- Over 15 years of experience
- Attractive prices
- Beautiful place in the middle of nature
- Sustainable stay
- Good facilities (swimming pond, sauna, water from a natural spring)
Our Story and Vision
Sadhaka is a small scale course organization, founded in 2005 by co-creators Chandra Patricia Benjamins (Art teacher) and Wim Molinello (Tantra and yoga teacher). Their Center for personal growth is found in the green French countryside 2,5 hours south of Paris. The 4 hectare domain called Le Moulin counts four buildings and accommodates up to 50 guests. The creative, yoga and tantra courses are aimed at raising awareness and self-development. A course at Sadhaka is a beautiful get together where you and your presence contribute in a space where everyone is an integral part of the whole. You will leave Sadhaka with more than just a nice holiday feeling.
Sometime in 2003, we Chandra Patricia Benjamins and Wim Molinello, had a moment of reflection. We looked back and ahead of us and our lives. We both had a full time job, a career. Everything was arranged to the grave. We asked each other the question: Do we want this? Are we living to our full potential? Then we put down our vision clearly. The key words “work, individuality, career and money”, we transformed into “involvement, ecological, spirituality and creativity”.
We exchanged the Netherlands for France; the city life for a life close to nature. We went from working for money and career goals to living in the moment and paying attention to each other and our surroundings.
For us, Sadhaka became a place to bring people together in an environment where these values count.
What a wonderful week! Absolutely everything was right: the fine people, the good conversations, inspiration, the beautiful place, the kittens and chicken, the delicious food… I could be completely myself from the first minute!
Active in the Netherlands and France
In the Netherlands we organise yoga weekends three times a year. After years of renting a group accommodation for our summer curses, autumn 2012 was a dream come true. With a team of volunteers, we have transformed a former water mill in central France into Sadhaka’s new Centre for Personal Growth and Awareness. A new and permanent home, for us, and our Sadhaka guests. In this place it is possible to realize our ideas about sustainable and natural living in full freedom. Meanwhile, the water from the tap comes from a natural source that is heated by solar panels, there is a sauna, a vegetable garden, we bake our own bread, we make flour and muesli from organic grain, we have eggs from our own chickens, there is a fruit orchard and berry garden and a swimming lake for a summer dip. Are you coming to enjoy with us?
What’s in a name
The name Sadhaka comes from Sanskrit, the old Indian language. A Sadhaka is a spiritual seeker, someone who arranges his life to achieve his ultimate ideal goal: union with the Supreme/Divine.
It is overwhelming to consider that since the start of Sadhaka in 2004, simply from our wish and intention, an energy was put into motion, which has now become a living organism, kindled up, palpable and growing by itself.
A trainee brings this feeling in these words:
“So much warmth, so much love and connection. It is like a warm bath where you want to stay in forever. From day one I regularly had the following verse in my head:
“I wish you a piece of heaven, hands full of sunlight and warmth and love of the people around you.”
This is one of the most beautiful songs I know and it is exactly that Sadhaka feeling which is always so difficult to put into words, but what this verse to me comes very close to.
Dear Wim and Patricia, you have with love and conviction, confidence and perseverance put down a brilliant concept. You may feel very proud of what you together accomplished. Fascinating to see how you guys every day are completely there again, full of new energy. I think it’s great that everyone was so kind to themselves this week, and opened themselves completely. Together we have created a very beautiful atmosphere. The battery is charged again and we can look back on a great retreat. I love you guys!
With love, Leonie.
Another trainee writes about her experience at Sadhaka:
“From the moment you are born, you’re dying. The clock is ticking backwards until you leave this earth again, says Wim on day 1. That sets well down what it is all about: enjoying life and not making it harder than it is. Here I experienced how easy and wonderful life can be. Supple (through yoga), inspired (by the people and nature) and released (by the flow of my creative energy) I go back home from here. Many thanks for your efforts to create a place where people like me can find themselves (again). An environment here. To become a bit closer to the core. Until next year!
Tantra festival, Singing Week, Art Weeks, Tantra Yoga courses, Yoga and mindfulness trainings, Meditation retreats, stained glass workshops, Tantric massage courses, Shibari… and unique: the Combiweeks Creative, Yoga and Tantra in which you can mosaic, paint, sculpt, sculpt, print linoleum, make jewelry, practice yoga, gain tantra experience, meditate, and more… The course prices are all in, so including course fees, weekly accommodation, three meals a day, tea, coffee and fruit!
The travel forum allows you to travel with other students. Twice as cosy and saves the environment and your travel expenses. Sadhaka also offers various activities in the Netherlands and Germany, such as the Sadhaka Tantra introductory weekends.
A sustainable stay
Solar panels provide hot water at Le Moulin and the vegetable, fruit and berry garden for most of the vegetarian food served. The water from the tap comes from a natural source, we bake our own bread, make flour and muesli from organic grains, provide fresh kefirs, homemade peanut butter, nut milk and have eggs from our own chickens. The hammocks and art sculptures are on the domain are there for you to enjoy. For a swim, simply hop into the lake with clean bathing water or in the small river that surrounds the 5 hectares of terrain.
You can enjoy several wonderful massages and healings on reservation this summer. And new at Sadhaka: we have a sauna!!
Center for Personal Growth and Awareness
Sadhaka has a wonderful Centre for Personal Growth and Awareness in the heart of France. You can volunteer to participate in this inspiring growth project and help behind the scenes during our Sadhaka course weeks. For your well-deserved holiday you are welcome as a guest in one of the Sadhaka courses at this breathtaking place.
New! Join our Sadhaka tantra community as a resident or guest in September and October 2019, a connecting and unforgettable experience.
More than 10 years Sadhaka!
Sadhaka has been around for over 10 years and we celebrate this with nice discounts. Sadhaka inspires you to develop creatively and spiritually. A unique experience that you can think of with a smile for a long time to come.
We would like to welcome you!
Chandra Patricia and Wim