From the poem "Awakening" by Donna Faulds
8-days Vipassana retreat at Mandali retreat center Lago D'Orta Milano, May 26 - June 2
A Vipassana retreat with focus on the qualities of the heart
Join us for this in-person retreat in the beautiful setting of Mandali Retreat Center in Northern Italy, sitting high on a hilltop with sweeping views of Lake Orta and the mountains.
We will tend to the heart and mind with compassionate mindfulness and strengthen our connection with ourselves and each other, with time for enjoying nature, deep rest, and practice surrounded by nature. During this weeklong silent retreat, we will learn to slow down and attune to the fresh simplicity of our present moment experience, rest in stillness, and connect with the heart's inner capacity for healing and freedom.
Together we will explore some of the supports for presence: letting go of distraction, the deliberate cultivation of simplicity and contentment, and a renewed sense of connection with our own bodies, hearts, and minds in community. By bringing mindful attention to our moment to moment experience, we can learn to cultivate resilience amidst change and grow in awareness, love, and wisdom.
For this particular retreat, we will also be developing the Brahma Viharas, the four qualities of an awakened heart: Lovingkindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity.
The structure of this Vipassana retreat includes guided meditation on each Brahma Vihara with Q&A each day, time for silent sitting and walking meditation periods, rest, mindful eating instruction, Dharma talks, and small group practice discussion meetings with the teacher.
This silent retreat meets the requirements for you to train as a MBSR/MBCT and MSC teacher and is led by Christiane as a Vipassanaretreat.
We will alternate periods of sitting meditation with walking meditation in the beautiful surroundings. We will also practice soft yoga and body scanning.
The retreat includes:
All teachings will be in English by Christine Wolf and Viveka.
We stay at the Mandali retreat center, which is located in the mountains above Milan, with a divine view of Lago D'Orta.
Mandali is a wonderful retreat center with room for 50 participants. Both beginners and people with previous meditation and yoga experience are welcome.
You book and pay for your flight to Milan yourself. There is an easy transfer from the airport to Mandali, the journey takes about 75 minutes.
The retreat starts with a dinner upon arrival. We have a chance to greet one and other before we enter the noble silence together.
Once you have booked your flight ticket, please let us know your flight times. Email us at email@example.com
On the last day we finish the retreat and are ready around 11:00.
Christiane Wolf is a former doctor, internationally known mindfulness and Insight (Vipassana) meditation teacher. She was trained as a gynecologist in Berlin, Germany and also holds a doctorate in psychosomatic medicine.
She is passionate about translating ancient wisdom teachings into accessible and applicable modern-day language. She aims to live from the heart informed by the brain and inspires her students to explore the same.
She is the author of "Outsmart Your Pain - Mindfulness and Self-Compassion to Help You Leave Chronic Pain Behind" and the co-author of the classic training manual for mindfulness teachers "A Clinician's Guide To Teaching Mindfulness". Christiane is the lead-consultant and teacher trainer for the VA's (US Department of Veteran Affairs) National Mindfulness Facilitator Training and a senior teacher at InsightLA.
She is the proud parent of three amazing humans and can usually be found exploring the mountains around Los Angeles.
For more information please visit: www.christianewolf.com
Viveka Blom Nygren founded Atmajyoti Yoga in 2002, and ran a yoga studio until June 2023. Today, she continues to teach Yoga Teacher Trainings, workshops, private classes and does retreats. She started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1998. Viveka is certified by Yoga Alliance and continues to train continuously in yoga and meditation. Viveka teaches MediYoga, Hathayoga, Pranayama and Meditation and she also does corporate assignments and retreats. She teaches on our yoga trips.
Viveka is a certified Pranayama teacher after a 3-year Pranayama training at Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala India, where Sudhir Tiwari and Sri O.P Tiwari were her teachers. Viveka is also a MediYoga therapist after 2 years of studies at the MediYoga Institute. Furthermore, Viveka is a certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher after a 2-year training with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, a training in collaboration with and developed by The Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley.
Viveka lives in Stockholm with her husband and 1 child (out of 5) living at home.
Mandali is a boutique retreat center in the foothills of the Italian Alps. They wish to be a point of light for anyone on a quest for mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
At the heart of Mandali there is a warm team, expansive lake views and mother nature's warm embrace. An experience on our sacred hilltop is made special with our delicious vegetarian meals, a sustainably crafted ecosystem, and quality cosy rooms designed for deep rest.
Mandali was architecturally inspired by the typical Italian medieval towns that surround it. Most of the construction was completed by repurposing a large amount of locally reclaimed materials.
Mandali serves colorful, delicious, and locally sourced food (some of which are grown in our own garden) is carefully prepared daily for wholesome and balanced nourishment during your stay. Three meals a day are served and filtered water, herbal teas, and fresh fruit are available all day long.
The practice rooms are equipped with sound systems, various lighting options, state-of-the-art ventilation and temperature control. The temple, dome, diamond room and outdoor terrace are multi-functional spaces dedicated to your practice.
Our bodycare centre is a peaceful space designed for relaxation and includes a sauna, steam room, swimming pool, and our guest's favorite...a jacuzzi with epic views! We also offer massage and bodywork treatments provided by our experienced therapists. Treatments can be booked upon arrival, they are not included in the price.
From 5,000.00 kr
Vipassana retreat - Silent meditation retreat
Meal: Full board with vegetarian diet
Location: Mandali Lago D'Orta, Milan
Number of days: 8 (7 nights)
Price: From 1321 - 3147 Euro
(depending on the choice of room)
Shared room 4 persons lake/garden 1321 Euro per person
Hermitage 4 persons garden 1756 Euro per person
Twin room 2 persons garden 1841 Euro per person
Twin room 2 persons lake 2020 Euro per person
Single room garden
2393 Euro per person
Single room lake
2626 Euro per person
Premium Twin, 2 persons lake
2222 Euro per person
Premium Single, 1 person lake
3147 Euro per person
When you register, you pay the registration fee.
Final payment on March 26, 2024.
You have a "drop down" menu where you can choose between payment options;
REGISTRATION FEE or FINAL PAYMENT.
When booking, choose your room and inform firstname.lastname@example.org of your choice.
Entrance fee, Garden 4 persons (shared), Hermitage garden 4 persons (shared), Lake 4 persons (shared), Premium single lake, Premium twin lake 2 persons, Single garden, Single lake, Twin garden 2 persons, Twin lake 2 persons.
You can pay for our yoga retreats up to 12 months interest-free through our partnership with Humanfinans.
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Flight: You book to Milan. From Milan there is a transfer to Mandali retreat center, the trip takes about 75 minutes: Price 3 persons in a car 140 Euro, 8 persons in a car 180 Euro.
Other information: We start with a common meal on arrival at 17:00. On the day of arrival we present the schedule for the retreat. The course ends with brunch on the same day as the course ends and we are finished around 11:30-12:00.
Every year we organise Atmajyoti yoga trips to different places.
This spring we are organising two trips to the wonderful Can Vital outside Barcelona - a Vipassana retreat and a yoga retreat. This autumn you are welcome to Mallorca and the lovely Son Salas in Sollér.