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The Hero’s Journey Retreat at Clear Sky Center

February 12, 2015 - February 20, 2015

The Hero’s Journey

This popular retreat offers a powerful mythical journey experience. Accepting the challenge of the Hero’s Journey will leave you with a healthier, strengthened ego – one more fully integrated with the ‘shadow’ and thus accessing more energy and less susceptible to stress.

Introducing the shadow

What do we mean by ‘shadow’? Our shadow aspects are the unconscious patterns and views that affect our behavior, decisions and intentions to the extent that we’re not acting consciously for the benefit of ourselves or others. For most of us, the ego is locked in a continual struggle with the shadow: it determines whether we like or dislike people, situations and things, without realizing why or being conscious of our responses.

In terms of lifetime patterns, we may be undermining our relationships, blocking our growth, and limiting our spiritual unfoldment and thus our ability to benefit others.

Or: we can choose to take a look at what’s really going on under the surface. Negative emotions like anxiety and depression are rooted in the ego’s need to ‘object’-ify our experience. We attempt to cling to things. Since all things have an impermanent nature, this inevitably leads to struggle and dissatisfaction. Once we commit to the challenge to release the energy locked in there, imagine the fountain of energy that becomes available to us then!

Enter the Hero

In this retreat, support your inner hero or heroine to undertake a courageous journey through the archetypes. The aim: not to destroy the shadow, but to integrate it with the ego – releasing a healthy, or awakening, human being.

When you explore and meditate on archetypes in place of your objects, you provide a halfway house for your object addiction. In this way, the Hero’s Journey slowly reveals to you the essential nature of reality – the ground of being. These insights are only accessible through direct experience – also known as ‘pure perception.’


This retreat is offered by Doug Duncan and Catherine Pawasarat on the basis of dāna, or generosity practice. Learn more about dāna.

What Others Say

Working with Doug and Catherine at the 5 day hero’s journey workshop was deeply impactful and has clarified for me not only my deepest heart’s desire but what I need to face and overcome to manifest it. Doug and Catherine are extraordinary facilitators with a great depth and breadth of knowledge, wisdom and presence to share.
Kira MacDuffee
M.Ed / RCC
This retreat was right on the mark, a perfect blend of focused inner work along with space for reflection in a trusting and comfortable setting. The teachers were wonderful, insightful, humorous, and extremely attentive to our individual needs for understanding. The journey has opened access to undiscovered strengths in myself and I could not be more thankful.
Ryan Gies
Manager of Software Engineering
This course impacted my artistic statement and my performances since, while taking other artists and collaborators in this journey. It is a brilliant course both for artists that are arts maker and those who wants to experience life as art.
Maya Lewandowsky
Artistic Director and Founder / La Caravan Dance Theatre
The Hero's Journey retreat helped me to access both my strengths and my dark shadow side that interfere with my reaching my fullest potential. Now I am able to better integrate these two parts of myself, allowing both to unfold, rather than one suppressing the other. Making both sides more explicit, more conscious in this retreat, I lost some fears I didn't know I had, and I continue to use the tools today, a few years later.
Lisa Feder
(PhD) Professor of Anthropology

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.

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February 12, 2015
February 20, 2015
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Clear Sky Meditation Centre


Clear Sky Meditation & Study Centre
Clear Sky Meditation & Study Center, 3567 Cockell Rd
Bull River, BC V0B1N0 Canada
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