Sat 25 Jan 2020, 10:30 - Sun 26 Jan 2020, 17:00
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 has no lineage. So, he has no spiritual guru baggage to carry around. His meetings are just raw, naked, unconditional love. This is a new teacher for a new time with a timeless message…” – R.P.
HOMECOMING: The End of the Spiritual Search, the Beginning of Now.
A Weekend in London with Jeff Foster
Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2020, 10:30-5 each day
At The Study Society (Colet House), Talgarth Road, London
FOR MORE INFO AND TO BOOK:
Join author/teacher Jeff Foster for a weekend of honest talks, meditations and Q&A on the joys and pains of spiritual awakening, the discovery of nonduality, falling in love with the “mess” of our raw and vulnerable humanity… and remembering wholeness, wherever we are.
– Everything you think is wrong with you, is actually right?
– Spiritual enlightenment is already here, shining through the aware, awake simplicity of this moment, exactly as it is?
– The divine perfection you’ve always been seeking is actually contained in the midst of your tender vulnerability, doubt, shaky heart, and glorious human imperfections?
– There is precious alchemical medicine hidden inside your pain, and your deepest longings, aches, doubts, grief, and heartbreak are portals to joy and healing?
Has your life become an endless ‘self-improvement project’? After years of working on yourself, meditation, therapy, spiritual seeking and trying to ‘quiet your mind’ or ‘lose your ego’, do you still feel far from where you wanted to be? Do you long to slow down, rest, come out of repetitive and exhausting thinking, and be deeply embraced, exactly as you are?
Come join Jeff Foster for a weekend deep dive into the depths of self-love, clear awareness and radical self-acceptance. Jeff himself is a survivor of suicidal depression and chronic self-loathing. He is not a therapist, a spiritual guru, or a self-help expert with all the answers, but one who has suffered very deeply, worked through trauma, addictions, suicidal depression, profound self-hatred, shame and desperate spiritual seeking, and found his own original way into a restful Presence.
With humour, lightness, insight and compassion, Jeff makes spirituality simple, reachable, and human again. During the weekend, Jeff will talk openly, honestly and provocatively about the myths of spiritual awakening and healing. He will cover topics such as….
* The lie of “positivity”. Discovering the beauty in our lostness, doubt, insecurity, failure and broken hearts
* The joy of ‘beginning again in every moment’…. The effortless art of true meditation
* Why ‘working on yourself’ doesn’t always work, and why ‘doing nothing’ can sometimes be the best solution of all.
* How true healing can happen when we stop ‘trying’ to heal!
* Why we don’t need to ‘silence the mind’, ‘get rid of the ego’, or ‘transcend the body’; rediscovering a grounded, embodied and honest spirituality.
* Why shame, unworthiness and even disgust can be portals to Wholeness.
“After many years of speaking with thousands of seekers,” Jeff says, “I have realised that underneath nearly all of our suffering, spiritual seeking and exhausting self-improvement quest, there is a primordial sense that we are not good enough, that there is something missing at our core. Paradoxically, when we stop trying to feel worthy, and end the fight to fix or transcend ourselves, we can begin to discover we were never broken, and there was never anything to fix. When we stop seeking a different moment and instead dive courageously into this one, we can actually heal the addiction of a lifetime, and find the one thing we were always longing for: intimacy with Life itself.”
In his own unique, playful and very human way, Jeff will help you drop out of your busy mind and connect with the living moment, your body and your authentic feelings. Through heartfelt talks, easy and restful guided meditations, silence, personal stories and honest dialogues, he will remind you that you are perfect and whole, exactly as you are. He will help you stay present and connected with yourself, no matter what life throws at you.
We look very much forward to seeing you at Colet House.
“What if… your doubt is not a mistake, but a doorway to clarity? Your sorrow is not an error, but an opening to joy? Your fear is not a sign of your failure, but an entryway to fearlessness? Your exhaustion is not a weakness, but… a gateway to surrender?” – Jeff Foster
ABOUT THE WEEKEND
Slowing down, touching the sacredness in the ordinary…
During the course of each day, you will rest in presence with Jeff, who will help you drop out of the mind and connect with the present moment, your feelings and your body in his own unique, heartfelt, authentic way, using words and silences, guided meditations, personal stories and meditative dialogues.
THE SCHEDULE FOR EACH DAY
The schedule is subject to change slightly each day but will look something like this:
** DOORS OPEN AT 10am. **
10.30 – 12.30 Meeting One (Please try to arrive on time for a 10.30am meeting start)
12.30 – 2.00 Lunch Break.
2.00 – 3.15 Meeting Two
3.15 – 3.45 Break
3.45 – 5.00 Meeting Three
5.00 – Book signings and goodbyes! (Jeff’s books will be on sale throughout the weekend)
You may attend either Saturday or Sunday, or come both days (£10 discount).
Please keep all phones on silent or switched off during Jeff’s sessions.
There is a selection of cafes and restaurants a few minutes walk from the venue. You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks and eat at the venue.
THE VENUE: Study Society (Colet House), 151 Talgarth Rd, London W14 9DA
The Study Society, Colet House is located 200 yards from Barons Court tube station (District & Piccadilly lines, Zone 2): turn left out of the Station and left again on to Talgarth Road. Colet House is a 15 minute walk from Kensington Olympia station on the London Overground route from Clapham Junction to Stratford via Willesden Junction. Local streets have pay and display parking. You can plan your trip on: https://tfl.gov.uk/
VENUE MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/mHChCLcVEHbRewgA8
VENUE WEBSITE: https://www.studysociety.org/
WHAT PARTICIPANTS HAVE SAID…
“Jeff has no lineage. So, he has no spiritual guru baggage to carry around. His meetings are just raw, naked, unconditional love. This is a new teacher for a new time with a timeless message. I am done with gurus and teachers. My teacher is the ugly bird bathing in the filthy water in my birdbath on my deck that I need to change the water in. My teacher is the crevice in the rock where water is naturally drawn into. My teacher is the check-out clerk at Walmart…” – R.P
“Thank you so much Jeff, you funny, shy, humble, powerful man, always present, always listening with your endlessly open heart, suddenly bursting into laughter because of your own hilariously funny little jokes, taking us all with you into this lively laughter, making us feel so alive and so ONE with you and each other…” – M.R.
“After a lifetime of spiritual quest, after all the insights, experiences, revelations, I finally found the missing ingredient that gives the courage to stay here, now, without the reference to my personal drama. The infinite tenderness that addresses the human being. Infinite, beautiful, human mystery. Only this infinite tenderness that Jeff incarnates has the power to bring me back here, now, again and again and again, in the fullness of what is and not in the longing for what is not. Yes, it does take courage. But with the infinite tenderness of love, yes, it is possible. Thank you Jeff for this infinite tenderness. For this infinite humanness that we encounter so rarely on the non dual path. Thank you thank you thank you.” – H.F.
“Our world does not need any more gurus, teachers and saviours, but honest human beings who live here among us, who strive to switch on a light-bulb in the darkness of the emotional underworld. Thanks, Jeff, for being a role model” – E.S.
“Jeff is a wonderful soul, filled with tenderness and love, humour; humility and a silent heart. I felt embraced every time he was looking at me while asking my questions. I needed so deeply to be seen, heard and loved from inside. This retreat softened profoundly these wounds of “unseen, unloved, unrecognised from childhood”. I experienced the love of life for me a whole day which gave me the sensation to belong to a family on earth, which softened also the inner feeling of loneliness, solitude…” – R.P.
“Jeff wasn’t someone I was going to get enlightened from. He wasn’t someone who was going to free me from my mind. He was someone extremely rare, like a jewel. He was someone who I could finally expose myself to, and not be abandoned, and not be rejected. He was someone whom would go with me to my depths. He was someone who embodies the true essence of what love and acceptance is. He was someone I could finally ‘meet’. An invitation to fall apart. Vulnerability.” – G.C.
“Jeff has been the biggest life-changer and presence-bringer I needed in my life. I am forever grateful to him for helping me to stay Present and accept my full humanity, in all of its doubts, fears, sorrows, its sensations, feelings and its joy. Truly, thank you!” – R.L.
“I was touched by Jeff’s unconditional welcoming, by his simplicity and honesty. I appreciated his ability not to provide answers, not to orient people towards his personal inclinations, but rather gently being totally present for everyone. I felt accepted as never before…” – D.T.
“Jeff, thank you for all the tears, love and laughter. The water gates really opened. So much pain, sadness and joy, that I wasn’t aware of in my body, could find its way to the surface… Eye-opening on so many levels. No more hiding!” – T.G.
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.
Jeff was voted #59 on Watkins Review’s list of the world’s 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published several books in over ten languages. His latest book “The Joy of True Meditation” is published by New Sarum Press.
Jeff’s website can be found at: http://www.lifewithoutacentre.com