Freeing ourselves from the cycle of ego suffering is a matter of seeing through the deceptions of our own internal psycho-physical habits, conditioned thought patterns, self-limiting beliefs, fears, and projections. We mistakenly take these habits to be who we are, and the result is a continuous cycle of frustration, dissatisfaction, and suffering. By practicing witnessing these habits of mind with self-compassion instead of judgment, relaxing our identification with them, it’s possible to discover the refreshing sense of space, relief, and well-being that are qualities of our most essential nature.
In the safe and compassionate space of this retreat we will practice releasing identification with our most common ego patterns again and again. We’ll use the insights of Buddhist psychology as the map to lead us out of the suffering of ego fixation to greater happiness, peace, and freedom.
You guys are serious and laid back at the same time which I really like. I feel that you have acquired real wisdom and experience in the areas that you teach, but I love how you really do “meet people where they are”.Past Course Participant
Walking the path under the guidance of Scott and Nancy has transformed my life. I now live it from a place of love, joy, compassion, and peace. When inevitable turmoil happens, it’s transient and I can move through it. I’m no longer whip-sawed around. Each day feels enveloped in gratitude and I feel held by a loving presence.N. C., Physical Therapist
The talks on loving kindness were a beautiful blend of wisdom, love, science addressing the challenge of our common reality.D. L., Past course participant