Advanced Zen Coaching Training
LIVING THE TRUE LIFE: THE PEARL BEYOND PRICE
Sweden, 4-11 April 2018
THE OBSTACLE IS THE PATH: COURAGEOUSLY FACING LIFE’S CHALLENGES
Sweden, May 4 2019
A DEEPER TRUST: SURRENDERING TO THE MYSTERY
Mundekulla Sweden, 9-16 May 2020
A full new training will be offered from 2021-2023.
This is a chance to continue deepening the journey you have started, or participate in modules you have not yet been part of. In other words, you can do module 3 in 2020, and module 1 and 2 afterwards.
You can also join only single modules if you wish.
Register for the Advanced Training here: https://forms.gle/uFgwexP8ZHv3KQ4x7
After registering, you will be charged a non-refundable booking fee of 2000 NOK. The rest of the course fee must be paid latest one month before the group starts. Food and accommodation is paid on arrival at Mundekulla.
As I did this year, I will again offer special discounts for up to 10 people who are fully committed to join, but whose financial circumstances are especially difficult. If that is you, please send me an email describing your situation, and I will see if I can offer you a discount and how much. This depends on how many request such discount. Decision about discounts will be made by 1 December latest.
I hope to see you in the Advanced Training, a wonderful opportunity for transformation, joy and deepening!
Sweden, 4-11 April 2018
Sweden, May 4 2019
Mundekulla, 9-16 May 2020 (Saturday-Saturday)
(Starting with check-in at 17:00, ending at 3.30pm)
Osho said: Life is a mystery to be lived, not a problem to be solved.
And Hafiz, the Persian 14th century poet, said:
O wondrous creatures,
By what strange miracle
Do you so often
How can we explain, rationally, what the reason for our existence is, or how it is possible that we exist at all?
That galaxies, atoms, the sun, the earth, flowers and rocks and sky and animals and humans exist? That Essence, Being, Love, Joy and Freedom exists? Or, for that matter, that anything at all exists?
The truth is: We cannot.
Life, Existence, Being, Essence, the universe and everything else is fundamentally a mystery. Existence has ‘Mystery’ as one of its fundamental properties.
And this can, when we are open enough, be experienced as a profound, beautiful, amazing mystery, full of adventure, joy, wonder, love, meaning, freedom, peace, and much, much more -- endlessly so.
And yet life and existence is, for most of us, also often a big challenge. It can be experienced as very painful, full of suffering, anguish, fear, loss, sadness, anger, separation, meaninglessness, confusion, conflict, drama, and more. And even when we don’t experience life as a big challenge, there is still often a chronic sense of background or underlying lack and wanting, a sense that something fundamental is missing, acknowledged or not. This is what the Buddha named as the first noble truth, the truth of dukkha: a basic, restless dissatisfaction, the underlying pain and suffering of normal, conventional existence.
But the Buddha also taught the fourth noble truth: that there is a path out of dukkha, out of suffering. This is the path of non-attachment, of letting go of the idea of existing as a separate entity, and of being in an open, mindful, conscious and compassionate YES to this moment, exactly as it is.
This letting go of a separate self, and of being in a YES to the moment, is a form of surrender – the surrender to life-as-it-is-right-here-and-now, the surrender to BEING THIS MOMENT, in its mysteriousness and impermanence.
From one perspective, all of life can be seen as a big School of Surrender.
Surrendering is about letting go of trying to be in control, of seeking external security, letting go of saying NO to challenging emotions. And of saying YES to life as it is, of devotion, of celebration, of trust, of acceptance, of adventure, of openness.
And this shift from NO to YES can happen in an instant. In fact, it always happens in an instant: the instance of NOW. It is always NOW that we have this great opportunity for surrender.
But how, HOW, does this surrender take place? That, too, is a mystery, a mystery to be contemplated, to be explored, to be surrender to.
In this retreat we will explore the nature of surrender, of mystery, of saying YES to life, of acceptance, and of the Adventure of Now.
And we will explore, through inquiry, coaching, meditation and many different exercises, the many obstacles and obscurations that keep us from fully surrendering to the present moment as it is.
COST & REGISTRATION
Course fee per module: 8 500 NOK, including one private session (50 minutes)
Course fee per module for participants from Poland, Romania, Turkey and South Africa: 5 500 NOK, or 5 000 NOK if all 3 modules are paid from the start (total 15 000 NOK). (Fee difference due to significant currency exchange disadvantage.)
Room and board in double room with shared bathroom per module at Mundekulla Retreat Center: 5.375 SEK. (Many different room options available, from 4.400-7.000 SEK).
Contact Eva Areskog, email@example.com