Vishnu and Laxmi Yantra and Mantra Retreat

Vishnu and Laxmi Yantra and Mantra Retreat


17th – 24th July

Led by Sn Brahmananda (Narendra Bharwaney)Sn Antarshuddhi (Nadeshda Stürzebecher)

Join us for a week in the beautiful Tuscan nature – practicing, creating, living and expressing together.

We will be focusing on the interplay between the male and female or the spiritual and metaphysical principles in the universe as expressed by mantra and yantra as sound, form and colour.

This week of sadhana will be integrated with other yoga practices for deepening of experience and reflection.

What are Yantra and Mantra

Yantra is a geometric image, which is said to be the manifested form of a mantra, a vibration. The drawing and painting of a yantra is practiced together with its respective mantra as a sadhana.

Mantra is the essential principle or energy and the yantra is the body, the vehicle. Yantras are powerful tools of meditation, which help us to focus the mind, expand the awareness and activate our creative potential. Each symbol in a yantra, and vibration of a mantra resonates in deeper layers of human consciousness and can be used as tools of profound inner and outer transformation.

Vishnu and Laxmi – preservation and abundance

In the Indian mythology, Vishnu symbolizes infinite growth and preservation while his consort Laxmi symbolizes abundance and prosperity, both in the material and spiritual realm. These two principles are interdependent – the one cannot exist without the other. We as human beings can only discover the one through the other by aiming to connect truly with life gaining more balance and wisdom in order to rise above our limitations and grow spiritually, so that the spiritual reality can be reflected in the material.

During this retreat we will be exploring the Vishnu and Laxmi yantras, along with chanting their respective mantras, as well as supporting and deepening that process by exploring different yogic practices. We will dip our toes into the magical pool of sacred geometry, and discover through drawing and painting. If you are new to drawing and painting, it will be an opportunity to experiment and connect with your creativity.

This one full week retreat will offer plenty of time for drawing, painting, expression and silence, finding our balance in inner and outer life, amidst the abundance of Mother Nature in the beautiful atmosphere of Grempoli.

A full and varied programme, from 7 am to 9 pm.

  • Daily 90 minutes asana, pranayama, and meditation class

  • Yoganidra sessions

  • Karma yoga and periods of silence (mouna)

  • Daily mantra chanting practice

  • Drawing and painting of yantra as a practice and a sacred act

  • Exploring the use of colour in yantra painting

  • Development of your own sketchbook to explore these techniques

  • Evening sessions on the terrace including kirtan and havan (fire ceremony)

  • A day off halfway through with local walk and picnic lunch.

Grempoli is located in a pristine area in Tuscany only 30 Km from Florence and away from busy tourist villages. surrounded by forest and olive groves.

Nurture yourself in the peace and vibrancy of the venue, enjoying three healthy organic vegetarian meals all largely sourced from the garden.

We will practice karma yoga daily, live and eat together and have space periods of silence and reflection.

Language: English, the programme will not be translated


Where: Nestled in the beautiful Tuscan countryside, Grempoli is 45 minutes from Florence airport, and 30 minutes by train from the center of Florence (easy bus ride from Pisa airport).
Collection and drop off to local station Scopeti is included and will be arranged.

Cost of Retreat

EARLY BIRD booked before 31st May: € 840 in double room/ € 940 in single (only 2 single rooms available).

Booked after 31st May: € 940 in double/ € 1040 single.

Concession prices are available; please contact us to discuss, especially if you are very keen on attending and have difficulty managing the full amount.

Please bear in mind, the fee includes 7 nightsaccommodation in beautiful single or double occupancy room, all with shared bathrooms, (ONLY 2 single available 3) healthy, organic nutritious meals per day, local collection and drop off, all tuition and classes. Maximum number of participants 12

When: The retreat will begin at 5pm sharp on Monday 17th July, it will conclude with lunch at 1pm on Monday 24th July.

Please try and arrive by 3pm on the 17th at the latest, to give yourself time to settle in. (You are more than welcome to come a day early) The programme will conclude with lunch at 1pm on the 24th. Please arrange your arrival and departure to ensure that you do not miss any part of the programme.

To register, please fill in the form below and wait for confirmation.

For further information please contact us.

To book, please fill in the form below and wait for confirmation.

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    Bank: Monte dei Paschi di Siena
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