A 1 Week Journey into Pure Being with Peter Bampton
This retreat will be held at Casa da Ervas Silvestres/ Avidanja, near Montemor-o-velho, Coimbra.
This is an opportunity to put aside the routine of your everyday life for an entire week and give yourself completely to spiritual practice with a committed group of participants, so that we may be inspired and renewed by the wellspring of peace, joy and depth that is the true nature of our Being…and celebrate the coming of the New Year in an unconventional yet enlightening way!
Experiencing awakened consciousness and sharing that discovery with others is the most fulfilling and liberating experience you can have. When you discover direct access to your inherent freedom you find yourself in communion with life, fearlessly open to the future, and able to respond twith clarity, creativity and spontaneity.
If you’re thinking about taking some time out to be with yourself in a beautiful place in nature, to taste delicious vegetarian food and to go deep into the practice of meditation guided by a skillful teacher, you don’t need to go to Thailand or India. Portugal is the place.
Vasco Gaspar, Lisbon
If we want to be free, if we want to live a life of profound wholeness and purpose, then we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our Being. In this weekend retreat we will dive deeply into the experience of meditation, not through a technique, but through discovering our natural state.
A direct doorway to this miracle of natural awakening is the radically simple yet profound approach to meditation that Peter shares that makes the mystical essence of spiritual tradition accessible to the Western mind.
The instructions are so simple that anyone can begin without any previous experience. At the same time, the subtlety that is revealed about the nature of mind and non-duality offers infinite depth to even the most experienced meditator.
The retreat will be held in silence except for teaching periods and question and answer sessions. No previous meditation experience is necessary and people from all faiths and spiritual orientations can benefit. Besides the guidance in meditation, Peter will also offer contemplation exercises to deepen one’s awakening to the miracle of non-duality.
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
The retreat will begin with dinner at 8pm Friday 26th Dec and will end at 5.30pm Saturday 2rd Jan.
8am Optional Qi Gong Movement
10 -1pm Meditation Sessions
2-4pm Free Time
4 – 6.30pm Meditation Sessions
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
Testimonials from past particpants of the 1 week retreat:
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 7 day meditation retreat, weather permitting, 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 cosy 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 at the beginning of 2015.
With Much Love, Jutta
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)
385€ – dormitory (4-5 people in total)
525€ – single room
490€ – double room per person
525€ – dormitory (4-5 people in total)
665€ – single room
630€ – double room per person
If you have financial difficulty and need a discount in order to attend please write to us and tell us why you want to come to the retreat and what price you can afford.
To reserve please do NOT fill out the form on the right sidebar but send an email to Jutta Weiske:
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
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