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Retreat: Self Knowledge and the Awakening of Intelligence

Self-Knowledge and the Awakening of Intelligence

A few of us are attending a retreat next weekend that might be of interest to others...

Weekend retreat (Fri. evening to Sun. afternoon; Friday talk open to the public)

Facilitator:  Dr. Ravi Ravindra, PhD 

Born and educated in India before moving to Canada, Ravi Ravindra holds master’s degrees in technology, physics, and philosophy and a Ph.D. in physics. He was the founding director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge and is currently professor emeritus at Dalhousie University in Halifax, where he was professor and chair of comparative religion and adjunct professor of physics. His books include Science and the Sacred, Krishnamurti: Two Birds on One Tree, and Whispers from the Other Shore. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This weekend workshop will explore Krishnamurti’s approach to self-knowledge as key to the transformation of consciousness. 

Ignorance exists only when you don't know yourself. Self-knowing is wisdom. You may be ignorant of all the books in the world (and I hope you are), of all the latest theories, but that is not ignorance. Not knowing oneself deeply, profoundly, is ignorance; and you cannot know yourself if you cannot look at yourself, see yourself actually as you are, without any distortion, without any wish to change. Then what you see is transformed because the distance between the observer and the observed is removed and hence there is no conflict.”  J. Krishnamurti

We will try to examine in ourselves the nature and effect of such looking, which Krishnamurti points to as the essential first step to action without conflict and the awakening of intelligence.

Activities will include talks with Q&A, guided meditations, awareness exercises, a video and meditative nature walks. 

Friday Evening Public Talk at Swanwick Centre, March 21, 2013, 7:30 pm

This weekend retreat will start with a talk and Q&A session by Dr. Ravindra at Swanwick Centre that is also open to the public on a donation basis. The talk, on Self-Knowledge and the Awakening of Intelligence, will focus on key aspects of the teachings of J. Krishnamurti and their implications for living. 


Shared Room = Double occupancy w/ meals- $290

Commuters (come both days but don't stay over) - $190 w/ meals; $140 w/o meals

Private room option on a first-come basis: $50

Extend your weekend with a personal retreat up to Wed. March 26 for a discounted rate of only $40 per night.

Persons with financial constraints may qualify for a reduced rate. 

To register or inquire, visit the Swanwick Website or contact Ralph Tiller at[masked]-3354.

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  • Shannon
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    Inner Space Cowboy, Assistant Organizer

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