7-Day Self Inquiry Retreat in Southern France
Inquiry Theme: WHAT IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OTHER?
“Relationship with human beings is of the highest importance because out of that relationship, we create the society in which we live. Out of that relationship, all our existence comes.” J.Krishnamurti
- Dates: 2 - 9 October 2021
- Venue: Les Sardines Aux Yeux Bleus - beautiful guest house near Uzes, Nîmes & Avignon
- Special retreat price: 60€/day - Retreat Program & Full Accommodation included
ONLY IN RELATIONSHIP CAN YOU KNOW YOURSELF…
“Only in Relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The movement of behavior is the sure guide to yourself. It's the mirror of your consciousness; this mirror will reveal its content, the images, the attachments, the fears, the loneliness, the joy and sorrow. Poverty lies in running away from this, either in its sublimations or its identities.” J.Krishnamurti
- Arrivals: Saturday 2nd October 2021 from 15h
- Departures: Saturday 9th October 2021 morning or afternoon
Total Price for the Retreat:
- 420€ shared accommodation (2 people) + 3 meals
- 560€ single accommodation + 3 meals
- 30% total payment with registration
- Please visit Guest House Website
Daily Retreat Program
- Breakfast 8.00
- Morning Group Inquiry - 9.30-12.00 (including short break)
- Lunch 1pm + rest
- Afternoon Group Inquiry 15.30-17.30
- Walk or free time
- Supper 19.00
- Short evening Circle Session - Silence & Sharing
ABOUT THE INQUIRY: What Is Our Relationship With Each Other?
So, we think we have relationship, don’t we?
I assume I already know what my relationship is with my friends, my lover, my boss, my family… That relationship is woven out of what I want, or don’t want, isn’t it? Either I rush towards relationship, desire it, want more of it… Or I avoid it and cut off; living isolated, yet in control. I worry (whether I’m aware of it or not) about all these relationships: what the other person thinks of me affects my whole sense of self worth. Or am I in relationship to affirm the self worth I do not actually have within?
In these relationships, how and by what are we connected? What is the connection itself made of? Is that connection love? Is it care or affection? Or, is the interplay of most relationships, based on the ideas and images we project onto each other; either positive or negative? Is the narrow, calcified fact of these limited relationships, blocking and affecting the flow of my whole life and the whole network of society?
In our 7-day retreat, we shall be bringing out and laying bare these questions - and many more - that the group holds within themselves. As we dialogue, our intention is observing rather than speculating, allowing the inquiry to deepen as its own natural process. If we are participating in order to gain new (or confirm old) ideas we cherish, then we are not really investigating. If I already know the answers and am seeking to self improve through dialogue and questioning - can there be discovery actually taking place? Can there be any transformation?
During this delicate process of self discovery together, we may uncover that our own revelations are common also within the group - as well as in the world as a whole. Do I care enough to expose - honestly and simply, with affection and quiet listening - the lies and self deceptions I carry in my thoughts about others?
Can there be fundamental change in all our relationships? Can we approach tentatively what it is to really love? Is love something we can learn to have or to express? Or is love utterly different from all this? Is love a living presence I have no control of, buried and concealed under the habits of my core programming and belief systems? What could this mean for our everyday lives and perhaps even for all human beings?
For those interested, we are going to find out together. Not intellectually. Not at the verbal level. But deeply challenging our fixed perceptions of life and relationship.
Group Inquiry / Dialogue
“In dialogue, we can discover the need to completely set aside our personal conditioning - to die to our own beliefs and formulated experiences - making it possible to see in that unique mirror of relationship the whole truth of what is.
Then, if we share in the same spirit of inquiry, intensity and affection, we may actually find ourselves “thinking together” - not necessarily agreeing or disagreeing but, seeing, understanding and, thereby sharing as one the same reality.”
Retreat & Dialogue Facilitator
The facilitator is in no way an authority or KRISHNAMURTI teacher. She speaks in her own name and moves together with all other participants on a journey of self inquiry. She may help organise retreat programs, but truth and awareness can never be organised, nor administered by another: it can only be discovered simply and naturally for oneself.
Jackie McInley founded and ran an independent Krishnamurti centre called Open Door in Southern France from 2004 until 2013 – hosting monthly inquiry weekends and annual international gatherings in French and English.
A higher education language teacher by profession, she now spends her time traveling to various K centres and schools around the world - facilitating dialogue & retreat programs, sharing skills in education, and helping out in independent K related projects worldwide.