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 mountain springs. And there is no Internet! 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.
Mindfulness-based yoga and meditation
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!
Accomodation and food
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 azure Mediterrenean waters. There are indoor and outdoor wash and shower facilities, compost and conventional 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, many years experience running retreats in Sacarest and on the coast at El Bloque.
How to get there (and away)?
The retreat pick-up is at 18.00 in Bar Cantonet in Finestrat, the village some 20 mintues from Sacarest on the first day of the retreat. Drop-back to the airport of Alicante or coast at 11.00 at the earliest on the last day of the retreat. 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;
- Option 1. Co-ordinated pick-up and travel by taxi from Alicante airport. Meet other retreatants in the Cafe on the ground floor in Alicante airport and travel up together sharing the costs. The taxi ride is some 50 kilometres and costs around 70 euros (shared with up to 4 passengers) each way. Please let us know if you want to travel by taxi and we will help you co-ordinate a shared ride with other retreatants.
- Option 2. You make your own way to Finestrat. First you head to Alicante by Airport bus or go directly to Benidorm by bus (company called Alsa). From Alicante you can to take the tram or bus to Benidorm. From Benidorm, ride up by taxi to Finestrat (about 25 euros for the taxi). The cheapest way up, if you can make the connections, is to take a bus from the Airport to Cala Finestrat and then take a local bus from Cala Finestrat up to the village of Finestrat.
We will organise the drop-back to the airport or the coast with Dolf once you are at Sacarest.
The address is of the venue is: Sacarest, Apartado 130, 03509 Finestrat (Alicante), Spain
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... Sudaka 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, high above Finestrat, 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 Sudaka 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 Sacarest you are immediatly- physically and spiritually transported a step closer to ¨heaven¨. The landscape devours you, the teachers, Sudaka 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
Sudaka 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.
Sacarest is a magical place and Sudaka and Sadhita's ability to teachyoga and meditationin a very direct and kind way has left me feeling more energised, confident and very relaxed, Holly Murray, London U.K.
Sadhita and Sudaka really know their stuff. Yoga is intensive and light, so is the meditation, teaching and guidance. A wholesome holiday! Fiona Kelk, London, U.K.