WHAT HAPPENS IN A MEETING OR ON A RETREAT WITH JEFF FOSTER ?
“I don’t see myself as a guru or even as a spiritual teacher, although some people like to call me that. I see myself rather as a friend who simply reminds you of what, deep down, you have always known: that there is nothing wrong with you… and that you are loved beyond words, always, just as you are, in this moment…” – Jeff Foster
THE DISCOVERY OF WHO YOU REALLY ARE
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?
Jeff 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; in fact it’s not ‘personal’ at all – it is always here.
Recognizing ourselves as the vast and impersonal ocean of deep acceptance radically transforms and simplifies the way we see the world – our relationships, our spiritual seeking, how we communicate, our attitude towards physical pain and depression, and how we view addictions. Candid, thoughtful, humorous—and deeply compassionate toward those searching for a way to break through deep-rooted 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.
ABOUT THE MEETINGS
Silence, laughter, lightness, and a sense of real intimacy, honesty and friendship are the hallmarks of encounters 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 listen, without sharing, then that’s fine too.
Jeff usually opens the meetings with an introductory talk, and then for the rest of our time together there is the chance to ask any question you may have, to meet and greet everything arising in the present moment – to meet it not as an enemy to be feared, but as a dear friend, already embraced in the vast, open capacity that you are. With Jeff’s loving and gentle guidance, a real sense of intimacy often develops as we sit together with no expectation, and share the truth, beyond all our conceptions of truth.
Remember, this not a ‘therapy group’ – we do not gather together to go deeper into our personal stories (although personal stories are embraced too), or to ‘fix’ ourselves, but to point back to who we really are, beyond those stories – to the place that does not need to be fixed – to the wholeness, the completeness, that’s always present, that cannot be found in time, that cannot be broken by any experience.
We do not gather to find answers, but to to rest in not-knowing, in the mystery of what is, which is, in fact, the Home we have always been seeking. Here, the search comes full circle.
MEETINGS, WEEKEND INTENSIVES AND RETREATS
Jeff holds half- and full-day meetings. There are also weekend intensives, and longer retreats, for those of you who enjoy sitting with this simple yet radical message for longer periods. Many people find it beneficial or enjoyable to ‘soak’ for a longer time in this message in a supportive and facilitative space. In the longer meetings and retreats there are more opportunities to ask questions, to explore, to sit in silence, to share, to deeply meet life and each other…
Some of the meetings are small and intimate, some are larger. We try to arrange a variety of events of different lengths, prices, and locations, so that everyone has a chance to attend. We also hope to arrange some webcasts in the future, so those of you who do not wish to travel, or cannot afford to, are able to join in the celebration.
The meetings are open to all. This is not a religious cult, or a gathering of the select, ‘enlightened’ few – it is open to everyone, of every background, race, sex, colour, creed, religion, education.
Jeff doesn’t mind if you’ve studied Advaita Vedanta for 50 years, or if you’ve never read a spiritual book in your life – you are welcome here. He doesn’t mind if you think you are enlightened or unenlightened, if you think you have a self or no self, if you are a teacher or a student, if you see yourself as someone or as no-one – you are still welcome here.
This freedom is everyone’s birthright.
We invite you to join us and explore the mystery!
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