Sarah Yantra & Samana.Life



May 2022


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The Retreat

Join us for a 6-Day Journey through the Gayatri Practice in the Portugal countryside.  Each day we will present and practice a series of activities to get you deeply immersed in self-reflection, mantra, creativity and calm. 

The sacred Gayatri mantra is a request for guidance in the form of spiritual light. In particular, the light of the Sun. With sustained practice, this light begins to show itself in the form of enhanced intuition, keenness of mind, improved sense of well being and enrichment of life. 


In this retreat you will learn several  spiritual disciplines that will greatly enhance your experience of this mantra and the feeling of connection to spiritual light.  


The cosmology that underlies and informs the practice is the royal road back to our Divine origins.  Gayatri Mantra is a complete spiritual practice in itself that could easily occupy the rest of one's life. 


**Because of the immersive and involved nature of this practice, space is extremely limited.  


Meditation and Teaching

Each Day Malcolm McQuirter will take your through the steps of the Gayatri Practice. The format is a mix of teaching, guided meditation, and practice.  Session topics: ​

Within You Without You:

Gayatri, Chakras, Subtle Bodies and Higher Worlds 


The Royal Road:

Gayatri and the Principles of the Cosmos. Returning to Source 


As Above So Below:

The Sacred Body 

Internalizing the Power of Gayatri 


Gayatri Puja:

How and Why 


Opening the Sun Door: 

Completing the practice

Setting up a successful practice. 

Drawing and Coloring

Experience drawing and coloring or painting the Gayatri Yantra with Sarah Tomlinson.  Step-by-Step instruction will be given for the Yantra practice. This drawing ritual provides a compliment to the Mantra work; when you return home you will be able to chant your Mantras while gazing at your Yantra. Yantra+Mantra = Tantra.


This retreat is designed to give you ample free time to rest, reflect and explore the beautiful surroundings.   More information on the venue coming soon!

Additional Services

Samana.Life co-founder and sound healing practitioner Eric Cetnarski will be providing individual and group sessions during breaks. 

Kalavahana will also be available by appointment.  More information coming soon. 

Daily Agenda

7a - Yoga And Breakfast

9a - Gayatri Fire Ceremony

10a - Gayatri Teaching and Practice

12p - Lunch and Free Time

2p - Gayatri Art Painting 

4p - Free Time / Optional Programs

6p - Meditation Program

7p - Dinner



Yantra Instructor

Sarah Tomlinson

Sarah Tomlinson is an internationally acclaimed Yantrika (Yantra teacher and practitioner), yoga teacher and artist, with renowned fans across the globe including Elena Brower and Sharon Gannon, co-founder of Jivamukti Yoga. Sarah worked extensively with her mentor Harish Johari in India, he initiated her into the spiritual practice of painting Yantras. Sarah is the author of Coloring Yantras, (Shambhala Publications, 2017), Nine Designs for Inner Peace, (Destiny Publishing, 2008) and creator of the Yantra Bliss Oracle Deck, (2017). She leads retreats and Yantra workshops around the world and enjoys lots of time by the ocean with her husband and two young boys.


Meditation Instructor

Malcolm McQuirter

Malcolm is a Co-Founder and Director of Samana's Ayurvedic and Mindfulness programs. He has spent the last 20 years studying and practicing the best of Eastern and Western meditation techniques to better understand the Mind's role in healing. Malcolm is steeped in the tantric traditions of South India.He has a Master's in Ayurvedic Medicine from California College of Ayurveda.


Sound Healing and Operations

Eric Cetnarski

Eric Cetnarski is the Co-Founder and Director  of Samana+.   Eric is a certified Sound Therapy Practitioner and has led mindfulness workshops for organizations including McKesson, IDEO, UCSF and Hult Business School. Eric also holds an MBA in Sustainability Management and works in organizational development.

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