Mooji's home and ashram in Portugal
Sahaja is not merely a physical place, Sahaja is your natural state. All beings come to rest here in the heart of hearts itself, it is your place. Welcome home!
Monte Sahaja is a living ashram, a haven for seekers of Truth drawn towards spiritual awakening. Sahaja is the home of Mooji and the spiritual home of the Sangha. The naturalness and profundity of Moojibaba’s unconditional love and wisdom pervade the entire land, and Sahaja itself reflects this sacredness, purity and simplicity. Outwardly, it may appear like just another beautiful, peaceful place. However, the real magnificence of Sahaja is the opportunity to experience and receive a living Master’s grace, presence and guidance in the inner work of awakening to our original nature.
Monte Sahaja is not a traditional ashram. For some people, it is more like a monastery; for others it is a retreat centre or a place of pilgrimage or a temple, but no word really defines what Monte Sahaja is. It doesn’t fit into any classification. The word ‘Sahaja’ means the natural state of Being. Monte Sahaja is a sacred place dedicated to supporting true seekers who deeply aspire for liberation from the grip of ego identity. It is a rare place in this world as it is entirely dedicated to the complete realisation of the Self.
Mooji’s lineage is Advaita, the ancient path of non-duality, which teaches that our true nature is one with the pure awareness that is the indivisible reality. Through his intuitive and direct approach, Moojibaba imparts this understanding as a living experience with great immediacy and accessibility to seekers of Truth. Awakening to our real nature does not mean we are to acquire something new, but rather that we must discover within ourselves that which is timelessly pure and in harmony with God. Therefore, there is no need to renounce one’s family, worldly duties, ambitions, religion or any other human expression. It is this very universality, simplicity and naturalness which bring people from all over the world to sit with Moojibaba.
In Monte Sahaja, silence and inner focus is the prevailing climate regardless of the daily activities engaged in. Throughout a typical ashram day there is time and space for contemplation, silent sitting, chanting, guided meditations, and other group activities such as laughing yoga or bhajans may also be offered. Occasionally, scheduled and spontaneous Satsangs are offered by Moojibaba, and we all come together for this sacred time. Satsang is also imbibed through the vibrant and potent energy field that permeates all of Sahaja.
Living and working alongside Moojibaba in Monte Sahaja has given rise to the Sahaja Precepts and everyone in Sahaja is encouraged to abide by them as they are in full support of Satsang. ‘Sahaja’ refers to ‘the natural state of being’ and these precepts are an essential guidance for all who are in search of that which is the highest and most true within themselves.
Monte Sahaja is situated in the hilly region of Alentejo in southern Portugal. Its varied terrain offers many beautiful spaces to explore, such as small ponds, hidden paths and vistas, and quiet places for meditation and contemplation. There are some steep hills and valleys, which can feel quite demanding. However, many people experience an amazing increase in fitness in a relatively short span of time.
Springtime at Monte Sahaja is a glorious season where wildflowers flourish profusely over the savanna-like landscape. There are also many Olive trees, Cork Oaks, Medronhos, Carobs and Eucalyptus trees on the land and in the surrounding area. The fresh springtime breeze is often fragranced by an amazing palette of wild and traditional flowers and the smell of Eucalyptus trees. Moojibaba enjoys this time of the year very much.
During the summer months, Alentejo becomes very hot and the lush landscape of spring and early summer begins turning in colour to raw sienna and umber. Some say they are reminded of the African Serengeti or certain regions of Australia. Alentejanos are well used to the destructive wildfires that are easily started during the driest months. Monte Sahaja fully supports and complies with the local and regional efforts to keep fires to a minimum. We also endeavour to conserve water wherever we can.
MONTE SAHAJA IS CURRENTLY CLOSED
With a growing number of people affected by COVID-19 worldwide, including outbreaks throughout Europe, we have closed Monte Sahaja for some time. This closing came into effect on 10 March, and means that we will not be offering the Guest and Extended Stay programs that were scheduled for March to May.
You can find the latest News, Resources, as well as Talks from Mooji on our COVID-19 page here.
We fully appreciate the natural urge to come to Monte Sahaja, the home and ashram of Moojibaba. It is possible for those who are deeply immersed in Satsang with Moojibaba and who have attended at least one retreat (physically) to apply to visit Monte Sahaja as part of one of our Ashram Programs.
Regardless of the type of visit, everyone must apply and receive confirmation from Monte Sahaja that it is possible to come. Monte Sahaja cannot accommodate drop-ins or casual visitors at any time.
If you wish to visit Monte Sahaja while staying in the surrounding area, you need to apply and receive confirmation before booking your accommodation.
Monte Sahaja offers several programs for those who have participated in a Retreat or Intensive with Moojibaba (physically) and have a deep resonance with his pointings. These programs include Guest Stays of 1-2 weeks, and Extended Programs of 2-3 months, all of which offer a profound opportunity to be immersed in the energy field of a living Ashram. Please know that it is required to have come for a Guest Stay before applying for an Extended Stay.
An overview of the different programs and events currently offered in 2020 can be found on our Schedule page.
There are several periods throughout the year where it is possible to stay at Monte Sahaja for 7-10 days. Guest Stays are ideal for those who wish to visit Sahaja to be immersed in Satsang and contemplation with a focus on the daily ashram program, which includes activities such as silent sittings, video satsangs, aarti, bhajans, laughing yoga and the Invitation.
When Guest Stays are available, it is essential to apply and receive confirmation that it is possible to come. Currently there are two Guest Stays scheduled, in May and September, 2020.
The extended programs at Monte Sahaja are a beautiful opportunity to deepen in Satsang while engaging in daily ashram activities and participating in the daily ashram program that supports genuine introspection. These extended programs are ideal for those who enjoy activity and wish to put into practice their contemplation in daily ashram life. This requires a reasonable amount of physical fitness and stamina.
The extended programs are for those who feel a deep resonance with Mooji’s pointings, stayed in Monte Sahaja for at least a week (Eg. for a Guest Stay), and have attended a retreat or intensive with Moojibaba. The extended programs are offered seasonally, with 3 – 4 programs each year ranging from 2 – 3 months in duration. It is essential to apply and receive confirmation that it is possible to come.
Children at Monte Sahaja
While children are very much loved by Mooji and the Sangha, it is not possible to visit Monte Sahaja with children. Monte Sahaja is dedicated to self-discovery and we have found over the years that the atmosphere at Monte Sahaja is one of introspection and meditation and is not always suitable for children.
Some children who genuinely have a connection with Mooji, and are themselves naturally drawn to Satsang, may occasionally be able to visit under the supervision of their parents. This calling and wish to be in Satsang must genuinely come from the child. As with all visits to Sahaja, applications must be made in advance.