The Heart Retreat
With Satya Katiza & Kevin Sahaj
The Heart Retreat
30 October - 8 November 2020
A very unique opportunity for dedicated yoga practitioners looking for further guidance and inspiration in their practice: a 10-days retreat guided by Katiza Satya and Kevin Sahaj in the spiritual centre Mandali on the Orta Lake, Italy.
Yoga -as taught in the past- was always taught one-on-one. The teacher would assess the needs, aspirations and constitution of the student and give him/her 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.
The Heart retreat will offer you 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 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 “The Heart” 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 drawn from several wisdom traditions to offer you 10 days of practices ranging from asana, pranayama, meditation, healing, Taoist chi-kung, shamanic healing, 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 de-code, 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, in this very special place on the Orta Lake in Italy, 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
- 06:00 Guru Yoga and Kriyas
- 06:30 Meditation and Pranayama
- 07:00 Asana Yoga practice (Astanga & Vinyasa)
- 09:00 Breakfast
- 10:30 Lecture: Living philosophy
- 12:00 Subtle Practices and Dynamic meditations
- 13:00 Lunch
- 14:30 Lecture: Elements and Breathing practices
- 16:00 Tea time
- 16:30 Energy Practice, Chi Qong or Flow practice
- 18:30 Dinner
- 19:30 Meditation, chanting or Yoga Nidra practice
- 21:00 Bed time
Location: Mandali Retreat Center
This retreat is hosted at the Mandali Retreat Center. Mandali is a peaceful retreat centre, established on a mountain top, 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 of 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 leave 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 to 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. Mandali will arrange shared transportation to/from the retreat center as much as possible.
The Heart retreat starts on 30 October and finishes on 8 November 2020.
On 30 October, check-in is open as of 14:00 hrs and the first session of the retreat starts at 16:30 hrs. The retreat program ends on 8 November 2020 in the morning after practice around 9:00 hrs. Breakfast will then be served and you'll have time afterwards to pack and empty your rooms. All rooms have to be vacated by 10:30 hrs, but you are welcome to stay until after lunch at Mandali and enjoy the spa or a walk in the beautiful area. First meal included on arrival day is lunch (at 13:00 hrs), on departure day the last meal is breakfast (at 9:00 hrs).
Recommended flights if flying from Amsterdam:
30 October: AMS - MXP 9:35 - 11:15 hrs (EJU2724)
8 November: MXP - AMS 18:25 - 20:20 hrs (EJU2729)
We strongly advise not to arrive after the retreat has started or leave before it has ended, as this would mean missing important elements of the program.
The cost of this retreat is € 1089,- (inclusive of VAT*) for the teaching fees, including the course manual, excluding accommodation.
Regarding accommodation, the following room types are currently available (on the basis of 9 nights and full board (3 vegetarian meals per day) on a first-come first-serve basis (prices per person):
- Twin (2 persons): €972 (garden view)
- Premium Twin (2 persons): €1.152 (lake view)
- Single: €1.260 (lake view)
- Premium Single: €1.530 (lake view)
Once you have booked your spot in the retreat using the link below, we will get in touch with you via e-mail regarding your room preferences (please indicate in case you snore/have frequent nightmares). The accommodation will be invoiced with a payment date of 30 days after invoice date.
Not included in the above fees books, travel costs to- and from the retreat centre, travel insurance (highly recommended), and local tourist tax (1 € per day).
*Please note that due to Dutch tax legislation (reisbureauregeling), there will be no VAT deductible from the invoice.
- 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 below note on Health & Wellbeing)
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 the list of the recommended versions:
- The Living Gita by Swami Satchidananda; 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 Rinponche
Preparation for the retreat
On 5 March 2020, you are warmly welcome to join the Introduction to The Heart Training workshop in preparation for the retreat. During this day, all participants can explore the practices conveyed during the retreat under the guidance of Satya and Sahaj, already tune in to the frequency of the retreat, and meet the other participants and the teaching assistants who will be walking the path with you during these 10 transformative days. Also participants of former years who wish to refresh the practices are very welcome to join.
Health & Well-being
Your current health and health background is 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)
- Please provide us with an emergency phone number (partner/friend/family), just in case
Stay connected with the Sangha after the retreat
During the Sva Dharma Family Gathering, everyone who has ever done a training or retreat with Satya and Sahaj is warmly welcome to gather, re-connect, inspire each other, practice together, share experiences, and thus to find support in their Sangha (community of like-minded people).
More information and booking
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