With Victoria (Tory) Hyndman
This retreat will give you a deep plunge into Ayurvedic wisdom and experience how to integrate this wisdom into your daily life and yoga practice.
Ayurveda, which can be translated into “understanding life”, “the art of living wisely” or “the science/wisdom of life”, gives you a lens to look at all parts of your life in a new way.
It explains how as humans we are made up out of the same ingredients, but with its own unique blend to make us into one unique individual.
Being a unique expression of nature, we learn why we have certain behavior patterns, react differently emotionally in situations, and digest different foods easier than others.
Ayurveda uses all methods to rebalance such as the use of particular foods, herbs, colors, attitudes, yoga, pranayama and meditation.
You will discover your own unique nature, while also tapping into the awareness of oneness which we all are, beyond the physical and mental body. We will spend these days in the retreat learning hands-on tools for daily self care according to your Ayurvedic type (dosha) and present balance as well as food tips for self healing and for your family.
The retreat will give you daily group sessions of guided yoga and pranayama (working with the breath to experience the no-mind state/higher levels of consciousness), meditation and noble silence to reflect along with Ayurvedic talks to give you a new way of understanding yourself and life. You will go home with a heightened sense of awareness, a new perspective and inspiration for your daily life back home.
This retreat is recommended for
* Yoga students who want to learn how to create a lifestyle that is right according to their own individual nature
* Yoga teachers that would like to be able to offer deeper and more individual attention and advice to their students
* People who are starting on their path and want to incorporate yoga, meditation and yogic philosophy into their new path.
* Anyone who has experienced a burn-out and needs to recharge and gain insight on how to avoid future burn-outs
When you learn the fundamental keys to your own personal mental and physical nature though Ayurveda, your life becomes a smoother ride as you learn to recognize through symptoms expressed physically and mentally, and you will have the knowledge of how to rebalance yourself.
Life is not something static and one straight line. It is a daily dance that gives you all sorts of unexpected changes and shifts. When we can stay open to the journey and have the wisdom of how to adjust to the flow as it comes, we can keep our inner scales balanced and experience life to the fullest potential.
Schedule 29 april - 5 May 2018
17:30 – 18:30 Restorative yoga
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner to connect with each other. Opportunity to talk to Victoria if you have any injuries, concerns or other personal things that you feel you would like her to know about you before the retreat starts.
7:00 – 9:00 Morning practice and pranayama
9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:30 – 12:00 Ayurvedic lecture
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:30 Free time
16:30 – 18:30 Evening Practice
18:30 – 20:00 Dinner
Day 5 will be day of "noble silence" all day until bedtime to create a space to allow ourselves to into a deeper space within.
7:00 – 8:30 morning practice and meditation
9:00 – 10:00 breakfast
10:00 – 11:00 closing circle
13.00 – 14.30 lunch
Location: Mandali Retreat Center
This retreat is hosted at the Mandali Retreat Center. Mandali is a peaceful retreat centre, established on a mountaintop, overlooking lago d’Orta in Italy. It is an open space dedicated to spiritual practice and personal transformation. Mandali provides an optimal environment to exchange and receive teachings, wisdom and guidance from some of the world’s most inspiring teachers.
The location is a result of an extended search. When the founders saw the view from the mountain top, it accelerated their hearts. They realised they had found the perfect place. Building this place is their dream and heartfelt intention; to create a place of quiet beauty, to learn and to relax.
They builded this place from scratch, you can have a look at the making off video here (very impressive!). It's architecture is a faithful reflection of the ancient villages by which it is surrounded. The centre breathes a soothing, serene atmosphere and offers its guests a guiding hand. You will fall in love with nature, find balance in the elements and feel harmony with your true self.
"We believe that to spend time in retreat is a necessity for anyone interested in a balanced way of living. We look forward to welcoming you at Mandali." - The Mandali team
Mandali is set 850 meters above sea level, overlooking lago d’ Orta in Italy, the site faces southeast, enjoying the morning sun rising over the Mottarone mountain range across the lake. The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake, and valley in front of you, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees, and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali. If you decide to go off of the retreat center to feel into the local villages and cuisine, there is much to take in and to taste.
How to get there?
It's easy to get at Mandali or at the Mandali Retreat Centre; you fly to Malpensa International Airport (MXP) and from there you can get a transfer to Mandali, which will only take about 60 minutes.
- Health club
- Hot tub / Jacuzzi
- Steam room
- Swimming pool
- Dining area
- Multilingual staff
During this retreat, you will enjoy three daily delicious vegetarian meals, which will consist of a light breakfast of fruit and tea, a brunch, and dinner.
Things to do (optional)
During your free time, you can enjoy your own rhythm and choose what suits you best. Relax in your room, take a forest walk, enjoy the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, or take a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.
A good massage can feel wonderful, help integrate all level of experience, and liberate your body from the tightness and holdings that keep pulling you backwards.
There are various types of massages available at Mandali’s Body Care Center, such as Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian), deep tissue massage, cranial sacral, and intuitive bodywork.
Massage sessions can be booked at an additional cost. Full information on the massage type and therapist of your choice can be obtained at the reception.
Included & Not included
3 meditation and yoga classes per day
3 yogi meals per day
6 nights accommodation
Access to the Body Care Center facilities
Fruits, teas, and filtered water
What's not included
Airfare (flight to Milano Malpensa)
Massages and therapies at the Body Care Center
Transfers to and from Mandali Retreat Center (you can arrange via Mandali)
Travel and cancellation insurances
About Victoria Hyndman
In a light-spirited manner yet sticking to the authentic teachings of yoga, Victoria uses the wisdom of Ayurveda in her yoga classes for students to experience spiritual access through physical practice.
Canadian-born, Amsterdam raised and moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to discover the world of yoga and Ayurveda, Victoria moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2005 to study at The Ayurvedic Institute under the guidance of her primary teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad.
She also experienced her first pregnancy there during the last few months of her Ayurvedic studies with dr. Lad, who gave her golden tips on pregnancy, birthing and post-natal healing and rejuvenation, which Victoria passionately passes on to all women in her women’s workshops.
Now, back in Amsterdam with her two children, Victoria teaches various classes, all that are challenging as they are nourishing, strengthening yet softening, bringing the students to a place within themselves where they have direct experience of finding both strength and softness, where all opposites become balanced.
More information and booking
Prices for this retreat start at €1100 in a twin room, excl. travel costs. To book your spot for this retreat, please follow the link to the Mandali website, where you can choose amongst different accommodation options (NOTE: registrations will open soon on the Mandali website, but at this moment you won't be able to book via the website).