—— Jeff Carreira’s

Summer Retreat 2018

‘The Miracle of Meditation
and Awakening to Paradigm Shifting’


August 6 – 12, 2018


The Invitation

I am thrilled to invite you to my third annual Soul of a New Self summer retreat.

This retreat is an opportunity to explore practices and ideas that have the power to dramatically shift you out of your current experience of reality and into a new one. The goal of these six days is to give as many people as possible a paradigm shifting experience along with the understanding and insight necessary to live and articulate the new way of being they discover.

This is essentially a training for what I call Artists of Possibility and Ambassadors of New Paradigms. If you know that a different reality is possible for all of us and feel deeply called to participate in bringing it to life, please join me this summer and work together with me and dozens of like-minded adventurers as we explore – and create – the contours of a new world.

Over the past few years my work with people has focused on developing spiritual practices and modes of inquiry that release our awareness from our current conception of reality into new ones. This release makes us available to embody new possibilities for what it can mean to be human.

How the Retreat Works

During this retreat you will engage with:

  • a deep exploration of the liberating power of meditation
  • a powerfully transformative form of philosophical inquiry

Each morning of the retreat will be spent in silent meditation made up of periods of practice that will be short and focused and you will be given plenty of guidance to support you. Whether you are new to meditation or have been an ardent practitioner for decades the practice you experience on this retreat will open new doors and pathways for your growth.

The meditation practice you will be instructed to do will liberate your awareness from its almost constant fixation on the familiar experience of reality. You see, without realizing it our attention has been conditioned to focus on a very narrow range of possible experience within an unimaginable expanse. Because our attention is riveted there we assume that is all that exists.

In the meditation you experience on this retreat your awareness will be carried into realms of free and open perception that will ignite mystical insights and cascades of awakening.

Every afternoon you will engage in an experiential form of philosophical contemplation that I call wormhole inquiry. This is not just thinking about things. What you will be doing is questioning your most deeply seated assumptions about life and envisioning radically different conceptions of reality. These will not only be objects of contemplation because together we will learn how to live into them so deeply that our actual experience of reality shifts. This depth of inquiry is so subtle and so powerful that it takes the concentrated focus of a retreat environment to fully engage with it.

This retreat rests on my conviction that spiritual growth is a natural process that cannot be controlled, but does require our participation. You can’t force growth. What you can do is understand the energies that support it and engage with them in ways that optimally align you with your highest potential.

Spiritual work is like sailing. We use the power of the wind to propel us forward aligning our craft with currents that guide us. In the same way spiritual growth occurs as we learn to align with the energies that are available to guide us into greater wholeness and new perspectives.

During the six days of this retreat you will enter a spiritually charged and highly creative space to explore the deeper implications of spiritual growth. You will learn ways of working individually and with others to manifest a new possibility for life on this planet. As these possibilities open you will learn to shift your consciousness to align with them so they become a living reality for you and those around you.

You will find everything I’ve mentioned here explained in more detail below. I offer this much information because I respect the commitment required to attend a five day retreat like this. I want to be sure that you have everything you need to make a clear decision about attending. If there is any other information you need please feel free to contact me.

This retreat does require something from you – you will need to bring an open heart and mind and a willingness to be transformed by what you experience – but it will be accessible regardless of the level of your prior experience. If this opportunity speaks to you and you can see yourself as an Artist of Possibility or an Ambassador of New Paradigms please register soon because this retreat will not start when you arrive in August. It will begin as soon as you commit to attending.

Sincerely,

 

What you can expect:


Consciousness Beyond Mind

You will be guided into the experiences awareness beyond the limiting beliefs and assumptions that usually shape your experience. You will enter into states of consciousness that can be called ‘betweenness’ in which the sharp lines and divisions that rigidly shape your experience in a place that is fluid and malleable and real transformation becomes possible.

Freedom from Identity

As you expand beyond your normal perceptual limits all of your ideas about yourself begin to loosen. As they fall away space is created for new possibilities. You will learn to rest in this process of disillusion until you start to forget yourself and feel the exhilarating liberation of being no one.

Paradigm Shifting Inquiry

During this retreat you will learn a form of inquiry that I call wormhole inquiry. These inquires will keep your mind focused at the edge of the possible until insight and intuitions begin to reveal themselves. These paradoxical investigations make it likely that you will experience flashes of insight that dramatically shift your experience of reality.


The Flowering of Intuition

Intuition is the wisdom that comes from seeing directly into the essence of things. As opposed to the knowledge of deductive reasoning or logic, our intuitions arrive full and complete, whole and unmediated. As we learn to see beyond the structured patterns of our minds we are propelled into cascades of insight and understanding. By cultivating our intuitive wisdom we discover a source of inner guidance that will allow us to navigate through our unique spiritual journey into our true potential.

The Transformative Work of this Retreat :


The Miracle of Meditation

The practice of meditation has blessed me with the experience of a miracle, a miracle so beautiful and so life transforming that I’ve been tirelessly and continuously sharing it with people all over the world for over fifteen years.

On this retreat I intend to share the miracle of meditation with you.

Simply put the miracle of meditation is the discovery that life is an unfolding process guided by a universal source of wisdom and love that is immediately available to any of us as soon as we free ourselves from more conventional patterns of thought and feeling.

Ordinarily our attention is limited to a very small range of experience. The awareness that we normally have access to is a tiny speck in an ocean of possibility.

Our awareness is captivated by mental habits that define and limit us.

The cosmic joke is that there are no chains binding us. We are bound by an invisible fence that exists only in our mind – a collection of old ideas and stories about who we are and what is possible.

When we sit to meditate we don’t do anything. We simply stop trying to manipulate or control our experience and we allow everything to be exactly the way it is.

You may assume that once you give up control the movement of mind will stop, but the truth is it doesn’t. That’s the miraculous discovery – we were never in control. Life was always just happening.

When this miraculous revelation opens you find that the thoughts and feelings that are so familiar to you just keep going. Your aspirations and dreams, your fears and concerns, the helpful coaching that you always offer yourself… everything just keeps going. And you realize that all of the voices you used to think were you talking to yourself were just habitual patterns of mind.

None of those voices were ever you and you suddenly experience the freedom of not knowing who you are.

You are free of the mental loops that have imprisoned you and available to discover who you truly are. What you discover is that you are a free floating point of awareness.

Before this you felt like an isolated individual struggling to navigate through the confines of a busy mind. Now you see yourself as a mysterious locus of awareness floating in an ocean of consciousness that is bigger than your mind can ever know.

The problems we thought we had start to disappear – not because we’ve solved them, but because our attention becomes riveted to possibilities so awe-inspiring that we can’t take our eyes off them.

We are captivated by the true nature of life, by the love and wisdom that has always been guiding it, and by the unfathomable mystery of who we are.

Every morning of this retreat you will rest in the miracle of meditation by stepping out of identification with thought and feeling and free-floating through the mystery of consciousness.

Awakening to Paradigm Shifting

We are taught that our thoughts and feelings tell us about reality, but in our moments of spiritual revelation it becomes clear that they actually shape our experience of reality.

Reality isn’t solid like a rock. It isn’t sitting there waiting for us to discover. It isn’t a given that we are forced to deal with.

Reality is a co-creative act that we participate in.

Reality is like a conversation that we create together. Everything we say in a conversation extends the conversation shaping it in new and unexpected ways.

Similarly all of our thoughts, feelings, actions, loves, hopes, dreams, pains and fears extend reality forward, shaping it and re-shaping it freshly in each and every moment.

This is the life-transforming awakening of paradigm shifting and it will be the focus of our explorations during every afternoon of this retreat.

During each afternoon session we will focus on one of our most foundational and unconscious assumptions about reality. And you will engage in inquiry exercises that will shift your consciousness allowing you to release these assumptions and enter into new experiences of reality every day.

These paradigm shifting contemplations and practices will open your heart and mind to a profoundly free and open source of creativity.

You will experience directly that reality is not an unshakeable ground that just sits there to be walked on. It is more like a novel, or a painting, or a song, that comes into being as we write it, paint it or sing it.

On this retreat, gathered with dozens of like minded souls, you will realize that there is no end to the stories we can write, the pictures we can paint, or the songs we can sing and the realities we can co-create together.

Awakening to Paradigm Shifting means awakening to our inherent co-creative power to create and re-create reality together.

 

Journey Into Oneness: What You Will Explore


On this retreat we will embark on a bold and courageous journey of inquiry. We will be asking questions that adventurous intellects and spiritual adepts have asked throughout the ages. Our goal will be to open into a direct experience of a new paradigm – specifically an experience that has traditionally been called non-duality, oneness, or unity consciousness.

Our inquiry will not merely be intellectual. We will use a philosophical technique I call wormhole inquiry to actually shift our perception of reality so that we can perceive beyond our assumptions of separation and division and enter into a direct recognition of interconnectedness. We will spend each afternoon entering into this new experience of the world and exploring it from the inside out.

The Assumptions and Beliefs that We Will Explore:

The Belief in the Existence of Reality

The first thing we will examine is the generally unquestioned assumption that our ideas about the very existence of reality. We are trained to assume that all of our experiences are experiences of reality. What if they are not? What if there is nothing underneath our experience of reality” What if our experience is the only thing that is real?

The Belief in Our Own Existence

Questioning the existence of reality calls our own reality into question as well. The most age-old spiritual inquiry is encapsulated in the question: who am I? We assume that there is someone or something having all of our experiences. But what if there isn’t? What if our experience of ourself is just an experience with no actual entity beneath it?

The Assumption of a Split Between Subject and Object

Once we question the existence of the world around us and our own self, the sense of division between us and the world collapses. We can no longer hold on to the idea of having an inner experience of mind that reaches out into an external world beyond it. We find ourselves dramatically and directly connected to everything in existence.

The Assumption of Causal Agency

When the sense of separation between ourselves and the world breaks down we naturally start to wonder about our experience of will and agency. In a world without division we realize that we may not be not only intelligent actors in the universe, we might be part of a vast intelligent unfolding that we participate in, but do not control.

The Belief in the Existence of Separation

At this point the entire facade of separation is called into question. On this retreat through the combination of deep meditation and profound inquiry you will open into the experience of Oneness or Non-Duality. You will experience for yourself that there is nothing separating anything from anything else. Together we will explore what kind of human life becomes possible then.

 

Foundational Practices


The two foundational practices of my work are meditation and inquiry. On this retreat you will work extensively with both of these. Each will open your awareness in different ways and together they will liberate you from the limitations of the ordinary into miraculous new possibilities.

Meditation:
The Practice of No Problem

Each morning you will let go of your mind into depths of meditative stillness.

Meditation is a time honored means of transcending the mental reactivity and negative habits of mind that too often keep us bound up in our current realities and unavailable for more.

During the six days of this retreat you will learn and practice a radically transformative form of meditation called The Practice of No Problem. Jeff Carreira has been developing this unique articulation of meditation for the past decade and thousands of people from around the world have used it to enter profound states of liberated awareness.

When you meditate in this way the only instruction you need to follow is to have no problem. That means that no matter what happens and no matter what you experience, you allow it to be OK the way it is. Ultimately having no problem in meditation means doing nothing. When you don’t have a problem, you don’t need to do anything because nothing is wrong.

This deceptively simple technique turns out to be more challenging than it appears, but if you give your focus and attention to it the results can be nothing less than miraculous.

As you sit in meditation you inevitably find yourself struggling against unconscious habits designed to manipulate and control your experience into whatever you think it is supposed to be. Eventually you realize that all of your effort to shape your experience is not doing nothing. It’s just more manipulation and control and you can simply stop all of it and just let everything be exactly the way it is. This is the moment of profound existential release and spiritual liberation.

On this retreat you will learn how to consistently find the inner freedom that is always right here in the middle of the experience you’re already having.

As you learn to embrace the way things already are your energy is liberated, your attention is liberated, and you become profoundly available to experience things that you couldn’t imagine before.

This is a space I sometimes call ‘betweeness’ because it is where we have released one set of mental habits and haven’t yet picked up another. Every morning of the retreat you will return to this open and receptive awareness and rest in it until you feel comfortable there and it becomes the foundation for our inquiries into the nature of reality.

Wormhole Inquiry:
The Art of Questioning the Obvious

Each afternoon you will enter a new world by questioning the obvious.

Throughout history there have always been mystery schools exploring the unseen dimensions of reality. These schools were inspired by new visions of possibility and they always emphasized the attainment of a lived experience not just intellectual understanding.

During each afternoon of this retreat you will engage with paradigm shifting inquiries in a modern day mystery school. Each day will be structured around a simple question that challenges one of our most obvious assumptions about reality.

The difficulty we face in this form of inquiry is that the assumptions we want to examine seem so obviously true that it doesn’t seem possible to question them. On this retreat you will engage with what I call ‘wormhole inquiries’ that allow you to effectively question the underlying assumptions that your current perception of reality is built on.

In order to find our way out of our current experience of reality all we need is an equally plausible alternative. Each day of the retreat we will contemplate a different way of explaining some aspect of our experience that makes at least as much sense as our current assumptions about it.

This equally viable alternative view will bring us into a delightful uncertainty about what is real that releases us from the grips of the current paradigm. You will deepen this inquiry throughout the afternoon in individual contemplation, discussion with Jeff and formal group inquiry sessions.

By the end of each afternoon you will begin to experience what it is like to inhabit a new sense of yourself and the world around you. These experiences will demonstrate that as a species we have much more capacity to affect change than we ever imagined possible.

 

The Setting


The retreat will be held on the beautiful grounds of Highland Lake Cove Retreat and Learning Center in Flat Rock NC. Highland Lake Cove is a uniquely nourishing setting for a retreat, as it is a place where one can be sustained by the natural beauty of the land, the garden-centered cuisine and the stewardship of a teaching/learning community dedicated to the awakening and full blossoming of the human spirit. The 58 acres includes a small working farm, gardens, walking trails, and a 30 acre lake with canoes.
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— Qualities of the inner atmosphere of the retreat


The inner atmosphere that you experience during a retreat is ever more important than the physical setting. On The Soul of New Self retreat you will experience an inner atmosphere infused with the qualities of Availability, Generosity and Trust.

Availability

Ultimately spiritual growth is not attained through willful effort. We cannot do growth. Growth happens naturally. Look around at the world we live in. What do you see? Everything grows naturally and effortlessly as long as the proper conditions are present. A seed planted in moist soil grows into a tree. It has no choice. The same is true of us. Under the proper conditions, we will grow without effort. On this retreat you will be supported to release habits of contraction and become increasingly available for a natural growth process that is always ready to move you.


Generosity

The word generosity comes from roots that point toward nobility of spirit. It is the joyful act of giving without expectation. We have all over-extended ourselves and given without limit inappropriately. So we learned to protect ourselves, to recoil, and be a little more calculating in our giving. In many circumstances this makes sense, but what we don’t realize is that pulling back in this way distances us from the bounty of an inherently generous universe. We live in abundance and when the environment supports it we can learn to open again to the gifts of spirit. We discover that generosity is not an act of giving away. It is an act of creation that fills us from the inside unendingly.

Trust

The spiritual journey is a return to trust. When we trust we are open and receptive. Our being is naturally turned outward toward the world. Our energy is ready to be directed toward whatever is needed. We feel intimately connected without any gap of separation insulating us. As we become comfortable in a state of deep trust, the wounds and scars of lifetimes begin to release their grip on us. In the solitude of meditation and the safety of loving relationships our heart, mind, and body begin to move beyond fear and limitation. We find ourselves arriving – here – in this body, in this life, in this world, as if for the very first time. In this state of innocence you see the wonder of existence and the perfection of being exactly who you already are.

 

Schedules


A look at the week

Monday, August 6 Retreat Begins at 5:00pm
Registration / Dinner / Introductory Session with Jeff
Tuesday, August 7 Full day of practice and inquiry
Wednesday, August 8 Full day of practice and inquiry
Thursday, August 9 Full day of practice and inquiry
Friday, August 10 Full day of practice and inquiry
Saturday, August 11 Full day of practice and inquiry
Sunday, August 12 Retreat Ends at 11am
Meditation / Breakfast / Concluding Session with Jeff

A typical day

The typical daily retreat schedule is shown 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.

*Those who choose to remain in silence through out the retreat (or do not wish to attend movement / conversation sessions) are welcome to meditate during these times.

6:00am – 6:45am Early Meditation Practice
7:00am – 7:45am Morning Yoga Practice*
8:00am – 9:15am Breakfast
9:30am – noon Meditation Sessions with Jeff
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:45pm – 4:45pm Inquiry Sessions with Jeff
5:00pm – 5:45pm Afternoon Dance Practice*
6:00pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – 8:15pm Evening Meditation Practice
8:30pm – 9:00pm Evening Chai and Conversation*



About Jeff


Jeff Carreira has single pointedly pursued spiritual awakening for over twenty years. As the Director of Education of an international nonprofit organization he guided the spiritual growth and development of hundreds of individuals worldwide. He continues to lead groups of people through the mysteries of awakening and transformation guiding them into the profound depths of meditative practice and mystical inquiry. His sensitive and precise guidance will invite you into unlimited possibility. His direct and supportive manner of instruction consistently brings both experienced practitioners and novices alike to their most profound realizations.

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What others are saying about Jeff’s work


As someone who has done many spiritual and silent retreats, this one was a turning point for me. I returned home a different person. This change was noticed by everyone in my life.

Jeff held a space for opening and healing that was quiet, fluid, peaceful and accepting of everyone present. He is Masterful at bringing participants to a place of awakening and awareness with grace and humility. If you are serious about awakening to the truth of your being, you need Jeff as your guide.
With knowledge, experience and confidence ,born of a passion to serve, he will lead you safely home to your true nature.

It will be an investment of money and time that will go on giving for the ret of your life.


On this retreat I discovered a higher source of Love and a further dismantling of fear and self-concern. I see how vital We-Space community is in the creation of a new paradigm defined by Love and I feel highly motivated to be a part of one and contribute to creating communities that motivate and empower people.


During the Emergence Event I found myself awash with continuous energetic vibrations. I was moved into a new way of being, a new way of looking at life and my small self seemed to get smaller and smaller.


This was truly the first time I could really meditate. I have looked for a path that made sense and felt natural for a long time. This is what I’ve been seeking for decades.


During this event I had an experiential awakening. The shift was profound and subtle. The world brightened and I knew I was seeing through a higher part of myself. I feel more gratitude about life and I don’t judge myself harshly the way I used.


Wow, what a year of growth and learning! ….Do not be scared off by the prospect of exploring uncharted worlds. You will be led with openness and understanding by a master. One of Jeff’s greatest gifts is his ability to receive the intent of others and nurture that with open-heartedness, enthusiasm and love.

Jeff grants permission to people to explore directions from the heart, and he is a cheerleader for their imagination and creativity. Through Jeff’s love, you will be ushered into the possibility of becoming an ambassador of a new paradigm and artist of new possibilities…. Run, don’t walk, to this invitation for exploring your unknown and untapped riches.


Jeff’s humility and willingness to not know allowed me to live into a reality beyond the mind and feel the new paradigm living through me. I experienced a new way of seeing that is always right here and never just a set of ideas.


This retreat left me more present in the moment and free from unnecessary tension and worry. I find myself able to engage with the very real problems of the world with steadiness and clarity rather than tense urgency.


Jeff’s approach brought me into deeper clarity and recognition of a depth that has always been in me. I feel ready to take responsibility to live, talk and love from there.


Jeff’s meditation instructions welcome and invite spiritual freedom. My imagination and capacity for creative problem solving grew tremendously due to this experience. I am excited to bring forth a new paradigm and motivated to be my higher self.


The power of my meditation practice has deepened exponentially.

Special Early
Registration Gifts

IF YOU REGISTER BEFORE JUNE 15


BONUS GIFT #1:

Audio Recording of a 2 hour Preparatory Workshop called ‘The Art of Wormhole Inquiry’

In this preparatory workshop with Jeff Carreira you will practice the experiential form of inquiry that we will be using extensively during The Soul of a New Self retreat.

For two hours you will be taken through a series of contemplative exercises focused on radically different interpretations of our common experience. During these two hours you will see how your current experience of reality is shaped by an unconscious interpretive framework. In this seminar we will illuminating some of our current interpretations of reality by introducing equally plausible alternatives and engaging in the delicate art of re-interpreting our experience together. This workshop is a perfect way to prepare for your retreat experience and it will serve as an introduction to the Radical Inclusivity audio course that is the second bonus gift if you register by June 15th.

The combination of the workshop and the Radical Inclusivity audio course (details below) will provide all the preparation you need to take full advantage of your retreat opportunity.

BONUS GIFT #2: VALUED AT $119

Receive FREE access to Jeff Carreria’s Radical Inclusivity 8 part Audio Program!

This audio course is based on Jeff Carreira’s book Radical Inclusivity where, in just over 100 pages, Jeff lays out a theory of shifting the foundation of life from a paradigm based on an assumption of separation and division to one rooted in unity and continuity. The book explains how our perception has been conditioned to only recognize a reality of things-in-space and outlines mental exercises and thought experiments called wormhole inquires that expand our perception dramatically.

In this 8-part audio course Jeff offers commentary and teachings that build on and enrich the ideas in the book. By the end of the course you will have a deep understanding of the philosophy of Radical Inclusivity and the contemplative method of wormhole inquiry.

Your free audio course includes:

  • Jeff Carreira’s e-book ‘Radical Inclusivity’
  • A recorded welcome message and introduction
  • 6 x 1 hour long audio sessions of commentary from Jeff Carreira about each chapter of the book
  • Suggested resources for deeper inquiry including links to articles, books, blogs and audio lectures
  • A summary paper With an hour-long audio session of commentary
  • 20 Daily Audio Contemplations
 

Receive FREE access to Jeff Carreria’s Radical Inclusivity 8 part Audio Program!

This 8 part audio course is a perfect introduction to many of the ideas you will be working with on retreat including descriptions of both Jeff’s approach to meditation and ‘wormhole inquiry’.

Your free audio course includes:

  • Jeff Carreira’s e-book ‘Radical Inclusivity’
  • A recorded welcome message and introduction
  • 6 x 1 hour long audio sessions of commentary from Jeff Carreira about each chapter of the book
  • Suggested resources for deeper inquiry including links to articles, books, blogs and audio lectures
  • A summary paper With an hour-long audio session of commentary
  • 20 Daily Audio Contemplations

Registration

*Earlybird registration closes June 24th, 2018.

* Cancellation Policy *

Refunds are available up to 30 days prior to the start of the retreat with a $75 cancellation fee. 50% refunds will be available until one week prior to the start of the retreat. No refunds will be given within one week of the start of the retreat.

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