Previous Years Retreats

SEASONAL CAULDRON OF BEING

Each Retreat’s embodied and practical learning builds upon the other, or can be taken individually.

Each year’s Retreats and its’ Learning Intent is a step by step fundamental Change Process in Becoming and Growing. The last three years have prepared and inspired us to be able to enter Our Cauldron of Being to be led from within and with each other.

2015 LEARNING – TRANSFORMING OUR HUMAN CONDITION

“We will never be fully real until we let ourselves fall in love…we do not become fully human until we give ourselves to each other in love…love is our true destiny…and is this love is unreal, the secret will not be found.” (Thomas Merton)

2016 LEARNING – BECOMING DIVINELY HUMAN

“To embrace fully the power of incarnation, it is vital to choose joyfully your purpose for being. When you have a sense of it, it plays through you and becomes the primary note, the hum of your life. It grounds your every action. Then you bring its power to all the roles you play.” (Peggy Rubin)

2017 CAULDRON OF BEING

RISKY ALIVENESS:EMBODYING WISE HEART & SOUL

THE ART OF BEING SELF WITH WORLD

Autumn

2015

Joy and suffering are two equally precious gifts both of which must be savoured to the full…Through joy, the beauty of the world penetrates our soul. Through suffering it penetrates the body…The body plays a part in all apprenticeships.

– Simone Weil

2016

To love one’s flesh and blood is no achievement…Only in the love  of those who do not serve a purpose, love begins to unfold.

– Eric Fromm

2017

We entered the Unknown and Spaciousness of Cauldron with the power and immediacy of  ‘simply ourselves’ to lead us deeper into Alivening Realness. In this way we were invited to become the quote, the Invitation and Path.

Winter

2015

“When it seems that the world might end, how a person and how a culture view the world have a greater effect than usual. When the end seems near it’s time for the opposites to meet…back to the roots of knowing…and the unifying Tree of Life.”

– Michael Meade

2016

“He who, being a man, remains a woman, will become a universal channel”

 – Lao Tsu

2017

We were invited to become our own muse, and enter through the Intentional Container of our own Presence.

Spring

2015

“To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everybody, in everything, is to succumb to violence.”

– Thomas Merton

2016

“Full consciousness of any event demands that we see its outer and its inner, its shape and also its meaning, its body and also its soul.”

– Richard Rohr

2017

Spring 2017, called us again to be led and evolved by Unknown Well-Springs.

Summer

2015

“Our greatest challenge at the Gold Gate is to have the courage to face whatever suffering, sadness, or pain may come during this ultimate spiritual process called dying…To hold onto nothing is the root of happiness and peace…where the path of fearlessness leads, and where we rest in expanded, unlimited peace.

– Angeles Arrien

2016

“Death is not putting out the light; it is blowing out the lamp because the dawn has come.”

– Rabindranath Tagore

2017

The Mystery of Summer 2017 as it was, welcomed us, as we held dearly our Becoming and Being.