The Effortless Attainment of Wholeness, Portugal, Oct. 2019
Five Days of Healing, Spiritual Growth and Awakening with Jeff Carreira and Silvia Rodriguez
Don’t miss this opportunity to access profound spiritual wholeness in a truly magnificent setting.
During this retreat you will discover that spiritual fulfillment is not something that can happen in the future because it is already the truth of who we are now.
We have been culturally conditioned to see ourselves as partial, incomplete, and deficient, so we work hard all the time to improve ourselves and to find wholeness. By now, most of us have developed a v very deep habit of assuming that we must work hard striving for our goals.
At some point we might also realize that in spite of all the effort we are making we are not finding the fulfillment that we want. Some of us recognize that we will not find the fullness that we are looking for in material acquisitions or even unending personal development.
We are looking for spiritual wholeness, existential contentment and no amount of effort seems to be enough.
There are many things in life that we can achieve through hard work and diligent effort, but wholeness and spiritual fulfillment cannot be achieved this way.
If we want our lives to be full and complete, we must learn to stop making effort and discover the inherent wholeness of being that is always ours.
In this five day retreat you will be guided through an experience of letting go that will bring you to an immediate recognition of spiritual wholeness.
You will discover that a great deal of our feelings of discontent and lack of fulfillment are are habitual. You will learn how to break the habit of discontent and fall into the natural experience of fullness and wholeness that life always is.
You will engage in the practices of meditation and yoga, and participate in guided spiritual dialogs and discussions that will reveal to you exactly what it means to let go of unnecessary effort and struggle.
The miracle that you discover and deepen into will change your life, relieving you of the burden of anxiety, worry and self-concern so that you can be available to engage fully with life, however it appears.
The Elements We Will Work With
— Meditation: The Practice of No Problem
On this retreat you will lean a deceptively simple and profoundly effective form of meditation. It is called The Practice of No Problem.
The Practice of No Problem means not making a problem out of anything that arises in your experience. As you become adept at this simple technique you will begin to become aware of your own inherent freedom. You will see how your mind creates the illusion of bondage where none actually exists. And you will find layers of existential confusion and anxiety gently unraveling.
As you settle into the practice you will see that freedom is always available now. In fact it is only possible now. If we are striving in any way to attain freedom we are also assuming that we are not free now.
Spiritual liberation comes with the recognition that we are already free. The journey of meditation is a journey that begins at the destination. You don’t find liberation, you realize that it was always here. On this retreat you will learn how to consistently find freedom right here in the middle of the experience you’re already having.
The Practice of No Problem is about being with everything exactly the way it already is. Most of us live in a struggle with the way things are. As long as our energy is wrapped up in a struggle with the way things are, we are not available for anything more. As long as we are locked in a struggle nothing changes.
As you learn to accept the way things are your energy is free, your attention is free, and you become available to experience things that you couldn’t imagine before. When we learn to stop struggling with the way things are, we are available to be lifted into higher possibilities.
This deep freedom of being and the growth that happens as a result is what you can expect during these five days.
— Yoga: The Practice of Union with the Divine
During this retreat you will have the opportunity to engage with Yoga as a spiritual practice. You will discover that Yoga is a practice of physical awareness and mindful movement that is a perfect complement to meditation.
On this retreat these two practices will be used in tandem to generate a rich an powerful vehicle for healing and awakening. When you approach the movements and postures of Yoga with a spacious mind you discover a natural way to flow without stress and struggle. Releasing our tendency to struggle supports us to discover the ease of living we seek.
The root of the word “Yoga” can be translated as “union.” Throughout our life we become disconnected, especially from our physical body, in a culture that has become increasingly characterized by neurotic self-involvement. The practice of Yoga is an opportunity to reconnect the body and mind in a wholesome way.
On this retreat you will receive Yoga instruction from Silvia Rodrigues. The sessions will be adaptable to all levels of skill and will contain a balance of flowing sequences (Vinyasa) and releasing, restorative poses (Yin Yoga).
Transitioning fluidly between postures in our Vinyasa practice, is a metaphor for making smooth transitions into new circumstances, new ideas and ultimately new paradigms.
Releasing blockages and tension in our restorative postures allows us to soften into deeper understanding and awakening.
Silvia Rodrigues teaches the full and true meaning of all Yogas – Union with Spiritual Light. Her guidance is clear and gentle. She will show you how to avoid forcing yourself into postures so you can find them naturally in each moment.
You will discover that Yoga is a method of physical self-inquiry. It is a practice of deep listening that reveals our fascination with certain negative thoughts and our tendency to avoid painful emotions. This practice can reveal the unconscious beliefs that keep us from attaining peace and freedom so that can live our life from a place of wholeness and completeness.
The Retreat Setting
The setting for this retreat is the absolutely exquisite Orada Retreat Center located on the southwestern coast of Portugal. The area is known for its wonderful climate and the dramatic beauty of high cliffs that fall into the sea. The short video below captures the magic and amazing hospitality of what will be our home for five days.
The Themes Of The Retreat Are:
Self-Inquiry & Introspection
On this retreat you will relax the habitual patterns of your mind until your attention naturally and effortlessly turns inward. You will captivated by the mystery of being alive and filled with gratitude for your own existence. In this state of internal wonder you will see things you never saw before and feel things you never knew were possible.
Union & Harmony
We live in a culture characterized by a sense of separation and conflict. In the peaceful and loving atmosphere of this retreat you will find yourself naturally expanding in connection with others, with yourself and with your own body. You will discover what it means to live in harmonious union free from division or discordance.
Trust & Surrender
Without realizing it most of us are deeply defended against the experience of life. We are almost always mildly guarded for what feels like our own protection. As you let go in the safety of this retreat you will discover that life is not something you need to shrink from and you will open to an exhilarating experience of being alive.
Mystery & Intuition
This retreat is a journey home back to the pure simplicity of being alive on a beautiful planet full of life and wonder. Your senses will open up, your heart will expand and your mind will be free to revel in the deeper workings of the universe. You will begin to see the hidden reality about which the saints and sages of all time have written.
The retreat begins on Saturday October 26th at 4pm for registration, followed by dinner at 6pm and the opening session at 7pm.
The retreat ends on Wednesday October 30th after lunch which will be served at 1pm.
The typical daily retreat schedule is shown at the bottom of this page here. The schedule is focused and spacious with two movement sessions, time for an afternoon walk around the beautiful grounds, and evening chai and conversation.
** Travel To and From The Retreat **
We intend to make your travel to Portugal as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
For this reason we will be arranging an airport shuttle from Lisbon airport to the retreat center, leaving at 1pm on Saturday October 26th from the airport. A shuttle service will also be arranged to take you from the retreat center back to Lisbon airport on Wednesday October 30th after the retreat has completed.
You should be prepared to pay the shuttle service US$40 each way, which includes the driver’s tip.
Jeff Carreira is a meditation teacher and a mystical philosopher with an international following. He is the author of six books exploring the practice of meditation and the philosophy of inner growth. He has been leading workshops and retreats and teaching courses and programs that have guided thousands of people throughout the world to discover higher possibilities.
Silvia Rodrigues was introduced to spirituality in 2012 during a turbulent “divine storm.” Since then she has whole-heartedly pursued awakening in many forms. She is a gifted yoga teacher certified with the Yoga Alliance who always teaches yoga in the context of spiritual awakening. Silvia has supported many to experience a deeper sense of union with the divine.
- 7:00 - 8:00
- Meditation with Jeff and Silvia
- 8:00 - 9:00
- 9:00 - 11:00
- Meditation with Jeff
- 11:00 - 11:30
- Morning Break
- 11:30 - 1:00
- Yoga with Silvia
- 1:00 - 2:00
- Lunch Break
- 2:00 - 4:00
- Walk and Relax in Nature or Individual Contemplation and Practice
- 4:00 - 6:00
- Dialog and Discussion with Jeff and Silvia
- 6:00 - 7:00
- Dinner Break
- 7:00 - 8:00
- Meditation with Jeff and Silvia
- 8:00 -
- End of Day & Evening Tea