July 29 – August 4, 2019

The essence of Yoga in the light of Vedanta
with Swami Vagishananda Saraswati & Sharada Devi
Gredos Mountains, Spain

A deeply nourishing and insightful retreat for all sincere spiritual seekers.

In this unique retreat, we will dive deeply into the priceless jewels of the Vedic Teachings; the origin of Yoga and Spirituality.

Swami Vagishananda Saraswati, Vedanta teacher, Sannyasi and chanting master in the lineage of Swami Dayananda Saraswati since 40 years and his long time student Sharada Devi have put together a balanced Yoga, Puja, Meditation & Vedanta program where one can learn how to find contentment and satisfaction in one’s heart & life.

All beings seek happiness and security; how can we achieve those goals, be a successful integrated person and discover permanent contentment? These will be topics that are going to be covered during the retreat.

Many tools for integration of the body, mind & intellect will be taught. Sacred disciplines that one can adapt into ones life and will give the person nobility, expansion and a very good self esteem.

The course will be taught in English. Spanish speakers in need of support will receive assistance so as to facilitate understanding, however there won’t be simultaneous translation into Spanish./ El retiro se impartirá en inglés. Habrá apoyo en español para las personas de habla hispana que lo necesiten, pero no traducción simultanea al español.

THE TEACHERS

Swami Vagishananda Saraswati

Swami Vagishananda Saraswati

Swami Vagishananda Saraswati is a rare and special teacher, totally dedicated to understanding reality and the vedic/yogic teachings since the age of 19 (over 40 years!).
Not only does he understand with full clarity the vision of vedanta – the answer to the question “Who am I” and “what brings total happiness and freedom from suffering to a human being?”, he also knows how to convey this truth to his students. He is a master of Vedic chanting and a sanskrit scholar.

He’s been through five 3,5 year courses with his teacher Śri Pujya Swāmi Dayānanda Saraswati.

Swamiji teaches with incredible passion and humour, bringing the Vedic teachings alive and into our hearts in a very unique and beautiful way.
From Swamiji we get the connection to tradition, as it has been passed down from teacher to student for thousands of years, and a richer sense of what yoga is really about.

Satsangs with Swamiji are a rare treat indeed, combining Vedanta with emotional growth and psychology to help us navigate the mind towards objectivity and clarity.

Sharada Devi

Sharada Devi

Sharada Devi spiritual journey started 16 years ago with the love for Yoga, Ayurveda followed by an Indian Classical Dance called Odissi. 10 years ago she finally met her revered teacher, Swami Vagishananda.
Since then she has been a devoted student who has wholeheartedly embraced the Vedantic teachings & Sacred disciplines like Vedic Chanting, Sanskrit & Puja.
Her devotion shines through in all her offerings.

She has the blessing to study as well with Pujya Swamiji and his senior disciple Shree Radhaji, Vedantin & Jungian Psychology Therapist.
Her teachers have blessed her to pass on the Vedic Vision.

Today she co teaches at Yoga Teacher Trainings and holds yearly Vedanta Retreats.

Her love for the sacred feminine has birthed a beautiful initiative called the Be Woman Project.
Its vision is to reestablish the bond between women and help them rediscover the value of being a woman and having a sisterhood.

The program includes daily Yoga, Guided Meditation, Puja, Vedanta Classes & Satsang. As well as nature walks, swimming in the natural pools, free time and delicious meals 3 times a day.

Daily Sadhana:

  • Yoga
  • Guided Meditation
  • Puja – Vedic Ritual

Vedanta Classes. Topics that will be covered.

  • The vedic vision: a healthy structure for a successful spiritual person to gain relative happiness on the way to absolute happiness
  • Value of values and traditional sacred disciplines.
  • Healthy myth, healthy heros
  • A clear manual to be a successful human being
  • The 4 fold human goals and how to achieve them
  • How to use your will, learning how to make a sankalpa and to be clear on your goals & intentions
  • The Fundamental Problem & the Solution
  • The value of sacred spiritual disciplines & self knowledge
  • Dharma – healthy habits
  • Yama & Namas
  • Communication & emotional management tools
  • Understanding the unconscious – Understanding mid life crisis
  • Karmic Model
  • Mantra Initiation and how to do Japa
  • Guided Meditations
  • Vision of Ishvara
  • Puja – Vedic Rituals

Special

  • Kirtan in the evening
  • Satsang with Swamiji – Question & Answer
  • You may sign up for the opportunity to meet Swamiji personally for any specific spiritual guidance.

Online material will given for further deep studies of all topics at home.

Nature is a source of life and joy. During the retreat, we will have time to discover the pure nature of this part of Spain, a freshwater paradise during the summer time.

We will enjoy beautiful hikings and silent walks. We will also be guided to different secluded natural baths where you will be able to submerge and renew with water that comes down from the mountains.

Away from city lights reflections. A place where comtemplating a star filled sky at night is pure magic.

Some classes might also take place in nature.

All excursions and transport during the trips are included.

WHERE

Located in the Tiétar valley, on the south-east side of the Gredos mountains,  we can fully immerse ourselves in nature .

We will stay in a large property with rural houses made of stone and wood, in harmony with the landscape, with double and single rooms, all with private bathrooms.

A place with dozens of unique corners, to listen to the water, the wind and observe the magic of the growth of life.

The classes are taught in a room of 140 m2 with wooden floor hidden in the forest and with views to the outside.

In summer we can enjoy the outstanding mountains views swimming pool, cleaned with sea salt instead of chlorine.

You can reach this magic place in just one an hour and a half from Madrid (transport from the airport included).

A unique space to practice, reflect, connect, feed consciously and rest.

Sample Daily Schedule

The schedule is flexible and will be adjusted accordingly.

July 29:
  • 14.00 Bus leaves from Madrid Airport to the retreat venue.
  • 16.00 Arrival to the retreat venue.
  • 17.30 Welcome and sharing circle
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 20.00 Evening Satsang
Everyday from July 30 to August 3:
  • 7.30 Morning Sadhana
  • 9.30 Breakfast
  • 10.30 Vedanta Class /Excursion to natural bath
  • 13.30 Lunch
  • 14.30 Relax/Walk/Self-reflection time
  • 17.00 Vedanta Class
  • 19.00 Dinner
  • 20.00 Evening Satsang/Kirtan  (Special Evening Puja with Swamiji on August 3)
August 4:
  • 7.30. Morning Sadhana.
  • 9.00 Breakfast
  • 10.00 Final Class.
  • 12.00 Departure.
  • 12.30 Bus leaving to Madrid airport (1 h. 45 min drive)

Package Includes

  • Accommodation in double rooms,  with ensuite bathroom (6 nights). Single room available with a 120 € suplement).
  • Healthy vegetarian food, using fresh and local ingredients prepared by an experienced  chef (3 meals per day).
  • Coffee, teas and  water available all day long.
  • Use of the mountains view swimming-pool.
  • All classes with Swamiji and Sharada (yoga, Vedanta, guided meditation, puja and Satsangs)
  • Trips to some of the most pure, tranquil and beautiful natural places.
  • Transport on the excursions.
  • Private transport from Madrid ‘s airport to the retreat center, round trip. (Please ask the timetable of the transport before purchasing your flight tickets)

On request (at additional cost):

  • Several types of massages and energy healing (on request at arrival)

Flights tickets are not included

Total Price

Early bird discount for the first 10 registrations until June 1, 2019.

Prices per person and week all included:

  • For the first 10 places and before June 20 – Double shared room: 990 € per person.
  • Once the first 10 places are booked or after June 20 -Double shared room: 1180 € per person.

Supplement for individual room: 120 €

To secure your retreat booking, we require a 250 € deposit. Full payment is due before July 15, 2019

If you are travelling solo, and choose a double room, you will share with a same gender person. If you book a double room, but once the registrations are finished, there wouldn’t be any same gender person to share with, you will be given a single room and you will be asked to pay the individual room supplement.

Any questions? Write us: info@shamaretreats.com