Mantra and Yantra Weekend, Grempoli, 6th – 8th July 2018 (with italian translation)
Mantra and Yantra are tools of Tantra. They represent sound and form and the combined use of these tools aims to focus the mind and to expand the awareness.
The created symbol then becomes a vehicle through which we can deepen our understanding of the more subtle layers of the mind.
This weekend programme will focus on the creation of the Gayatri Yantra. Gayatri is the mother of all mantras. She is the mantra of the sun, also known as Savita, or Savitri, she is the light of inspiration and spiritual wisdom, the symbol of spiritual consciousness. The Gayatri mantra is of great significance in the Vedic and Tantric traditions and she is a metre of 24 syllables.
Gayatri is the body and the mind, the elements, the pranas (energies) of the body, the rising and setting sun, the seven realms of consciousness and the full expression of all aspects of consciousness.
Arrival will be Friday at 5 pm, allowing time on Saturday to fully explore the ideas and the symbols together with the role of the principles of sacred geometry that exist in the construction of yantra and also experimenting with mixing colours and painting.
There will be a full day of sadhana incorporating yoga, meditation, mantra, yantra and havan as we each create the yantra as a guided process of meditation.
The retreat will finish on Sunday at 6 pm.
No previous knowledge or experience of drawing and painting is necessary!
All materials will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.
Below is a suggested list:
- Compass – for drawing, not direction
- Ruler – 30cm long
- ‘H’ Pencil
- Eraser – white one
- Cold Pressed 140lb watercolour paper – A3 size approx
- Watercolour paints – at least red, yellow, blue, white, there will be paint and brushes available to use
- Brushes – at least a fine one and a wider one, numbers 00, 1, 3, 5 are all useful
Where: Nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes from the centre of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport).
When: The retreat will be held from Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July. Arrival is by 5pm on Friday, finishing on Sunday at 6pm.
Accommodation and meals: Accommodation is in comfortable, mostly shared rooms (up to three occupants), with shared bathrooms. Meals are home-cooked, simple, nutritious and vegetarian, using local ingredients, mostly organic.
Cost of retreat: Food, accommodation and teaching (including material) €190.