New Year Retreat:
The Sacred Dance of Shiva & Shakti
27 December 2022-3 January 2023 | with Peter Bampton
During this 7 day non-dual journey with Peter you will be immersed in silence, guided meditations, inquiry into the “true tantra” of Awakened embodiment, sexuality and the authentic actualisation of the Sacred Masculine & Divine Feminine. The daily schedule also includes morning qi gong sessions, evening restorative yoga, ecstatic dance and much more. This retreat will be a shared experiment in the evolution of consciousness and culture, and its transformative impact depends on the commitment and passion of everyone involved.
Peter is a co-founder of the Awakened Life Project, spiritual teacher, author and (r)evolutionary. Peter’s approach to this theme will be not theoretical, but will be sourced in the groundbreaking insights, revelations and embodied discoveries of the Awakened Life Men’s Collective and the Awakened Life Women’s Creative, which he will draw upon to fuel the shared exploration.
* Meditation * Non-Duality * True Tantra * Dancing Down The Light * Qi Gong * Restorative Yoga *
In this retreat Peter will first lead participants on a journey of Awakening into the Eternal, Transcendent Consciousness, Being or Heart, that is radically Free and untouched by all that arises and passes away.
Once that ground is significantly established, the collective journey will expand to embrace Awakening – as unique gendered individuals – to a Creative Process of Spirit-in-Action. Through Meditation, Dialogue, Qi Gong, Dancing Down the Light and other modalities Peter will facilitate a living exploration of “The Sacred Dance of Shiva & Shakti”.
This dynamic potential emerges when men and women discover, surrender to and embody their masculine and feminine poles with a depth that radically transcends all the reactivity and drama of social conditioning, and especially the postmodern ‘war of the sexes’ and its depolarization of the genders.
There is an increasing interest in alternative spiritual culture in ‘Tantra’, the ‘Divine Feminine’ and ‘Sacred Masculine’, however as broadly positive as these developments may be, it is Peter’s conviction that Tantra and an Awakened embodiment of the dynamic polarity of Shiva & Shakti, are rarely understood and actualized with true ego-transcending depth and authenticity in western alternative culture.
Peter’s approach to this theme will be not theoretical, but is sourced in the groundbreaking insights, revelations and embodied discoveries of the Awakened Life Men’s Collective and the Awakened Life Women’s Creative, which he will draw upon to fuel the shared exploration.
As a participant this retreat will demand that you bring an open mind and heart together with a real willingness to be challenged, to take risks and to transform. This retreat will be a shared experiment in the evolution of consciousness and culture, and its transformative impact depends on the commitment and passion of everyone involved.
This retreat is only open to 17 committed participants and it will ideally be balanced between 8-9 women and 8-9 men.
On this retreat
you will explore and experience:
3 days of Silence, Guided Meditation and Q&A sessions on Awakening to Transcendent Consciousness here and now
4 days of exploration through dialogue and group practice into Awakened embodiment, sexuality and actualization of the Sacred Masculine & Divine Feminine
Daily Qi Gong Sessions
Dancing Down The Light
Delicious Vegetarian Meals
Massage available (at extra cost)
Location: Near Montemor-O-Velho
Price: 700€ dorm | 735€ double | 770€ single
I met Pete in 2009 and I have been his student since 2010! I can sincerely say that “my life” has changed enormously since and that he has been a very big part of this transformation. Pete has also changed a lot since we met and I can say that he is definitely not a conventional teacher. This is one of the things that I found most difficult to deal with in the beginning, because of the many ideas I had about how a Spiritual Path should look, but with time I learned to appreciate that his responses are tailored to each individual and put us directly in contact with what is Real! Today I recognise that his honesty, fearlessness and relentless passion for freedom here and now, truly give him the capacity to pierce through the hard shell of the ego and touch the deepest and most profound spark of Truth in our Hearts. I have been witnessing many radical transformations in many other men and women, that like me value his leadership, experience and uncompromising devotion to what is most Sacred in Life.
Coming together as men and women within the Awakened Life Sangha has been a truly profound journey. When I ask myself why that is, I can only say because we don’t stop at what we know. We are constantly looking beyond conventional norms and because of that we are discovering each other and ourselves always new and fresh. The way I look at masculinity and femininity today has nothing to do with the way I looked at it 10 or even 2 years ago. I am so relieved to let go of a false sense of strength and superiority towards men. Through that I have been discovering a softness and power that is not controlling but rather surrendering and that can embrace the qualities that men have to offer.
Pete has been instrumental in facilitating that shift within our collective Sangha and also within me personally. He is holding a space where we can explore pretty much everything without tabu. This is very important to get to the root of things. I have witnessed countless times how through that something is set free collectively and we are all lifted beyond limitation and separation to a higher level of consciousness.