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This retreat will give you a deep plunge into Ayurvedic wisdom and experience on how to integrate this wisdom into your daily life and yoga practice. You will understand how as humans you are made up of the same ingredients, but with own unique blend to make you into one unique individual. Being a unique expression of nature, you will learn why you have certain behavior patterns, react differently emotionally in situations, and digest different foods easier than others.
This retreat is hosted at the Mandali Retreat Center. Mandali is a peaceful retreat center, established on a mountaintop, overlooking Lago d’Orta in Italy. It is an open space dedicated to spiritual practice and personal transformation. Mandali provides an optimal environment to exchange and receive teachings, wisdom and guidance from some of the world’s most inspiring teachers.
The location is a result of an extended search. When the founders saw the view from the mountain top, it accelerated their hearts. They realized they had found the perfect place. Building this place is their dream and heartfelt intention; to create a place of quiet beauty, to learn, and to relax.
They built the place from scratch. Its architecture is a faithful reflection of the ancient villages by which it is surrounded. The center breathes a soothing, serene atmosphere and offers its guests a guiding hand. You will fall in love with nature, find balance in the elements, and feel harmony with your true self.
Ayurveda uses all methods to re-balance, such as the use of particular foods, herbs, colors, attitudes, yoga, pranayama, and meditation. You will discover your own unique nature, while also tapping into the awareness of oneness which you all are, beyond the physical and mental body. You will spend these days in the retreat learning hands-on tools for daily self-care according to your Ayurvedic type (dosha) and present balance as well as food tips for self-healing and for your family.
The retreat will give you daily group sessions of guided yoga and pranayama (working with the breath to experience the no-mind state or higher levels of consciousness), meditation, and noble silence to reflect along with Ayurvedic talks to give you a new way of understanding yourself and life. You will go home with a heightened sense of awareness, a new perspective, and inspiration for your daily life back home.
When you learn the fundamental keys to your own personal mental and physical nature though Ayurveda, your life becomes a smoother ride as you learn to recognize through symptoms expressed physically and mentally, and you will have the knowledge of how to re-balance yourself.
Life is not something static and is not one straight line. It is a daily dance that gives you all sorts of unexpected changes and shifts. When you can stay open to the journey and have the wisdom of how to adjust to the flow as it comes, you can keep your inner scales balanced and experience life to the fullest potential.
On day five, there will be a day of noble silence for entire day until bedtime to create a space to allow yourselves into a deeper space within.
In a light-spirited manner yet sticking to the authentic teachings of yoga, Victoria uses the wisdom of Ayurveda in her yoga classes for students to experience spiritual access through physical practice. Canadian-born, Amsterdam raised and moved to Los Angeles in 1997 to discover the world of yoga and Ayurveda, Victoria moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2005 to study at The Ayurvedic Institute under the guidance of her primary teacher, Dr. Vasant Lad.
The retreat will be held in Quarna Sopra, Italy. Mandali is set 850 meters above sea level, overlooking Lago d’ Orta in Italy, the site faces southeast, enjoying the morning sun rising over the Mottarone mountain range across the lake. The classic feng shui dream of enjoying the inspiration of the sun, lake, and valley in front of you, whilst being supported and protected by the buildings, trees, and gardens behind is a functioning reality at Mandali.
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To complete your retreat, you will be served with daily vegetarian light breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Fruits, teas, and filtered water will also be served.
During your free time, you can enjoy your own rhythm and choose what suits you best. Relax in your room, take a forest walk, enjoy the sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, or take a swim in the heated indoor swimming pool.
A good massage can feel wonderful, help integrate all level of experience, and liberate your body from the tightness and holdings that keep pulling you backwards. There are various types of massages available at Mandali’s Body Care Center, such as Lomi Lomi (traditional Hawaiian), deep tissue massage, cranial sacral, and intuitive bodywork.
Massage sessions can be booked at an additional cost. Full information on the massage type and therapist of your choice can be obtained at the reception.
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP).
From Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP), you can get a transfer to Mandali, which will only take about 60 minutes.