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Gurdjieff Sacred Dance Retreat with Akash Dharmaraj – Portugal

Journey to Inaccessible places - Portugal

“Learning to dance is learning to move consciously through life…”

Gurdjieff Sacred Dance Retreat with Akash Dharmaraj from India

(a clinical psychologist, a Sufi dervish, and a Fourth Way Teacher)


We are happy to invite you on an international 5-day residential journey into yourself in the beautiful contemplative setting of the

Monchique Mountains of the Algarve, Portugal

August 11th-16th 2017

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Akash Dharmaraj sacred sufi dancing retreat Gurdjieff

About Gurdjieff Sacred Dances

Highly original, charismatic and mystical, these dances are designed, to balance the different sources of energy within us.

Creating a harmony between the body, the mind and the emotions.

This results in a unique inner centering, a new sense of inner rhythm, a relaxed alertness, a natural silence and grace… leading to a higher level of consciousness & presence. Each movement has its own music & the beautiful, haunting melodies & rhythms enhance the process. The movements are placed within the context of a larger philosophical ideology… the Fourth Way… which is the way of the Sufi…

Read more about the work & dances…

Who is this for?

This is for persons who wish to explore deeper into themselves, through the alchemy of movement, music, & dance. Through a series of experiential processes…

Active, dynamic, filled with music, rhythm, dance, light, sound, conversation & dialogue, meditation & silence,

We take you into an intensive encounter with your own self… Inviting you to re-discover, & connect with the inner landscapes of your bodymind, heal old wounds, release the past, & live with freedom & intensity.

This retreat is suitable for beginners – everyone is welcome!

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Akash Dharmaraj sacred sufi dance movement teacher. Gurujief

About the teacher: Akash Dharmaraj

A Fourth Way teacher, A Sufi Dervish, clinical Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Woman, Mother and a student just like all of us.

Akash’s journey initiated as a Sufi when she was 19 and first met her Sufi Master in Kashmir by “chance”- later on she started integrating the Sufi way into her professional practice. Her encounter with Gurdjieff’s sacred dances happened almost 20 years ago and was “life transforming” for her. Ever since, she has been teaching and integrating the dances with her experience as a Sufi, as a Psychologist and with the variety of additional healing and therapeutic modalities she has acquired throughout the years.

Akash has been leading international groups of these dances for the past 20 years

and teaching them to whoever wants to learn all over the world – from Goa, India where she lives, to Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Click to read more about Akash and her words about the Dances…

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Start: Friday, August 11th at 17:00 – registration followed by opening session.

End: Wednesday, August 16th at 18:00



The primary language of the retreat will be movement, supported with silence and English when needed to add context and framework.

BASIC and OCCASIONAL translation will be possible to Portuguese and Spanish during the retreat.

The venue:

The retreat will be located Karuna Meditation center in the green mountains of Serra de Monchique in the Algarve.

Serra the Monchique is known for its healing thermal water, medicinal plants, pure air and lush green landscapes.

The Retreat Center offers a stunning view over Portugal’s southern coast and the Atlantic Ocean. We will be amongst one of the most secluded and silent places in this area, which is home to a variety of local flora and fauna. The Retreat Center’s property is isolated and perfect for those in search of silence, seclusion and peace.


The price for the full retreat is only €690


Reservation deposit: 290€ (non-refundable after April 1st)

Please bring the remaining in cash upon arrival. From the 1st August, if the attendee cancels for any reason, they are liable to the full payment.

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Akash Dharmaraj sacred sufi dancing retreat Gurdjieff

Price includes:

  • All retreat days and activities
  • Simple accommodation in shared room/dormitory of 2-6people (usually with shared bathroom near the room)
  • 3 vegan-vegetarian meals a day
  • Drinking water

Price does not include:

  • Materials for workshop (we will let you know what to bring with you later on)
  • Private single room accommodation,
  • Transfer to and from the venue (available upon request)
  • Lunch on arrival day, dinner on the last day (available upon request)

Accommodation options:

  • Included in the price: shared room/dormitory of 2-6 people
  • Private single room accommodation: extra 125 per person for the entire 5 day retreat (sold out)
  • Tent accommodation is possible for a limited number of tents without change in price. Please note, you must bring your own tent – there aren’t any at the centre that you could rent.
Akash Dharmaraj sacred sufi dancing retreat Gurudjief

For more info please contact:

Email: [email protected]

Boaz on:

WhatsApp: +972-54-224-7707

Portugal: +351 91 175 2120

EU: +44 7446 646 748

Getting to the venue

The nearest airport is Faro, Portugal.

The venue is easily accessible by car and is 3-5h drive from Lisbon and 30-60min from the Southern border with Spain.

Taxi’s should be easily available from Faro airport and if there’s enough interest we will organize airport pickup for the arrival day and assist participants with car-pooling.

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Photo credit: G.Chen
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