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