Seven-Day Meditation Retreat at Mandali – 7 to 14 September 2024

Description

This will be Rupert’s second meditation retreat held at the beautiful Mandali Retreat Centre in Italy. 

There will be three guided meditations each full day plus a Q&A session each afternoon with ample time in between sessions to connect with the other attendees or enjoy the spa and surroundings. 

About Mandali: Located just over an hour’s drive from Milan, the centre sits high on a hilltop overlooking Lake Orta with views across to the Swiss Alps, an idyllic setting to help find calm and clarity in the mind. Attendees will have access to the spa and pool at the venue, as well as plenty of nature to explore on the doorstep. Learn more about Mandali.

Covid rules & regulations: Since 1 June 2022, the green pass is no longer required to enter Italy from EU member states and other foreign countries. This is subject to constant change. Please visit the website of the Italian Health Ministry for the most recent updates.

Accommodation

Mandali offers Twin/Double and Shared dormitory room accommodation on site. If you would like to stay in a single room, you will be able to add your name to the waitlist when the tickets are available in November. We may offer single occupancy in twin rooms on a first come, first served basis if there are spaces available closer to the retreat date. 

Couples can note a preference for twin beds or a double bed during the booking process. 

Most of the Twin rooms are booked in pairs for couples or friends who wish to share together, the system will automatically add two tickets to your basket for you. It is possible to book a twin room to share with a friend or to be allocated to a twin room sharing with another person. If you wish to book only for yourself, please book using the appropriate button for a male or female twin room, and you will be allocated a room with one other person.

Shared dormitory rooms will have 4 attendees in total and are allocated by gender; please choose the appropriate ticket when booking so that we can allocate your room properly. There are single beds and single bunk beds available in shared rooms, please book with your preference. Please note that bunk bed tickets are either top or bottom bunks, which will be allocated by the organiser according to availability. 

If you wish to share a room with a friend, you will be able to book your tickets and email Neil with your sharing preference when booking is open. The waitlist is now full so we are no longer taking new requests; for those already on the waitlist, we may only offer out tickets close to the start of a retreat; it may be possible to upgrade your ticket closer to the date.

Commuter tickets are for those who prefer to stay off-site at a local B&B or if you live close by. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and refreshments are included in the Commuter price, along with access to the spa facilities. 

Commuter tickets are non-residential. We advise arranging outside accommodation before purchasing a commuter ticket.

There may still be some accommodations available within walking distance. A car is needed to reach the majority of accommodation options. You can find the list of outside accommodations below:

mandali.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/mandali-hotels-suggestions-2023.pdf

Email Neil with any questions at neil@rupertspira.com

Transport

The nearest airport is Malpensa Milano Airport, which is roughly 80 minutes by car. There will be a shuttle service from the airport, for more details please email Neil – neil@rupertspira.com

Please note that Mandali discourages guests to fly to Linate or Bergamo Orio al Serio because they are further away by car, and have difficult connections for public transport.

Meals & Refreshments

All meals will be lacto-vegetarian. It is possible to select gluten or dairy free meals during the booking process; if you have special dietary requirements, please contact the organiser to check that your requirements can be met by the catering team before booking. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that all special diets can be catered for.

Schedule

DATE DETAILS TIME
Saturday, 7th Check-in 2:00 - 6:00pm (No earlier than 2pm)
  Dinner 6:00 - 7:00pm
  Guided Meditation 7:45 - 9:00pm
Sunday 8th, to Friday 13th Guided Meditation 7:30 - 8:30am
  Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30am
  Guided Meditation 11:30 - 12:30pm
  Lunch 1:00 - 2:00pm
  Guided Meditation & Dialogue 4:30 - 6:30pm
  Dinner 6:30 - 7:30pm
Saturday, 14th Breakfast 8:30 - 9:30am
  Guided Meditation & Dialogue 10:30 - 12:00pm
  Lunch 12:00 - 1:00pm
  End of retreat Depart by 2:00pm

Discussion Board

Everyone who books onto this event will get access to the discussion board, with the ability to:

  • Post comments
  • Contact other attendees to exchange information or for social purposes

Registration

To register, a €285* non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required to reserve a space at the retreat, prior to arrival. Please book using the “Add to Basket” buttons below. 

Costs per person: (all tickets include, unless otherwise stated, include three meals and refreshments each day).

Single – €3300

Twin – €2450

Shared room (4 sharing) Single bed – €2150

Shared room (4 sharing) Bunk bed – €2040

Commute* with meals – €1850

*Commuter tickets are non-residential. Anyone purchasing a commuter ticket must arrange their own accommodation and attend the retreat during the day.

Should the retreat be cancelled for any reason related to Covid-19, the deposit payments made will be automatically transferred to a replacement online Retreat at Home.

In-person scholarships

Scholarship applications are now closed.

Livestream

Livestream participants will have streaming access to all meetings during the retreat and will be able to view recordings from previous sessions from the livestream page; these will be streamable and viewable for 30-days from session date. This way, you can easily catch up on any missed sessions or listen again to take the understanding a little deeper. There will be a special discussion board for the livestream attendees where the streaming link will be posted ahead of the first session and will provide a place for everyone to communicate and share in the teaching.

There will be two Zoom Q&A sessions held during the retreat for livestream attendees. This provides the opportunity to ask Rupert any questions that may arise over the course of the week. Details to be confirmed.

Tickets are available based on the sliding scale below, with the intention of making the teaching available to more people. If you wish to purchase a ticket for a friend, you may simply add a second ticket to your account and let the team know who you would like to assign it to by emailing support@rupertspira.com. Please note that tickets can only be assigned to people who have a log in for Rupert’s website.

Please select from the options in the tickets section below, add to basket and checkout as normal.

Costs per person:

€110 - Supported: for those who would like to attend but are unable to do so for financial reasons*

€220 - Standard: for those with sufficient financial resources to attend at a fair price

€440 - Sponsor: for those with adequate financial resources and a desire to support attendance for others

Booking will close at 6pm local time on the first day of the retreat, so please be sure to register online if you wish to attend. You will receive an order confirmation email, and you will be emailed the streaming link before the start of the retreat.

*Please email support@rupertspira.com to apply for a discount code if you wish to attend with a supported ticket. There are also free places available for those who are unable to afford the Supported rate. The cut-off for supported ticket applications is at 12 noon on Tuesday 3 September, local time in Italy. 

For a list of FAQs please see Livestream FAQs.

(please use everytimezone.com to find the times for sessions in your own timezone)

 

Important ticket information

A non-refundable deposit is payable immediately for each ticket.

The final balance will be due on Wednesday 12 June 2024

The final balance will be due on Wednesday, 12 June 2024
50% of balance refundable if cancelled before Tuesday, 9 July 2024
No refund if cancelled after 9 July 2024

If you experience any problems with checkout, please use the Payment FAQ page.

Tickets

Livestream