I was recently on another Lorne and Lucia retreat. As usual, the presence of the gathered group was very powerful and helped trigger another opening.
It’s evolved a great deal since I first started going on the retreats about 7 years ago. Many of those who woke back in the day are now very established or have moved into higher stages. This creates a very powerful group, even just sitting around the table at meals. The intensity of presence created by just coming together is remarkable.
I’ve been to retreats where 1,500, 2,000, even 8,000 experienced meditators gathered together for group practice. The presence takes on a life of it’s own. But these weekends with a couple of dozen are more potent due to the concentration of presence. People come from all over the world to attend. The one last weekend included people from Scandinavia, Asia, and the US. Most retreats fill shortly after they’re announced, growing just by word-of-mouth.
If you happen to live on Vancouver Island, you also have the option to attend the occasional Satsang.
But wherever you are in the world, they typically have a weekly webcast you can watch for free.
I can note that these are not talks for the mind. While they may address this or that point, this is primarily about a conversation of the Self with Itself, of presence to presence. This can help facilitate awakening. But for this, you listen from silence, not worrying about meaning, concepts and so forth. Many I’ve suggested to listen have come back complaining they didn’t find it satisfactory. But when I reminded them to ignore the mind and listen from the silent presence, then they got it. It’s a distinction many are unfamiliar with. How many speakers do you hear telling you not to worry about the words?
To find out more, browse their web site. It also contains various videos, some which I’ve also posted here. The more live it is, the more potent. But even a video can be the trigger.