20 - 27 June 2015
Dana economy :: contribution based
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 Sudaka, 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 wild natural beauty of the mountains, you will be inspired.
Sacarest is wonderfully secluded which provides excellent conditions for the practice of yoga and meditation and silence. The silence is pronounced and vibrant! Places will be limited to 14 participants.
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, stands majestically over the premises.
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
- Electricity comes from solar panels.
- Water comes from on-site mountain springs.
- There is no Internet!
- The Retreat Centre is off the grid!
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.
What to bring
- yoga mat
- light comfortable clothing for yoga practice
- sheets and pillow case for a single bed
- bathroom things
- head lamp or torch
- sturdy shoes or boots
- sun protection and sun creams
- some clothing to cover up at night (it can be cool - we are at 800m)
- insect repellent
- any essential medicines
Please note that Sacarest is a retreat centre and that there is no Internet available and it is preferable to not have your mobile device switched on during the course of the retreat. You can give Sudaka'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... 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.