In order to protect the health and wellbeing of participants, I recently decided to cancel the in-person retreat that was scheduled to take place in Montreal during the last week of May. Upon cancelation some of the people who had planned to attend that retreat expressed a desire to do a virtual retreat.
As I began thinking about how such a retreat would work, I realized that this might be an opportunity that more people would find appealing during this time of social distancing and self-isolation. So I decided to create a virtual retreat opportunity and open it up to anyone who wants to join.
This retreat is an opportunity to spend 8 hours each day for 4 days receiving teachings, meditating and engaging in dialog.
Each day will take us more deeply into the depths of meditative peace. We will be following some of the insights contained in my book No Place But Home, on a journey that will open our minds to expanded visions of reality and connect our hearts to a deeper source of love and compassion.
I am using this time of reduced social activity and contact to deepen my spiritual practice and surrender, and it would be a joy to spend four days on retreat with you…
...virtually from the comfort and safety of your own home.
You will receive materials that provide all the information you need to support you to create a true retreat experience during these 4 days.
These materials will include:
- Detailed instructions for setting up your retreat space.
- Information for using the video conferencing platform.
- Guidelines for making the best use of the virtual format.
This is a full-on virtual retreat conducted live with Jeff Carreira for 8-hours each day.
Each day will begin with an hour of spiritual instruction and guidance that will create context for that day’s practice.
Each day will end with a 90-minute session when you can engage with Jeff about your experience of practice and ask any questions that come up for you.
The rest of the day will be spent in silent practice with a 90-minute lunch break.
- Teaching Session with Jeff
- Meditation Session
- Meditation Session
- Lunch Break
- Meditation Session
- Meditation Session
- Dialog and Q&A Session with Jeff
During the No Place But Home retreat you will explore insights contained in Jeff Carreira’s book of the same title. The spiritual guidance you receive each day will be based on a different chapter from the book.
“The deepest dive of surrender…
The environment of this retreat generated an opening into the deepest dive of surrender that I have ever experienced.”
~ Carol Sweeney, South Africa.
“Exhilarating freedom, love, gratitude, wonder and reverence.”
Losing myself in exhilarating freedom, love, gratitude, wonder and reverence. Deep abiding peace and contentment. The sheer joy of unlimited endless possibility. Life changing.”
~ Kathy Steevens, Australia.
“An experience beyond measure…
True surrender, true letting go, authentic and palpable trust – an experience beyond measure… We were deeply taken care of, our bodies nurtured in yoga, in silence, in slow appreciation of our glorious surroundings…”
~ Bonnie Winer, USA.
“Life felt renewed.”
My mind blossomed with new inspirations and possibilities – in ways that had previously seemed unavailable. The giving up of cell phones and watches exploded my attachment to the everyday world in a way I did not think was possible. It was scary and exhilarating and meaningful beyond words.”
~ Steve Gross, USA.
- …there are other people living in my house?
- …I will need to take care of my children?
- …I won’t be able to do all of the retreat?
- …I will need to do some work in the evenings?
Essentially, people want to know if this virtual retreat can be customized to fit their schedule and needs, and the answer is yes, it can be, and I want to explain a little more about how.
First of all let me explain how the retreat will work.
I will be online with you for 8 hours a day, from 10:00am to 6:00pm US Eastern Time, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 28th to May 31st.
I will start the day with teachings and instructions, I will end the day with a Q & A session, and in between we will meditate together.
Now to give a more detailed answer to the question above:
If you can devote yourself entirely to the virtual retreat from 10:00am on Thursday, May 28th until 6:00pm on Sunday, May 31st, then I suggest you do. That means unplugging your phone, remaining in silence, and doing extra practice around the 8-hours with me. You will receive detailed instructions for how to best organize your time as the retreat draws nearer.
I realize that many of us just can’t devote that much time and attention, but you can still get tremendous benefit from the retreat while accommodating responsibilities and family.
You can do just the 8 hours a day live with me for four days and take care of other responsibilities around that. You would stay in silence during the 8 hours with me, and speak as necessary outside of that.
You can listen live to the teaching session and/or Q and A session with me, and do as much (or as little) meditation as you can in addition to that.
You will get the recording of both the teaching session and Q and A session with me each day, so you can listen to them whenever it works for you, or do the entire retreat over again at your convenience.
Any variation of the retreat can be profound and even life-transforming, especially when you keep one critical guideline in mind - commit to the retreat you’re doing and don’t worry about it.
If you need to do work, or take care of children, or anything else while doing the retreat, just do it and don’t worry about it. Taking care of your responsibilities doesn’t have to have any negative impact on your retreat, as long as you don’t worry about it.
If there are things you need to do outside of the retreat, even if they involve talking, just do what you need to, as fully as you can, and then return to the retreat without giving it another thought. As long as you don’t make a problem out of it, these activities won’t mean a thing. In fact one of the great insights you could get from doing the retreat would be the realization that nothing can disturb your retreat if you don’t let it.
These thoughts should answer any questions you might have about accommodating this retreat to fit your schedule.
The cost of this 4-day retreat is $300 per person.
Everyone who registers will receive a free paperback copy of Jeff Carreira’s book No Place But Home: Reflections on Meditation and the Spiritual Life. You only need to pay postage.
- Remember to use your discount code at checkout. It can be found on the dashboard in the members portal.
- We realize that these times have created financial difficulties for many of us. If you are experiencing financial hardship, please email our program manager Sophie Peirce (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request a partial scholarship.
- If you need to cancel, a full refund minus a $75 cancelation fee will be offered up until midnight May 27th, 2020. No refunds will be offered after May 27th, 2020.