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Retreats

 
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2019 Retreats in British Columbia

We currently host small groups of people for intimate practice and teaching sessions on our property in Salt Spring Island, British Columbia.

We call these retreats “Pyramid Retreats” because we literally practice together in a pyramid (see pics below)! The pyramid is a block from the ocean, and adjacent to a labyrinth. As a support for the awakening process, both the physical space and the land itself are unrivaled. 

“Pyramid Retreats” are a max of eight people. The particular “form” of these retreats emphasizes…

A spacious, non-self-conscious approach to sitting/lying practice. This includes individual feedback around finding postures and ways of arranging the body that support grounding and entry into deep states of presence and stillness. The goal is always to help folks find a formal practice that is natural and uncontrived. By going beyond general “how-to” instructions to an appreciation of how your specific system actually works, deep stillness, equanimity, and other states begin to unfold organically without force. Rigidity is dissolved without losing sensitivity and alertness.

Standing and walking practice done while immersed in nature and the elemental realm. Practicing outside is a major aid to deepening presence. The channels and energies of the body long to rejoin the rhythms of the water, earth and air. As nature itself supports the entire system, what is stuck at the mental, emotional and energetic level is softly invited to move and self-resolve.

Somatic movement and energetic work with the body. Just as the mind unwinds on retreat, the body also needs space to release the patterns we have unconsciously imposed on it. Specifically, we create space and provide cues so that the body-intelligence can play in an unstructured and uninhibited way. Like the mind, some of the deepest healing of the body comes when we learn to give space to the subtler, involuntary processes that are usually covered over by conditioned body-use.

Significant real-time interaction with the teachers about what is arising and how we are attending to it. This interaction is done in both group and one-on-one settings and is designed to help each person access and/or stabilize presence-awareness in a way that is natural to them. This particular container also aims to make individualized guidance for being with challenging energetic, somatic or psychological content more accessible and easier to ask for. What we perceive as "in the way" of the unconditioned truly is the doorway to accessing it. Our fixations and wounding patterns are literally showing us the doorway to new facets of ourselves, new forms of embodiment, and new levels of freedom and aliveness. Our main job as teachers is to help you listen skillfully to that information.

Finally, “Pyramid Retreats” are done at our home in an intimate but not-altogether silent container. Lunch and dinner are generally eaten out of silence. Our experience with this form of practice thus far has been extraordinarily positive. The relaxed intimacy of the group and the easy-going, unpressured connections that are made profoundly support our ability to deepen into presence-awareness as a group.

“Pyramid Retreats” are good if you perceive stagnation in your practice, if you are aware of a need for more intimate guidance, and/or if you are simply feeling a calling to drop deeply into stillness.

We look forward to practicing with you!

 

Upcoming 2019 Retreat Dates

February 20-24 | 5 spots
March 27-31 | waitlist
April 10-14 | waitlist
May 8-12 | 2 spots
June 12-16 | waitlist
July 10-14 | waitlist
July 17-21 | waitlist
August 7-11 | waitlist


Timing

Always Wednesday thru Sunday.
Arrive 3-5pm Wednesday. 
Depart 9am on Sunday; breakfast is offered.


Lodging & Meals

Lodging is for the most part shared but comfortable. Meals are home-made & nutritious. Basic food needs (vegetarian, dairy-free, etc.) can be accommodated. Those with more complex needs have the space to do their own food preparation.    


Cost: $500 USD

(Cost is all-inclusive and covers
lodging, meals & teaching)


Retreat Waitlist

The April, June, July & August retreats are currently full. To be notified of any openings, please sign-up on our waitlist.

 
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