I have occasionally written about retreats with Lorn & Lucia Hoff. I’ve been attending them for over a dozen years. Since just before I started this blog, actually. Watching and speaking to people going through stage changes there has heavily informed my writing.
I’ve been low key about them partly because the retreats are limited to about 2 dozen people and typically have a waiting list well in advance. People travel from all over the world to an island off the coast of western Canada. I live up-island from there.
However, circumstances have changed. In February, we tested live-streaming the retreats so others could connect remotely. And then the world changed and in March, the retreats went virtual.
This makes them much less expensive. The group presence on-line surprised me. Everyone gets the direct gaze, not just who he’s speaking with. With typically over half attending already awake, the collective is always potent.
It’s a marvelous opportunity for those on a limited budget.
I mention this largely because some have spoken of wanting to come but not being able to afford it.
That said, there are a few caveats:
– these are not for the curious but for serious seekers
– there are a few requirements, like being a regular listener to the free weekly webcasts and listening to some prior recordings that others have woken to. If you don’t relate to Lorn’s approach there, a retreat will not change that.
– this isn’t a social event, it’s very inner directed. Many in the group have become close in going through profound changes together. But there’s less social on-line.
– retreating from home means having the space to do that and not get disrupted for the weekend.
– it requires the discipline to be with the restful program and step out of your usual habits, media, and devices. There is little benefit if you just maintain the same old and listen to some talks.
– it’s run on a Pacific time zone schedule. If you live a significant E-W distance away, you’ll need to consider how flexible you are about an odd schedule for a few days.
If you relate to their approach, it is a wonderful opportunity. At the moment, the May retreat is full, but there is space in June and August. The on-line retreats are larger, but they’re still keeping numbers modest so people can get some personal attention. (The other DSS retreats are only for the clearly awake who have already been on their retreats and are on that program.)
It remains to be seen if they continue on-line after that or return to the lodge.
For more info: lucialorn.net