Illuminating Higher Dimensions of Reality (Portugal)
A 7-Day Awakening Retreat
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira
Registration Closed
October 11th - 17th, 2023

4:00pm Wednesday 11th - 12:00pm Tuesday 17th

Villa Idalina in Caminha, Portugal

$2000 - $3600 pp

During this weeklong retreat you will discover how meditation can initiate a mystical soul journey into the extraordinary experience of higher realities. We will be exploring a new retreat format based on my forthcoming book The Soul’s Journey to Wholeness, and I’m excited to share and discover this unique form of spiritual work together in Portugal. Because of the exploratory nature of this event it will be limited to 14 participants.

On this retreat you will practice meditation in order to master the art of self-forgetting and shift your consciousness into the higher identity of your soul. The meditation and contemplation you do will liberate your awareness from the ideas that shape it until you become profoundly available for the extraordinary experience of higher dimensional reality.

I realize that not everyone has encountered, or even believes in higher dimensions of reality, but my own spiritual path has brought me into direct contact with realms of being far beyond the ordinary world. In my journeys beyond the familiar I’ve been touched by powerful awakening energies and higher sources of wisdom and love. In this retreat you will learn to move into these mysterious dimensions and creatively engage with them to illuminate the gifts they offer.

The mornings of this retreat will be devoted to silent and guided meditations that will turn your attention away from the ordinary world that you know until it comes to rest in the blissful background of pure consciousness. When you rest with your attention focused on the mystery of the unknown you enter a state of profound spiritual creativity. As you abide peacefully in the darkness of the unknown your spiritual sensibilities will awaken and you slowly begin to see things that were previously invisible.

During our afternoon sessions we will engage in creative exercises and thought experiments that allow us to perceive subtle dimensions of existence as they emerge before our inner eyes. We will discuss together the subtle perceptions and visions that appear in our awareness. We will be exploring higher consciousness together, entering subtle domains of being, and sharing our experiences. Together we will illuminate the spiritual realms that many of us have sensed, but few have ever explored with others.

This retreat is a unique opportunity for those who want to explore subtle spiritual realms together. The work we do will be methodical, rigorous, and deep. You will receive guidance for practice and contemplation that will allow you to navigate through a miraculous spiritual odyssey. In the protected environment of the retreat you will feel safe to relax your familiar sense of self, pass through the mystery of the unknown, and explore the higher realms that exist beyond the mind.

I am looking for a group of pioneering spirits who want to travel together beyond what the mind can know and the eye can see. There is no way to predict how far beyond the unknown any one of us will go, but this retreat will give all of us the opportunity to experience the extraordinary.


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.
  • Each participant will be given a journal and pen to use during the retreat.
  • All you have to do is meditate and be taken care of.
On This Retreat We Will Focus On:
Self-Forgetting and Crossing Over
The meditation practice we do on this retreat will emphasize the process of self-forgetting and crossing over into the higher spiritual dimensions. When we learn to give up all active effort and rest in perfect contentment a process begins through which we forget who we are, where we are, and what we are doing. As we rest in this state of emptiness our awareness begins to drift out of our familiar identity and into the subtle realm of the soul body. This crossover into the subtle soul will be the start of our journeys into the higher dimensions of reality.
Creative Illumination and Soul Development
We will learn how to use our creative imagination to develop new spiritual perceptions. As we deepen our sensitivity, we will feel invisible energetic currents moving through us and we will discover how to be moved by those currents and open to profound intuitive wisdom. This is the spiritual dimension of the soul that lies between our normal waking consciousness and the emptiness of the unknown. This is not just a state of consciousness, it is a new spiritual place called the imaginal realm that lies between our familiar solid experience of reality and the invented universe of pure imagination.

This is a silent in-person 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 reflection and inquiry.

The retreat begins with registration at 4:00pm on Wednesday, October 11th, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the opening session at 7:15pm. The retreat will end at 12:00pm on Tuesday, October 17th.

Each day will begin with silent meditation, followed by breakfast, and then a spiritual teaching, a guided meditation, and a silent 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 was 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 for you during the day.

Daily Schedule
(Actual retreat schedule may vary)
  • 7:00am to 7:45am 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 Meditation Session
  • 1:00pm to 2:45pm Lunch
  • 3:00pm to 3:45pm Thought Experiments
  • 4:00pm to 4:45pm Contemplation Exercises
  • 5:00pm to 5:45pm Meditation Session
  • 6:00pm to 6:45pm Meditation Session
  • 7:00pm to 8:00pm Dinner
  • 8:15pm to 9:30pm Discussion Session
Retreat Location

The location for this retreat is a beautiful a 20th-century mansion villa called Villa Idalina in Caminha, Portugal, located just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach.

Each room offers antique furniture and are overlooking the garden and the river Minho. The property has a garden and terrace with outdoor tables.

The Spanish border is just 15 minutes’ drive from the property and Porto International Airport can be reached in 40 minutes by car. Seixas Train Station is just 500m away.

During the retreat you will enjoy highly nutritious vegetarian meals lovingly prepared three times a day, and there will be tea, coffee and snacks available as well.

Travel to and from the Retreat

We intend to make your travel to Portugal as enjoyable and stress free as possible. We will be arranging a shuttle to pick you up at Porto International Airport on Wednesday, October 11th at 2:30pm to bring you to the villa. You may want to consider flying into Porto a day early to get a good night’s rest before catching our shuttle the next day. We will also arrange for a shuttle to return you to Porto International Airport after the retreat ends on Tuesday, October 17th. The return shuttle will depart at 12:00pm.

You should be prepared to pay the shuttle service fee of approximately US$35 each way.

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 silent 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
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This is a unique opportunity open to up to fourteen participants. The retreat prices includes all food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks) and accommodation during the entire retreat.

  • Shared (double) room [female] = $2000 / per person SOLD OUT
  • Shared (double) room [male] = $2000 / per person SOLD OUT
  • Private room (private bath) = $3600 / per person SOLD OUT
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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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