7-Day Silent Retreat

Zmar, Portugal

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Nothing in existence can overcome you when you know who you truly are. This discovery begins unfolding  as your mind enters your heart. Satsang is the discovering space. Welcome to Satsang.

~ Mooji

About

This residential 7-day Silent Retreat with Mooji is a potent opportunity to immerse yourself completely in the energy field of Satsang in the presence of a great spiritual Master. The setting and services offered at the Zmar retreat centre in southern Portugal inspire and support this genuine introspection and contemplation by allowing you to fully turn your attention inwards without the usual daily demands and distractions.

Mooji introduces the direct path to freedom through self-inquiry and the Invitation, which is proving to be one of the most effective aids for true and lasting Self-discovery. Satsang takes place twice each day and in this auspicious time Mooji guides, challenges and responds to questioners with wisdom, love, humour and searing honesty. This powerful communication underpins the silence that is maintained throughout the 7 days. The quietude takes you deeper into what is being pointed and is an essential part of the retreat.

Through Mooji’s presence and direct pointings to Truth, the unfading love, joy and peace that so many are searching for are revealed to be our very nature and Self. Participating in a Silent Retreat with Mooji is a compelling invitation to all who are called to discovering this timeless Truth. Welcome!

Guidelines

This Silent Retreat with Mooji is for those who are genuinely drawn to Self-discovery. This environment is not for the merely curious, but for those with a sincere and wholehearted commitment to Self-discovery. It is essential that those who intend to join this Retreat watch these important videos: An Invitation to Freedom and A Simple and Profound Introduction to Self-Inquiry.

Each participant is required to abide by the following guidelines which are in place to facilitate your awakening.
By attending this event you agree to:

  • Approach the retreat with the understanding that it is not a casual event—it is for those earnestly seeking Self-realisation in this life.
  • Complete the entire retreat and to attend each and every Satsang session without exception. Remain inside the Satsang Hall until Moojibaba has left the room. This is out of respect for what he is offering to all of us.
  • Respect and abide by the code of silence for the full duration of the retreat.
  • Move quietly with your attention resting in silent awareness. There is strictly no socialising, no physical or eye contact, talking, singing, dancing, reading, writing or use of phones, cameras, other mobile devices, or the internet during the retreat. This ensures that the attention is not pulled outward but remains in the heart’s energy field. In this way, you make the most of your opportunity and also honour the retreat of other participants.
  • If you are attending the retreat with a partner or friend, you agree to not communicate with each other during the retreat in any way. Please respect the Satsang of your loved ones and other retreat participants.
  • Present questions to Mooji in a simple, open and honest way. Avoid sharing personal stories, but come as though this is your only opportunity for freedom. Please understand and respect that it is only during Satsang that Mooji invites questions—he will not receive questions afterwards.
  • Refrain from using intoxicants or recreational drugs for the duration of this Retreat.
  • Wear modest clothing throughout the Retreat, avoiding tight, revealing or transparent clothes.
  • Silent Retreats are not a replacement for any therapy or other medical treatment or diagnosis. If you are currently receiving or have previously received any medical treatment or therapy for issues related to mental health, this Silent Retreat may not be suitable for you. Therefore, for those with a history of serious mental health conditions, it is not advisable to attend this Retreat without ensuring it is reasonably safe to do so. Please check with a specialist healthcare practitioner whether attending the Retreat is suitable for you at this time. More information can be found here.
  • By attending this event, you agree to have your image and voice recorded and possibly used for the sharing of Satsang on DVD, mp3 and on the Internet. All recorded material will be used to serve satsang only. Images of all individuals will be treated with the utmost sensitivity and respect.

Location

Our home for the retreat is Zmar Eco Experience. Situated on 81 hectares of land near Odemira on the Alentejo coast of western Portugal, it is fully equipped with modern lodging and is known for its ecological awareness. The beautiful Zmar team support our silence while full-heartedly taking care of our daily needs.

Zmar address
Herdade-A-de-Mateus
S. Salvador
7630 Odemira
Portugal

Languages

Live translation in PortugueseFrenchItalianSpanish and Russian will be available both at the event and for online participants, and is lovingly offered by a team of devoted, non-professional interpreters.  It is very helpful for some participants to listen to Satsang in their native language, however please be aware that there is always the possibility that some of Mooji’s words or meaning is missing or not translated perfectly. Naturally, Mooji’s own, unfiltered words are the highest and most powerful transmission, but many have benefitted deeply from listening to the live translation.

Please note that live translation is offered only for Satsang. All other communication and written information, such as the schedule, registration, travelling and so forth, will be available only in English.

Requirements to access the translation service:  Smartphone or tablet  Compatible headphones  Installation of VLC player App for Android or iOS.  Please ensure you tick the appropriate box when you register to request translation into Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish or Russian and you will receive information about the translation service by email.

Schedule

Retreat Schedule 
The Retreat begins on 26 September with a Welcome and Orientation meeting at 20:30. There will be two Satsangs on each of the following days, and the Retreat will end on 3 October after the morning Satsang. Satsangs vary in length, typically running for 1.5 – 2 hours, and occasionally longer. You will receive more information about the schedule together with the Info Pack closer to the event.

Check-in — Wednesday 26 September

  • For those arriving by train, check-in takes place while you are seated on the train to Amoreiras-Odemira. The retreat check-in team will be present to facilitate this. Please read the Travel section carefully to be sure you catch the correct train.
  • For those arriving by their own transportation, check-in will be at Zmar from 13:00 – 18:00.
  • Lunch will be served from 13:00 – 15:00 and is included.
  • All participants must attend the Welcome and Orientation meeting at 20:30 on Wednesday, 26 September.

Closing Day — Wednesday 3 October

  • The Retreat ends at around 11:00 on Wednesday, 3 October.
  • Lunch is also included on the last day from 11:00 – 13:00.

Opening Day

13:00 – 18:00Arrival, check-in, settling in
13:00 – 15:00Lunch
14:30 – 18:00Welcome tours
18:00 – 20:00Dinner
20:30 – 21:30Welcome and Orientation Meeting
21:30Rest

Closing Day

06:30 – 07:45Breakfast
08:00 – 09:30Satsang
11:00Lunch
11:30 First bus leaves for Lisbon airport
12:30 First bus leaves for Faro airport

Ways to Join

A Silent Retreat is not a spiritual novelty,
but a powerful aid to plunging inside the ocean of one’s own Being.
Embrace this opportunity with earnestness and trust.
This is your chance.
~ Mooji

There are two ways to participate in the Silent Retreat. You can come to Zmar to be in Mooji’s physical presence, or you can join the Live Internet Broadcast through Mooji.tv.

Attending physically at Zmar
Being in the physical presence of a living Master and fully immersing yourself in the energy field of Satsang is a rare and blessed opportunity. Mooji’s loving and unfathomable presence itself can trigger transformation in one who is ripe for awakening. Please be aware that places are limited so registering in advance is essential. Pricing and registration info is below.

Watching online via Live Internet Broadcast
If you are unable to attend physically at Zmar, joining via Live Internet Broadcast is an excellent alternative. You will have access to the daily Satsangs in real-time, as well as to any additional scheduled events such as Bhajans. For Mooji there is no separation, no distance to those joining online and he sees absolutely no hindrance or disadvantage to your awakening in attending in this way. Registration is via Mooji.tv and more information can be found here.

Regardless whether you attend in-person or online, a Silent Retreat is more than just the scheduled events, and it is essential to follow the Guidelines. This may be more of a challenge for those following online who may still need to engage in some daily activities. If this is the case, it is highly recommended that you arrange plenty of quiet, contemplative time and space for yourself. The time you spend prior to and after Satsang is of utmost importance to allow the pointings to settle deeply inside your heart.

Pricing and Registration

7-day Silent Retreat - Zmar Fully Booked

€613 – €1068 Fully Booked

Terms and Conditions

Terms and Conditions

Dear one, Please carefully read and make sure you understand the below Terms and Conditions before registering. If you have any questions, please contact events@mooji.org .

General Liability

I agree that Associação Mooji Sangha, and any of their partners (Mooji—Mr. Anthony Paul Moo-Young, Mooji Foundation Ltd, Mooji Media Ltd, Jai Sahaja—Alojamento e Comercio de Productos Basicos, LDA), their directors, officers and agents, herein referred to as the Sangha Entities, shall not be liable for any adverse physical, emotional or psychological effects arising from any of Mooji’s teachings during this event and cannot monitor my physical, emotional and psychological state. I understand that I am watching a Satsang gathering with Sri Mooji that may activate a physical, emotional, and/or psychological reaction. I take full responsibility for assessing the risk any activity poses to me. I agree to assume the liability for any injuries or damages I might experience arising out of my participation in a Satsang group gathering.

I understand that all Satsangs and instructions will be in English, and I take full responsibility for the understanding of all the instructions, especially if English is not my first language.

Use of Photography, Recordings and Broadcasting

I understand and agree that any and all recordings of Satsang gatherings, for example voice recordings, images, photos or written words of Mooji (Mr. Anthony Paul Moo-Young) are copyright of Mooji Media Ltd. and cannot be used for any purpose without prior written permission from Mooji Media Ltd. I understand and agree I may be photographed or the subject of video, audio, video-audio recordings, musical composition/performance or visuals of any kind, (hereinafter referred to collectively as the “Material”), taken during my attendance to the Satsang group gathering or my visiting in Monte Sahaja ashram, and that Mooji Media Ltd. is the sole owner of all copyright on the above mentioned Material.

I waive all of my rights to this Material, and consent that it may be used without compensation to me of any kind, for an unlimited amount of time. I understand my image, voice, dialogue or musical composition may be used in the sharing and promotion of Satsang, or other educational and informational purposes.

I agree to use any Satsang related Material shared with me with integrity and respect for Sri Mooji, the Satsang, the Satsang participant and the Sangha entities, and only for personal and non-commercial purpose. I agree that I will not take any photographs, audio, video or audio-video recordings of any kind while I am attending any Satsang group gathering, or while visiting the venue of the Satsang group gathering, Monte Sahaja ashram. All Material related to Satsang with Sri Mooji remains under the sole copyright of Mooji Media Ltd.

In the unlikely situation that in spite of the aforementioned provisions, I will take photos, recordings of any kind, audio, video, audio-video of Sri Mooji, of the venue, or Satsang related, I agree that they shall become as well the ownership of Mooji Media Ltd. free of charge, for an unlimited period of time, so that, Mooji Media Ltd. is entitled to ask me with no limitation for any/all of the following actions: to delete and/or destroy the envisaged material, to share it with Mooji Media Ltd. free of charge for an unlimited period of time, or to refrain from using the Material without Mooji Media Ltd’s written consent. EJ150618 Copyright © 2018 Mooji Media Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Confidentiality

We do not collect any personal data from you without your knowledge or consent. They are used strictly according to our Privacy Policy and only for the purpose of sharing the teachings and pointings of Sri Mooji with the public, and the subsidiary purposes indicated in our Privacy Policy. All your personal data disclosed to us shall be treated as confidential by all Sangha entities, employees, volunteers, assistants and helpers. We have implemented procedures and workflows so that we ensure that your personal data will be treated with utmost respect taking into account the principle of using your personal data lawfully, fairly and ethically only by specific people for specific purposes where is relevant for their workflow, keeping it secure and at your disposal by request.

Emergency Contact

I understand and agree that I must disclose an emergency contact name, phone number and/or email address that shall be used in the unlikely situation when my physical, mental health and/or safety, or that of others, is in jeopardy. I have the emergency contact person’s consent to disclose their data for this reason. I understand and agree that the assessment of the gravity of a situation shall be at the sole discretion of the Sangha entities’ representatives.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply:

If you cancel up to 31 days before the event you will receive a 75% refund.
If you cancel 30 days to 15 days before the event you will receive a 25% refund.
If you cancel 14 days to 0 days before the event you will not receive any refund.

The above days are calendar days, not including the day on which the event starts.

Please note that tickets are non-transferable, and as such it is not possible to sell, give or otherwise transfer your ticket to another person.

Changes to our Terms and Conditions

Any changes we may make to our Terms and Condition in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email.
Contact concerning our Terms and Conditions

Any queries or concerns about this Terms and Conditions should be sent to events@mooji.org . These Terms and Conditions apply equally for the personal data collected by any and all of the following organisations: Mooji Foundation Ltd., Mooji Media Ltd., Associação Mooji Sangha and Jai Sahaja – Alojamento e Comercio de Productos Basicos, LDA.

7-day Online Retreat via live Internet broadcast Join from Home

£130 Join from Home

Terms and Conditions

More information here

Accommodation

The price for attending physically at Zmar is comprised of the Satsang Program Fee + Food/Housing Fee. Please see the table below for the different options. The total price is payable in one single payment to Zmar Eco Resort in € (EUR).

This price also includes access for 6 months to view and download the recordings of the retreat. Links to the recordings will be sent to all participants after the retreat.

Satsang Program Fee€375 includes all Satsang program activities and bus services specified in Travel, as well as the access to the Satsang recordings.
Food & Housing Fee:Accommodation options and costs are shown below.
All meals are included.
Zmar room options People per room People per house Bed type Accom (€) Satsang (€) Total (€)
(A) Private room & bathroom in private house 1 1 double 693 375 1068
(B) Private room & bathroom (ensuite) in shared house 1 2 to 6 double 616 375 991
(C) Private room, shared bathroom and house 1 2/3/4/5 double 562 375 937
(D) Single bed in twin room 2 2 or 3 single 464 375 839
(E) Single bed in twin room 2 3 or 4 single/ bunk 401 375 776
(F) Single bed in room with 3-4 beds 3/4 4/5/6 single/ bunk 317 375 692
(G) Rent a tent (only single occupancy) 280 375 655
(H) Bring your own tent 238 375 613
Zmar room options People per room People per house Bed type Accom (€) Satsang (€) Total (€)
(A) Private room & bathroom in private house 1 1 double 693 375 1068
(B) Private room & bathroom (ensuite) in shared house 1 2 to 6 double 616 375 991
(C) Private room, shared bathroom and house 1 2/3/4/5 double 562 375 937
(D) Single bed in twin room 2 2 or 3 single 464 375 839
(E) Single bed in twin room 2 3 or 4 single/ bunk 401 375 776
(F) Single bed in room with 3-4 beds 3/4 4/5/6 single/ bunk 317 375 692
(G) Rent a tent (only single occupancy) 280 375 655
(H) Bring your own tent 238 375 613

Food

The retreat fee includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea.

Only vegetarian meals will be offered for this retreat. Upon registration, you can choose whether you need a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet. Please note that these are the only special diet options that can be offered for this retreat.

Travel

Arriving to Zmar — 26 September

Flying to Portugal
You can fly into either Faro or Lisbon airports. We suggest you arrange your flight so it arrives latest before 12:00 on 26 September and departs after 18:00 on 3 October. Please make sure you are able to catch one of the trains mentioned below before booking your flight!

Train to Zmar
The best way to arrive at Zmar from Lisbon or Faro is by train. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en

From Lisbon: Go to Lisboa-Oriente train station. You can take the metro from the airport to Lisboa-Oriente (3 stops) or a taxi for around €8-10.

From Faro: Go to Faro train station. You can take a taxi for around €12-15 or take a shuttle bus (outside the airport), which runs approximately once an hour. More information here.

Please choose one of the trains listed below and get off at Amoreiras-Odemira train station. Only the trains listed below will stop at Amoreiras-Odemira so it is advised not to catch any other train! From Amoreiras-Odemira we will have buses to take participants to Zmar on 26 September (bus ride included in retreat price).

Important: Amoreiras-Odemira is only open for the Silent Retreat with Mooji so is not mentioned on any timetables. You cannot buy a ticket to this station. Instead, you will buy a ticket to ‘Funcheira’, the nearest station to Amoreiras-Odemira.

If you are coming from Lisbon: Amoreiras-Odemira is one station after Funcheira.
If you are coming from Faro: Amoreiras-Odemira is one station before Funcheira.

From Lisbon (Lisboa-Oriente train station)

Departure from
Lisboa-Oriente
Arrival at
Amoreiras-Odemira
10:02 11:59
14:02 15:56

From Faro (Faro train station)

Departure from
Faro
Arrival at
Amoreiras-Odemira
13:54 15:20

Additional information
Zmar cannot receive participants after 20:00 so please arrange your transport to arrive well before this time.

You can use this Facebook page to connect with others to travel together.

Departing from Zmar – 3 October

At the end of the retreat, we will provide buses from Zmar back to Lisbon and Faro airports. These buses are complimentary but you need to book your seat online after you have registered for the retreat; Zmar will send you a confirmation email with another link to fill in. Please consider the following information carefully before booking your return flight. We recommend you book flights that leave after 18:00 on 3 October.

Destination Departing from Zmar Approximate arrival time
at Airport
Lisbon airport 11:30
12:30
14:30
15:30
Faro airport 12:30 15:00

FAQ

General

What is the price?

The fee for attending the Silent Retreat physically is €613 – 1068. The fee for online attendance is 130 GBP (Early bird price of 105 GBP until 20 August, 2018). Regardless whether you attend physically or online, this price includes access to the video recordings via Mooji.tv for 6 months (live streaming and downloadable).

Is this a residential program? Do you provide accommodation in Lisbon?

Those who choose the option to attend physically in Zmar will be able to select from a variety of housing options. These range from tents to private rooms. Please see the Accommodation section for more info. Meals are included in this price.

Will it be booked out as quickly as other events?

The venue can hold up to 900 people, but we do recommend people to book as soon as possible as we cannot anticipate how quickly the spaces will fill up.

What is the schedule?

On the Opening Day there will be a Welcome & Orientation meeting starting at 20:30. 
There will be two Satsang sessions on each of the following 6 days, and the Retreat will end on Closing Day at 11.00am. Satsangs vary in length, typically running for 1.5 – 2 hours, and occasionally longer.

What is the difference between a Silent Retreat and a Satsang Intensive?

Silent Retreat is a residential retreat of 7 days with participants eating, sleeping and attending Satsang on site. Silence is maintained throughout the duration of the retreat. Daily activities such as work, reading, dancing, writing etc. are suspended to focus the attention inward. In the shorter Satsang Intensives, participants arrange their own food and accommodation. Silence is maintained in and around the Satsang venue and is recommended for the duration of the Intensive, but there is the possibility to continue with daily activities if needed.

Registration

I am having trouble with the online registration form or with payment. What should I do?

  • Check that all of your details on the form are correct.
  • Try a different credit or debit card.
  • E-checks on Paypal are not accepted therefore make sure you have enough money in your Paypal account.
  • Refresh the page, or try a different web browser.
  • Use a different device (e.g. a computer instead of a phone or tablet to complete your registration).
  • If you cannot resolve the problem, contact us here.

How can I be sure that I am properly registered?

Your registration is secured when you have received your booking confirmation via email. If you cannot find the confirmation in your mailbox, please check your spam box. If you still see no confirmation please contact us at events@mooji.org.

What happens if my payment didn’t go through?

Your place will still be temporarily reserved in the booking system and you will receive an email. Zmar then will get in touch with you about alternative payment methods and send you the final booking confirmation once your payment went through.

Accommodation

Can I share my room with my partner or friend?

No. The rooms are allocated randomly and all shared houses are same gender only. 

This retreat is a rare opportunity to move alone immersed in your own silence and we highly encourage couples to give each other the space to make the most of this opportunity. 

Remember, if you are attending the retreat with a partner or friend, you agree to not communicate with each other during the retreat in any way. Please respect the Satsang of your loved ones and other retreat participants.

Attendance

I really want to attend the Silent Retreat, but I can’t arrive on the first day. Can I still come?

The latest arrival time is by 8:00am the following morning (Day 2 — Thursday), but you must inform us ahead of time. Please email us at events@mooji.org for further instructions.

A friend who does not speak English wants to attend this event. Is this okay?

Yes, that is possible as long as they are familiar with the GuidelinesPrivacy Policy, and Terms & Conditions and let us know beforehand that they will be attending. There will be live translation of all the Satsang sessions in Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian. No translations are offered in other languages during Satsang except where the questioner speaking with Mooji specifically asks for translation in a particular language and there is someone available to translate for them.

Can I bring my child to the retreat?

No, we cannot accommodate children at this retreat.

Food

What if I require a special diet?

Only vegetarian meals will be offered for this retreat. Upon registration, you can choose whether you need a gluten free, dairy free or vegan diet. Please note that these are the only special diet options that can be offered for this retreat.

Travel

Please read the Travel section to be familiar with the best possibilities to get to Zmar.

What if I can’t catch the trains you advise in the ‘Trains for Zmar’ section above?

Faro: If you are unable to catch the Faro train, another option is to come by taxi or rent a car. There is also a later train at 17:56 arriving at 18:59 (at Santa Clara-Saboia). From there you would need to take a taxi to Zmar. In this case you need to arrange a taxi to pick you up beforehand, as there are no taxis waiting at the train station. 

Lisbon: If you are unable to catch either of the two Lisbon trains mentioned, we advise that you book a public bus straight to Odemira leaving at 15:00 (3pm) so you will still arrive on time. From Odemira you can take a taxi to Zmar. Bus information is available below.

If you arrive on another train you need to get off at Funcheira or Santa Clara-Saboia and take a taxi to Zmar. There are no taxis waiting at these stations so you would need to arrange a taxi beforehand (see taxi info below).

Public Bus to Zmar (Rede Expressos)  Faro: there are no public buses to Odemira.  Lisbon: You can take a bus from Lisbon (Sete Rios) to Odemira. A one-way ticket costs approximately €16. Buses leave at 15:00.  You can buy an online ticket on the Rede Expressos website or at the bus station.  Bus station in Lisbon: Terminal Rodoviário de Sete Rios (Taxi from airport is around €10-13). From Odemira to Zmar you will have to take a taxi.

Taxi Information

  • Taxis are not waiting at the station at any time and you will have to call beforehand if you want to arrange a taxi. Please note that taxis are not available at night.
  • Pedro: +351 964 220 621
  • Nelson: +351 960 049 312
  • Armando: +351 966 343 072
  • Taxi Point Odemira: +351 283 324 404

Car Rental Information


My plane arrival times don’t match with the departure times of the train from Lisbon or Faro, so I decided to rent a car. Can you recommend somewhere where I can offer to share a ride?

You can use this Facebook page to connect with others to travel together.

Please note that Zmar cannot receive participants after 20:00.

Satsang

What is Satsang, self-inquiry, and the Invitation?

It is simple, direct and profound. Satsang literally means ‘association with the highest Truth’ and also refers to a gathering of people, often in the presence of a teacher or master, who are searching for the highest Truth. Satsang in the form of the Invitation and self-inquiry is a powerful aid to Self-realisation.

Who will benefit most from being in Satsang?

Satsang benefits those who are longing for Self-discovery and in whom the urge to be free is alive and compelling. It is for earnest and sincere seekers of Truth.

The Retreat

Why is the retreat silent?

All retreats with Mooji are conducted in silence. The maintaining of silence throughout the seven days supports your immersion in the Truth by keeping the attention focused inward.

Can I read or write during the retreat?

No. We ask you to please refrain from reading, writing, using the internet, drawing, singing or any form of the expressive arts. In other words, drop all outer activities for the duration of the retreat. Mooji encourages you to turn your attention inward and make use of the opportunity not to be distracted by any habitual activity. Books written by Mooji and any other books offered in the Sangha Shop are an exception, because they serve the same purpose as the retreat: to immerse you in the energy field of Truth.

Physical Conditions

I read that some of the accommodations at Zmar are far from the Satsang hall. How far is my accommodation from toilet facilities, Satsang space or dinin

The terrain at Zmar is flat, but some of the rooms are a 10-15 minute walk from the Satsang Hall and dining area, depending on the type of accommodation. Zmar offers bicycles for rent.

I can’t sit on the floor. Can I sit on a chair?

Zmar has plenty of chairs with back support available.

Do you provide cushions to sit on the floor?

No, we advise to bring your own cushion if you wish to sit on the floor.

Physical and Mental Well-Being

Is Satsang a form of therapy or a replacement for medical treatment?

It is important to understand that Satsang is not a replacement for any therapy or other medical treatment or diagnosis. Satsang in the form of the Invitation and self-inquiry is a powerful aid to self-realisation, and while Mooji’s teachings are profound in guiding seekers of Truth to ultimate awakening, they are not meant as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Any change or discontinuation of therapeutic, psychological, psychiatric or other medical treatment should be undertaken with the supervision and guidance of a medical or other specialist mental health clinician.

Are you able to provide support for those who are not able to move independently, for example, due to physical disability or age?

No, unfortunately we are not able to provide such support at present.

Is the venue wheelchair accessible?

Yes.

Is this Silent Retreat suitable for those with mental health or psychiatric disorders?

If you are currently receiving or have previously received any medical treatment or therapy for issues related to mental health, Silent Retreats may not be suitable for you. Please check with a medical or other mental health clinician whether attending a Retreat, or participating online, is suitable for you at this time.

When might attending a Silent Retreat not be advisable?

Those experiencing psychiatric conditions, or other unusually strong emotional upheavals might not benefit from a Silent Retreat, and occasionally, it could adversely affect pre-existing conditions. The questionnaire below may help you decide whether you are in a position to benefit fully from a Silent Retreat.

Self-questionnaire

Please note that this is intended as a guide only, and does not constitute or replace medical or psychiatric advice. If the answer to any of the questions is ‘yes’ please be aware that a Silent Retreat may not be appropriate for you at this time.

  • Have you ever or are you currently suffering from and/or receiving treatment for any of the following conditions: Anxiety disorders (which includes generalised anxiety, agoraphobia and panic disorder), mood disorders (which includes clinical depression, mania and bipolar disorder), obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD), personality disorders, schizophrenia, psychosis (on its own or as part of another condition)?
  • Are you currently taking any prescribed or non-prescribed medication for the treatment of a mental health condition?
  • Have you used any psychotropic (mind altering) non-prescription drugs for recreational, spiritual or self-medicating purposes within the past 6 months?
  • Do you currently have any substance use disorders (this includes harmful use, dependence and addiction) or have you undertaken a detoxification from substance use within the past 12 months?
  • Have you experienced any aggravation or deterioration of your mental health during the past 12 months irrespective of whether you have sought specialist advice for it or not?
  • Have you ever experienced any unpleasant or unwanted effects (these can include physical, cognitive, emotional or ‘energetic’) that have persisted beyond the duration of your participation in a spiritual practice or retreat, which may have interfered in your wellbeing and/or functional abilities?

Answering ‘yes’ to any of the questions does not categorically mean you cannot attend a Silent Retreat program. It requires you to seek specialist advice and receive confirmation from a medical or other professionally registered clinical specialist that your attendance is unlikely to adversely affect your health condition. Please be aware that we are not able to provide medical or psychiatric support or expertise. 

I have been advised not to attend, or can see from the questionnaire that this is not the right time for me to participate. Does this mean Satsang is not for me?

Being in Satsang with Mooji does not mean that you have to be physically present or attend a retreat or intensive. Satsang works in many subtle ways. Experiencing a mental health or psychiatric condition is not something that excludes anyone from deepening in their Satsang or fully realising their true nature. However, proper medical guidance and treatment as necessary is still very important. The two can support each other.

Can Satsang be a cause of mental health imbalance?

Satsang does not cause mental health or psychiatric disorders. Occasionally, Satsang may bring up latent traumatic imprints or deep-rooted tendencies in the body-mind, which can trigger strong, seemingly overwhelming, thoughts and emotional responses. Satsang offers an opportunity to recognise, release and transcend these states. However, if there is a mental health condition, a participant may feel overwhelmed by the arising of their own hidden tendencies, and feel unable to control these projections or energies, and so additional medical and psychiatric support may be required. Please refer to the questionnaire above for more information. 
For any queries you may contact events@mooji.org.

Other practical

What is the weather like in this part of Portugal?

The weather in Portugal is very changeable. It is best to bring layers so you are prepared for all kinds of weather. The middle of the days in September are often warm, but it can be quite cold at night and early morning. You can check the weather for Odemira here. If you are camping we highly recommend that you bring a good sleeping bag for low temperature.

Do we have to bring our own bed linen and towels?

If you are staying in a tent, either rented or your own, you must bring all your own bedding and camping gear, unless you booked a ‘Camping Kit’ in addition to your camping space and/or rented tent. Even in this case, bring extra blankets to make sure you are warm enough at night. If you are staying in a house or shared room, Zmar will provide your bed linen and towels. When you are making use of the Spa you are asked to bring your own towel(s).

What is the local currency?

The currency in Portugal is the Euro (€).

Do I need a visa to come to Portugal?

For some countries a visa is required before entering Europe. You will need to check with the Embassy or a travel agency in your own country about the necessary visa requirements before your departure dates. This information is also easily found on the Internet (for example see here). Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the completion of your trip or you may not be allowed to travel.

Internet

Will I be able to use the internet during the retreat?

Zmar will not offer wifi or internet access during this retreat, and there are no internet facilities nearby. You are highly encouraged to not use the internet during the retreat and to switch off your mobile device. This is out of respect for your Satsang and for the Satsang of all the participants.

Cancellation, Terms & Conditions, and Privacy Policy

What is the cancellation policy?

If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply:

  • If you cancel up to 31 days before the event you will receive a 75% refund.
  • If you cancel 30 days to 15 days before the event you will receive a 25% refund.
  • If you cancel 14 days to 0 days before the event you will not receive any refund.

The above days are calendar days, not including the day on which the event starts.

Please note that tickets are non-transferable, and as such it is not possible to sell, give or otherwise transfer your ticket to another person.

What are the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy for attending the retreat?

The Terms & Conditions can be found here. The Privacy Policy can be found here.

Further Questions

If you have any further questions that remain unanswered, please contact: events@mooji.org.

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