***We are planning to go forward with all of our events unless we find out that it is not possible. If you would like to reserve your space please inscribe and pay your deposit. If the event does not happen we will be happy to return your deposit. We will cancel at least 7-10 days before the event so you know ahead of time. Let's hope for the best and see what happens! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.**** If we want to be free, if we want to live a life of profound wholeness and purpose, then we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our Being. In this weekend retreat we will dive deeply into the experience of meditation, not through a technique, but through discovering our natural state... A JOURNEY INTO PURE BEING With Peter Bampton Amidst the breathtaking beauty of Quinta da Mizarela This is an opportunity to put aside the routine of our everyday lives and give ourselves completely to spiritual practice in a supportive collective context. If we want to be free, if we want to live a life of profound wholeness and purpose, we need to discover and become grounded in the source of our Being. In this weekend retreat we will dive deeply into the experience of meditation, not through a technique, but through a direct discovery our natural state. Experiencing Awakened Consciousness and sharing that discovery with others is the most fulfilling and liberating experience we can have. When we discover direct access to our inherent freedom we find ourselves in communion with Life, fearlessly open to the future, and able to respond with clarity, creativity and spontaneity. The radically simple yet profound approach to meditation that Peter shares is a direct doorway to this miracle of natural awakening. The instructions are so simple that anyone can begin without any previous experience. At the same time, the subtlety that is revealed about the nature of mind and non-duality offers infinite depth to even the most experienced meditator. The retreat will be held in silence except for teaching periods and question and answer sessions. No previous meditation experience is necessary and people from all faiths and spiritual orientations can benefit. QI GONG This retreat will include a daily session of qi gong in the mornings with Peter. What the Chinese call Qi and the Indians call Prana is the subtle life force energy that emanates from pure consciousness. Qi can be understood as arising in the space between formlessness and form. Therefore the cultivation of Qi can help us to embody our formless spirit in and through our individuality. Peter will guide you in some simple qi gong postures and movements that are very relaxing and energizing. Some are silent standing postures and some are flowing movements of improvisational dance that we will do to soft, inspirational music. Many people find that the qi gong is a perfect compliment to the meditation practice. If the weather is warm enough we will do the qi gong barefoot outside on the grass. NON-DUALITY CONTEMPLATIONS Peter will give you contemplations to read on such subjects as the nature of thought, emotion, body, time, space and creation. These contemplations have the power to illuminate conditioned patterns of thinking and perceiving that keep us trapped in false and limiting ideas and beliefs. In combination with meditation, these contemplations can open you to the direct perception of non-duality or oneness. Many participants have experienced life changing revelations and understandings as a result of this combination of meditation and contemplation, together with the opportunity to explore the contemplations further with Peter in the question and answer sessions. Programme: 7am Meditation 8am Optional Qi Gong 9am Breakfast 10 -1pm Meditation Sessions 1pm Lunch 2-3pm Free Time 3-5pm Meditation Sessions 5-5.30pm Tea Break 5.30-6.30 Meditation 6.30 - 8pm Dinner 8 - 9.30pm Question & Answer PRICES We offer a discounted rate for Portuguese to reflect the different economic reality here compared with Northern Europe and America. Price includes everything for the retreat. Because we have limited space we offer a 50 euro discount for the retreat for those who can bring their own tents. We have 4 rooms available for those who need them and also we have tents for those who don't have their own. Regular Prices: For Portuguese and Spanish Resident: 200€ For Foreigners and Portuguese living outside of Portugal: 250€ If you have a sincere desire to participate in this retreat but you have financial difficulty and need a discount in order to attend please write to us and tell us why you want to come to the retreat and what price you can afford. Prices include three delicious vegetarian meals every day, including vegetables and wild greens harvested from the Quinta. The retreat starts at 19:00 Friday with dinner. There are 3 meditation sessions in the morning and then 4 in the afternoon and evening on Saturday, 3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon on Sunday. Every day there are question and answer sessions so that you are fully supported as you go through the retreat. We ask that people arrive between 17:00 - 19:00pm if possible on Friday night so you can get settled before dinner. Dinner is served at 7:00pm. We have an orientation at 9pm and this is the official start of the retreat. If you cannot arrive by 8:45 please eat dinner on the road and if you can't arrive by 9pm please let us know. The retreat silence officially ends at 18.00pm on Sunday. Everybody usually stays for a while afterwards to share the ecstatic joy and unity and enjoy some tea and healthy delicious cakes together.