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Rescheduled: The 40th Annual Intensive, led by Jason Nathaniel
See: December 3 – 6, 2020
Location: Harmony Ridge Lodge • Nevada City, CA

Dear Ones,

Due to the uncertainty of the coronavirus, Jason and I have decided to postpone the April 16-19 Annual Intensive. After the 2017 and 2019 fires in Sonoma County, we decided to move the Annual to the third weekend in April going forward, but this year, it will happen December 3-6 at Harmony Ridge Lodge in Nevada City,
Michelle Reynolds is the manager there and will be our cook and host. Please join us!

If you’ve registered and paid for the April Intensive, we’ll be issuing you a refund soon. We hope those who’ve made plane reservations can get a voucher from the airline and reschedule for December. The airport to fly into is Sacramento.

We know many of you were looking forward to this Intensive, but our highest priority is to keep you safe. We hope to have you with us in December!

Take care and stay well.



This Enlightenment Intensive Has Been Cancelled for Health and Safety Reasons.

2020 April Easter Enlightenment Intensive with Yoah Wexler
9th – 15th April 2020
6 1/2 Days or 4 1/2 Days
Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Yoah Wexler, PhD

Rescheduled: Zen and the Art of Inquiry with Pitaka
Pitaka's Easter Intensive 2020, at Point Reyes National Seashore
New Dates to be Determined
Registration Is Now Open For Easter 2021
Friday afternoon to Monday evening

This is a Three Day Enlightenment Intensive with a Zen influence


Zen is at the root of Enlightenment Intensives.

Zen and the Art of Inquiry, is an annual spring intensive on the beautiful coast of California, with Zen priest Pitaka Christie Close.

This intensive is held at Commonweal Retreat Center, Point Reyes National Seashore wildlife reserve. The dates for Easter 2021, are April 16th thru 19th, 2021.

Visit for more info. and registration. Email .

The Cost, including Vegetarian Meals is $600, with free airport pickup.

Write for partial work-trade scholarship, if needed.

Private room are first-come, first served.

Point Reyes National Seashore  

This Enlightenment Intensive Has Been Cancelled for Health and Safety Reasons.

Enlightenment Intensive with Shankara Newton
Thursday, May 7  6:00 p.m- Sunday, May 10th  9:45 p.m. (Optional integration day on Monday the 11th until noon)
9 Mountain Retreat Center, Plainfield, MA
Shankara Newton

Location: 9 Mountain Retreat Center

Cost: $600 with Deposit of $150 due in by April 7th (add $50 afterwards).
Price includes lodging in pristine, remore natural setting , as well as complete highly nutritious and delicious organic vegetarian meals and snacks.

Integration Day: Add $65 for food and lodging

Any requests for refunds of deposits made prior to May 7th, will be fully refunded. Any cancellation requests made after May 7th, will not be refunded and the $150 deposit will be applied as credit towards any fulture intensive.

***** Payment plans are available, if money is a significant barrier *****

Make checks payable to:
Clifford Newton
111State St.
Wethersfield, CT 06109

For questions or information or to register for this intensive, please email Shankara
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9 Mountain Retreat Center
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This Enlightenment Intensive Has Been Cancelled for Health and Safety Reasons.

Opening Enlightenment Intensive with Jayaprabha Mare DiBenigno
Thursday, May 28, 2020 (5:30 pm) - Monday, June 1, 2020 (1:00 pm)
Vital Life Center, Plainville, CT
The Opening Enlightenment Intensive with Jayaprabha  

By letting go of the external search for happiness for this long weekend, we allow the technique to open and prepare us for the possibility of experiencing our true nature directly. By experiencing the authentic self, we reconnect to the eternal happiness, contentment, and peace within.

Cost includes gourmet vegetarian meals, snacks, lodging, workshop, and integration.

Space is limited so register today!

Cost: $675: includes gourmet vegetarian meals, snack, lodging, workshop & integration
          $550 with $200 non-refundable deposit by April 30th.

To submit your deposit or to learn more , visit our website at:

New dates to be determined.

3 1/2 Day Enlightenment Intensive in New Mexico with Jack Potticary
May 28 – June 1, 2020
3.5 Day E.I. with Jack Potticary in NM

Blue Cliff Zen Center

A Three Day Enlightenment Intensive with a distinctive Zen flavor
Breakthrough to Zen Retreat with Daizan Roshi
September 24 - 27, 2020: Thursday evening to Sunday afternoon 
Location: Just outside of Eugene, Oregon

Daizan Roshi  

Please join us for this Enlightenment Intensive, led by Julian Daizan Skinner Roshi, September 24-27, 2020
at Big Bear Retreat Center in Walton, Oregon. Everyone is welcome.

The three-day (64 hour) Breakthrough to Zen Retreat format is a uniquely powerful way to step into the world of awakening.
These retreats are designed specifically for you to find out your true nature - to find out who you really are (enlightenment or kensho in Japanese). This Enlightenment Intensive is suitable for those with no prior meditation experience, but can also be very powerful for those who have an ongoing or developing practice.

Please visit for more information. 

For questions or to register please email bluecliffzen@gmail.comDaizan has been leading Breakthrough to Zen Retreats in the UK and around Europe for many years. We're honored to have this be our Zen Center's 3rd year hosting him in the US!

The cost for accommodation, meals (vegetarian), and other miscellaneous expenses is $235. An additional donation of $150 - $350 is suggested for the Master. Please have your payment include $235 + the suggested donation for the Master, when you register.

We'd love to have you!

The 40th Annual Intensive, led by Jason Nathaniel
December 3 – 6, 2020
Location: Harmony Ridge Lodge • Nevada City, CA
Jason Nathaniel Please join us for the 40th Annual Intensive, led by Jason Nathaniel, December 3 – 6, 2020, at Harmony Ridge Lodge, Nevada City, CA.
Everyone is welcome.

The Enlightenment Intensive combines contemplation with communication in a powerful process aimed at direct conscious knowledge of truth. Over the past decade, Jason has been actively involved in taking, staffing, and mastering Intensives.
He offers a Love Intensive each year in northern California and leads with a freshness and authenticity that have earned him
a devoted following.

For more information about Enlightenment Intensives, please visit:

The airport to fly into is Sacramento.

Tuition is on a sliding scale from $375 to $650, which includes your lodging, bedding and towels, delicious vegetarian meals, and the Intensive. Please plan to pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This will allow others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend. Origin is a 501c3 non-profit, and those paying above the base price will be making a tax-deductible donation to support the scholarship fund.

You can reserve a place, sponsor someone, or donate to Origin at;
or mail a check to 9 Partridge Court, San Rafael CA 94901.

For questions or information or to register for this intensive, please email

We hope to have you with us for the 40th Annual Intensive!

Practice Sessions, Workshops, Trainings, and Retreats

Alice Whieldon  

Living in Resonance logo
Introduction to Charles Berner’s Mind Clearing

October 26, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm BST, £80
London School of Capoeira
Units 1-2 Leeds Place, Tollington Park
London, N4 3RF United Kingdom

Take mindfulness to the next step with a day of learning about the mind in the wider context of Charles Berner’s work
(including the Enlightenment Intensive) including exercises and theory and within yoga. Understand what the mind is,
why it is a problem for us and what we can do about it.

Contact: 0044 7957 233345

Basics of Clearing: A 3-year Practitioner Training with Alice Whieldon: MA, PhD, SFHEA
January 30th – February 2nd; May 21st – 24th; and September 18th – 20th, 2020
London School of Capoeira, Finsbury Park, London, UK
Alice Whieldon

Living in Resonance logo

Clearing the mind & developing ability in communication for fulfilled living

A standalone course, this is also the first year in the Mind Clearing 3-year Practitioner Training
Suitable for personal and professional development

Alice Whieldon assisted by Dominique Rivoal, Frankie Jaggs, Sally Parham
Cost: £1500, planned payment possible. £200 non-returnable deposit payable on booking
Contact: 0044 7957 233345
For more information:


Dyad Evenings and Dyad Days in the North Bay (Marin County) in California

For information about dyad evenings or dyad days in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, you can send an email to Osha Reader
(or call 415-524-8100).

Dyad Evenings in Montpelier, Vermont

For information about Dyad Evenings in the Central Vermont Area, call Maggie Fox at 802.522.5855, or send an email to

Vital LIfe Center


Dyad Days
Vital Life Center • Plainville, CT

Vital Life Center hosts Dyad Days frequently.
Previous meditation or dyad experience recommended.
For information about dyad evenings or dyad days in Connecticut, please call Vital Life Center at 860-479-0466
or email us at or visit our website.

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