Embody, Integrate, Align - Yoga Retreat

At Mahakala, Montenegro

Embark on a transformative week of yoga, movement and sound. This retreat is suggested for both new and seasoned practitioners of yoga. We invite you to immerse yourself in a week of movement practices, integration, authentic sharing among like-minded community, relaxation and sound healing.

30 June – 6 July 2024

THE PRICES & ACCOMMODATION

For 7 days (6 nights) retreat including all classes, workshops, walks, accommodation & 2 vegan buffets a day. The prices include everything for the week except your flights & transport to the retreat. Only a 350€ deposit is needed to make the reservation. You can view the accommodation details and photos here .

Discounts & scholarship positions available for woman in the local balkan region and BIPOC community. 

ABOUT THE RETREAT

Experience a transformative journey of curiosity, inner growth and self-discovery. Dive into a mind-opening and inspiring range of activities crafted to inspire and uplift you. 

Our program is an open invitation, allowing you to pick and choose from the activities to shape your week according to your unique needs and desires. Immerse yourself in the deeply nourishing culinary offerings at Mahakala, connect with nature by the sea and the mountains and bask in the warmth of shared conversations and chants by the fire.

EMBODY, be in the body here and now: Embodiment means anchoring, rooting, feeling into the gut. It’s about expanding the boundaries of physicality, what the body is, and forging connections with the living world.

INTEGRATE and reconnect: Through poetry, study sessions, inspirational talks, stream of consciousness exploration, journaling, and sharing circles, we gain understanding and embody our transformations. We reconnect with the cycles of nature and can effectively process personal feelings, traumas, and trauma responses.

ALIGN and alchemise: The alignment and the alchemy of the body, mind and spirit system is achieved through meditation, practice, prayers and healthy nutrition.

WORKSHOPS

Meditation: walking, sitting and active │Alignment Body and Mind Practices│Pranayama │Asana Lab │Yoga foundations│The Alchemy of Yoga: Mudras and Vrittis | Walks and journaling in nature | Sound Healing | Embodiment Lab | Movement Alphabet | Intuitive Movement │Daily IntegrationMobility

FOCUS

  • Learning essential pranayama and meditation methodologies and tools for your personal practice and everyday life
  • Yoga Foundations and Yoga Labs
  • Embodiment and its significance nowadays 
  • Learning how to integrate and incarnate our practices 
  • Mantras, Mudras and Prayers 
  • Integration through contemplation of nature, sound healing, journaling and poetry

A DAY AT THE TRAINING

8:00 – 10:00 Morning Practice
10:00 – 11:30 Plant Based Brunch
12:00 – 13:00 Educational Talk
15:00 -17:00 Practical Lab
17:00-18:00 Plant Based Dinner
19:00- 21:00 Evening Practice

WHAT YOU WILL TAKE HOME

  • Deepen your personal practice 
  • Immerse into the seed teachings of Yoga and its power of alchemization
  • Explore your personal path and gain clarity on the next right step to support your growth and evolution
  • Receive written content about the foundation of yoga 
  • Experience a week of embodiment practices to strengthen, restore and awaken your body, mind and heart
  • Connect and collaborate with like-hearted community in a safe and nourishing space

THE PLACE “Mahakala Center” & Plant based food

The homely centre is located in the small seaside village of Buljarica in Montenegro, cradled by the mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Surrounded by the four elements of earth, air, sun and water, located on a steep hill between local houses and a 15-minute walk from the local beach. 

The kitchen is fully plant based with a zero waste policy, all food sourced from local family owned organic farms and the water from the mountain spring. The food is home made by local Montenegrin women and the Menu crafted by Dr Vesna Lemm, a detox & nutrition specialist.

Mahakala offers 2 daily homemade vegan buffets, meal times based on a powerful intermittent fasting philosophy involving two highly nutritious meals per day (served at 10:00 and 17:00). During the day we serve plenty of seasonal fruits, spring water and herbal teas. Additionally coffee or snacks can be purchased from the coffee shop.

Your Retreat Facilitators

Giulia Anna Maria

Giulia Anna Maria defines herself as an artist of life: her life is, in itself, a path of creation and liberation.

She grew up in Rome where she studied law and started to work for several NGOs before she decided to move to Berlin. She started to practice yoga when she was 15, and later in her life this path chose her. She traveled to Nepal in 2012, where she began teaching yoga: on the rooftop where she practiced daily, children started gathering before heading to school and spontaneously she commenced guiding them through poses and breath awareness. After this enlightening trip, Giulia went back to Berlin where she accomplished a comprehensive 3-year TTC in Iyengar Yoga (1000h) and afterwards deepen her knowledge in yoga for women, seniors and therapeutic yoga. This allowed her to heal her body from an autoimmune disease (AS) and chronic pain that she developed in her teenager hood.

By now, her yoga practice is a mixture of somatic and embodiment practices, Hatha yoga, kundalini, butoh dance, sound healing (she plays the gong) and mantra singing. She has taught yoga for over 10 years and she has been teaching for the Tara family for 3 years. She loves to explore the teachings of various lineages and put them in practice within her own body and being on and off the mat.

Felizitas Stilleke

Felizitas works and lives as a freelance dramaturge, curator and  artist in the independent performing arts scene of Berlin and abroad. She doesn’t like to work and think alone – not as an artist, not as a person. In her work she looks for activists, collaborative and joyful possibilities to come together and create knowledge based on sisterhood and sharing practices. She studied German Literature, pedagogic and cultural poetics in Germany and expended curation in Amsterdam, before she took over theatre festivals, performative symposiums and began to write audio fictional radio features. In 2020, she launched for example a series of podcast sessions titled “The Mother in Me is the Mother in You,” in which she subjected the theme of not-yet/not-anymore/maybe/motherhood to a collective rededication of discourse. This year she launched a podcast series at Deutschlandfunk about disappearing fathers as her dad suffers under dementia, called „Goodbye Stranger“.

In the action of zine making or shared sound based storytelling she found ways to create knowledges and re-write systems as a collective act. Now she invites companions, friends and interested souls to do so. No knowledge needed, pleasure activism welcome!

WHO IS THE RETREAT FOR?

Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or new to the journey, we invite you to immerse yourself in a week of movement practices, integration, authentic sharing among like-minded community, relaxation and sound healing. Recommended for seasoned yoga practitioners, but no previous experience is needed, as long as you have an open mind and heart to learn about the practice.

COLLECTIVE IMPACT

Tara is reimagining the ways we connect with spirituality; shifting from individualistic to collective. 5% sales of every retreat will support local conservation groups or indigenous community projects. Empowering you to make inner transformation alongside meaningful collective change. You can read more about the organizations that we support this year in our philosophy page.

What our past guests have to say:

"A magical week!! The 7 day retreat offered more then I could have imagined! Attracting such lovely, friendly, down to earth people that I really enjoyed doing all the classes, workshops & excursions on offer with. This is the most well rounded retreat, a feast for all the senses, in a beautiful wild setting, that really allows you to open your mind and heart to all possibilities. The classes were a good challenge for me, I’ve never eaten so well, I loved the sunset and adventures and can assure you you’ll come away feeling inspired, stronger, with new friends and a full heart."
Chelsie T.
" Calli I left my heart at Tara. This retreat was exactly what I needed. I cannot put into words how much I felt during the week. So many wow-moments everyday. So perfectly curated… The warmest welcome, the hardest goodbye. I can’t wait to be back. I love you Tara. Thank you for feeling inner peace and pure happiness. "
Calli C.

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