Embodied Presence: Live in the Now

With Chantal Soeters

Embodied Presence: Live in the Now

with Chantal Soeters

This week will help you to slow down and unplug yourself to relieve stress. Aswell to clear stuck energy in order to regain focus and recharge. During this week you will learn simple techniques and practices to incorporate into your daily life, which help you to slow down, be present and experience your life more fully.

Each day consists of a morning meditation session, an energizing vinyasa flow class and a restorative afternoon session. During the yoga sessions Chantal will guide you to find more freedom by emphasizing safety through alignment, taking into account your unique background and experience. At the same time she encourages you to challenge yourself, to step out of your comfort zone and to explore your attitude on and off their mat. By investigating your thoughts, emotions and automatic responses you begin to notice how you unconsciously create tension and constriction in your mind and body.

Instead of getting all tangled up in your thoughts and emotions, Chantal helps you to free your mind and body by reawaken yourself to the present moment. You will notice throughout this weekend how practicing being present helps you to slow down, become quiet and connect with your inner wisdom. Being totally present and letting go of control allows you to deeply relax into who you are. You will come away from this retreat with more focus and energy, and the ability to face your everyday challenges with more clarity and ease.

Schedule 2 - 8 April 2017

16:30 - 17:00 Arrival at Mandali 
17:30 - 18:30 Restorative yoga to feel grounded after travelling
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner and time to get to know each other; Opportunity to talk to Chantal if you have any requests or injuries.

Daily Schedule
07:30 - 08:00 Meditation (optional)
08:00 - 08:45 Fruit and tea (light breakfast)
09:00 - 10:30 Vinyasa yoga
11:00 - 12:00 Brunch
12:00 - 17:00 Free time
17:00 - 18:30 Restorative yoga or yin yoga
19:00 - 20:00 Dinner

07:30 - 08:00 Fruit and tea (light breakfast)
08:00 - 09:30 Vinyasa yoga
11:00 - 12:30 Brunch
12:30 - 13:00 Closing ceremony


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 Chantal Soeters

Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle." – Thich Nhat Hanh.

Chantal Soeters is an Anusara-inspired yoga teacher from Amsterdam. Anusara yoga is a vigorous Hatha yoga system developed by John Friend, combining a positive life approach, biomechanical principles and a close community. 

Chantal sees yoga as a way to experience freedom in body, mind and spirit. When nothing seemed to be working, yoga helped Chantal overcome the effects of a serious neck injury. This inspired her special interest in the therapeutic application of yoga, and the natural, self healing properties of the body. Besides the joy of yoga, safety is the main concern in her classes and she emphasizes the importance of proper alignment.

Chantal’s teaching style is positive, precise and accessible, with emphasis on achieving your full potential by getting in touch with your heart and obtaining more insight into the way your body functions.


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




02 Apr 2017, 17:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

03 Apr 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

04 Apr 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

05 Apr 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

06 Apr 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

07 Apr 2017, 09:00 - 22:00

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

08 Apr 2017, 09:00 - 14:30

Mandali, Italy

Chantal Soeters

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