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Free Medicine 2017 UK
Sunday, 25 June 2017
Spiritual Awakening without religion
A Six-Day Retreat with Pir Elias Amidon
June 25-30, 2017
Buckland Hall, Wales, UK
We live in a sacred reality.
The here-and-now is alive with pure presence - the timeless presence that is our vibrant home. Our ancestors knew this, and for millennia have tried to describe it through the revelations of organized religions. While these religions have given birth to great beauty, inspiration, and consolation, they have also tended to reduce our experience of the sacred to obedience and devotion to a patriarchal God and to the religious dogmas and institutions associated with Him. Because of this, many people have now turned away from religion altogether.
But reality is as sacred as ever, and this fundamental intuition of sacredness seeks to be experienced and celebrated in us - with or without adherence to specific religious forms and beliefs.
In this FREE MEDICINE retreat we will experience ways we can open directly to, and celebrate, the intimate, pure presence of awareness - the free medicine - that is the source of all ease and well-being. To aid us we will make use of direct pointing out, silence, guided meditation, heart-opening and breathing exercises, self-inquiry, musical meditation, slow-moving dance, and other methods coming from Sufi, Dzogchen, Advaita, Buddhist, and contemporary nondual teachings.
When and Where
The retreat will be held at Buckland Hall, Buckland Hall, Bwlch, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales, LD3 7JJ, U.K.
Buckland Hall is approximately 1 1/4 hours from downtown Bristol. For directions visit:
Please try to arrive by 5 PM, Sunday 25. We will have dinner together followed by an evening meeting. The retreat will end on Friday, June 30, after lunch.
Cost and Registration
The tuition fee for the retreat is £375. There are a small number of partial scholarships available for those on limited income. If you would like to apply, write to firstname.lastname@example.org describing your situation and what you are able to pay.
Accommodation and meals costs at Buckland Hall are as follows:
Double room with all meals: £370
Singe room with all meals: £500
Dormitory with all meals: £310
Elias Amidon is the spiritual director (Pir) of the Sufi Way (www.sufiway.org), a non-sectarian mystical order in the lineage of Sufi Inayat Khan. An initiate of the Sufi Way for nearly a half-century, Pir Elias has studied with Qadiri Sufis in Morocco, Theravadan Buddhist teachers in Thailand, Native American teachers of the Assemblies of the Morning Star, Christian monks in Syria, Zen teachers of the White Plum Sangha, and contemporary teachers in the Dzogchen tradition.
Elias has lived a multifaceted, engaged life, working as a schoolteacher, carpenter, architect, writer, environmental educator, peace activist, and wilderness rites-of-passage guide. He helped develop several schools, including the Boulder Institute for Nature and the Human spirit, the Institute for Deep Ecology, the graduate program in Environmental Leadership at Naropa University, and the Open Path. Co-editor of the books
Earth Prayers, Life Prayers
Prayers for a Thousand years,
he has worked for many years with his wife, Elizabeth Rabia Roberts, as citizen activist for peace and interfaith understanding in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, and Israel/Palestine, and with indigenous tribes in Thailand and Burma on issues of cultural continuity and land rights.
He is author of the books
The Open Path: recognizing Nondual Awareness
Free Medicine: Meditations on Nondual Awakening.
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Meditations on Nondual Awakening
He is author of the books
The Open Path:recognizing Nondual Awareness
Free Medicine: Meditationson Nondual Awakening
Registration can be completed with a deposit of £200.
Balances are due two months before the start of the program.
You can complete your balance payment through any of the following methods:
Log back into your registration and choose "Change your Registration" - you will be provided with an option to make a payment on your balance, or
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