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November

Sacred Island of Bali - 16 Day Advanced Awareness Training & Pilgrimage (Open to all)
Asia ( 11/22/2014 - 12/07/2014 )
Advanced Awareness Training
GaiaFlow
Intermediate Awareness Training
International Pilgrimages
NatureQuest
Qi Gong Training
Sacred Passage
Tai Chi Training
Workshops and Custom Retreats

Join us on a 15 day Advanced Awareness Training and Pilgrimage to magical, sacred Bali. Our teacher and guide, John Milton, has led pilgrimage and done spiritual practice here over many years. The extraordinarily friendly people of this amazing Hindu island culture have preserved one of Southeast Asia's most deeply spiritual ways of life. We will immerse ourselves deeply in Bali's ceremonies, sacred temples and incredibly beautiful landscapes. Our Balinese friends will share their secrets to opening a life of harmony, ceremony, beauty and sacredness in every step.

In addition, John will teach his carefully-developed system of Qi Gong for health, for revitalization, for building powerful life force and for spiritual development. Qi Gong, which is a major foundation of Chinese health care, is easy to learn, safe for all ages, and fun to practice. John will also teach on Taoist Internal Alchemy - a spectrum of powerful practices for spiritual illumination at the heart of the Taoist Path. Additional teachings on Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu will complement the strong immersion in Taoist cultivation at this retreat. John will also share meditations from his extensive background training in the meditation practices of many traditions. With John's 12 Principles for Spiritual Cultivation as our guide, each day we will devote at least three hours to learning and cultivating complementary forms of Qi Gong, Advanced Taoist Yoga, Dzogchen, Tantra and practices from other meditation systems.

Devotional cultivation of the path to the Divine Feminine will be an important part of our Bali Retreat. This will focus on honoring of Kali, Durga and Bagalama through ceremony, prayer, mantra and meditation as part of our deep exploration and cultivation of the Divine Feminine.

John is keeping this pilgrimage-based Advanced Retreat open to those new students who are either joining the Advanced Awareness training for the first time, to students who have done training or Passages with John before, and to those wanting to experience deep Pilgrimage on this extraordinarily sacred island.

With the help of the rich tradition of spiritual teachers from Bali, we will also delve deeply into the ceremonies, practices and modes of spiritual cultivation of the remarkable Balinese People. In particular, we will discover the Balinese mastery of bringing the Sacred View into every aspect of everyday life - and explore how to create this spiritual harmony in our own lives, wherever we are.

$1600 Fee for John's Teaching
(meals, housing & land transport costs shared upon request)
teacher: John P. Milton

June

World Nature Quest: 9 Day World Nature Quest & Way of Nature Guide Training, in Sweden's Samiland
Europe ( 6/06/2015 - 6/14/2015 )
GaiaFlow
Intermediate Awareness Training
International Pilgrimages
NatureQuest
Qi Gong Training
Sacred Passage
Tai Chi Training
Workshops and Custom Retreats

This 9 Day Nature Quest GuideTraining, led by John P. Milton and Goran Gennvi, includeses a Naturequest Solo and Meditation Retreat in one of the world's most beautiful and spectacular natural areas .

This 9 day Nature Quest marks Sweden's yearly participation in the second World Nature Quest process. World Nature Quest is designed to be held simultaneously around the world in different ecoregions, sharing training, re-entry and concluding celebrations. The concluding celebration will be part of our re-entry from solo time on the last evening of the program. That evening and the following morning will be devoted to sharing, worldwide, a giving of thanks back to Nature and Gaia for the support of all life As to location, this Retreat will embrace the vast spaces and natural luminosity of the traditional Sami back country. The land and John's unique training will integrate to support the special practices he will be teaching - an inner cultivation that will help us to recognize the Primordial Awareness that underlies all our Being._This 9 Day Awareness Training, Nature Quest Solo and Meditation Retreat will bring our AAT Community together in one of the world's most beautiful and spectacular natural areas - A perfect location for Sweden's participation in this global event.

In order to connect deeply with the dozens of other groups gathered around the world for this simultaneous retreat, at sunset of the final day we will gather for Earth-centered Tonglen and Rainbow Light Meditations. In the early morning, ideally at sunrise, on the final morning, we will perform the Eleven Direction Ceremony in a spirit of Thanksgiving from our species to Mother Earth for all She has done to nurture and support all of life, including human existence.

Before the solos, some of the John and Goran's Awareness Training will focus on the "Sensing" Practices that are essential to deepening and refining One's experience of connection to, and communion with, all life. A second part of this retreat will help establish direct recognition of pure Source Awareness. John will build on the Dzogchen teachings that he has provided in earlier Retreats. As a key resource, John will emphasize teachings from the great Dzogchen master, Longchenpa. Longchenpa’s teachings hold some of the purest teachings on the Way of Natural Perfection. John will also teach on a series of Dzogchen practices to clear, open and empower our internal energy channels. Half our teaching time will be devoted to both of these extraordinary Teachings.
The retreat will also emphasize some of John's teachings on Taoist Internal Alchemy. He will select from some of the following: Opening the Micro and Macrocosmic Orbit Circulations, and a new series of Qi (Chi) Energy Cultivation practices that help with the conversion from Jing to Qi, from Qi to Shen (Spirit) and from Shen to Wuji. Overall, the Advanced Awareness Training emphasis in 2008 and 2009 will include a significant emphasis on cultivating Internal Energy through a series of esoteric yet very practical both Taoist and Dzogchen techniques.
Daily T'ai Chi for Enlightenment training on form will also be included. Also, daily "Sensing Hands/Push hands' practice will be taught. John will also teach on the linkages between these Taoist practices and Tibetan Buddhist, Bon, Native American, and Dzogchen teachings and practices.

We will also go deeper with Teachings on GaiaFlow, and refining how the principles of T'ai Chi and Qi Gong Training apply to deepening GaiaFlow practice. John will also share his series of dyadic (two-person) practices that he designed to realize Source in each other, as well as in Oneself, in close relationship. This series of practices could be described as interpersonal Dzogchen, with an applied continuing view of Source as the basis for all relationships and their changes.

There will be four days of wilderness solo to cultivate these advanced practices during this retreat. The whole focus is on the teachings and the chance for individual meditation retreat practice in the solitude of the wilderness.

All are welcome to attend this retreat.

For more information on the broader World Nature Quest event, go to: http://worldnaturequest.org/

For more information and to register contact Goran Gennvi:
Telephone: +46 8 716 3677
email: gennvi@naturakademin.se

 
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