The Mind Retreat (100-hour training)

Learn to befriend that Monkey Mind of yours

The Mind Retreat is a silent 100-hour training in D’Alijo Yoga Retreat Center Portugal where we will investigate the Mind as true scientists within our own laboratory. The philosophical ground of practice will be based on non-dual practices, Buddhism, and Tantra. In The Mind retreat, you will have 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.

Dates: 9 - 18 August 2022
Location: D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center Portugal
Price: starting from €2105

After booking the retreat through the below button, please notify academy@delightyoga.nl to arrange further details, such as the accommodation.

Program

Yoga - since its creation - has always been taught in a one-on-one setting. The teacher will assess the needs, aspirations, and constitution of the student and give them the personal practice that will 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.

During this retreat, Satya and Sahaj will draw from several wisdom traditions to offer you 100 hours of practices ranging from asana, pranayama, meditation, healing, and Tantra to Buddhism, self-inquiry, and dharma.

This retreat presents the subtlest part of the practices, where we investigate the Mind following, as a 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 to 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.

Therefore, this period is for ripening and going deeper. All practices before this are merely a preparation, a cleansing 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, 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
16.30 - Tea Break
17.00 - Healing Yoga Practice
19.00 - Dinner
20.00 - Meditation, Dream Yoga, or Yoga Nidra practice
21.00 - Bedtime

Practical Information

The Mind Retreat starts on 9 August and finishes on 18 August 2022. Transfer between Porto (OPO) Airport and the retreat location by car takes 1 hour. On 9 August, check-in is open as of 12.00 hrs and the program starts around 15.00 hrs. On 18 August, the program ends after a morning self-practice.

We advise not to arrive after the retreat has started, or to depart before it has ended, as this would mean missing important parts of the program. The transfer from the retreat centre to the airport OPO leaves 3 hours before the flight departure time.

Recommended flights if flying from Amsterdam:
9 August AMS - OPO: KL1711 09:05 – 10:40 (or check Transavia earlier in the morning and wait for the arrival of the KLM flight to share transfer)
18 August OPO - AMS: KL1712 11:25 - 15:05

Or consider other environment-friendly alternatives like bus or train to Porto and then join the shared transfer from Porto airport. There is also a Flixbus connection to Guimarães from where pick-up can be arranged.

Price

Payment options for teaching fees (including the course manual, excluding accommodation/travel):

  • Registered students of the Advanced Teacher Training: € 1.150 (incl. VAT)* payable by 8 July 2022
  • Early bird: € 1.400 (incl. VAT)*
    (€ 150 non-refundable deposit upon registration, €1.250 payable by 30 April 2022)
  • Regular: € 1.500 (incl. VAT)*
    (€ 150 non-refundable deposit upon registration, €1.350 payable by 8 July 2022)

*Upon booking the retreat, a deposit of €150 is payable. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable if participation is cancelled or postponed by the student for whatever reason (including corona-related circumstances).
*Please note that due to Dutch tax legislation (reisbureauregeling), there is no VAT deductible.

Accommodation
The costs for accommodation and food are on the basis of 9 nights and full board (3 vegetarian meals per day). The following room types are available:

  • € 955 shared room with 2 people
  • € 1.140 single room with shared facilities (house with 3 single bedrooms and shared living room/bathroom)
  • € 1.245 twin room single use (with own facilities)
  • € 1.350 garden suite (luxury single 36 m2, own facilities) - FULL

The teaching fees (minus deposit) and the accommodation are payable by 30 April (Early Bird) or 8 July 2022 (Regular), depending on the chosen payment option.
Not included in the above fees are books, travel costs to-and-from the retreat centre, travel insurance (highly recommended), and local tourist tax.
Camping at the retreat location / external accommodation is not possible, unfortunately. Extra nights can be booked directly at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center by emailing info@dalijoyogaretreats.com, for a 40% discount on room rate, including two meals (instead of three during the events).

Packages

  • Participants following The Heart Retreat & The Mind Retreat directly after each other, receive a discount of €50 per retreat.
  • Students following The Basic Teacher Training, The Heart Retreat & The Mind Retreat directly after each other, receive a discount of €200 (Early Bird) / €300 (Regular).
  • Students participating in the Advanced Teacher Training are eligible for a different pricing option. The pricing details can be found on our ATT pricing site.

For our cancellation policy, please read our General Terms and Conditions.

Requirements

  • 2 years of regular yogic practices including asana
  • Have 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 note below on Health & Well-Being)
    If you are not sure about meeting these requirements but you'd like to join this retreat, please contact academy@delightyoga.nl with your questions or concerns.
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Please read the following books prior to the retreat:

  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
  • No Mud No Lotus by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh

Health & Well-Being

Your current health and health background are 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 a phone number of a partner/friend/family we can contact in case of emergency.

Get a taste or prepare

Meeting the Mind - Online workshop
If you would like to get an introduction to or prepare for the retreat, or if you have joined the retreat in the past and would like to refresh the practices, we recommend joining online workshop "Meeting The Mind" on 4 June 2022 with Satya & Sahaj. Registered participants of this year's or previous retreats receive a 50% discount. To receive the voucher code, please email academy@delightyoga.nl.

Stay Connected with the Sangha
To stay connected with the Sva Dharma community we offer the Sva Dharma Family Gatherings. This is an exclusive event for everyone who has ever participated in a training or retreat with Satya and Sahaj. We warmly welcome you to gather, re-connect, inspire each other, practice together, share experiences, and thus find support in the Sangha (community of like-minded people).

This retreat is part of the 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training of Delight Yoga but can also be followed individually.

After booking the retreat through the below button, please notify academy@delightyoga.nl to arrange further details, such as the accommodation.

About the teachers

Learn from highly experienced teachers

Satya Katiza
Satya Katiza is a yogini in heart and soul. She is An experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (ERYT500-RYT 500) and licensed to certify students at
Kevin Sahaj
Kevin Sahaj is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practicing yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and

About the location

A yoga retreat in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature

D’Alijo Yoga Retreats Center is a yoga retreat in the midst of beautiful Portuguese nature. It sprawls across three hectares of land consisting of terraces, olive fields and hills with large rock formations.

The accommodation consists of wooden chalet-style houses, cabins or rooms which are tastefully decorated, positioned in rural parts of the grounds at walking distance from Yoga Studio, the swimming pool and the main house. All rooms have outside verandas.

The main house which was rebuilt with huge granite rocks from centuries ago is now the cosy “heart” of the retreat centre—surrounded by large terraces and undisturbed views of the area and premises. It offers 5 guest rooms. The centre offers a heated swimming pool, water features, and a peaceful meditation cave and the surroundings invite tranquil walks.

D'Alijo Retreat Center is located 1 hour away from Porto International Airport. Transfers from/to the airport can be arranged on request.

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