"Deep acceptance means staring life in the face, right now. It means turning towards what is here, rather than away. It means letting go of hopes and dreams and awakening to what is really true. It means ending the war, seeing through the illusion of a 'self' separate from this mysterious movement of life. It means total alignment with the Way Things Are. It means finally being at Home, no matter what is happening."
- Jeff Foster
THE DEEPEST ACCEPTANCE:
DISCOVERING AN EFFORTLESS "YES" TO LIFE
FRIDAY 22nd- SUNDAY 24th MARCH 2013
A WEEKEND RETREAT WITH JEFF FOSTER IN MALIBU, CALIFORNIA
We invite you to an intimate retreat with Jeff Foster at the beautiful Serra Retreat Center, located between the mountains and the ocean in stunning Malibu, California.
The retreat center sits atop a 23 acre knoll in beautiful Malibu with views of the Pacific Ocean as well as the Santa Monica Mountains. There are paths and walkways with benches for guests to read, meditate, and enjoy the manicured gardens.
This is a chance to spend a weekend with Jeff Foster and a small group of participants, soaking in this universal message of unconditional love and acceptance, finding deep rest within present experience. It is an invitation to remember who you really are, beyond your story, in an atmosphere of honesty, safety, playfulness and peace.
Serra Retreat Center
How do we stop running away from “the mess of life”—our pain, our predicaments, our frustrations, our failures, even our longing for freedom and enlightenment—and start flowing with all of it?
Is it possible to find an effortless “yes” to this moment, no matter how challenging our lives become?
Is it possible to stop seeking love, peace and enlightenment in the future, and discover them where you already are?Through talks, guided meditations, intimate dialogues, laughter, tears, and silence, Jeff Foster invites us to take a fresh look at our present experience and discover the ocean of who we really are: a non-dual awareness that has already allowed every wave of thought and emotion to arrive. “Just as the ocean ‘accepts’ every wave,” teaches Jeff, “so too has our awareness already allowed and accepted what is here.” Jeff talks of deep acceptance not as a passive surrender, but as an intelligent and creative emerging into life just as it is. And it is not something that happens “one day”, or only happens to special people – it is always happening, if we have eyes to see it.
Recognizing ourselves as the ocean of deep acceptance radically transforms and simplifies the way we see the world - our relationships, how we communicate, our attitude towards physical pain and depression, how we deal with addictions, and our search for spiritual enlightenment. Candid, thoughtful, humorous—and deeply compassionate toward those searching for a way out of suffering—Jeff inspires us to stop trying to “do” acceptance…and start falling in love with “what has already been allowed.” His simple, accessible and direct teachings point us back to who we really are in this moment – already perfect, whole, and free.
Silence, laughter, lightness, and a sense of real intimacy, honesty and friendship are the hallmarks of retreats with Jeff. His meetings are very spontaneous and informal, and there are plenty of opportunities to share and ask questions, if you are so moved. And of course, if you just want to sit in silence and deeply listen, without sharing, then that’s fine too.
"Jeff, with his whole being, slowly and deliberately shoves a crowbar in your heart and pries it open and you can’t shut it again.” – S.H.
“Jeff answered questions that I did not know how to ask… my mind had hidden them deeply." - K.
"Jeff shows us how to meet everything and to turn toward instead of away from Life... He has no lineage, so he has no spiritual guru baggage to carry around. His meetings are just raw, naked, unconditional love..." - R.P.
Serra Retreat Center
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL ABOUT THIS RETREAT
PLEASE CONTACT THE ORGANIZER AT:
• Venue: SERRA RETREAT, 3401 Serra Road, Malibu, CA 90265
• Dates and Times: You may arrive from 3pm on the Friday (dinner will be served at 6pm). We will have to vacate the retreat centre by 2pm on Sunday.
• Booking: To find out more and to book a place, please use the form above. Or, if you have any questions at all please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Cost: The full cost of the retreat, including all meetings with Jeff, food, teas and coffees, plus accommodation, is $395 for a shared room (shared with up to one other person, with an en-suite bathroom shared with the occupants of the neighbouring room), or $495 for a single room. You may also buy a 'tuition only' ticket which will allow you to attend all the meetings (we'll let you know the meeting schedule before the retreat) and arrange your own meals and accomodation. To secure your place now, you can book securely via credit or debit card using the buttons above. If you have trouble paying this way, or would like to pay in another way, please contact us. **There are a very limited number of single rooms available.**
• Directions: To find out out more about the location, check the Serra Retreat website: http://www.serraretreat.com/. We'll email all participants with more information before the event.
* PLEASE NOTE, FOR ALL BOOKINGS MADE AFTER 7th MARCH 2013, $100 WILL BE NON-REFUNDABLE.*
"What I most appreciate about Jeff is his willingness to be fully exposed, and to take spirituality out of the ashrams and meditation halls and into the streets…”
- Matt Licata, Sounds True
"With unshakable patience and softness, Jeff approaches all questions with a completely un-rushed and peaceful style, always searching to find the most skillful words that can capture his thought and best be conveyed. In truth, Jeff’s teachings are alive..." - W.R.
“Jeff’s message is a relief for seekers who are tired of chasing dreams, and a true calling to re-examine what’s present in our lives and find out if we don’t already have exactly what we are looking for." - P.L.
ABOUT JEFF FOSTER:
Jeff Foster studied Astrophysics at Cambridge University. In his mid-twenties, after a long period of depression and illness, he became addicted to the idea of ‘spiritual enlightenment’ and embarked on an intensive spiritual quest for the ultimate truth of existence.
The spiritual search came crashing down with the clear recognition of the non-dual nature of everything, and the discovery of the extraordinary in the ordinary. In the clarity of this seeing, life became what it always was: intimate, open, loving and spontaneous, and Jeff was left with a deep understanding of the root illusion behind all human suffering, and a love of the present moment.
He presently holds meetings, retreats and private one-to-one sessions around the world, gently but directly pointing people back to the deep acceptance inherent in the present moment. He helps people discover who they really are, beyond all thoughts and judgments about themselves, even in the midst of the stress and struggle of modern day living and intimate relationships.
Jeff’s teaching style is direct and uncompromising and yet full of humanity, humor and compassion. He believes that freedom is everybody’s birthright. He belongs to no tradition or lineage, and makes his teaching accessible to all.
Jeff was voted #51 on Watkins Mind Body Spirit's 2012 list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People - the youngest teacher on the list. Jeff has published four books in over six languages. His latest book The Deepest Acceptance was published in 2012 by Sounds True.