SIG 2012 Spiritual Retreat
October 5th - Sunday, October 7th, 2012
The Self Inquiry Discussion Group of Raleigh (SIG) will be hosting its fourth weekend retreat in October of 2012. The dates of the retreat are Friday, October 5th through Sunday, October 7th. See AGENDA.
(For information on the newly announced Post-SIG Retreat Intensive with Bart Marshall and Deborah Westmoreland, Monday October 8 through lunch Wednesday October 10, click here.)
We have finalized our list of speakers and are honored to announce that we have confirmed Jan Frazier, Michael Hall, Bob Harwood, Paul Hedderman, Bart Marshall, Bruce Joel Rubin, Mike Snider, and Deborah Westmoreland, plus a special SIG panel. Some information on each speaker is provided below.
The cost of the retreat this year is $250, which includes lodging (with caveats) and food. For our first retreat (2009), all of the speakers paid their own travel costs. In subsequent years, we increased the fee in order to pay the speakers' travel expenses. This year, we want to cover their travel and offer each an honorarium. We want to emphasize, however, that, as with every past year, we do not want someone to miss the retreat for reasons of cost. If cost is a serious issue that will make or break your attendance, please let us know! We will do our absolute best to work with you to make sure you get here.
To register for the event ($250), please send payment via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org (as a "Personal" > "Other" payment). PayPal is very much preferred, as it decreases paperwork. However, you are also more than welcome to send a check. Instructions for each are below:PayPal (preferred):
Be sure to include your name and contact information with the payment. On PayPal, use the optional "Email to recipient" for this purpose.
We will be at the same facility as last year: Durant Nature Park, Raleigh, NC. This means that, in addition to the 60-person attendance cap, we are limited in terms of lodging resources. There are 22 bunks, which are first-come-first-served. There are 16 army cots, which, judging from last year, do not provide the most luxurious sleeping experience - please bear this in mind. There will be plenty of camping space. We encourage those who live locally or have friends and relatives in Raleigh to stay with them in order to free up space at the lodge.
Finally, this event will be "advertised" primarily by word-of-mouth and so we encourage you to pass along this and all subsequent emails to those who you feel may be interested in attending.
You are also always more than welcome to email email@example.com with questions.
Then, in August 2003, she experienced a radical transformation of consciousness. Fear fell away from her, and she was immersed in a state of causeless joy that has never left her. While she has continued her life as writer, teacher, and mother, she has discovered it is possible to live a richly human life free of suffering. Her wish now is to communicate the truth that within every person is a pool of calm well-being that waits patiently to be stirred to life.
When Fear Falls Away: The Story of a Sudden Awakening (Weiser Books, 2007) is Jan's day-by-day account of the shift in consciousness and its alteration of her life. Her poetry and prose have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection, Greatest Hits, was published by Pudding House, and she has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She has been inspired by Gurumayi, Krishnamurti, and Eckhart Tolle, but the joy she lives in belongs to no particular tradition, and is available to all. Jan lives in southern Vermont. Check out her website here: www.janfrazierteachings.com
Bob began trying to understand reality at the age of 19, and spent the next twenty years reading and thinking about numerous existential issues. At the age of forty he began meditating and shortly thereafter had a life-changing experience of cosmic consciousness. Afterwards, he began going on silent retreats, and joined a Zen group. He started an ecumenical church, The Very Center, to encourage meditation, and began writing a newspaper column about non-duality. After spending many years as a Buddhist dharma teacher, he eventually left that tradition in order to teach non-denominationally. Today he gives satsang at Unity Chuches and elsewhere. Check out an essay he wrote in the TAT Forum here: http://tatfoundation.org/forum2004-10.htm#3
No matter what I seem to think, I have never thought. To think that I could ever think Is something that I've been taught. No matter where I seem to be, I have never been. Believing that I ever was.... Is my own original sin. Sometimes tragic, sometimes funny That I could have been fooled for so long, How could this simple, obvious truth Been taken so completely wrong? So weary I am of late, Toting this old burdensome load. No need in pointing fingers For something I've bestowed. I know the way of freedom now, The way that can't be taught: Abidance as dynamic constancy Beyond any school of thought.
on the SELF INQUIRY DISCUSSION GROUP of RALEIGH, NC
Most people who continue to come to our meetings are not concerned with "Why should I seek Self-realization?" but rather, "What is the best way to go about it?" There is a paradox in that we use words to talk about that which is beyond words, and although there is often talk of paths and things to do, there is also general agreement that the best approach is subtractive: that is, rather than try to accumulate more spiritual and worldly knowledge, doubt the truth of all you think you already know.
If you find yourself drawn to teachers like Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj, Richard Rose, Ramana Maharshi, Douglas Harding, Tony Parsons, Franklin Merrell-Wolff, Eckhart Tolle, Adyashanti, and the ancient masters of Zen, Advaita Vedanta, and Christian Mysticism, you may find the retreat and our meetings very worthwhile.
For more information on the Raleigh SIG group, please check out our Web site: www.selfinquiry.org.