Yoga and zen in Majorca
2019 dates to be announced
CAMPENET, MAJORCA, SPAIN
Please Join Sensei Beate Stolte and Jodie K Lea in an unimaginably beautiful island location for an incredible silent yoga and meditation immersion.
Are you ready for this?
This 21-day silent retreat includes structured morning and evening yoga and meditation practices, daily kitchen and grounds work, weekly excursions around the island for hiking meditation, and Sundays for shopping, eating out, and adventuring.
What to Expect from Day to Day
A typical day on this retreat follows this schedule. When the weather is sunny, we take full days to go hiking on pilgrimage trails on the island.
7:00: Breakfast Preparation
8:00: Breakfast and Clean-Up
9:00: Meditation and Teachings on the 4 Applications of Mindfulness
11:30: Work: Food Prep and Outdoor Chores
12:30-3:30: Lunch and Break
4:30: Study and Reading Period
6:00: Dinner and Clean-Up
7:00: Evening Meditation
3 Styles of Yoga
During this retreat we practice 3 styles of yoga: Vinyasa Flow, Classical Hatha, and Restorative. In the morning the classes are more vigorous and in the afternoon more restorative. ALL YOGA PRACTICES ARE OPEN TO ALL LEVELS.
The four Applications of Mindfulness
Using "Minding Closely" by B. Alan Wallace as a guide, we study and practice the Four Applications of Mindfulness, or Vipashyna (Insight) Meditation.
Location & Accommodations
We stay in a beautiful, 5-bedroom, stone VILLA with a swimming pool on a quiet hillside overlooking the Tramuntana Mountains about a 5 minute walk from Campenet, Majorca. This idyllic environment gives us the space to focus wholeheartedly on our silent retreat together. The VILLA has 3 bedrooms with two single beds, so you will be sharing a room with one person and there are 2 shared bathrooms for the group.
The Villa has a fully equipped, spacious kitchen and indoor and outdoor dining and living areas with plenty of patio space around the salt water filtered swimming pool. In March the morning and evenings will be cool but the winter season in the Balearic Islands is definitely over and daytime temperatures should be between 60-80 degrees and sunny. On cool mornings and evenings we will have a fire in the fireplace.
While the Villa is not small, we will still be living in close quarters, sharing living, cooking, and bathroom space. Please factor in your comfort level with living closely with others when you decide to join this retreat.
FOOD AND MEALS
All food and meals are prepared for the group by participants on a weekly schedule. Groceries are purchased as a group and the cost is split. All meals are vegetarian, and participants may prepare recipes they are inspired to share. The cost of food in Majorca is similar to the cost of food in the US. No alcohol is permitted during the program.
My Co-Teacher: Sensei Beate Genko Stolte
It is a true honor to be able to teach with Sensei Stolte during this retreat. I met Beate at a meditation retreat with B. Alan Wallace in Italy in 2016 and we became friends. Beate is an internationally known Zen Meditation teacher and a wonderful friend and host. She has been hosting meditation retreats at the Villa in Majorca during the winter months for 5 years.
SENSEI BEATE GENKO STOLTE
Is a Zen teacher and first Dharma successor of Roshi Joan Halifax in the tradition line of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Bernie Glassman Roshi. She has been practicing Zen Buddhism for over 25 years and has been ordained in the line of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi (Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind).
She is a graduate in business administration and a graduate in economics and has two adult children. She lived, practiced, and taught in Buddhist communities in the US, Switzerland and Germany, and visited Japan for Zen Buddhist studies.
She was a founding member of the Buddhist Study Center / Germany and headed it for 10 years as Managing Director and Director. Beate Genko Stolte led the Upaya Zen Center in the USA for several years as co-abbot and teacher. At the end of 2012 she returned to Europe and is now teaching in the USA and Europe.
COSTs AND POLICIES
The cost for accommodations for this 21-day Intensive is $1200. Food will average about $75 per week per person. The teachers accept Dana (donations) at the end of the retreat period.
To reserve your space a non-refundable payments is due up front. The program is limited to 5 and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The cost of the program is non-refundable but it is transferable meaning that if you have to cancel you can transfer your spot to another participant. If no other participant is found your fee is non-refundable.
Additional costs not included will be: airfare to Palma, Majorca, books, the shared expense of a rental car, and any other travel expenses you may incur.
Please check with your Health Insurance Provider about your Health Insurance coverage in a foreign country. Health insurance is mandatory.
DANA - DONATIONS INSTEAD OF A FIXED Retreat FEE
An invitation to practice the flow of receiving and passing on.
In keeping with the Buddhist tradition, the teachers' fee is not fixed. Instead, the teachers receive monetary donations from all participants that the participants decide on individually. This practice is known as Dana.
Dana, an essential element of spiritual practice in Buddhism, is also in harmony with the core of Christianity, where generosity, joy in giving and helping others are central elements. Dana is actually a Sanskrit word that means roughly “free donation” or “voluntary contribution.” In its etymology, the word Dana is closely related to the Latin words “dona” or “donare,” which also mean giving or gift.
Dana is one of the “six Paramitas (perfections)” in Buddhism. The literal meaning of Paramita is “going from this shore to the other shore,” in the sense of going from the present shore of illusion to the other shore of realization.
Generosity as a spiritual practice means the practice of giving and receiving as we examine carefully our true priorities: What is really important for me in my life? Where do I find true happiness? How do these insights take concrete form in my own behavior and in my daily decisions? What do I want to support and make possible with my money? Where do I want to invest my money?
The spiritual teachers who are the recipients of Dana also need a financially secure basis for their livelihood in order that they can engage with true devotion in their teaching activities. The students, for their part, should be able to share in the teaching. In this sense, they are called upon to support those teaching activities with a generous spirit but within their capacity. The students practice giving to the extent possible for them, not overly anxious but also not beyond their means, not overextending themselves, but also overcoming stinginess.
We are grateful for the willingness of both teachers and students to help the Dana tradition live on in these modern times of fixed prices.
WHAT TO BRING
- A Valid US Passport with expiration date at least 6 months after the end of the program
- Comfortable Yoga Clothes for cool and warm temperatures. We will practice both indoors and outdoors on the patio.
- Your Own Yoga Mat (there are mats at the Villa but you may want to purchase your own "travel mat" or bring your favorite mat. Meditation cushions will be provided).
- Layers for Cool Mornings and Evenings
- An electrical convertor so that you can plug your electronics into the Spain outlets : there is internet access at the Villa
- EUROS : convert some dollars into EUROS at your local bank and get a better exchange rate before you travel
- WhatsAPP: Download WhatsAPP on your phone for FREE International Texting and Calls while you are in Europe
- Comfortable walking/running shoes
- Slippers or flip flops for around the Villa
- Swim suit
- Laptop/cell phone
- Sun hat, sun glasses, sun screen
- Camera, journal, pens
- Rain coat/hat
- Any First Aid Items you like to travel with: There is a first aid kit at the Villa
- Books: Minding Closely by B. Alan Wallace