Student testimony
"I really appreciated the workshop. It was such a unique safe and open space: I felt much less lonely in my grieving process, connecting with people going through similar emotions. The writing helped to organize my thoughts and I also can continue on my own to process the feelings further."

About the trainer
Marloes Harkema, author of a book about grief, will lead these sessions. After having lost her husband when she was 28, she discovered how healing it is to write and how essential it is to connect with others. Now 10 years later, she facilitates writing workshops, walks and talks on grief. She works as life coach and communication trainer for the university and as Buddhist coordinator for Spectrum, student chaplaincy Wageningen.

Sign up
The session is free for students and you will receive more information and a TEAMS link a few days before the workshop. If you like to withdraw or cancel, please always notify me through email.
For more information, contact:

Organized by Spectrum Student Platform and Chaplaincy: organizes activities on spirituality, personal growth, connecting, philosophy and creativity. We organize activities like meditation, art workshops, movies and discussion, excursions and trips, dialogue & philosophy groups.


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