We couldn’t be more excited to announce our upcoming Opening to the Infinite weekend retreat - held entirely online!
For two full days on Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th, you can join us safely from the comfort of your own home and take a deep dive into the miracle of meditation and the mystery of awakened consciousness.
During the years that we co-taught our popular Opening to the Infinite meditation program, we introduced thousands of people to a supremely direct path of spiritual awakening.
In the Opening to the Infinite weekend retreat, you will work with the same teachings we shared in our longer program in the spiritually focused environment of an intensive retreat.
For those of you who’ve worked with us before, this is an opportunity to immerse yourself once again in the liberated heart and mind of awakening.
If you’re new to our work, you will experience a form of spiritual practice with the power to ignite a dramatic realization of inner freedom within you.
This work was born out of our mutual commitment to support as many people as possible to experience spiritual liberation and stabilize that freedom throughout their lives.
But it’s not enough to merely taste spiritual depth. In order to live an awakened life, we must also abide in these depths long enough for them to become our natural resting place.
During the Opening to the Infinite retreat, you will work with the four keys to sustained awakening described below.
This is an opportunity to enter into awakened consciousness and rest there for an extended period of time. As a result you will see how different your life can be.
Our goal for this one-day retreat is to give you an experience of the miracle of awakened consciousness. By remaining rooted in that consciousness during this retreat you will begin to undergo a spontaneous and paradigm-altering transformation that opens previously unimagined vistas in consciousness and gives you access to dramatic new potentials for awakened living.
Deep Spiritual Immersion
This one-day retreat offers a rare opportunity to take the time to immerse ourselves in the depths of our own awakened awareness.
Although many of us have managed to integrate regular spiritual practice and study into our daily lives, it’s rare that we take time out of the swirl of modern life to completely let go and dive deep into our true nature for an extended period of time.
Simply put, we don’t spend anywhere near enough time on retreat.
It’s ironic because most of us know by now from our own experience that when we do take time out for retreat, we have profound experiences of awakening that become anchors for our practice and catalysts for transformation. But in spite of this, we all live such busy lives that we rarely take the time out for these deep dives that are so essential to living an Enlightened Life.
We convince ourselves that doing daily practice and study will be enough to deepen our awakening. But deep down most of us know that something happens on retreat that is very hard to replicate in an hour of meditation a day.When we take time out to rest for an extended period in the truth of our being, something uniquely potent happens – we actually begin to forget who we thought we were.
A few minutes or an hour of daily practice is simply not enough to initiate the mysterious process of self-forgetting. In our daily practice it is rare for most of us to forget our ‘self’. It is much more likely that we will sit in meditation with our separate sense of identity intact.
This is valuable practice, but it is seldom miraculous.
When we have the time for deeper immersion, we have the chance to leave our identity behind. In this depth of immersion there is no longer a sense of someone meditating. This is when something completely unimaginable happens – we merge with the consciousness that exists prior to any sense of separation. This is non-dual awakening.
Only when our practice becomes this deep do we recognize who we truly are as the singular source of consciousness from which the universe emerges.
The Opening to the Infinite one-day retreat will give you an in-depth immersion in awakened awareness. We will strongly encourage you to leave behind every worldly concern and give yourself entirely to your own process of awakening.
Through a carefully orchestrated combination of instruction, guided practice, dialogue and silence, we will explore the deep and subtle contours of awakened consciousness as it reveals itself in our own moment by moment experience.
Awakening to the Mystery of Freedom:
The Liberating Power of Surrender
Ultimately spiritual awakening is about learning how to let go of control so that a greater power, wisdom and care can begin to move through us, animating our life with its Grace. To allow the profound consciousness that is our True Nature to begin to manifest in our life, we have to get out of the way. This requires us to take the greatest leap we have ever taken — to Trust in something we cannot see and that our mind will never be able to comprehend. In this retreat, we will explore the boundless Freedom, Fullness and Faith that is always found by surrendering to what is in each moment.
Activation is something most of us have experienced at some point on our path. It happens when we allow ourselves to come under the influence of someone who has more access to the infinite reality of True Being than we do. When such a person also has the mysterious ability to activate our own innate awakened awareness they can reveal deeper dimensions of our own True Self to us.
In the great wisdom traditions, this activation was often referred to as “transmission” or “initiation” and it has always been considered an essential component of any path to awakening.
Activation awakens our heart, mind and soul. It gives us the courage and strength to deeply embrace reality as it is and transcend our unconscious habits of existential struggle and resistance.
In the light of activation we realize, again and again, that we are already awake. We were awake before we were born, and we will continue to be awake after we die. Suddenly our energy and attention are liberated into a mystery beyond comprehension.
When we stop struggling with the way things are, our consciousness soars into uncontainable freedom.
Most of us know deep down that we benefit in tangible and life-changing ways from spiritual activation. But, unfortunately, our culture’s emphasis on independence and individualism often leads us to minimize the very real interdependencies that exist, including our potential to be positively influenced by another human being.
Additionally, in modern life, most of us have few opportunities for the profound cycles of reactivation we truly need to stabilize our awakening.
This retreat is an opportunity to experience this activation that is so essential to catalyzing inner freedom and illumination. Craig and Jeff have both done decades of intensive spiritual practice that has given them each a solid grounding in the mystery of being.
Activation will occur during this one-day retreat in two distinct but interrelated ways.
The first is through precise instruction and guidance leading you directly into an experience of an awakened mind. By carefully directing your practice, Jeff and Craig will guide your attention past false assumptions, limiting beliefs and unconscious habits into the subtle and direct recognition of your own true nature.
The second way activation will take place in this one-day retreat is through a mysterious transmission of deep inner faith and conviction in the reality of our true nature. This subtle transmission of the truth of wholeness can occur in dialogue and in silence, but however it occurs, it is always unmistakable in its illuminating power and immediacy.
The activation that will occur on this retreat will not be limited to what Craig and Jeff bring to it. It will also include what each of us has to bring. Many of the participants on this retreat will bring decades of spiritual practice and experience with them and together we will create a powerful activating field of awakened awareness.
I’ve been pursuing spiritual growth for over 2 decades. I’ve learned from a number of spiritual teachers, philosophies, readings and experiences, but the directness of this approach to my true nature is unprecedented, immediate, powerful, and life changing.
~ S. Zahran | Sao Paulo, Brazil
I discovered that underneath my thinking there is a vast ocean of stillness. At times I found myself falling into a depth between the words being spoken. .
~ V. Thomas| Montreal, Canada
Through this program I experienced the space of no space and the truth of being one with all forms arising in the divine mystery of life.
~ H. Wong| Boise, Idaho
I feel free and transformed. I am finally able to live my life to the fullest in the moment.
~ A. Dock | Taby, Sweden
This program has made me more aware of how I can free myself from limiting thoughts so I can become the limitless being that I essentially am. I loved working with all the different postures and finding out where they would bring me, making my meditation so much more powerful!
~ P. Gort| Sydney, Australia
The depth of wordless, unlimited, indescribable, free space of meditation is now familiar to me and more easily reached.
~ S. Curry | Tarrytown, New York
Before this program, I knew I needed to initiate a transition in my life. This program has been instrumental in giving me the inspiration to initiate that transition and the structure to keep taking steps toward it rather than waiting for a magical moment.
~ R.Mickler | Marshall, Illinois
This class has been life transforming because I now know my true self at a much deeper level. I look forward to continuing and deepening my daily practice.
~ C. Spencer| Chula Vista, California
Attending the Retreats, Activation Sessions, Awakening Discussion Group and meeting weekly with my Practice Partner, has not only transformed my meditation practice, it has transformed my life so that I display a self that I never imagined would appear.
~ R. Smith | Pukalani, Hawaii
Jeff and Craig are a truly marvellous combination! They combine fierce commitment with such loving kindness and their trust in and respect for each other supports the depth and clarity of their teaching. They are both very illuminating teachers. Participating in this course has been a yearlong immersion in an awakened field, which, although subtle, has had a profound impact on my meditation practice and my spiritual life.
~ C. Harper | West Sussex, UK
I am deeply grateful for the unveiling of the truth of who and what I am; Awareness; Love; the Source of happiness.
~ M. McPherson | Victoria BC
I am so grateful for this program - it helped me deepen my meditation practice, and the teaching of the postures broadened and deepened my understanding of what it means to be in conscious awareness. I can't recommend this program enough. Craig and Jeff are masters of teaching and transmission.
~ S.Benson | New York, New York
As a result of the guidance and encouragement I received in this program, my meditation practice has deepened and my relationship to literally everything is shifting.
~ J. Stevenson| London, England.
This program has helped my meditation practice to be deeper and more consistent. I notice more equanimity during daily challenges. The practices integrate knowledge I have gleaned from decades of spiritual seeking throughout the world.
~ M. Sapsford| Toronto, Canada
The Opening to the Infinite Program has deepened my experience and understanding of Enlightenment. The direct experience of the Divine has infused my daily living and strengthens my resolve to play my role as a servant of evolution.
~ M. Shelton | Maroochydore, Australia
I am experiencing a growing confidence in myself and life; the eight inner postures have illuminated a whole new world of awareness. Jeff and Craig have transformed my preconceptions about meditation and opened me to an ever-expanding experience of Spirit.
~ D. Powell | Toronto, Canada
The ability to dive deep into specific teachings as a group during virtual retreats (which I honestly was dubious of at the beginning, but easily found myself 100% committed to!) and then have support of weekly reminders deepened my practice immensely!
~ S. Miller| Denver, Colorado
At age 71 I have devoted most of my life to spiritual pursuits and I found this approach to be the most true in every sense because it is only about being in direct contact with consciousness. It is a gratifying discovery as a culmination of my life so far.
~ B. Vetter | Vancouver, Canada
Through this program I found a renewed awareness and trust that spiritual awakening is available to us all. That it's right here - ongoingly present. I felt great joy knowing that there were so many others joining on this path together.
~ K. Reeder | Boston, Massachusetts
I found more permanent access to non-conceptual awareness and an awakened field of ever-presence. Craig and Jeff both resonate a palpable depth of realization and clearly guide from that awakening space.
~ S. Frost | New York, New York.
I grew so much this year. I had hoped that I would, but I never would have imagined that I could move so far from where I was to where I am now in just one year. But I did thanks to the energy, teamwork and techniques Craig and Jeff brought to the program as well as the contributions from the whole class.
~ M. Poythress | Brownsville, Texas
If you’ve read through this page, you are familiar with our orientation to awakening and the practices we teach, but we want to be sure that our deeper underlying intention is also clear. You see, we’ve been serious spiritual practitioners for decades and we’ve both spent a great deal of time on retreat.
We have each experienced profound spiritual openings during extended periods of practice and we know how life-altering those experiences can be.
We also know how valuable it is for our awakening process to be supported inside of an awakened field of awareness together with others, and we want to create that opportunity with you on this retreat.
Our experience tells us that being rooted in the direct experience of awakened consciousness and connected with people who share our passion for awakening is the foundation of a spiritually awakened life.
The Opening to the Infinite one-day retreat is an opportunity to join us in this sacred communion and experience the sublime depth that unites us and liberates us.
Craig Hamilton is a spiritual trailblazer whose innovative approach to transformation is bringing enlightenment down to earth and unlocking the codes to our highest human potential.
With more than 18,000 graduates to date, his in-depth online courses have transformed the lives of seekers in over 85 countries worldwide.
These courses offer practical spiritual tools and training that are in step with our times and informed by an up-to-date understanding of the human condition. In this unique training ground, Craig brings together core insights and approaches based on decades of on-the-ground research at the leading edge of spiritual practice and inquiry.
Craig began his spiritual journey in the ashrams and monasteries of the East, but ultimately found himself at the forefront of consciousness research in the West, playing a key role in a series of contemporary laboratories of conscious evolution.
It was in these cutting-edge spiritual experiments that the key insights that inform his work took shape. He has personally logged over 17,000 hours of meditation, including multiple intensive retreats, the longest of which was six months in duration.
Craig’s programs integrate his decades of intensive spiritual practice with insights gleaned during his eight years as Senior Editor of the award winning What Is Enlightenment? Magazine.
He is a founding member of Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute, a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Forum, and was a participant in the Synthesis Dialogues, a 35-person interdisciplinary think tank presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
He is considered by many to be a “teacher of teachers” and counts several of today’s leading spiritual luminaries among his students.
Jeff Carreira is a meditation teacher, spiritual guide and mystical philosopher who teaches to groups of individuals online and in retreats throughout the world.
As a spiritual guide, Jeff leads individuals in a form of meditation called The Practice of No Problem or the Art of Conscious Contentment. Using simple instructions Jeff has guided thousands of people on journeys beyond the confines of fear and self-concern into the expansive liberated awareness that is our true self.
Jeff is passionate about defining a new way of being in the world that will move us from our current paradigm of separation and isolation into an emerging paradigm of unity and wholeness. He actively explores, writes about and teaches about innovative perspectives on spirituality, consciousness and human development.
In all of his teaching work he empowers people to question their experience so deeply that previously unquestioned assumptions fall away creating the space for new understanding to emerge.
One of the most universally admired characteristics of his teaching style is his unbridled enthusiasm for his own ongoing exploration of higher realms of awareness. He shares from his ever-evolving understanding and supports others to come to their own conclusions based on their own deepest experience of revelation.
Jeff is the author of more than thirty books exploring philosophical ideas and practices that can liberate our awareness and initiate a journey of deep soul development. Among his many books are: The Path of Spiritual Breakthrough, The Miracle of Meditation, Paradigm Shifting, and The Soul’s Journey to Wholeness.