Building your practice
6 days of sati yoga and meditation in the Algarve
2nd - 8th of March 2018,
This 6 day retreat is held in Quinta Mimosa, a wellness and awareness centre
located in Southern Portugal, a 30 mn drive from Faro international airport.
This retreat is aimed at those who have an interest in both yoga and mindfulness meditation. It is designed to help participants develop a balanced practice integrating all aspects of yoga and which they can then continue on their own after the retreat. It is suitable for all levels, from keen beginners to advanced.
This is highly interactive course, and for this reason, number of participants is limited to 12. Everyone is allowed to progress at their own pace, and encouraged to develop their own practice.
The day will start with a silent meditation, followed by a 2 hours asana (posture) class then by brunch. There is some free time then to read, walk, or relax by the pool before a 2 hours pranayama and meditation class in the afternoon followed by dinner.
After dinner, there will be a 30 minutes meditation session.
The cost depends on room type (see below).
- Dorms: 300€
- Studio room: 390€
- Twin: 450€
- Single: 600€
All prices are per person and include accommodation and food, but not teaching is by donation (see below).
If you are interested in this retreat, please send an email to Christophe (at) satiyoga.eu stating your yoga and meditation experience (if any) and what you are hoping to get from this retreat, or ring Christophe on (353)872621832 (leave a message with your phone number).
Note that you will have to book your accommodation directly with Quinta Mimosa, who also look after airport transfers, etc. but please contact Christophe first by email or phone. A deposit will be payable to Quinta Mimosa a month before the start date of the course to confirm your booking.
Christophe started studying and practicing yoga daily in 1994.
He originally trained as an Iyengar teacher in 1998, but his asana practice and teaching have since been influenced by a number of other yoga styles, particularly ashtanga vinyasa, Shadow yoga and the Atma vikasa style of Venkatesh, his main teacher for many years.
Christophe also has a long standing interest in pranayama which he has studied for many years with a number of senior teachers.
More recently, his quest for a broader, more balanced practice led him to study Buddhist teachings on ethics, mindfulness and meditation and his practice and teaching now also includes anapana sati (mindfulness of breathing) and metta (loving kindness) meditation.
Christophe is certified by the Independant Yoga Network as a senior (1000 hours) teacher and has taught yoga retreats internationally for the past 17 years.
Teaching fee: donation economy
On this course, Christophe doesn't charge a fixed price for his teaching but instead allows participants to decide,
at the end of the course, how much they want to contribute toward it. This is Dana, the practice of generosity.
By turning on its head the capitalist assumption that everything has a price, the practice of Dana in the contemporary world is an attempt at building a new economical paradigm in which you take what you need and give what you can. Rather than entering into a provider / consumer relationship, Christophe invites you on this course to explore economic relationships which contribute towards a culture of sharing.
At the end of the course, you will be invited to support Christophe's work by anonymously placing whatever money you feel moved to give him in a donation box.
Of course, he needs financial contributions to continue running courses in the same spirit, and the donation economy should not be seen as a “cheap option”, but he also appreciate that you may only be able to give little.
As this course included around 30 hours of teaching, Christophe suggests a donation amount between 200 and 500 euros, with the lower end of the scale intended for people with very limited means. If your financial circumstances are comfortable and you value what Christophe offers, please consider giving generously. Ultimately, the Dana economy is an invitation to decide yourself what the teaching on this retreat was worth to you.
Timetable for the retreat
Friday 2nd March
from 16.00 Arrive at Quinta Mimosa
18.30 Dinner followed by introductory talk
20.00 Introduction to sitting meditation
Saturday to Thursday
8.00 Meditation / breath awareness
8.300 Morning asana class
10.30 Brunch, then free time for walking in nature, reading, etc.
16.00 Walking meditation
16.30 Afternoon yoga class (breath work)
20.00 Sitting meditation
8.30 Morning self practice
10.00 Closing session
10.30 Brunch then departure from the centre