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Integral Evolutionary Spirituality, Community & Sustainability
10 Day Whole Body Enlightenment Retreat
Date: 
05/10/2017 @ 19:00 — 15/10/2017 @ 17:00
Where: 
Avidanja, Montemor-o-velho, Coimbra
Price: 
700,00 €
Within a context of deep meditation this journey into Integral Transformation includes explorations of Non-Duality, Tantra fusing Shiva/Shakti, Masculine/Feminine, activation and balancing of subtle energy and the Chakras, Qi Gong, Trance Dance and more

This retreat will be held at Avidanja, near Montemor-o-velho, Coimbra.

This 10 Day Retreat is an opportunity to put aside the routine of your everyday life and give yourself completely to spiritual practice and transformation with a committed group of participants in a beautiful natural setting.

This is the third Whole Body Enlightenment Retreat and after the extraordinary results of last year's retreat Peter has further developed the multidimensional "concept" of this retreat for 2017.

How deep are you in your body? Are you persisting in staying outside of it by thinking about this and that, trying to work out what this means, what that means? Most people today live outside their body most of the time, lost in a chaotic distraction of mind. This habitual unconsciousness results in compulsive thinking, wanting and trying, and emotional states of fear, worry and doubt that project us out of our bodies, out of the here and now. So the endeavor of this retreat is to facilitate a process of letting go of all the conditioned habits of mind and emotion so that you can become embodied as an awakened human being. 

The foundation of this retreat will be a deep immersion in silence and a direct approach to meditation that opens the door to the radical immediacy of Freedom Here and Now. You will discover that you do not need to practice a technique or engage in an arduous process of introspection in order to become Free, rather you will learn how to access the always ever-new discovery that you already ARE Free! 

Through meditation and daily contemplation, you will be guided into transcendent dimensions of inner space, luminosity, profound peace and penetrating recognition of the nature of Non-Dual Reality. You will discover, if you are willing to let go and venture into unknown territory, that it is literally true that there is no separation, that there is fundamentally no problem, that there is no "inner" and "outer", and that Happiness and Love are your natural state. Also, through daily question and answer sessions, Peter will help you to ground this understanding in your daily life so that you can discover a liberated relationship to the conditioned workings of the mind and emotions. 

Once the profound depth and spontaneous joy of Consciousness Itself is established in the group, Peter will then illuminate how this journey of meditation and understanding does not end with transcendence of the ego "I", mind and world. Rather that discovery of essential Peace, Happiness and Freedom is the foundation for the activation of an all-encompassing tantric alchemy that points to the transformation of our embodied humanity. Thus we aspire to not only free our Consciousness from fixed ideas and limiting concepts, but to free our Energy from psychophysical knots, negative emotions and maladaptive conditioning. 

Through meditations, breathing exercises and precise self-inquiry practices, participants will be guided into a process of attunement with the subtle energies of the chakras in such a way that obstructions to the free flow of those energies may be released. This process has the power to expose and heal psychological shadow material and tendencies toward addiction or avoidance of the capacities and energies that each chakra represents.

There will also be an exploration into a regenerative and deeply liberated approach to our sexuality. This will be considered in the context of non-dual understanding in which there is freedom from selfish wanting and lust. How does sexuality fit with spiritual life? How to embrace and transform our sexuality without repressing it on the one hand and indulging in it on the other? Why is sex so problematic and what does sexual maturity entail? How to transcend the habitually tendency to degenerative orgasm and circulate sexual energy so that it becomes a regenerative act that leaves us full-filled and not depleted? These are some of the questions that will be explored.

At the end of the Retreat there will be a ritual Trance Dance with trained facilitator Jutta Weiske, the founder of Avidanja. Trance Dance is a unique blend of body movement, healing sounds, dynamic percussive rhythms, transformational breathing techniques and the innovative use of a blindfold or bandana. Read more here...

The Retreat will be held in silence except for the daily question and answer session. The silence and deep field of Meditation provide the alchemical container for you to practice the chakra contemplations and exercises. While the Trance Dance towards the end of the Retreat will feature non-electronic "organic" trance music, the silence between participants will not end until after the final meditation.

Near the end of the retreat we will go for delightful silent walk on the nearby beach and meditate in front of the ocean. This is always an ecstatic occasion!

To facilitate your deep relaxation into Whole Body Enlightenment you will also have the opportunity to experience a delightful Lomi Lomi massage with resident therapist Sandra during this Retreat. This is optional and will be an extra cost of 60E.

READ TESTIMONIALS FROM PARTICIPANTS ON THE 2015 RETREAT HERE

To summarize this Retreat will include the following:
 

  • A Context of Deep Meditation​ and Silence
  • Explorations into Non-Duality
  • Chakra Alignment & Integration Exercises
  • Fusion of Shiva/Shakti, Masculine/Feminine Faces of Spirit
  • Conscious Regenerative Sexuality Teachings
  • Daily Qi Gong Sessions
  • Trance Dance
  • Delicious Vegetarian Food

You can read Peter's biography here

Listen and download an Introduction to Awakened Life Meditation and Guided Meditations here.

In a time when many talk about starting a revolution, it was really important to understand that the real revolution that really has to start is the revolution of consciousness, and the strong and deep feeling of wanting to be free. In the emptiness while sitting in deep relaxation I could see the seer that sees all the fake action of my mind, and I understood that we all have what we need to be happy, we just have to make the choice to finally want to be free. Relax, enter into the amazing space that will, not knowing how, change our whole perceptive on life, and then all your actions in life will be different. Do not be afraid what you gonna discover, just let it go! And this changed my life forever.
Frederico Cabral, Lisbon

In this Rereat I was given a valuable tool that gave me a more self-knowledge and clarity, in an profoundly experiential way and not just theoretically. I realized what I am not and was gradually able to disidentify myself from of objects of consciousness (material, emotional and cognitive) and thus discover who I am – the Nameless, the Source! When you read the steps to enlightenment as told by Buddha the last of his steps consisted of a long meditation in which he undertook a titanic struggle with Mara (symbolizing his ego) and this final step meant of even letting go of the desire for enlightenment itself to eventually reach and realize Spiritual Liberation. This weekend I realized that the type of meditation that Pete taught us was that which most closely approximates to the descriptions I read about the kind of meditation that Buddha recommended. Thank you, Peter, for these invaluable lessons!
Joao Patente, Lisbon

QI GONG

This retreat will include a daily session of qi gong in the mornings with Peter. What the Chinese called Qi and the Indians called Prana is the subtle life force energy that emanates from pure consciousness. Qi can be understood as arising in the space between formlessness and form. Therefore the cultivation of Qi can help us to embody our formless spirit in and through our individuality. 

Peter will guide you in some simple qi gong postures and movements that are very relaxing and energising. Some are silent standing postures and some are flowing movements of improvisational dance that we will do to soft, inspirational music. Many people find that the qi gong is a perfect compliment to the meditation practice.

If the weather is warm enough we will do the qi gong barefoot outside on the grass.

NON-DUALITY CONTEMPLATIONS

At lunchtime each day Peter will give you a contemplation to read on such subjects as the nature of thought, emotion, body, time, space and creation. These contemplations have the power to illuminate conditioned patterns of thinking and perceiving that keep us trapped in false and limiting ideas and beliefs. 

In combination with meditation, these contemplations can open you to the direct perception of non-duality or oneness. Many participants have experienced life changing revelations and understandings as a result of this combination of meditation and contemplation, together with the opportunity to explore the contemplations further with Peter in the question and answer sessions.

The retreat will begin with dinner at 8pm on 20th October and will end at 5.30pm 30th October.

Programme:

6am Meditation

8am Optional Qi Gong Movement

9am Breakfast

10 -1pm Meditation Sessions

1pm Lunch

2-3pm Free Time

3-5pm Meditation Sessions & Teachings

5-5.30pm Tea Break

5.30-6.30 Meditation

6.30 - 8pm Dinner

8 - 9.30pm Question & Answer
 

I have to share with you the feeling of happiness I have been carrying with me since the retreat. It is overwhelming to perceive the difference inside me, despite the shortness of the time we spent together. Yet you emanate such a positive energy that makes it impossible to stay indifferent if one is prepared to open up to your teachings and valuable approach. I feel in balance with what surrounds me. I feel closer to others, to nature, to what is important. I feel closer to the essence of self, which has allowed me to develop more acceptance. I am more inclined to harmony and love and it seems I am discovering certain aspects of life as if I were seeing them for real for the first time ever. I might not have experienced the ultimate state of enlightenment, however I am positive that, with your guidance, I was able to go through a door which will take me to the next stage of consciousness.
Rita Martins, Portugal

Articles from past particpants of the 1 week retreat:

An Enormous Dimension of Depth and Expansion

I am Nothing I am Everything

Freedom Echoes in the Silence of Simply Being

The Joy of Being Who I AM

A Fantastic Passage in the New Year

A Leap Into The Unknown - The Best Thing I Ever Did!

A Place I AM

A Journey into a New World!

A New and More Embracing Perspective of Reality

I am Consciousness

A retreat not to be missed! Absolutely transformative and powerful! I never imagined that just stopping for one week to meditate and to contemplate could have such a profound impact on my life. It is one week later and I still have the sense that the retreat touched me in ways I still can not see. Everything is much more meaningful and feels like a new beginning. It was all magical ... the landscapes (including a stroll and meditation on the beach), the delicious food, the unity of the group even in silence, the contemplations on non-duality that Peter gave us, the questions and answers at night. Simply amazing ... no more words to describe it!
Ana Fonseca, Porto

Welcome to Avidanja...

Pass a week here amidst the rice fields, storks and frogs...in winter there is mist, incredible dances of light and cobwebs full of brilliant waterdrops....There is usually plenty of sun in winter and on the on the patio and lawn you can enjoy the ambience of an "alternative house", made with the spirit of discovery and with the inspiration and support of many people who live a life of integrity, in harmony with the surrounding nature.

Toward the end of the 10 day meditation retreat, weather permiting, we will go for a silent stroll on the beach and meditate together before the crashing waves of the atlantic ocean. The beach is very beautiful and it can speak to us in different languages ​in a period of silence. So it is very important to bring warm clothes. And throughout your stay we offer a cozy lounge with fireplace to hear the song of the fire ...

We have single or double bedrooms with two bathrooms in the house and also a large dining room. I can guarantee one week of comfort with meditation room heated, and vegetarian food prepared from the heart. We offer local produce such as fruit, vegetables, rice and olive oil. We try to use as much organic and locally grown food as possible.

Be welcomed into a friendly and very cosy house to come together in in the beauty of silence. It will be our contribution to the discovery and evolution of consciousness.

With Much Love, Jutta & Sandra

PRICES

There are 3 options based on different accommodation. All prices include 3  delicious vegetarian meals per day:

Portuguese price (The price for Portuguese is lower to reflect the difficulty of economic situation in Portugal)

650€ - dormitory (4-5 people in total)

750€ - double room per person

850€ - single room
 

Foreigners price

700€ - dormitory (4-5 people in total)

900€ - double room per person

1000€ - single room

It is possible to pay in installments, please contact us if you are interested in this option.

To reserve please fill out the form on the right sidebar. If you have any questions please contact: info@awakenedlifeproject.org


 

Meditation opens us to the Eternal One Moment...

I had a most rewarding meditation retreat. The instructions that we received for it were simple and straightforward, yet powerful, for they aim directly to the purpose of meditation. I also appreciated the lack of rituals and Eastern spiritual language. Besides this, I valued very much the opportunity to experience the Awakened Life Community. It is clearly a powerful place for working on personal and collective transformation.
Javier Lantero, Founder Tomillo Foundation, Madrid, Spain

I thank you for giving so much on this retreat. I learnt so much about myself, not just in theory but also in practice in my own experience. What was really special was the fact that I got a glimpse of what it feels like when I become aware of this space in my mind. It made me believe there's actually something to discover there, which will help me grow as a person. It feels like the beginning of something huge, about myself, about the world and the whole Universe! So thank you for all the teaching, the answers you patiently gave us, for the insights you shared with us and for the passion and hope you were able to transmit. And thank you to the "ALP Angels" for all the love they put into every action which made us always feel so welcome.
Barbara Miguel, Portugal

More Testimonials about retreats with Peter Bampton on the next page...

Testimonials 

I could not believe the simplicity of Pete’s meditation. There was practically nothing to it. But it was deep, and intense. By the end of the weekend, a powerful bond had formed in the group of people. I left feeling energised, and totally empowered! So I did a meditation in the morning, as Pete suggested, and felt great after it. The weekend was an eye opener for me, even if my eyes were closed most of the time!!
Steve Nicholls, UK

Being at the retreat was like a clear, strong wind, blowing through all my dusty corners and bringing me to a cleaner, clearer place. I meditate regularly, but somehow Pete’s instructions, and the answers he gave in the “question and answer” sessions seemed to clarify things for me. At both retreats there were people who had never meditated before, and others who meditated regularly. It didn’t matter. We all seemed to go somewhere together. The feeling of stillness and oneness grew steadily through each retreat. Pete’s teaching reminded us that we all have a choice: do we really want to be free more than anything else? The meditation room was filled with the power of that choice.
Mim Elkan, UK

On friday the moment when we went into the silence together really made me realize how I have forgotten to embrace it. It was such a beautiful moment. I still get chills when thinking back to that realization. It was like suddenly an old, forgotten friend appeared back into my life. It made me re-unite with this beautiful emptiness that we all share, and I now am very dedicated to connect with it more and more often. This was a very purifying and inspiring weekend in many ways but I dont know how to verbalize it that much. I’m now meditating daily and the awareness of the space between my thoughts and my being is with me and makes me see myself more stable no matter what’s happening around.
Tiina Arjukka, Finland

The whole weekend was a very beautiful experience. The place, food, nice people and meditation itself. That is why together we could create a very calm, still energy to go into the deepest place in ourselves. I realized how much I try too hard to meditate and work with myself by trying to change my experience and that I can relax more and let my experience be as it is.
Maki Quayle, Japan

Participating in the meditation retreat for the evolution of consciousness was a very interesting experience! The vegetarian food was delicious. Staying in silence the whole weekend and meditating in a group was an experience of preparation for life. I feel I came away from the retreat stronger, happier, more whole. I felt the love and life force! Thanks Pete.
Celia Carvalho, Coimbra

The retreat was an eternal Moment of Love in Harmony, Lightness and Peace!
Augusto Neves, Lisbon

This retreat was a unique opportunity to jump right into silence and have no concerns or distractions, which allowed me to experience almost “heaven on earth”! I could truly enjoy every moment … the beauty of the place, great food and the company of others in the silence, all the conditions were perfect so that we could totally devote ourselves only to be present and be. It was extraordinary to gain more objectivity about the workings of my mind and understand the strategies of the ego to keep me busy. For me, the meditation group and how it was organized was very powerful and after the retreat, I noticed big changes in daily meditations. I feel really grateful to have participated, thank you!
Natascha Leite, Coimbra

For me, the retreat was a unique opportunity to delve deeply into my being, realizing the importance of silence, peace and integration it brings to all aspects of my being in the moment. All the energy and care taken in organizing the retreat made me feel at home, welcomed and protected, surrounded by much love. Inside me, something changed.
Madeline Lucena, Lisbon

Thank you for the wonderful experience I had this week-end, I felt the importance that meditation has to call us to the silence of Being and help us to relativize our problems, realizing that most of them are only in our head. The vegetarian diet was also an important aspect during the retreat, as it gives enough energy without making us feel full, very good!
Luis Miguel Francisco, Lisbon

I had never meditated before and it was a revelation of joy and clarity for me. Knowing ourselves inwardly is simply everything!
Paulo Conde, Braga

This was the first time I participated in meditation and it was way beyond my expectations! First of all the perfect location, away from the hustle of city life, then the wonderful hospitality and best vegetarian food I ever tasted. Then the silence full of energy that we shared…it was wonderful and profound to simply be able to sit still and try to discover who I am, who we are. A week later I’m still integrating everything I felt and finding a way to keep that peace alive in my daily life. This experience has totally changed my perspective on the world and motivated me to be what I really am. Thank you!
Raquel Duro, Porto


  

The meditation retreat was a challenge very well received. The quality of the hospitality, as well as the guidance by Pete, exceeded my expectations. This was just a starting point. Meditation has proved to be a powerful instrument of change, that we want to dig into in order to expand the positive impact on my life and those around me. It was because I believe that meditation could be a way to strengthen my inner strength that I enrolled in this retreat. What I experienced, as well as what I shared with other participants, reinforced this conviction. Meditation has proved to be an ally in what I consider to be the goal to seek ever more each passing day: the connection between human beings and between them and the world. I returned this weekend convinced that meditation goes hand in hand with love. Thank you to everyone who participated and will continue to participate in this process.
Sara Leao, Porto

I gotta say that I loved this retreat, it was very transforming. I am a different person, and I continue to change, to grow … I’ll do whatever I can to pursue this path because I think we have to join, unite efforts, if we really want to change the world!
Vitor Vasconcelos, Lisbon

Many thanks to you (and your team of angels) for a beautiful weekend. Several days on I am feeling the meditation went deeper than I realised at the time. The simple instructions – “Be still, relax, have no relationship with the content of consciousness,” have stayed with me and arise repeatedly throughout my day whenever i notice identification, or any sort of resistance, and have also integrated naturally in to my existing meditation practise, which is a bit different but seems totally complementary. Much seems to be opening and softening for me at the moment.
Clare Finlator, UK

When I started the Retreat I thought that it will be a great obstacle sitting still all day long doing nothing:-). But when I came out of the retreat I have seen a positive affect. Having meditated only 60 minutes a day before the meditation was never long enough to bring my mind into a real calm condition. Long meditation offers you the possibility to go on a journey deep in the core of yourself. I found it very inspiring and effective :-) I would do it again!
Ronya Blute, Germany

 

 

 

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The Awakened Life Project is situated in a beautiful and wild ecological reserve in the mountains Central Portugal. We offer volunteer programs, courses, events and retreats to support the liberation of the human spirit in a context of evolutionary emergence and communion with the ecological web of life.

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