Jeff Foster: The Way of Rest

 – Finding the Courage to Hold Everything in Love

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Whatever it is, stop trying to figure it out now. Let it remain unresolved a little while. Stop trying to fast-forward to the 'answer' scene in the movie of your life; trust the present scene of 'no answer yet'. Allow the question itself space to breathe and be fertilised. Relax into the mysterious ground of Now.

Jeff Foster

How can we find the CALM in the midst of the storm of our busy lives?

How can we REST DEEPLY, even as the ground falls from beneath our feet, even as our hearts break open and our dreams turn to dust?

How can we STOP RUNNING AWAY from our pain, our grief, our exhaustion, our failures, even our longing for enlightenment, and start embracing all of it?

How can we find an EFFORTLESS YES to the present moment, no matter how challenging or intense our physical or emotional pain becomes?

How can we find a CONSCIOUS and LOVING way through our addictions, relationship struggles, illnesses and major life decisions?

Can true HEALING begin exactly where we are?

This retreat with author and teacher Jeff Foster is an invitation to awaken to the beauty and poetry of your life, to stop your exhausting search for love, peace and enlightenment, and discover them here and now by turning towards yourself.

It is an invitation to remember who you are beyond your thoughts and feelings, to slow down, reconnect with your presence and the aliveness of your body, and experience what is truly within you. It's a chance to dive deeply into Jeff's message of deep acceptance and fearless living, in a safe and nurturing environment with like-minded friends. Through talks, guided meditations, intimate dialogues, laughter, tears and silence, Jeff will invite us in his own unique way to take a fresh look at our present experience and discover the ocean of who we really are: an open and loving awareness that has already allowed every wave of thought and emotion to arrive.

Just as the ocean 'accepts' every wave, so too has our awareness already allowed and accepted the present moment. Jeff talks of deep acceptance not as a passive 'giving up', but as an intelligent and creative emerging into life just as it is. Jeff tells us that spiritual awakening is not something that happens 'one day', or only happens to special people - it is always here, where we are, closer than breathing.

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 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.

Tiered price (click here for more information): £480 / £370 / £260

Tiered Pricing

Before you book your place, please take a moment to consider that the Findhorn Foundation is a Charitable Trust. We believe that the benefits of holistic learning should be available to everyone regardless of their financial or life situation, and that the transformational journey is enriched by a diversity of participants.

We recognise that what is affordable for some can be a financial stretch for others and offer a tiered pricing structure. When you book, please select the price that feels appropriate for you.

Pay it Forward Price covers the cost of your workshop and includes a contribution to our bursary fund. This will make participation possible for one or more people who otherwise would not be able to join our transformational work in the world.

Sustainable Price covers the cost of your workshop and helps us to sustain our learning and guest facilities.

Supported Price reflects a partial bursary toward the cost of your workshop and is intended for those with minor financial need.

Includes all programme content, 3 nights accommodation (depart Tuesday morning), full board and refreshments.

Please note that all our workshops have a Findhorn Foundation community member present either as focaliser or assistant.

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, humour 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 Review's 2012 list of the world's 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. Jeff has published four books in over six languages. His latest book The Deepest Acceptance will be published in 2012 by Sounds True.

Jeff's website.