Two-week Intensive Residential Retreats with the aim of experiencing Absolute Truth
‘I had the most amazing experience of my life. There came a
timeless moment at which I just knew who I was. It was as if I had always known it, but had simply forgotten. It was so obvious, yet so marvellous!’
This process is known in the Osho world as
Awareness Intensives, and specifically the 3-day as ‘Who is in?’ and the 7-day as ‘Satori’
Enlightenment Intensives are residential group
retreats ranging from two-days to two weeks. Their purpose is to help the highest possible number of people have a genuine spiritual awakening within a short
space of time.
The Enlightenment Intensive process of opening up to the Truth is an amazing
journey. What unfolds for each participant will be unique to them and is likely to include moments where they find contemplating quite gruelling but equally moments of
rare beauty and joy.
Format Enlightenment Intensives have a unique format which blends long-standing elements of Eastern meditation practices with
contemporary personal growth techniques, resulting in a dynamic new style of spiritual retreat. The phenomenal success of the Enlightenment Intensive
format has enabled tens of thousands of people worldwide with no prior spiritual experience to have direct experiences of the Absolute Truth within a matter of
The Enlightenment Intensive format requires
participants to work on a specific question throughout the retreat. This draws on the wisdom of Zen Buddhism, which uses a focusing tool, or "koan" to
speed up the process of seeking Truth, Those who are taking an Enlightenment Intensive for the first time work on "Who am I?" All other
participants can choose from the questions "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is Life?" or "What is Another?" Using one of
these questions as a focus for the whole three days, participants are taught a simple yet powerful contemplation technique designed to increase their
chances of having a breakthrough shift of consciousness.
Dyad Communication Exercises Enlightenment Intensives make use of partnered
communication exercises called "dyads". Dyads introduce open communication and contact with others into the traditionally silent process of deep
inner contemplation. Dyads are 40 minute structured exercises between participants working in pairs and are a recent personal growth technique also used as
the model for co-counselling. During a dyad exercise, one person contemplates their question and then communicates to their partner what has arisen for
them whilst the other person silently listens. The roles swap round every five minutes until the exercise ends, giving each person equal time in the two
roles. Dyad communication exercises are a key innovation which has speeded up the contemplation process enormously and contributed to the high
percentage of people having enlightenment experiences on Intensives.
Is Enlightenment Guaranteed? On average one third of the group will have an enlightenment experience on the retreat, but there may be more experiences than this and sometimes there are none at all. The rate of enlightenment experiences on Intensives is
unusually high compared to that achieved by other spiritual methods, which may require years of effort before enlightenment occurs. Nevertheless there will be
participants who put in a lot of work and effort only to come away without achieving their goal. This is a genuine issue which those who take Enlightenment
Intensives have to face. A person should go on an Enlightenment Intensive because they sincerely want the Truth; they must put all their energy and commitment
into doing the contemplation technique and into their intention to have a direct experience of the Truth. Yet they must also accept from the outset that there is
no guarantee of success.
actually how it is. In some sense there is no way to make this easier. A person's full intention, effort and commitment are required to engage in the pursuit
of enlightenment whether they attain their goal or not. But nothing can ever be done to guarantee enlightenment. It arises from an individual's
personal surrender to the Truth and the reasons why some people reach enlightenment and others do not, is ultimately mysterious.
Is there an Absolute Truth? Enlightenment
Intensives can make spirituality real for people, providing an opportunity for them to get that the Truth actually is and that seeking and experiencing
Truth for oneself is a serious endeavour. Having even the most fleeting enlightenment experience will resolve completely for a participant the issue of
whether there is an Absolute Truth or not.
This workshop is for you if... ...you have a sincere wish to have your own inner
experience of Absolute Truth.
Accommodation and Food The cost of the retreat includes accommodation and vegetarian food. Accommodation is in single-sex
dormitory style rooms with shared bathroom facilities.
Venue The venue is in North London and is easily accessible by public transport. Details will be given to those who book.
School of Awareness’ Involvement Please note that these
Enlightenment Intensive events are organised and facilitated externally to School of Awareness by ‘London Enlightenment Intensives’. School of Awareness
acts only as an authorised agent for advertising and booking on behalf of ‘London Enlightenment Intensives’, and is not responsible for the events
themselves or anything resulting from them.
On a personal level, Ankur (founder of School of Awareness), has completed this process many times and highly
recommends it to those seeking their absolute truth.
These Enlightenment Intentives are Organised and
Facilitated/Mastered by ‘London Enlightenment Intensives’. Facilitators/Masters include (see ‘Summary’ tab for individual facilitating a
Ellen Dacre started participating in Enlightenment Intensives in 1994 and has taken numerous three day Intensives and
several 2 Week Intensives. She completed the Enlightenment Intensive Masters Training in 1999 and has been running
Enlightenment Intensives and personal growth workshops since 2003. For the last 10 years she has also been a serious
practitioner of Surrender Meditation. She currently works for a leading charity in the criminal justice field, running Visitors'
Centres and visitor support services across the North London prisons.
Jennie McShannon is Chief Executive of an national umbrella charity for the Irish community in Britain. She also trains as a
freelance consultant in Systems Thinking in local and national government leadership programmes. Jennie took her first
Enlightenment Intensive 15 years ago and since then has taken a 2 Week Intensive and many 3 Day Intensives. Having
trained in 1999, Jennie has been involved in running Enlightenment Intensives since 2003, and together with Ellen, has also
developed and run an extensive range of personal growth workshops across London.
"It was the first time that I felt capable of telling the truth..."
I didn't have a direct experience on my first
Intensive but what I got out of it, through doing the technique, had a huge effect on my life. It was the first time that I felt capable of telling the
truth, both to another person and to myself. This was and still is a very liberating thing for me to do. I was afraid of what I would find out about myself if I
let thoughts come into my head without some sort of filter. I also thought other people would find out something unspeakably awful about me and that was too much to
bear. During the intensive lots of thoughts came up that I had to communicate that were really difficult but it was OK because they were true. I had thought
them. They were and are me. I have taken this simple fact into the rest of my life and in trying to accept all of me, the good and the bad, I feel more at home in the
"I cried for most of the second day just with relief..."
At my first two Enlightenment Intensives I didn't have a direct experience. I got rid of so much baggage, though, by managing
to express thoughts and feelings and fears, that I had never before felt able to express, in an atmosphere of complete and unconditional acceptance. I
cried for most of the first day just with relief at being in a 'safe' environment for what felt like the first time in my life. I cried for most of
the second day with relief at realising that many of my fears were skewed perceptions of reality, and in effect, groundless. They had developed as a result
of my feeling unable to 'check them out' in my normal life for fear of criticism. (S.C.)
"The person I thought I was was blown away and I was left..."
The first direct experience of the Truth that I had came totally by surprise. I had been vaguely and increasingly unhappy about who
I was, I felt like I was becoming more and more fearful and didn't know how to get out of it. I realised that I couldn't give my friends and family
a straight answer to any question because I was only concerned with keeping up the facade of who I thought I was. I had to be right about everything.
I identified myself as an Atheist, sceptical science type and everyone else was deluded, especially people who believed in an absolute reality.
A close friend confronted me one night with "I've known you for five years, but I don't know who you are". This
totally freaked me out and there seemed two options; palm him off with my same old shit or own up to the fact that he was right and that I was hiding from
him and everyone else. I went for the latter and the next night I had a direct experience of who I was. On the train on the way home I suddenly got
that I was really alive, that I did exist. Then when I got back to my digs my body had unstoppable waves of energy going through it as I sat down and
everything in the room was bathed in a golden light. I was drawn to look in the mirror and saw myself totally free from any judgements and realised for the
first time in my life that I was OK. In fact at that moment I loved myself unconditionally.
After this I realised that who I thought I was before was a construction of ideas that kept me in an ever more restrictive
prison. The person I thought I was was blown away and I was left. The energy waves and light were impossible to explain, as was my certainty about
now knowing who I was (and still am). The stream of realisations from this event was life changing. I could now look people in the eye when I talked to
them, I could give my friends and family straight answers and it was alright to be wrong about things. It was not a magic answer to all my problems, but I
can now see them from a perspective that gives me a choice to do something about them (R.L.)
Note: Prices includes vegetarian food and single sex dormitory-style accommodation.
Prices are those for the 3-day EI in 2012 and may change for the 2013 EI
this event to as many people as possible Your Investment is 'Income Based' - i.e. you decide how much to pay after reference to the following table : )
Income £400 Medium
Income £350 Low
Income £300 Full Time Student
or £250 Receiving Social Security (NUS/Benefit No. required)
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please Contact Ankur at SofA. If paying £250 please add your NUS or
Social Security reference in the relevant box (you may be asked for evidence of entitlement).
Cancellation Policy If the participant cancels at any time up to the day of the Intensive, we refund the full
amount less £100 (for a 3-day intensive). Participants can also transfer a deposit from an Intensive they have booked onto, but cannot attend, to a future Intensive.