The Mind Retreat
With Satya Katiza & Kevin Sahaj
The Mind Retreat
1 January - 10 January 2021, Mandali, Italy
An unique opportunity to dive within the Infinite Universe of the Mind, guided by Katiza Satya & Kevin Sahaj in a 10 days retreat.
This Retreat is a silent 10 days training where we’ll investigate the Mind as true scientist within our own laboratory. The philosophical ground of practice will be based in non-dual practices, Buddhism and Tantra.
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 Mind 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.
During this retreat Satya and Sahaj will draw from several wisdom traditions to offer you 10 days of practices ranging from asana, pranayama, meditation, healing, Tantra to Buddhism, self-inquiry and dharma.
This retreat presents the subtlest part of the practices, where we investigate the Mind following as basis non-dual practices, Buddhism and Tantra. We will take the foundation of mindfulness practice and go deeper into meditation techniques that will firmly establish you in your awareness and presence.
This is the root and beginning of seeing the greater purpose that is guiding our lives. We become aware that our lives as yoga teachers are a gift of service towards others. This goes beyond our own self-interest. Deep seated unconscious emotional patterns and areas of unclarity in the mind must be illuminated and purified to go into the real next level of awakening. Clearing the energy body’s chakras and pathways to open the mind will create the conditions for deep self-inquiry in this retreat.
So this period is for ripening and going deeper. All practices before this are merely a preparation, a cleaning of the temple of body and mind to make space for the opening of our true nature. Here the true yogi starts to be born.
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
- 06:30 Guided Meditation
- 07:00 Kriyas and Pranayama
- 07:30 Asana Yoga practice (Yin & Yang)
- 09:00 Breakfast
- 11:00 Dharma teachings
- 12:30 Meditation
- 13:00 Lunch
- 15:00 Dharma teachings
- 16:00 Meditation practice
- 16:30 Tea break
- 17:00 Healing yoga practice
- 18:30 Dinner
- 20:00 Meditation, Dream Yoga 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 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. Mandali will arrange shared transportation to/from the retreat center as much as possible.
On 1 January, 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 10 January 2021 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:
1 January: AMS - MXP 9:35 - 11:15 hrs (EJU2724)
10 January: 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.
- 2 years of regular yogic practices including asana
- Having regular meditation experience of about 2 years (Shamata or Vipassana)
- 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 directly email@example.com with your questions or concerns.
Please read 2 of the following books prior to the retreat:
- When things fall apart by Pema Chodron
- The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chögyam Trungpa
- Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman
The cost of this retreat is €1.089,- (inclusive of VAT*) for the program fees, including the course manual.
Regarding accommodation, the following room types are currently available (prices per person on the basis of 9 nights and full board (3 vegetarian meals per day) on a first-come first-serve basis:
- Shared (4 persons): €765 (lake view)
- Twin (2 person): €972 (garden view)
- Single: €1.161 (garden view) - FULL
- Single: €1.260 (lake view) - FULL
- Premium Single: €1.530 (lake view) - FULL
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 due date of 1 December 2020.
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.
Preparation for the retreat
On 17 October 2020, you are warmly welcome to join the Introduction to The Mind 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 number (friend/family/partner)
Stay connected with the Sangha
During the Sva Dharma Family Gathering (organized annually), 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). Feel free to join us!
More information and booking
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