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Retreat on the Tarot
August 7, 2015 - August 22, 2015
While Buddhism, Sufism, shamanism and other traditions offer us outstanding tools for our spiritual unfoldment, they also require learning about foreign philosophy, culture, and sometimes even language. The tarot’s archetypes are something that all Westerners have grown up with since infancy (even if we didn’t realize it), and thus they are more easily accessible. The Tarot archetypes – such as the Fool, the Empress, and the Chariot – allow Westerners to do depth work and find greater meaning in our lives, relatively easily.
The Tarot claims unique status as part of the Western Mystery tradition. It offers a powerful and concise path of liberation that draws on our own life experiences as Westerners and our native intelligence to help unfold the deeper wisdom and understandings of our mystical life.
In this two week-long retreat, participants learn to use the 22 cards of the major arcana of the Tarot deck as a resource for reflection, visualization and self-discovery.
Each card embodies the characteristics of an archetype, aspects of which exist within each of us, and each card contains symbolism through which transformation can occur. In this retreat, daily teachings focus on the knowledge base of the tarot tradition, which leads us into deeper meditation on the archetypes and energies therein. Through these teachings and meditations, we discover what aspects are stronger and weaker in our being, ultimately teaching us how to integrate them more fully into our daily lives. Exercises incorporate art, music and movement to help us contact the patterns of our being through sensing, feeling and insight.
By completing this course participants will:
• Receive daily teachings based on Tarot archetypes.
• Become familiar with the 22 Tarot cards of the major arcana and their main characteristics.
• Practice using meditation techniques using the Tarot cards for self-discovery.
• Reveal and relate deeper patterns from within our being to the major archetypes.
• Explore techniques in loosening patterns of thought and action.
• Enjoy the benefits of a week-long meditative practice of about 5-8 hours a day
• Enjoy the surrounding wilderness at Clear Sky Center.
Expectations and inspirations
To awaken most speedily, participants will:
• Arrive early and participate in all scheduled teachings, group meditations and other activities scheduled during the course.
• Foster and maintain an atmosphere of trust and acceptance in the community of practice that has gathered for this course.
• Refrain from reading, but use journal writing as a means of recording reflections.
• Make constructive use of additional time during the week for contemplation and spiritual unfoldment.
• Participate mindfully in daily scheduled Karma Yoga (“Path of Service”) practices at Clear Sky.
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This retreat is offered by Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the basis of dāna, or generosity practice. Learn more about dāna.
Location & Registration
Join us for this mythical journey at Clear Sky Center in eastern BC, Canada, amidst supportive and nurturing 310 acres of natural beauty. Visit the registration page for fees charged by the center for food and accommodation.