Monte Sahaja


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We didn’t come to Monte Sahaja to start a new community
or to run away from society.
We came here only for Freedom.
~ Mooji

Sri Mooji fully embraces all those who come to him in search of Truth. Whether you have met him in Satsang around the world, or through the podcasts and videos offered online, he welcomes all beings coming to Monte Sahaja for liberation and encourages each one to make full use of their time on this holy land.

Monte Sahaja is an ashram and retreat centre, where those who are drawn to real spiritual awakening may replenish and merge themselves with the spirit of Truth. Sahaja is an oasis for spiritual introspection where beings from all around the world can land, fully immerse themselves in Satsang and enter their own inner journey of self-discovery.

Monte Sahaja is also the home of advaita master, Sri Mooji. Moojibaba moved here some years ago with the vision to establish a space that would be a spiritual haven for genuine seekers of Truth. It is a rare place in this world as it is entirely dedicated to the complete realisation of the Self. Through the power and grace of Moojibaba’s direct pointings, each one is compelled to use their time at Monte Sahaja to contemplate and confirm their true nature as unchanging Awareness. Monte Sahaja totally supports this inner exploration, as each one coming here is regarded as a genuine aspirant who is responding to the inner calling from the Self to be free in this lifetime.

In Monte Sahaja, silence and inner focus is the prevailing climate—words are used only to bring questions to the Master during Satsang or to address practical matters. Everyone at Monte Sahaja participates in Seva, or selfless service, which is a beautiful opportunity to be fully immersed in ashram life.

Regarding Seva, the Master says, ‘Seva is action done without selfish motives or actions performed free from self-centredness. Work done in this way, with this attitude of selfless service, is an authentic path leading to the realisation of the Self.’

Throughout the day there is also time and space for silent sittings, chanting, guided meditations, and other group activities such as laughing yoga or bhajans.

Occasionally, spontaneous Satsangs are offered by Moojibaba, and we all come together for this sacred time. However, Satsang is imbibed through our Seva, and the vibrant and potent energy field that permeates all of Sahaja.

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About the Terrain

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 in the beginning of your stay. However, many people experience an amazing increase in fitness in a relatively short span of time.

Springtime in Alentejo, and especially here at Monte Sahaja, is a glorious season where wild flowers can best be appreciated as they flourish profusely over the savanna-like landscape. There are many Olive trees, Cork Oaks, Madronias, Carobs and Eucalyptus trees on the land and in the surrounding area. The fresh springtime breeze, often fragranced by the amazing palette of wild and traditional flowers and the smell of Eucalyptus trees, is a special treat. Moojibaba enjoys this time of the year very much.

Please be aware that Alentejo can also become very hot during the summer and often 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 destructive wild fires that are so easily started during the driest seasons. Many prized trees are lost each year. 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. We ask that each and every visitor be fully conscious and responsible with their usage of water throughout their stay.

General Ashram Timetable

06:30 – 07:15 Lord Aarti & Silent Sitting (all attend)

07:15 – 08:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 12:00 Seva Desk Open for those wishing to help

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch

14:30 – 17:30 Seva Desk Open for those wishing to help

15:30 – 16:30 Guided meditation or other activity

19:00 – 20:00 Dinner

20:00 – 20:15 Guru Aarti (all attend)

20:15 – 22:00 Evening program (such as video Satsang or Bhajans)

22:00 Lights Out

Please be aware that this program is subject to change.

Seva at Monte Sahaja

If you feel called to offer Seva on the team at Monte Sahaja, please visit the Seva page.

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Visiting Monte Sahaja

With the arrival of Spring, we are happy to say that there are various opportunities to visit Monte Sahaja in 2017. These include Sunday Satsangs, Sahaja Retreats and up to 2 week stays at Monte Sahaja.

Please be aware that Monte Sahaja is not a drop-in centre and we cannot accommodate casual visitors. This is the same for the few guesthouses in this area. If you feel called to visit Monte Sahaja, have a look at the table below for more information about what possibilities are available.

May 7 May Sunday Satsang More info here
May Staying at the Ashram More info here
June 4 June Sunday Satsang More info here
11 June Sunday Satsang More info here
July 2 July Sunday Satsang More info here
9 July Sunday Satsang More info here
19 – 29 July 10-Day Advanced* Silent Retreat Lottery registration** open in May/June

(*) Participation only for those who have attended a Silent Retreat or a 5-day Satsang Intensive with Mooji before.
(**) Due to limited accommodation, a lottery system will determine whether your space in the retreat is confirmed.

August 9 – 19 August 10-Day Advanced* Silent Retreat Lottery registration** open in May/June

(*) Participation only for those who have attended a Silent Retreat or a 5-day Satsang Intensive with Mooji before.
(**) Due to limited accommodation, a lottery system will determine whether your space in the retreat is confirmed.

September September Staying at the Ashram Applications open in June
7 Sept Sunday Satsang More info here
14 Sept Sunday Satsang More info here
October October Staying at the Ashram Applications open in August
1 October Sunday Satsang More info here
8 October Sunday Satsang More info here
November There are no Monte Sahaja events currently scheduled for November 2017
December There are no Monte Sahaja events currently scheduled for December 2017

Accommodation in the area

If you are planning to stay in the area to attend the Sunday Satsang, you must arrange your accommodation before you come. Monte Sahaja is located in a very beautiful, but remote and rural part of Portugal, so accommodation and transport services are limited.

To find a place to stay in the area, please see Amoreiras.info. This website also has information about nearby train stations, banks, cafes, etc.

Free camping or ‘wild camping’ is strictly prohibited in this area. The local community is quite traditional and does not welcome people camping on private or public property without permission.

More Information

For more information about visiting Monte Sahaja, please contact Reception via email at reception@mooji.org.