RETREAT WITH JEFF FOSTER
THE DEEPEST ACCEPTANCE: RADICAL AWAKENING IN ORDINARY LIFE
4 DAY RETREAT WITH JEFF FOSTER
Monday, October 29th - Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Venue: EarthRise retreat center at IONS
How do we stop running away from “the mess of life”—our pain, our predicaments, our frustrations, our failures, even our longing for freedom and enlightenment—and start flowing with all of it?
Is it possible to find an effortless “yes” to this moment, no matter how challenging our lives become?
Is it possible to stop seeking love, peace and enlightenment in the future, and discover them where you already are? Through talks, guided meditations, intimate dialogues, laughter, tears, and silence, Jeff Foster invites us to take a fresh look at our present experience and discover the ocean of who we really are: a non-dual awareness that has already allowed every wave of thought and emotion to arrive. “Just as the ocean ‘accepts’ every wave,” teaches Jeff, “so too has our awareness already allowed and accepted what is here.” Jeff talks of deep acceptance not as a passive surrender, but as an intelligent and creative emerging into life just as it is. And it is not something that happens “one day”, or only happens to special people – it is always happening, if we have eyes to see it.
Recognizing ourselves as the ocean of deep acceptance radically transforms and simplifies the way we see the world - our relationships, how we communicate, our attitude towards physical pain and depression, how we deal with addictions, and our search for spiritual enlightenment. Candid, thoughtful, humorous—and deeply compassionate toward those searching for a way out of suffering—Jeff inspires us to stop trying to “do” acceptance…and start falling in love with “what has already been allowed.” His simple, accessible and direct teachings point us back to who we really are in this moment – already perfect, whole, and free.
Silence, laughter, lightness, and a sense of real intimacy, honesty and friendship are the hallmarks of retreats with Jeff. His meetings are very spontaneous and informal, and there are plenty of opportunities to share and ask questions, if you are so moved. And of course, if you just want to sit in silence and deeply listen, without sharing, then that’s fine too.
"Jeff, with his whole being, slowly and deliberately shoves a crowbar in your heart and pries it open and you can’t shut it again.” – S.H.
“Jeff answered questions that I did not know how to ask… my mind had hidden them deeply." - K.
"Jeff shows us how to meet everything and to turn toward instead of away from Life... He has no lineage, so he has no spiritual guru baggage to carry around. His meetings are just raw, naked, unconditional love..." - R.P.
"What I most appreciate about Jeff is his willingness to be fully exposed, and to take spirituality out of the ashrams and meditation halls and into the streets…”
- Matt Licata, Sounds True
"With unshakable patience and softness, Jeff approaches all questions with a completely un-rushed and peaceful style, always searching to find the most skillful words that can capture his thought and best be conveyed. In truth, Jeff’s teachings are alive..." - W.R.
“Jeff’s message is a relief for seekers who are tired of chasing dreams, and a true calling to re-examine what’s present in our lives and find out if we don’t already have exactly what we are looking for." - P.L.
LOGISTICS AND VENUE
Location: Earthrise retreat center at IONS - http://www.noetic.org/earthrise/
Dates: October 29th - November 2nd, 2012
The retreat will begin on Monday around 3 pm and end after lunch on Friday. There will be three meetings per day, 1 to 1.5 hours each, from 10.30am - 12.30pm, then 4pm-5.30pm and then from around 8.30pm - 9.30pm. The rooms need to be cleared by 11am on Friday. Three meals a day are included in the prices below starting with dinner on Monday and closing with lunch on Friday:
$ 1180 in a single room including 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
$ 980 in a double room including 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
$ 520 without accomodation (includes 5 Lunches)
All the meals are created with local organic ingredients - fruits, vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products, and extraordinary cheeses.
EarthRise retreat center is located 45 minutes north of San francisco and is housed on 200 acres of beautiful rolling hills where hiking trails meander through pristine native live oak woodlands, and the surrounding open space offers panoramic vistas of the California landscape.
up to 8 weeks before workshop….100% of registration fee returned
4 weeks before workshop…50% of registration fee returned
1 week before workshop…25% of registration fee returned
ABOUT JEFF FOSTER
Jeff was voted #51 on Watkins Review’s 2012 list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People and has published four books in over six languages. His latest book The Deepest Acceptance will be published in 2012 by Sounds True.
Jeff speaks clearly and simply about the journey of awakening and self-realization. He presently holds meetings, retreats and private one-to-one sessions around the world, gently but directly pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. He points to a discovery of who you really are, beyond all thoughts and judgments about yourself, even in the midst of the stress and struggle of modern day living and intimate relationships. His teaching style is direct and uncompromising and yet full of humanity, humor and compassion.
He believes that freedom is everybody’s birthright. He belongs to no tradition or lineage, and makes his teaching accessible to all.For more information please visit: www.lifewithoutacentre.com.