Sarah Yantra & Samana.Life


Monte De Orada -  Portugal


June 3rd - 10th , 2022


The Retreat

The past few years have been challenging for everyone. It's time for a break. It's time to recharge. It's time to connect. 


Join us for a 7-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.

Sarah and Malcolm talk about the retreat: 


What to expect from immersing yourself in the Gayatri Teachings:

  • A deepening of your meditation and yoga practices through powerful Gayatri Mantra, Yantra, Fire Rituals and Teachings.

  • The heightened awareness of the source of your own light will bring much creativity to your personal projects.

  • A new perspective on current personal and global issues and relationships.

  • The esoteric power of some of the secret teachings will bring unexpected gifts and healing.

  • Connection with like-minds in the beauty of the natural setting will nourish you at a profound level.

  • Reconnect with your sense adventure! 

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

How to Set Up A Successful Daily Practice.

Yantra 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.   The retreat center is part of a regenerative farm and forest. There are plenty of places for walking, hiking, reflecting and napping.  See below for more information on the retreat center. 

Additional Services

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

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

June 3rd - travel to Monte De Orado via shuttle.
June 4th - 9th* - Retreat
June 10th - travel to Lisbon Airport via shuttle.   

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

*June 7th is a rest day. Optional beach trip. 

The Venue

"Monte Orada is an old sanctuary, a place for contemplation and connection with nature and water. It is a place to get inspired to redesign life's attitudes on Earth and manifest that awakening. 


Orada was started on the vision that nature, health, sustainability are fundamental insights to Transition out of the toxicity of modern times.


We focus on organic farming, conscious nutrition, meditation and permaculture. We are space holder context, a force for innovative possibilities, new mindsets, not a guesthouse, hotel nor a restaurant.


We are nestled in the heart of a nature sanctuary in the woods of Odemira, Alentejo, South West Portugal, bordering Algarve."




"Orada offers different accommodation types from private suites and bungalows to tepees and cozy dorm rooms. The buildings and retreat facilities were reconstructed using traditional and organic materials (adobe) giving this beautiful property not only an authentic Portuguese feel, but also providing a healthy and comfortable environment in all weather."

For more photos of each accommodation area, please visit Orado's page here. 

Main House
Main house rooms and dorms have shared bathrooms. Great for the budget conscious, or small groups. 

main room.jpg
room distribuition 21_edited_edited_edited_edited.jpg

Each suite has a private bathroom and kitchenette. 

room distribuition 21_edited_edited.jpg

Outdoor Nature Spaces
Indoor rooms with outdoor showers and shared dry compost toilets.

room distribuition 21_edited_edited.jpg


Total Gayatri program, lodging and meal cost ranges from $1850 to $3500.   (Prices do not cover airfare to Portugal.) 

Deposit $500.  Deposit early to get your preferred accommodations! Space is limited. 


Final Payments due April 1st, 2022.  Please see the FAQ for refund and cancellation policy. 


Screen Shot 2021-11-08 at 7.14.22 PM.jpg

Main House

Shared Accommodations:

$1850 per person

8 Days Includes:

  • Meditation and Ritual Instruction & Practice

  • Daily Yantra Making (Supplies Included)

  • Daily Yoga

  • Daily Fire Ceremony (Havan) 

  • Siri Joyti Ceremony 

  • Three organic vegetarian meals a day

  • Coffee/Tea

  • Shuttle transfer to/fro Lisbon Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-11-08 at 7.25.24 PM.jpg


Shared Private Rooms

$2350 per person

Or book a whole room for yourself.

$3500 per person. (Limited Qty.)

8 Days Includes:

  • Meditation and Ritual Instruction & Practice

  • Daily Yantra Making (Supplies Included)

  • Daily Yoga

  • Daily Fire Ceremony (Havan) 

  • Siri Joyti Ceremony 

  • Three organic vegetarian meals a day

  • Coffee/Tea

  • Shuttle transfer to/fro Lisbon Airport.

Screen Shot 2021-11-08 at 7.24.15 PM.jpg

Outdoor Spaces:

Shared Bungalows, Teepee or Treehouse:

$2200 per person.

Or book a whole room for yourself.

$3500 per person. (Limited Qty.)

8 Days Includes:

  • Meditation and Ritual Instruction & Practice

  • Daily Yantra Making (Supplies Included)

  • Daily Yoga

  • Daily Fire Ceremony (Havan) 

  • Siri Joyti Ceremony 

  • Three organic vegetarian meals a day

  • Coffee/Tea

  • Shuttle transfer to/fro Lisbon Airport.

Your Guides


Yantra and Yoga 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  

Eric Cetnarski

Eric Cetnarski is the Co-Founder and Director  of Samana+. Eric is a 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.


What is your cancellation policy?

We understand the world is a bit, well, complicated of late and we will work to be a flexible with cancellations due to the pandemic.   That said, cancellations will only be accepted for pandemic related reasons. This mirrors the policy of our host, Monte Orada.  Thank you for your understanding and patience as we go through these interesting times together! 

What are your COVID policies?

For the health and safety of the teachers, students and staff, we are requiring vaccinations for this retreat. This is also in compliance with Portugal guidelines.  Please contact us if you have any questions about this. Thank you for your understanding. 

I have food allergies, can I request special food?

Yes. Please let us know in the reservation form. 

How do I make sure my travelling partner is booked my room?

In the reservation form there is a area to fill out who you are rooming with. We will pair you!  Please note that your roomates have to register separately so we can have their paperwork in system. 

Do you cover air fare?

We only cover transport from Lisbon Airport to the retreat center. 

Do you have any scholarships?

We want everyone to have the ability to experience Gayatri and offer limited partial scholarships to those in financial need. Please contact us for more information. 

More FAQ's will come! Please reach out to us if you have any questions. 


Gayatri Reflections: