Satori process with Clare Soloway
16 – 22 September 2017.
The name Satori is Japanese and means a “direct experience of truth”. It is based around some very fundamental life questions, the most basic and enduring one for all of us being “Who am I”? A satori is a moment of profound realisation, a knowing of life as it is. And it is an experience of tremendous self-empowerment. Satori is not an intellectual exercise. It is totally experiential and involves your whole being.
The process involves working in pairs during the communication exercises – you will work with each participant in the group – yet very much about being in silence and by yourself outside of these times.
While the focus of the Satori process is to allow a peak experience, it also provides a polar opportunity – the microcosmic understanding of basic life patterns and attitudes. This can be illuminating and deeply clarifying and the insights can be applied to significantly alter your awareness in everyday life.
Exploring who you are will involve looking at the myriad ways your conditioning has affected you and continues to affect your relationships – from birth experiences, through childhood and into the decisions you have made as an adult – and how identified you are with this conditioning which was imposed on the essential being you are. The Satori process begins to free you up from the patterns your upbringing has imposed on you, very often unconsciously, and connects you with the presence – in your daily life – of a greater and self-nurturing understanding of who you really are.
The state of Satori is experienced on all levels, with every cell and fibre of your being. These moments are never forgotten – from that time on you know, from your own experience, who you are. Life is never quite the same again.
The Satori process does not depend on any belief, thought, feeling or context. Whatever it is that you experience over the duration is entirely and absolutely yours. Exactly what is experienced and how it affects the individual concerned is unique to that person.
- Communication exercises in dyads
- Guidance talks
- Walking and eating meditations
- Mindful movements (Yoga, stretching)
- Reflection and journaling
Nanpantan Hall is a large English country house built in the Victorian era, set in quiet and peaceful surroundings with picturesque views consisting of 16 acres of charming Leicestershire countryside in the heart of the National Forest. Meditation has taken place at the Hall for over 30 years, the effect of which has permeated the walls and ambience of the house and grounds. The location of Nanpantan Hall lends itself to peace, tranquillity and contemplation.
Accommodation: We will make the room booking for you. There is space to accommodate up to 52 people in shared rooms (twin or more). There are no en-suite rooms – bathrooms and toilets are shared yet generously apportioned. Room allocation on a first come first served basis.
Food: Vegan (No dairy, no coffee, no sugar – taking allergies and health conditions into account). Breakfast is muesli soaked with fruit juice, nuts and freshly cut fruit and berries. Lunch is soup, one or two salads and bread with delicious home-made spreads. Dinner consists of a delicious, fresh, home-made vegan meal, there is no dessert but there is a late night snack. Most of the ingredients used are
organic and grown in the local area. Tea is available throughout the day.
Organisation and Facilitation costs:
£345 early booking discount before 17 July
£390 after 17 July
Costs for organisation and Facilitation are payable upon booking; this is your deposit which secures your space.
Food & accommodation costs:
Costs for food & accommodation are paid separately in cash sterling directly upon arrival at the retreat.
Contact Spencer Barron, firstname.lastname@example.org, +447954 375975
bank account: 71361791
sort code: 40-03-36
Or pay using Paypal
* Note: a Paypal charge of £15 is added onto the booking fee.
You can travel to Nanpantan Hall by car, train and plane.
- Closest international airports Luton and Stansted
- Luton airport to Loughborough train station 1hr 10 minutes
- Stansted airport to Loughborough train station 2hr 50 minutes
- 2 miles from M1 (Junction 23)
- 8 miles from East Midlands Airport (M1 Junction 23a)
- Taxi pick up from Loughborough train station (from London St. Pancras 1 hr 12 min) can be arranged; less than 10 min drive.
On site parking available for up to 50 cars
Drive South West along Forest Road, through Nanpantan village. Forest Road becomes Nanpantan Road and at the crossroad traffic lights, continue straight ahead for about 500 yards, past a small church on the left, to next entrance on left, marked with brass plate “Nanpantan Hall”.
From the M1
Leave at junction 23 and take A512 to Loughborough. At the traffic lights, take the right filter into Snell’s Nook Lane. This goes by a few fields to the crossroads in Nanpantan village by The Priory pub. Turn right at the lights into Nanpantan Road and up the hill for about 500 yards to the Hall entrance on the left.
Proceeding up the drive to the Hall, you will find the gravelled car park to your right. From the car park there is a short walk of half a minute through a gap at the top of the car park to the front entrance of the house. Luggage can be dropped off at the front door before parking.
If you are unsure whether this retreat is for you or have any questions please feel free to contact me:
+44 7954 375975