DAY WORKSHOP AT ISBOURNE CENTRE, Cheltenham
January 25th 2020
'SEEING THE SELF WITH EYES OF LOVE'
A day spent diving into the root of the separate self, discovering the judgments and comparisons which beset the mind and keep us trapped in our subjective reactions and emotional patterns.
Only when we understand the totality of the self and see our story with eyes of love, can we drop into the witness state of infinite peace, which is the essence of who we really are.
For details and booking, please contact The Isbourne Centre: https://www.isbourne.org/
'The Compassionate Heart; Awakening the Self'
5pm Friday March 20th - 4pm Sunday 22nd 2020.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE 12 - 14th IN NAILSWORTH, GLOUCESTERSHIRE
The group will be no more than 5, with own room and plenty of space.
The virus situation will be monitored and this date may have to be moved again to a date which suits all, so your place will be secured.
During the two days you will have a chance to take a break from the demands of life, and gently delve into your deepest self. Looking at your story 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 about ourselves and Life passed down from family or peers. These need to be explored and unpicked so that we can free the emotion, 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, is part of a series of 6, and 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 further 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 at beautiful retreat centre in Gloucestershire with private room, all vegetarian meals and tea breaks provided. Special diets easily catered for.
The price for the whole weekend including all meals and overnight accommodation:
Taking bookings now, please contact via
Message from participant of Retreat 5: 'Freedom From the Known':
'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.'
RETREAT 3 April 30th - May 3rd Gloucestershire
NB at present this retreat will go ahead with a small group of 5. There will be own rooms and plenty of space for each person. However the current climate is being monitored and the situation may change... If so this will be to a time convenient for all.
This third retreat, created for those who have attended any second retreat, or who have worked with Caroline on a one-to-one basis for some time, gives each person a chance to explore any aspects of the work which still need clarifying.
We will particularly explore the teenage years, including the beliefs about ourselves and others learned at this time, and we will also look at what it is to 'live with intensity'. Bringing the teenager on board with inner work creates a powerful and positive bridge between the inner child and the emerging wise adult.
As on all the retreats, we then explore our relationship to the witness state of total awareness which releases the attachment to your subjective self and story, bringing inner freedom. This freedom is the essence of Love and Peace.
There will be time for silent reflection, walks in nature, use of the hot tub, breath work and sound healing.
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: £500.00
To register interest for either retreat or if you have any questions, please email or see the 'Work with Caroline' page.
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
At present I am taking my retreats in two new centres, both in Gloucestershire.
Retreat One will be held at a beautiful, tranquil centre near Nailsworth, which is light, spacious and peaceful. Each person will have their own room.
There are walks from the house to lakes nearby (in which people can swim).
Retreats Two to Six will be held at a larger centre near Newnham. This is a vicarage full of character with spacious rooms, and windows overlooking the extensive gardens. There are walks to the River Severn. The atmosphere is one of peace, tranquility and presence. The group work takes place in the more modern, light filled extension, where we also share our vegetarian meals together.
Photographs are still being sourced and will be added soon...
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."