What is the price?
The fee for attending the Silent Retreat physically is €613 – 1068. The fee for online attendance is 130 GBP (Early bird price of 105 GBP until 15 March, 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 choose the option to attend physically in Zmar will be able to select from a variety of housing options. These range from tents to private rooms. Please see the Accommodation section for more info. Meals are included in this price.
Will it be booked out as quickly as other events?
The venue can hold up to 900 people, but we do recommend people to book as soon as possible as we cannot anticipate how quickly the spaces will fill up.
What is the schedule?
On 11 April there will be a Welcome an Orientation meeting starting at 20:30.
There will be two Satsangs on each of the following 6 days, and the Retreat will end on 18 April at 11.00am. Satsangs vary in length, typically running for 1.5 – 2 hours, and occasionally longer.
What is the difference between a Silent Retreat and a Satsang Intensive?
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. In the shorter Satsang Intensives, 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.
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What happens if my payment didn’t go through?
Your place will still be temporarily reserved in the booking system and you will receive an email. Zmar then will get in touch with you about alternative payment methods and send you the final booking confirmation once your payment went through.
Can I share my room with my partner or friend?
No. The rooms are allocated randomly and all shared houses are same gender only.
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.
I really want to attend the Silent Retreat, but I can’t arrive on the first day. Can I still come?
The latest arrival time is by 8:00am the following morning (12 April), but you must inform us ahead of time. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
A friend who does not speak English wants to register for this Satsang Intensive with Mooji. Is that okay?
Can I bring my child to the retreat?
No, we cannot accommodate children at this retreat.
What if I require a special diet?
NEW 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.
TransportationPlease read the Travel section to be familiar with the best possibilities to get to Zmar.
What if I can’t catch the trains you advise in the ‘Trains to Zmar’ section above?
Faro: If you are unable to catch the Faro train, another option is to come by taxi or rent a car. There is also a later train at 17:56 arriving at 18:59 (at Santa Clara-Saboia). From there you would need to take a taxi to Zmar. In this case you need to arrange a taxi to pick you up beforehand, as there are no taxis waiting at the train station.
Lisbon: If you are unable to catch either of the two Lisbon trains mentioned, we advise that you book a public bus straight to Odemira leaving at 15:00 (3pm) so you will still arrive on time. From Odemira you can take a taxi to Zmar. Bus information is available below.
If you arrive on another train you need to get off at Funcheira or Santa Clara-Saboia and take a taxi to Zmar. There are no taxis waiting at these stations so you would need to arrange a taxi beforehand (taxi info below).
Public Bus to Zmar (Rede Expressos)
Faro: there are no public buses to Odemira.
Lisbon: You can take a bus from Lisbon (Sete Rios) to Odemira. A one-way ticket costs approximately €16. Buses leave at 15:00.
You can buy an online ticket on the Rede Expressos website or at the bus station.
Bus station in Lisbon: Terminal Rodoviário de Sete Rios (Taxi from airport is around €10-13). From Odemira to Zmar you will have to take a taxi.
- Taxis are not waiting at the station at any time and you will have to call beforehand if you want to arrange a taxi. Please note that taxis are not available at night.
- Pedro: +351 964 220 621
- Nelson: +351 960 049 312
- Armando: +351 966 343 072
- Taxi Point Odemira: +351 283 324 404
My plane arrival times don’t match with the departure times of the train from Lisbon or Faro, so I decided to rent a car. Can you recommend somewhere where I can offer to share a ride?
You can use this Facebook page to connect with others to travel together.
Please note that Zmar cannot receive participants after 20:00.
What is Satsang, self-inquiry, and the Invitation?
It is simple, direct and profound. 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.
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.
I read that some of the accommodations at Zmar are far from the Satsang hall. How far is my accommodation from toilet facilities, Satsang space or dining area?
The terrain at Zmar is flat, but some of the rooms are a 10-15 minute walk from the Satsang Hall and dining area, depending on the type of accommodation. Zmar offers bicycles for rent.
I can’t sit on the floor. Can I sit on a chair?
Zmar has plenty of chairs with back support available.
Do you provide cushions to sit on the floor?
No, we advise to bring your own cushion if you wish to sit on the floor.
Physical and Mental Well-Being
Is Satsang a form of therapy or a replacement for medical treatment?
Satsang is not a form of therapy and should not be used as a replacement for medical treatment. Satsang in the form of the Invitation and self-inquiry is a powerful aid to self-realisation. Mooji’s teachings are most profound in guiding seekers of Truth to ultimate awakening. However, his pointings and teachings are not meant as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any change or discontinuation 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.
Is the venue wheelchair accessible?
Is this Silent Retreat suitable for those with mental health or psychiatric disorders?
If you are currently receiving or have previously received any medical treatment or therapy for issues related to mental health, Silent Retreats may not be suitable for you. Please check with a medical or other mental health clinician whether attending a Retreat, or participating online, is suitable for you at this time.
When might attending a Silent Retreat not be advisable?
Those experiencing psychiatric conditions, or other unusually strong emotional upheavals might not benefit from a Silent Retreat, and occasionally, it could adversely affect pre-existing conditions. The questionnaire below may help you decide whether you are in a position to benefit fully from a Silent Retreat.
Please note that this is intended as a guide only, and does not constitute or replace medical or psychiatric advice. If the answer to any of the questions is ‘yes’ please be aware that a Silent Retreat may not be appropriate 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 wellbeing and/or functional abilities?
Answering ‘yes’ to any of the questions does not categorically mean you cannot attend a Silent Retreat program. It requires you to seek specialist advice and receive confirmation from a medical or other professionally registered clinical specialist that your attendance is unlikely to adversely affect your health condition. Please be aware that we are not able to provide medical or psychiatric support or expertise.
I have been advised not to attend, or can see from the questionnaire that this is not the right time for me to participate. Does this mean Satsang is not for me?
Being in Satsang with Mooji does not mean that you have to be physically present or attend a retreat or intensive. Satsang works in many subtle ways. 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. Satsang offers 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 their own hidden tendencies, and feel unable to control these projections or energies, and so additional medical and psychiatric support may be required. Please refer to the questionnaire above for more information.
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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. The middle of the days in April are often warm, but it can be quite cold at night and early morning. You can check the weather for Odemira here. If you are camping we highly recommend that you bring a good sleeping bag for low temperature.
Do we have to bring our own bed linen and towels?
If you are staying in a tent, either rented or your own, you must bring all your own bedding and camping gear, unless you booked a ‘Camping Kit’ in addition to your camping space and/or rented tent. Even in this case, bring extra blankets to make sure you are warm enough at night. If you are staying in a house or shared room, Zmar will provide your bed linen and towels. When you are making use of the Spa you are asked to bring your own towel(s).
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?
Zmar will not offer wifi or internet access during this 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. This is out of respect for your Satsang and for the Satsang of all the participants.
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 a 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.
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.
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