Authentic Living

Devon Retreat 2021

Discover Who You Really Really Are, and Open to the Fullness of Life.

26 Feb – 5 March 2021, Eden Rise.

Join James in the beautiful Devonshire countryside for a life-changing 7-day retreat.

Through meditations, sense-based exercises, live music & intimate dialogues you will:

* Deeply explore your firsthand, uninterpreted experience, to reveal the true safety that is always already here.
* Discover how that wondrous realisation can lead to lasting transformation.
* Feel empowered to fully shine your unique qualities into life.

Is this retreat for me?

With all the current uncertainty around politics, economics, climate change, artificial intelligence, and now the global pandemic, maybe you’ve notice a deep longing for real safety and security?

Perhaps you’ve been trying to fix the ‘problem’ but, whatever you acquire or achieve, the satisfaction is only ever fleeting before you find yourself longing again?

Or maybe you’ve already had some recognition of your true nature, but still find yourself caught in limiting patterns, still longing to fully express—to truly come alive?

If any of this sounds familiar, then keep on reading . . .

What happens on a retreat with James?

  • Through meditations, sense-based exercises, live music, silent connecting & intimate dialogues, James will guide you with gentle precision towards discovering who you really REALLY are.
  • From that ‘place’ of clarity and openness, you will begin to see the deeply held beliefs, fear-based patterns and physical clenches that keep you bound up in life.
  • In discovering how to meet those uncomfortable feelings and beliefs from the loving openness of your true nature, those frozen blockages can begin to thaw, enabling your essential qualities—of sensitivity, tenderness, playfulness, courage, compassion, strength, power, etc.—to naturally flow.
  • In the atmosphere of absolute acceptance and support that James offers, there is the chance to play with operating spontaneously, in-tuitively, with Being-in-action—with living freedom.
  • Ultimately it all adds up to a celebration of life with openhearted sharing, music, singing, silence, tears and laughter.
  • No previous knowledge is required, just a willingness to openly and honestly explore your immediate, first-hand experience, to courageously question all your beliefs and assumptions, and to feel into your human fragility and whatever fears may arise.

James's two-pronged approach of working with each person's inner narratives and shadow aspects, held within the largest possible container of non-dual awareness and Love, is more powerful and comprehensive than any other approach I am aware of. Watching him work is truly exquisite. With incredible delicacy and presence, he facilitates the birth of whatever it is that needs to emerge in that precise moment.

B G

I feel so blessed to have met you James! An inspiration in the true meaning of the word. You breathe life into us all with your Being, your sensitivity, acceptance, honouring, warmth and downright normal-ness. What a gift to us all to be able to meet with you and have reflected back what we truly, truly are. Thank you for meeting me exactly where I am each time I sit in the chair; no pressure, no pushing, just an extraordinary patience and trust.

A B

There’s no dogma, no superiority, no guru-ness, no rigid mindset, no rules, just a loving intelligence continually welcoming us back to the home we never left.

P C

James is a born teacher—infinitely patient, compassionate, crystal clear and with great integrity. Thank you James, for your wisdom and love.

L P

I am a different person since working with James: more real, more loving, more open, more joyous, and certainly much more alive! People remark on it.

J B

I am very glad that Life has brought me to you. Your words and presence had a profound impact on me. After years in a kind of impasse/wilderness I am now filled with joy, with peace.

L W

James’s teachings are clear and concise. They took me to a level of understanding that had eluded me for 45 years. A truly life changing experience that opened a new possibility for being alive.

C L

Thank you James. You act as a midwife, guiding and supporting us through the pangs and contractions of giving birth to our true selves!

M W

The first time I connected with James it was a life-changing epiphany; to totally meet and be met on a transpersonal level—it was literally awesome. This is all I have ever wanted, and I am so grateful that the universe introduced me to someone I resonate with and learn so much from.

M J

Working closely with a guide who knows the territory, who can understand where we are on the journey, who meets us and sees us as we really are and reflects that back to us, is a rare and precious opportunity. James is that very guide.

J B

Thank you dear James. I've heard the words so many times and no one has ever led me to a place where I could actually experience those words—like what does it mean? That's what I was asking for, and you managed to do it.

A B

Schedule

8:30am – Breakfast
9:30am – Gentle body warm up (optional)
10 to 11:30am – Session 1
11:30am to 12noon – Tea & Biscuit break
12noon to 1pm – Session 2
1pm – Lunch then free time
4:30 to 6:30pm – Session 3
7:00pm – Dinner

The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in the sessions).

There will be no session after lunch on Tuesday (2nd).

On Wednesday eve there will be a chance for willing participants to play music, dance, sing, tell stories, poems, or whatever they wish to offer to the group in an optional impromptu cabaret.

About James

James Eaton graduated in Maths from Oxford University, then tried a number of vocations, including working as a singer-songwriter, an actor, and a school teacher in inner city London. Despite achieving success, he couldn’t shift a profound sense of lack and longing. What followed was an intense spiritual search that culminated in directly realising the wholeness of being—the home he’d been longing for.

Since 2011 James has been leading workshops and retreats internationally, guiding others to that same realisation, and to the subsequent empowerment and life transformation it can offer. He lives in Totnes, UK, with his wife, Eleonora, and their two sons, Edward and Ludo.

Full retreat details

Venue:

Eden Rise is managed by the Network of Wellbeing charity, and consists of two beautiful 200 year old converted barns, situated in the lovely Devonshire countryside two miles west of Totnes.

Full Address: Eden Rise, Sandwell Barns, Harberton, Totnes TQ9 7LJ.  Map

COVID Concerns:

If you are concerned about covid-19 risk, this is taken from the Eden Rise website:

“We are open and have implemented a Flexible Rebooking Policy and Safety Protocol in order to welcome you to a secure venue following recommended government guidelines (COVID Risk Assessment).”

Get in touch with Dora if you have other Covid-related concerns.

Description:

The retreat will begin with dinner at 6:30pm on Friday 26th February. You are welcome to arrive from 5pm that day, although no food will be served until dinner. The retreat ends after breakfast on Friday 5th March. The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in sessions).

Accommodation:

There are single ‘pods’ (shared rooms that have been divided up, to abide by government covid guidelines), 2 single rooms, and shared rooms for those that are part of a pre-existing ‘bubble’ (family/household/partners etc). If you would like to share a room with someone, please let us know in the ‘order notes’ section at checkout.

All guests will be given a full linen set each (sheets, duvet cover, two pillowcases and towel) although you are of course welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Food:

3 delicious, healthy meals are included each day; using home-grown and where possible organic and always locally-sourced ingredients, to prepare nutritious vegetarian dishes.

Transport:

Train: Travel to Totnes mainline station, which is 3 miles from the venue.

Flights: Nearest airports are Exeter Airport (33 miles), and Bristol Airport (96 miles).

Transfers: Please inform us (dora@jameseaton.org) of your arrival time at Totnes train station if you would like us to coordinate taxi transfers to the venue.

Integration:

There will also be two group integration sessions, that will be held on Zoom the following two weeks of the retreat, to support integrating all that we’ve discovered into everyday living. The day/time for each session will be arranged by the group.

Cancellations:

£100 non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
Remaining balance due by 1st January 2021.
75% of balance refunded if cancelled before 1st January 2021
50% of balance refunded if cancelled before 8th January 2021
25% of balance refunded if cancelled before 15th January 2021
No refund if cancelled after 15th January 2021

Cost:

There are two parts to the payment:

1. For Food & Accommodation/Venue costs

Non-resident – £190
Camping/Own Campervan – £220   ***SOLD OUT***
Shared room – £370
Single room – £495   ***ONLY 1 LEFT***

2. Donation to James for meetings and support

I offer my work as a gift. This means I rely on donations to support not only myself and my family, but also those that would be unable to attend if I were to charge a fee. Thank you for helping to prove that the gift model of business can really work!

(Suggested donation to me, for a 7-day retreat, is £250—that’s around £35 per day. You are welcome to offer more or less as you feel is appropriate.)

Register Your Place

  • Pay £100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place.
  • We will then contact you for the remaining balance, plus donation to James, which are due by 1st January 2021.

Twin/Double Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

Single Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

Own Campervan

Food & Venue Costs

£100 Deposit

Non-Resident

Food & Venue Costs

£100 Deposit

The number of participants to the retreat is limited, so make sure you book in time. Your place will be reserved after payment of the deposit has been received. Feel free to write to Dora if you have any questions (dora@jameseaton.org).