After the profound experience last year we are excited to bring to you another teacher of the Akhaldans Fourth Way school, India, to teach another International Residential Intensive Retreat this summer in Portugal - Suitable for all.

This is an exceptional and unique opportunity to explore your innermost landscape in new and empowering ways while immersed in the stunning contemplative setting of Karuna Buddhist Meditation Center. Located high up in the Monchique mountains of the Algarve we will be overlooking Portugal’s southern coastline and the Atlantic Ocean from one of the most peaceful and beautiful settings in the country.

Who is this for?

Suitable for persons who wish to explore deeper into themselves, through the alchemy of movement, music & dance. Through a series of experiential processes… active, dynamic, filled with music, rhythm, dance, light, sound, conversation & dialogue, meditation & silence, we take you into an intensive encounter with your own self... Inviting you to re discover & connect with the inner landscapes of your bodymind, heal old wounds, release the past and live with freedom & intensity.

Watch this short interview with Akash about the retreat.
Subtitles are available in ENG / PT / SPN / HEB - click "CC" (subtitle) button to see them and then "settings" to choose your language.

About the Dances

Highly original, charismatic and mystical, these dances are designed to balance the different sources of energy within us. Creating a harmony between the body, the mind and the emotions. The results are a unique inner centering, a new sense of inner rhythm, a relaxed alertness, a natural silence and grace… leading to a higher level of consciousness & presence. Each movement has its own music & the beautiful, haunting melodies & rhythms enhance the process. The movements are placed within the context of a larger philosophical ideology… the Fourth Way… which is the way of the Sufi…

Read more about the dances and the work...

 

About the teacher: CArol Squire

Carol is a Sufi Dervish, Fourth Way teacher, Transactional Analysis (TA) facilitator, Sound healer, Reiki master, Leader, Woman, Mother and a student just like all of us.

She is also the co-founder of the international Akhaldans 4th way school which she founded with Akash Dharmaraj in India. Together, they have co-created a unique style of transmission of the Fourth Way work using the movements as a vehicle for Awakening and Transformation. Carol is also the head of all of the school's activities in its North America branch and activities in Africa.

Akash describes Carol as a loving, compassionate human who cares deeply about the Work and does this work of transmission only because she loves it. 

She has been leading groups all over the world for the past 35 years and integrating Sufi practices and TA into her work with high profile leadership executives,  non-profit organizations, personal groups and individuals, and whoever is willing to learn. She has taught the Gurdjieff Sacred Dances in India (including in the Osho Commune in Pune), in Africa and in North America where she is based most of the time (When she isn't traveling ;-)

CAROL'S MESSAGE TO YOU  

"My mission is to transform individuals, teams and organizations by taking them out of their automatic comfort zones so that they can begin to: 
Reinvent, Reintegrate, Reconnect, Simplify and Move toward Sense and Respond, the new paradigm in human consciousness and organizations, and away from the prevailing paradigm of Predict and Control.

I resolve to never refer to myself as a trouble-shooter or problem solver. I do not want to spend my time and energy reinforcing trouble and problems.  

Instead, I see potential. I see strengths. I enhance, strengthen, invite and facilitate potential to grow - to become tangible strengths. I facilitate the process of turning potential into compassionate power. 

Why?

So that there is a constant output of value, spirit, and animation;
So that each individual fulfills more of their unique potential and purpose;
So that each part of the organism contributes to the good working of the whole; So that the organism fulfills more of its unique potential and purpose in the larger universal environment.

My vision is:

A world where awareness, intimacy and spontaneity are available to everyone, everywhere.
A world where everyone is connected to themselves, others and purpose in healthy ways.
A world where I operate from love and an open, playful heart."

Practicalities

DATES

7-12.8.2018 (5 nights & 5 Days)

Start: August 7th at 17:00 opening session (Registration will be open from 15:00 and room check in even earlier).
End: August 12th at 18:00

 

Language

The primary language of the retreat will be movement, supported with silence. Theory and explanations will be given in English to add context and framework.
For those parts, basic translation will be possible to Portuguese and Spanish during the entire retreat.

 

The Venue

The retreat will be held at Karuna Buddhist Meditation center in the green mountains of Serra de Monchique in the Algarve, Portugal. Serra the Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes.

The Retreat Center offers a stunning view over Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean. We will be amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in this area, which is home to a variety of local flora and fauna. The Retreat Center’s property is isolated and perfect for those in search of silence, seclusion and inner peace.

 

Prices

  • Early bird - Until June 30th: €590
  • Regular price: €690

Retreat price includes:
All retreat days, activities and materials.
5 nights of Simple accommodation in shared room of 2-6 people (usually with shared bathroom/toilet near the room).
3 vegan-vegetarian meals a day (starting with dinner on the 1st day and finishing with lunch of the last day).
The best drinking spring water in Portugal.

Retreat price does NOT include:
Private single room accommodation - see options below in the accommodation section.
Extra nights - these are available 1 day before/after the retreat for an additional cost see accommodation section below.
Transfer to and from the venue (we help with taxi share and car pool).
Lunch on arrival day, dinner on the last day.

 

Payment

Reservation deposit: 290€ (non-refundable after June 30th). The remaining balance will be collected upon arrival in cash on the first day.
Cancellation Policy:
In case of cancellation before June 30th the deposit will be refunded minus 20% service charge.
After June 30th the deposit is non-refundable.
Cancellation after July 20th, for any reason, will be liable to 50% of the full retreat price including all extras.

Accommodation

The retreat is fully residential. We will be immersed in the middle of nature and in our process of awakening. There are a few accommodation options:

  • Your own tent (limited availability): Included in price
  • Shared room/dormitory (shared between 2-6): Included in price
  • Private room accommodation (very limited availability): €200 per person, per each retreat

Notes:

  • The earlier you secure your space, the better. We do our best to allocate accommodation depending on time of registration, special needs and availability. Once you register you will receive an email confirming your registration and accommodation choice depending on availability.
  • Extra night Accommodation is possible 1 day before/after the retreat for an extra charge of €40 per night in shared room or €60 per night in private room.

Getting to the venue

Airport

The nearest airport to the venue is Faro, Portugal.
Taxis from Faro airport to the venue takes approx. 1h and costs approx €90. 
Closer to the retreat we will assist participants to coordinate taxi share between them and book drivers who are familiar with the venue.

Train/bus

The closest town to the venue is Silves, Portugal, which is in the Monchique mountains 10-15 min drive from the venue. Silves offers direct trains to Lisbon and Porto as well as daily buses to other cities.
On the coastline, the closes city is Portimão, Portugal which is easily accessible by bus and train. From Portimão taxis are available in the season to the retreat center.

By car

The venue is easily accessible by car and is 3-5h drive from Lisbon and 30-60min from the South-Eastern border with Spain. Closer to the retreat we will also help with car-pool for those who would like to share the petrol/rental/toll costs.

 

For more info or questions:

Email: AkashRetreats@gmail.com  or use the following WhatsApp number to text/call: +972-54-224-7707 (Boaz)
Local phone numbers will be updated in June.



JOURNEY TO INACCESSIBLE PLACES :: GURDJIEFF SACRED DANCE RETREAT
INDIA :: PORTUGAL (EN/PT/SP) :: ISRAEL

 

photo credit: Gili Chen