SYC x Astrology for Artists
07.06.20 – 14.06.20
A week of self-discovery and transformation.
After an incredible experience 2019, Secret Yoga Club are returning to the wild and beautiful Monte Da Orada to embark on another cosmic quest of self-discovery and expansion, working with astrology and yoga.
This will be the third retreat that Madeleine (Astrology for Artists) and Gabrielle (Secret Yoga Club) are co-creating. Each time, they enjoy finding new ways of weaving their practices together: sensing how skies echo through the skull by tuning into celestial consciousness with the breath, or exploring the elemental landscape of the body with it’s spectrum of shifting modulations and seasons.
Astrology is a captivating framework to interrogate all the different aspects of our lives, our: temperament, elemental composition, relationships, behavioural patterns, longings, creative drive, our goals and dreams.
We use it to uncover the secrets we hide from ourselves, to sense the ebb and flow of our energy, to explore how we communicate and understand what we might need to seek in order to continue our personal evolution and create the lives we desire.
In Madeleine’s words:
Astrology is about who we are and who we want to be. To be open to this language is to be open to the world and our inner selves. Astrology connects us with our nature, making us be authentic. Astrology gives us freedom, it reveals the potential of who we can become but allows us to choose, to experiment, to play, to be creative with our lives.
To learn about our astrological chart is to understand in a deeper way our feelings, emotions, fears, pain, happiness, joy, love between other things. We are all fighting our own battles. We are all dancing in this wonderful tricky universe. We are all creating our lives – our most important creative act.
This week is one of deep discovery and transformation. Gabrielle and Madeleine work together, with you, to create a safe and inquisitive environment to invite personal illuminations and cultivate confidence and inspiration. We’ve chosen the second week of June 2020 because it will be the time in between eclipses, when the waning Moon will ask us to look within and Venus retrograde will make us revise and work our relationships, values and what love is. This eclipse season will be a powerful time as eclipses are portals for change and transformation and the time in between them is an ideal for ritual, meditation, and internal clearing – when we gain insights and experience revelation of things that need to change in our lives.
Madeleine’s work reveals the powerful shifts in the cosmos as they reverberate through our bones and impact how we experience life. You will explore the energies available in the skies in a very practical way, through: discussion, exercises, yoga, breathwork and writing.
Gabrielle’s offering will invite your to experience Madeleine’s teachings somatically – cultivating strength and receptivity in the body so we can access a deeper sense of intuitive knowing and move from that space of power and honesty.
Monte Da Orada is the perfect place to tune into the invisible and mysterious currents that carry us. The skies are lucid and bright. The pocket of valley surrounding the centre is rich green, regardless of the season. There are two rivers, a biopool with beautiful lotus flowers and an estuary of fresh water (the thrill of another current…)
The centre is enchanting and comfortable, with a sense of warmth and community that is precious, and very unique to Orada. It is perhaps not for those seeking pure luxury. We wash our own plate after eating and we might have some little insect friends – it would be strange to be immersed in nature and not!
Nearby are beautiful beaches and surfing, should you feel called. The food is delicious and abundant, often picked fresh from the garden. The shala has incredible views, as does the meditation room.
There is much to fall in love with, which is why are returning again.
We will be arriving there just after a full Moon Lunar eclipse in Sagittarius (June 5th) and leaving before the New Moon solar eclipse in Cancer (June 21st – Summer Solstice). We will be there in between eclipses, when the waning Moon will ask us to look within and Venus retrograde will make us revise and work our relationships, values and what love is. This eclipse season will be a powerful time as eclipses are portals for change and transformation. This is an ideal time for ritual, meditation, and internal clearing – when we gain insights and experience revelation of things that need to change in our lives.
They can be magical moments of discovery.
An exciting shift is upon us, 2020 has big planetary placements. We are on the threshold of a tremendous transformation, a huge reality check. 2020 will also give birth to the alignment of Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn – a powerful eruptive encounter, one that impacts us collectively and personally.
‘The moon and sun are travelers through eternity. Even the years wander on. Whether drifting through life on a boat or climbing toward old age leading a horse, each day is a journey, and the journey itself is home’ Bashō Matsuo
Madeleine Botet de Lacaze
Madeleine Botet de Lacaze is an Argentine-born performance artist and astrologer based in London. After studying and developing astrology and performance as two separate practices she decided to integrate them creating Astrology for Artists. She believes that everyone is an artist and our lives our most important creative act. She aims to communicate and reflect upon what makes us creative and what makes us feel alive; how do we connect with our vital expressive pulse?
She studied astrology at CASA 11 in Buenos Aires and at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London. She also did an MA in Performance Art at Wimbledon College of Art focusing on the body’s relationship to identity, belonging and presence; creating intimate interdisciplinary performances that question our perception of corporality. She has performed internationally at festivals such as Spill, In Between Time, Buzzcut, Sacred, Performatorium and Steakhouse Live. She has worked with artists such as Marina Abramovic at the Serpentine Gallery, Ron Athey at Fierce Festival and she has been mentored by Franko B, Ron Athey, and Tim Etchells who she is currently assisting.
Gabrielle has been teaching for seven years and her offering has slowly evolved with her practise. Her priority is to create a compassionate space for people to explore their physical landscape and breath as portal into the energy body and the subtler realms within and without.
As many yogis discovered thousands of years ago, she too observed how her body hoarded habits and memories (samskaras) and that movement and breath work was the most effective way to release these tensions, to celebrate the body and awaken the mind. It is only through releasing these ghosts and our conditioning, that we are able to see the world clearly and move through life from a space clarity and connection.
She teaches a slow, mindful flow, prefaced with some kind of pranayama to draw people to the inner world. She’s interested in finding different ways to explore the body, seeking different words to communicate and new experiences to awaken. She closes classes singing with crystal bowls, to create a nourishing space for people to soften more deeply into themselves.
Monte Da Orada is a Transition Educational Community promoting and bridging spiritual, ecological and transformative embodied experience and retreats. The centre is nestled in the heart of a nature sanctuary in the woods of Odemira, Alentejo, South West Portugal, bordering Algarve.
Orada was founded on the vision that nature, health, sustainability and community are fundamental insights to transition out of the toxicity of modern times. It is a place to get inspired to redesign life on Earth and manifest that awakening.
Monte Da Orada has beautiful gardens, a swimming pool, an amphitheatre and sun-filled terraces. It’s an 18 minute drive from the beach and surrounded by rolling hills for you to explore.
The centre 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.
Daily Astrology Workshops
Daily Yoga, Breathwork and Movement Practices
A day off at the Beach
Daily vegetarian meals
(large brunch and dinner, morning and afternoon snacks)
What’s not included:
Food or travel on day off
Transport / Airport Transfers
Monte De Orada is 1.5 hours from Faro International Airport. We recommend taking the flights below:
7th – 14th June 2020, London Gatwick- Faro International
7th June, London Gatwick, 14.20 — Faro, 17.10
14th June, Faro 12.05 — London Gatwick, 14.05
Transport will be organised for those on recommended flight only. The taxi is approx €35.00 per person in an 8 seater.
Shared Dorm Room (Bunk Beds) = £900.00 * 8 people
Shared Dorm Room (Double and Bunk Beds) = £1150.00 * 3 people
Shared Dorm Room (Futons) = £1050.00
Twin Room = £1250.00
Double Room = £1250.00 pp (as a couple) or £1750 single occupancy
Shared TeePee = £1100.00
Shared Bungalow = £1100.00
Tree House (Couples Only) = £1000.00
*Please note that prices are per person. A £450.00 deposit is required to secure your space.
For bookings details and more information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces will be limited for this unique experience, please book soon to avoid disappointment.
SYC & Astrology for Artists
*Please note that all deposits and bookings are non-refundable.