Inner Freedom and Universal Awareness (Brazil)
A 7-Day Silent Meditation and Awakening Retreat
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira
Registration Closed
February 5th - 11th, 2023

4:00pm Sunday 5th - 1:00pm Saturday 11th, 2023

Casa do Saber Evolutivo, 90-minutes southwest of Sao Paulo, Brazil

$2000 - $3200 pp

This is an opportunity to spend seven days in silent meditation guided step by step through a process of release and awakening aimed at catalyzing an awakening to universal awareness.

We will create a structure that allows for an immersive dive into higher consciousness. Besides the hours that you will spend in silent practice, you will receive one teaching from me each morning as well as one question and answer session each evening.

There is only room for between seven and ten participants on this retreat which means that each individual will be able to receive the personalized guidance and attention they need to to experience a spiritual breakthrough.

The setting for the retreat is perfect – a modern retreat center in the beautiful countryside outside of Sao Paulo, Brazil. We will make all aspects of your travel as easy and comfortable as possible, including providing transportation to and from the airport in Sao Paulo.

The structure and format of the retreat have been designed with enough focus and intensity to ensure that you will experience profound release from the limits of your ordinary consciousness.


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.

Inner Freedom and Universal Awareness

In this retreat we will explore how the discovery of deep and abiding inner freedom can lead to a radical shift in perspective that reveals the universal nature of our being.

The retreat will be held in silence and meditation. The instruction you receive for meditation will guide you to immediate recognition of your own inherent freedom. As you relax more and more deeply you will disengage from the movements of mind, and we become more open and deeply focused.

Day after day your perception will be increasingly liberated from the influence of fear, and you will become absorbed in the mysterious inner light that continuously reveals the true majesty of life and the subtle inner workings of the cosmos.

As your consciousness becomes clear your passion for greater clarity grows, fueling the intensity of your meditation and an upward spiral of accelerating awakening begins. The inner freedom that we discover will become the foundation for a transformative exploration of identity.

Normally when we meditate, we meditate as someone. We remain ourselves doing a practice. There can be great benefits to this, but to experience the transformative spiritual potential of this practice you need to question who you are.

The second set of instructions you will receive on this retreat will guide you on an exploration of your identity. You will gradually loosen your current sense of self and allow a deeper source of being to shine through you.

On this retreat you will have the chance to shift into a universal sense of self. This experience is often called cosmic consciousness and it is considered the supreme revelation of the Indian tradition of Advaita Vedanta.

The shift is both subtle and dramatic. You will not become a universal being; you will simply realize that you always were one. The shift happens in the background. It is not a change in how we see ourselves, it is a shift in where we are seeing from.

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 based on 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 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 anyone outside of the retreat for either personal or business reasons except in cases of emergence.
  • You will not need to keep track of time because bells will be used to wake you in the morning, to indicate the start and finish of each session, and to signal the end of the day.
  • All you have to do is meditate and be taken care of.
The Advantage of a Small Group

I’m excited about having the chance to work with such a small group of people (8 in total) over seven days because this means that each participant can receive plenty of individual guidance from me. To take advantage of this fact, I will be conducting one-on-one sessions with each retreat participant during the seven days. 

Another aspect of this retreat that is exciting is the unique focus we will bring to the practice. I want to use the opportunity of such a small group to explore how we hold on to our familiar identity in meditation. We will explore who we think we are as we meditate and discover that only by allowing a larger identity to emerge can we experience truly transformative results.

The small group atmosphere of this retreat will give each individual the time to explore the unique ways that their familiar identity holds them back from their true potential.


This is a silent in-person retreat led by Jeff Carreira.

The structure of the retreat allows for focus and concentration, as well as inner reflection and contemplation.

The retreat begins with registration at 4:00pm on Sunday, February 5th, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the opening session at 7:15pm. The retreat will end at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 11th, after lunch.

Each day will begin with meditation, followed by breakfast, and then an hour of spiritual instruction and guidance that will create context for that day's practice.

Each evening will include a question and answer session in which you can engage with Jeff about your experience of practice and ask any questions that come up for you.

The rest of the day will be spent in silent practice, contemplation, journaling and resting around the property.

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

The location for this retreat is a beautiful retreat center called Casa do Saber Evolutivo, 90-minutes southwest of Sao Paulo, Brazil. It has modern spacious rooms overlooking the beautiful countryside of Brazil.

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 Brazil as enjoyable and stress free as possible. We will be arranging a shuttle bus to pick you up at the airport on Monday, February 5th and bring you to the retreat center. You may want to consider flying to Sao Paulo 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 the airport after the retreat ends on Sunday, February 11th.

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.

Experience the Miracle of Universal Awareness...

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

Register Here - $2200
Double - $2000
  • Private room (private bath) = $3200 / per person
  • Shared (double) room = $2000 / per person
Registration Closed
All sales are final. No refunds will be available if you choose to cancel.