At Mahakala Retreats
Movement & Sound Retreat
In today’s world, it is easy to live in a state of continuous disconnection from our inner-selves with the increasing usage of technology and distractions coming from all around us. Therefore, we need the healing properties of movement and sound more than ever – and this is what this special retreat has been built upon. During this week, we will tap into our true selves and find our creativity and playfulness that we all inherently have. A week full of movement, ceremonies, old songs, singing, tears, joy and sharing stories.
Yoga meets dance│Fire ceremony│Dance floor meditation│Afro beats│Ecstatic dance│Movement research│Singing circles│Sound journeys│Finding your inner rhythm│Songwriting and stream of consciousness│Cacao Ceremony │Waterfall walk│wild crafts│fire making │Sunset boat celebration
AN EXAMPLE DAY
08 -9:30 Body- Mind Centering Yoga meets Dance
09:30-10:30 Vegan brunch
15:30-16:30 Sacred Listening – The drumming in everything.
17:00-18:00 Vegan dinner
19:00-20:00 Cacao Ceremony
THE PLACE “Mahakala Retreats”
Our 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, the setting provides an optimal space for healing. Located on a steep hill between the local mountainside houses, only a 15-minute walk from the local beach. Our facilities include; spacious shala with mountain & sea views, plant based restaurant, rooftop relaxation area with jacuzzi, zen garden, outdoor bathtubs, lounge area and a spa area.
Sustainability and taking care of the earth is one of Mahakala’s main values. Our kitchen is fully plant based with a no waste policy, we our grow food in our own organic garden and source the remaining from local organic farms, we source all of our water from the mountain springs, have a bioseptic sewage system, use solar to power our hot water system and have also created our own recycling and compost system. Additionally, we have decided to put our profits into building a conservation project in hopes to conserve the beautiful Buljarica Cove which serves as a sanctuary for the local wildlife.
Mahakala is a place of healing, friendship, community & living in harmony with nature.
THE PRICES & ACCOMMODATION
1 person options:
- Shared Dorm Room – 940 €
- Shared Double Ensuite – 960€
- Shared Double Mountain or Seaview Ensuite – 1 110€
- Private Basic Ensuite – 1230 €
- Private Mountain or Seaview Ensuite – 1440€
2 people options:
- Basic Ensuite (2 People) – 1920 € price for two people
- Mountain or Seaview Ensuite (2 People) – 2220€ price for two people
- Private Apartment (2 People) – 2420€ price for two people
for 8 days (7 nights) retreat including all classes, workshops, excursions, accommodation & 2 vegan buffets a day.
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OUR PLANT BASED CUISINE
Mahakala’s nutritious vegan food is wholesome, fresh and always homemade. At each buffet, we offer a number of dishes from freshly made pastries to salads made of homegrown vegetables to ensure there is always something for everyone. There are no complicated detox programs, just nutritious food created with love. To ensure a balanced vegan diet the menu is curated my Dr Vesna Lemm, a detox & nutrition specialist.
We offer 2 daily homemade vegan buffets. Our meal times are based on a powerful intermittent fasting philosophy (our favourite health tip!). This involves two highly nutritious meals per day (served at 9:30 and 17:00).
CONNECTING BACK TO NATURE
At Mahakala, we believe that reconnecting with nature is key to our health and inner happiness. The raw and wild Montenegrin nature offers an opportunity to practise this. Immerse yourself in the healing energy of nature and explore this beautiful country by hiking along breath-taking walking trails, lush hills and valleys, or go for a swim in the crystal clear sea to explore beautiful hidden caves.
Giulia Anna Maria
I firmly believe we can change the word by transforming ourselves. I started practising yoga as a teenager and I completed a 3 year Iyengar Yoga TTC in 2018. I teach different styles of Yoga, Yoga Improvisation (a mix of yoga & dance) and play the gong. Dancing, meditation and singing mantras are nearly always part of my yoga classes. We will move into the present, into curiosity, authenticity and pleasure to be able to surrender to what we are, build the courage to express our physical stories and understand our ability to transform through the power of movement.
I’m in love with sound and making songs. I hope to share what I can about self exploration through creativity, working on internal archetypal inquisition through poetry, story and song. Learning to distil something wild and articulate its core essence can teach us to be more ourselves and nurture a sense of curiosity, groundedness and excitement about our lives and the world around us.
I grew up practicing classical ballet, jazz ballet and hiphop. Later in life, I have discovered many other dance styles and I’m currently practising afro beats, dance hall, hiphop and salsa among a few other styles. Dancing has allowed me to explore myself in many different ways and it has helped me to be comfortable in my own skin. This is what I want to share with others as well. Often people think they can’t dance but dancing is not about looking good but it rather serves as a tool for expression of oneself, one’s emotions and feelings. It is about having fun, enjoying and laughing. Dance can free the soul if you allow it to.
If you still ask yourself: “Is this the right retreat for me?”
Maybe these questions help you to make the decision for yourself:
Am I willing to share my journey with others?
Do I like the thought of being connected to my wild and creative energy?
Am I willing to dive into an unknown experience without expectations and allow myself to be there with my full heart?
If you said yes to all these questions: this retreat is made for you!!
HOW TO GET HERE
We recommend booking a flight that arrives at Podgorica Airport (TGD). There is a free shuttle for our guests from Podgorica Airport (TGD) that leaves the airport on Sundays at 15:00 and leaves back to the airport from Mahakala Center at 12:30 p.m. the following Sunday. There is only one shuttle per week.
If you are not able to fly into Podgorica, there is also another airport in Tivat. You can take a taxi from Tivat airport to our center for around 40 euros. You may also be able to travel by bus, which may be slightly cheaper. It is also possible to come from Dubrovnik airport. It usually costs around 100€ by taxi.