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Transcending Matters Retreat: A Journey of Transformation and Success


Welcome to the captivating world of the April Radiance Retreat, a transformative experience that took place from April 18th to 25th in the picturesque Algarve region of Portugal. Organized by Transcending Matters, this intimate luxury retreat aimed to rejuvenate the mind, body, and soul of its participants. In this blog, we will delve into the remarkable success of this retreat, exploring the unique features, benefits, and experiences that made it an unforgettable journey of self-discovery.

A Gateway to Transformation

Led by the renowned Tarun Hari Das, a master yoga instructor and healer, this retreat was designed to go beyond the traditional boundaries of yoga and delve into the realms of qi gong and martial arts training. To add an element of surprise, Tarun enlisted the expertise of Master Mo, a 7-time world champion Shaolin Grand Master, who not only assisted with coaching and training but also showcased his unique culinary skills. This fusion of practices and flavours created a unique holistic healing, program that was meticulously crafted to nourish the mind, body, and soul.

Tarun Hari Das & Master Monty

Expanding Horizons:

Tarun Hari Das, a visionary in the realm of holistic wellness, dared to defy convention by infusing the Radiance Retreat with the ancient practices of qi gong and martial arts. This bold departure from the traditional confines of yoga asanas marked a pivotal moment in the evolution of the retreat, transcending boundaries and inviting participants to explore new dimensions of their practice.

The decision to incorporate qi gong and martial arts was not merely a matter of novelty; it represented a profound shift in perspective, emphasizing the inherent interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit. By introducing these dynamic and fluid movements into the retreat program, Tarun Hari Das challenged participants to expand their understanding of yoga beyond the confines of the mat and embrace a more holistic approach to wellness.

Qi gong, with its gentle yet powerful movements, served as a gateway to the flow of energy within the body, enabling participants to tap into their innate vitality and cultivate a deeper sense of balance and harmony. Through the practice of qi gong, attendees were able to unlock dormant channels of energy, release tension and stagnation, and awaken to the vibrant pulse of life coursing through their veins.

Similarly, the incorporation of martial arts training offered participants an opportunity to explore the dynamic interplay between strength and grace, power and poise. Under masterful guidance, attendees learned to harness their physical prowess and channel it into disciplined and focused movement, embodying the principles of mindfulness, intention, and self-mastery.

What emerged from this fusion of practices was a holistic approach to movement and self-expression that transcended the limitations of any single discipline. Participants were encouraged to explore the full spectrum of their physical capabilities, to move with fluidity and grace, and to cultivate a profound sense of presence and awareness in every moment.

The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive, as they embraced this new dimension of the retreat with open hearts and minds. Many found themselves surprised by the depth of their inner strength and resilience, as they navigated the challenges and complexities of the practice with courage and determination.

But perhaps the most profound impact of incorporating qi gong and martial arts into the retreat program was the way in which it catalyzed personal transformation and growth. Participants discovered new facets of themselves through movement, breaking free from the constraints of their comfort zones and unearthing reservoirs of untapped potential lying dormant within.

In the end, Tarun Hari Das's bold decision to expand the horizons of the Radiance Retreat proved to be a game-changer, offering participants a pathway to deeper self-discovery, empowerment, and transformation. By embracing the fluidity of movement and the power of self-expression, attendees transcended the limitations of the mat and embarked on a journey of holistic wellness that resonated far beyond the confines of the retreat itself.

Culinary Delights:

In addition to the transformative practices of movement and mindfulness, another highlight of the April Radiance Retreat was the culinary journey curated by Tarun Hari Das himself. As a seasoned chef with a deep appreciation for the healing power of food, Tarun approached the task of menu creation with great care and attention to detail, ensuring that each meal served, not only satisfied the palate but also nourished the body and soul.

Under Tarun's guidance, the retreat's culinary experience underwent a transformation, elevating it to new heights of excellence. Drawing inspiration from the bountiful offerings of the local landscape,

Tarun crafted a menu that celebrated the vibrant flavours and textures of fresh, seasonal produce while also incorporating innovative culinary techniques and global influences.

From the moment guests sat down to their first meal, they were greeted with a feast for the senses, as the aromas of herbs and spices mingled in the air, and colorful plates adorned the table like works of art. Each dish was a symphony of flavours, carefully balanced to delight the taste buds and nourish the body from the inside out.

Behind the scenes, Tarun was not alone in his culinary endeavours. Assisting him with the mastery of the breakfast menu was Sister Letitia, a skilled nutritionist and devoted practitioner of mindful eating. With her keen intuition and intuitive understanding of flavour combinations, Sister Letitia brought a unique touch to the morning meals, infusing them with love, care, and a dash of creativity.

Under Sister Letitia's guidance, breakfast became a ritual of nourishment and renewal, setting the tone for each day of the retreat. Guests were treated to a tantalizing array of options, such as hearty grain bowls bursting with seasonal fruits and nuts.

Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Sister Letitia's breakfast creations was the way in which they reflected the principles of mindfulness and intention that permeated every aspect of the retreat experience. Each dish was prepared with loving attention to detail, honouring the ingredients and the hands that cultivated them, and inviting guests to savour each bite with presence and gratitude.

The gratitude expressed by participants for the delicious and nourishing meals served throughout the retreat was a testament not only to Tarun's culinary expertise but also to the collaborative efforts of the entire kitchen team.

Together, they created a culinary experience that was not only memorable but also deeply meaningful, nourishing both body and soul and leaving a lasting impression on all who had the pleasure of partaking in it.

At the heart of the April Radiance Retreat lay a commitment to personalized healing and transformation. Led by the visionary guidance of Tarun Hari Das and Master Mo, each participant was not merely a guest but a cherished individual on a unique journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

From the outset, it was evident that this retreat was not a one-size-fits-all experience. Rather, it was crafted to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of each participant. Tarun and Master Mo worked closely with every individual, taking the time to listen, understand, and tailor the retreat experience to address their specific concerns and desires.

Through one-on-one consultations and personalized sessions, participants were offered a bespoke roadmap for their journey of healing and growth. Whether it was overcoming past traumas, releasing limiting beliefs, or simply seeking clarity and direction in life, no challenge was too great or too small to be addressed with compassion and expertise.

One particularly impactful aspect of the personalized healing experience was the inclusion of special hypnotherapy sessions for some guests. These sessions offered a profound opportunity for deep introspection and transformation.

Under the gentle guidance of the hypnotherapist, participants were able to access the subconscious mind and explore the root causes of their challenges and obstacles. Through techniques such as regression therapy and positive suggestion, they were able to reframe their perspectives, release negative patterns, and tap into their inner reservoirs of strength and resilience.

The results were nothing short of miraculous, with participants reporting noticeable and instant changes in their lives. From newfound clarity and confidence to a profound sense of peace and liberation, the impact of the hypnotherapy sessions reverberated far beyond the retreat itself, catalyzing lasting transformation in every aspect of participants' lives.

But perhaps the greatest gift of the personalized healing experience was the sense of empowerment and agency it instilled in participants. Armed with a renewed perspective and a set of powerful tools to navigate life's challenges, attendees left the retreat glowing with newfound vitality and purpose.

The April Radiance Retreat had become more than just a week-long getaway; it had become a catalyst for personal growth, healing, and transformation. As participants ventured back into the world, they carried with them cherished memories and also a deep sense of gratitude for the journey they had undertaken and the lives they had touched along the way.


The success of the Transcending Matters April Radiance Retreat was a testament to the expert facilitators and the openness and willingness of the participants to create positive impactful change. Tarun Hari Das, Sister Letitia and Master Mo's collaboration brought a fresh perspective to the retreat, expanding the boundaries of traditional yoga and introducing new dimensions of healing and self-discovery. The fusion of qi gong, martial arts, and culinary delights added a unique flavour to the experience. From personalized healing sessions to transformative hypnotherapy, each guest left the retreat with a renewed sense of purpose, armed with the knowledge and tools to navigate their lives with radiance and resilience.

By Tarun Hari Das

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Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

An experience I will never forget and as Tarun has most eloquently expressed the team left no stone unturned to our personal and palatial development. An experience second to non and intend to flow up and continue the journey in September's retreat.

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