Retreat in Madrid 13-20 June 2015: Awaken Your Soul (Baba Nam Kevalam)

13 to 20 of June 2015
Guadarrama Mountain, Madrid

(Leer en Español / Ler em Português)

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Experience inner spiritual joy and feelings of spiritual bliss moving together in harmony on this inner journey.

Together we will build of trust, caring for each other, experience divine love and growing together through seeking the divine in ourselves and for caring for others.

This retreat is aimed to give personal, direct and tangible spiritual experiences of inner awakening through chants (kiirtans), deep guided meditation, sentient vegetarian and vegan diet and other related practices which will bring your practice into full fruition.

We will also have teachers and experts from India, Spain and Portugal who will be sharing with us their knowledge, wisdom and experiences through a variety lectures, workshops and practical tools for our benefit.

New people will be welcome (following Retreat Routine and  Disciplines will be required as a criteria for attendance and participation)

Dates : 13 June- 20 June
Where : Madrid, Spain  ( 80 km NW of Madrid)
Retreat Location:    www.nuevatierra.net

The special features in this retreat will be focused on:

  • long sadhana (meditation) sessions
  • long maona vratas (silence and self reflection)
  • specific lectures on spiritual practices focussed on deeper understanding of the spiritual lessons and practices
  • workshops on self development and personal counselling
  • using art for developing aesthetic aspects in our personal journey towards the divine
  • light and nutritious food ( 2 main meals and light supper) plenty of greens, fruits, cereals and curds (soy and milk) for vegetarians and vegans

Location:

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It is in the mountains at 80 Km from Madrid, 45 minutes driving from the airport. Transport and pick up will be arranged for a small fee by car pooling people who will be arriving around the same time at Madrid airport. Partial attendance is accepted.

The environment is excellent as you can see in the web site. It has the capacity for 80 people sleeping in comfortable bunk beds.
The kitchen and the dining room are fully equipped. Swimming pool is available as well.
There is a lake nearby for swimming and great walking and trekking opportunities in the nearby hills and mountains

For additional information about the location:  www.nuevatierra.net

Average temperatures in mid June – 26 deg. in the day and 14 deg. at night.

About the program:

  • The program will be 7 days, starting Saturday at 2pm and ending the following Saturday at 3pm;
  • The full program will be focused on improving and getting deeper into meditation and improving quality of spiritual life. Personal development and counselling programs, walks in nature etc;
  • Attendees must preferably have meditation and lessons or be ready to follow routine strictly;
  • Partial attendances. We will accept people coming to attend partially if there is space available;
  • The participants will not cook. Each participant will wash their own dish and in groups they will help to clean the dining room, the kitchen and the common places along with their personal spaces. ( service through karma yoga).

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Trainers:

  • Acarya Bhaskarananda (India) main talks.
  • Acarya Krsnananda- Food and Care/ Meditation and Kiirtan In Charge
  • Acarya Dyanananda and Priyadevi to take care of the group activities, personal and group counselling
  • Didi (yogic meditation teacher and nun) – Sisters care and lectures
  • Dr. Giulio Vanzan (Italia) Spiritual Art Counseller
  • Claudia Polido  (Portugal) Personal Counseller and NLP coordinator

Daily schedule:

5:00 to 6:00    Painca Janya ( Optional)
6:00                  Rising
6:30 to 7:30    Personal practices + Asanas (class)
7:30 to 8:30    Collective Meditation & Spiritual Talk
9.00 to 10:00  Breakfast
10:30 to 12:00 Talks by an Acarya Bhaskarananda
11:30 to 12:00  Break
12:00-13:00     Kiirtan & Meditation
13:00 to 14:30 Lunch
14:30 t0 18:00 Activities (outdoor activities / Sadha shivir / Akhanda Kiirtan / long Sadhana)
18:00 to 19:30 Collective meditation/Inspirational talk
19:30 to 20:30 Light Dinner
20:30 to 21:30 Baba stories/cultural program
21:30 to 22:00 Avarta Kiirtan and sleep

Topics, workshops, activities:

Different outdoor activites will be held throughout the week. The detais of the program will be published soon.

In the lectures several topics will be addressed, such as:

  • The importace and what is Sadhana and Dharma. Different schools of Yoga / Astaunga.
  • The 4 stages of Sadhana (meditation).
  • Vipásana of shuddhis.
  • Yama & Niyama.

Participants are encouraged to bring along musical instruments and anything that may help in making our night cultural programmes more lively, interesting and fun.

What to bring:

Sleeping bag, loose clothes for asanas, personal yoga mats, shower towel, toiletries and comfortable shoes for trekking.

Cost:
350€ for 7 days, including accommodation,  food, and all the activities.

Students: 250€

Parcial payment is accepted until the retreat date.

Registration:

Registration form: Link for registration form in English

For more informations please contact:
English and Italian, contact Ac Krsnananda:
Email: krsnananda.avt@gmail.com
Skype : krsnananda (image in Skype: blue Shiva icon)

Portuguese, English and Spanish, contact Madhusudhan:
Email: madhusudanpt@gmail.com

This activity is organized by volunteers. We will answer your questions as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Testimonials from other retreats:

A moment of inspiration led me to the foot of the enchanted mountain. Sintra, dream village, built by imagination was an idyllic setting and appropriate for my permanence to a deeper contact with my Self. The search for the magic, the inner peace and the meeting with the spirit was done in a noble journey proposal. I remained in a place and so I let myself go. This allowed me to leave my life luggage for a spiritual check-in and freed me to meet my most diverse senses; those that the everyday does not let glimpse. Meditating at 6am I found in myself a vague but virtuous feeling: I knew my place; I know it’s not here, I know it was not there, but right in the center of my soul.
Rui Ferreira

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Going to a retreat at the height of the holiday season alone has a special connotation. The decision to do so was wanting something new, leaving the routine forced by the whole year, and be able to recharge batteries for the new year ahead. So the search for possible programs was not hard. The New Year Retreat 2013/2014 “The Spirit of Yoga” of Ananda Marga, arose because it had to be … everything is what has to be!! After analyzing the program, where it would be experienced, it fully resonated with me and did not hesitate to sign up!!!
And yes, it was a fantastic, unique experience.. from the moment of check-in, through an excellent intensive program, as well as the tireless and loving team without exception, that could the job with nobility, providing unforgettable moments. At the sound of the mantra “Baba Nam Kevalam” which means “All is Love”, I lived the days of retreat, with a full heart.
I AM GRATEFUL, so grateful, eternally grateful to the Universe for all that allowed me to experience, enjoy and be able to Be, in these last days of the Year 2013.
I leave with more than I brought, in this wonderful Spiritual Journey!
BABA NAM KEVALAM
Isabel Aparicio

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After a little searching but really wanting to have a calm and different new years, an opportunity arose to spend the last day of that year in a special place. A retreat in a beautiful space that gave me an unexpected inner journey through different wonderful moments such as the meditations and the Kiirtans, the sound of chanting the mantra Baba Nam Kevalam, lectures, plays, walks, delicious food, prepared by the fantastic Shiila and the music of Pedro de Faro who charmed our ears. Another aspect that I liked particularly was the exhilarating joy of all participants which led to all the tasks that we did had become very pleasant and very inspiring, with mutual assistance in all moments. For me, especially, it was a great joy the way I overcame my motor and balance difficulties I encountered on the hike we did on the mountain, which was only possible with the help of the people who supported me and who knew how to give me the necessary strength and confidence. It was a difficult time but a great lesson that will last for the rest of my life… My thanks.
I came out a different person, more relaxed and better equipped to face life and personal problems that it surprises us with. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all who contributed to giving me this unique experience. 

(Miguel Moreira)

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Going to the retreat was an opportunity to dive into my depths. The life that throbbed in the green of the majestic mountains, the sound of nature, meditating, practicing yoga and the inspiration transmitted by the Dadas awakened in me a growing awareness and inner wellbeing. Remembering the times when we saw the rise of the first sunlight of the day, lulled by the sound of a melody that vibrates with the meaning of “love is all that exists”, is being touched again by that feeling of universal love. (…) That all beings starved of life, freedom and divine love may be able to dive into this fantastic journey.

(Nádia Cordeiro)