May all beings be peaceful.
May all beings be happy.
May all beings be safe.
May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be liberated.
May all beings realize their essence and live this fully, completely and utterly!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Valencia 5 Day Retreat!

Tomas & I are delighted to return to Spain in October to hold our 4th Annual Residential Retreat!  
This is one of our favourites!  
And this year, by request, it's been extended to 5 days!

In the bagua above are a few glimpses inside the retreat centre ~ Jardín de Mar (Garden of the Sea!) ~ and one of the surrounding area. It's located in the beautiful setting of the Sierra Calderona Nature Park, about 30 minutes away from the city of Valencia, which is on the gorgeous Mediterranean coast of Spain.

I love this retreat for many reasons. Mostly because we get to just simply be together for an extended period of time, sharing space and stillness. I love the 2 daily meetings, 2 hours each, plus the space for quiet time, and for walking in the nature park, exploring the retreat centre grounds, enjoying activities (we've done yoga, tai chi, chi gong, movement meditations), swimming and just resting. I especially enjoy the periods of silence! Our host & retreat centre creator, Amin, makes delicious international vegetarian food for us. Some food pics and more are on his blog here.

More than anything, I love the people who attend! My heart is deeply touched not only by the sincerity and commitment of those who say yes to the retreat, but by the vast love that shines through, a true sense of community. This is the whole reason why I show up, to witness and experience this love, and to share in the gifts we give each other through 'our' presence... the gift of presence itself, stillness, peace, love, recognition of the same essence. 

This is what we say about retreat:
Retreat is a celebration of being 
in which we deeply investigate this that we are and what we are not.
It's very joyful to simply be together.
The end result is more space, more stillness, more peace, a deeper resting, a deeper recognition of who we are.

All of the retreat details (dates, times, costs etc) are on our website here, in English and in Spanish. (During the retreat, each session is translated into Spanish, unless Tomas speaks Spanish during his solo sessions, which are then translated into English.)

If you feel pulled to join us, we'd love it! 
Please be in touch. We can also answer any questions you have.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing
and rightdoing there is a field.
I'll meet you there.
~ Rumi

¡Espero que nos veamos pronto!
(I hope we see each other soon!)

The greatest service is to recognize the essence or the reality of the other person. 
Everything else passes away, is transitory, 
but that recognition of the other as God and one with who you are, 
to see that, 
that is the greatest service you can give —
the realization of who that person truly is beyond the form.

~ Eckhart Tolle

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