Bringing awareness and lucidity into our sleep time enriches a vital part of our life that is often lost to us in ignorance. These practices can give us access to profoundly deep levels of our mind and can help facilitate great healing within us. The few times we have engaged with this practice in the past it has always lead to some depth of insight about ourselves and an opportunity to start understanding what our unconscious mind has to say about where we are at in our lives. But this is not a dream interpretation retreat. We will be looking at what sleep and dreaming actually is and how to wake up within these states to access higher levels of consciousness and insight, meeting each other in dreams, along with lucid dreaming practice.
This work will focus on bringing awareness and lucidity to both the dream and deep sleep experience as a vehicle for insight, healing and transformation. We look at how we can start to open to higher and deeper states of consciousness once our meditative stability is established. We will be looking at various ways we can access our unconscious mind and the subtler realms of reality that lie just “Beyond the Veil” of our ordinary perception.
A lot of people ask whether they are eligible for this retreat. They say things like “I don’t dream” or “I don’t remember my dreams”.
If you wish to join this retreat, don’t feel put off if you can’t remember your dreams. If you book early enough we can give you some dreaming practices and tips to start you off, so you would be well on the way to being prepared for the retreat. It is helpful if you have a meditation practice and have been on one of our retreats. Please email us if you would like to join but have not attended one of our meditation retreats before.
Some of the deepest healing we can get is through dream work. We have had a number of students who join these dream retreats and have deeply profound, meaningful experiences – whether they be fully lucid dreams or healing of some sort.
So much can happen on these retreats. And the best thing of all it mostly happens whilst we are sleeping, so we get to stay in bed for a lot of the time.
Retreat Dates: No Date Scheduled
Duration: 6 days
Level: Available to those who have been on meditation retreat with us
Venue: Dhamma Vihara, France
Price: £400 for shared accommodation.
Limited availability for single rooms.
No experience with either dream yoga, analysis, lucid dreaming or even meditation is necessary. We will be looking into the whole area of how bringing more understanding and awareness into our dream life can enrich many areas of our waking life.
We spend up to a third of our lives asleep and over two years dreaming during our life. Its is a big part of our experience and one I believe we should seek more understanding of.
I hope this encourages some of you who have been thinking about it to come along. Its always great fun.
There will be group sharing / dream analysis sessions in the morning with Burgs.
Afternoons will be used to prepare for the nights work. Various meditation and yogic practices to help connect and tune into the unconscious part of our mind.
The real work is done at night during sleep. Various techniques will be shared on how to encourage dream recall, as well as guidance on how to start exploring the various states of consciousness that we experience (but might not necessarily remember) every night. Lucid dreaming techniques are also used.
The costs for retreat covers both costs for food & accommodation as well as the teachings offered by Burgs.
The venue has a range of rooms which mostly all en suite. These include single rooms (limited availability), twin share rooms and 3 or 4 person shared rooms.
Hermitage fixed price £700
Single room en suite fixed price of £600
Single room shared bathroom fixed price of £550
Shared room en suite fixed price of £400
A deposit of £100 is required to confirm your booking on this retreat. Without this we can not guarantee your place on retreat.
This is a non-refundable deposit, but can be transferred to another of our retreats within six months of your initial selected retreat date.
Please note that single rooms will be prioritised to those who are sick and working with an illness. Again please enquire during booking process.
Also note that all of the costs for food and accommodation go to the venue.
Please note that there is a (approx £35) transfer fee to cover costs. The charge will cover both pick-up and drop-off journey.
Donation for Teachings:
Since Burgs started to teach meditation in Asia, he has always offered teachings on dana (donation basis). You will be invited to make a donation to the teacher at the end of the retreat (anonymously if you so wish). This is a way of expressing our gratitude for the teachings that we have received, and a way to support both the teacher and the teachings so that they can carry on being offered to others. It is an important part of the retreat to take time to reflect on your experience whilst on retreat, and you are invited to make your own reflections on the value of what you have learned and so give accordingly.
We do try and support those who really are in financial difficulty and are unable to commit to the full suggested donation amount for shared accommodation. If you feel you qualify for this, then please email us about this during the booking process. Please note we would normally ask concessionary rates to attend retreats in the UK and not France.
You can cancel anytime up to 2 weeks before the retreat starts, If you decide to cancel less than 2 weeks before the retreat you may incur a cancellation fee, but this will be dependant on whether we are able to fill your place on retreat and is left to our discretion.
We will provide a pick-up and drop off from Perpignan train station / airport for those arriving and leaving at the start and end of the retreat.
Otherwise you must make your way to Arles-sur-Tech and from there we will pick you up. We will help you get to Arles-sur-Tech if you need to leave early but please plan your further journey times accordingly.
Please ask us for seasonal travel options as we’ll know what the best route is depending on the time of year.
All meals will be vegetarian cooked meals. Please let us know of any allergies you might have during the booking process. We will do our best to cater for these.
Dhamma Vihara is a small but spacious hamlet situated on the South facing slope of the Massif of Mount Canigou, in France, not far from the Spanish border.
Surrounded by natural forest, the retreat centre is a stone and wood group of ancient buildings, carefully restored and renovated.
Inside the property’s boundaries one can find an ancient stone circle (Cromlech) and adventurous trails between enormous boulders and ageless Oaks. Dhamma Vihara is only a stone’s throw from the famous GR10 National Trail, the Pyrenees track connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean (a two months walk!).