Unwind for this gleeful exploratory romp into the deeply mysterious heart of meditation practice, with meditation instructor and award-winning writer Jeff Warren, co-author of the best-selling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics.
The main practices will be mindfulness and acceptance, with continuous exploration into the transformative dynamics of how spiritual practices work. Jeff will also teach about what it means to be your own teacher, able to “MacGyver” your meditation to fit your unique circumstances and nervous system, always curious about and alert to new openings and possibilities.
There is simply no greater adventure.
Jeff’s primary intention for this retreat is to activate people’s motivation and wonder. In his words, “meditation is training how you want to exist – it’s that deep, that real, and sometimes that cosmic.” Leading these explorations, he says, is his favorite thing in the world to do.
Nurtured by breathtaking views, this retreat is suitable for total beginners to more experienced practitioners. Three days of sitting and discussion, with some movement and nature excursions to keep the energy moving and the body limber. Excitement will be had, as well as peaceful sighing and frequent existential reorientations.
A note from Jeff:
“Welcome to Meditation Retreat for Fidgety Skeptics, where it doesn’t matter how many techniques and paths you’ve explored and accidentally screwed-up. In this workshop, we start again fresh!
We’ll dig into the magical mystery weirdness of concentration, clarity, equanimity, and friendliness, and then we’ll build a customized practice that works for each of us. We’ll do all this in a rigorously humanistic way that nevertheless gets deliciously mystical at the end, because, frankly, that’s where the fun is.”
As you take a break from daily life in this retreat, you will:
- Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit through meditation
- Enjoy the sense of connection through group meditation
- Experience mindfulness, lovingkindness, open awareness meditations
- Learn the core existential principles within all meditation types
- Create a custom meditation practice just for yourself
Meditation can be ridiculously helpful, and it doesn’t have to look anything like the stereotypes, nor do you need to buy into a particular worldview to enjoy its benefits and perspective.
What’s more, when we understand how the practice works in our own nervous systems, we can begin to be our own teacher. We make a practice our own by finding an object and a style and an approach that works for us. And then we pass it on, so the practice can find its unique expression in someone else. This is how sanity becomes a social movement.
This retreat is appropriate for all.
Jeff Warren is a meditation instructor and journalist, celebrated for his accessible and pragmatic style of teaching. He is the co-author of The New York Times bestselling Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, and founder of The Consciousness Explorers Club, a nonprofit meditation educational group based in Toronto. Jeff has successfully taught meditation to police officers, young offenders, social workers, and Google executives, among many others. His meditations are featured on the popular 10% Happier app.