Bring Balance into your Being

With Daphne Luttger

Bring Balance into your Being

with Daphne Luttger

This week is all about balance. You can see the body as a vessel through witch we can express our authentic self.
We all know that you have to take care of it but this isn’t always easy in a more yang-like (male) orientated society.

Too much energy is flowing outward and up towards the brain trying to solve problems and deal with obstacles by thinking. We forget that we are feeling creatures and inextricably connected with mother earth and the whole universe. We all want to be happy and happiness can easily be embraced but we forget that sadness and more difficult emotions to deal with are also part of our human experience. This like and dislike reaction to emotions we easily identify with (conditioning) causes the feeling of being unsatisfied and causes us to suffer (Dukkha). If we start to ignore our true feelings out of fear this energy start to manifest and houses itself somewhere in our body. 

By practicing Yin yoga you will restore the more Yin (feminine) side of our being. By staying in poses for a period of time (3-7min) you stimulate Chi flow. This vital force energy is essential for our overall well being. Emotional blockage and tension in the body will solve and have a change to get released causing a calming effect on the nerves system. With your muscles completely relaxed you have the time to turn inward and become the observer of all that comes and goes. (Anicca) Learning to let go and start to see the impermanence of our thoughts, feeling, emotions and sensory abilities. A Yin yoga practice also works on the deeper layers of our physical body creating mobility in our joints and the morning yang practice will strengthen the muscles and create flexibility. 

Daphne will guide you through the morning practice with dynamic yang practice based on the Astanga-Vinyasa system and Yin Yoga. The afternoon program includes pranayama, and Yin yoga. Meditation will be practiced mornings and afternoons. Come and join Daphne to bring balance in your being. In short a journey from the head to the heart.

Schedule 27 August - 2 September 2017

17:00 Arrival at Mandali 
18:00 – 19:00 Meditation and Opening Circle
19:00 – 20:30 Dinner
Early night sleep

Daily schedule
6:30 – 7:00 Fruit and tea
7:00 – 8:45 Guided Meditation and Yoga Practice 
09:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:00 - 13:00 Free time
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30-17:00 Free time
17:00 – 19:00 Meditation and Yin Yoga (and closing circle on the last day, 1 sept)
19:00 – 20:30 Dinner

7:30 – 8:00 Fruit and tea
8:00 – 9:30 Guided Meditation and Yoga Practice 
10:30 – 11.30 Brunch
12:00 Departure 


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.


Spa treatments
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

What's 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
Massages and therapies at the Body Care Center
Transfers to and from Mandali Retreat Center
Travel and cancellation insurances


About Daphne Luttger

Daphne’s search in the outside world has brought her to her inner world. In 2008 she decided to take the Astanga Yoga Teacher Training with Johan Noorloos and Marcel van de Vis Heil. This decision has proven to be very important to her. She continued with advanced training with the help of Anat Geiger. Daphne has taken further workshops and trainings with David Swenson, Anthony Carlisi, Ross Rayburn, Mark Holzman and Martin Kirk, Kino Macgregor, Eddie Stern, Paul Dalaghan and her beloved teachers Paul and Suzee Grilley and Sarah and Ty Powers.

Though Daphne was trained in many styles of yoga like Free style Vinyasa and Hatha restorative, she now only teaches and practices Astanga,Yin yoga and Meditation/ Mindfulness. In these practices she finds the perfect balance between Yin and Yang qualities. In September 2015 she graduated as a Holistic Health Coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York.
Daphne hopes to inspire her students to turning their attention inward, getting in contact with their body, heart and mind, embracing their dualities and discovering that once you love yourself you automatically love others.


More information and booking

Prices for this retreat start at €995 in a shared room, excl. travel costs. To book your spot for this retreat, please follow the link to the Mandali website, where you can chose amongst different accommodation options.

Mandali Retreat Center
+39 0323 826439

Date / Time




27 Aug 2017, 17:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

28 Aug 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

29 Aug 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

30 Aug 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

31 Aug 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

01 Sep 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

02 Sep 2017, 09:00 - 14:30

Mandali, Italy

Daphne Luttger

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