The Passionate Pursuit of Inner Freedom (Portugal)
A 7-Day Silent Meditation and Awakening Retreat
Jeff Carreira
with Jeff Carreira
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October 2nd - 8th, 2023

4:00pm Monday 2nd - 12:00pm Sunday 8th, 2023

Villa Idalina in Caminha, Portugal

$2000 - $3200 pp

During this 7-day retreat you will spend each day in silent meditation and deep contemplation with all the guidance you need to enter profound states of liberated awareness.

Many years ago I left my conventional life to pursue spiritual awakening. I knew that my perception of reality was shaped by unconscious fears, desires and limiting beliefs, and I wanted to see beyond them. I wanted to see reality unfiltered, as it actually was, without distortion. I wanted to liberate my awareness.

After decades of intense spiritual pursuit I experienced riches of inner freedom and spiritual insight, and time spent on retreat was always such an important part of my journey. The retreats that I offer as a teacher create the conditions that were most valuable for me.

On this retreat you will find ample time for the kind of focused practice that allows you to cast aside the concerns of life and devote all of your energy to the unfolding of awakening. You will find the setting magnificently suited to this journey into freedom.

Day after day your perception will grow increasingly free from the influence of fear, desire and limiting beliefs. Your inner vision will clarify until you begin to see reality as it is. The subtle inner workings of your own personality and the deeper self that always lies beyond it. As the doors of perception open even wider the mysterious spiritual realities of the cosmos will become apparent.

It is impossible to describe this depth of clear perception. You will find yourself relaxing more and more deeply in meditation and outside of meditation you will contemplate life and existence in ways that continually open into new insights and understanding. Life's challenges and suffering don't go away, but now they are seen within a context that is vast enough to hold them.

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 have for practice, the more we give to it. And the more we give to our practice, the more clear we become.

In this way our growing passion for clarity fuels the intensity of our meditation, and the greater clarity we experience inspires deeper practice. We enter a powerful upward spiral of accelerating awakening. We have become the source of our own inspiration, and at that point we realize that there is nothing in the way.

There is no way to know how deep any of us will ultimately go, but I can honestly say that this retreat represents the very best of what I've learned and experienced over thirty years of intensive spiritual pursuit.

Sincerely,

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Jeff Carreira
Co-Founder & Director of Education, Emergence Education
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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 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.

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.
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Schedule:

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 Monday, October 2nd, followed by dinner at 6:00pm and the opening session at 7:15pm. The retreat will end at 12:00pm on Sunday, October 8th.

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.

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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 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 Monday, October 2nd 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 Sunday, October 8th.

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.

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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.

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This retreat has sold out.
If you would like to go on the waitlist, please email Sophie at support@emergenceeducation.com

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

Prices
  • Private room (private bath) = $3200 / per person SOLD OUT
  • Shared (double) room [female] = $2000 / per person SOLD OUT
  • Shared (double) room [male] = $2000 / per person SOLD OUT
Register Here - $2200
Double - $2000
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. His novels use the powerful medium of story to illuminate the mysterious ways in which we can awaken to the invisible realms and hidden truths that always lie just beyond the familiar world around us.
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