Using Difficulties as The Fuel for Awakening

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 15  |  9:30 AM -12:00 PM and 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

For those of us who are serious about Awakening, these difficult and challenging times do not have to be obstacles to our peace of mind but can be used as fuel for our practice and actually aid our Awakening process.

Our True Nature – formless, boundless, non-conceptual, loving awareness – is the epitome of inclusivity non-judgement, and compassion. Its embodiment in everyday life is expressed by the essential message of all the wisdom traditions throughout history: “love your neighbor as yourself”.

If we learn to trust our innermost essential nature when things are difficult, then it becomes that much easier to do so when they are not.  Seeing everything as the manifestation of the formless universal consciousness begins to gradually replace our old way of perceiving.  Experiencing non-dual loving awareness as our true nature becomes more and more available at all times.

In this experiential Retreat we will engage our practice with the very elements of our contemporary life that are causing so much anxiety, depression, confusion, anger, and numbness in the world right now: the pandemic, racial unrest, the election, the political divisions, disinformation, natural disasters, and the climate to name a few.

When we fully “own” our emotions and reactivity as ours, it allows us to see the “other” with fresh eyes and an open heart. When we can open to and love our reactive emotions in the spaciousness of Awake Awareness, they begin to release their self-grasping and become free.  When we can see others as pure expressions of universal consciousness rather than our own projections of them, we can embrace them with unconditionally loving Awake Awareness.

And so, rather than contributing to the anxiety and divisiveness of our world, instead we can make a positive contribution to the collective consciousness of humanity – the expansive radiance of open hearted Awake Awareness.


Online Retreat

1. Standard Price: $79
    Early bird discount of $10 if you sign up by November 1.
3. College/Grad Student Price: $40
4. Patron Price: $99
This retreat is also available as part of a special discount package when combined with the 10 week course “Using The Difficulties of Our Time to Deepen Our Awakening”. To sign up for the discount package, sign up for the course and you will be presented with the package option.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties during this crisis, we are offering Generosity Support. Please don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can help.


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
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