Soulmaking Retreat 5.2.-12.2.2021 in Kruusila: Catherine McGee

Re-enchanting the Cosmos: The Poetry of Perception

On this retreat we will cultivate a sensitive and meditative playfulness with respect to the senses, the body, and the whole experience of being. Relating to our practice as the fashioning and tuning of an instrument of perception, we will explore our seeing and sensing not as ‘revealers of truth’ but as ‘arts’ – opening us to our freedom but also beyond it to an infinite field of potential enchantment, depth, beauty, and meaningfulness, and giving to everything, including our sufferings, a necessary place. Inquiring into the barriers, emotional, ideological, and practical, that can prevent this opening, constrain its range, or render it ineffectual for our lives, we will explore the nature of an enchantment without clinging.

The retreat is aimed at experienced practitioners who should also have a basic understanding of the Soulmaking practice.

The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies will also be organizing an online course about Soulmaking Dharma led by Catherine McGee next autumn, which will also provide good background information for the upcoming retreat. You can apply for the course until August the 1st and it is possible to get a discount of the course fee if necessary. (Participation in the course is not a prerequisite for coming to the retreat.)

We are working to organize the February retreat as a residential event at the Friendship Inn, but if the restrictions related to the pandemic situation prevent this, the retreat will be converted into an online format.

What requirements are there for taking part? What happens on a retreat?

1. 3 weeks of residential, teacher-led, silent Insight Meditation retreats (or equivalent experience).
2. Familiarity with Energy Body practice.
3. Self-knowledge.
4. Metta.
5. An understanding of emptiness and ways of looking as presented by Rob Burbea.
6. Interest in the key ideas of Soulmaking Dharma.
7. An open mind.
8. A keen interest in restoring, opening and expanding senses of sacredness.

If you are thinking about coming to the retreat it would be a good idea to spend some time over the summer exploring where you are with the 8 prerequisites which are needed to form a foundation for a Soulmaking practice. Soulmaking relies on many prerequisite skills, understandings and developments. Some of you may already have these well established. If not, some of them can be met by listening to the talks listed below each prerequisite.

Prerequisites number 2 and 3 below are a longer-term development and if these are not already established in your practice, then this retreat may not be suitable for you. If this is the case and you want to develop these and any of the other of the Soulmaking Dharma foundations, there are several pathways for development linked below the prerequisites. 

You can find more detailed description of prerequisites and pathways for development here.

Who are the teachers?

Catherine McGee has been teaching Insight Meditation retreats internationally since 1999. She is a member of the Gaia House teachers council,  a guiding teacher of One Earth Sangha and a long term student of the Diamond Approach.
Her teaching emphasises embodiment and how to translate our deepest knowledge in to our lived relationships.

How much does it cost? How can I sign up?

The base price is 230 € but it is also possible to pay more or less than this. You can sign up by filling in the registration form. More information about the price, registration and other details here.

Ulla Sillanpää, registrations (040 536 4181)