Mantra and Yantra are tools of Tantra. They represent sound and form, consciousness and energy, 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 and personality and our relationship with the internal and external expression of these energies.
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and Yantra
We will dedicate this weekend retreat to the mantra and yantra of Mahamrityunjaya. A form of the deity, Siva and literally meaning, the ‘great victory over death’, mahamrityunjaya has been used for a few thousand years at least, for protection, healing and for the relief of suffering, both for ourselves and for others.
We will explore the theory and practice of mantra and yantra and combine these aspects of sadhana in the process of drawing and painting the yantra.
The content of these retreats is unique and you will be guided through different aspects of a process of self-exploration in which the daily practices are integrated in a holistic way. We will chant Mantras focused on Siva to build and focus the mental energies and to accompany the process of the drawing and painting of the Mahamrityunjaya Yantra.
These images can be drawn freehand but we will focus on a geometric construction using compass and straight edge, exploring the connections and parallels between cultures of what is sometimes called ‘sacred geometry’ and the archetypal ingredients of the yantra, namely the square, the circle, the triangle and the lotus petals.
We will explore ‘philosophy in pictures’ as we see how these symbols resonate in the consciousness and how we can then use the created image as a powerful tool of meditation.
Arrival will be for Friday afternoon/evening, 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.
This week-end retreat will offer time to go deep into one’s practice and immerse oneself in the peace and vibrancy of the Grempoli (Tuscany) venue and enjoying three healthy organic vegetarian meals, all largely sourced from the organic garden.
No previous knowledge or experience of drawing and painting is necessary but it would still be useful. Materials will be provided, but if you have your own, please bring them.
Maximum number of participants: 11
Language: English with Italian translation
Arrival will be in the afternoon of Friday 30th for starting the program at 5 pm sharp and it will conclude on Sunday by 4 pm.
A list of materials needed will be emailed after booking.
Cost: €190 (accommodation in twin shared room with shared bathroom)