The Heart Retreat
2 August - 11 August 2021
The Heart Retreat
Meet our teachers
Satya is a yogini in heart and soul. She has in-depth knowledge of Vipassana and Mindfulness meditation, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin and yoga as a way of life.
Her friendly personality, contagious enthusiasm and warm heart inspire her students to get the best out of themselves.
Kevin is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practising yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening.
His focus is to offer the right method for the individual according to their needs and aspirations.
About The Heart Retreat
Yoga - since its creation - has always been taught in a one-on-one setting. The teacher would assess the needs, aspirations and constitution of the student and give them the personal practice that would connect them to their innermost truth. This innermost truth of the individual is unique to that person, and each person’s yoga practice will ultimately be an individual practice, guided closely by authentic teachers and teachings.
In The Heart retreat, you will have the opportunity to deepen into the yoga that is most suited to your individual needs and will give you the foundational ground, connection, and steadiness to become a living yogi or yogini.
A yoga retreat is a rare opportunity to discover what it is to live a yogic life of awakening. It is a time we remove ourselves from our ordinary life and create a new possibility of coming out of our conditioned mind, our emotions, and our body. From early in the morning until well into the evening, we will be immersed in the sacred path of yoga in all its forms. It is an intensive process that will change the way you see your life.
We call this retreat because that is the physical location of our energy and our true Self. It is through the heart that we fully open ourselves to develop pure devotion and longing for liberation.
During this retreat, Satya and Sahaj will draw from several wisdom traditions to offer you 100 hours of practices ranging from asana, pranayama, meditation, healing, Taoist chi-kung, shamanic healing, and Buddhism, to chanting, rituals, and philosophy.
We will begin exploring and realigning the physical body with the breath, experiencing the connection between the body and mind. We will then be ready to introduce the more subtle body/energy practices. The philosophical ground of practice will be based on the Bhagavad Gita.
We will be using more advanced yoga practices that help us to decode, uncover and, in a way, break down the walls of what is keeping us from being aware of our true wisdom nature. This practice will affect the nervous system, and this will change the patterns of the energy flow in the body.
We will learn how the energy in the body works, and how the energy body and mind are intimately connected. The subtle body is composed of energy pathways called nadis, and areas of focused life energy called chakras. When these channels are clear, our awareness is clear like the sky.
Through the deep immersion in the teachings of these very gifted and experienced teachers, you will come out as a different person, with a clearer understanding of yourself, your practice and your dharma - this retreat will literally open your heart and blow your mind away.
Typical Daily Schedule
D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center
D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center is a yoga retreat in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature. It sprawls across three hectares of land consisting of terraces, olive fields and hills with large rock formations.
The accommodation consists of wooden chalet-style houses, cabins or rooms which are tastefully decorated, positioned in rural parts of the grounds at walking distance from Yoga Studio, swimming pool and the main house. All rooms have outside verandas.
The main house which was rebuilt with huge granite rocks from centuries ago is now the cosy “heart” of the retreat centre. Surrounded by large terraces and undisturbed views of the area and premises. It offers 5 guest rooms. The centre offers a heated swimming pool, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave and the surroundings invite tranquil walks.
D'Alijo Retreat Center is located 1 hour away from Porto International Airport. Transfers from/to the airport can be arranged on request.
The Heart Retreat starts on 2 August and finishes on 11 August 2021. Transfer between Porto (OPO) Airport and the retreat location by car takes 1 hour. On 2 August, check-in is open as of 12.00 hrs and the program starts around 15.00 hrs. On 11 August, the program will end after a morning self-practice.
We advise not to arrive after the retreat has started, or to depart before it has ended, as this would mean missing important parts of the program. The transfer from the retreat centre to the airport OPO leaves 3 hours before the flight departure time.
Recommended flights, if flying from Amsterdam (AMS): KLM to/from Porto (OPO), leaving on 2 August at 9.05 from AMS, and returning on 11 August at 11.25 hrs from OPO. Please book your (highly recommended: flexible) flights as soon as possible and send us your travel details to arrange shared pick-up.
The remainder (teaching fees minus deposit + accommodation) is payable by 30 April (Early Bird) or 1 July 2021 (Regular), depending on the chosen payment option.
Camping at the retreat location / external accommodation is not possible, unfortunately. Please note that due to Dutch tax legislation (reisbureauregeling), there will be no VAT deductible from the invoice.
It is not possible to arrive earlier or stay longer after the retreat. In case of following several programs, extra nights can be booked directly at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center by sending an email to email@example.com, for a 40% discount on room rate, including two meals (instead of three during the events).
Once you have booked your spot in the retreat using the link below, we will get in touch with you via email to discuss accommodation requirements (please indicate in case you snore/have frequent nightmares). You will then receive payment instructions for these accommodation fees, depending on the room of your choice.
Not included in the above fees are books, travel costs to-and-from the retreat centre, travel insurance (highly recommended), local tourist tax.
For our cancellation policy please read our General Terms and Conditions. By clicking the "Sign Up" button below, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to this Financial Agreement and the General Terms and Conditions.
- 2 years of regular yogic practices including asana
- Experience with meditation and pranayama
- A motivation letter why you want to take part in this retreat
- To be emotionally stable (see note below on Health & Well-Being)
If you are not sure about meeting these requirements but you'd like to join this retreat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.
Please read the following books prior to the retreat:
- Bhagavad Gita - Here is the list of the recommended versions:
- The Living Gita by Swami Satchidananda Saraswati; or
- The Bhagavad Gita by Swami Nikhilananda/Ramakrishna; or
- The Bhagavad Gita translation/commentary by S. Radhakrishnan, Harper Collins translation; or Eknath Easwaran Commentary
- Breathing Book by Donna Farhi
- Awakening the Sacred Body by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
Health & Well-Being
Your current health and health background are very important to us to assess your needs and to be aware of any precautions or adaptations of the yoga practices that may be needed for you personally. The information you provide is confidential and will not be shared with others.
Please let us know by e-mail know if any of the following applies to you:
- Are you experiencing physical, mental, or emotional issues? (If so, please detail.)
- Are you currently under medical treatment or taking medications for mental or physical conditions (If so, please detail.)
- Are you currently or have you suffered in the past from depression, burnout, addiction, or any other mental health issues? (If so, please detail.)
In case of an emergency, please provide us with a phone number of a partner/friend/family.
Meeting the Heart: A 3-Day Program - Online
If you would like to experience the teachings of The Heart before deciding to sign up for the full retreat, we recommend joining the 3-day online retreat "Meeting The Heart".
Stay Connected with the Sangha After the Retreat
To stay connected with the Sva Dharma community we offer the Sva Dharma Family Gatherings. This is an exclusive event for everyone who has ever participated in a training or retreat with Satya and Sahaj. We warmly welcome you to gather, re-connect, inspire each other, practice together, share experiences, and thus find support in the Sangha (community of like-minded people).
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