A Contemplation Intensive is similar in some ways to an intense Zen retreat. Throughout the workshop, the participants ask or "hold" a question, such as "Who am I?" for the purpose of having a direct conscious experience. In Zen terminology, such a breakthrough is called an enlightenment experience.
There is no "data" in this intensive, nothing to memorize, no formula to live by, nothing to understand. New distinctions and breakthroughs are likely to occur, yet they occur solely out of the participants' own work in contemplation.
While this kind of intensive is highly structured and requires discipline, the actual technique used is extremely straightforward and simple. The main exercise we do throughout is called a Contemplation and Communication Exercise (CCE).
This is a 40-
The fundamental endeavour in a CCE is repeatedly setting out to directly experience who you are (other questions include: What is another? What is life? Or What am I?). As a result of such immediate contemplation, in which you are opening up in this very moment to experience yourself directly, something will come up -
Whatever comes up for you -
A day begins at 6 AM. Throughout the day you will do about 14 CCEs. There will also be walking or solo contemplations (30-
In such an intense environment, where you have no concerns but to directly experience yourself, you will move through a tremendous amount of "stuff." Mental, emotional, or physical barriers can come up. This is to be expected. Consider it part of the process and keep your intent on directly experiencing who you are no matter what comes up or gets in the way. The purpose of the intensive is to have an enlightenment experience, which is to say, to directly and authentically experience the true nature of Being.
There will be two staff members: a facilitator and a monitor.
The facilitator is Kevin Magee, who started doing contemplation intensives in 1997. He has participated in numerous intensives with different facilitators since then as well as being senior monitor for intensives in the US. In 2011 Kevin finished a 7 month intense contemplation program with Master Peter Ralston in Texas. Kevin brings his experience of contemplation to serve others in their own contemplations.
The monitor will be Rob van Ham. Rob has participated in contemplation intensives with Master Ralston and Kevin Magee. The supportive role of the monitor during a Contemplation Intensive is essential to the success of the Intensive.
During the intensive we will stay in at group accommodation De Elegast near Nijmegen, which is part of working and living community De Refter. You will stay in a dormitory with 18 chambrettes, each having its own bed, closet and sink. You will need to bring only a sleeping bag or sheets (pillows and blankets are available). All meals are vegetarion and be prepared by Karin and Paul, our hosts at De Elegast.
Check in time: Thursday at 19.00 hrs.
Check out time: Sunday at 18.30 hrs.
Thursday evening 20 -
The costs for this three day contemplation intensive, including your stay and meals. are:
At registration you will need to make a deposit of € 100,-
Are you interested in participating in a Contemplation & Enlightenment Intensive?
Please contact Rob van Ham for more information, questions and registration.