Past Retreat / Event

Meditate - Celebrate - Activate Retreat

Thursday, August 11 – Monday, August 15, 2016 all-day

 

Not a retreat – this is an ADVANCE!

_CEC Poster - 2015

Join Jeff Warren and James Maskalyk of The Consciousness Explorers Club for a different kind of retreat. Silent until dinner, we sit in MEDITATION four to five hours a day, a mix of solo and guided excursions into feeling, sound, energy, openness, silence, rest, surrender, as well as more dynamic movement and nature and loving-kindness meditations. Each of these is an adventure into a different corner of human experience, a fresh inquiry into who and how we are, a unique exploration of consciousness.

We then build on these insights by playing with them live, in relationship and in community. Standing, moving, sharing, bumping, interacting. These are the energizing ACTIVATION pieces – how to find and hold our centre, how to work with interpersonal and psychological tension and challenge, how to identify where in our life and experience there is energy and direction, how to help others without hurting ourselves, and finally how to trust the natural intelligence on tap when we learn to operate from a more open and less rigidly fixated position.

Then, in the evenings, we party. Not mindless shotgun-beer-keg hits-from-the-bong party, however very important these may have been in our formative Canadian years. Rather, the CELEBRATION that emerges naturally when there is trust and relaxation and the right proportion of Trickster-irreverence. So: we DJ different _RobotRetroDance-goodtempos of music and eyes-closed movement, we laugh our asses off during the embarrassing-moment teaching stories, we explore the secret richness of the nighttime world in a wildly-popular lucid dreaming slumber party, and we sing pop-punk-folk classics (off-key) around the campfire. Basically we have a good time. And why shouldn’t we? What the hell else is meditation for if it doesn’t prepare the ground for a richer and more fulfilling and more connected life?

“I expect most meditation retreats to involve a whole lot of sitting in silence to find what it means to be truly present.  Now here’s the magic of a CEC retreat: it calls on you to walk (or dance) that state of presence off the cushion, testing ‘out there’ with your fellow practitioners. It takes guts to inject crazy dance moves, lucid dreams, and laughter into a retreat. But guts is something the CEC has loads of and the results are remarkable – presence goes from passive to active, making it something I can realistically try to attain while yelling at a car on my roller blades.” – Katrina

Sit to find the freedom, move to warm it up til its so hot you got to let it out, spread it out, which takes you back to a Consciousness Explorers first principles: Meditate, Celebrate, Activate.

 Last year was unbelievable – this year we go even deeper.  

“The CEC retreat was a great experience, unlike any other. More of a conscious community coming together to share in a smorgasbord of activities, all centered around, well, centering. Can’t recommend it enough, and can’t wait for the next one!” – Steven

Meditate

“I imagined this retreat would be a nice getaway with a bit of meditation thrown in. I was surprised to find a space where deep meditation practice was possible. The friendly semi-silent format did not detract from the seriousness of the sitting practice, and the interactive social practices helped to link insights from sitting to what was going on my in real life. The guidance and instruction from the teachers was of the highest quality, and the caring supportive fun community vibe unlike anything else I’ve experienced in the mindfulness world. Despite being only three days long, I can honestly say that my practice moved into significant new territory as a result of this retreat. I was able to move past certain blocks that I’ve experienced in other retreat settings because of the level of trust and safety. After traditional silent meditation retreats, I’ve often felt disoriented upon returning to my busy city life. With this retreat, a lot of the integration work was built directly into the social interaction and celebration. I felt great returning to the city, with a clear sense of how my life priorities and goals needed to be re-aligned based on the insights I’d come to. I can’t wait for my next CEC retreat!” – Avi

 

 

Registration Details

Date:
Thursday, August 11, 2016 – Monday, August 15, 2016 all-day
2016-08-11T00:00:00-04:00
2016-08-16T00:00:00-04:00
Cost:

Retreat Fee is $600 and includes shared accommodation, all meals, meditation, celebration, and activation.

1. Fill out the online registration form. Click here (link not yet activated – to find out when registration opens, subscribe to our monthly newsletter)

2. We’ll email you to let you know if there’s space. If so, we ask you to pay to hold your space. You can pay by e-transfer, or credit card / PayPal ($15 extra to cover credit card/ PayPal processing). Refund policy: $50 admin fee if cancel; $100 if cancel within 2 weeks of retreat


Space is limited. To stay in touch, you can join the CEC mailing list: here.

 

Contact:
Jeff Warren and James Maskalyk
Other Details:

1. Fill out the online registration form. Click here.
2. The Consciousness Explorers Club will email you to let you know if there’s space. If so, they ask you to pay to hold your space. You can pay by e-transfer or credit card ($20 extra to cover credit card processing).

Space is limited. To stay in touch you can join the CEC mailing list: here.

Questions? Contact The Consciousness Explorers Club.

 

Not a retreat – this is an ADVANCE!

_CEC Poster - 2015

Join Jeff Warren and James Maskalyk of The Consciousness Explorers Club for a different kind of retreat. Silent until dinner, we sit in MEDITATION four to five hours a day, a mix of solo and guided excursions into feeling, sound, energy, openness, silence, rest, surrender, as well as more dynamic movement and nature and loving-kindness meditations. Each of these is an adventure into a different corner of human experience, a fresh inquiry into who and how we are, a unique exploration of consciousness.

We then build on these insights by playing with them live, in relationship and in community. Standing, moving, sharing, bumping, interacting. These are the energizing ACTIVATION pieces – how to find and hold our centre, how to work with interpersonal and psychological tension and challenge, how to identify where in our life and experience there is energy and direction, how to help others without hurting ourselves, and finally how to trust the natural intelligence on tap when we learn to operate from a more open and less rigidly fixated position.

Then, in the evenings, we party. Not mindless shotgun-beer-keg hits-from-the-bong party, however very important these may have been in our formative Canadian years. Rather, the CELEBRATION that emerges naturally when there is trust and relaxation and the right proportion of Trickster-irreverence. So: we DJ different _RobotRetroDance-goodtempos of music and eyes-closed movement, we laugh our asses off during the embarrassing-moment teaching stories, we explore the secret richness of the nighttime world in a wildly-popular lucid dreaming slumber party, and we sing pop-punk-folk classics (off-key) around the campfire. Basically we have a good time. And why shouldn’t we? What the hell else is meditation for if it doesn’t prepare the ground for a richer and more fulfilling and more connected life?

“I expect most meditation retreats to involve a whole lot of sitting in silence to find what it means to be truly present.  Now here’s the magic of a CEC retreat: it calls on you to walk (or dance) that state of presence off the cushion, testing ‘out there’ with your fellow practitioners. It takes guts to inject crazy dance moves, lucid dreams, and laughter into a retreat. But guts is something the CEC has loads of and the results are remarkable – presence goes from passive to active, making it something I can realistically try to attain while yelling at a car on my roller blades.” – Katrina

Sit to find the freedom, move to warm it up til its so hot you got to let it out, spread it out, which takes you back to a Consciousness Explorers first principles: Meditate, Celebrate, Activate.

 Last year was unbelievable – this year we go even deeper.  

“The CEC retreat was a great experience, unlike any other. More of a conscious community coming together to share in a smorgasbord of activities, all centered around, well, centering. Can’t recommend it enough, and can’t wait for the next one!” – Steven

Meditate

“I imagined this retreat would be a nice getaway with a bit of meditation thrown in. I was surprised to find a space where deep meditation practice was possible. The friendly semi-silent format did not detract from the seriousness of the sitting practice, and the interactive social practices helped to link insights from sitting to what was going on my in real life. The guidance and instruction from the teachers was of the highest quality, and the caring supportive fun community vibe unlike anything else I’ve experienced in the mindfulness world. Despite being only three days long, I can honestly say that my practice moved into significant new territory as a result of this retreat. I was able to move past certain blocks that I’ve experienced in other retreat settings because of the level of trust and safety. After traditional silent meditation retreats, I’ve often felt disoriented upon returning to my busy city life. With this retreat, a lot of the integration work was built directly into the social interaction and celebration. I felt great returning to the city, with a clear sense of how my life priorities and goals needed to be re-aligned based on the insights I’d come to. I can’t wait for my next CEC retreat!” – Avi