Luminous Darkness: A Radical Path to Embracing the Unknown and Seeing With the Heart
August 26–29, 2022
August 26, 2022
 - 
August 29, 2022
with Deborah Eden Tull
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All light arises from darkness. This includes insight, creativity, vision, and possibility. Darkness is not the absence of light, but a vital and restorative expression of nature and consciousness. Join us for a restorative and experiential retreat designed to inspire personal and collective awakening.

Global uncertainty invites us to re-learn how to meet the unknown with grace and curiosity. While we cannot rely on our familiar compass to navigate darkness, we can learn to access the emergent map that comes from presence, embodiment, deep listening, dreaming, receptivity, and relational intelligence. Together we shift away from the world of concepts and ideas, and step into the wisdom and poetry of our bodies.

In the dark, we are invited to open our hearts to fresh perception. We are invited to see clearly beyond the mind of separation and remember who we really are.

This workshop includes meditation, dharma talks, relational mindfulness, ritual, conscious movement, and communion with nature. Discover how spiritual traditions across the world recognize darkness as a portal for spiritual transformation.

Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull

Deborah Eden Tull, founder of Mindful Living Revolution, is a Zen meditation and mindfulness teacher, author, activist and sustainability educator. She bridges personal awakening with collective transformation. Her latest book is Luminous Darkness: An Engaged Buddhist Approach to Embracing the Unknown.

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Workshop Schedule

Friday
8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Monday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

More activities can be found on our open class schedule.

See general schedule information including arrival, departure and meal times.

Accommodations & Tuition

Click Register Now to view availability of accommodations and all-inclusive, program-specific tuition. Please note that not all accommodation levels are available for every workshop and additional faculty fees may apply.

Accommodations & Tuition

For this workshop, you will register and pay for accommodations and tuition in two separate steps.

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Prices for accommodations include your lodging, meals, open classes, and use of the baths and other facilities. View partner program accommodations pricing.

COVID Update

In addition to proof of vaccination, all guests and faculty must provide proof of negative test results at time of check-in. Please read our current COVID safety guidelines for complete details prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective January 7, 2022 in response to the rapid spread of the new Omicron variant, all guests and faculty will provide proof of negative PCR, NAAT, or antigen test results at time of check-in. The test must be taken within 72 hours nd results must come from a laboratory or healthcare provider.Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective December 15 in accordance with new guidance from Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Health, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are required to wear masks in all indoor public settings, irrespective of vaccine status, for the next four weeks (December 15, 2021 through January 15, 2022). Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Effective November 19, 2021, in accordance with new guidance from the Monterey County Board of Supervisors, all guests, students, staff, residents, and faculty are no longer required to wear masks indoors on campus. Please read our updated COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Starting November 5, 2021, due to substantial levels of COVID-19 transmission in Monterey County, a mask mandate established by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will go into effect. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

All guests will be required to provide proof of vaccination upon arrival starting September 3, 2021. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

COVID Update

Masks are no longer mandated indoors or outdoors, except during massage sessions. Guests are not required to provide testing or vaccination verification before arriving on campus. Please read our COVID safety guidelines prior to booking your stay.

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