The sole Purpose of The Enlightenment Intensive is to give the participant the best possible opportunity at having the deepest Direct Experience of Absolute Truth possible - the deepest Enlightenment Experience possible. And so what is that? Well, it's indescribable in a sense, but I'll try.
It is when your experience and you that is having the experience, are one and the same. It is Union. It is also called Self-Realization - realization because nothing is gained other than an awareness or a realization of what was already the case. The truth always is, always was, and always will be. What else could there ever be? Does something that's not true, that's false, exist? Of course not. What existed was a false perception of the truth, and once Enlightenment occurs, one sees through the illusion, to the Truth Itself. But "seeing" isn't quite right either. There is a Seeing, but there's more to it. Directly Experiencing isn't even quite right, because the word "experience" implies the duality of someone experiencing something else. The nature of Truth being Union - All Is One and One Is All - there is no separation. This is sometimes referred to as "non-duality".
One of the fundamental aspects of this "experience" that might make more sense to the average person out there, is that one no longer identifies with the mind and all it's contents. One now Knows OneSelf as a Conscious Being (Who) or Being Itself (What).
Well, I'm going to leave it at that for now :-)
In form, the Enlightenment Intensive is a container, a vessel, a safe and sacred space. You might think of it as a ship, a Self-Discovery ship, built to boldly go where no one has gone before. We're never quite sure what we will discover, but we know that whatever it is, it will be just that, and that will be the truth. She's one of if not the best ship in the galaxy, with the most advanced shield and weapons system, and warp speed. And all on board are like the crew of the EI Enterprise, some highly trained, others making their first voyage. But all are fully committed to the search for Truth.
There are agreements we all make... to follow rules, a schedule, and a common aim: the truth. This is a silent retreat. Except for communicating to the listening partners in the dyads, participants do not speak to each other. But the staff are always available to talk to. We are formally trained and deeply devoted to supporting you through your struggles and in the direction of your truth and the Truth Itself. We are there for you 24/7, no-matter-what.
Participants begin to sense this safety, this sacred space created. They start to let down their guard, to speak their mind and pour their heart out... to release what weighs them down. They simply tell the truth. Though it is not therapy, it is highly therapeutic. At some point, often on the second day, the sincere and hard-working participant will put all their story behind them, and in the face of fear or whatever else arises, they dig into to this thing right here and now: reality itself. Things often start to get quite interesting at this point. Communicating one rising experience after another, letting nothing (including nothing) stop them from the business at hand, this participant stays steadily poised in pure self-awareness... noticing what's true, communicating that, noticing... communicating... all the while opening and intending to Directly Experience the Absolute Truth.
In essence, the EI is a journey... an adventurous, exciting, challenging, and wonderfully rewarding journey within. We are all in it together, set out for this heralded realm called Truth. And yet, the journey is our very own.
There is no doctrine or teaching to believe in. The only thing taught is a technique that points the participant directly at the truth of who or what they are, and also how to get through the barriers that will come up as a result of doing the technique... because in that process - that pursuit - beliefs, baggage, and the entire array programming picked up throughout our lives is confronted. It is literally "run into" as a result of going directly for the Truth of You. Or perhaps it's all around you, like quicksand. Or it seems it permeates you. However it seems, it's in the way of progress. Maybe it seems like it's you at the time, but you just don't know because you can't quite put your finger on it. It's sometimes elusive and unknown to you. It's a barrier between who or what you identify as or indirectly experience yourself to be and You Realizing Who or What You Truly Are. By inquiring deep into who or what is experiencing this, persisting with determination and/or devotion, (however it is for you), and opening to it, eventually it surfaces and becomes known to you. Then by expressing it to your dyad partner so they too know what it's like for you, now yours and another's combined light shine on it, and it's true nature becomes fully revealed. If it's true nature is illusory, then it is now known as that, and thus it just dissolves because it's not true. But if it's true nature is Truth, then it expands, and this is a very beautiful, powerful thing to both experience and witness. Time and again, we express what we become aware of to another, in a dyad.
When considering the many modalities of spiritual seeking created by humankind over millennia, The Enlightenment Intensive has broken new ground. It is on the cutting edge of seeker technology. It's effectiveness at fostering "breakthroughs", Direct Experiences of Absolute Truth, is such that you could call it a modern wonder. The "dyad" format - two practitioners sitting directly across from one another, amplifies the consciousness at work exponentially. The principle of "the whole is greater than the sum of it's parts" transpires.
In the dyad, two seekers team up against one mind. Two together, have the sum power of perhaps 3 or 4 or many more working apart. In solo meditation, one simply watches the thoughts, feelings, sensations, etc, rise up and pass on, often to return. In the dyad, the contemplator expresses what comes up to the very attentive listening partner, who simply watches, listens, and tries to understand, without responding or making gestures, and without judgment. When true understanding between two individuals occurs, mind is released, and is much more likely to stay away.
For most of us, our stories, our thoughts, feelings, hurts, frustrations, beliefs, perceptions (and on and on) run through our minds in perpetual patterns or even keep us stuck in a "state" of some sort (state of worry, state of lethargy, state of irritation, etc.), keeping us from being present to our life here and now. These bits of information, like mail on an office desk, just sit there, either never opened, never replied to, never understood, or just simply never tossed in the garbage. Our "inbox" is stuffed and overflowing with incomplete communications, leaving a burdensome feeling about the unfinished business that awaits us.
It is the power of two conscious beings working together, the inquiry into truth, and the clearing of old baggage through conscious communication and understanding that sets this practice apart. It is our experience, that in the gamut of modalities aimed at break through, transformative experiences, nothing comes close in speed and depth, as this arduous pursuit of truth inside the safety and profundity of an Enlightenment Intensive. Yoga Masters, Zen monastics, psycho-therapists, disciples who have spent years with gurus in ashrams (all valuable experiences for sure) have agreed that nothing else quite measures up to an EI. Many masters, teachers and healers of such various backgrounds have found the EI so effective they have added it as a regular part of their programs. If you're looking for what you might call "the real deal" in the realm of spiritual seeking, you owe it to yourself to try an Enlightenment Intensive.
The schedule includes contemplation periods outside of dyads where one can be silent with themselves. They include a silent sitting contemplation, two 1 hour walking contemplations, tea contemplation, and an afternoon rest contemplation (and a few others).
Get to know Trevor and his favourite part of witnessing the Truth arising in retreat participants.
*For clarity, referring to the end of the video, there is no "way in" . Enlightenment happens in a timeless instant, through no process at all. And yet (as the mind always faces paradox when describing the nature of Truth & the search for it), the process participants engage in on an EI greatly increases the chances of having an Enlightenment experience. On average, 1/4 to 1/3 of participants will.
November 5 - 11, 2021
I am not here to sell, but to serve.
I am most interested in those individuals with a sincere desire to know the truth for it's own sake, and I will hold you to that aim regardless of your particular desires. If you can agree to be coachable, to allow me to guide you to and through your truth, and if Grace should have it, to the Absolute Truth Itself, then we are on the same team. And you might have other desires as well. That doesn't mean you can't take the trip. Maybe you are feeling drawn to gain peace and clarity in your life, to lighten your load, strengthen your relationships, become a better communicator and listener, or if you really do wish to walk in life anchored in the Absolute Truth of Who and What you are, but something is in the way from making it happen, please reach out and contact me. Let's see if we can resolve it together, and get you on your rightful journey home to your true self.
Your investment is $1,200 for this 5 DAY EI
A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to register, (returned only in the event an emergency prevents you from attending).
Payment plans are available.
This intensive is $1000 if you've completed an EI with Trevor before.
*This includes 6 nights accommodation, wholesome homemade meals , pre & post intensive support and this profoundly beautiful experience.
To find out if the Enlightenment Intensive retreat is right for you,
book a call with Trevor by emailing:
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*Note: A conversation with Trevor is a routine requirement. It is important to ensure that an Enlightenment Intensive is right for you.
"I'm a 51 year old man, Joe Canadian in many ways. I am not your guru. I just happen to have a knack for this thing called the Enlightenment Intensive. It's a discovery ship in a sense, and I know how to fly it. I find that what it is to be 'spiritual' is often misunderstood and misrepresented. To me it's really nothing special. It simply means being aware, authentic, honest with oneself and others, and acting in service to the greater good."
Trevor trained as an Enlightenment Master and Level 1 Clearer under the powerful tutelage of Lawrence Noyes, the world's foremost teacher of the work of Charles Berner, founder of the Enlightenment Intensive. Trevor practiced as a participant on Enlightenment Intensives for 10 years before taking his master's training, mainly under Murray Kennedy, a truly loving and authentic Master of nearly 40 years in this work. He took to this work quickly, and on his second intensive, Trevor directly experienced what he calls "how things happen": the unfolding nature of reality, which the Tao Te Ching describes quite well.
He is honoured to have been appointed Tribe Shaman of the Head Smashed In Division of MDI (mentordiscoverinspire.org), a community of men committed to helping each other become positive & powerful masculine influences for the sake of each other, their families, communities, and humanity.
While being a contemporary and free-thinker, Trevor feels a deep connection to ancient wisdom traditions. He lived and practiced in Plum Village during a six month sabbatical, under the guidance of beloved and world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.
Trevor participated on his first Enlightenment Intensive 19 years ago, and knew then as he does now, that this profound Awakening retreat will always be a part of his life. He has been facilitating Enlightenment Intensives since 2012. This is not his passion, but his calling. He will stand in the fire with you, face your demons along side you, and he will certainly sing and dance with you when the occasion calls for it.
"I will do my absolute best to never sell You out. Knowing the utter fulfillment Truth brings,
I want nothing less for you." ~TMT
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Retreats are held at
Sanctum Retreat Centre
Please speak with me to ensure this retreat is right for you, and you connect with me and my style before making any payments. I look forward to it!
Those formally trained to be an EI Monitor seeking experience and further training may request a lower fee for the opportunity to experience the sacred role of "Silent Monitor". Call to discuss.
If you are donating to our retreat scholarship please feel free to send away and be sure to add a note that this is your gracious donation. The ability to subsidize tuition for those in need is a gift indeed.