Feb 8th, 2020
The Windsor Park Community Association
10am - 5pm
Open to all student experience levels
* No tuition payment required for initial reservation.
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space is limited to 24 participants
What is Gnosis?
Gnosis or Enlightenment (Mystic Union) is The DIRECT EXPERIENCE OF TRUTH. It is the goal of all mystical, occult and initiative systems and teachings. It is The Holy Grail, The Stone of Wisdom, The Life Elixir… Its essence is the disappearance of differences between subject and object. They merge and become ONE. From that moment onwards, you as a human being are changed forever.
Why do we have to strain to achieve this? The reason is very simple. From early childhood to adulthood, we only have indirect experiences. The main characteristic of indirect experiences is some process between a subject and an object. For example, you read this text; between the subject, that is you, and the object, that is this text, there is the process of reading, the process of seeing and the process of understanding.
When someone speaks to you, there is the process of listening and the process of understanding. That way you get the experience of what that person wants to convey to you.
When you watch a film or see a picture, there is the process of seeing as intermediary between you and that picture which is the object of your experience.
It would be very easy to be in Direct Experience of Truth all the time if we didn’t have our mind. Our mind is the only barrier to that. And the best definition of mind is this: The MIND is the totality of all our misunderstood experiences, our traumas, unpleasant experiences, unfinished cycles, un-communicated intentions and unfulfilled desires. As soon as we want to experience something, instead of Direct Experience of that something we get the contents of our mind reactivated.
For example, when we want to experience our self, when we have a question upon our mind such as “Who am I?”, instead of Direct Experience of our self, we get all things we learned from our parents and other members of our family, all the things we learned in school or read in books, all the things we heard from other people or learned from authorities…We get all kinds of indirect experiences.
Thus the only way to obtain Gnosis or Enlightenment or Direct Experience of Truth on the eternal question “Who am I” is to empty all the contents of our mind. When we attain that emptiness, Direct Experience of Truth happens spontaneously and naturally.
And the special technique of the Gnostic Intensive workshop does just that!
Historic development of techniques of Enlightenment
In ancient times, Enlightenment demanded the devotion of the whole life of a human being: severing all connections with everyday living and family, rejecting goals and ambitions. The best example is Buddha. He obtained Enlightenment after eight years of persistent meditation. His Enlightenment was all-inclusive, he had Direct Experience about himself, other human beings, life, everything…
Many centuries later, the Rinzai Zen school came into existence. They discovered that it was easier to get Direct Experience on one particular segment of reality than on the whole of life. Thus their followers meditated on particular Koans or questions and their Gnostic Experiences were narrower, but they were able to obtain Enlightenment quicker.
In traditional mystical schools they did not pay attention to the time needed to attain Gnosis or Enlightenment, because they considered time as an illusion anyway. But for us, people of the 21st century, the time needed to attain anything, even Direct Experience of Truth, is important.
So in the middle of the 20th century some people discovered that it is more efficient if people work in pairs and groups then individually. Two human beings would alternatively meditate and communicate with each other. The logic of this conclusion is very simple: when working in pairs, we have two consciousnesses against one unconsciousness. Others discovered that the most efficient method is a combination of meditation with communication, because such method empties the contents of the mind rapidly.
I applied such a technique 21 years ago in my first Intensives. They lasted three days and three nights, 18 hours of work each day. They demanded a lot of effort from participants but the rewards were worthwhile. About 30 % of participants were able to obtain the Gnostic Experience.
As time progressed, I did my best to shorten the period of Gnostic Intensive and to make it possible for a larger percentage of participants to obtain Direct Experience. After long experimentations and hard effort I had a creative breakthrough and now, I have created just what I wanted: the most efficient method of Enlightenment on this planet today: the Gnostic Intensive lasts less than one day and more than 90% of participants get Direct Experience of Truth!
After practicing the Gnostic Intensive people don’t have to change anything in their lives. They don’t have to go to monasteries, to caves in the Himalayas or to occult schools and organizations. After an Intensive they continue living as before. But now they are more conscious of themselves, of other Human Beings, of Life, God, etc.
The goal of the Gnostic Intensive
The only goal of a Gnostic Intensive is Gnosis, Enlightenment or Direct Experience of Truth. There are no other goals! Many people feel wonderful after an Intensive. But our goal is not to feel fine. Our goal is Direct Experience of Truth!
After an Intensive some people have better relationships with friends, partners and members of their family…Better relationships are OK, but that is not our primary goal. Our goal is Direct Experience of Truth!
Sometimes people experience telepathy, precognition or ecstasy…But such states are not our goal. Our goal is Direct Experience of Truth!
The most important consequence of the Gnostic Experience is this: From that moment onwards you as a being advance more rapidly in all systems of psychological and Spiritual teaching, meditation and self-development. Why? For the first time you will have the stable point of consciousness inside you. Now when you meditate, you learn and teach others. Before that Experience, maybe it was your desire to look good in other people’s eyes, or you had feelings of inferiority.
Gnosis will enable you to experience life as a continuous journey to love, fulfillment, creativity and peace; you will bring light into the dark parts of yourself. You will be able to make decisions yourself and not follow the blind forces inside you, which you are unconscious of.
The technique of the Gnostic Intensive will enable you to experience Direct Experience on questions such as
* Who am I?
* What am I?
* What life is? and
* What is Another?
in less than one day.
Participants who have been on several Intensives will be able to enter the Stable State of Consciousness or MEUNA.
Thus, it is up to you.
* Who thinks about months, grows the grass.
* Who thinks about years, grows trees.
* Who thinks about centuries, builds temples.
* Who thinks about eternity, looks for the Truth."
~ created by Zivorad Slavinski
A 7-day EI is a great introduction to this work for many, and a way to go deeper for those who've already experienced the 3-day format. Connect with us to see if it is right for you.
In form, the Enlightenment Intensive (EI) is a container, a vessel, a safe and sacred space. 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 about half way through the intensive, 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 along the way... 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. It's in the way, like a fallen timber across a path. It is a barrier between who and what you believe yourself to be, and Who and What You really Are. By inquiring deep into what it is, allowing it to surface and be known to us, and expressing it to another so they too know what it's like for you, we get through it, overcome it, even dissolve it. 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 3 or 4 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, and 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, transformational 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 a guru in an ashram (all valuable experiences for sure) have agreed that nothing else quite measures up. 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 and 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 your Enlightenment Master Trevor Thibodeau and his favourite part of witnessing the Truth arising in retreat participants.
NOTE: This is only for those who have successfully completed a previous Enlightenment Intensive. Connect to discuss if this retreat is right for you.
Answers do come in the form of insights. Healings occur. Hearts burst open as masks are finally dropped. Conscious connection with others is experienced, often for the first time. Ecstatic energetic experiences, uncontrollable laughter, deep emotional release...the vast array of experiences is uncanny.
As wonderful as they all may be, the one and only purpose of an Enlightenment Intensive is to give the participant the best possible opportunity to have a Direct Experience of Absolute Truth.
We are not here to sell, but to serve. We are most interested in those individuals with a sincere desire to know the truth. If you are feeling drawn to gain deep clarity, strengthen your relationships, become a profound listener and 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 us. Let's see if we can resolve it together, and get you on your rightful journey home to your true self.
Your investment is $1497 *all inclusive
A $200 non-refundable deposit is required to register, (refundable only in an emergency).
*7 nights accommodation, wholesome homemade meals (send food allergy info upon registration), pre and post intensive support , and this profoundly beautiful experience.
To find out if the Enlightenment Intensive retreat is right for you, email:
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Include in the email:
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*Note: A conversation with Trevor is a routine requirement. It is important we ensure that an Enlightenment Intensive is right for you.
We're happy to discuss any questions, concerns or barriers regarding your Enlightenment Intensive.
587-229-0770 - Trevor
March 1st 2020
Cloakroom Wellness Centre
70 Albert St Winnipeg MB
"I'm a 49 year old man, Joe Canadian in many ways. 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 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. On his second intensive, Trevor directly experienced "how things happen"; the unfolding nature of reality, which the Tao Te Ching describes quite well. He was honoured to be appointed Tribe Shaman (2017-2019) of Head Smashed In Division of MDI, a community of men committed to helping each other become positive & powerful masculine influences in their families, communities, and in the world. While being a contemporary and free-thinker, Trevor feels a deep connection to ancient wisdoms. He lived and practiced in Plum Village during a six monthh sabbatical, under the guidance of beloved and world renowned Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Trevor participated on his first Enlightenment Intensive 16 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.
"I found my true voice inside the dyads of an Enlightenment Intensive. I found my true self reflected in the eyes of my dyad partners. Here, in the safe & sacred space of and EI, I found true Love pouring into me as I walked towards the Truth of Who I am."
Mira has been a Calgary Enlightenment Intensive Senior Monitor since the Spring of 2015, and is partnered with Trevor in this work and in this life. She has taken her Senior Monitor training with Lawrence Noyes, and has been involved in Enlightenment Intensives for over 10 years. Her devotion to this work has taken her to train at the Masters level with Lawrence Noyes in July 2019.
One need not spend much time with Mira to recognize that she radiates love and compassion added to her powerful nature. Because of her willingness to be deeply vulnerable (of substantial benefit in this work), her heart bursts open almost as a matter of course while receiving others in their expressions of self. Innately nurturing, she’s fulfilled by giving comfort and care to others. She brings with her a Degree in Psychology, as well as Certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Crisis Intervention, and Yoga, with 20 years experience as a counsellor and care worker for the vulnerable sector of society. As a student of Nada and Bhakti Yoga, Mira is a gifted poet, spoken word, and recording artist with the voice of the Goddess.
Rovena is a Relationship and Intimacy Coach, Tantra Teacher, Mindfulness coach and the founder of the Calgary Tantric Community. She leads Women's Circles and teaches workshops on Thriving Relationships, Compassionate Communication, Sacred Sexuality and Spirituality. Rovena has studied with Master Tantra teachers around the world. She has formal training as a Senior Monitor and Clearer and is devoted to this retreat and to her own spiritual awakening practices. She is proud to support people in creating the life and relationships they love. She helps couples and singles create and keep the magic in their relationships. She teaches Tantra as a path of Love and Joy and Freedom; living with an Open Heart, Awareness and Presence. She is the mother of 2 and is committed to bringing more love and joy to everyone around her. Rovena has taken her Enlightenment Intensive Masters training with Lawrence Noyes July 2019. We are deeply grateful to have her as a member of our team.
“Of all the valuable resources out there, I believe that the Enlightenment Intensive is the most effective for emptying the contents of the mind and dramatically increasing the chances of participants having a direct experience of their true nature, or what Eckhart Tolle call an Awakening. Because this retreat has been so instrumental and supportive of me in my own life and inner journey I want others to also experience the benefits that I have received.”
Paul has been an important part of The Enlightenment Intensive team as a Senior Monitor since the spring of 2015, and has been involved in this work for 11 years. He has also completed his EI Master's training with Lawrence Noye . A humble soul and an unsung hero, Paul gives of himself freely in service to those who seek to Know the Truth of Who and What they are. He is a solid, and sincere presence, gently guiding the participants, and holding space on Enlightenment Intensives, which is no small endeavour. Of particular interest to Paul, is the sanctity of the dyad: a sacred space within the sacred space of the Enlightenment Intensive.
Paul also comes with a background in conventional healing modalities, including a Master's Degree in Social Work, and more than 18 years as a clinical therapist working with traumatized children and families. His own spiritual awakening and mindfulness practice is still a daily devotion. This man is our brother and a solid support for this work and these intensives. We are privileged to have his experience, skill and heart on retreat.
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