Advanced Silent Retreat – Monte Sahaja


FAQ


General

What is the price?
The fee for attending the Advance Silent Retreat physically is €550 – €830. The fee for online attendance is £110 GBP (Early bird price of £85 GBP until 10 May, 2018). Regardless whether you attend physically or online, this price includes access to the video recordings via Mooji.tv for 6 months (live streaming and downloadable).

Is this a residential program? Do you provide accommodation and meals?
Those who attend physically in Monte Sahaja will be able to select from a variety of housing options. Most accommodation is in tents, however there are a limited number of dormitory and private rooms. Please see the Accommodation section for more info. Meals are included in this price.

Why is there a lottery? Will this event be booked out as quickly as other events?
There are a limited number of spaces for this event, and to give everyone a fair chance to come we use a random lottery to allocate spaces. We have found the lottery to be the most fair way to select who is able to book a place on the retreat as it give an equal chance to everyone wishing to come regardless of Internet speed or familiarity using computers.

I would like to attend with my partner, but what if only one of us gets chosen by the lottery?
If you would like to attend with your partner you can make one joint entry into the lottery system, which, if chosen, means both can come. The lottery form has a section for this option and we require that you only fill in one form; please do not enter twice if you can only come together (eg. for practical reasons). Please note that there are no couple accommodation types for this retreat so if selected you would stay in separate housing. Alternatively, you may make two separate individual entries into the lottery system, but there is no guarantee that you will both be chosen.

What is the schedule?
Satsang with Moojibaba takes place twice each day, and may sometimes be offered as a guided Silent Sitting as feels appropriate to the flow of the retreat. Satsangs vary in length, typically running for 1.5 – 2 hours, and occasionally longer. There will also be one full day for self-contemplation, which is an immensely valuable and powerful time to deepen in introspection and to truly assimilate the pointings and guidance shared by Moojibaba. No satsang will be scheduled during this special day as there will be activities to support this marinating in Being.

We will move in silence throughout the entire retreat and there will be plenty of opportunities throughout each day for introspection while enjoying the many contemplative areas that are to be found on the land. Other activities during the retreat include morning forest walks, bhajans and laughing yoga, all re-directing the mind to its natural state and source. The schedule is subject to change based on the flow and needs of the retreat.

Opening Day — Saturday, 16 June

  • Check-in will be on the train (see travel section)
  • Welcome and Orientation meeting at 20:00
Closing Day — Saturday, 23 June
  • The retreat ends at around 10:00
  • Departure buses leave from 11:00

What is the difference between a Satsang Intensive, a Silent Retreat, and an Advanced Silent Retreat?
In a Satsang Intensive, participants arrange their own food and accommodation. Silence is maintained in and around the Satsang venue and is recommended for the duration of the Intensive, but there is the possibility to continue with daily activities if needed.

A Silent Retreat is a residential retreat of 7 days with participants eating, sleeping and attending Satsang on site. Silence is maintained throughout the duration of the retreat. Daily activities such as work, reading, dancing, writing etc. are suspended to focus the attention inward.

An Advanced Silent Retreat is for those who have previously participated in a Silent Retreat, either physically or online, and are familiar with Moojibaba’s pointings. The structure is similar to a Silent Retreat, however there is usually also at least one day of contemplation without any formal satsangs scheduled.


Satsang and the Retreat

What is Satsang, self-inquiry, and the Invitation?
Satsang literally means ‘association with the highest Truth’ and also refers to a gathering of people, often in the presence of a teacher or master, who are searching for the highest Truth. Satsang in the form of the Invitation and self-inquiry is a powerful aid to Self-realisation. It is simple, direct and profound.

Who will benefit most from being in Satsang?
Satsang benefits those who are longing for Self-discovery and in whom the urge to be free is alive and compelling. It is for earnest and sincere seekers of Truth.

Why is the retreat silent?
All retreats with Moojibaba are conducted in silence. The maintaining of silence throughout the seven days supports your immersion in the Truth by keeping the attention focused inward.

Can I read or write during the retreat?
No. We ask you to please refrain from reading, writing, using the internet, drawing, singing or any form of the expressive arts. In other words, drop all outer activities for the duration of the retreat. Moojibaba encourages us to turn our attention inward and make use of the opportunity not to be distracted by any habitual activity. Books written by Mooji and any other books offered in the Sangha Shop are an exception, because they serve the same purpose as the retreat: to immerse us in the energy field of Truth.


Registration

I have been selected in the random lottery, but am now having trouble with the online registration form or with payment. What should I do?

  • Check that all of your details on the form are correct.
  • Try a different credit or debit card.
  • Refresh the page, or try a different web browser.
  • Use a different device (e.g. a computer instead of a phone or tablet).
  • If you cannot resolve the problem, contact events@mooji.org.

How can I be sure that I am properly registered?
Your registration is secured when you have received your booking confirmation via email. If you cannot find the confirmation in your mailbox, please check your spam box. If you still see no confirmation please contact events@mooji.org.


Accommodation, food and what to bring

Can I share my tent or room with my partner or friend?
No, it is not possible to share a tent or room. This retreat is a rare opportunity to move alone immersed in your own silence and we highly encourage couples to give each other the space to make the most of this opportunity.

Remember, if you are attending the retreat with a partner or friend, you agree to not communicate with each other during the retreat in any way. Please respect the Satsang of your loved ones and other retreat participants.

Do we have to bring our own bed linen and towels?
Everyone should bring their own towels. The bedding provided depends on the accomodation type:
Tent: you must bring all your own bedding and a camping mattress, unless you booked a “Camping Kit” (includes mat, sleeping bag and pillow). Even in this case, bring extra blankets to make sure you are warm enough at night.
Dormitory: you must bring your own sleeping bag (mattress, sheet, pillow and pillowcase are provided)
Private room or hut: we will provide bedding (mattress, sheet, pillow and duvet).

What clothes or other things should I bring to the retreat?
Detailed information on what to bring will be provided once your booking is confirmed.

Is there a possibility to do laundry during the retreat?
No. Please note that there are no laundry facilities at Monte Sahaja so bring enough clothing for the full retreat. Water is scarce and therefore hand washing your clothes is not allowed.

Do I need to bring any cash with me? Is it possibility change currency or withdraw cash in Monte Sahaja?
There is no possibility to change or receive cash in Monte Sahaja. You can change money or use the ATMs at the airport. We have two shops at Monte Sahaja. The One Love Shop sells some handy practical items, as well as drinks and snacks, while the Sangha Shop has a range of books, CDs and other Satsang related items.

What if I require a special diet?
Only vegetarian meals will be offered for this retreat. Upon registration, you can choose whether you need a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet. Please note that these are the only special diet options that can be offered for this retreat.


Physical Conditions

I read that some of the accommodations at Monte Sahaja are far from the central area. How far is my accommodation from toilet facilities, Satsang space or dining area?
The terrain at Monte Sahaja is hilly and the accommodations are a 5-10 minute walk from the Satsang hall and dining area, depending on the type of accommodation. The toilet and shower facilities can be a few minutes walk from the accommodations, but one quickly gets used to this.

I can’t sit on the floor. Can I sit on a chair?
Monte Sahaja has plenty of chairs with back support available.

Do you provide cushions to sit on the floor?
Yes, some cushions are provided, however we advise you to bring your own cushion if you need extra support.


Attendance

I really want to attend the Silent Retreat, but I can’t arrive on the first day. Can I still come?
Everyone is required to attend the Welcome and Orientation meeting at 20:00 on 16 June. So we ask everyone to make travel arrangements accordingly. Please email us at events@mooji.org for further instructions.

A friend who does not speak English wants to register for this Advanced Silent Retreat with Mooji. Is that okay?
Yes, that is possible as long as they are familiar with the Guidelines, Terrain & Facilities section, Privacy Policy, and Terms & Conditions. Please let us know beforehand that they will be attending. There will be live translation of all the Satsang sessions in Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. No translations are offered in other languages during Satsang except where the questioner speaking with Mooji specifically asks for translation in a particular language and there is someone available to translate for them.

Can I bring my child to the retreat?
No, we cannot accommodate children at this retreat.


Physical and Mental Well-Being

Is Satsang a form of therapy or a replacement for medical treatment?
It is important to understand that Satsang is not a replacement for any therapy or other medical treatment or diagnosis. Satsang in the form of the Invitation and self-inquiry is a powerful aid to self-realisation, and while Mooji’s teachings are profound in guiding seekers of Truth to ultimate awakening, they are not meant as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any change or discontinuation of therapeutic, psychological, psychiatric or other medical treatment should be undertaken with the supervision and guidance of a medical or other specialist mental health clinician.

Are you able to provide support for those who are not able to move independently, for example, due to physical disability or age?
No, unfortunately we are not able to provide such support at present. If you have physical limitations, we suggest you come to one of the other retreats with Moojibaba, such as the one at Zmar this coming September. The retreat will also be broadcast live and you can join online from home.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Monte Sahaja is in a hilly rural area, and many areas are only accessible via stairs so unfortunately it is not easily accessible by wheelchair.

Is Satsang suitable for someone with a mental health or psychiatric disorder?
If you are currently receiving or have previously received any medical treatment or therapy for issues related to mental health, an environment of deep contemplation or introspection (such as a concentrated Satsang environment) may not be suitable for you. Please check with a medical or other mental health clinician whether being in such an environment is suitable for you at this time.

When and why might Satsang not be suitable?
Those experiencing psychiatric conditions, or other unusually strong emotional upheavals might not benefit from a concentrated Satsang environment. Occasionally, being in such an environment can adversely affect pre-existing mental health conditions. It may bring up latent traumatic imprints or deep-rooted tendencies in the body-mind, which can trigger strong, seemingly overwhelming, thoughts, emotional responses and behaviour. Satsang may offer an opportunity to recognise, release and transcend these states. However, a participant with a mental health condition may feel overwhelmed by this, and so additional medical and psychiatric support may be required. Please be aware that we are not able to provide this type of support or expertise.

The questionnaire below is offered to provide more information.

Self-questionnaire
This questionnaire is intended as a guide, and does not constitute or replace medical or psychiatric advice. If the answer to any of the questions is ‘yes’, a concentrated Satsang environment may not be suitable for you at this time.

  • Have you ever or are you currently suffering from and/or receiving treatment for any of the following conditions: Anxiety disorders (which includes generalised anxiety, agoraphobia and panic disorder), mood disorders (which includes clinical depression, mania and bipolar disorder), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), personality disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis (on its own or as part of another condition)?
  • Are you currently taking any prescribed or non-prescribed medication for the treatment of a mental health condition?
  • Have you used any psychotropic (mind altering) non-prescription drugs for recreational, spiritual or self-medicating purposes within the past 6 months?
  • Do you currently have any substance use disorders (this includes harmful use, dependence and addiction) or have you undertaken a detoxification from substance use within the past 12 months?
  • Have you experienced any aggravation or deterioration of your mental health during the past 12 months irrespective of whether you have sought specialist advice for it or not?
  • Have you ever experienced any unpleasant or unwanted effects (these can include physical, cognitive, emotional or ‘energetic’) that have persisted beyond the duration of your participation in a spiritual practice or retreat, which may have interfered in your well-being and/or functional abilities?

Answering ‘yes’ to any of the questions does not necessarily mean you cannot attend Satsang. It requires you to seek specialist advice and receive confirmation from a medical or other professionally registered clinician that your attendance is unlikely to adversely affect your mental health condition.

I have been advised or can see from the questionnaire that a concentrated Satsang environment may not be suitable for me at this time. Does this mean Satsang is not for me?
Satsang with Mooji works in many subtle ways and the benefit can be felt even if you are not able to be in a concentrated Satsang environment for the time being. Experiencing a mental health or psychiatric condition is not something that excludes anyone from deepening in their Satsang or fully realising their true nature. However, proper medical guidance and treatment as necessary is still very important. The two can support each other.

Can Satsang be a cause of mental health imbalance?
Satsang does not cause mental health or psychiatric disorders. Occasionally, Satsang may bring up latent traumatic imprints or deep-rooted tendencies in the body-mind, which can trigger strong, seemingly overwhelming, thoughts and emotional responses and behaviour. Satsang may offer an opportunity to recognise, release and transcend these states. However, if there is a mental health condition, a participant may feel overwhelmed by the arising of hidden tendencies, and so additional medical and psychiatric support may be required. Please be aware that we are not able to provide this type of support or expertise. Please refer to the questionnaire above for more information.
For any queries you may contact events@mooji.org.


Practicalities

What is the weather like in this part of Portugal?
The weather in Portugal is very changeable. It is best to bring layers so you are prepared for all kinds of weather. June can be very hot, but it can also be quite cold, especially at night and in the early morning. You can check the weather for Ourique (a nearby town) here. If you are camping we highly recommend that you bring a good sleeping bag for low temperatures.

What is the local currency?
The currency in Portugal is the Euro (€).

Do I need a visa to come to Portugal?
For some countries a visa is required before entering Europe. You will need to check with the Embassy or a travel agency in your own country about the necessary visa requirements before your departure dates. This information is also easily found on the Internet (http://www.schengenvisainfo.com/who-needs-schengen-visa/). Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the completion of your trip or you may not be allowed to travel.

Will I be able to use the Internet during the retreat?
We will not offer wifi or Internet access during the retreat, and there are no Internet facilities nearby. You are highly encouraged to not use the Internet during the retreat and to switch off your mobile device completely. This is out of respect for your Satsang and for the Satsang of all the participants.


Cancellation, Terms & Conditions, and Privacy Policy

What is the cancellation policy?
If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 31 days before the event you will receive an 75% refund.
  • If you cancel 30 days to 15 days before the event you will receive a 25% refund.
  • If you cancel 14 days to 0 days before the event you will not receive any refund.
The above days are calendar days, not including the day on which the event starts. Please note that tickets are non-transferable, and as such it is not possible to sell, give or otherwise transfer your ticket to another person.

What are the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy for attending the retreat?
The Terms & Conditions can be found here. The Privacy Policy can be found here.


Further Questions

If you have any further questions that remain unanswered, please contact: events@mooji.org


Emptiness is the vastest kingdom, rarely discovered,
and yet it is the greatest resting place for all beings.

~ Mooji

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