The Unity of Awake Awareness, Love and Compassion



Scott McBride - ClearLight Meditation Institute -

Awakening begins when our everyday awareness relaxes its constant grasping after objects of experience and, looking directly at the very ground of experiencing, recognizes its own nature as completely pure, clear and content-free. When awareness truly sees itself, the habitual, contracted ‘small self’ dissolves into a spontaneous presence that is awake, boundless, and intimately connected with all that is. This natural connectedness or experience of wholeness is the source from which genuine love and compassion flow.

Awakening begins with short glimpses, but as we let go again and again into the simplicity of unfabricated presence, habitual mind surrenders, and our essential Being unfolds by itself spontaneously, bringing deep well-being and a natural flowering of the heart.

The very peace, love, happiness, and freedom we have been seeking are already here now as the essence of who we are. Even a brief glimpse can catalyze a profound shift in our experience. Rather than needing to cultivate intentional mindfulness, we can experience our own awareness as effortlessly mindful, ever present, and already awake.

Much of the power of retreat lies in the charged atmosphere of sustained group practice, our mutual authenticity, our willingness, and the fact that awakening can be shared. You will be guided towards continuous recognition and sustained experience of your most essential Being, which is eternally awake. For those who have already recognized awake awareness, retreat practice increases meditative stability, deepens insight, brings forth beneficial qualities, and dissolves the boundary between meditation and daily life.

Your guide is a highly trained teacher praised for his abilities to impart instructions in a clear, compassionate, practical way. The teachings are non-denominational and draw primarily from Buddhism and other non-dual wisdom traditions of the East and West as well as from modern contemporary psychology and neuroscience.  During the retreat Scott will also do healing meditations that can help remove obstacles and accelerate your journey.

Comments from Previous Retreats

“I am so very grateful for the experience of the recent retreat you led. I’ve had other retreat experiences for comparison and this one is exemplary. You provided an atmosphere of safety and respect for all participants, which I’ve learned is essential to the intimate work that occurs in silence and in sharing with others. Your commitment to teaching others is filled with integrity and loving intention, clearly drawn from the power of your own personal awakening.” J.F.

“This retreat was excellent. I appreciated the guidance, exercises, discussions, time for practice, and the care and compassion in helping us awaken in a loving way. I absolutely value the teachings on awakening and open heartedness. Best retreats ever!” M.F.

“The group we had was phenomenal. The atmosphere seemed super charged and that was extremely supportive. I truly felt my progression towards more awakening and was so excited almost every sitting to really look deeply and feel my true nature. It felt like food for my soul.” K.D.

Retreat Format

Retreat includes periods of guided and silent meditation, individual and group inquiry, walking meditation, talks, discussion, awareness exercises, group healings, nature walks and optional morning yoga. After the first day, the retreat will take place in silence (except during the instruction and discussion sessions). The practice of silence is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of the retreat. Silence nurtures meditative experience, refreshes the spirit, and provides a mirror for seeing our minds more clearly.  The retreat begins Wednesday evening with check-in at 5:00 pm followed by orientation, a welcoming meal, and the evening program. We’ll conclude late Sunday afternoon.


The retreat takes place in Brinton House at Pendle Hill in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Pendle Hill is a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center located in a beautiful, natural and peaceful setting in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. It is a place dedicated to peace, justice and personal transformation. The Pendle Hill community offers us a charming residential facility with meeting hall and community area, delicious healthy food, and a caring professional staff. Seating is mostly in chairs, but some cushions will be available.

Program Fees and Accommodations

Costs for the retreat include the program tuition plus facilities, accommodations, meals, beverages and snacks. There are three registration options: Residential with Single Accommodations, Residential with Shared Accommodations, and Commuter. Space in this retreat is limited and it is a very popular event. Room assignments are on a first come, first served basis. Please register early to secure your place and take advantage of our Early Bird Discount!

If you would like to attend but cannot afford the full cost of this retreat, please contact us. We can help! Our community maintains a generosity fund so PLEASE contact us at:


Residential (Single): $949

Includes tuition, 4 overnights – single accommodations, all meals, beverages and snacks.

Residential (Shared): $869

Includes tuition, 4 overnights – shared accommodations, all meals, beverages and snacks.

Commuter - $599

Includes tuition, lunches, dinners, beverages, snacks, and full use of the retreat facility.

Early Bird Discount for Residential Registration: $40 off if you Register by July 10.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of the residential opportunity for full immersion in the retreat experience. But for those unable to commit to the residential format, we have a limited number of commuter slot.

Retreat Cancellation Policy

Cancellation fees vary based on the time of notification. Up until July 10th there are full refunds minus a $50 fee. After July 10th a 50% refund will be made. No refunds after August 6th.

Once registered, you’ll receive an email form to fill out and return stating food preferences, accommodation requests, and other pertinent information so we can make your retreat experience the best possible.


ClearLight retreats have allowed me to access an inner spaciousness and trust in myself which has made a profound difference in my life.
– Participant at a 5-Day Retreat
Most valuable for me is to be with other seekers, to hear them, and then to be in silence. Invaluable for me is the encouragement that what we are all seeking is already here. Recognize it! It is a true privilege to be able to study with Scott and Nancy. Both are gifted and highly skilled teachers, patient, calm and the real thing.
– AS, Psychologist, 5-Day Retreat
It was excellent. I appreciate the guidance, the exercises, the discussions, the time for practice, and the care and compassion in helping us awaken in a loving way. I absolutely value the teachings on awakening and open heartedness. Best retreats ever!
– Maria F., 5-Day Retreat
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