Feb
15
Sat
Valentine’s Weekend Retreat Sacred Seduction with Marc Gafni @ Venwoude Retreat Center, Holland
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day
Mar
27
Thu
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni: The Seven Powers of Enlightened Sexuality & Relationship @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
21
Sat
Pleasure at The Center: This is How You Love Your Life @ Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

aka An Integral Wisdom Model of Success: The Seven Levels of Pleasure

VERY limited seating event. How can we cultivate our ability to notice and ease pleasure’s guidance in every aspect of our lives – from our body to our intimate relationships to our sense of purpose, justice, meaning and mission? Taught by Marc Gafni, this small and intimate weekend will give you a profound new map of Pleasure for every corner of your life – private, public and visionary. Only 40 seats available.

Produced by Adam Gilad.

Join us!

http://thisishowyouloveyourlife.com/

Jul
26
Sat
Summer Festival in Holland: 1st European Integral Wisdom Conference of Love, Eros and Enlightenment @ Venwoude Retreat Center, Holland
Jul 26 – Aug 2 all-day

The Mystery School of Love

with Marc Gafni & Guests – On Reclaiming Eros

“The Sexual models the Erotic, but it doesn’t exhaust the Erotic” ~ Dr. Gafni

Eight Tastes of Sexing are Eights faces of Eros are Eights doors into reality itself. Please join us.


2014 Summer Festival with Mystery School and 1st European Integral Wisdom Conference on Love, Eros and Enlightenment

Summer Festival Icon


Discover the hidden secrets that can guide YOU and millions of people in finding Love, Personal Greatness and Enlightenment.
We feel great Potential inside us. Many people are Seekers, but very few bring their true Potential into embodied reality.

Everybody is looking but so few find it. It is a dream unfulfilled.

It’s a yearning, we can imagine it, we can feel it, we can taste it, but we just don’t know how to get there!

WHY do we keep missing the point?

We are approaching the essence of our Fullness through the ‘wrong’ door. We have exiled the most important access point to our power, to our aliveness, to our intelligence, through just one aspect of our Being.

‘You try to squeeze light into your parched Being from a source as fruitful as a dried date pit, that even a bird is wise enough to spit out,’ is what the Sufi poet Hafiz tells us.

Let’s explain what we mean!

There is something so obvious, so powerful and so close to us that we overlook it completely. Even when we tell you what it is, you’ll hesitate because there is a huge veil of cultural misinformation around it.

By itself, this quality wants to nourish all parts of our lives! But if we narrow it down, if we exile it into one part of our life, it will show up as a shadow quality causing a lot of pain in our world.

It is EROS that is the power that drives and nurtures our whole society, and indeed, our very existence.

Eros contains all of the wisdom, all of the power, all of the intelligence, all of the strategy, all of the capacity that you need to live a successful, meaningful, alive, and gorgeous existence.

Eros is not just in the sexual! Eros being interpreted as only about sexuality is a profound misinterpretation, and when we stay stuck in that narrow definition, it limits our life force and creativity, blocking us from leading an inspiring and successful life!

Saying ‘My life is very erotic’ is not the most obvious way to express the fact that you have an inspiring and successful life!

Eros is not just an expression of limited physical sex. Eros is the core nature of every moment of reality. LIFE ITSELF IS EROTIC! Reality itself is erotic!

We need to liberate Eros from its exile to the sexual, and thus liberate its energy for us to experience in ALL aspects of our lives!!

It is the Liberation of Eros that is our purpose at the Mystery School of Love this summer in Holland, July 26 to August 2.

This summer…

…God – Goddess Willing…

…our Mystery School of Love will have two hundred Seekers
reclaiming Eros from exile, expanding their capacity for
Love, Creativity and Success in Purposeful Living.

We are going to…

with the Grace of She…

…change the source code of Eros in the heart of the Kosmos.

We will be… with total humility and total audacity… loving each other outrageously… a think tank on the outside… and a band of outrageous lovers in our interiors!!

Those of you who know Marc know that he likes to call this…

“A vision of the patterns that connect, that catalyzes the evolution of love.”

Marc Gafni:

‘We will engage Pleasure and Eros in a whole different way.

We will move beyond shame in a way that works across the memetic code.

Or as I said to beloved Ken Wilber, summarizing our dialogue this week on Integral Sexuality:

“What is shame but pleasure which stops short of infinity?”

Or as one master said about fear, “What is fear but love that stops short of infinity?”

And… This will be the first European Annual Integral Wisdom Conference … Wow!!!!

We are honored to invite YOU to the
3rd Summer Festival of LOVE!

Summer Festival Icon

And the First Annual European Integral Wisdom Conference on
Love, Eros and Enlightenment.
July 26th – August 2 at the Venwoude Retreat Center in the Heart of Europe
The first two years of our International Festival of Love, at the wonderful Venwoude Integral Practice Community in Holland, were so surprisingly alive, deep and groundbreaking, that we cannot continue our journey without letting YOU know what we are up to this year. We are especially inviting you, being in one way or the other part of the Integrally informed Community.

The Festival of Love has grown from 80 to 150 participants and now we are ready and prepared to hold 200 people. Without exaggeration we can say that the Field of Love and Holding that emerges from this Festival is profound. People reported after both events that they experienced deep states of awakening that lasted for weeks and/or a profound deepening of their insight.

Start each day with the morning practice of your choice: yoga, mondozen meditation, breath work and bodywork, if you want to start your day energetic. Or take a quiet walk by yourself in our stunning woodlands.

The combination of deep Dharmic space, opened in the morning and held by Master of the Heart Dr.Marc Gafni, a variety of great workshops, with great teachers in the afternoon, an invitation to exercise in pairs during the day, has in the passed two years been the great igniting force to an open heart, a clear mind and a natural flow of love among all that are joining.

The night-times will also come alive and will be high energy experiences created by dance-master Kareem, the rhythmic kick-ass-Tom-Baur-Band, musicians, artists and DJ’s. (A new special event will take place on several evenings which we want to keep a surprise for you!)

Add to this, small family gatherings, the possibility of individual sessions, massages, a hot tub, awesome and healthy organic food, beautiful nature, dance parties and musical events!

Don’t miss being part of this once a year International Summer Event of the Mystery School of Love.

Information and Registration
(Early bird until May 1st)


Oct
9
Thu
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm

Loving your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover

Reclaiming Your Own Awakening As the Primary Desire in Your Life:The Ten Tenets  and Ten Practices of the  New Enlightenment

by Marc Gafni

The principles of evolutionary awakening will forever change the way you live, love, be, become and make choices in life, ranging from your relationships, employment, spiritual practice, sexuality and just about everything else. If you are ready for a bold leap into the future of God and the future invitation of your life, join us at this extravaganza of mind, body and spirit.We are used to thinking about enlightenment as the precise opposite of evolution. Enlightenment is thought to reveal the permanent, eternal, unchanging nature of being while evolution addresses the shifting, unfolding world of change and becoming. Not so!!

This is the old understanding of enlightenment which invited you to move beyond the busy world of becoming into the world of being. It is this old enlightenment that writers like Ecckart Tolle and Byron Katie address in their teaching. The only problem with the teaching is that it is not true. Or better yet it is a partial truth masquerading as a whole.

Enlightenment means to understand not only the joy of your being but also the ecstasy of your becoming.

In this retreat, we will unpack the ten tenets and ten practices of the New Enlightenment.

The next stage in the evolution of God, in the evolution of all that is, is directly connected to your understanding your specific and clear role in the evolutionary context. What this might mean is one teaching in a cluster of teachings which we call the Evolutionary Unique Self Enlightenment.

This is not a spiritual aphorism but a core principle of evolutionary awakening, the next great edge of spirit’s revelation, both in your life and the life of the planet.

In the teachings and practices of Biblical Mystic Luria, to the realized Hindu teacher Aurobindo, to the Idealist thinkers Fichte Schelling and Hegel, to Teillard de Chardin, Gerard Heard, and Abraham Kuk, we find the greatest breakthrough of spirit and enlightenment in our time. This is the path of Evolutionary Unique Self Enlightenment. This is the largest game there is. Awakening as an Evolutionary Lover and participating in the Evolution of Love.

Read more…


Nov
21
Fri
5th Annual Esalen Retreat with Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni @ Esalen Institute
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 1:30 pm

Please join us at Esalen in beautiful Big Sur, CA for our annual West coast retreat.
The Center for Integral Wisdom presents an extraordinary weekend of Evolutionary Love Practice…

The 5th Annual World Spirituality Retreat
“Loving Your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of Outrageous Love”

with Marc Gafni and Sally Kempton

November 21-23 at Esalen Institute

Every one of us wants to be a lover.
We want to love the people in our lives. We want to love ourselves.
And we want to love the world. What does it really mean to live as a lover?
Is love something we can practice?

***

In this retreat we will take a radically immediate and awake dive into evolutionary intimacy, allowing us to meet the world from our deepest place of love and our deepest integrity.

The principles of evolutionary awakening will forever change the way you live, love, be, become and make choices in life, ranging from your relationships, employment, spiritual practice, sexuality and just about everything else. In this retreat, we will take a bold leap into the evolution, meaning and practice of love.


Marc Gafni, a master at joining the intellect with the heart, formulated a radical statement that he has been unpacking ever since: “We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response is outrageous love. We live in a world of outrageous beauty. The only response to outrageous beauty isMarc Gafni Quote outrageous love.”

The poet, Rumi, said it like this: “Let the Beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Beauty is a structure of meaning in our lives that invites service and radical devotion. It sparks courage, and courage fans the flame of hope. Beauty evokes Outrageous Love.

This retreat is about “The Path of Outrageous Love”!
Or, in other words: Loving Your Way to Enlightenment.

Masterful teachers Sally Kempton and Marc Gafni will merge their skills and gifts in service of one direct and highly practical inquiry: What does it take to be “Lived as Love” as the inner quality of your daily life? Not just as tepid, ordinary love. But Outrageous Love!

This is not a spiritual aphorism, but a core principle of evolutionary awakening; it is the next great edge of spirit’s revelation, both in your life and the life of the planet. Outrageous Love is so potent, powerful and profound – and also so simple, straightforward and sincere – that your life can become, with eTreextraordinary grace and ease, a sacrament and a service.

To learn the path of Outrageous Love you need a “User’s Guide to Love”. In this retreat, we will explore the following four quadrants in a love map integrated from the great mystical traditions as well as from the deepest insights of modern science and psychology:

The three faces of love
The three levels of love
The three verbs of love
The three languages of love

You’ll also learn the wild new practice of writing outrageous love letters. This majestic practice will help you access a profound field of consciousness from which to live and return to, ongoingly, in all walks of life.

Over the course of this weekend you will learn:

  • How to kindle the experience of radical, Outrageous Love within yourself
  • The flavors of Outrageous Love:
  • Outrageous Love as creative eros
  • Outrageous Love as active compassion
  • Outrageous Love as quivering tenderness
  • Outrageous Love as radical Self-challenge
  • Outrageous Love as radical  Self-acceptance
  • Outrageous Love as artistic Self-creation
  • Outrageous Love as ethical imagination
  • How to find the acts of Outrageous Love that are yours to commit
  • The risks and wounds of love

We will engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic mystical study, awakened heart meditation, writing, chant and singing, movement, partner work and other experiential integration processes.

Through a set of Marc’s revolutionary insights, Sally’s profound meditative transmission, and Marc and Sally’s shared capacity toMarc Gafni & Sally Kempton Teaching Together in Esalen create heart-centered group experience, this year’s World Spirituality Retreat promises to be a profound experience of inner transformation, wild goodness, and quivering tenderness.

This is a journey to the revelation that You are essential to the evolution of Love on all levels of reality — which is no less than the evolution of love itself.

And it all takes place in the beautiful setting of Big Sur, on the hallowed land of Esalen, where the famous baths, beautiful hiking trails, spa treatments and massage, and delicious organic food make the experience a feast for the senses and an empowerment for the soul.

REGISTER HERE for the
Esalen Retreat with Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni

***

Marc GafniDr. Marc Gafni‘s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of heart, love, and leading-edge provocative wisdom. A passionate philosopher, visionary scholar, and wisdom teacher, he has been called a master of the heart and a trail-blazing visionary in opening up new possibilities for love, eros and relationship. He the co-counder and director of the Center for Integral Wisdom, and author of ten books, including the award-winning Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment and Tears: Re-Reading Ritual, Integral Religion and Rosh Hashanah.

Sally KemptonSally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of contemporary tantra, and is known for her ability to transmit deep meditative states through the heart. A former monk and 40-year practitioner of Shaiva yoga, Sally teaches internationally and writes the “Wisdom” column for Yoga Journal. Her latest book is Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga.



Testimonials from the World Spirituality Retreat

“Since the retreat, I have been committing outrageous acts of love daily and it works. But the best was coming home to my wife; I dealt with an issue with almost omnipotent skill. It surprised her, and we went to bed in peace and happy. And, I have always known she is beautiful, but it is impossible to see when a relationship resides in deep anger and resentment. Last night I could see her beauty. On the surface and underneath.”
– R.  Retreat participant

“Sally and Marc, I am so grateful for your work! This is an understatement. I am finding back my voice for writing and expressing through the writing of love letters at the retreat.” – J.  Retreat participant

“Thank you so much for a stunning, transformative course and your profound generosity, electrifying transmission, and loving holding of us all. Vast wow! Deepest bow.” – P.  Retreat participant

REGISTER HERE

Dec
4
Thu
“Awakening As Your Unique Self” Retreat @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

with Adael Bullock, Tom Goddard, Jeff Hilliard, & Shelly Reichenbach

About this Retreat

Feb
14
Sat
Valentine’s Weekend Retreat @ Venwoude International
Feb 14 – Feb 15 all-day

“Lines & Circles”
with Marc Gafni
A Skype Retreat on the Qualities of the Masculine and Feminine
Feb 14-15, 2015
In Partnership with Venwoude Int’l
For Info & to Sign Up, Email info@venwoude.nl

Mar
5
Thu
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Mar 5 – Mar 8 all-day

The Wisdom School is an esoteric mystery school dedicated to deep consideration, inquiry and practice on the leading edge of human evolution and development.

Jul
25
Sat
Summer Festival in Holland: 2nd European Integral Wisdom Conference of Love, Eros and Enlightenment @ Venwoude Retreat Center, Holland
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

We are delighted to invite YOU to

The Summer Festival of LOVE

The second annual European Integral Wisdom Conference on

Love, Eros and Enlightenment

Lines and Circles

The Inner Marriage/The Alchemy

The power in Your Unique combination of Masculine and Feminine

Each morning we’ll study and practice with Dr. Marc Gafni the unique way in wich you are a Masculine/Feminine bi-gender being.

In the afternoon a stunning group of teachers and leaders are geared to deepen and integrate. You can choose: ‘Intimacy and Eros’, ‘Evolutionary Leadership’, ‘Unique Self and Outrageous Love’, ‘Circling’ (integral relating), breath work, Art & Expression and much more. You can also opt for an individual session, a massage, a dip in the hot tub or a walk on our beautiful estate.

In the evening there is music, dance and some ‘special gatherings’. For our younger guests there is a special program, so you can bring your kids.

“All forms of reality that don’t have in them
the marriage of masculine and Feminine
are no reality at all.
There is no higher form.
They have no potency and no blessing in them.”

“Blessing only flows when the Masculine and the Feminine dance in their Higher One.”

– The Zohar

Lines and Circles

The Inner Marriage of Masculine and Feminine

In some sense, lines are masculine and circles are feminine…

The reason we use these words is to get more away from the man and woman. It is very helpfull to recognize the different qualities.

You cannot acces your Eros without accessing your Unique Self. You cannot experience your full aliveness other than through the portal of your irreducibly Unique Expression of the Intelligence of the Cosmos that lives in you, as you and through you.

What is your Unique Self? One of the most powerful expressions of your Unique Self is unique balance, the unique integration, the unique interplay and dance of your man and woman that live inside you.

The unique combination of your masculine and feminine core qualities live in you, unlike they do in any other singel human being. To awaken into your enlightenment, to awaken as an outrageous lover, to awaken to you full aliveness, is therefore to awaken to the precise unique combination of the masculine and the feminine caracteristics that live in you as you and through you.

Read more…

Feb
15
Sat
Valentine’s Weekend Retreat Sacred Seduction with Marc Gafni @ Venwoude Retreat Center, Holland
Feb 15 – Feb 16 all-day
Mar
27
Thu
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni: The Seven Powers of Enlightened Sexuality & Relationship @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – Mar 30 @ 2:00 pm
Jun
21
Sat
Pleasure at The Center: This is How You Love Your Life @ Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

aka An Integral Wisdom Model of Success: The Seven Levels of Pleasure

VERY limited seating event. How can we cultivate our ability to notice and ease pleasure’s guidance in every aspect of our lives – from our body to our intimate relationships to our sense of purpose, justice, meaning and mission? Taught by Marc Gafni, this small and intimate weekend will give you a profound new map of Pleasure for every corner of your life – private, public and visionary. Only 40 seats available.

Produced by Adam Gilad.

Join us!

http://thisishowyouloveyourlife.com/

Jul
26
Sat
Summer Festival in Holland: 1st European Integral Wisdom Conference of Love, Eros and Enlightenment @ Venwoude Retreat Center, Holland
Jul 26 – Aug 2 all-day

The Mystery School of Love

with Marc Gafni & Guests – On Reclaiming Eros

“The Sexual models the Erotic, but it doesn’t exhaust the Erotic” ~ Dr. Gafni

Eight Tastes of Sexing are Eights faces of Eros are Eights doors into reality itself. Please join us.


2014 Summer Festival with Mystery School and 1st European Integral Wisdom Conference on Love, Eros and Enlightenment

Summer Festival Icon


Discover the hidden secrets that can guide YOU and millions of people in finding Love, Personal Greatness and Enlightenment.
We feel great Potential inside us. Many people are Seekers, but very few bring their true Potential into embodied reality.

Everybody is looking but so few find it. It is a dream unfulfilled.

It’s a yearning, we can imagine it, we can feel it, we can taste it, but we just don’t know how to get there!

WHY do we keep missing the point?

We are approaching the essence of our Fullness through the ‘wrong’ door. We have exiled the most important access point to our power, to our aliveness, to our intelligence, through just one aspect of our Being.

‘You try to squeeze light into your parched Being from a source as fruitful as a dried date pit, that even a bird is wise enough to spit out,’ is what the Sufi poet Hafiz tells us.

Let’s explain what we mean!

There is something so obvious, so powerful and so close to us that we overlook it completely. Even when we tell you what it is, you’ll hesitate because there is a huge veil of cultural misinformation around it.

By itself, this quality wants to nourish all parts of our lives! But if we narrow it down, if we exile it into one part of our life, it will show up as a shadow quality causing a lot of pain in our world.

It is EROS that is the power that drives and nurtures our whole society, and indeed, our very existence.

Eros contains all of the wisdom, all of the power, all of the intelligence, all of the strategy, all of the capacity that you need to live a successful, meaningful, alive, and gorgeous existence.

Eros is not just in the sexual! Eros being interpreted as only about sexuality is a profound misinterpretation, and when we stay stuck in that narrow definition, it limits our life force and creativity, blocking us from leading an inspiring and successful life!

Saying ‘My life is very erotic’ is not the most obvious way to express the fact that you have an inspiring and successful life!

Eros is not just an expression of limited physical sex. Eros is the core nature of every moment of reality. LIFE ITSELF IS EROTIC! Reality itself is erotic!

We need to liberate Eros from its exile to the sexual, and thus liberate its energy for us to experience in ALL aspects of our lives!!

It is the Liberation of Eros that is our purpose at the Mystery School of Love this summer in Holland, July 26 to August 2.

This summer…

…God – Goddess Willing…

…our Mystery School of Love will have two hundred Seekers
reclaiming Eros from exile, expanding their capacity for
Love, Creativity and Success in Purposeful Living.

We are going to…

with the Grace of She…

…change the source code of Eros in the heart of the Kosmos.

We will be… with total humility and total audacity… loving each other outrageously… a think tank on the outside… and a band of outrageous lovers in our interiors!!

Those of you who know Marc know that he likes to call this…

“A vision of the patterns that connect, that catalyzes the evolution of love.”

Marc Gafni:

‘We will engage Pleasure and Eros in a whole different way.

We will move beyond shame in a way that works across the memetic code.

Or as I said to beloved Ken Wilber, summarizing our dialogue this week on Integral Sexuality:

“What is shame but pleasure which stops short of infinity?”

Or as one master said about fear, “What is fear but love that stops short of infinity?”

And… This will be the first European Annual Integral Wisdom Conference … Wow!!!!

We are honored to invite YOU to the
3rd Summer Festival of LOVE!

Summer Festival Icon

And the First Annual European Integral Wisdom Conference on
Love, Eros and Enlightenment.
July 26th – August 2 at the Venwoude Retreat Center in the Heart of Europe
The first two years of our International Festival of Love, at the wonderful Venwoude Integral Practice Community in Holland, were so surprisingly alive, deep and groundbreaking, that we cannot continue our journey without letting YOU know what we are up to this year. We are especially inviting you, being in one way or the other part of the Integrally informed Community.

The Festival of Love has grown from 80 to 150 participants and now we are ready and prepared to hold 200 people. Without exaggeration we can say that the Field of Love and Holding that emerges from this Festival is profound. People reported after both events that they experienced deep states of awakening that lasted for weeks and/or a profound deepening of their insight.

Start each day with the morning practice of your choice: yoga, mondozen meditation, breath work and bodywork, if you want to start your day energetic. Or take a quiet walk by yourself in our stunning woodlands.

The combination of deep Dharmic space, opened in the morning and held by Master of the Heart Dr.Marc Gafni, a variety of great workshops, with great teachers in the afternoon, an invitation to exercise in pairs during the day, has in the passed two years been the great igniting force to an open heart, a clear mind and a natural flow of love among all that are joining.

The night-times will also come alive and will be high energy experiences created by dance-master Kareem, the rhythmic kick-ass-Tom-Baur-Band, musicians, artists and DJ’s. (A new special event will take place on several evenings which we want to keep a surprise for you!)

Add to this, small family gatherings, the possibility of individual sessions, massages, a hot tub, awesome and healthy organic food, beautiful nature, dance parties and musical events!

Don’t miss being part of this once a year International Summer Event of the Mystery School of Love.

Information and Registration
(Early bird until May 1st)


Oct
9
Thu
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm

Loving your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of the Evolutionary Lover

Reclaiming Your Own Awakening As the Primary Desire in Your Life:The Ten Tenets  and Ten Practices of the  New Enlightenment

by Marc Gafni

The principles of evolutionary awakening will forever change the way you live, love, be, become and make choices in life, ranging from your relationships, employment, spiritual practice, sexuality and just about everything else. If you are ready for a bold leap into the future of God and the future invitation of your life, join us at this extravaganza of mind, body and spirit.We are used to thinking about enlightenment as the precise opposite of evolution. Enlightenment is thought to reveal the permanent, eternal, unchanging nature of being while evolution addresses the shifting, unfolding world of change and becoming. Not so!!

This is the old understanding of enlightenment which invited you to move beyond the busy world of becoming into the world of being. It is this old enlightenment that writers like Ecckart Tolle and Byron Katie address in their teaching. The only problem with the teaching is that it is not true. Or better yet it is a partial truth masquerading as a whole.

Enlightenment means to understand not only the joy of your being but also the ecstasy of your becoming.

In this retreat, we will unpack the ten tenets and ten practices of the New Enlightenment.

The next stage in the evolution of God, in the evolution of all that is, is directly connected to your understanding your specific and clear role in the evolutionary context. What this might mean is one teaching in a cluster of teachings which we call the Evolutionary Unique Self Enlightenment.

This is not a spiritual aphorism but a core principle of evolutionary awakening, the next great edge of spirit’s revelation, both in your life and the life of the planet.

In the teachings and practices of Biblical Mystic Luria, to the realized Hindu teacher Aurobindo, to the Idealist thinkers Fichte Schelling and Hegel, to Teillard de Chardin, Gerard Heard, and Abraham Kuk, we find the greatest breakthrough of spirit and enlightenment in our time. This is the path of Evolutionary Unique Self Enlightenment. This is the largest game there is. Awakening as an Evolutionary Lover and participating in the Evolution of Love.

Read more…


Nov
21
Fri
5th Annual Esalen Retreat with Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni @ Esalen Institute
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 23 @ 1:30 pm

Please join us at Esalen in beautiful Big Sur, CA for our annual West coast retreat.
The Center for Integral Wisdom presents an extraordinary weekend of Evolutionary Love Practice…

The 5th Annual World Spirituality Retreat
“Loving Your Way to Enlightenment: The Path of Outrageous Love”

with Marc Gafni and Sally Kempton

November 21-23 at Esalen Institute

Every one of us wants to be a lover.
We want to love the people in our lives. We want to love ourselves.
And we want to love the world. What does it really mean to live as a lover?
Is love something we can practice?

***

In this retreat we will take a radically immediate and awake dive into evolutionary intimacy, allowing us to meet the world from our deepest place of love and our deepest integrity.

The principles of evolutionary awakening will forever change the way you live, love, be, become and make choices in life, ranging from your relationships, employment, spiritual practice, sexuality and just about everything else. In this retreat, we will take a bold leap into the evolution, meaning and practice of love.


Marc Gafni, a master at joining the intellect with the heart, formulated a radical statement that he has been unpacking ever since: “We live in a world of outrageous pain. The only response is outrageous love. We live in a world of outrageous beauty. The only response to outrageous beauty isMarc Gafni Quote outrageous love.”

The poet, Rumi, said it like this: “Let the Beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.”

Beauty is a structure of meaning in our lives that invites service and radical devotion. It sparks courage, and courage fans the flame of hope. Beauty evokes Outrageous Love.

This retreat is about “The Path of Outrageous Love”!
Or, in other words: Loving Your Way to Enlightenment.

Masterful teachers Sally Kempton and Marc Gafni will merge their skills and gifts in service of one direct and highly practical inquiry: What does it take to be “Lived as Love” as the inner quality of your daily life? Not just as tepid, ordinary love. But Outrageous Love!

This is not a spiritual aphorism, but a core principle of evolutionary awakening; it is the next great edge of spirit’s revelation, both in your life and the life of the planet. Outrageous Love is so potent, powerful and profound – and also so simple, straightforward and sincere – that your life can become, with eTreextraordinary grace and ease, a sacrament and a service.

To learn the path of Outrageous Love you need a “User’s Guide to Love”. In this retreat, we will explore the following four quadrants in a love map integrated from the great mystical traditions as well as from the deepest insights of modern science and psychology:

The three faces of love
The three levels of love
The three verbs of love
The three languages of love

You’ll also learn the wild new practice of writing outrageous love letters. This majestic practice will help you access a profound field of consciousness from which to live and return to, ongoingly, in all walks of life.

Over the course of this weekend you will learn:

  • How to kindle the experience of radical, Outrageous Love within yourself
  • The flavors of Outrageous Love:
  • Outrageous Love as creative eros
  • Outrageous Love as active compassion
  • Outrageous Love as quivering tenderness
  • Outrageous Love as radical Self-challenge
  • Outrageous Love as radical  Self-acceptance
  • Outrageous Love as artistic Self-creation
  • Outrageous Love as ethical imagination
  • How to find the acts of Outrageous Love that are yours to commit
  • The risks and wounds of love

We will engage mind, heart, body, soul and spirit in practices of Dharmic mystical study, awakened heart meditation, writing, chant and singing, movement, partner work and other experiential integration processes.

Through a set of Marc’s revolutionary insights, Sally’s profound meditative transmission, and Marc and Sally’s shared capacity toMarc Gafni & Sally Kempton Teaching Together in Esalen create heart-centered group experience, this year’s World Spirituality Retreat promises to be a profound experience of inner transformation, wild goodness, and quivering tenderness.

This is a journey to the revelation that You are essential to the evolution of Love on all levels of reality — which is no less than the evolution of love itself.

And it all takes place in the beautiful setting of Big Sur, on the hallowed land of Esalen, where the famous baths, beautiful hiking trails, spa treatments and massage, and delicious organic food make the experience a feast for the senses and an empowerment for the soul.

REGISTER HERE for the
Esalen Retreat with Sally Kempton & Marc Gafni

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Marc GafniDr. Marc Gafni‘s teaching is marked by a deep transmission of heart, love, and leading-edge provocative wisdom. A passionate philosopher, visionary scholar, and wisdom teacher, he has been called a master of the heart and a trail-blazing visionary in opening up new possibilities for love, eros and relationship. He the co-counder and director of the Center for Integral Wisdom, and author of ten books, including the award-winning Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment and Tears: Re-Reading Ritual, Integral Religion and Rosh Hashanah.

Sally KemptonSally Kempton teaches at the cutting edge of contemporary tantra, and is known for her ability to transmit deep meditative states through the heart. A former monk and 40-year practitioner of Shaiva yoga, Sally teaches internationally and writes the “Wisdom” column for Yoga Journal. Her latest book is Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga.



Testimonials from the World Spirituality Retreat

“Since the retreat, I have been committing outrageous acts of love daily and it works. But the best was coming home to my wife; I dealt with an issue with almost omnipotent skill. It surprised her, and we went to bed in peace and happy. And, I have always known she is beautiful, but it is impossible to see when a relationship resides in deep anger and resentment. Last night I could see her beauty. On the surface and underneath.”
– R.  Retreat participant

“Sally and Marc, I am so grateful for your work! This is an understatement. I am finding back my voice for writing and expressing through the writing of love letters at the retreat.” – J.  Retreat participant

“Thank you so much for a stunning, transformative course and your profound generosity, electrifying transmission, and loving holding of us all. Vast wow! Deepest bow.” – P.  Retreat participant

REGISTER HERE

Dec
4
Thu
“Awakening As Your Unique Self” Retreat @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Dec 4 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm

with Adael Bullock, Tom Goddard, Jeff Hilliard, & Shelly Reichenbach

About this Retreat

Feb
14
Sat
Valentine’s Weekend Retreat @ Venwoude International
Feb 14 – Feb 15 all-day

“Lines & Circles”
with Marc Gafni
A Skype Retreat on the Qualities of the Masculine and Feminine
Feb 14-15, 2015
In Partnership with Venwoude Int’l
For Info & to Sign Up, Email info@venwoude.nl

Mar
5
Thu
Shalom Mountain Wisdom School with Marc Gafni @ Shalom Mountain Retreat Center
Mar 5 – Mar 8 all-day

The Wisdom School is an esoteric mystery school dedicated to deep consideration, inquiry and practice on the leading edge of human evolution and development.

Jul
25
Sat
Summer Festival in Holland: 2nd European Integral Wisdom Conference of Love, Eros and Enlightenment @ Venwoude Retreat Center, Holland
Jul 25 – Aug 1 all-day

We are delighted to invite YOU to

The Summer Festival of LOVE

The second annual European Integral Wisdom Conference on

Love, Eros and Enlightenment

Lines and Circles

The Inner Marriage/The Alchemy

The power in Your Unique combination of Masculine and Feminine

Each morning we’ll study and practice with Dr. Marc Gafni the unique way in wich you are a Masculine/Feminine bi-gender being.

In the afternoon a stunning group of teachers and leaders are geared to deepen and integrate. You can choose: ‘Intimacy and Eros’, ‘Evolutionary Leadership’, ‘Unique Self and Outrageous Love’, ‘Circling’ (integral relating), breath work, Art & Expression and much more. You can also opt for an individual session, a massage, a dip in the hot tub or a walk on our beautiful estate.

In the evening there is music, dance and some ‘special gatherings’. For our younger guests there is a special program, so you can bring your kids.

“All forms of reality that don’t have in them
the marriage of masculine and Feminine
are no reality at all.
There is no higher form.
They have no potency and no blessing in them.”

“Blessing only flows when the Masculine and the Feminine dance in their Higher One.”

– The Zohar

Lines and Circles

The Inner Marriage of Masculine and Feminine

In some sense, lines are masculine and circles are feminine…

The reason we use these words is to get more away from the man and woman. It is very helpfull to recognize the different qualities.

You cannot acces your Eros without accessing your Unique Self. You cannot experience your full aliveness other than through the portal of your irreducibly Unique Expression of the Intelligence of the Cosmos that lives in you, as you and through you.

What is your Unique Self? One of the most powerful expressions of your Unique Self is unique balance, the unique integration, the unique interplay and dance of your man and woman that live inside you.

The unique combination of your masculine and feminine core qualities live in you, unlike they do in any other singel human being. To awaken into your enlightenment, to awaken as an outrageous lover, to awaken to you full aliveness, is therefore to awaken to the precise unique combination of the masculine and the feminine caracteristics that live in you as you and through you.

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