OPEN DOOR learning & inquiry

OPEN DOOR learning & inquiry


The Retreats

What to expect in a retreat

The residential retreat program is structured to include:

  • group inquiry 
  • individual contemplation & study
  • walks in nature,
  • quiet
  • rest
  • exercise and yoga
  • opportunities for unscheduled dialogue to occur naturally between participants.

Take a fresh look at life

Can we take a fresh look at our lives, question our fixed assumptions and potentially generate energy for freedom & spontaneity? 

The approach in these retreats has developed out of a deep interest in J.Krishnamurti’s teachings. 

However, the intention in our exploration together is to think for ourselves, rather than repeat and follow the insights of others.

For inquiry to be worthwhile, it must be honest, heartfelt and straightforward.

Upcoming Online Program Events 2021/22

Online Study Retreats - Open To All Worldwide

Open Door in-person retreats are now being complimented by a completely new series of Online Study Programs, open worldwide.

We can now all come together for themed, exploratory study programs, without the uncertainty and expense of modern long distance travel

As well as facilitating a series of Online Winter Retreats & Dialogues organised by the Krishnamurti Foundation America (KFA) and a new series of online exploration dialogues with the Krishnamurti Educational Centre of Canada (KECC) - there will also be a brand new program of Online Study Seminars & Dialogues coming up during 2022.. 

Possible Themes explored in Study Retreats

Themes inspired by Krishnamurti’s talks 

These are a few of the themes studied and inquired into during the group retreats. The following list links to video extracts of K exploring the following questions. 

K may inspire and even clarify our exploration; however our inquiry must be seen directly for ourselves.


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. 

She has had a deep interest in K’s teaching for many years and has been facilitating and setting up dialogue groups since 2002.

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.

What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here..

“What we are trying to do, during all these discussions and talks here, is to see if we cannot radically bring about a transformation of the mind, not accept things as they are, nor revolt against them. Revolt doesn't answer a thing. 

You must understand it, go into it, examine it, give your heart and your mind, with everything that you have, to find out a way of living differently. 

That depends on you, and not on someone else, because in this there is no teacher, no pupil; there is no leader; there is no guru; there is no Master, no Saviour. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything. And to understand is to transform what is.”

j krishnamurti