RETREAT WITH JEFF FOSTER
Monday, October 31st – Saturday, November 5th, 2011
Venue: EarthRise retreat center at IONS. EarthRise at IONS is located approximately 26 miles north of San Francisco.
We spend our lives seeking wealth, love, success, approval, and even ‘spiritual enlightenment’ in the future. Yet right at the heart of life there is an intimacy, a simplicity, a vast spaciousness that is totally beyond words – and which cannot be reached through any effort of ours. In our exhausting attempts to change, to improve ourselves, to become ‘perfect’ or ‘enlightened’, or perfectly enlightened, we end up ignoring this wordless intimacy which exists here and now – an intimacy which is really our true home, and the end of our seeking.
Jeff Foster, in books and public meetings, shares the timeless message of nonduality (wholeness, non-separation, completeness), something that is ultimately impossible to put into words. He talks in a simple, human, accessible, and down-to-earth way, gently pointing us back to the miracle and wonder of life as it is, and to the freedom, ease and love available in the midst of every experience – even the most painful ones.
In this workshop we will share, discuss and explore the nature of our experience. With Jeff’s gentle and loving guidance we will be pointed back to life as it is, to the timeless present moment, and to the vast spaciousness which holds all experience as it comes and goes. As we dive deeper into this communication, and shine light upon the various seeking activities of the mind, what may be revealed is a peace that passes all understanding, and a fresh discovery of who you really are.
Silence, laughter, lightness, and a sense of real intimacy, honesty and friendship are the hallmarks of encounters with Jeff. His meetings are always informal and spontaneous, and there are plenty of opportunities to ask questions, if questions arise for you. And of course, if you just want to sit in silence and listen, that’s fine too.
We try so hard to be open to life, only to come to realise that in the end, who we really are is Being itself, already fully open to life. As Jeff reminds us, perhaps life is infinitely simpler than we ever imagined..
LOGISTICS AND VENUE
Location: Earthrise retreat center at IONS – http://www.noetic.org/earthrise/
Dates: October 31st – November 5th, 2011
The retreat will begin on Monday around 3 pm and end after lunch on Saturday. There will be three meetings per day, 1 to 1.5 hours each, from 10.30am – 12.30pm, then 4pm-5.30pm and then from around 8.30pm – 9.30pm. The rooms need to be cleared by 11am on Saturday. Three meals a day are included in the prices below starting with dinner on Monday and closing with lunch on Saturday:
$ 1240 in a single room including 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
$ 1140 in a double room including 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
$ 645 without accomodation (includes 6 Lunches) Breakfast and dinners can be can be bought a la carte on site.
REGISTER FOR THE RETREAT
All the meals are created with local organic ingredients – fruits, vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses.
EarthRise retreat center is located 45 minutes north of San francisco and is housed on 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills where hiking trails meander through pristine native live oak woodlands, and the surrounding open space offers panoramic vistas of the California landscape.
up to 8 weeks before workshop….100% of registration fee returned
4 weeks before workshop…50% of registration fee returned
1 week before workshop…25% of registration fee returned
Jeff Foster graduated in Astrophysics from Cambridge University in 2001. Several years after graduation, following a period of severe depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’, and embarked on an intensive spiritual search which lasted for several years. The spiritual search came to an absolute end with the clear recognition of the nondual nature of everything. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: spontaneous, open, joyful and fully alive.
Jeff presently holds meetings and retreats in the UK and Europe, clearly and directly pointing to the frustrations surrounding our seeking activities, to the nature of thought, and to the clarity at the heart of everything. His uncompromising approach, full of humour and compassion, shatters the mind’s hopes for a future salvation, revealing the unconditional freedom and ease that is always already present and available, right in the midst of the human drama. www.lifewithoutacentre.com.