Monte Sahaja

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!

~ Mooji

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

About the Land

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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 at Monte Sahaja is a glorious season where wildflowers flourish profusely over the savanna-like landscape. There are many Olive trees, Cork Oaks, Medronhos, Carobs and Eucalyptus trees on the land and in the surrounding area. The fresh springtime breeze is 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 destructive wildfires that are so easily started during the driest seasons. 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.

Winter Rest and Contemplation

After a rich season of retreats and satsangs with Moojibaba in 2018, the Winter months are a period of rest and deep introspection for our beloved Master and the team serving at Monte Sahaja. Monte Sahaja will enter this quiet period on 12 October and will reopen in the Spring of 2019.

During this time, may each one deepen in their wisdom and greatness of heart, directly knowing the peace and silence of their own natural being.

Visiting Monte Sahaja

We fully appreciate the natural urge to come to Monte Sahaja, the home and ashram of Moojibaba. Throughout the year it is possible for those who are deeply immersed in Satsang with Moojibaba to apply to visit in a variety of ways such as retreats, guest stays, day visits and Sunday Satsang. However, the Winter months are a time of rest and contemplation for Moojibaba and the team at Monte Sahaja, and there are no visiting periods or Sunday Satsangs currently scheduled. Information on how to visit Monte Sahaja in 2019 will be posted here in Spring.

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.

Sunday Satsang
People all over the world come together for this sharing of Satsang with the Master, with thousands joining from home via live Internet broadcast. Genuine seekers of Truth who are deeply familiar with Moojibaba’s pointings and feel the urge to come to Monte Sahaja for Sunday Satsang are invited to apply when Sunday Satsangs are scheduled.

There are no Sunday Satsangs currently scheduled, however past Sunday Satsangs and many other video and audio recordings can be found on Mooji TV. The schedule for events with Mooji can be found here.

Guest Stays and Day Visits
There are several periods throughout the year where it is possible to stay at Monte Sahaja for 7-10 days, or to stay in the surrounding area and come to Sahaja on visiting days to participate in the ashram program. There are no guest stay periods or day visits currently scheduled. Please check back here in Spring 2019.

Accommodation in the Area

If you have been invited to visit Monte Sahaja while staying in the surrounding area, you must arrange your accommodation before you come. Monte Sahaja is located in a very beautiful, but remote and rural part of Portugal, and accommodation is 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. It is not allowed to camp on private or public property without permission. This includes the parking of camper vans in public spaces and in the villages.

Please be sure to apply and receive confirmation that it is possible for you to visit Monte Sahaja before making travel plans.

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.