The Experience of Luminous Absorption
A 4-Day Silent Virtual Meditation Retreat
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira
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Thursday, January 4th - Sunday, January 7th, 2024

10:00am - 6:00pm US Eastern Time

Online via Zoom Video Conferencing


This retreat is dedicated to the attainment of spiritual clarity. Many years ago I left a 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 things clearly. I wanted to see reality unfiltered, as it actually was, free from distortion.

For decades I pursued the dream of clarity, and my time spent on retreat was such an important part of that journey that I am now compelled to create similar opportunities for others. During those times on retreat I was able to engage in deeply focused practice and cast aside mundane concerns so that all of my energy could be directed toward spiritual awakening and deep meditation.

If you want to experience the true potential of spiritual practice, you need to have the opportunity for this kind of focused intensity for extended periods of time, at least occasionally.

If you practice diligently in a retreat environment you will make an amazing discovery. You will discover a passion for the depth of clarity that only detachment brings. On retreat our perception becomes increasingly liberated from the influence of fear, desire and limiting beliefs. We begin to see reality as it is. The majesty of life and the subtle inner workings of the cosmos open up before us. Life's challenges and suffering don't go away, but their grip on us lessens within the power of our revelations. An upward spiral toward ever-greater awakening is initiated. The more our consciousness clears, the more clarity we want. The more clarity we want, the more passion and energy we have for practice. The more passion and energy we give to practice, the more clear we become.

The growing intensity of our spiritual passion fuels our meditation, and our experience of awakening accelerates. We have become the source of our own inspiration, and we realize that nothing can stop us.

The design of this retreat incorporates the very best of what I've learned over many years of practice and puts it all into an online format.

It is an opportunity to spend 8 hours a day for 4 days receiving teachings, meditating in silence, and engaging in dialog with me.

Each day will take us more deeply into the depths of meditative peace. We will be following some of the insights contained in my book The Experience of Luminous Absorption, on a journey that will open our minds to a miraculous vision of reality while connecting our hearts to a deeper source of love and compassion.

I am thrilled to offer this opportunity to be on retreat, all the more so because you can participate virtually from the comfort of your own home.


Jeff Carreira
Co-Founder & Director of Education, Emergence Education
Before the Retreat Begins...

You will receive materials that provide all the information you need to support you to create a true retreat experience during these 4 days.

These materials will include:

  • Detailed instructions for setting up your retreat space.
  • Information for using the video conferencing platform.
  • Guidelines for making the best use of the virtual format.

This is a full virtual retreat conducted live with Jeff Carreira for 8-hours each day.

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

Each day will end with a 30-minute session when 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 with a 90-minute lunch break.

Each morning teaching and each evening Q and A session will be recorded and made available to retreat participants in the protected online portal.
Daily Schedule (in US Eastern Time)
10:00am to 10:45am
  • Meditation Session
11:00am to 12:00pm
  • Teaching Session with Jeff
12:15pm - 1:00pm
  • Meditation Session
1:00pm to 2:30pm
  • Lunch Break
2:30pm to 3:15pm
  • Meditation Session
3:30pm to 4:15pm
  • Meditation Session
4:30pm to 5:15pm
  • Meditation Session
5:30pm to 6:00pm
  • Dialog and Q&A Session with Jeff
Themes of the Retreat

During the The Experience of Luminous Absorption retreat you will explore insights contained in Jeff Carreira’s book of the same title. The spiritual guidance you receive each day will be based on themes from the book. A free .pdf copy of this book is included in the price of registration.

Thursday, January 4th: Consciously Shifting our Awareness into the Subtle Realms
When we first enter the lower levels of the nonmaterial subtle experience of our higher self we do so through a state of consciousness that is like sleep, but not sleep. This is the state sometimes referred to as body-asleep-mind-awake in the practice of yoga nidra. Learning to allow our body to fall asleep while we remain awake liberates us from the limitations of the physical body of the material world and allows us to be consciously aware within the dreamlike experiences of the subtle realm.
Friday, January 5th: Liberating Ourselves from the Limits of Time and Space
As we continue our ascent into the higher realms of subtle consciousness we release the limitations of time and space. In the dream-like experiences of the subtle realms we generally experience ourselves as embodied and limited by the laws of time and space. As we ascend further beyond the memory of material existence we experience instantaneous shifts in location and time. We have a sense of embodiment without limitation. This is the domain in which the phenomena of astral travel occurs.
Saturday, January 6th: Awakening to the Awareness that is Aware
As our awareness climbs higher into the nonmaterial realms of consciousness our experience becomes even less tangible and solid. In these ephemeral domains we lose any sense of embodiment and feel ourselves to be only a free floating awareness. We no longer have the sense of traveling anywhere because we experience ourselves as omnipresent. We are the awareness that is aware everywhere and always. This is the experience known as Turiya in the Hindu tradition and also as Cosmic Consciousness.
Sunday, January 7th: Merging into Luminous Absorption
At the highest reaches of subtle consciousness a process of self-forgetting occurs that not only releases any sense of embodiment, but also any sense of self at all. There is an experience of luminous absorption in which there remains a sense of existence, a sense of I am, but without any separate sense of self. There is just awareness of being. At the same time there is no awareness of anything else. There is just awareness, pure awareness and nothing else. Beyond this point awareness merges with Source and there is no awareness of anything.
The Experience of Luminous Absorption
The Foundation of Spiritual Life
In this book, Jeff Carreira describes a powerful meditation practice that allows us to discover our True Self. With careful guidance and precise instruction, you will embark on a journey to the pure awareness that is the ultimate source of who you are. That depth of awareness has always been alive behind every experience you’ve ever had. It is the consciousness you had before you were born and where you will return when this lifetime ends. This profound discovery is the beginning of a new life because the discovery of your True Self opens the doorway to a life lived in flow with Divinity. As we become free from limiting beliefs about ourselves, we discover that we are not separate from a universal source of wisdom and love. In this book, you will learn how your life can become a creative expression of the higher love and wisdom of the cosmos.
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.

The Most Frequently Asked Question
Can I still do this retreat if:
  • …there are other people living in my house?
  • …I will need to take care of my children?
  • …I won’t be able to do all of the retreat?
  • …I will need to do some work in the evenings?

Essentially, people want to know if this virtual retreat can be customized to fit their schedule and needs, and the answer is yes, it can be, and I want to explain a little more about how.

First of all let me explain how the retreat will work.

I will be online with you for 8 hours a day, from 10:00am to 6:00pm (US Eastern Time), from .

I will start the day with teachings and instructions, I will end the day with a Q & A session, and in between we will meditate together.

Now to give a more detailed answer to the question above:

If you can devote yourself entirely to the virtual retreat from , then I suggest you do. That means unplugging your phone, remaining in silence, and doing extra practice around the 8-hours with me. You will receive detailed instructions for how to best organize your time as the retreat draws nearer.

I realize that many of us just can’t devote that much time and attention, but you can still get tremendous benefit from the retreat while accommodating responsibilities and family.

Variation 1:
You can do just the 8 hours a day live with me for four days and take care of other responsibilities around that. You would stay in silence during the 8 hours with me, and speak as necessary outside of that.

Variation 2:
You can listen live to the teaching session and/or Q and A session with me, and do as much (or as little) meditation as you can in addition to that.

Variation 3:
You will get the recording of both the teaching session and Q and A session with me each day, so you can listen to them whenever it works for you, or do the entire retreat over again at your convenience.

Any variation of the retreat can be profound and even life-transforming, especially when you keep one critical guideline in mind - commit to the retreat you’re doing and don’t worry about it.

If you need to do work, or take care of children, or anything else while doing the retreat, just do it and don’t worry about it. Taking care of your responsibilities doesn’t have to have any negative impact on your retreat, as long as you don’t worry about it.

If there are things you need to do outside of the retreat, even if they involve talking, just do what you need to, as fully as you can, and then return to the retreat without giving it another thought. As long as you don’t make a problem out of it, these activities won’t mean a thing. In fact one of the great insights you could get from doing the retreat would be the realization that nothing can disturb your retreat if you don’t let it.

These thoughts should answer any questions you might have about accommodating this retreat to fit your schedule.


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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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