Shanti Dom offers yoga retreat as well as volunteering and selfless service with open hearts and open minds. They create a unique world far away from habitual social and material life.
from Great Britain, September 2020
"Full immersion in yoga experience in rural Belarus"
If you're looking for a place to party and do some yoga as added value DON'T go to Shanti Dom. If you're looking for a holiday to record on your insta, selfies and the rest of them again it's probably not the place. BUT if you want to learn about yoga, about yourself, be able to hear fly walking next to you, have amazing spiritual experiences that can't be recorded and shared on social medias so easily then YES, go to Shanti Dom. I think in one month I learnt more than in previous 20 years of irregular practise. Alena is a fountain of knowledge, a very inspiring person to learn from. She talks the talk and walks the walk. She showed us that yoga is so much more than asanas and pranayama, that it's a lifestyle, life.
For me Shanti Dom felt like a tolstoyan commune, philosophical questions mix with dilemmas about what to cook for lunch today. Work to improve oneself takes a form of staying in headstand for 5 minutes or in chopping firewood and stacking it aesthetically. The whole month is both physical and mental. And it is demanding at times- day starts at 5am with pouring warm, salty water through your nose as cleansing exercise and continues with a variety of activities till 10:30pm. It gives you a full experience of living yoga for a month.
from Germany, September 2020
"Spiritualität, Authentizität, Tiefsinnigkeit, Liebe"
Es ist ein wundervoller Ort, an dem man zur Ruhe kommen kann, sich finden kann, über sich hinauswachsen kann, sich den äußeren Einflüssen entziehen kann.
Wer ein all inclusive Hotel sucht, darf weitersuchen. Wer eine tiefere, spirituelle Erfahrung und die Philosophie des Yoga kennenlernen und leben möchte, wird einen wundervollen Ort finden.
Inmitten der Natur darf man wundervolle Erfahrungen sammeln, eine offene, herzliche Lebensform erfahren und einer authentischen und liebenswerten Lehrerin begegnen.
Ich bin ShantiDom sehr dankbar für all das, was ich lernen durfte -über Yoga, das Zwischenmenschliche und über mich Selbst- und für jeden Tag, den ich dort verbringen dufte.
from Germany, September 2018
"Get out of your comfort zone - and deal with it"
I believe it is important to understand the concept of this place: It is not supposed to be a lush, comfy vacation with yoga for fun. Instead, you will step out of your comfort zone in almost every way. This can be a huge relief - but it can also be a challenge. It is an exceptional situation for most of us and it can be an opportunity to learn more about yourself and how you are doing when the activities and distractions of everyday life are not there. The accomodation, the food, etc. are exactly in place to support this concept, which is what makes them great. The same applies to the spiritual atmosphere of the place, its quietness and the yoga classes, independent of whether you agree with every element of the philosophy.
How you will like this retreat will eventually depend much on you. Just don't expect it to be easy-peasy. I recommend simply accepting and opening up to everything; then there is lots to learn and to enjoy in ways that we seldomly explore.
Kate Rebecca Pearson
I had the most fantastic YTT 200 experience here in Belarus. The place being so secluded, quiet and tranquil made it an incredibly raw and natural experience for me. I enjoyed being in touch with nature and with myself, without distractions of normal daily life. Belarus is a beautiful country!
I felt that the training was well prepared and that I was sufficiently prepared to become a teacher by the end of it. Elena has years of experience, training and teaching and she was a wonderful mentor and guide for us. I created close bonds and very special memories in Shanti Dom. This is a place full of peace and light, and the experience has been life changing. I started teaching the moment I arrived back to my country, and my life has transformed. Thank you!!! I enjoyed every single second, and would go back and do it all again in a heartbeat.