Discover the Magic of Meditation
A daylong retreat resting effortlessly in deep calm and abiding peace
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira
Registration Closed
Sunday, October 9th, 2022

10:00am - 4:00pm

The Aligned Center, Irvington, NY


During this day retreat you will discover the magic of meditation by eliminating time from your practice and embracing radical immediacy.

This approach to meditation is a time honored practice that can be found in the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedanta, the Dzogchen teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, and even the Christian esoteric teachings of The Cloud of Unknowing.

The secret to this form of practice is the realization that true meditation is not something that occurs over time. Meditation happens instantaneously the moment you decide to let go. It doesn’t matter if you sit for twenty minutes or two hours, the meditation always occurs in the very first instant. Everything after that is just sitting as any Zen master will tell you.

On this retreat you will learn how to sit in meditation and simply let go. You’ll drop all attempts to control, alter, and manipulate your experience and let everything be exactly as it is. As the Sufi mystic Rumi put it, “Close your eyes and surrender.”

We often, without realizing it, approach meditation the same way we approach everything else in life – as an accomplishment to be achieved. If we do, our meditation becomes effortful in ways that obscures the experience of inner peace.

True meditation is not about becoming free, it is about realizing that you already are. Spiritual freedom is not a goal we attain in the future. It is the reality of our true nature. Free is what we are as soon as we learn to stop insisting that we’re not.

During this retreat you will discover that true meditation is the practice of freedom itself. The instructions are simply to sit and be free right now. It is a journey to where you already are. That is the realization of radical immediacy.

The magic of meditation begins as soon as we choose to be free by simply allowing everything to be exactly the way it already is. As the day unfolds you will gradually realize that you are losing track of the passage of time and resting more and more effortlessly in deep calm and abiding peace. The liberated consciousness that you enter will give birth to deep insights about yourself and your life in ways you can’t predict.


Jeff Carreira
Co-Founder & Director of Education, Emergence Education
Qualities of the Retreat
  • The retreat will be held in silence – 24 hours a day – for the entire retreat.
  • We will engage in practice sessions throughout each day from early morning into the evening.
  • You will be encouraged not to make contact with people outside of the retreat for either personal or business reasons except in cases of emergence.
  • You will not need to keep track of time as bells will be used to wake you in the morning, to indicate the start and finish of each session during the day, and to signal the end of the day.
  • All you have to do is meditate and be taken care of.

This structure will give you the opportunity to totally surrender to your practice. You will have the sacred luxury of being able to let go of all reference points so that your consciousness can expand in ways it never has before.

Retreat Location

The retreat is being held at The Aligned Center, Irvington, NY, a heartfelt community venue right on the Hudson river. The address is 1 Bridge Street, Foundry Building, Suite 64, Irvington, NY 10533.

Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch, or plan to purchase your own lunch from a nearby eatery.


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.

  • 10:00am – 12:30pm Morning Session
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch on Own
  • 1:30pm to 4:00pm Afternoon Session
What past retreat participants said about their experience...

"I never thought I could fall in love with meditation, or appreciate how profound it is to have no preference, dropping in and out. Allowing meditation to be, and letting go of direction. This retreat is a gift of the heart that never stops giving.

~ J. Yavruian.

"I've been practicing meditation regularly for 40'ish years with various kinds of techniques, and somehow it was all made so much easier with the practice of conscious contentment and the practice of no problem. So instead of having a particular methodology to get me to a particular state, I just go directly "there", there's just a lot more ease about it."

~ I. Turney.

"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.

"The retreat was a portal to deepened grounding in having Being as always and already identity. Jeff is exquisitely skilled in pointing the way through language, personal presence and experience to living from Infinite Life and Love. I am deeply grateful to be a student of this profound teacher and teaching."

~ M. Triller.

"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 noisey 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.

Experience the Miracle of Meditation...

The retreat price is $99 per person. Tea, coffee and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own lunch, or plan to purchase your own lunch from a nearby eatery.

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Jeff Carreira
Jeff Carreira is an author, mystical philosopher, artist and meditation teacher. Thirty years ago he dedicated himself entirely to the focused pursuit of spiritual awakening. He began teaching meditation and awakening fifteen years ago, and today supports people from around the world to share the fruits and blessings of their own spiritual path. He is aware that many people today have established their own deep connection to the spiritual source of life and the unlimited creative potential it holds. He calls these people Artists of Possibility because they have so much to share with the world. He remains completely committed to teaching meditation and awakening, and in addition has dedicated himself to helping others gather their own tribe and share their own deepest realization. He wants to support you to create a platform to share from. That means deepening your awakening, learning to articulate it effectively, and setting up the means to reach people all over the world.
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