The Mind Retreat
14 August - 23 August 2021
The Mind Retreat
We hereby present you with a very unique opportunity to dive within the Infinite Universe of the Mind, guided by Satya Katiza and Kevin Sahaj at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center in the beautifully green region of Northern Portugal.
Invaluable benefits you will gain from this training:
- A cleansing of the temple of body and mind
- A clearer understanding of yourself
- Alignment with your life towards awakening
This retreat is a silent 10-day (100-hour) training - which can be followed individually or in combination with the Advanced Teacher 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.
Meet our teachers
Satya is a yogini in heart and soul. She has in-depth knowledge of Vipassana and Mindfulness meditation, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin and yoga as a way of life.
Her friendly personality, contagious enthusiasm and warm heart inspire her students to get the best out of themselves.
Kevin is a dedicated yoga practitioner who has been studying and practising yoga for 30 years. His approach to teaching is eclectic and draws from many different methods and teachings to help students align their lives towards awakening.
His focus is to offer the right method for the individual according to their needs and aspirations.
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.
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.
The Mind Retreat starts on 14 August and finishes on 23 August 2021. Transfer between Porto (OPO) Airport and the retreat location by car takes 1 hour. On 14 August, check-in is open as of 12.00 hrs and the program starts around 15.00 hrs. On 23 August, the program will end 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 (AMS): KLM to/from Porto (OPO), leaving on 14 August at 09.05 from AMS, and returning on 23 August at 11.25 hrs from OPO. Please book your (highly recommended: flexible) flights as soon as possible and send us your travel details to arrange shared pick-up.
Teaching fees, including the course manual (excluding accommodation/travel):
- Early bird: € 1.050,- (incl. 21% VAT)*
(€ 150,- non-refundable deposit upon registration, €900,- payable by 30 April 2021)
- Regular: € 1.150,- (incl. 21% VAT)*
(€ 150,- non-refundable deposit upon registration, €1.000,- payable by 13 July 2021)
- The Mind Retreat can be followed individually - apart from The Heart Retreat and other Teacher Trainings - for €1.150,-.
- Participants following The Heart Retreat & The Mind Retreat after each other, pay only €2.000,- as teaching fees for both 2 programs together.
- Students following The Basic Teacher Training, The Heart Retreat & The Mind Retreat after each other, pay only €4.000,- as teaching fees for all 3 programs together.
- Students participating in the Advanced Teacher Training are eligible for a different pricing option. The pricing details can be found here.
The costs for accommodation and food are on the basis of 9 nights and full board (3 vegetarian meals per day):
- € 885,- on the basis of a shared room with 2 people
- € 1.060,- single room with shared facilities
- € 1.150,- single room own facilities
- € 1.250,- luxury single room (36 m2, own facilities)
Upon booking the retreat, a non-refundable deposit of €150,- is payable.
The remainder (teaching fees minus deposit + accommodation) is payable by 30 April (Early Bird) or 13 July 2021 (Regular), depending on the chosen payment option.
Camping at the retreat location / external accommodation is not possible, unfortunately. Please note that due to Dutch tax legislation (reisbureauregeling), there will be no VAT deductible from the invoice.
It is not possible to arrive earlier or stay longer after the retreat. In case of following several programs, extra nights can be booked directly at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, for a 40% discount on room rate, including two meals (instead of three during the events).
Once you have booked your spot in the retreat using the link below, we will get in touch with you via email to discuss accommodation requirements (please indicate in case you snore/have frequent nightmares). You will then receive payment instructions for these accommodation fees, depending on the room of your choice.
Not included in the above fees are books, travel costs to-and-from the retreat centre, travel insurance (highly recommended), local tourist tax.
For our cancellation policy please read our General Terms and Conditions. By clicking the "Sign Up" button below, you acknowledge that you have read, understood and agreed to this Financial Agreement and the 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 email@example.com with your questions or concerns.
Please read the following books prior to the retreat:
- When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chödrön
- The Myth of Freedom and the Way of Meditation by Chögyam Trungpa
- Mirror of Yoga by Richard Freeman
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.)
In case of an emergency, please provide us with a phone number of a partner/friend/family.
Meeting the Mind: A 3-Day Program - Online
Do you want to refresh the practices of The Mind Retreat? We also offer "Meeting the Mind: A 3-day Online Program" to explore and investigate the Mind and (refresh) different meditation techniques. Former students of The Mind Retreat will receive an exclusive discount for this program.
To receive the discount, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. This online program can also be followed as on stand-alone basis or as an introduction to the teachings of the Mind Retreat.
Stay Connected with the Sangha After the Retreat
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).
Should you have any questions, we are standing by to help out.
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