22 - 29 September 2017
Mindfulness practice forms the basis of this retreat. It is for all those who want to understand the basic principles of Buddhist meditation practice and hatha yoga. Open to all levels, the retreat will start from basics and build up over the week, exploring the fundamentals of practice. You will be carefully guided to help you establish confidence in your yoga and meditation.
The retreat draws its inspiration from the Buddhist tradition. Led by Sadhita and Suḍāka, the founders of Bodhiyoga, you will leave the retreat clear and confident as to how to work effectively in yoga. Practicing in the context of a retreat will give the experience of more depth. Enjoying the surroundings of the gently wild natural beauty of the coutryside, you will be inspired.
Our Retreat place is wonderfully secluded which provides excellent conditions for the practice of yoga and meditation and silence.
Living at the Retreat Centre for just a few days brings you into a more intimate connection with nature and the elements, which supports and enhances the cultivation of sensitivity and awareness of the mind and body through the yoga and meditation practices.
The programme is designed to give plenty of time to be quiet, to rest, hang out with others, or go for walks through the nearby woods, through the valleys and along the nearby ridges.
The Retreat Centre emphasizes ecological sustainablilty, simplicity and collective living.
Water is heated by a solar heating system
Electricity comes from solar panels.
Water comes from on-site mountain springs.
There will be NO INTERNET!
The Retreat Centre is effectively off the grid!
Accomodation and food
Sleeping is in shared rooms of the restored farm house.
Food will be simple healthy and carefully prepared vegetarian/vegan cuisine. The ethic is one of reducing harm to animals and source as much as possible our food locally. We only make exceptions to food requirements if there are specific medical conditions to take into account. We invite you to enjoy our food as part of the practice of accepting that which is given and see if you can go beyond your likes and dislikes and personal preferences.
What to bring
yoga mat and yoga belt
light comfortable clothing for yoga practice
sheets and pillow case for a single bed
head lamp or torch
sturdy shoes or boots
sun protection and sun creams
some clothing to cover up at night (it can be cool)
any essential medicines
Please note that there will be no Internet available and it is preferable to not have your mobile device switched on during the course of the retreat. You can give Suḍāka's number 0034 638 31 71 38 to loved ones if there is need to contact you in an emergency.
I turned up to the Bodhiyoga retreat with my arm in a sling with torn shoulder and arms muscles. I was worried about how much yoga I would be able to do... Suḍāka and Sadhita couldn't have been more sensitive. They worked around my injury and I was amazed at what I was able to do as the days progressed. When I left I could do a headstand! The retreat, set in the mountains, made a perfect getaway. There is a beautiful calmness there, which led to a very moving week. The yoga and meditations were inspiring, and the understanding of the human spirit that Suḍāka and Sadhita share is truly unique. I especially enjoyed the guided silences which gave an oppurtunity for self reflection which I hadn't experienced before. A wonderful week,f ull of loving kindness, which I highly recommennd. - Francesca Stutely, Javea, Spain
Upon arrival at the retreat you are immediatly- physically and spiritually transported a step closer to ¨heaven¨. The landscape devours you, the teachers, Suḍāka and Sadhita charm and warm you with thier simple caring and natural attitude (there is no yoga ego living here!) while your yoga and meditation practice slows down, deepens and opens you on all levels - KathrynAnn Webster, Bilboa, Spain
Suḍāka and Sadhita gave a really clear and excellent course in meditation and yoga that helped me deepen my practice in a way that I will take forward as part of my busy life in London! - Hugh Mouser, London. U.K.
Clarifying, reflective, supportive, comforting, relaxing, detoxifying, peaceful, emotional, space, heat, frustrating, rewarding, release, recommended, special, unique, returning. - Fiona Stiles, Wirral, UK.
Sadhita and Suḍāka really know their stuff. Yoga is intensive and light, so is the meditation, teaching and guidance. A wholesome holiday! Fiona Kelk, London, U.K.