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Meditation Apps

For an overview of popular meditation apps scroll down to *****.

Why meditate? In numerous studies, meditation was proven to

  • Reduce stress: meditation helps to reduce cortisol levels, thus reduces stress-induced inflammatory responses
  • Decrease blood pressure: both focussing on a silent mantra and Yoga Nidra relaxes the nerve signals that coordinate heart function, thus reducing blood pressure. Combined with slow, deep breathing and an emphasis on a long exhale, this is one of the secrets to “hack” your Vagus nerve, thus calming the entire system
  • Control anxiety: regular meditation helps to reduce anxiety levels and related impulses and negative thoughts
  • Promote emotional health: long-term high-stress levels can bring our hormone and neurotransmitter system out of balance, meditation helps to reduce cytokines; meditation teaches self-control and self-awareness thus helps us to be aware of triggers, of unhealthy habits, and find the willpower to change for the better
  • Prevent and reverse age-related memory loss: meditation improves focus and increases attention span, this can turn into more clarity and improved memory. In fact, several studies have shown that especially Kirtan Kriya, a tradition that combines mantra, chants, and finger mudras, dramatically improved mental activity in elderly persons
  • Improve sleep: nearly half the adult population struggle with insomnia at some point. Meditation helps to calm the mind, relax the body, and thus supports falling and staying asleep.
  • Control Pain: Meditation affects the pain center in the brain, thus reducing the perceived pain by calming the brain.

There are many different schools and techniques:

  • Silent meditation – all about emptying the mind
  • autogenic training - all about learning to control involuntary aspects (hand warming, feet warming, heartbeat)
  • Progressive muscle relaxation – great preparation before Savasana
  • Guided imagery – for those who relax through daydreaming (switches the brain from beta to alpha mode)
  • Positive affirmations/mantras – has shown incredible results, people healed themselves from cancer, IBS, PTSD and more
  • Chanting – great spiritual practice, for those who like it, that has dramatic effects on the brain (all the way to theta and delta waves while staying aware of it), in yoga these ancient Kundalini techniques are considered the Bliss-practice
  • Focused-attention meditation – concentrates attention on a single object (candle), thought (affirmation, intention, mantra), sound (bird), or visualization. Other methods focus on the breath.
  • Open-monitoring meditation – encourages broadened awareness of all aspects of your environment, train of thought, and a sense of self. This may help to become aware of thoughts, feelings or impulses that you might normally try to suppress.
  • Loving-kindness meditation – also known as Bhakti yoga teaches to extend compassion to oneself and others, it teaches to soften the heart, let go of anger, and cultivate a lasting attitude of kindness toward all
  • Walking meditation – is an old Buddhist tradition but also known from Christianity (think colonnades in monasteries).

So, there are traditional teachings that are both timeless and effective, yet our modern lifestyle always seems to find excuses as to why we don't have time to meditate. So, now there are also branded programs that teach you a step-by-step approach and there are mobile apps that allow you to take your meditation teacher with you wherever you go. Before you decide which approach you want to try, take a moment and think about why you consider meditating. What do YOU want to get out of it?

  • Do you want to learn to relax and cope with stress in a healthier way?
  • Do you want to live more mindfully?
  • Do you want to make this part of your spiritual life?
  • Or do you want to support long-term brain health (memory, focus, learning)?

And while sooner or later a regular meditation practice supports all of the above, I recommend picking a starting point that suits your personality and schedule best.

There are countless videos with guided meditations available on YouTube. I'm very picky. YouTube can be a great and affordable source but it can also feel like a jungle.

***** Meanwhile, there are dozens of apps available – both free of charge and for a fee/subscription. I have tried some out and want to share what I found:

Calm

Calm offers support with relaxation via guided meditations, with disrupted sleep patters via sleep stories, coaching for focus, relationships, anxiety, and more. Once you download the app on your phone, you can try it out for free for 7 days. If you like it, you can purchase a subscription to access the full library. It is an advantage that everything is on your phone and you don’t need internet access to use the app.

I personally liked some of their guided visualizations but didn't like the sleep stories at all.

www.calm.com

Muse

Muse is the technology I'm currently using. I love it! Muse is more than just an app. Muse is a wearable headband that uses electroencephalography—or EEG—to detect electrical activity in your brain. The goal of Muse is to make you aware of your brain’s activity and to train your brain via audio and visual cues such as the sound of waves or chirping birds.

The Muse headband has seven EEG sensors that are grouped into five points—three on the front of your forehead and one behind each ear. So one needs to purchase the headband-device and download the app. The headband transfers the data via Bluetooth to the phone.

Through the app, you can assess your progress in remaining calm. The device also records when you move, fidget, or open your eyes. Reviewers of Muse have noted that it’s useful for beginners or those inexperienced with meditation and mindfulness. The app is very detailed, it pairs with any iPhone or Android, and charges quickly. It lets you track your progress in how long you can maintain to stay very calm – it works basically like Biofeedback - with simple cues that train your mind to maintain a certain state of calm.

When working with my private clients, I'm connecting the headband to additional measuring apps, and it allows to track not just a basic EEG but monitors each brainwave, the heart rate, and the breathing rate. This allows me to combine guided meditation with heart variability training, breathwork, hypnotic trances, and mindfulness exercises. One of my small research projects is to offer Reiki (a Japanese form of energy healing and guided meditation) to clients with acute or chronic inflammation in the body and using an Infrared-camera to measure how well we were able to bring the inflammation down.

Muse is the right approach for all who long to support brain health, who do want to feel calmer and cope with stress and anxiety but at the same time like a scientific kind of approach.

Btw: Muse and Calm cost almost the same – and with that in mind, I think that Muse offers the better value.

www.choosemuse.com

Inner Balance Trainer

So here is one version of HRV training: The inner balance technology works by analyzing your heart rate and understanding the emotional condition of your mind. It trains you to generate a highly efficient physiological state called the HRV coherence (HRV = Heart Rate Variability). This helps you clearing your mind and increasing your emotional composure. This one also requires the purchase of an additional device plus the app.

store.heartmath.com/innerbalance

Headspace

You can either download this app on your smartphone or signup online and start meditating today. The guided meditations have been developed by former Monk Andy Puddicombe and many like them for reducing stress and anxiety, or simply erasing feelings of restlessness.

www.headspace.com

Omvana

Omvana is part of a comprehensive platform for online learning and connecting with a global spiritual network of students and thought leaders, called Mindvalley. Their recorded meditations are great, many are done by well-known thought leaders and authors of spiritual guidance and self-help books. A disadvantage is that you do need the internet – no offline use. Some of Mindvalley’s online courses are great – I personally love Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Carolyne Myss. This is especially true when you don’t have a lot of time to read all these books. Some of their ideas are inspirational … and after reading hundreds of pages for work, it may be nice to simply listen to someone else reading to you. However, some of Mindvalley’s online classes promise deep insights but deliver beginner level … this is a good community to connect with when you are interested in networking, personal growth, spirituality, self-realization, and everything down those lines.

www.omvana.com

Buddhify

This meditation app is insofar unique that it does not ask for any of your extra time in the already busy days. Like other meditation apps, you do not have to separate your meditation time from your work time. Because you can use this app anytime you want and at any pace that you are in (meditate on the go).

You also do not have to pay any subscription fee to use this app. It charges you a one-time, very affordable fee. 

You can download this app on your iOS or Android device as it is available for both OS.

www.buddhify.com

The Mindfulness App

Last but not least one more very affordable option. The guided meditations are well done, mindfulness-based, and the app offers easy access and reminder functions from anywhere.

www.themindfulnessapp.com

What if plugging in my earphones and listening to some guided meditation is all fine but sometimes I feel like putting all technology to the side? 

Then may be the time for you to simply find a quiet spot to sit down, bring your awareness to your breath, focus on the light of a candle, the sound of a gong, a positive affirmation, or whatever suits you best - and be still. 

Prayer is when we talk to God. Meditation is when we listen to God.

Clean Eating Challenge

Did you know that about 70% of the average modern-day American diet are empty calories and that such a diet sets you up for weight gain while being malnourished? Did you know that with a non-organic diet, you eat 3 to 5 pounds of chemical food-additives each year? 

Clean eating is not a diet. It's not about losing weight at every price and it's not about going hungry.

Clean eating is about

  • restoring the gut flora - thus reversing symptoms of IBS and boosting the immune system,
  • replenishing nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements - thus keeping the endocrine system, bones, teeth, and muscle tissues healthy,
  • rebalancing the nervous system - thus supporting long-term brain health and good memory, eliminating brain fog, ensuring restful sleep, and improving mood,
  • resetting the hormones - thus ensuring proper thyroid metabolism, blood sugar control, stronger muscles, neurotransmitter balance in the brain, and optimal weight, 
  • restoring long-term health by reversing early symptoms of dis-ease and reducing inflammatory processes in the body. 

This 10-day program offers you:

  1. a meal plan with precise instruction and timing and protein-carb-balance
  2. easy yet tasty recipes
  3. list of local restaurants that offer healthy options
  4. action steps on how to change habits/overcome cravings and more
  5. daily email support: motivation and education
  6. learn how and which amino acids can support weight loss, brain health, strength building, and much more
  7. learn how enzymes can support proper digestion, reverse IBS symptoms, reduce allergies, boost immune strength
  8. learn how intermittent fasting can reset your digestive fire (appropriate hydrochloric acid production for complete digestion)
  9. why eating organic is imperative
  10. how to stay youthful longer: take control of your blood sugar, cholesterol, hormonal balance (yes, this is important for men too)
  11. learn why gut health and liver cleansing are so important and which foods and supplements are good and which ones are a waste of money
  12. yogic/ayurvedic teaching about healthy eating
  13. yoga poses that support digestion, blood pressure, detox, stress management, mindfulness.

10-Day-Clean-Eating-Challenge, $397.00/person $100.00/person


Obviously, it would be fabulous to get your spouses on board and do this together! 

10-Day-Clean-Eating-Challenge, $697.00/couple $175.00/couple

*** couple's discount ***

Heck YES, this program is actually providing specific information for men and women with regard to metabolism, endocrine balance, and nutrients.

I partner with Dr. Alan Hopkins for blood/lab work and with Dr. Daniel Amen/Amen Clinics for brain health assessments. If you are interested in a more comprehensive consultation, let me know, and I'd be glad to talk to you in more detail.

Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize

 September  23nd thru 28th, 2019

  • Do you feel like there is something nagging inside of you that needs to be healed, that you need to listen to, that wants to come out and be lived but you just never seem to have enough time to dig deep or not enough confidence to unleash what you know you are called to do?
  • Are there certain blockages repeatedly getting in the way of your happiness and continued success?
  • Are you rocking it in your career but your love life is on the rocks?
  • Do you know with certainty that life holds more for you but you need guidance on how to unlock your full potential? 
  • Motivation is not your issue but alignment may be?

How about taking time for yourself? I offer this retreat as a 6-day-intensive transformational empowerment retreat for women in Belize. The fee for this retreat includes:

  • 6 days /5 nights accommodation in a luxury eco-lodge surrounded by 12,000 acres of jungle wildlife reserve
  • 3 organic farm-to-table meals per day grown on their own sustainably farmed land and prepared by an award-winning chef
  • daily morning yoga and breathing practice
  • daily evening guided meditation, yin yoga or yoga nidra session
  • daily one-on-one coaching and energy work customized for your situation, life, healing needs, and personal growth vision
  • detox/cleansing with plant-based food and herbs from the jungle
  • immersion in nature: hiking trails right in front of the door, bird watching, medicinal plant walks, kayaking and more
  • access to all amenities: pool, gym, yoga pavilion (mats and props provided), kayaks, bicycles
  • Mayan cocoa/chocolate ceremony
  • Domestic round-flight from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda
  • transfer from Punta Gorda Airport to the lodge and back

  • This Jungle Luxury Lodge in Belize sits on a 12,000 acres wildlife reserve and offers farm-to-table organic food, tasteful furnished cabins, massages and spa treatments and plenty of space for our work together in ritual, self-care, nature experiences, energy medicine, coaching, and spiritual guidance.
     BOOK YOUR SPOT HERE:
  • Double-room occupancy $2,299 
  • Single-room occupancy $2,799  
  • Please note: The fee for the retreat includes domestic flights from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda which will be booked by the venue on your behalf.
  • Take your time back in order to rebalance, heal, reconnect to your life’s purpose and prioritize what’s truly meaningful to you.
  • Retreat to the heart of nature to reconnect with your heart's frequency.
  • Let me create and hold a sacred space for you and bring my tools for your inner healing, energy work, chakra rebalancing, inviting all Divine and Mother Earth’s support into your life, and manifesting that bold vision for yourself.
  • Small-group retreats are the most powerful for emotional healing and recovery from trauma, surgery and cancer treatment but also – as a different outcome focus – for performance coaching.
  • Small-group retreats are wonderful for remembering what brings you joy and recommit to do something every day that brings you joy.
  • All of my retreats provide an opportunity for detox, transforming negative habits, experiencing and committing to clean eating, learning about herbs and supplements, and daily guided journaling.
  • This Lodge offers plenty of space for yoga and meditation: covered pavilion, open terrace overlooking the jungle as well as a deck on the riverbank.
  • There is an incredible spa on site (services can be booked for an additional fee).
  • Additional tours can be booked on site: visit the Mayan temple ruins, adventure tours, waterfalls, snorkeling.
  • There can be times when we have a vision but there are also fears and doubt holding us back. Experience how liberating it feels when you step through your fear and just do it! Combined with the right steps in your daily yoga practice, I offer guided trances and somatic experiencing that help you to reconnect to your inner wisdom and source of unique power. This type of "back to the Source"-retreat is the ultimate empowerment course – for individuals, small groups, and work teams. 

Book Your Spot Here!

Double-room occupancy $2,299   

Single-room occupancy $2,799  

  • Please note: Booking is handled through the retreat venue. The fee for the retreat includes domestic flights from Belize Airport to Punta Gorda which will be booked by the venue on your behalf.

Remembering Bliss, Yoga Retreat, Koh Samui, Thailand

November 30th thru December 7th, 2019

Remembering Bliss, Yoga Retreat on the stunning island of Koh Samui is an uplifting and joyful experience that allows you not to find, not to learn about, not to desire, but to deeply reconnect to your natural state of bliss. The goal of all yoga practice is Self-realization. Therefore, be guided through the layers of your being in yoga, breathing and meditation classes, to get to know yourself better and better until you fully realize who you are and experience pure bliss.

This is a vinyasa flow yoga based retreat, with special classes combining ashtanga (in the morning), yin yoga, energy healing, and yoga nidra (in the evening) to both advance your practice and deeply relax and immerse in stillness.

This retreat takes place at a dedicated yoga venue. There will be other yogis at the same time - so this is right for you if you enjoy meeting new, like-minded people, taking different classes, experimenting with partner and acro yoga. If you are longing for a more quiet and contemplative experience, this retreat in Belize may be more suitable for you:  http://yogawithmanja.com/women-empowerment-retreat-in-belize

Whether you are just starting yoga, or are a seasoned practitioner - this is time for you to move you out of the mind and into the blissful heart.

This retreat place offers open ocean views, meditation hide-aways, a delicious, all-organic Thai restaurant and bliss cafe, Thai spa, and a yoga shala with props for exclusive use for our group. Additionally, there are a variety of activities offered at very reasonable fees:

  • Visit of Thai temples
  • Visit to an elephant sanctuary
  • Standup paddleboarding
  • Guided hike to jungle waterfalls
  • Sunset sailboat cruise
  • Jungle ziplining
  • Snorkeling

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Daily Morning Vinyasa Yoga Class + Meditation (90 minutes): Start your day with setting an intention that supports the unfolding and realization of your life purpose, breathing through a yoga flow, generating the energy for a balanced day
  • Daily Evening Yoga Class + Meditation (90 minutes): End your day with a relaxing yin yoga or yoga nidra session
  • One yoga posture workshop: improve alignment, learn new poses
  • One Reiki and life coaching session
  • Daily Brunch Buffet + Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Transport from and to Airport
  • Access to all amenities: private beach, pool, gym

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare
  • Spa Treatments
  • Tours/Activities other than listed in the itinerary
  • Additional Meals
PROGRAM ITINERARY

Day 1

16:30 – 18:30 – Evening Practice
18:30 – 20:30 – Dinner

Day 2-6

07:00 – 09:00 – Daily Morning Practice
09:30 – 11:30 – Brunch
14:00 – 16:00 – Tour To Elephant Sanctuary (Day 2) / Workshop (Day 3) / Tour To Temples (Day 4) / Reiki Session (Day 5) - included

Standup Paddle-Boarding or Snorkeling (optional) / Hike To Jungle Waterfalls (optional)
16:30 – 18:30 – Daily Evening Practice 
18:30 – 20:30 – Dinner

Day 7

07:00 – 09:00 – Morning Practice
09:30 – 11:30 – Brunch

*Schedule is subject to variations

PRICING AND ACCOMMODATION

Ocean Room Superior

Ocean Room Standard

Beach Bungalow Superior

Beach Bungalow Standard

Early Bird pricing ends on May 1, 2019! The booking confirmation together with detailed information about the itinerary, food, directions how to get there, and instructions on how to complete payment for the accommodation of your choice will be sent to you upon receipt of your payment.

  Single Occupancy

Early Bird

Single Occupancy

Full Price

Double Occupancy

Early Bird per Person

Double Occupancy

Full Price per Person

Beach Bungalow Standard

950 USD

1050 USD

750 USD

825 USD

Beach Bungalow Superior

1095 USD

1250 USD

850 USD

925 USD

Ocean Room Standard

1175 USD

1300 USD

900 USD

1000 USD

Ocean Room Superior

1400 USD

1500 USD

   

 

 

One-Day Women Retreat: Herbs for Self-Care

How does this sound to you? Let's come together at the beginning of the new year as women and learn about herbs together. This one-day retreat will take place at Blakeley State Park. We will meet at the main gate on Hwy 225 and begin with a guided walking tour. During the walking tour, we learn about the native trees, grasses, and ferns and their healing properties. We will then get to the kitchen, have tea, and learn how to make home remedies and prepare herbal balms for skin care and lip balm. And of course, we have to try our own recipes and also enjoy a delicious, simple herbal skin treatment. While the balms cool off and settle, we will enjoy an all herb-themed lunch and learn about a selection of culinary herbs. After lunch, we will gather around the bonfire with a cup of tea and listen to herbs in ceremony and ritual and learn about the deeper meaning of plants in fairy tales.

The fee for this retreat includes:

  • small skin balm, lip balm, small tea sachet to take home
  • recipes 
  • variety of herbal teas, hot and iced, available all day
  • healthy, homemade lunch
  • park entry fee
  • all learning and good company

Date: January 5, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

One-Day Women Retreat: Herbs for Self-Care at Blakeley State Park, $75.00 

Wild Food and Fermentation

Fermented Food Preparation Class
Learn how to make kombucha, coconut yogurt, beet kvass, and sauerkraut. 

Date: October 13, 2018 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Central Presbyterian Church, 1260 Dauphin St, Mobile, AL 36604

Learn traditional methods to preserve veggies and other food, support gut health and immune strength, create new flavors based on old recipes.
Hands-on, simple, healthy, economical, smart, sustainable - and yummy. 
All supplies are included in the workshop fee of $25.

Reserve your spot here:  

 

Über Manja

"Ich liebe Yoga, Natur, und andere Menschen mehr zu einem gesunden Lebensstil zu ermutigen. Deshalb biete ich regelmaessig Workshops und Retreats an."

Manja Herlt Podratz, Ph.D., unterrichtet Vinyasa, Ashtanga, und Yin Yoga.

header1Als sechsjaehriges Maedchen hat sie von ihrem Vater die ersten Hatha Yoga Uebungen gelernt. Er war es auch, der ihr Entspannungstechniken wie autogenes Training beibrachte.  Von 1998 bis 2006 praktizierte Manja Kundalini und Schwangerschaftsyoga in Berlin verschiedenen Lehrern, und Hatha und Kundalini Yoga in der Tradition nach Swami Sivananda with Yoga Vidya in Deutschland. Im Jahr 2008 ist Manja in die Vereinigten Staaten umgezogen und absolvierte ihre 200-Stunden Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin in 2014/15 mit Tracey Narayani Glover von Shanti Warrior Living Yoga School in Mobile, Alabama.

 

mybookManja erhielt ihr Diplom in Kulturarbeit und Kunstmanagement von der Fachhochschule Potsdam, und einen Doktortitel in Architekturtheorie von der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universitaet (BTU) Cottbus. Sie lehrte fuer 11 Jahre an verschiedenen Hochschulen in Deutschland, Italien, und in den USA und publizierte mehrere akademische Buecher und Artikel auf Englisch und Deutsch waehrend dieser Zeit.

mybook1Im Jahr 1999 erhielt Manja die Diagnose Unterleibskrebs, eine schockierende Diagnose, welche dazu fuehrte, dass sie ihre Ernaehrungs- und Lebensweise komplett umgestellte. Fuer zwei Jahre folgte sie einer Rohkost-Heilnahrung und seitdem ist sie Veganerin. Heute ist sie Mutter von drei wunderbaren Kindern, die alle natuerlich zu Hause geboren wurden. Manja ist die Autorin von "Das Leben kennt den Weg" - ein Ratgeberbuch zu natuerlicher Schwangerschaft und Geburt sowie veganer Ernaehrung. 

http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-cancer

Im Jahr 2001 verursachte ein Sportunfall die Fraktur von drei Rueckenwirbeln. Nach langen Monaten der Heilung, ohne Operation, kam Manja zurueck zu einer intensiveren Yoga Praxis.  http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-spinal-injury

Heute arbeitet Manja als Yogalehrerin, als Brain Health Coach (zertifiziert durch Amen Clinics/Dr. Daniel Amen), zertifizierter Life Coach, zertifizierter Hypnotherapeut, und Reiki Meister. Manja hilft ihren Klienten, Trauma, Angstzustaende, Depressionen, Suechte und ADHS zu heilen auf koerperlicher, geistiger und emotionaler Ebene. Manja arbeitet zweisprachig auf Deutsch und Englisch, und ist ausgebildet und zertifiziert als Uebersetzerin. Regelmaessig arbeitet sie medizinische und juristische Dolmetscherin.

Manjas Lebensmotto ist:

"Wenn Dir viel gegeben wurde, ist es Deine Verantwortung viel zurueckzugeben zu Dir selbst, Deiner Familie und Deiner Gemeinde, zum besten Wohle aller."

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Retreats

PLEASE READ THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BOOKING. Do not hesitate to contact me (manjapodratz@gmail.com) should you have any questions.

PAYMENT

In order to reserve your spot for this retreat, you may either pay in full or pay a deposit and then pay the remainder before or by August 15, 2018. Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you a confirmation of your deposit/payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. I wish I could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but I have costs already going into play when reserving retreat centers. I have designed the cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF YOU CANCEL THE RETREAT

  • If you cancel more than 75 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat.
  • If you cancel 50 – 75 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 15 – 49 days before your retreat start date, 50% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 50% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

HOWEVER

You may TRANSFER your reservation to another person subject to the procedures in this paragraph. Such transfer must be made no later than September 10th, 2018. In order to make the transfer, the owner of the reservation must contact me and provide contact information for the person who receives the transfer. The transfer between transferor and recipient may be as a gift or as a sale between the two parties, which will be considered completely independent of Manja Podratz and Yoga With Manja. Transfers made without communicating it to me will not be manifested to the final attendee list and there will be no refund of the ticket price. To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: manjapodratz@gmail.com

IF I CANCEL THE RETREAT

I have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if I do cancel a trip due to personal circumstances such as illness or death in the family, I will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. I cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that I must cancel a retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, I cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator I work with.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

To join the retreat you must have travel insurance. The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:

•  you cancel your participation in the retreat
• retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
•  lost baggage
• medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

Ideas About Happiness – Yoga Retreat in Sicily

IDEAS ABOUT HAPPINESS

Did you know that the best-preserved ancient Greek temples cannot be found in Greece but on the Italian island of Sicily and that numerous Greek philosophers lived in Sicily? To this day, this island is still a truly mind-opening place - you can't help but think and experience more deeply.

 The next trip to Sicily is coming up in 2020! Join my email list to stay tuned.

We stayed at a beautiful, clifftop villa just south of Taormina, with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna.

Celebrated the Summer Solstice with a special guided meditation.

Explored the Ancient philosophical writings by Aristotle and Plato (who spent most of his life on Sicily). Study the Philosophy of Happiness and compare it to the teachings of the Baghavad Gita. These Greek and Indian teachings are about the same old and are remarkably similar in their approach to happiness.

This is a retreat that combines yoga, healthy living, positive affirmation of life, cultural studies, and spending time in nature. Besides visiting archaeological sites in Agrigento, Siracusa, and Taormina, you will also visit a fifth-generation winery and enjoy a fabulous Sicilian dinner!

Every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and access to the balcony. This venue allows the quietness and space for a yoga retreat. And it comes private access to swimming in saltwater or to seek a silent meditation spot.

The fee for this retreat includes

  • Accommodation in a deluxe single or double room for 7 nights: rooms can be furnished with two separate twin-size beds or one queen size bed - to your preference.
  • Daily maid-service, mid-week linen change.
  • Guided yoga practice twice daily. 
  • Guided meditations and posture clinics to deepen your personal practice.
  • Three meals per day, Sicilian/Italian plant-based cuisine.
  • Transportation from and to Catania Airport.
  • Transportation to daily tours.
  • Visit of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - one of the best-preserved sites of Greek Ancient temples in the world!
  • Visit of the Greek Theater and Isola Bella in Taormina.
  • Visit of the Neapolis and baroque center of Siracusa.
  • Visit of Roman archaeological sites in Piazza Armerina and Morgantina.
  • Talks about the ancient philosophy of creation, healthy living, honoring body and soul, and IDEAS OF HAPPINESS.

"The Secret Of Change Is To Focus All Of Your Energy Not On Fighting The Old But On Building The New." - Socrates