We’ve changed the entire format of the Spring Retreat. In the New Spring Retreat we now start with two weeks in the Art of Effortless Power, followed by two brand new consciousness workshops.
PART ONE: The Art of Effortless Power
In Part One of this month-long Retreat we devote two weeks to study the Art of Effortless Power. The practice and study of this Art goes beyond learning about skillful interaction and effortless power, it deepens one's consciousness and awareness of their own body and improves how the body functions. In a new approach to teaching Ralston also intends to use the Art as a means to reveal limits in the students' experience and to create new openings for experience outside these limits.
PART TWO: Two New Consciousness Workshops
Transforming Your Experience of Life and The Insight and Enlightenment Workshop — Contemplation Intensive meets Ontological Workshop
Too often, the work of understanding ourselves amounts to little more than exchanging one set of beliefs and opinions for another. Many give up, thinking that they have exhausted all possibilities of encountering a truly powerful, transformative event. These workshops represent such a possibility.
As always, the month-long format provides a comprehensive study of interrelated facets of the Cheng Hsin work. If you’re unfamiliar with Cheng Hsin, you may well wonder what martial work and mind work have to do with each other. The significance of this connection is implied in this axiom of effective interaction:
Effective response requires an accurate perception of the circumstances.
The beauty of the consciousness work is that it offers a means to investigate the very process by which we perceive. The beauty of the martial work is that it is unmatched for providing crucial feedback about our patterns and limitations in thinking and learning.
In such a concentrated environment of continuous learning, students not only have the chance to investigate at much greater depths, but the effects of their study will accumulate exponentially.
In Part One of this month-long Retreat we devote two weeks to study the Art of Effortless Power. The practice and study of this Art goes beyond learning about skillful interaction and effortless power, it deepens one's consciousness and awareness of their own body and improves how the body functions. In a new approach to teaching, Ralston also intends to use the Art as a means to reveal limits in the students' experience and to create new openings for experience outside these limits assisting participants in their personal growth while they develop greater skills and learning about an effortless body-being and effective interaction.
Week two continues with the work of week one. If you haven't done at least one workshop in the Art with master Ralston you should start with week one and continue on with week two if interested. The organic nature of this new approach is to tailor what's studied to fit the needs of the participants, but certain groundwork always needs to be developed in any study and is not likely to be repeated in the second week.
This workshop is about undertaking a shift in perspective that will change your fundamental experience of self and life. Our most common self-experience is based on a sense of separation that fails to produce the happiness that we seek, and always will. Since our experience of life is so closely related to our experience of each other, creating a new context for relating to others will transform our experience of self and life. Some of what we will work on: Transcend “Self Introversion” Become free of the closed loop of self-referencing perception Let go of existential assumptions of brokenness Immerse yourself in the truth about self and other Create a new Context for relating to others and life Increase your ability for real communication Reduce your sense of isolation and separation
Contemplation Intensive meets Ontological Workshop. In this workshop, roughly half the time will be devoted to pure contemplation, primarily in the form of dyads with a partner (Contemplation and Communication Exercises). The other half will be exercises, guided meditations, talks, and dialogues given by Peter about subjects aligned with this contemplative effort. Such a two-fold approach both opens and grounds our work. Some of what will be addressed: Let go of unnecessary attachments Open up beyond mind Wonder: What is a body? Get to the source of your perceptions Look into your very "soul" Discover the illusions of self and life Undertake the koan of Now Transcend the separation conundrum Approach the Absolute
The Retreat Space
This retreat will be held on a private 14 acre property. Breaks should be refreshing and relaxing. The schedule leaves some room for swimming and introspection as you reflect on the work and soak in the experiences of the day.
The cost of the martial sections includes instruction, room and board, a huge space with good mats. For those with the courage to participate in the consciousness work, the cost includes room and board plus a guided tour of your own consciousness by one of the most riveting and focused teachers you will ever encounter.
Our center includes a 40x80 foot hall with kitchen, showers, sinks, and toilets. Participants will be housed in the building, or in large tent-cabins, and provided with a huge cot, foam, sleeping bag, pillow and lights. There is also a large swimming pool and hot tub.