Satsang, Retreat & Pilgrimage with Swami Atmananda Udasin

Information and Registration

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Conversations on Non-Duality

and the Nature of Spiritual Awakening

Barcelona, May 19-21, 2023

Dates

Open Satsang
Fri 19 May, 6-8 p.m.

 

Weekend Retreat
Sat 20 and Sun 21 May
(Residential/Non-residential)

 

Pilgrimage to Montserrat
Mon 22 and Tue 23 May
(optional)

 

Registration
Presentation

Swami Atmananda will explore the nature of spiritual Awakening and the essential practices of Non-Duality according to the Advaita Vedanta tradition. Awakening is Pure Presence. It is neither an experience nor a state, but simply the spontaneous and immediate Recognition of our true Self. There is no awakened one, but only Awakening…

During this weekend there will be Satsangs, meditation sessions, silent tea breaks, and moments for conversation.
At the time of Satsangs, Swami Atmananda will offer a commentary on selected scriptures from the Non-duality tradition, followed by question and answer sessions.

The Satsangs will be given in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and French.

Swami Atmananda Udasin is the Spiritual Head of Ajatananda Ashram, an interreligious ashram in the Himalayan foothills at Rishikesh, India. Originally from Belgium, he has been living in India for the past 25 years. He teaches the Direct Path of Non-Duality in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta and offers Satsangs and retreats in India and internationally.

Venue

Casa de la Espiritualitat Sant Felip Neri (Barcelona)

“A place for different spiritual practices, promoting silence, meditation, interreligious and intercultural dialogue. We propose initiatives in the field of integral education, arts culture, conferences, seminars, forums that contribute to the construction of a just, united and ecological society.”

Address : Carrer de la Nena Casas, 47, 08017 Barcelone
Website : https://casaespiritualitat.barcelona/

 

How to get there

Simultaneous translation

The Satsangs will be given in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and French.

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

Open Satsang

Friday 19 May, 6-8 p.m.

This event is free of charge and registration is NOT required.
Donations are welcome.
The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Weekend Retreat (Residential/Non-residential)

Registration is required to attend this event, both as residential or non-residential.

Saturday 20 May

9:30 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m. Meditation
10:30 a.m. Silent break (drinks and biscuits)
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Satsang
1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
3:45 p.m. Welcome
4:00 p.m. Meditation
4:30 p.m. Silent break w/drinks and biscuits
5:00-7:00 p.m. Satsang
8:00 p.m. DINNER

 

Sunday 21 May

9:30 a.m. Welcome
10:00 a.m. Meditation
10:30 a.m. Silent break with drinks and biscuits
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Satsang
1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK

 

Special programme:
6:30-8 p.m. Open Dialogue between Master Berta Meneses (Zen) and Swami Atmananda Udasin (Advaita Vedanta). An interreligious dialogue on Zen, Advaita Vedanta and Christian mysticism.
[Free entry. Registration is NOT required to attend this event]

Master Berta Meneses (Jiku’an), is a nun of the Congregation of the Sisters of Saint Philip Neri and a certified Zen master in the line of transmission of the Masters Harada, Yasutani and Yamada (Sanbô-Zen School).

Non-Residential Retreat

Participants can attend the programme without staying at the house.

You can bring your packed lunch with you or have lunch outside.
Some places are available for lunch/dinner in the refectory of Casa Sant Felip Neri with the participants who will be staying there. If you are interested, you can request to attend the meals there in the registration form, till full capacity is reached.

There will be three tea-breaks during the retreat. Water, coffee, tea, hot beverages and biscuits will be served.
A fee of €15 will be requested from each participant for the rental of the venue and the tea breaks.

 

If needed, here are some suggestions for accommodation near Casa Sant Felip Neri

Residential Retreat: Staying at Casa Sant Felip Neri

Full board only. All meals included.
The stay will include the nights of Friday 19 and Saturday 20. You can also book a room for Thursday 18 (full board) and Sunday 21 (half-board), if you so wish.

Several single and double rooms are available, some with private bathroom, others with shared bathroom.

You will be able to select your preference in the registration form.

Please note: The number of rooms is limited, we apologize in advance if we cannot accommodate all requests. Thank you also for your flexibility in case the option of your choice is no longer available.
For any special request, you can contact us by email at: amigos.ajatananda@gmail.com


Rooms available (prices per night and per person, includes all meals):

– 1 single room with private bathroom. Full board rate: €71
– 8 single rooms with shared bathroom. Full board rate: 60
– 8 double rooms with private bathroom. Full board rate: 65
– 3 double rooms with shared bathroom, convertible into triple rooms. Full board rate: €59.50 for a double room, €57 for a triple room.

Important note: Please register as soon as possible to help us manage the room allocation!


Tea-breaks

There will be three tea-breaks during the retreat. Water, coffee, tea, hot beverages and biscuits will be served. A fee of €10.50 will be charged at the time of registration.


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 residential events abroad 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 2023 directly in the Registration form.

For more information about the association Les Amis d’Ajatananda Ashram: https://amis-ajatananda.org/

Pilgrimage to Montserrat (optional)

Those who will participate in the retreat in Barcelona may choose to join the pilgrimage to the holy mountain of Montserrat, about an hour from Barcelona.
There are 40 places available.
We will spend 2 days at the Abbey of Montserrat, a great place of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary.
There will be a visit to the mountain hermitages, times of prayer and meditation, silent morning walks, and informal Satsangs.
We will leave Barcelona on Monday 22nd around 8 a.m. and return on Tuesday 23rd around 8:30 p.m.
The pilgrimage will include overnight accommodation, all meals (vegetarian) and bus travel to and from Montserrat.

The cost of the pilgrimage for accommodation in a double room is €164.
A supplement of €7 will be charged for single room accommodation.
In addition, for those staying at Casa Sant Felip Neri on Sunday 21 May, it is also possible to book a room for Tuesday 23 night.
A supplement of €15 will be charged for double room for single use accommodation.

For those staying at Casa Sant Felip Neri on Sunday 21 May, it is no longer possible to book a room for Tuesday 23 night on site.

 

Important note: There are no more rooms available for the night of Tuesday 23 May at Casa Sant Felip Neri.
You will have to find your own accommodation in Barcelona for that night.

 

Here are some suggestions for accommodation near Casa Sant Felip Neri

Voluntary contribution

The teachings are offered on a conscious donation basis.

All 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 of 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.

Cancellation policy
Cancellation on our part

In the event of cancellation by us for reasons of force majeure, you will receive a full refund.


In case of cancellation by you (to be notified by e-mail)


SATSANG RETREAT

More than 7 days before the start of the programme
Your whole payment will be refunded if the cancellation is received by email by 12 May at the latest, i.e. 7 days before the start of the programme.

Less than 7 days before the start of the programme
No refunds are possible, except for reasons of force majeure, in which case all fees will be refunded.
All refunds will be processed no later than one month after the end of the retreat.

After the start of the retreat
After the start of the programme, no refunds will be possible.
You may wish to consider taking out personal travel insurance to cover the trip.

 

PILGRIMAGE TO MONTSERRAT 

More than 14 days before the start of the programme
Your whole payment will be refunded if the cancellation is received by email by 8 May at the latest, i.e. 14 days before the start of the programme, except the proportional part of the deposits given to the venue and bus company (€37).

Less than 14 days before the start of the programme
No refunds are possible, except for reasons of force majeure, in which case all fees will be refunded, except the proportional part of the deposits given to the venues and bus company (€37).
All refunds will be processed no later than one month after the end of the retreat.

After the start of the programme
After the start of the programme, no refunds will be possible.
You may wish to consider taking out personal travel insurance to cover the trip.

For more information about the Ajatananda Ashram
Registration form

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 ” !