Awaken from the Ordinary, Live in the Extraordinary [2023]
A 7-Day Paradigm Shifting Retreat
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira
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August 21st - 27th, 2023

4:00pm Monday 21st - 12:00pm Sunday 27th

Highland Lake Cove, Flat Rock, North Carolina.

$1300 - $3500 pp

In this seven-day in-person retreat you will work with me to develop the spiritual power that makes real breakthrough possible. Deep spiritual practice brings us to a space of inner stillness and peace that gives us tremendous potential to do work in the invisible realms of spirit.

In this retreat we will be working in a way that I have not focused on before. It is the domain in which we build the inner power that allows us to guide the course of our own awakening. You probably notice that this claim seems contrary to the traditional ideas of grace and surrender that I often teach. That is because the work we will engage with on this retreat will be an exploration of what occurs after we have surrendered and given up control.

When we first set off on the path of awakening we are firmly embedded in our ordinary sense of self. We see ourselves as a conscious human being who is limited to the lifetime of a physical body. With that identity there is nothing we can do to awaken ourselves because adherence to that identity is exactly what we are waking up from.

The first stage of awakening involves finding a way to be perfectly content with the way things are and then giving up control so the process of awakening can unfold freely and uninhibitedly within us. But this is only half of the spiritual path. Beyond this level of surrender there is work that can be done in the invisible realms of spirit.

The second level of work is what we will focus on during this retreat. Specifically we will open our awareness to the truth of who we are to recognize our true spiritual power. You will see that your ordinary self cannot affect the invisible realms of spirit, but your true self can.

The work we will engage in begins as we see that beyond our ordinary sense of self we are a point of awareness that exists beyond time and space. From this vantage point we will practice meditation the way I always teach it as the art of conscious contentment and this will be the foundation of our work. What you will discover is that by relaxing into a deep acceptance of the way things are a powerful sense of presence builds in your awareness. This inner vision is strong enough to pierce through our habitual ways of seeing and feeling to reveal perceptions of reality that had previously been invisible to our eyes.

We will use this penetrating gaze to examine every aspect of ordinary experience to see how it is created and maintained by ideas and assumptions that can never be questioned by our limited sense of self. This will be an experiential exploration that stretches us into new sensibilities.

Most importantly, we will discover how to use the power of presence to see the inner workings of spiritual growth and direct ourselves into heightened states of awareness. By exploring these extraordinary states both individually and together we bring a higher and more subtle reality to life between us.


Jeff Carreira
Co-Founder & Director of Education, Emergence Education
Pursuing Inner Freedom

This retreat is dedicated to the cultivation of profound spiritual clarity and to the miracle of being utterly absorbed in the inner light of awakened mind. Many years ago, I left conventional life to pursue spiritual awakening. I knew that the way I perceived reality was shaped by conscious and unconscious fears, desires and limiting beliefs, and I wanted to see beyond these obscurations.

For decades I pursued the dream of clarity. Time spent on retreat was an important part of my journey. During those times of focused practice, I could cast aside the concerns of life and devote all of my energy to spiritual awakening and deep meditation.

If we are diligent on retreat, our hearts and minds open and become focused. Day after day our perception is increasingly liberated from the influence of fear and we become more and more absorbed in the mysterious inner light that continuously reveals the true majesty of life and the subtle inner workings of the cosmos.

The more our consciousness becomes clear the more clarity we want. Our growing passion for clarity fuels the intensity of our meditation. The intensity of our practice brings greater clarity of mind which inspires even greater intensity of practice. An upward spiral of accelerating awakening has begun. There is no way of knowing how deep any of us can go on a retreat like this. The structure of this retreat has been designed out of everything I’ve learned about what creates the most conducive atmosphere for awakening. I’m thrilled to have the chance to offer this opportunity to you.

Qualities of the Retreat
  • The retreat will be held largely in silence although it will include daily discussions with Jeff.
  • You will engage in silent meditation, guided meditation, contemplation exercises, thought experiments, and journal writing.
  • You will be encouraged not to make contact with anyone outside of the retreat for either personal or business reasons except in cases of emergency.
  • All you have to do is meditate and be taken care of.
On This Retreat We Will Focus On:
The Awareness that is Aware
During this retreat we will use the practice of meditation to strip our awareness of all conceptualization. You will learn to perceive reality directly without the mitigating influence of the mind. As your familiar perceptions dissolve away you will find yourself immersed in the pure knowing of spirit. What you will discover is a deeper source of awareness that allows you to see far beyond the limits of the physical and psychological world.
Dreaming the World
We will engage in a profound examination of our experience to uncover how our perception of the world is constantly being created and reinforced by our mind. As we uncover the mental mechanisms that shape the world of our senses we will see that our waking life is fundamentally no different than our dreams. You will discover the profound spiritual power that you have if you learn to free yourself from self-imposed constraints.
Re-Wording Reality

Our journey continues with the exploration of the role that language plays in shaping how we perceive reality. We will explore how words don’t just describe what is real, they create it and continually reinforce it. We will work together to intentionally discover how to use language in ways that change the reality that exists between us. Then we will explore how we can liberate each other by using language that supports our true potential.

Re-Creating the Self
We have all learned to navigate reality through a sense of self created from ideas and assumptions that often go unquestioned. On this retreat we will question some of the most foundational ideas about who we are until we are free of the limited sense of identity. You will then learn how to creatively rebuild a self-concept that supports you to realize and live as the most awakened version of yourself.
Surrendering into Flow
We will explore a different way of being, in which we do not act as separate things with limited capabilities effortfully exercising our will. Instead, we will move into a way of being born from the recognition that we are not separate from anything. You will see yourself as part of the flow of life and discover how shifts in your inner attitudes and orientations change not just individual events in the world, but the entire flow.

This is an in-person paradigm shifting retreat led by Jeff Carreira in which mornings will be devoted to meditation practice and afternoons to contemplative exercises.

The structure of the retreat allows for focus and concentration, as well as individual and group activities and inquiries.

The retreat begins with registration at 4:00pm on Monday, August 21st, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the opening session at 7:15pm. The retreat will end at 12:00pm on Sunday, August 27th.

Each day will begin with silent meditation, followed by breakfast, and then a spiritual teaching and guided meditation with Jeff.

Each afternoon will be devoted to a series of exercises and contemplations that will give us the opportunity to enter into the spiritual reality that is illuminated during the morning practice.

Each evening you will engage in a discussion session that will allow you to explore your experience and ask any questions that come up during the day.

Daily Schedule
(Actual retreat schedule may vary)
  • 7:00am to 7:45am Silent Meditation Session
  • 8:00am to 9:30am Breakfast
  • 10:00am to 10:45am Teaching Session
  • 11:00am to 11:45am Guided Meditation Session
  • 12:00am to 12:45pm Silent Meditation Session
  • 1:00pm to 2:45pm Lunch
  • 3:00pm to 4:45pm Contemplative Exercises
  • 5:00pm to 5:45pm Silent Meditation Session
  • 6:00pm to 6:45pm Silent Meditation Session
  • 7:00pm to 8:00pm Dinner
  • 8:15pm to 9:30pm Discussion Session
Retreat Location

The location for this retreat is the incredible Highland Lake Cove, Flat Rock, North Carolina. You can find their website here.

Highland Lake Cove is a uniquely nourishing setting where you will be sustained by the natural beauty of the land, the garden-centered cuisine and the stewardship of a caring staff dedicated to the awakening and full blossoming of the human spirit.

Accommodation options include simple private rooms in The Retreat House, luxury private rooms in garden cottages, and simple shared cabins. Set on 58 acres, the property also includes a small working farm, gardens, walking trails, and a 30 acre lake.

All meals, snacks and tea and coffee will be provided.

Pendle Hill is committed to maintaining a safe environment due to ongoing concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of that effort they currently require all guests of Pendle Hill to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear masks in the common spaces of the campus. The staff of Pendle Hill are continually monitoring the situation with the pandemic and may alter their requirements before the date of our retreat, but until we are notified otherwise, we will assume that their current requirements will hold in December. For more information about all guest requirements and the COVID-19 mitigating amenities Pendle Hill offers see their COVID-19 Information page here.

The below notice is taken directly from the Pendle Hill website.

Expectations of Guests: Effective March 1, 2022:

All guests of Pendle Hill are required to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 in advance of coming to campus.

All guests are required to complete a waiver and a pre-arrival screening no more than 24 hours prior to arriving on campus. See the Waiver & Screening section of our FAQ page for more information on this form’s contents and ramifications.

We encourage all guests to take a COVID test of any type (PCR, rapid, at home) within 48 hours of arrival on campus. This may be a requirement for some Pendle Hill offerings.

Please see our Guest Expectations in COVID-19 Mitigation FAQ for more information about any of the above expectations.

What past retreat participants said about their experience...

"We were able to only do three days of this event. But the impact for me was most profound. On our day 4, integration day an awareness of the Truth arose in me and left me totally flummoxed. Just what I have been working for, for so many years. I am truly a different person than the one who started the retreat last Friday. Profound gratitude to Jeff and the team."

~ W. Francis.

"The daily teaching, Q&A's and and meditation sessions were so powerful , they brought such calm and flow to me and in turn to my family. Jeff's teaching enabled me reach greater depth in my meditations as each day passed."

~ T. Bird.

"The retreat was eye opening and life-changing, giving me a new understanding of me as a soul, and deepening my relationship with it. Giving all day to meditation for a few days, rather than an hour a day for a prolonged period, has brought changes in me that are indescribable. I did not want it end!"

~ J. Aebi.

"This retreat was a wonderful and profound experience of sinking into the depth of Being. Experiencing blissful happiness and liberation, just abiding there, without needing anything. Even in the face of challenges from outside, like a noisy neighourhood."

~ J. van den Bogaard.

"The retreat came at the perfect time in my life. It was the calm at the end of an internal and external storm that led to deep insights and deepening Awareness of my True Self. Jeff has an ability to transmit deep truths that find a home in soul."

~ M. Earlenbaugh.

"Jeff’s instructions and felt his passion to lead us into a available view of the world and ourselves. My life is so completely different. I’m looking out with Cosmic Eyes now... Wow So simple and so wonderful. Thank you Jeff"

~ N. Torrence.

"There is an intermediate world, a world of Idea-Images, of archetypal figures, of subtle substances, of "immaterial matter." This world is as real and objective, as consistent and subsistent as the intelligible and sensible worlds; it is an intermediate universe "where the spiritual takes body and the body becomes spiritual."
~ Henry Corbin, French philosopher and theologian
Register Here

This retreat has sold out.
If you would like to go on the waitlist, please email Sophie at
This retreat is sold out
If you would like to go on the waitlist, please email Sophie at
Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
After this date all prices will go up by $100.
Register Here - $2200
Luxury Garden Cottages

Private three bedroom cottages with full kitchens, laundry, indoor & outdoor living spaces. All amenities are provided including bedding, linens, towels, dishes, cookware and more. Price includes all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and accommodation during the entire retreat.

Private room with private bath: $3500 / per person
Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
Shared room with shared bath: $2900 / per person
Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
The Retreat House
Each room has a sink and mirror, a glider rocking chair, a desk with chair and a twin bed. Towels, linens are provided for each room. The Retreat House also a communal kitchen. Prices includes all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and accommodation during the entire retreat.

Private room, queen bed with private bath:
$4000 / per room
(Suitable for one person or a couple).

Private room, twin bed with shared bath: $2400 / per person

Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
Shared room [female only], 2 x twin beds with shared bath: $2100 / per person
Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
Lakeside Cabins
Each cabin has two twin beds, towels, linens, extra blankets, suit-case stand, small clothes storage unit, AC Unit & base-board heating. Prices includes all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and accommodation during the entire retreat.
Shared room, 2 x twin beds with shared bath: $1900 / per person (FEMALE ONLY)
Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
Includes all meals and retreat tuition. Does not include accommodation.
$1300 / per person
Earlybird pricing ends June 25th.
Cancellation and Refund Policy

This retreat has sold out.
If you would like to go on the waitlist, please email Sophie at
This retreat is sold out
If you would like to go on the waitlist, please email Sophie at
Register Here - $2200

Cancellations made on or before May 31st, 2023 will receive an automatic 50% refund. If the retreat subsequently sells out and your place is resold, you will receive a full refund minus $100 administration fee.

Cancellations made on or between June 1st and July 31st, 2023 there is no refund. If the retreat subsequently sells out and your place is resold, you will receive a full refund minus $100 administration fee.

For cancellations made on or after August 1st, 2023 no refunds will be available.

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