The Being and Becoming Retreat

The Being and Becoming Retreat: Awakening Consciousness
July 25-August 16, 2009 Tuscany Italy

If we want to create a new culture, we have to be free of the old. But how do we do that? How can we let go of what’s holding us back, and truly embrace an enlightened, evolutionary relationship to life?

The Being and Becoming Retreat, led by EnlightenNext founder and renowned spiritual teacher Andrew Cohen, and held in beautiful Tuscany, Italy, will answer both of those questions with profound depth and clarity.

When you attend the retreat, you will:

  • Benefit from EnlightenNext’s twenty years of experience awakening people to the liberating freedom and clarity of their own highest self
  • Immerse yourself in the life-changing depths of enlightened awareness
  • Experience the endless inspiration and creativity of the evolutionary impulse in yourself
  • Discover the thrill of seeing new interior structures emerge in a larger collective

Broken up into two ten-day sections, the Being and Becoming Retreat will begin by taking you into the deepest states of pure being-into the empty space of consciousness that was there before the universe began-through going very deeply into the experience of silent meditation.

Then, during the second ten-day period, you will make the transition from contemplating the timeless ground of being into a face-to-face encounter with the original cosmic urge to become, to take form, to evolve from nothing into something.

By the end of the retreat, you’ll discover, like thousands of people who have been on EnlightenNext retreats in the past, that you’re not the same person who entered. Your perspective on life-your own life, and life itself-will have changed. And you also will have played an important role in pushing forward the larger collective process that leads directly into the next stage of The EnlightenNext Discovery Cycle: The Conference for Evolutionaries.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone before deciding, please send an email to Mary Adams ( or call (413) 637-6079.

(You may register for the entire retreat or just one of the two ten-day segments. See link below for details.)


"Traditionally, enlightenment has been defined as a profound awakening to the Ground of Being - an awakening in which the seeker finds liberation through transcending the world of time and space.

"But in the new enlightenment, which is redefined in an evolutionary context, the discovery of this primordial ground is not an end in itself. It becomes the essential foundation from which the individual is freed to participate wholeheartedly in the evolutionary process.

"What arises out of that ground is an impulse to evolve, which I call the Authentic Self, and the goal of Evolutionary Enlightenment is to liberate this creative principle in human consciousness so that it can transform us and the world around us."

- Andrew Cohen

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