Living your Truth: Tapping your deeper purpose – Retreat with David Lorimer


Event Details


 

French retreat

La Borde Blanque, France, 22 to 29 October 2016

Are you at a turning point in your life where you need to stand back and take stock of who you are, where you have come from and where you are going? If so, this retreat will help you align or realign with your inner truth and purpose. We will explore together the shaping influences that have brought you to the present, including critical and precious moments. This will enable us to envision who and what you might become in terms of your own values and priorities. You will leave the seminar with renewed inspiration and courage to live your life and truth to the full: to be who you truly are.

The programme outlined below will include talks, movement, outings and walks and of course rest and relaxation. We will climb up to the Cathar fortress of Montsegur, which is only half an hour away. We will also visit the picturesque Mirepoix market. The comfortable accommodation in the house is in twin and double rooms with their own bathrooms. The delicious vegetarian food is lovingly prepared by my beautiful Marianne, and I will make sure there is some good wine on hand for those who like a glass (charged at cost). The cost of €630 includes full board with vegetarian food for seven nights. Registration is an additional £150 per person, payable on booking.

Travel:   from England there are flights from London Stansted to Carcassonne (60 mins away – recommended) and from London Gatwick to Toulouse (90 mins away). We will co-ordinate on car hire once bookings are finalised as it is easier to have your own transport available during the week. One car per 3 or 4 people will suffice. Borde Blanque is near the shore of Lac Montbel and between Chalabre and St Colombe sur l’Hers. Website: www.bordeblanque.com

Questions for reflection: (you can start these now! NB please bring a journal to use during the week)

Am I living my truest life?

Have I really lived?

Have I really loved?

Have I really mattered?

Who and what have shaped who I have become? (relationships, friendships, work, experiences, places and travel, music, art, books, hobbies, sports)

Who am I really?

What and who might I still become in my life?

What are the critical turning points in my life?

What are the most precious moments of my life?

Who and what am I grateful for? Is there anything in my life that, on reflection, I cannot be grateful for?

What can I not accept in myself, and why?

What are my ten top values?

What do I stand for?

What are my priorities for the next five years?

What can I share of myself?

What do I hope for?

What if I only have 6 months to live? How would I spend this time?

How would I like to be remembered?

 

David Lorimer, MA, PGCE, FRSA is a writer, lecturer and editor who is Chief Consultant to Character Education Scotland, Programme Director of the Scientific and Medical Network and President of Wrekin Trust. Originally a merchant banker then a teacher of philosophy and modern languages at Winchester College, he is the author and editor of over a dozen books, most recently The Protein Crunch (with Jason Drew) and A New Renaissance (edited with Oliver Robinson). He has edited three books about Beinsa Douno: Prophet for our Times (1991, to be re-issued in 2015), The Circle of Sacred Dance, and Gems of Love, which is a translation of his prayers and formulas into English. He learned Bulgarian in order to be able to do this.

He is a founding member of the International Futures Forum and was editor of its digest, Omnipedia – Thinking for Tomorrow. He was also a Trustee of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment and a Churchill Fellow. His book on the ideas and work of the Prince of Wales – Radical Prince – has been translated into Dutch, Spanish and French. He is the originator of the Inspire-Aspire Values Poster Programmes, which this year involved over 30,000 young people from around the Commonwealth. See www.inspire-aspire.org.uk. He lives locally and enjoys walks near Lac Montbel and in the surrounding hills with his beautiful and loving partner Marianne and their dog Joey.

Personal website: www.davidlorimer.co.uk

For all ticket enquiries: [email protected]

PROGRAMME

Saturday 22 October

1730    Introductions

1830    Meditation

1900    Dinner

2030    Overview of week

Sunday 23 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

0945    The life review and its significance for how we live

1100    Coffee

1130    The end of life: avoiding common regrets of the dying

1245    Lunch

Afternoon free for reading and walks

1700    Pointers from morning sessions

1830    Meditation

1900    Dinner

2030    The Music of Beinsa Douno

Monday 24 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

0930    Outing to Mirepoix market

1230    Lunch and afternoon free for walks

1630    Stages and cycles of life

1830    Meditation (optional)

1900    Dinner

2030    Poetry reading (please bring poetry to share)

Tuesday 25 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

0945    Life balance – being, doing, having

1100    Coffee

1130    Who am I? Identities, roles, expectations

1245    Lunch and afternoon free for walks

1700    Reflection on morning themes

1830    Meditation

1900    Dinner

2030    Film: Barbara Marx Hubbard on Human Evolution?

Wednesday 26 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

0945    Who have I become? (relationships, friendships, work, experiences, places and travel, music, art, books, hobbies, sports)

1100    Coffee

1130    Who have I become? (continued)

1245    Lunch and afternoon free for reading and walks – possible walk in Green Labyrinth

1800    Reflections on the labyrinth of life

1830    Meditation

1900    Dinner

2030

Thursday 27 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

0945    Creating your life from the inside out

1100    Coffee

1130    Who and what might I still become?

1245    Lunch

1415    Outing to Montsegur (30 mins away)

1800    Reflections (also on Montsegur)

1830    Meditation (optional)

1900    Dinner

2030

Friday 28 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

0945    Aligning authentically with your life blueprint

1100    Coffee

1130    Living with inspiration and integrity

1245    Lunch and afternoon free for reading and walks

1700    Reflections and new directions

1830    Meditation (optional)

1900    Dinner

2030    Party

Saturday 29 October

0830    Meditation and Six Exercises

0900    Breakfast

1000    Depart for Carcassonne – see city and early lunch

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