International Assisi Retreat — January 2022

Information and Registration (Waiting List)

 

PLEASE NOTE!
We are sorry to inform you that we have reached the maximum number of participants allowed in the venue. If you would like to sign up for the waiting list please fill in the form below.

 

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Spiritual Awakening and Non-duality

A Retreat with Swami Atmananda Udasin

January 7-12, Assisi (Italy)

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Saint Francis’ message of universal love, peace, tolerance and unity made him perhaps the most fascinating spiritual figure of the West in the last millennium. The Mahatma Gandhi exalted him as one of the greatest sages to have ever lived. His radiant presence is still felt today, as is the intense spiritual atmosphere of the small medieval town of Assisi where he lived at the turn of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Swami Atmananda invites us to join him in this auspicious setting to explore the nature of spiritual Awakening through the fundamental concepts of the Non-duality teachings. We will uncover and contemplate the universal Truth that lies at the centre of both Advaita Vedanta and Christian mysticism.

The deeply felt presence of the Poverello (the “Little Poor One”, as St. Francis was known) is an invitation to discover the infinite space of the Heart as our innermost Self. In this profoundly rich environment our spiritual search will naturally be enhanced, freeing our attention from the habitual tendencies of the mind, allowing it to return to the source of Awareness itself.

 

The 5-day Retreat will consist of conscious morning walks, group meditation sessions, and Swami Atmananda’s teachings followed by questions and answers.

The teachings will be in French and English with simultaneous translation into English, French and Italian.

Swami Atmananda will read and comment on the Narada Bhakti Sutras, a 10th century Indian classic on the path of devotion, from the perspective of Advaita Vedanta and Christian mysticism.

The focus throughout will be on abiding in one’s inner silence in order to merge in the Energy field of sacred Assisi, which has long been recognized as a place of initiation and inner Awakening.

Arrival and on-site Registration check

Our team will welcome you on Friday, January the 7th at the Reception area of your chosen accommodation from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

We will check your registration to the Retreat and your Covid certificate (as required by the Italian authorities). You will receive a participation badge, which will be required to wear during the entire retreat.
After that, you can proceed for accommodation check-in at the reception desk.

Dinner will be at 7:00 p.m.
The Introductory Talk at La Cittadella Ospitalità will be held at 9:00 p.m.

Those who wish to do so, may arrive one day earlier, on Thursday, 6th, January, and spend some quiet time in contemplation on the holy places associated with the great mystic Francis of Assisi.
This extra stay will be in ‘half board’ (meaning from dinner, Thursday the 6th through breakfast, Friday the 7th), and may be booked directly in the Registration form. If you opt for an earlier arrival, please make sure to still attend the registration check on Friday afternoon.

Departure

The Retreat will end on Wednesday 12th January 2022, at 11 a.m. It is also possible to stay for lunch at 1:00 p.m. In this case, please specify it in the Registration form.

Venues

Satsang Hall

All Satsangs will be held at La Cittadella Ospitalità, Via degli Ancaiani, 3, 06081 Assisi (PG).

Most participants will sit on the chairs provided.
There will also be carpets for those who prefer to sit on the floor. In that case, please bring your own cushion if needed.

 

 

Accommodations

Participants will stay at either Casa Papa Giovanni or La Cittadella Ospitalità and will eat their meals where they lodge.

1 — Casa Papa Giovanni

Via San Paolo 32, 06081 Assisi (PG)
Phone: +39 075 812467
E-mail: casapapagiovanni@yahoo.it
http://www.diocesiassisi.it/casa-papa-giovanni-xxiii/
Google Map Link

 

2 — La Cittadella Ospitalità

Via degli Ancaiani, 3, 06081 Assisi (PG)
Phone: +39 075 813231
E-mail: ospitalita@cittadella.org
http://www.cittadelladiassisi.it/
Google Map Link

 

You can choose your preferred accommodation when registering.
Most of the participants will stay at Casa Papa Giovanni, some at La Cittadella.

The two venues are located about 600 metres apart – that’s roughly a 10-minute steep walk through the small lanes and stairways of the beautiful medieval town of Assisi. If you have difficulty walking, we would therefore suggest that you choose to stay at La Cittadella to avoid walking back and forth twice a day.

Covid-19 related safety protocols for attending the Retreat

PLEASE NOTE: due to the recent implementation of new protocols imposed by the Italian authorities, only those who are fully vaccinated or have recently recovered from Covid will be able to access the Satsang venue.
Showing a negative Covid test is not required nor requested, and does not represent a valid option to be able to participate in the Retreat.

If within the two weeks prior to the Retreat you have had contact with a probable or confirmed case of Covid-19 or have had symptoms, we kindly ask that you do not attend this retreat. We thank you for your kind understanding!

Please follow this link and carefully check the safety protocols and requirements to participate in this programme.

Conditions for travelling to Italy

Please click here and check carefully the protocols for travelling to Italy from your country.
They may often change, so make sure you check frequently and especially before booking your trip.

Transport

You must arrange your own transport to Assisi. Our Transport information page provides some details on how to travel to Assisi by plane, train and car, including an option for carpooling.

Please make sure to arrive on time for the on-site registration check.

Cost for the 5-day Retreat

1 – Administrative fees: €30

This fee is used to cover the Association’s administrative expenses.
If you have already paid it at the time of pre-registration, please tick the related checkbox in the Registration form.


2 – Full-board accommodation: €310 per person

This price, which also includes the rental of the Satsang hall, covers your accommodation in a twin room and all your meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) from dinner on Friday, 7th to breakfast on Wednesday, 12th, January. All meals are vegetarian.
You will be able to specify your roommate in the Registration form. If you are coming on your own, a roommate will be assigned to your room.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • Twin rooms and a few triple rooms.
    Unless explicitly requested during registration, cohabitation will only be with participants of the same gender.
  • Single rooms
    Around 15 single rooms are available at an additional cost of €50.
    Preference will be given to those with health problems.


3 – Membership in the Association

This Retreat is organized by Les Amis d’Ajatananda Ashram, which is a non-profit organization registered under the French 1901 Law on Associations, and is only allowed to organize events for its members.
Membership, which is legally required to participate in its activities, will contribute to support the Ajatananda Ashram and the activities of Swami Atmananda.

  • Standard membership: €20
  • Supporting membership: €30

You will be able to subscribe to the Association’s annual membership for 2022 directly in the Registration form.

Teaching

The teachings are offered on a conscious donation basis.

All of the programs organized by the Ashram in India and Europe are offered free of charge. Ajatananda Ashram is a non-profit organization and, as such, depends entirely on donations to cover day to day expenses. If you feel inspired to help the Ashram promote its activities in the field on non-dual teaching and interreligious dialogue, you are most welcome to do so by using the Donation Box during the retreat. You can also make a donation online.
All contributions are greatly appreciated and received with deep gratitude.

Simultaneous translation

The teachings will be in French and English with simultaneous translation into English, French and Italian.

PLEASE NOTE: To be able to follow the translation, you will need your smartphone. Remember to take earphones or headphones with you and install the VLC Media Player application in advance (follow these links: for smartphone or iPhone).

Please come to the introductory evening on Friday 7 at 8:30 p.m. in order to have time to set up your smartphone.

Cancellation

Cancellation on our part

In case of cancellation on our part due to force majeure reasons, you will be fully refunded.
 

In the event of cancellation on your part (to be notified by e-mail)

More than 1 week before the start of the programme:

Half of the total amount paid will be refunded, if we receive your cancellation email by the 31st of December at the latest, i.e. one week before the start of the Retreat. For cases of force majeure, all except the administrative fees will be refunded.

Less than 1 week before the start of the programme:

No refund is possible, except for force majeure reasons, in which case all except the administrative fees will be refunded.
All refunds will be processed no later than one month after the end of the Retreat.

After the Retreat has begun:

After the program has started, no refund will be possible.
You may consider purchasing personal travel insurance to cover the trip.

For your information, force majeure reasons include not being able to travel due to Covid symptoms or a positive test.

Registration form - Waiting List

Dear Friends, OM!

We are sorry to inform you that we have reached the maximum number of participants allowed in the venue.

If you would like to sign up for the waiting list please fill in the form below.
We will let you know if a place has opened up by the 30th of December.
For any further enquiries you can write to us at satsangretreats@gmail.com

We hope to see you soon!

The Ajatananda Ashram Team

Covid-19 related safety protocols for attending the Retreat

Please note that the regulations on this matter are subject to frequent changes. We will update this page whenever that happens. Registrants to the Retreat will also be notified by email about relevant changes, if any.

 

Covid certificate

To comply with the current Italian socio-sanitary rules for public events and gatherings, you will be kindly requested to show a valid EU Covid certificate (known as “Green Pass” in Italy) if you are a European citizen, or an equivalent certificate showing any of the following:

PLEASE NOTE: Showing a negative Covid test is not required nor requested, only the Covid certificate (“pass”) will allow participation in the Retreat.

The certificate can be either printed or shown on your mobile, and should be in any of the following languages:

Please, kindly show your certificate during registration at your accommodation venue on the 7th of January in the afternoon from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.

 

Use of masks

The use of face masks is mandatory in all indoor spaces except during meals.

Social distancing

You are kindly requested to maintain a safe distance from other participants at all times.

Hand sanitizing

Please make frequent use of the hand sanitizing gel available in the facilities. 


Thank you so much for your cooperation!

The Ajatananda Ashram Team

CLOSE THE WINDOW

Ces Satsangs sont coordonnés par l’équipe de l’Ashram et ‘Les Amis d’Ajatananda Ashram’, en partenariat avec Eveil Conscience, et se dérouleront en français, avec une traduction simultanée en anglais. Vous pourrez donc écouter et voir Swamiji en plein écran et suivre son enseignement qui sera basé sur un texte de la tradition Advaita et suivi, comme dans chaque Satsang, d’une session de questions-réponses.

Attention ! Afin de pouvoir participer, votre inscription est obligatoire. Veuillez cliquer sur le bouton “Inscrivez-vous ici” situé sous la description de l’événement pour accéder au formulaire d’inscription.

Pour soutenir l’enseignement de Swamiji et l’Ajatananda Ashram, nous conserverons le principe de la donation consciente. Si vous le souhaitez, vous pourrez faire votre donation au moment de votre inscription.

Le lien Zoom, les infos complémentaires pour la réunion et le texte qui sera commenté par Swamiji vous seront envoyés la veille de l’événement. Nous vous suggérons d’imprimer le texte ou de l’afficher sur un appareil supplémentaire pendant les Satsangs.

Nous vous invitons à garder votre caméra activée et à afficher vos nom et prénom comme nom d’utilisateur ainsi que votre pays pendant la durée de chaque Satsang en signe de pleine participation. À ce sujet, vous pouvez vous pouvez lire ici nos recommandations complémentaires.

Par ailleurs, s’il vous est impossible d’assister au Satsang en raison de vos obligations professionnelles ou de différence de fuseaux horaires n’hésitez pas à nous contacter en suivant ce lien. Nous ferons de notre mieux pour vous proposer une alternative.

FERMER LA FENETRE

Ces Satsangs sont coordonnés par l’équipe de l’Ashram et ‘Les Amis d’Ajatananda Ashram’, et se dérouleront en anglais, avec une traduction simultanée en français. Vous pourrez donc écouter et voir Swamiji en plein écran et suivre son enseignement qui sera basé sur un texte de l’Advaita et suivi, comme à chaque Satsang, par une session de questions-réponses.

Attention ! Afin de pouvoir participer, votre inscription est obligatoire. Veuillez cliquer sur le bouton “Inscrivez-vous ici” situé sous la description de l’événement pour accéder au formulaire d’inscription.

Pour soutenir l’enseignement de Swamiji et l’Ajatananda Ashram, nous conserverons le principe de la donation consciente. Si vous le souhaitez, vous pourrez faire votre donation au moment de votre inscription.

Le lien Zoom, les infos complémentaires pour la réunion et le texte qui sera commenté par Swamiji vous seront envoyés la veille de l’événement. Nous vous suggérons d’imprimer le texte ou de l’afficher sur un appareil supplémentaire pendant les Satsangs.

Nous vous invitons à garder votre caméra activée et à afficher vos nom et prénom comme nom d’utilisateur ainsi que votre pays pendant la durée de chaque Satsang en signe de pleine participation. À ce sujet, vous pouvez lire ici nos recommandations complémentaires.

Par ailleurs, s’il vous est impossible d’assister au Satsang en raison de vos obligations professionnelles ou de différence de fuseaux horaires n’hésitez pas à nous contacter en suivant ce lien. Nous ferons de notre mieux pour vous proposer une alternative.

FERMER LA FENETRE

Informations sur le formulaire de donation

Une fois arrivé sur le formulaire, intitulé ‘Donation à l’association Les Amis d’Ajatananda Ashram pour soutenir l’Ashram‘, vous allez pouvoir choisir :

Carte bancaire

Du fait de l’intégration à la plateforme de paiement sécurisée Stripe, nous vous encourageons à utiliser de préférence cette méthode.

PayPal

De même, grâce à Stripe, cette méthode est tout à fait utilisable mais les frais PayPal sont de 1,4% + 0,25 €

Hors-ligne : Chèque (uniquement valable pour la France) ou Virement bancaire

Vous pourrez nous adresser un chèque ou un virement (aucun frais pour les virements dans la zone SEPA) du montant choisi, à l’ordre de : Association Les Amis d’Ajatananda Ashram. Votre don sera indiqué comme ‘pending’ (= ‘en attente’), jusqu’à ce que nous ayons reçu chèque ou virement.

Virement international – Merci de préciser à votre banque : “frais pris en charge par l’émetteur ” !