That Bowl of Silence: A 5-Day Retreat

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Guided by Saki Santorelli


A wealth you cannot imagine

flows through you.

Do not consider what strangers say.

Be secluded in your secret heart-house,

That bowl of silence.  

                                         - Rumi



Following Rumi’s wise counsel, we’ll inhabit that “bowl of silence” as a way of realizing that the “wealth” we are constantly seeking is already within us. And yet...Embodying this treasure is not without cost. Willingly turning toward and allowing our conditioned sense of separateness to melt away is a great and worthy challenge. Being so, consciously surrendering our self-centeredness asks nothing less of us than a warm, open, and all-embracing desire to unveil the truth and beauty of our lives.   


Surrendering to such unveiling is a way of aligning ourselves with the pull of love expressing itself as our determined and patient commitment to awakening. Our love of sincerity and wakefulness sets in motion an alchemical process that has the power to transform us through our commitment to become intimate with life in all its suffering and sorrow, joy, light, and beauty. 


Mercifully, we are not alone in this labor of love. In the company of heartfelt companions, the retreat is structured to support you as we join together in a daily schedule of sitting and walking meditation, yoga and movement, morning and evening talks, group and/or individual practice meetings, and brief periods of inquiry.


Embedded in silence and infused with the spirit of befriending, this retreat is an invitation to set aside our usual responsibilities and daily routines for the simplicity and spaciousness of silent meditation and wordless prayer. The cultivation of harmonious relationships with self, others, the world, and the infinite is the path we’ll walk. Open to all with prior meditation experience, participation in this retreat requires no adherence to a particular faith tradition. Attendance for the entire retreat is a prerequisite for participation.


Date: 29 March - 3 April 2022


Sponsoring Organization: Ser Integral: Portuguese Center for Mindfulness



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Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA is an educator, meditation teacher, writer, gardener and pioneer in integrating meditation and mindfulness into medicine, health care, and the broader society. In 2017, he retired as professor of medicine, executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic – the clinic of origin of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) - at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

His entire forty-year career in medicine and healthcare has been oriented around the integration of mindfulness into public health fueled by an abiding trust in the innate brilliance and nobility of human beings. He has plumbed the nature of the healing relationship by working with thousands of medical patients, educating and mentoring generations of medical students, healthcare professionals, educators, and researchers of mindfulness and MBSR. Through his vision and leadership, the Center for Mindfulness transmitted the ethos, practice, teaching, and science of mindfulness to individuals and organizations around the world.

Saki has been a student in the universal Sufi lineage of Hazrat Inayat Khan for nearly fifty years. In 1980, his teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, suggested he also become a student in the Buddhist insight meditation tradition. He did so. A year later, he met Jon Kabat-Zinn. Blessed with such good fortune, he became Jon’s student. As their decades-long relationship unfolded, they became colleagues, friends, and dharma-brothers transmitting the taste of mindfulness, the fragrance of the Sufi’s, and the vision of a grounded, lively contemplative science and education to people around the planet.

Saki teaches, writes, presents workshops, seminars, and leads retreats internationally. He is the author of Heal Thy Self: Lessons on Mindfulness in Medicine now translated into fourteen languages and founder/director of the website and online community, Guest House Awareness.





Casa da Torre, Soutelo, Vila Verde, Braga, Portugal (info here)



The accommodation at Casa da Torre is in individual and double rooms with private bathroom. The rooms are not luxurious, but rather very simple with all the comfort for you to have a pleasant and peaceful stay during the retreat. The Center has several gardens in the exterior that you can use during the entire duration of the retreat. It also has a beautiful terrace with an amazing view over an extensive natural area.

                       Jardim Entrada Casa da Torre    IMG 04623 

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                    Terraco Casa da Torre    Jardim Casa da Torre  

                      Quartos Individuais Casa da Torre 004   Quarto Duplo Casa da Torre 007   Quartos Casa de Banho Casa da Torre 008 

* Casa da Torre is a Jesuit Monastery and the choice of this type of retreat center is not because of the religious thematic of the place, which is not essential for a mindfulness retreat but rather because it meets several criteria that we find important for a retreat: silence, simplicity, high number of single rooms with private bathrooms available and great quality of the meals (variables that are requested for many of the people that are interested in our services)



Meals are vegetarian and they will include: complete breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as, snacks, tea/coffee/water for breaks during the day.


If you need any special adaptation in terms of meals (i.e, vegan, dairy free, gluten free, etc)  please let us know.




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