Sri Lanka Ten Day Intensive New Years Retreat, Jan. 2020

A Ten Day Awakening Intensive with Jeff Carreira

This 10-Day retreat is an opportunity to engage with meditation and silent contemplation with a depth that will generate dramatic spiritual openings.

This is currently the only opportunity of this kind that I offer.

It is a true intensive and I want to explain it carefully to be sure that everyone who attends is prepared and ready for the depth of practice that we will engage in.

First of all there is only room for nine participants to join me on this 10-day excursion.

We will be working together intimately and everyone will receive the depth of attention they need to catalyze spiritual breakthrough.

The setting for the retreat is perfect – an exquisite retreat center called the Monara House in the beautiful countryside of Sri Lanka. We will be surrounded by Buddhist monasteries where the sound of morning and evening prayers will punctuate each day.

The structure and format of the retreat is designed with the intensity and focus and intensity that will ensure that we all experience profound release from ordinary consciousness.

Qualities of the Retreat

  • The retreat will be held in silence – 24 hours a day – for the entire 10-days of the retreat.
  • We will engage in practice sessions throughout each day from early morning into the evening.
  • You will be asked not to make contact with people outside of the retreat for either personal or business reasons except in cases of emergence.
  • Everyone will be asked to give up cell phones, computers and any other time-keeping devices for the duration of the retreat.
  • The retreat will not follow a set schedule instead a bell will ring to signal the time to wake up and at the start of each session.

This structure is designed to give you the opportunity for totally surrender to your practice and the insights and experiences that arise from it. You will have nothing to focus on accept your practice and the illumination you experience. In this way you will be able to let go of all reference points until your consciousness expands in ways it never has before.

Monara House pool to cool off in..

You will be fully supported to let go throughout the retreat.


There will be two sessions with me each day in which you will receive spiritual guidance to optimize your practice as well as the opportunity to ask any questions that arise.

Every morning I will offer a talk illuminating the intricacies of meditation and awakening with space for clarifying questions.

Each evening I will be individually checking in with each person in a group coaching session that will give you the detailed and individualized guidance you need to optimize your retreat experience.

During the retreat you will enjoy highly nutritious vegetarian meals loving prepared for us three times a day.

The schedule will include time for individual contemplation, journaling and short walks on the beautiful grounds of the retreat center.

Tuesday, December 31 at 1:00 pm

— Retreat begins with registration followed by lunch

Friday, January 10 at 10:00am

— Retreat ends after morning practice and breakfast

A warm welcome awaits you…

Spiritual Clarity
and Passionate Detachment

This retreat is dedicated to the profound attainment of spiritual clarity. Many years ago I left conventional life to pursue spiritual awakening. I knew that the way I perceived reality was shaped by conscious and unconscious fears, desires and limiting beliefs, and I wanted to see things clearly. I wanted to see unfiltered reality as it was free from distortion.

For decades I pursued the dream of clarity. Time spent on retreat was such an important part of my journey that I feel compelled to create that opportunity for others still. It was during those times of focused practice that I could cast aside the concerns of life and devote all of my energy to spiritual awakening and deep meditation.

If you want to experience the true potential of practice you need to have the opportunity to give all of yourself to it for an extended period of time.

If we are diligent about our practice in a retreat environment then we will discover a passion for detachment. Day after day our perception becomes increasingly liberated from the influence of fear, desire and limiting beliefs. We begin to see Reality for ourselves. We see the true majesty of life and the subtle inner workings of the cosmos. Life’s challenges and suffering don’t go away, but now they are seen within a context that is vast enough to hold them.

The more our consciousness becomes clear the more clarity we want. The more clarity we want the more energy we have for our practice. The more energy we have for our practice the more we give to it. The more we give to our practice the more clear we become.

In this way our growing passion for clarity fuels the intensity of our meditation and the greater clarity we experience inspires us to give more. We enter a powerful upward spiral of accelerating awakening. We have become the source of our own inspiration and at that point we realize that there is nothing that can stop us.

In this retreat I’ve put everything I’ve learned over many years of practice together to create the most potent opportunity for awakening I can. I’m thrilled to finally have the chance to do offer that opportunity to you. This retreat includes all of the elements that I believe are essential to create a true awakening opportunity.

There is no way to know how deep any of us will ultimately go during these 10 days, but can honestly say that this event represents the very best of what I have learned and experienced over thirty years of intensive spiritual pursuit.

Poolside yoga, delicious traditional meals, and nothing to do but relax.

Travel To and From The Retreat

We intend to make your travel to Sri Lanka as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

For this reason we will arrange a shuttle service to transport you from a hotel near Colombo airport called The Green Olive Villa to the retreat house on Tuesday 31st January. The shuttle will leave the The Green Olive Villa at 10:00am and arrive to the retreat house by lunchtime. Lunch will be served at the retreat house. It is your responsibility to find your way to The Green Olive Villa on the Tuesday morning if you wish to catch the shuttle.

A shuttle service will also be arranged to take you from the retreat center back to the The Green Olive Villa on Friday, January 10, 2020.

Retreat House Location

It’s a stunning and beautiful retreat place to hold, nourish and ignite us, located about 1 ½ to 2 hours south of Colombo (main city with airport). The nearest city is Bentota, although Monara is tucked up on a hill at the edge of a small village. It’s on a nature reserve and wetlands. You will wake up to divine bird song every morning. Monara House is 5 kilometers from the beach and ideally located for day excursions.

Views from some of the bedrooms

What past participants are saying…

“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.

“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.

“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.

“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.

Indra, the incredible Monara House cook.

Join me in
Sri Lanka in January 2020

Apply to Participate

This is a unique opportunity open to only nine participants.

There is an application process required for those wishing to join the retreat.

Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2019 and final selection of participants will be made after that.

The application is simple with the selection of participants based on your past retreat experience and your reason for wanting to join the retreat.

PLEASE NOTE: If we end up with more qualified applicants than there is space we will give consideration on a first come/first serve basis – so please register early.

The prices below include all food and accommodation during the retreat, as well as the shuttle service to and from Colombo airport.

If you feel this depth of practice calling you and you long for the opportunity to catalyze profound spiritual breakthrough please apply to participate on this retreat.

The Application period is now closed


  • Earth Dorm
    (3 twin beds, shared bath, AC) – $2400 / per person
  • Wood Room
    (2 twin beds, shared bath, AC) – $2600 / person
  • Dolphin Room
    (Private room, twin bed, shared bath, fan) – $2800 per person
  • Studio Room
    (Private room, twin bed, shared bath, fan) – $2800 per person
  • Master Suite
    (queen bed, private bath, AC) – $6000 per couple

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.

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Dec 31 2019 - Jan 10 2020


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Monara Retreat House


Monara Retreat House
Bentota, Sri Lanka