Silence & Solitude

With Erica Jago

Silence & Solitude

with Erica Jago

With Erica Jago

7 – 13 September 2018
Silence is a luxury. For those who are longing for more space to think and breathe, this retreat is designed with endless, unoccupied, quiet space.

The seventh chakra, Sahasrara, conveys radiance and regeneration. When we mindfully open the crown chakra we connect to an oasis of silence that gives space to our digital lives. Get out of the universe of over-consumption and surround yourself in nature, where less is more. You will be given the chance to linger over a quiet landscape and enjoy the moments of solitude you’ve been longing for. 

Join Erica for this six-day yoga and creativity retreat at the stunning Mandali retreat center in Lago d’Orta, North of Italy.

Every detail of the retreat is a thoughtfully crafted journey to get you thinking like a minimalist. Choosing what to pack and what to leave at home. Travel to a remote place beyond the reach of high-tech noise, change your pace and get to know people face to face. 

Erica will weave Vinyasa, Kundalini, Restorative, and Yin Yoga, Meditation, Dance, Ceremony, Healing and Creativity with a tender spirit to reinvigorate your personal practice. Commanding alignment in your body relates directly to your thinking and you'll learn how to incorporate these positive mindsets into your daily life.

Open to both beginners and advanced practitioners, yoga is practiced twice daily, 850 meters above sea level, high on a hill with a stunning view of the lake. 

Explore how you, as a creative, can find inspiration from alone time and how a quiet mind can lead to beautiful work. 

Art and expression is a profound part of our practice while on retreat. To reveal your self-imposed blocks, Erica will set the scene with inner artist stations; containing avenues of paint, body art, earth + water mandala making, music, movement and writing. These explorations in radical expression will help further your self-study and allow you to stay in a place where creativity is fertile.

If you are considering the journey but not yet convinced, then please find the courage to reach out and ask for what you are seeking. Our journey begins with a one-on-one meeting, in person or on facetime to create a natural and supportive environment right from the start. We are calling forth a collective of empowered, creative and passionate yoga practitioners interested in embracing moments of solitude to serve the world with a whole new feeling of inner peace.

Schedule 7 – 13 September 2018

Arrival day 

  • 17:00 - Arrival & check in
  • 19:00 - 20:00 dinner
  • 20:00 - 21:00 Welcome Ceremony 

Daily schedule 

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Silent Morning Meditation with Asana Practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Artist Stations
  • 13:00 - 15:30 Lunch and Free Time
  • 16:00 - 18:30 Evening Energy Practice
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner 

Departure day

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Morning Meditation with Asana Practice
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 - 13:00 Closing Ceremony
  • 13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 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 realized 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 built 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
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Food

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

  • 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 Erica Jago

Erica Jago is an accomplished graphic designer, who's book, Art of Attention, was ranked #1 for book design on and is now translated into 5 languages.  Combining storytelling, emotionally connected classes, visionary art and framed nature, her week long retreats inspire inner knowing, interconnectedness and spiritual care. Erica’s methodology of yoga and design is a vital tool for transforming instructional concepts into artful and meaningful class experiences.

Erica is currently based in Amsterdam working on her second book, Angelus, an experiential chakra workbook due out in 2018. To discover more about Erica please visit


More information and booking

Prices for this retreat start at €1195 in a shared room of 4, 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, submit your payment and confirm your spot.




Mandali Retreat Center
+39 0323 826439

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