16th March 2022. 7 - 8.30pm
TALK WITH ALTERNATIVES AT ST JAMES'S CHURCH
'JOURNEY THROUGH SELF-LOVE TO THE INFINITE PEACE BEYOND THE SELF'
Join Caroline for her first talk at St James’s and explore this deeply practical philosophy of life, tasting how it feels to move through Self-love to Infinite Peace.
For details and booking please visit https://www.alternatives.org.uk/
THE COMPASSIONATE HEART RETREATS
* STILL A FEW PLACES AVAILABLE FOR THE NEXT RETREAT 1 IN SEPTEMBER '22! See below...
Entering into these retreats/workshops is a transformational experience, one which will radically shift your perspective of yourself, Life, and the nature of Being.
There are 6 retreats in all, however each one of them stands alone as a complete experience. The retreats have been designed to lead each person through a spiral of ever deepening awareness of how to live a fully awakened life, as a Spiritual - and uniquely human – being.
Each weekend has a balanced mixture of subjective and objective work; understanding the traumas, experiences and old patterns from life’s experiences, and exploring the deeper Universal reality of One-ness which is ever present throughout the human life.
The retreats are best experienced in order, however there is no need to sign up for more than one at a time, thereby each soul takes what it needs, as and when it needs it.
Retreat 1: Awakening the Self
This is an intense introduction to Caroline’s work and philosophy and gives a deep insight into the subjective nature of the Self, through which we experience all of life. We look at the creation of that Self and the first, formative years, when the blueprint for each person is laid down, based on family, culture, experiences and even energetic and physical body types.
As you learn to see the ‘inner child’ with eyes of love, conflict falls away and compassion is glimpsed as the foundation for self-love.
Only then can we shift our total perspective from the individual to the whole, experiencing the peace of the one movement of life. This peace brings a profound awakening of the truth which is ever present beyond time and the movement of the brain.
It is this awareness of self-love and universal peace which the individual takes back into the world at the end of Retreat 1.
Retreat 2: Deepening the Process
The second retreat allows the individual more time to explore their particular stumbling blocks in human life. We revisit the ‘story’ of your life, unpicking and understanding the various traumas, difficulties or old beliefs which are hard to shift.
Each person learns how to bring compassionate awareness to the whole experience of day to day living, deepening the connection to the inner Self, so that the challenges of life can be met with clarity and wisdom. We learn about the alchemy of facing intense emotions and how to allow them to flower and die through the body.
Once again we then drop out of the individual, subjective nature of existence, opening to the peace beyond our time-bound limited state. We explore the nature of time and love.
Retreat 3: Beyond Limitation
This retreat is a profound step; we explore the world of the inner teenager, and the effect the teenage years have on the individual, whist understanding the collective experience of this hugely important transitional phase of life.
The intensity of the teenage years often closes us to our true potential; if the teenager is not seen with unconditional love a protective cynicism can arise, preventing gifts and dreams from being realised or utilised to the full. Living without limitation of any kind is a huge challenge and one which, once taken up, frees the individual on all levels.
Now the purpose of life can be glimpsed as a reality and a new excitement for this human journey blossoms. This allows the two levels of awakening – the human self-love and the mystical transcendence of One-ness – to connect; the person senses the enormity of living both realities simultaneously.
The peace which has previously been enjoyed, now begins to permeate all existence.
Retreat 4: Be Who You Are
In this retreat there is a consolidating of all the previous work, bringing huge light and insight into the nature of the individual’s purpose here on Earth and how to live a fully awakened life.
By this stage, each participant is working with powerful awareness and a willingness to meet any obstacles to freedom. We look at the nature of fear, how it is fundamentally entangled with the development of the subjective self and what it means to be totally free of it.
We then bring this awareness to the whole movement of life, individually and collectively, and deepen our appreciation of the gift of existence.
Each person experiences a ‘conscious birth’, which brings them into total alignment with their purpose.
Retreat 5: Freedom from the Known
By now the retreats are shifting from focus on the human problems of existence to a deepening of the spiritual nature of life.
The lens through which life is experienced is now clear and there is a vast intelligence guiding each soul on their journey.
Retreat 5 is about embracing the nature of death; what it means to die in the midst of life, opening the way to utter freedom from the known.
There are long periods of reflection and time in nature, however the group dynamic and focus allows for profound collective insights.
Retreat 6: Love
During this retreat we look at the nature of love. We begin by focussing on the most intimate relationships in our lives, clearing a path to profound, unconditional love.
We also dive into the energy and intelligence of Universal Love and the Awakened Heart. Once again, there is time for each person to bring up anything they wish to explore, but also for deep, silent periods of reflection and immersion in the peace of enlightenment.
NEW FIRST RETREAT FOR 2022
'The Compassionate Heart; Awakening the Self'
5pm Friday September 16th - 4pm Sunday September 18th 2022.
The group will be no more than 6, with own room and plenty of space.
Once booked, the Covid situation will be monitored, and if this date has to be moved we will attempt to find a date which suits all, so your place will be secured.
During the weekend you will have a chance to step away from the demands of life, and gently explore your deepest self. This is the unconscious blueprint for our lives which we take on before birth and which is imprinted and shaped primarily during the first ten or so years of life.
It is the basis of your 'story' and the subjective nature of how you view life.
Looking at that story in detail with eyes of compassion frees you from inner judgement. We all experience traumas or difficulties in life which are hard to feel or digest, and we carry unconscious beliefs passed down from family or peers. These need to be explored and unpicked so that we can free our perspective, and move through to a deep state of acceptance and peace.
Working with compassionate awareness eventually allows you to fully embrace all aspects of yourself and your past, bringing a profound sense of presence.
Out of this presence arises the energy which unifies all beings: Love. You are this love, and immersing yourself in this awakens your life’s purpose and brings you in line with the wonder of each moment.
This short first retreat introducing people to the work, particularly explores the early years when the initial sense of self is created. Although it is deep work, participants are brought to a profound state of peace during the last day, and are given practical tools for re-entering their lives with more awareness and love.
The group will be small so that everyone can have appropriate attention, with time and space to evolve. There are testimonials - below - from previous retreats, which have been very well received.
The timetable starts at 5pm on Friday and finishes at 4pm on Sunday. Overnight accommodation is in a beautiful retreat centre in Gloucestershire; each person has their own large private room overlooking the gardens. The food is vegetarian and locally sourced.. Special diets easily catered for.
The price for the whole weekend including all meals and overnight accommodation:
Taking bookings now, please contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also feel free to contact Caroline with any questions. If desired, a preliminary chat can be arranged to see if this retreat would suit you.
Message from retreat participant
'The light that you show us is so powerful and beautiful, it shines the light for us to journey to our own truths. Thank you for your love and compassion, thank you for helping me navigate the self, thank you for showing me peace beyond mind. Through your teachings I have learnt not to close down the self, not to feed the ego, to be authentic to my soul, this awareness has enabled me to feel more connected to those around me, it has shown me a peace that is love. When I think back to the first retreat and you asked the question ‘'What are you seeking from this retreat’'? I remember saying that 'I would like peace from myself and to stop judging myself', I didn’t fully understand at the time what that meant, but now looking back - as in a full loop which brings me to now - it is clear. I can now see how easily life can take us so far away from this connection keeping us so separate, so judgemental and in so much pain; therefore in bringing such light, awareness, compassion and openness helps the self to flower which raises the vibration of humanity.'
'The Compassionate Heart: Deepening the Process'
Thursday 3rd March - Sunday 6th March '22
This second retreat (for those who have previously worked with me) journeys deeper into the process of truly knowing your inner self, having explored the formation of the subjective self in the first retreat. We look more closely at the experiences, beliefs and limitations which inform how we see the world and our place in it, focussing particularly on the mother figure and how that has shaped our lives. Seeing the whole picture with clarity and love allows us to taste the peace which comes with inner freedom.
There will be time for silent reflection, walks in nature, use of the hot tub, breath and sound work.
The timetable starts at 5pm on Thursday and finishes at 4pm on Sunday. Overnight accommodation in own room, all meals and tea breaks are provided. Special diets easily catered for.
The price for the retreat including meals and accommodation: £480.00
To register interest or if you have any questions, please email email@example.com or see the 'Work with Caroline' page.
THE COMPASSIONATE HEART; FREEDOM FROM THE KNOWN
Thursday 24th March '22 to Sunday 27th March
The fifth retreat looks at death in the midst of life. What does it mean to die to limitation, to fear, to suffering, and which attachments are we able to release?
This retreat gives a profound sense of who we truly are when free of all ideas, releasing us to live our purpose.
There is more time for inner reflection, walks in the beautiful gardens, plus sound and breath work.
As before, each person has their own room and all meals are vegetarian.
ADVANCED MEETING: INVITATION TO SILENCE
Thurs 29th September - Sun 2nd October '22
This is a retreat for all those who have journeyed through the other levels and it is an opportunity to share the details of living an awakened life, whilst enjoying silence - together and apart. These meetings happen once a year or so, and are a beautiful way of touching base with yourself, and others with whom you have journeyed deep and far...
APPROXIMATE SCHEDULE FOR RETREAT 1
subject to change
Meeting the group.
Introducing Caroline and the work.
Start of inner work; a journey towards the self.
Exploring the subjective nature of our lives; looking at body types and family patterns.
Exploring and sharing our stories.
Understanding pain and anger.
Recurring individual patterns.
Evening fire pit ceremony
Feedback and sharing.
Moving from the separate self to Awareness of One.
Presence and Peace.
Taking the work back into the world.
The sessions will be interspersed with drinks, breaks and meals.
THE RETREAT CENTRE
The retreats are held in the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside between the Forest of Dean and the River Severn.
The accommodation is in an old vicarage full of character with spacious rooms, high ceilings and windows overlooking the extensive gardens. Each person has their own room.
The group work takes place in the more modern, light filled extension, where we also share our vegetarian meals together.
The atmosphere is one of peace, tranquility and presence.
TESTIMONIALS FROM CAROLINE'S PREVIOUS RETREATS
"The compassionate heart retreat is nothing short of truly amazing, and it has made an incredible difference to my life.
Caroline has a wonderful glow that is instantly noticeable and by the time you leave you also have one !! Her gift that she shares from the heart is one of beauty and peace and if everyone had the opportunity to experience this then the world would be a much better place."
I have taken part in a number of spiritual development courses and retreats over the years in addition to leading various workshops and retreats myself. “The Compassionate Heart” retreat led by Caroline has proved to be one of the most challenging, rewarding and transformational retreats that I have ever experienced. I am truly in awe of Caroline’s ability to hold a safe space within which the retreat participants can engage at a deep level with their own inner enquiry. Caroline has the amazing ability to intuit what is happening within each individual, and to offer a wise and compassionate response which goes to the heart of the matter for the person concerned. Caroline’s warmth and humour, together with her practical and down-to-earth style, is an added bonus! The spiritual journey through healing to inner transformation and enlightenment is a difficult and painful one at times, but Caroline’s presence, together with her numerous gifts and qualities, makes her a wonderful companion and guide for the journey.
Ian Bonner-Evans October 2018
“An inspirational and eye opening weekend, where the promise of a heightened awareness of the Other was not only achieved but it managed to exceed my original expectations, thereby clarifying the value of Caroline’s teaching and her ability to move one’s soul.”
“I instantly had the feeling that I want more of
this work, and that I don’t want it to end.... I loved the fire, I loved being held and seen, I loved the connection within the group, I loved the silence
in between, I loved the meditations, I loved the realisation that we are all special, I loved to be able to touch people and give something back,
I loved the music, I loved the candles, and I loved hearing Caroline’s truth”
“Caroline has a true gift that she wholeheartedly shares and communicates with others. Through her own life journey she is able to guide you through yours. If you are open to it, she will help you realise your true potential and to understand yourself and others”
Rachel Adima Gray
"I like to believe that I am emotionally intelligent, and have spent an increasing part of my working and personal life helping other people with their stuff; very few people help me with my stuff. I had no expectations of the first Retreat with Caroline. During our time, I shared with the group some facts about my situation. Caroline, with immense perception, hit the nail on the head and explained what the root of my situation actually was. I didn’t even think it was something to change! This was an epiphany and created the biggest shift I have ever experienced. I saw myself in a completely new light. Caroline held up a caring mirror and reflected a true picture of my world. Without her wisdom, I would not have seen that it was time to finish the picture I’d been painting all this time.
Caroline is a fantastically astute and caring lady who created a very safe and gentle space for true transformation.
The format of the whole Retreat was respectful and well thought through. I am looking forward to the second Retreat and whatever it is will be just right."
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience at the retreat in Dorset.
Difficult to put into words just how special I found it and I am still exploring a new way of living with the information and experiences you gave us.
In summary - simple, deep, easy, hard, real and inspirational work!
Thanks again to Caroline and the rest of the fabulous team - together you created an amazing experience."
"It was a unique weekend, and I have approached this last week with renewed faith in myself. It has given me a feeling of strength, to trust and be guided by my guts, senses, feelings, intuition, my inner child. I’m no longer turning away from myself.
Thank you for making us feel like our very sensitive soul searching was important and valuable, and for safely holding and protecting us enough to allow us to be vulnerable. The warm generosity of spirit and sensitivity with which this was done was truly lovely!
Thanks to Caroline, who has a vast insight and a gentle, caring, patient, compassionate nature and approach. She sensitively reaches across every level of understanding, and encourages us to explore our own understanding and feelings, while offering easy to follow explanations and guidance. She considerately helps us to make sense of our own very individual, unique story, whilst showing us how the very essence of this keeps us all connected."
"I have had a very peaceful week back in my world after the retreat. The feeling of aloneness I used to have has gone. I have slept well too, as my anxiety in bed is so much better.
I loved the whole experience at the retreat; the cosy bedrooms, the room we did all the relaxing in, the gong . The emotional release was AMAZING. I had 10 years worth in there! I could go on and on. You all were very special people to meet. You were like angels, and Caroline has this glow that comes out of her."