Sudaka and Sudaka are offering two distinct yoga and meditation retreats in the summer period in the wonderfully remote and rugged Sacarest Retreat Centre near to the village of Finestrat a few kilometres back from the Alicante coast. Sacarest is a Retreat Centre run by Dolf and Anne (Dutch and German).
More than just a yoga retreat, Sudaka and Sadhita introduce gradually day by day practices from the Hatha yoga tradition as well as clear and understandable Buddhist teachings. A typical day would involve morning double practice session of yoga and meditation and an afternoon session of yoga done in a recuperative style to assist a deepening of understanding. Along with the practice sessions we introduce themes of meditation, yoga and Buddhism to give a clear and in depth understanding of the practices.
These retreats are enjoyable and engaging. Sudaka and Sadhita present the material
in a way that allows each person to engage at there own level.
The first retreat is open to yoga teachers and experienced yogis and yoginis and runs 1 - 8 June 2013. This retreat contributes to the Bodhiyoga 500 hour Certification.
The second is a yoga retreat open to all levels of experience and runs 20 - 27 July 2013.
This retreat is oriented towards those who have an established yoga practice and yoga teachers.
Bodhiyoga is an approach to yoga which has incorporated the Buddhist teaching of mindfulness and loving kindness through systematic meditation practice. In this approach to yoga, we develop to deeper levels the training in awareness which has been a key part of the Buddhist system of spiritual training since the beginning.
Within the classes of yoga that are taught by the Bodhiyoga teachers, meditation forms an important part of the practice as well as systematic relaxation and breath training. The principles of mindfulness then inform the practice of yoga asana and lead to a deeper integration.
Open to those that are more experienced in yoga, the retreat aims to enrich the practice experience of both teachers and practitioners, helping both to take their teaching practice and personal practice to new levels of experience.
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 and how to practice correctly. You will be guided through from beginning level to help you establish and then find confidence in your yoga and meditation.
The retreat draws its inspiration from the Buddhist tradition. Led by Sadhita and Sudaka, the founders of Bodhiyoga, a Buddhist yoga teacher training school, you will leave the retreat clear and confident as to how to work effectively in yoga. Doing the practice in the context of a retreat will give the experience of depth. Enjoying the surroundings of the wild natural beauty of the mountains You will be inspired.
Sacarest is sufficiently secluded (there are no through-roads and access is by a ride or longish walk up from Finestrat, the nearest village) to provide excellent conditions for the practice of yoga and meditation. The silence is pronounced and vibrant!
Places will be limited to 16 participants.
These retreats are aimed at people who wish to deepen and explore their yoga and meditation practice and strongly draws on the mindfulness teachings of the Satipatthana Sutta tradtion from The Buddha's early teachings.
Sadhita and Sudaka have many years experience in doing and leading retreats together here in Spain and the UK. The retreat is open to all levels of experience; beginner to more advanced. If necessary we will provide individualised sessions for those who require them.
Living at Sacarest 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. Puig Campana (1406m), the local mountain which stands majestically over Benidorm is a two and half hour walk to the summit.
Sacarest Retreat Centre emphasizes ecological sustainablilty, simplicity and collective living. We use compost toilets (as well as more conventional flush loos), water is heated by a solar heating system and electricity from solar panels. Water comes from on-site springs. The Retreat Centre is off the grid in this respect.
Our training offers a practical vehicle for spiritual transformation. We are principally concerned in providing conditions for the development and deepening of greater awareness, confidence and self-discovery.
The morning yoga will be stronger and more dynamic to energise and strengthen the body, the afternoon class will be gentler, more meditative and aimed and relaxing and opening the body. Workshops and presentations are run in the late morning and afternoon.
Sadhita and Sudaka alternate teaching sessions of yoga and meditation, so you will receive classes from both.
Meditation sessions are combined with the yoga classes and we provide plenty of instruction on setting up a meditation practice, how to meditate and how to deepen your meditation practice. We draw strongly on the Satipatthana or Mindfulness - "Direct Path to Awakening" teaching from the Buddhist tradition. We teach the meditations of the Mindfulness of Breathing, Metta Bhavana and Just Sitting as well as how to practice and integrate "everyday Mindfulness" into your everyday life!
Sleeping is in individual and double rooms on the first floor of the restored farm house. There are 10 rooms in all and all open on to a long terrace with a spectacular view to the West through the mountains to the aziure Mediterrenean waters. There are indoor and outdoor wash and shower facilities, compost and flush loos. There is limited individual occupancy so please let us know well in advance.
On the ground floor a large entrance gives way to a long dining room and spacious kitchen. A small library is situated in the practice space.
The yoga and meditation practice space is a spacious arched room also on the first floor.
The food is vegetarian and sourced locally as much as is possible. All meals will be prepared by Sacarest's capable cooks Dolf and Anne, who have many years experience running retreats in Sacarest and on the coast at El Bloque.
7.30 Meditation & yoga practice
12.00 Meditation / Workshop
18.00 Restorative / Yin yoga & meditation
20.00 Evening meal
The afternoons will be left open for time to take walks and rest and we will be offering some body work sessions and workshops on meditation, massage and shiatsu.
The retreat pick-up is at 18.00 on the first Saturday of the retreat and drop-back at 11.00 on the following Saturday. Please check your travel times in relation to this. Keep my number at hand; Sudaka 0034 638 31 71 38
Sacarest is easily reached from Alicante airport. Or if you come overland, from Benidorm. Travel to Alicante is easy from most European destinations.
There are two options for the final part of your journey. Please tell us your preferred option;
The address is of the venue is:
The retreats are limited to 12 persons only so book early.
Contact us via the Contact page and send your full name, address, phone number(s) and emergency contact name and number as well as tell us a bit about your yoga and meditation experience. To reserve your place send us the full payment of 545 euros.
Check that you will have adequate health insurance cover for the duration of your journey and check that your arrival and leaving time from Alicante airport allowing time to get to and from the airport. The retreat begins at 20.00h for supper on the first day and finishes at 9.00h after breakfast on the last day.
You may have to spend one night in the area to co-ordinate your travel times. Finestrat and the surrounding villages are well worth a few days visit, before or after our retreat.
We recommend travelling light!