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Enlightenment Intensive Retreat (sold out)

  • Mandali Retreat Center Mandali Retreat Center
  • Via Belvedere, 2, Quarna Sopra, Province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Italy
  • Oct 27 - Nov 1, 2019 (6 days)

Event Highlights

  • Arrival Day: Guest are welcome to arrive from 16:00 hrs on the 27th of October. Dinner will be served at 19:00 hrs and there will be an Introduction session from 20:30 hrs.
  • Day 1 - 3 (Intensive process): 10 dyads per day, 3 meditation sessions, 5 meal breaks, rest and movement contemplation sessions
  • Day 4 - 5 (Integration process): Open sessions, integration movement and holistic sessions, relaxation and spa time, departure.
  • Departure on 1st of November after lunch.
  • Program Includes:
  • Teaching sessions
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Full board - vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea and snacks breaks between sessions)
  • Fruits, Teas and filtered water
  • Free use of Body Care Center facilities: sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool, except during the three day Intensive period.

Schedule

Arrival Day: Guest are welcome to arrive from 16:00 hrs on the 27th of October. Dinner will be served at 19:00 hrs and there will be an Introduction session from 20:30 hrs.

Intensive process
Day 1-3

Morning (starts circa at 6:15hrs)
About 8 sessions comprising of:
4-5 Dyads
Working and Walking contemplations
Afternoon (starts circa at 13:00hrs)
About 4 sessions comprising of:
2 Dyads
Sharing group
Meditation
Resting time
Evening (starts circa at 18:00hrs)
About 3-4 sessions comprising of:
3 Dyads
Walking contemplation

Integration process
Day 4-5

Holistic exercise, sharing circle, movement/active meditation, rest. A precious time to enjoy the sweet flowing moments.

Departure on 1st of November after lunch.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea and snacks breaks between sessions.
1 session takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes.

About This Event

Have you ever wondered who you are without all your stories? What is your Essential Nature? And what is your authentic purpose?

This 5 day intensive retreat facilitates the reconnection to your Authentic Self, free from social masks and conditionings. It is a combination of ancient Zen practice with modern enquiry techniques including a physical, emotional and spiritual detox.

What remains is your authentic self, a direct knowing of who you are.

What is Enlightenment Intensive?

Enlightenment intensive is a residential group retreat which takes a total of 5 days. The Intensive process itself is 3 days followed by 2 days of integration and relaxation techniques.

This highly efficient self-discovery process was created by Charles Berner in the 1960’s. It uses a specific technique to accelerate spiritual development and personal growth to arrive directly to the Essential Self, free from conditioning and self-image structures.

It is the combination of the ancient self-inquiry meditation “Who am I” with Western communication techniques.

Participants are placed in a completely secure environment with no distractions. The retreat is held in silence with the exception of the Dyads and Sharings. There are 10 to 12 Dyads a day. During the day there are five meals breaks, sessions for movement, rest, walking contemplations and meditation.

Enlightenment, also known as ‘Satori’ or ‘Awakening’, is a direct knowing, the self-realisation of “who you are” and understanding your true purpose.

What is a dyad?

Dyads are enquiry sessions that are held with two people. One listening in stillness the other communicating their direct experience of this moment in response to the question ‘Who am I?’ After five minutes the roles change. This is repeated for 30 or 40 minutes and is followed by a break. It is encouraged to start the next Dyad with a new partner. The effect is stunning … each Dyad clears the mind of the day-to-day chitchat and gives space to authentic self to be. ‘To know the answer directly’ in the traditional practice of Zen this is known as a Satori … A glimpse of enlightenment or more simply: to realize your Self.

“I have tested this technique and I have compared it to other methods of enlightenment. This technique is about 50-100 times more rapid in producing enlightenment experiences than the classical techniques.” Charles Berner

*It is recommended to refrain from caffeine, tobacco and sugar for a few days prior to the workshop.

Miro: Reconnecting, rediscovering the joy of life and sense of natural lightness. Karin: I highly recommend when you are ready to take the deeper dive into understanding who you are. Vero: You cannot compare it to anything. But you can live it...

What's Included

  • Teaching sessions
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Full board - vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner + tea and snacks breaks between sessions)
  • Fruits, Teas and filtered water
  • Free use of Body Care Center facilities: sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool, except during the three day Intensive period.

What's Not Included

Flights to/from Malpensa International Airport
Transfers to/from Mandali Retreat Centre
Massage at the Body Care Center

Venue Highlights

Mandali is situated above the clouds, nearly one kilometre over looking the crystal clear Lake Orta in the majestic Pre Alps of Northern Italy. Mandali opened its doors in March 2017 and is the vision of Wildrik Timmerman and and Wouter Tavecchio. It's been called the most beautiful centre in Europe and has been created to support the awakening process of Humanity, yet in style. Surrounded by nature, beautiful clear air, fresh mountain water, serving the best food, spa and with amazing facilities Mandali is a conspiracy for awakening.

Accommodations

Shared rooms: The most economical choice, the shared room is designed in simple dormitory style with two sets of bunk beds. An en suite bathroom is provided, and there are additional toilets and showers in the hallway.

Premium Twin rooms: Our twin rooms are spacious shared rooms. Two single beds with a view and a quiet veranda looking out onto the garden and temple or overlooking the lake. A great place to relax between sessions.


Hairdryers, Fresh towels and housekeeping included.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Sauna
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Hot Tub
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Ceremony Space

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free

Directions

From Malpensa airport

Taxi: The cost for a Mandali taxi from Malpensa airport to the centre is 130€ for a car (1 to 3 passengers) or 160€ for a minivan (4 to 7 people). Cost can be shared. Email us for more info and booking in advance!

Shuttle + taxi:
The Comazzi shuttle bus needs to be reserved 48 hours in advance and costs €12 each way.
A taxi from Gravellona Toce to Mandali costs approximately 40€. Email us for more info and booking in advance!

Train + Taxi:
Take a train from Malpensa to Omegna or Verbania. Then a taxi from Omegna (approximately 35€ or Verbania (approximately 50€ to Mandali. Email us for more info and booking in advance!

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Why Retreat?

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To drop deep into the practices and connect with my true nature... Alison
 

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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