Awaken into Action
March 23rd - 24th 2019
Interior work versus activism
As a species, we are facing overwhelming challenges: climate change, political turmoil, overpopulation, hunger, poverty and potentially even our own annihilation. Many highly respected scientists and thought leaders tell us that unless we act now the future is profoundly bleak.
When facing such great upheaval, some in the spiritual world say that the time for inner work is over – only taking urgent action will offer us any chance of saving ourselves and the planet.
In these dark times, it’s all too easy to forget how far we have actually come. While we cannot afford to be complacent, it’s important to remember the extraordinary progress we have made. Despite the challenges, the creative potential we have to catalyse great and positive change, both individually and collectively, is enormous.
But we need to ask ourselves: what is the deepest reason for our current predicament? It is not ill will that drives the issues we face, but rather human ignorance. The problem of ignorance is always answered through the cultivation of higher consciousness, so ultimately the choice between interior work and activism is a false one.
There is always farther to go in solving the problem of human ignorance, and the more profound the challenge, the deeper the answers must be. To find creative solutions, we need to discover a way to reach far beyond our personal dramas and egoic self-concern. We need have deep and consistent access to the source of creative inspiration itself.
Evolutionary Enlightenment is a spiritual teaching that asks each and every one of us to awaken to the deepest and best part of ourselves – and shows us how to actually do that. Only by continuing to work on the evolution of consciousness in ourselves, by evolving consciousness beyond ego, can we hope to find an inexhaustible source of creative inspiration, meaning, and purpose that will give us the strength and courage to confront all of these immense challenges.
The retreat will include teachings on:
- The metaphysical perspective of evolutionary non-duality
- How evolutionary non-duality enables us to live an authentic spiritual life
- The profound distinction between Being and Becoming
- How and why the states of meditation and enlightenment are one and the same
- The nature of suffering in a spiritual context
- The process perspective and the experience of intersubjective non-duality
- A discussion about the pivotal role of fellowship or community in the spiritual life
Two days of tuition with Andrew Cohen
Each day will include meditation, teachings and extensive Q&A sessions
Delicious vegetarian meals
1 breakfast, 1 dinner, 2 lunch and coffee/tea in the breaks
Stay at the beautiful Samaya retreat centre
Choose between single or double room
3985 SG Werkhoven
More information about the venue is available on the website:
Tuition (including meals and accomodation):
Single accomodation: $464.00
Double accomodation: $520.00
Saturday 23nd March
9:30 doors open
10.00 retreat starts
Sunday 24rd March
Retreat ends at 5pm
More detailed schedule will be communicated at the retreat.
If you have any questions please contact us by email.
Please register early, as spaces are limited.
Full refund if cancelled 60+ days prior to Retreat
50% refunded if cancelled 30+ days prior to Retreat
25% Refunded if cancelled 7 days or more prior to Retreat
What people are saying
Evolutionary Enlightenment was the recognition of my own deeply felt truth. Awakening to the absolute is one thing – staying awake and becoming a conscious agent of evolution takes something else. Andrew shook me up by detecting a flaw in my thinking that I didn’t realise was there. I had lost my ability to totally surrender. The Universe needs me to want to be here – I can embrace this fully now. Thank you Andrew for unwaveringly following your calling. Andrea, Netherlands
Reading Andrew's brilliantly written book "Evolutionary Enlightenment" took me on a wild journey beyond time and space, and helped me to envision an extraordinary collective future. But his physical presence at a recent teaching enabled me to reconcile the relative mortal self with the eternal Self Absolute, as partners in the bliss of infinite creativity. This wonderful, unique and very simple fusion of radical teaching and deep meditation changed my perception about dealing with daily life forever!Henk, Netherlands
With Evolutionary Enlightenment, Andrew Cohen continues where other Advaita teachers stop. His unique way is an integration of Being and Becoming. All that sitting on a cushion and tuning in to the silence and the void is beautiful. But there is more. Beyond the silence, we are also the relentless momentum of creation itself. Silence is no longer an end in itself, but a way of tuning in to that which longs to manifest through you. After numerous journeys with so many teachers, deep inside I can sense that this is so true.Erica, Netherlands