For centuries, Western Mystical traditions have taught ways of working with key life concerns, these meditations provide healing and understanding for thriving in daily life.
Throughout time, spiritual traditions have recognised the value in humanising and personifying subjects. For instance, the Greek Civilisation honoured Aphrodite as a way of acknowledging how nourishing the qualities of love, beauty and pleasure can be; Apollo for bringing brightness, sunlight and healing; and Prudence for her mirror like wisdom, seeing things as they are.
In this retreat, we will experience how Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Norse civilisations have supported their societies to meet their lives with grace and insight. Anyone with a love of classics, art history or even mythologically-themed movies will find this subject matter fascinating to meditate on.
The King of Coins
Masculine Energy. Earth Element. Groundedness. The sweetness of life. Wealth. Abundance. Rule. Success. Bravery. Steadiness. Serapis. Pluto.
Feminine energy, passion and desire. Aphrodite. Venus. Hathor. Nuit. Nótt. Tenderness. The night sky. Care. The Queen of Space.
The wild within, our animal nature, what connects us to nature, what feeds us. “Nature gives us the wild body. Art must perfect it”. Luna, Selena.
Childlike nature. Apollo. Horus. Blazing Heart and Mind. The unconquered sun. Joy. Unity.
Healing the fear of Judgement. Radiant Breath. Gabriel, Israfil. “Freedom from fixation”. Anubis.
Completion. The whole of creation. The dancer in the dance. Persephone. Prudence. New Jerusalem. Metis. The living creatures.
Many people have tarot cards sitting in their book shelves, but very few know about the esoteric, spiritual tradition that the Tarot has originated from. It is a complete path of enlightenment, one that has tremendous support for unfolding. It is a teaching that is filled with empowerment, joy, culture, playfulness, and ways of dealing with challenge. Ven. Namgyal Rinpoche taught the Western Mysteries throughout his life, and was teaching it from his thirties.
For this meditation retreat Mira will draw from Namgyal Rinpoche’s teachings on the Tarot, along with Paul Foster Case, Carl Jung and many other teachers of this rich understanding of how to thrive in the wholeness of life.
This retreat will be in noble silence other than class times, and teacher/student interviews. This is to help with being able to calm our chatty minds, feeling the peace of the environment, and being able to deeply listen to our inner wisdom.
Mira is a New Zealand based dharma, meditation and mindfulness teacher. With over 20 years of experience, she has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship. Mira’s warm and engaging style breathes life into these classical teachings.
Contact Course Manager: Louise Mair at email@example.com for more information
Non member: $553
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(These figures include accommodation, food and a nominal contribution towards Mira’s travel costs. They don’t include any dana / donation to Mira for the teachings she will impart. In accordance with tradition, this is left up to each individual to gift according to their own means). Please bring cash to pay for the Dana.
“I highly recommend the Western Mysteries series with Mira. Anyone genuinely searching for meaning in life will not be disappointed. This course is so rich with content, we couldn’t put our pens down! Thoroughly enjoyable and so much more than an intellectual exercise, Mira took us on a journey of exploration of the fabric of life. Mira’s wealth of practical experience in esoteric study allows these teachings to truly come alive.” – N. Stevens
“The Western Mysteries retreat was a highly supported environment for the exploration and meditation of the Tarot archetypes. Mira’s teaching was thought-provoking and gripping, that nurtured the various levels of meditators present. It was an incredible experience to explore the dharma from this colourful, creative and totally different perspective – with such a gifted, open-minded, modern, tuned-in teacher. I am only beginning to see the effects of the retreat, but am beyond grateful to have been there.” – N. Karneef
“Recently I attended a Western Mysteries retreat taught by Mira Riddiford.
I originally registered hoping for a rest and respite from a busy work life in community healthcare. I was not disappointed and received so much more.
Mira skilfully held space for the diverse retreatants to experience the teachings. These were vibrantly given in a respectful, humorous and supportive way.
Fascinating teachings drawing on ancient western wisdom also resonating with modern science.
Being a fledgling meditator, discovering meaningful ways to increase the times and ways to support myself and others was gold. Drawing on thousands of years of collective wisdom has been an unexpected and refreshing experience.
Returning to daily life and facing a particularly challenging situation. I found myself naturally drawing on the rich learning and experiences from retreat to feel further calm and support.” – S. Hollobon
Garden of Mindfulness Family Retreat
28 Dec 2017 – 4 Jan 2018
Mira gives personal meditation interviews through Skype