Doorways to the Self - A Luminary School Yoga and Meditation Retreat

“The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés

When you practice yoga and meditation with intention and a certain quality of heart, you come into right relationship with your essential self. You shift from physical, mental and emotional patterns of distortion and dissonance to resonance and connection.

On retreat with Ally and Elena, you'll engage practical and accessible approaches to living your yoga. You'll uncover your innate radiant energy​ in order​ to​ refine your voice, cultivate physical and emotional consistency and amplify meaning in your life and your practice.

Through asana and pranayama, self-reflection, subtle body alignment, meditation and group discussions on acceptance, presence, and allowing, you expose and clear expressions of dense emotions and focus your energy in a love-based approach to life that offers greater clarity of mind.

This retreat is open to students with some proficiency in yoga, but classes will be all-levels.

Yoga Retreat “Doorways to the Self” 25.08.-01.09.19 Mandali Yoga-Center

Only an hour’s drive from Milan, Mandali is a beautiful new spiritual retreat center built on a hilltop, overlooking lake Orta in Northern Italy. The center is created by the Mandali Foundation, a non-profit organisation.

Inspired by medieval Italian villages, the founders used local craftsmanship and traditional building materials such as marble and reclaimed wood to create a center with cobbled streets, arched doorways and stone walls. Perched on a cliff with a stunning view of Lake Orta, Mandali radiates a tranquil and mystical, monastery-like atmosphere.

DAILY SCHEDULE (Changes possible)
Sunday Aug. 25 – Arrival day
from 2 pm onwards Check-in
5 – 7 pm Welcome session
7.30 pm Dinner
Monday – Saturday:
8.00 – 8.45 am Breakfast
9.00 – 11.30 am Morning session
4.30 – 6.30 pm Afternoon session *
*Wednesday afternoon free time for excursions - no teachings
7.00 pm Dinner
Tuesday & Friday:
from 8.00 pm Additional evening sessions
Sunday Sept. 1 – Departure day
until 10.00 am at the latest Breakfast & Check-out

Travel Directions

Travel Directions by Mandali Retreat Center see [PDF]


Course fee per participant

Early Bird Price not available any more!

Retreat costs per student (only yoga excl. accomodation):

Early Bird Price: € 1.070 (valid until 5 months before retreat, i.e. by March 25th 2019 at the latest)

Standard Price: € 1.190 (after March 25th 2019)

For Terms & Cancellation Policy see [PDF]


Accomodation prices for 7 nights per person (incl. breakfast, vegetarian lunch and dinner, during the day: herbal teas, coffee, fresh fruits, filtered water, use of pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room) see different room categories below:

€ 595,00 | 4-Bedroom shared
€ 665,00 | Hermitage (4-beds shared)
€ 756,00 | Double room garden-view (2 beds shared)
€ 826,00 | Double room lake-view (2 beds shared)
€ 903,00 | Single room garden-view (already fully-booked)
€ 980,00 | Single room lake-view (already fully-booked)
€ 896,00 | Double room Premium lake-view
€ 1190,00 | Single room Premium lake-view (already fully-booked)

(Please note: Single participants have no claim to the price of a multiple occupancy room until other participants are found to share such a room. In such cases the price of a single room is valid)

Please read carefully the following important information / rules about retreat center [PDF]

Book Accommodation: https://booking.mandali.org/25-08-2019/doorways-to-the-self-a-luminary-school/

Contact details: Mandali Retreat Center, Via Belvedere, 2, 28898 Quarna Sopra VB, Italy | Phone: +39 0323 826439

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25. 08. – 01. 09. 2019
(7 days, Sunday-Sunday)


Elena Brower Ally Bogard

Teacher Yoga styles


Mandali Retreat-Center, Lago d´Orta - Italy

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