13th – 17th July 2020
Leicester Quaker Meeting House,
16 Queens Rd, Leicester LE2 1WP
In this 5-day non-residential retreat, we will journey together back to the home we never left. This is for you if want to delve into consciousness with other like-minded people and question your limiting beliefs. This is not about learning something new, but questioning and unlearning what you believed to be true about yourself and life.
Format: talks by Nic Higham, guided meditations and silence, group sharing, individual and partner exercises, beautiful music, and plenty of time to be.
Fundamentally, the root of suffering is our perceived separateness from life, which means that we experience life through the eyes of duality. We’re pressured from inside and outside ourselves to stand out from the crowd; “Be unique, do well, have more.” In particular, we seek communion with others and we look for a sense of completion. Paradoxically, we also seek contentment in ourselves, to be at peace with a world that seems to be “out there.” We try to achieve these aims while at the same time trying to heal the very separateness we’re striving to establish. Therefore, this underlying bewilderment and isolation fuel our society’s every pursuit: material, psychological, professional, social, and spiritual.
Innocently, we’re looking in the wrong places; assuming love, peace, acceptance—or whatever we’re seeking to be complete—is out there; seeking somewhere, something, or someone else. It’s our sense of disconnection that triggers this outward seeking.
We feel separate from our true Self, and we are trying to become reunited in countless ways. We habitually perceive a dualistic world divided into separate parts, making us view ourselves as fundamentally isolated, incomplete, and insecure. Existence gets distorted by concepts and projections and from these springs the cycle of desire and fear. We have many desires, but our fundamental desire is to know and be our true Self. Because we misdirect our longing, we have become a slave to our many desires and fears.
We will explore the key teachings in Nisargadatta Maharaj’s book “I Am That”, a spiritual classic treasured by many on the path of spiritual awakening, and journey together back to the home we never left. You don’t need to have read the book and there are no “prerequisites”.
Advaita (nonduality) Master Nisargadatta Maharaj (1897 – 1981), used the word ‘Nisarga’ to signify our natural state prior to identifying as an ego separate from the rest of life. We are always in perfect unity with our true Self, but due to the play of duality, we feel separate and therefore suffer. Yoga means ‘uniting’, it provides a bridge, a link, a fundamental means of connection. Nisarga Yoga is not a physical practice but a blend of meditation and self-inquiry. For lasting peace and contentment, we dwell – that is, meditate – on the ‘I am’ and discover, through inquiry, how it appeared, answering the question ‘Who am I?’
Grounded, accessible and friendly, the 5 full-day workshops will explore and help you to understand the patterns of the mind and how to turn it into a tool of Self-remembrance. Living life mindfully and effortlessly in full awareness and spontaneity, being deeply interested in life cultivate the heart of Nisarga Yoga. No longer unconscious or passive, we become conscious and engaged in consciousness itself. We begin to wake up to our natural connectedness with the whole of life.
Together we will meet and be with our own inner life, our “I am-ness”, learn from it, follow it, embrace it, and enquire into its indefinable timeless Source.
“Nic Higham challenges us to stop running away from our present experience—however uncomfortable or intense it is—and plunge into the ocean of present-moment awareness… [His sharing] is about being exactly as we are, human vulnerabilities and all. This is about letting go of our assumptions about reality and becoming deeply curious about ourselves… a great signpost to non-dual awareness, a call to remember this constant, brilliant light that illuminates our lives from deep within.” – Jeff Foster (spiritual teacher)
Each attendee will be offered a one-to-one session with Nic Higham during the week.
The retreat will be facilitated by Nondual Therapist and writer Nic Higham, author of ‘Living the Life That You Are: Finding Wholeness When You Feel Lost, Isolated, and Afraid’. Nic’s work is influenced by the teaching of Nisargadatta Maharaj (Nisarga Yoga), Advaita Vedanta philosophy and Ayurvedic Psychology. He is currently editing a new book of unpublished talks by Nisargadatta Maharaj due to be released in 2020.
For more information, contact us using the form below.
50% of the amount paid is non-refundable if you cancel after 1st April 2020. Refunds are not given if you cancel after 13th June 2020 or leave early during the retreat.