The Mind Retreat (100 hours)

Learn to befriend that Monkey Mind of yours

9 - 18 August 2022

About the Mind Retreat

This retreat is a silent 100-hour training 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.

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.

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.

Program Outline

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, 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 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.

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


D’Alijo Yoga Retreat Center

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, 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.


Payment options for teaching fees (including 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.

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)
  • € 1.350 garden suite (luxury single 36 m2, own facilities)

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), 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 sending an email to, for a 40% discount on room rate, including two meals (instead of three during the events).


  • 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.

Once you have booked your spot in the retreat using the button below, we will get in touch with you via email to discuss accommodation requirements (please indicate in case you snore/have frequent nightmares).

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


  • 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 with your questions or concerns.

Reading Material

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: A 3-Day Program - Online
If you would like to prepare for the retreat or if you have joined the retreat in the past and would like to refresh the practices, we recommend joining the 3-day online retreat "Meeting The Mind" from 27-29 May 2022 with Satya & Sahaj. This online program can also be followed as on stand-alone basis or as an introduction to the teachings of the Mind Retreat. Registered participants of this year's or previous retreats receive a 50% discount. To receive the voucher code, please email

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).

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