Wo: Bhavani, Florianigasse 29
Mantra and Yantra – practices of transformation:
The retreat will combine daily yoga and meditation practice, together with guided mantra chanting and yantra drawing and painting, set in a beautiful location with hearty local food and time for walks and reflection, this retreat will give space for a process of connection and transformation.
The process of yantra drawing with accompanying mantra repetition creates a spontaneous one-pointedness of mind. The yantra is a symbol combining archetypal ingredients – squares, circles, triangles and petals, that resonate with the subconscious and unconscious mind and can reveal to us maps of our inner consciousness and the energies at play in inner and outer worlds. It can be a deeply healing and insightful practice.
We will spend a day exploring the archetypal nature and symbols of spiritual art and the role of geometry in its creation. The focus will then be on two specific yantras, Ganesh, and Sri Yantra. Each day will have its own focus of mantra chanting together with mandala making and yantra drawing and painting.
Ganesh Yantra is associated with Ganesh or Ganapati, the remover of obstacles, and Sri Yantra, considered the most auspicious of all, is a symbol resonating on all levels, micro and macrocosmic, as the interplay of consciousness and energy.
Whilst being an intensive retreat experience, each day will include karma yoga; gardening, cleaning, meal preparation etc. and there will be time for breaks and local walks.
No previous knowledge or experience of drawing and painting is necessary but it would still be useful!
All materials will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.
Below is a suggested list:
- Compass – for drawing, not direction
- Ruler – 30cm long
- ‘H’ Pencil
- Eraser – white one
- Cold Pressed 140lb watercolour paper – A3 size approx
- Watercolour paints – at least red, yellow, blue, white, there will be paint and brushes available to use
- Brushes – at least a fine one and a wider one, numbers 00, 1, 3, 5 are all useful
When: The retreat will be held from 4 – 10 August. Arrival for Friday 4th afternoon, finishing on 10th Lunchtime – unless you would like to stay on to explore Florence for another day or two.
Accommodation and meals: Accommodation is in comfortable, mostly shared rooms (from singles up to three occupants), with shared bathrooms. Meals are home-cooked, simple, nutritious and vegetarian, using local ingredients.
Cost of retreat: Food, accommodation and teaching (including material) – info coming soon or contact the organizers.
Sigh Up on the website of the retreat.