Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat – October 2019

Yin/Insight Yoga Silent Retreat – October 2019

Entering the Silence with Psychological Inquiry

Led by Sarah and Ty Powers

Bringing clear, kind attention to our inner and inter-personal life.

Prerequisite: You must have at least two years of a committed yoga practice and a strong interest in psychological work as well as Buddhist Mindfulness meditation before attending this retreat.

In this retreat we will practice Yin/Yang yoga, pranayama, mind training, and methods for awakening the heart. The talks and meditations will focus on the Buddhist teachings of Mindfulness as well as inviting experiential insights with inquiry both in solitude and at times, with a partner. The Sanskrit word for Mindfulness is Smritti, translated as non-forgetting. Mindfulness practice develops a quality of presence in which we remember to pay attention to the immediacy of experience while letting go of all motivations to manipulate the moment, developing the clear capacity to observe inner and outer experience without willful interference. While Mindfulness is a receptive attitude, generative heart based meditations develop a more generous spirit of love and compassion through envisioning what might be possible for us, were we to live from our deepest nature.

For the body we will engage in both self-led and teacher led yoga sessions each day. We will enjoy both receptive and active (Yin/Yang) asana practices that are designed to develop and maintain pliancy in the muscles as well as the joints, to increase strength and vitality in all the systems of the body, and to cultivate a sensitivity and cultivation of the pranic body – the gateway to an energetic ease of being.

For the heart and mind we will practice several meditation sessions a day, mingling both concentration and Insight practices with a mood of Maitri or loving-kindness. Working specifically with our inner protective and vulnerable parts through guided meditations will also help us include and integrate more aspects of our system, strengthening a capacity for self therapy that we can draw from in our everyday lives.

To enhance the contemplative atmosphere, social silence will be sustained throughout the retreat outside the practice hall. As in ancient times, this retreat is not only a place to learn new methods, but to cultivate qualities of being. This is also an opportunity to take a journey away from one’s daily responsibilities and preoccupations with worldly events. With this in mind, we require everyone to turn off their computers and phones for the duration of the retreat in order to genuinely connect with oneself in a less distracted inner and outer environment. This will undoubtedly deepen everyone’s experience. We feel unplugging from technology in retreat life is essential and will benefit all the attendees. There will be an emergency contact provided for students to give loved ones.

Please read Sarah’s book Insight Yoga, The Magic of Awareness by Anam Thubten, and practice with one of Sarah’s DVDs before attending.

Location: Mandali overlooking Lake Orta, Italy
Dates: October 22-27, 2019

Check-in: October 22 between 2pm and 5pm
Check-out: October 27 at 9am
We will have an evening session to begin the retreat after dinner on October 22. Silence will begin after dinner and be held until the afternoon of October 26. Short individual or group meetings will be scheduled by Sarah and Ty.

Note: If you have not been on a silent retreat before – either with Sarah or another teacher – the registration process for this retreat will require you to submit a brief paragraph on your motivation for wanting to practice in this way.

COST: (Accommodation, Food and Tuition included)
Single Room (Village View) – US$ 1828 (Sold Out)
Single Room (Lake View) – US$ 2013 (Sold Out)
Twin Room (Village View) – US$ 1462 each person (Sold Out)
Twin Room (Lake View) – US$ 1553 each person (Sold Out)
Premium Twin Room (Lake View) – US$ 1830 each person (Sold Out)
Women’s Hermitage (Village View) – US$ 1232 each person (Sold Out)
Men’s Hermitage (Village View) – US$ 1232 each person (One spot open)
Women’s Shared (Lake View) – US$ 1234 each person (Sold Out)
**Dharma** Women’s Shared (Village View) – US$ 600 each person (Sold Out)
**These Dharma spaces are intended for those with limited financial means. We will not be requiring an application and will trust that you will choose this option if you need to.

**If you have previously registered for a Dharma space at one of our retreats, please allow others the opportunity.

Transfers:
The nearest airport is Milano Malpensa. Mandali will organise shared taxis for about 50 euros from Malpensa to Mandali. Round trip will end up being around 90-100 euros (transfer is about 1 hour and 15 mins.) It is also possible to take public transport, first from Malpensa to Galerate, then take the train to Verbania and then take a taxi from Omegna to Mandali. (Transfer from Omegna to Mandali is about 20 mins) There is parking space available on the Mandali grounds and right next door. **All transfers must be arranged directly with Mandali at info@mandali.org**

Questions about this Retreat?
Please contact Tripti@SarahPowers.com.


ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS:

By continuing, I am confirming that I have read the Terms and Conditions and Ty’s letter explaining why they are in place.