with Esther Ekhart
|When||20 Oct 2018 to 27 Oct 2017|
Join Esther Ekhart for a restorative and inspiring week of Meditation, Yoga, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and Inquiry - on the beautiful island of Tenerife
This is an intensive silent retreat only available for students of Esther who already have done a retreat with her and want to go deeper or for people who are experienced with meditation and like to observe silence. There will be a maximum of 20 people on the retreat.
What to expect:
This retreat is designed to slow you down and restore and revitalize you on a very deep level. We will use meditation, pranayama, asana and silence as tools to do this.
During the week we observe mouna (silence). The early morning starts with meditation and Pranayama. After breakfast and a short break, we will continue with a strong(ish) fluid yoga practice that focuses on loosening the body as well as strengthening and stabilizing the body and easing the mind. In the afternoon we gather again to meditate.
For six days we will all observe silence. During class times, there is room to ask questions if they arise.
Please note: To really give the body and mind a break and observe true silence, all mobile phones will be collected the first night and returned on day 6 in the afternoon when the silence breaks. A phone number of the retreat centre will be provided for emergencies if wished for.
Saturday, which is the the arrival day you can still talk and you have time to meet your roommates. From Saturday morning onwards the silence starts. Halfway during the 6th day the silence breaks to slowly get used to speaking again. Day 7, Saturday again is a travel day.
As you begin to relax into stillness, you cultivate presence, awareness and an authentic relationship with yourself. You will get in touch with a felt sense of "Being". It is a universal felt-sense that we all have within us. From birth, and throughout every moment of your life, being is a constant, quiet, background presence that's always with you. But until it is pointed out it can go unnoticed.
As well you may discover that being together with others in silence allows for a different sense of connection that can be more satisfying than spending the same time engaged in conversation.
You will access that same state of "being" shared. Rather than knowing others through their stories of who they are and what they do, the silence highlights our sense of connectedness. We basically begin to understand the concept of oneness through our shared beingness.
About the retreat centre:
Mandala de Masca is blessed with six hectares of private mountain terrain located in the beautiful valley of Masca (Teno Natural Park), only 45 minutes from both airports in Tenerife. Masca is best known for its natural beauty, unspoiled views and authenticity. An inspirational location for a yoga retreat centre with all facilities and services on site. Take a look at their website for photos of the beautiful surroundings.
08:00 - 09:00 Meditation/Pranayama
09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast + break, in silence
10:30 - 12:30 Discourse /Meditation / Hatha yoga / Vinyasa flow
13:00 - 15:30 Lunch/Free time
15:30 - 18:30 Meditation with short breaks in between
18:30 - 19.30 Dinner
19.30 - Discourse and/or meditation
Arrival is on Saturday, Oct 20th. We have an introduction in the evening. Departure is on Saturday, Oct 27th after breakfast.
Cost per person:
Includes seven nights' accommodation, fantastic meals served three times daily, coffee and tea plus our complete meditation and yoga program.
- €1020 - bed in mini-dorm (holds 4 people, private bathroom)
- €1080 - bed in mini-dorm holds 3 people
- €1180 - twin or double occupancy with private bathroom
- There are no single rooms, but because there is no talking, you can experience enough privacy and rest.
- Flights and transfers are not included.
How to book:
Please fill in the box at the bottom of the page.
To book and secure your place you need to pay a non-refundable deposit of €350.
The remainder will be due by 1st of Aug 2018
To book your space and for inquiries please see below.
How to get there:
Mandala de Masca can arrange return transfers from and to the airport of Tenerife at €40 - per person (per Taxi of 4) - 45 minutes. Individual transfers are on request.
Esther's assistants will gather all the flight information closer to the time and you can be grouped together in taxis.
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