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6 Day Secular Silent Teacher-lead Mindfulness Retreat in Benimaurell, Alicante

Solterreno International Retreat Centre for Mindfulness, Partida Ereta, 4, 03791 Benimaurell, Alicante, Spain

Silent Meditation Retreat Spain

Solterreno Retreat Center welcomes you on this Mindfulness Retreat in the peaceful countryside of La Vall de Laguar, Spain. This teacher-led silent retreat offers a safe and supportive environment for experienced meditators, Mindfulness teacher trainees and established teachers in which to deepen and extend secular mindfulness meditation practice. It provides an opportunity to deeply tune in to your inner processes, exploring the ways you react to experience and how you might practice kindness towards your moment-to-moment experience and cultivate wisdom.

Meet the instructors

Bodhin
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Highlights

  • Periods of both guided and self-directed practice
  • Time to practice mindfulness informally between the scheduled sessions
  • Sustained periods of silence to connect more fully with their inner experience
  • A structure and atmosphere for new insights and perspectives to emerge
  • The teachers will be available to talk to people individually
  • Short talks with time for questions and discussion
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • 3 daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
18:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Free Wi-Fi

Solterreno accommodations are split between the main house and the two cabins. All rooms are furnished to give a sense of serenity and tranquility and can sleep up to three people (same sex). The cabins are separated from the main house and have their own terraces. Wi-Fi is available at the center and all guests have access to the pool.

Program

This silent retreat is specifically designed to meet the good practice guidelines for Mindfulness teachers on the teacher training pathway and is also highly suitable for more experienced teachers wishing to deepen their connection to the core underpinnings of mindfulness as it is taught in the eight-week course. It is also suitable for those who have taken an 8-week mindfulness course and who wish to deepen their practice. No previous retreat experience is required as full teacher support is available.

In general, the retreats include meditation instruction, talks and guided sessions of mindfulness meditation practice including mindful movement. They provide a safe and nourishing environment for the cultivation of a deep and grounded mindfulness meditation practice.

These retreats offer the opportunity to have an intensive practice, during which it will be possible to cultivate and nourish the special sensitivity that underlies awareness practices. In this period in which Mindfulness practice has become so popular, it is possible to misinterpret it as a technique to learn quickly and to apply easily, rather than an inner and heartfelt personal resource to develop through a long-life practice. Many of us are getting a taste of meditation and a wish to practice more intensively, but there are limited opportunities to take our mindfulness practice deeper.

During the retreats, the participants will have the possibility to get closer to and comprehend their personal experiences through the practice of mindfulness meditation in its universal and non-sectarian expression, conveying the way, spirit and practice of MBSR.

Theme

Mindfulness and the Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta, The Discourse on the Establishing of Mindfulness.

Noble Silence

During the retreats, there will be extensive periods of silence. Noble silence is a profound condition which will allow you to get in touch with one of the most important human resources that is "listening".

Are retreats suitable for everyone?

Although mindfulness retreats are suitable for most people, they are not suitable for everyone. Retreats can be quite intensive, and attending a retreat is not advisable if you are suffering from certain conditions or have had a traumatic event which is interfering with your everyday life. When filling out the application form for a retreat, it is advisable that you provide Solterreno Retreat with as much information as possible so that they can make sure the retreat you select is suitable for you.

Included excursions

Solterreno will be offering several walks into the spectacular mountains with views of the Costa Blanca coastline. All walks are optional and are led by an experienced trainer. Two spectacular walks are available, one down into Hells Gorge and the other up onto the Green Horse Mountain, both suitable for all.

Instructors

Bodhin Woodward

Location

Solterreno Mindfulness Retreat Center lies in the peaceful countryside where you can live close to nature. With views of the mountains, valley, and the sea. The space is ideal for meditation, relaxation, and rest. There are some fascinating walks like the "Barranc del Infern" (Hells Gorge), a closed circuit route of some 14 kilometers which takes in 5,946 steps carved into the sides of the valley. The surrounding mountains are ideal for hiking.

Nearby places

  • Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC), 116 kilometers - 2 hours
  • Denia, 25 kilometers - 20 minutes
  • Valencia Airport (VLC), 129 kilometers - 2 hours

Food

The price of this retreat includes three daily vegetarian meals. Solterreno serves delicious, home-cooked, vegetarian food all created with high-quality ingredients when possible. You can expect a well-balanced, energetic, Mediterranean style vegetarian menu. Non-dairy and gluten-free options are available. A typical menu could include:

Breakfast

Tea, infusions, coffee, milk, porridge, cereal, toast, butter and jam, yogurt, and fruit.

Lunch

Vegetarian paella, pate or other side dish, salad, apple and pear compote with raisins, fruit tea, infusions, and coffee.

Dinner

Cream of courgette soup, homemade pizza or quiche, fruit or cheese, tea, infusions, and coffee.

There will be a short morning and afternoon break where tea, infusions, coffee, and biscuits will be available. There will be some fruit, nuts, and biscuits in the dining hall. If you'd like any specific snack food, you should bring it with you. There is limited storage space for dry goods and refrigerated items, so please be sensitive to others who need to use this space because of dietary restrictions. Tea and herb teas are available all day, coffee will be served with breakfast.

Since the retreat center cannot accommodate individual food preferences, it is asked that you eat the meals that are served. However, for those who have medical dietary restrictions and need to supplement the meals, please bring your own supplies. Solterreno Retreat does their best to provide alternatives that suit the needs of those with restricted diets due to medical conditions. If you have medical dietary restrictions, please let the cooks know when you check in at the retreat.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Solterreno is offering massages and Reiki sessions for an extra cost. You can get a one-hour long massage for 50 EUR or a one-hour long Reiki session for 40 EUR.

What's included

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • All activities
  • All meals

What's not included

  • Accident and travel insurance
  • Airfare and airport taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Taxes

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Alicante

  • Follow the signs to Valencia, don't go into Alicante.
  • Keep on the coast motorway, the AP-7 to Valencia.
  • Beware that there is a split in the motorway, keep driving on the AP-7 "Valencia por la Costa". It is a toll road, so expect to pay about 10 EUR, any credit card will do.
  • Keep following the road for just over an hour and turn off at junction 62 with signs to Denia and Javea.
  • After 200 meters turn off at the sign to Ondara. Don't go into Ondara, but go onto the by-pass.
  • Turn off at the sign for Orba. Pass through Benidoleig, go around Orba, and on up to Fontilles and the Vall de Laguar. Your final destination is Benimaurell.
  • As you come into the village, turn right and go for about 50 meters until the road forks in two, with the bar L'Hedrera on the left.
  • Take the right fork which drops down steeply with a yellow house on the right.
  • Stay on this track for about one kilometer until you see an electric metal post.
  • Turn right and the house is about 200 meters down the road.

Driving directions from Valencia

  • Follow the signs to Alicante, onto the coast motorway, the AP-7 to Alicante.
  • Beware that there is a split in the motorway, keep driving on the AP-7 "Alicante por la Costa". It is a toll road, so expect to pay about 10 EUR, any credit card will do.
  • Keep following the road for just over an hour and turn off at junction 62 with signs to Denia and Javea.
  • After 200 meters, turn off at the sign to Ondara. Don't go into Ondara, but go onto the by-pass.
  • Turn off at the sign for Orba. Pass through Benidoleig, go around Orba, and on up to Fontilles and the Vall de Laguar. Your final destination is Benimaurell.
  • As you come into the village, turn right and go for about 50 meters until the road forks in two, with the bar L'Hedrera on the left.
  • Take the right fork which drops down steeply with a yellow house on the right.
  • Stay on this track for about one kilometer until you see an electric metal post.
  • Turn right and the house is about 200 meters down the road.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Valencia Airport (VLC) or Alicante - Elche Airport (ALC).

Arrival by bus

From Alicante, it is highly recommended that you take advantage of Beniconnect, one of the shuttle services serving Alicante airport. You can book and pay approximately 25 EUR for a direct link from Alicante Airport (ALC) to The Citrus Bar in Orba. Solterreno can pick you up from there at 17:00 on your first day.

From Valencia, you will have to reach the main bus station either by metro or by taxi. From there, you must purchase a ticket to Ondara. The bus ride will take approximately one and a half hours. From Ondara to Benimaurell, you must continue the journey by taxi.

Arrival by taxi

  • From Valencia airport, 2 hours and about 120 EUR.
  • From Alicante airport, 2 hours and about 120 EUR.
  • From Denia, 45 minutes and will cost about 35 EUR.
  • From Ondara, 30 minutes and will cost about 25 EUR.
  • From Orba, 15 minutes and will cost about 20 EUR.

GPS

  • Longitude: 38 46 31.33 N
  • Latitude: 0 7 14.27 W

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 18% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday July 26, 2020
Departure: Friday July 31, 2020

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