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3 day Mandali Experience Special: Moving in Stillness

Moving in Stillness

At a Glance

01-06-2018 / 03-06-2018
From € 310 to € 520
  • 2 nights accommodation in Shared, Single, Twin, Premium and Hermitage Rooms
  • Full board - vegetarian meals
  • Fruits, Teas and filtered water
  • Free use of Body Care Center facilities: sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, indoor heated swimming pool
  • All workshops and sessions as written in the program
Not included:
  • Flights to/from Malpensa International Airport
  • Transfers to/from Mandali Retreat Centre
  • Massage and Therapies at the Body Care Center

Your Teachers

Shastro and Nishta
Shastro Rodella
One of the most prominent author of New Age music in the USA of the last 20 years, Shastro has so far published under his name more than 15 albums among which:
  • Zen Notes - Best Meditation album nominee at the 2000 New Age Voice Awards 
  • Tantric Heart - Best New Age album nominee at the 2001 AFIM Awards 
  • Reiki Offering - Winner for Best Reiki Music at the 2001 COVR Awards 
  • Shamans' Healing - Winner for Best Healing album at the 2003 Visionary Awards 
Shastro lived for several years in India with his spiritual master - Osho - where he had the opportunity to deepen his approach to meditation and to music. Later on he moved to the USA (Hawaii) where he created his music label Malimba Records, that distributes worldwide music for meditation, Yoga, Tantra, Reiki and the Healing Arts.

Recently Shastro is spending more time in Europe and Italy, his native country, where he dedicates himself to the presentation of his music meditation “Doorway to Silence”.  During this event he offers an introduction talk on meditation followed by musical improvisations on Bansuri - the Indian bamboo flute - alternating with long periods of meditative silence.

As he explains:
"In this meditation we will use the sense of hearing as our entry door to the inner silence. When we listen attentively we naturally stop thinking because consciousness, that is now needed for the sensorial perception, is removed from the mental process. In this way, with the help of music, we can enter naturally and effortlessly into that space of silence and inner calmness."

Shastro also holds classes for people that are approaching meditation and wants to have a better understanding of it.

"To me Shastro represents the epitome of New Age Artists. His music is so gentle, sweet, and filled with light that to hear it is to smile and take a deep breath, no matter how tense and nervous you might be. "
- Steve Ryals, Syndicated music reviewer, USA

More info on Shastro here:

Nishta Matarese
Nishta Matarese
Nishta was born in New Orleans to big-hearted parents, a Native American Indian descendant mother and an immigrant Napolitano Italian father. She worked for 10 years in the field of psychology before finding a passion for producing holistic wellness and spiritual events in Hawaii. She lived for 20 years in Maui before settling in Tuscany, Italy 5 years ago reconnecting with her Italian roots.

She was Director of Marketing for Programs and Productions at The Studio Maui in Hawaii - a healing arts, movement and cultural center which served also as the Pacific Rim 5Rhythms training school. She was fortunate to study with several masters of Conscious Dance, including Gabrielle Roth and various senior teachers within the 5R school. She danced extensively with Vinn Arjuna Martì, creator of Soul Motion as well as Daria Halprin of the Tamalpa Institute.

She is a long time yogini, meditator, conscious dancer and tango teacher. She is a disciple of Osho and a student of the Ridhwan Diamond Approach School. All of these things colour the way she facilitates movement and dance explorations. They inform each other - intertwining technique, self-inquiry, letting go, connection, listening, dropping-in and finding the still point. Her teaching style is heartfelt, humorous, clear and transformative. Her passion is to share with others what it means for her to live a more full and authentic life.

She is a founder at Conscious Dance Italy - - a production and educational service. 
She is inspired by the methods of Open Floor International - an embodied dance and movement school; a body of work she is passionate about teaching and grateful for and excited to share where ever she goes.
More details on her personal work at:

"We teach love and everything that gets in the way of love”
- Open Floor founder, Lori Saltzman

What it is

A 3 day playful exploration of meditation through movement and mindfulness

Too often meditation is perceived as “serious” business, something that will require an overhaul to your life, a lifestyle and career change, an entire new group of friends to be acquired, perhaps one must learn Sanskrit and prepare for long bouts of solitude.

It certainly can feel serious when we first step onto the path of self-discovery. It can be intimidating to step into a room full of seasoned sitters. Meditation need not be this way, it is simply finding ways to relax with what IS, within our bodies, our minds, our emotions. We can learn to infuse meditation in HOW we move through our daily lives.

Our society is moving full speed ahead but when we take time to pause we can be flooded with feelings of frustration, sadness, loss, confusion and even anger all of which can keep that train in perpetual motion.

Conscious movement and dance, the sensate body, creative play and humor are all things that can assist us to calibrate the brakes of our moving worlds so we can live a more balanced life of action and non-action without losing anything at all, in fact we reclaim our whole self and respond to life appropriately, less reactive but with more ease and heart.

In this event we will experience a variety of dynamic meditation techniques that will ground our experience, center us in the present moment and support our body-mind as we move from fixed to fluid states of being. Guided movement explorations and dance are at the heart of this event. We will also experience sitting in silence, walking mindfully, watching, active listening, witnessing and sharing.

We warmly welcome you to join us! No previous experience or technique is necessary - Only your whole heart required and a willingness to come as you are! All are welcome here.


Meditation is not created by WHAT we do but by HOW we do it - by the quality of presence and awareness that we bring to the act itself - and because of this there are many practices that can become a meditation.The classic meditation taught by the Buddha consisted in sitting silently, watching the inner traffic of our mind as a detached witness and using the awareness of the breathing process as a way to anchor ourselves into the present moment. This method helped Buddha to experience Reality.

But for the poet, spiritual teacher and mystic Rumi - the way to finally be able to experience that Truth was through a movement meditation where he was whirling - spinning around his physical axis like the Sufi Dervishes still practice today - for many hours and days at a time until he was able to experience his unmovable center and through that center to connect to that Reality.

In between these two apparently opposite methods of meditations there exist many more. Even if the goal of all of them is to eventually lead one to experience one’s true nature, their expressions, their forms, can be very different.

For us meditation is a tool that takes one to experience a state where one can perceive Reality, with the capital R. Not the reality that is a mixture of desires, fears, projections and common beliefs that form the thoughts that are constantly traveling through our mind. We are referring to the reality that is perceived in those rare moments when we are still and silent, when the inner chattering has come to a full halt and time stops. In those moments we can perceive that which truly IS, the unfiltered, pristine Reality - or what we can also call Truth.

In this group we pair movement and stillness as two complementary methods in which to work.
There are important reasons why we have chosen to do this: it is not easy for many of us to go into a static posture without having some prior opening for the body. Hence much of the point of asanas in yoga was a preparation for prolonged sitting in sitting posture. Moving our bodies can assist in stilling the thought patterns and mind activity. Many of us are living a life that is in itself very sedentary and that creates often an energetic stagnation. To be able to free that energy and let it circulate we need to first move our bodies. Once the energy is moving and is refreshed we are then able to access more readily stillness both inner and outer.

This retreat is about going back home feeling supported and resourced in our beings with real tools to take back into our daily lives. We will use some active meditation techniques as well as methods taught on the Open Floor, an International Conscious Dance, Meditation and Embodiment School. We use universal movement principles intrinsic in the human body and the universe like breath, ground, gravity, centering. We will learn to use movement to soften the tight spots in our tender hearts and stretch our capacity for relating.
What happens if we turn old repetitive thoughts into choreography for creative dances?

There are no steps to learn, no pre-requisite to attending, there is no right or wrong way to move or meditate. We just ask that you come with the willingness to step back into the driver seat of your life.

Suggested Program

FRIDAY 1 June:
14:30 Arrival and Check-in
15:30 Orientation
16:30 to 18:30 FINDING COMMON GROUND : 
Welcoming session - setting intentions and an opening guided movement exploration.
19:00 – 20:00 dinner
20:30 to 21:30 Devavani Meditation in 4 stages

7:30 to 8:15 Morning Meditation - Watching the Breath
8:30 – 9:30 Silent Breakfast
10:00 - 10:45 Gentle Yoga Practice – Opening the body
10:45 – 12:30 THE SACRED PAUSE - Contacting the Center through mindful movements and dance
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Free time (Spa, Nature, Relax, etc )
16:00 – 17:30 TRUSTING THE UNIVERSE - a movement exploration of expansion
18:00 – 19:00 Kundalini Meditation
19:00 – 20:00 Dinner
20:30 – 21:30 Doorway to Silence – Meditation on Listening with live music

SUNDAY 3 June:
07:30 – 8:15 Morning Meditation - Laughter meditation and watching the breath
08:30 – 9:30 Silent Breakfast
10:00 Check-out from rooms
10:00 – 12:30 MOVING IN STILLNESS - A Dance Meditation cycle
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch and Farewells


We believe it is essential to take time for
yourself in a Sacred place