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The Alchemical Retreat:

The retreat process offers an opportunity to withdraw from the world, turn within and connect with the deeper aspects of our being.

The retreat is intended for all those who wish to develop an increased understanding of themselves; to develop deeper awareness of the Self in relationship – not only in the external world but also in their capacity to relate to the inner Self – and bring a spiritual depth and awareness into their daily life.

The retreat is based on the alchemical process of Carl Jung and the spiritual alchemy of Titus Burckhardt developed by the Sufi spiritual teacher Pir Vilayat Khan into group retreat process.

During the retreat we will review the teachings and practice some of the spiritual and meditation methods developed over the past 2,500 years within some of the world’s great spiritual traditions, particular consideration being given to the Hindu, Buddhist and Sufi traditions.

While the retreat process is not in any way linear some general stages may be identified:

The initial process involves a combination of practices that focus our attention with increasing awareness on the nature of mind and help us to open up to the spiritual dimension of our being.

This process may be followed by a review of the nature of Ego together with meditation practices and visualisations designed to help us let go of false concepts of Self and experience our true nature.

This will be followed by a day of quiet reflection in which you will be able to review your qualities, your life and relationships from a more Heart centered and less Egoic perspective.

New insights into the nature of your being bring with them a wider and deeper awareness of your life purpose and your unlived potential. The importance of living your unlived potential cannot be overemphasized.

In this next stage the emphasis will be on attuning to our Heart Centre; developing a greater sensitivity to the energy of our true Self and starting to connect with the Goddess within.

In the final stage we will start to integrate our understanding of the nature of our being with our experience of the interconnectedness of all life and manifest this understanding in our daily life. This stage extends far beyond the boundaries of the retreat process into the months ahead.

For those living busy work and family lives in towns and cities, reconnecting with nature and the earth is an important part of the retreat process. We request you therefore to bring a tent and camp in the grounds of the house.

Who should attend:
Anyone who is currently attending an AIST course, is a qualified or trainee therapist (in therapy) and wishes to experience a deeper, guided experiential process that can be offered on retreat.

About John the retreat leader:

John Daly is the founder of Association of Integrative Sandplay Therapists (AIST). After training as a scientist John worked in industry for ten years before moving to the United States where he studied counselling psychology from a transpersonal perspective at JFK University in California. He subsequently worked as a psychotherapist and lecturer in San Francisco and London. He has lived and worked in India for several years and travelled extensively throughout the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India and Bhutan. He studied with Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi and Christian mystics in India and in the West

Details and Timings:

Dates: This is a five day, silent, group retreat in nature.
Starting in the early morning of Monday 12th August through to the afternoon of Friday 16th August finishing at 4pm.

Day 1 & 2 7am to 8pm
Day 3 Quiet Contemplation
Day 4 7am to 8pm
Day 5 7am to 4pm

Arrivals: Please arrive on the afternoon (3pm onward) of Sunday 11th of August 2019. This will give you time to set up your tent and attend the introductory/orientation session at 7pm. Refreshments and supper will be provided.

Meals: Three vegetarian meals a day will be provided (please let us know if you are vegan or have any allergies). A range of teas and coffee will be available from 6am to 9pm.

Costs: £140 per day totaling £700 for the five days.

The Old Farmhouse, Bere Mills, Sea, Ilminster, TA19 OSE.
Telephone: 01460 55159. (Directions and travel options/suggestions etc. will be provided).

Use of house:
The bathrooms and toilets are available to everyone for use at any time throughout the week. If you are aged over 65 years you may book a bedroom rather than a tent.