Things in the weekend intensive unfold in their own divine timing, and it is up to you how you learn and integrate from the experience. If you don't choose to make changes and to melt into your love after this spiritual intensive, then there's no intensive, retreat, or other humanly thing in the world that can do that for you.
DescriptionThis is a two and half day experience going from Friday (either afternoon or evening) to Sunday evening. A schedule/curriculum is tailored to each individual depending on their needs. Activities are secondary to being. This may confuse you if your ego believes action is the way to spiritual understanding, which is also in part the point of this. Being is. To the untrained eye, this is a weekend of hanging out with me, but on the energetic level, there will be conversations of all levels and all depths at work. Strangely enough, it can be very fatiguing, which is why there is typically a sizable break during the full days on Saturday and Sunday
Some activities that generally come up are:
- Eating together
- 1-hour dedicated sessions
- Reading spiritual texts
- Visioning (talking about what a person really wants to do in their life)
- Energy sensitivity and awareness exercises
- Chanting and other things as they arise
BenefitsThe main benefit is that you have a chance to be with a teacher who is grounded in the awakened space. This doesn't mean I'm perfect, btw. You're not going to a spiritual teacher such as myself to find a "perfect" person or to make yourself perfect, whatever perfect may mean to you. You come to remove any obstructions to your love. We will typically spend more time dealing with your darkness than your light. However, meeting one's inner light tends to also be an overwhelming experience. All-in-all, this is deep, sacred work that moves a lot of things and requires a lot of self-care and open communication, especially as you feel more and more connected to me.
EligibilityThis is open to current, regular students. Typically, this means that you have sessions every two weeks with me, but exceptions get made from time to time. This is not ideal for someone who is new to spiritual work and working with me. My energy is very powerful, and your energy is very powerful when unlocked. The amount of shifting that can result can be surprising and deeply unsettling. As I've mentioned in my FAQ about my sessions, here is another space where it is easy to be unskillful. That can manifest as thinking that this is a romantic connection or that this is a torturous journey and the teacher is being cruel in someway. It's essentially two sides of the same ego coin; on the one hand, the ego gets something that it likes, and on the other hand your ego gets something it doesn't like.
As a result, those of who are new to me and are interested in this intensive work are advised to begin working with me as a regular student first and building up to this.
Finding Our SpaceI used to do these intensives in my apartment, but now, I am keeping more of my private space to myself. Thus, part of developing an itinerary will be about deciding what type of space you feel most comfortable opening in. That could be renting space in a yoga studio for some activities, spending time in a park, or connecting in nature on regular hikes.
Housing and FoodAs I live in a modest apartment, there is no housing on-site, but there are hotels nearby to which I will point you towards.
Food costs are shared to some degree. I may buy lunch or dinner to bring to a site to share. When we go some place, it is expected that we will take care of our own costs. In general, we'll figure it out together as we discuss the itinerary for the weekend.
Weekend Intensive Testimonials
July 2015 Weekend Intensive
"My weekend intensive with Jim is hard to put into words, but it was beneficial in many ways. While it can be an intense thing to spend so much concentrated time in the presence of someone as sensitive and observant as Jim, he created a very gentle, attentive, conscious, and loving space. For me personally, I did not doubt that it would be worth it to do a weekend intensive and that I would be fortunate to have access to such a unique experience. However, my main concern going into it was that I would not be ready to fully open up, communicate as thoroughly as I needed to, and receive the fullness of what was being offered to me through this connection. At the end of the day, though, you can only do your best, and where the student is at the time of the intensive is the perfect starting point.
Jim was very reliable, prepared, and consistent, and he provided great hospitality while I was there for the weekend. He took care of everything including putting the agenda together that encompassed plenty of my input, providing ideas and suggestions for the most appropriate and beneficial activities, and picking me up from my hotel for each block of time. He also cooked all of the meals we shared and accommodated my dietary restrictions. I didn’t have much to worry about except being open, willing and ready to face my own emotions, and being as communicative as I could. Leading up to the intensive, Jim kept the agenda fluid and open to change as the flow of our work and what I would need changed. He provided plenty of opportunities for input and feedback. Most importantly, I felt safe while in his presence.
Some of my favorite parts of the intensive were the unique opportunities to have him assist me with new meditation postures that would help me improve my meditations, as well as assisting me with new yoga postures specifically designed for joints that I hadn’t learned before. Having him examine my postures and give his input was a unique opportunity for me that I don’t normally have at home and was very helpful. It was also helpful to get his take on my posture and energy outside of these activities. This was a new kind of feedback that helped me to understand better how I relate to myself and others. Jim focused much of our time together on helping me to relax, adjusting my posture, and helping me to understand what it feels like to be open versus withdrawn or shut down. This has been very beneficial to me as I can continue to pay attention to these internal shifts and changes in my everyday life.
I think my favorite thing about working with Jim is that pretty much nothing phases him or causes him to pass judgment on what you’re sharing or feeling. It’s a very accepting space that allows anything and everything, and whatever shame or fear or judgment you feel is almost always coming from inside you. It’s a rich space in which to learn about yourself and interact with someone with a very malleable energy and consciousness. Facing and vocalizing some of your deepest, most challenging issues in Jim’s presence and allowing them to be there can be one of those most healing actions in itself because nothing is condemned; nothing is criticized; and nothing is met with hostility, judgment, or contempt. It is an extremely vulnerable place to be, but it allows what needs to be acknowledged and seen to come up. It can definitely feel like stepping into the unknown, but there is a refreshing quality of newness to it as well.
Spending this time with Jim also helped me to get to know him better as a person, and it has helped me to see him on more of a human level, which has enhanced our work together after the intensive. Overall, this was a beneficial and positive experience. It will be a very different experience depending on the student, and it will probably be very different for the same student at different points in his/her growth. Jim is growing and changing too, so it is definitely a fluid process from every angle. More than anything, I found it to be safe, attentive, gentle, and loving."
September 2013 Weekend Intensive
"Overall I found my weekend intensive with Jim to be an incredibly moving and deeply personal experience that I don’t feel words can encapsulate. And I am definitely going to use too many words trying to do so, but I’ll do my best to strike a balance….
I left home without any expectations of the experience since I was engulfed in fear and nervousness which also made it difficult to see anything beyond fear and nervousness for the first 24 hours. However, I also found a lot of meaningful work to do within myself because of the first 24 (in the weeks after I returned home), so I wouldn’t change this if I could do it over again.
Once I actually relaxed and opened a little, it felt like everything within began to shift at a pace that seemed to render me both speechless and paralyzed. While it may have appeared otherwise, there was a boatload of processing and movement happening within me. I remember staring out the window at the rain A LOT and feeling relieved that we didn’t go hiking since I also felt physically exhausted.
The journal guidance was great. This was a great way to practice being vulnerable as well as learning how to go more deeply in my journal. As a matter of fact, my most moving journal entry to date came about just a few days ago that I feel is directly related to the intensive.
So then there was the session. This is where I’m not sure if this is a matter of spiritual maturity, and I’m still a bit too skeptical to suggest that it was some sort of mystical event. Luckily I stopped caring what it was either way some time ago, and as I sit here thinking of it a year later, I am still touched when I recall this session. The best way I can describe this is by comparing it to something I remember reading in Jim's writing a while back. Jim told a story about how a student was sitting in a room, and the student could feel that the chair was a part of him. It was as if Jim, me and all the surroundings sort of blended together, and there was nothing but a deep echo of stillness and peace. I seemed to feel weightless while the most interesting sensations moved through my body at the same time.
The food was excellent. I appreciated having clean-eating/awakened-eating food options and the company in which to enjoy it with. And as a mom, I will forever appreciate someone else preparing a meal.
As for the activities, I wouldn’t change a thing. I didn’t feel like doing much during my visit, so there was a perfect amount of outings/activities for me. I needed to see a spiritual teacher in a public setting putting one foot in front of the other the same way I do. I also needed to witness someone following their intuition and the chain of events that followed (Jim opted to forgo a hike, then it ended up raining during the time we would have been on the trail). These things were critical for me to witness in my initial stages of growth, though I didn’t realize it at the time.
The experience now has me curious to discover what a follow-up intensive may hold since I have grown more, and we’d be able to move right past those initial layers of fear and nervousness to begin the work on a different level."
Suggested DonationAs with everything I do, I worked by a suggested donation. The suggested donation for this intensive is 1,250 USD for those with the means. For everyone else, we can come to an agreement on what is fair and manageable within your finances and in being in integrity with my time and energy commitment.
If you are eligible and want to schedule a weekend with me or if you would like to ask me more questions about this offering, you can contact me through my contact form on this blog.
The hand-drawing is a gift from my student, Vale.