The Mind Retreat (100-hour training)

Learn to befriend that Monkey Mind of yours

The Mind Retreat is a silent 10-day retreat guided by Satya Katiza and Kevin Sahaj at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center in the beautifully green region of Northern Portugal on 1 - 10 August 2023. 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.

Prices starting at € 2.295

About the retreat

Investigate the Mind as true scientists within our own laboratory

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. Together with The Body and The Heart, The Mind presents the core of their Sva Dharma teachings.

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.

This retreat is a 100-hour training - which can be followed individually or in combination with the Advanced Teacher Training - where 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.

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

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.

Practical Information

Booking information

After booking the retreat, you will receive more information on how to reserve your room and transfer. In case of any questions, please contact us at academy@delightyoga.nl.

Arrival/Departure

The Mind Retreat starts on 1 August and finishes on 10 August 2023. Transfer between Porto (OPO) Airport and the retreat location by car takes 1 hour. On 1 August, check-in is open as of 12.00 hrs and the program starts around 16.00 hrs. On 10 August, the program ends after a morning self-practice.

There are many airports with direct flights to Porto, e.g. Schiphol and Eindhoven (NL) and Düsseldorf and Weeze (D). Or consider 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.

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.

Prices

Teaching fees

Individual participants:

  • Early bird valid until 30 April 2023: € 1.550 (incl. VAT)* if paid in full upon registration
  • Regular: € 1.650 (incl. VAT)* payable in full upon registration
  • Installments: € 1.750 (incl. VAT)* in monthly installments (last installment due on 1 June 2023)

Registered students of the Advanced Teacher Training:

  • € 1.250 (incl. VAT)* if paid in full upon registration
  • € 1.350 (incl. VAT)* if payment in installments (last installment due on 1 June 2023)

*From this total, an amount of €150 is considered as non-refundable booking fee according to our T&C. The booking fee 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. Teaching fees including course manual, excluding accommodation/travel.

Accommodation costs
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 on a first-come first-serve basis (please indicate in case you snore/have frequent nightmares):

  • € 1.045 shared room with 2 people
  • € 1.280 single room with shared facilities (house with 3 single bedrooms and shared living room / bathroom)
  • € 1.590 garden suite (luxury single 36 m2, own facilities)

The accommodation is invoiced separately with a due date of 30 April (Early Bird) or 1 June 2023 (Advanced TT students / Regular / Installments).

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.

Extra nights can be booked directly at D'Alijo Yoga Retreat Center by sending an email to info@dalijoyogaretreats.com, for a 30% discount on the chosen room rate (stay in same (single) room or upgrade twin to single). This includes two meals instead of three during the events. As an indication, a single room costs 113€ per extra night.

Package price

  • Participants following The Body Retreat and/or The Heart Retreat and/or The Mind Retreat directly after each other, receive a discount of €75 per retreat on the Early Bird price (not applicable for payment in installments).

IMPORTANT: After booking your spot through the booking module (scroll all the way down), you will receive a confirmation indicating how to book your accommodation and transfer.

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.

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 if any of the following applies to you (if so, please detail):

  • Are you experiencing physical, mental, or emotional issues?
  • Are you currently under medical treatment or taking medications for mental or physical conditions?
  • Are you currently or have you suffered in the past from depression, burnout, addiction, or any other mental health issues?

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" (date in 2023 will follow soon) 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).

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

IMPORTANT: After booking your spot through the booking module (scroll all the way down), you will receive a confirmation indicating how to book your accommodation and transfer.

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