The Retreat – Advanced Integration for Hoffman Graduates


There’s a beautiful parable if I may say it,
it’s a bit of a guiding light about Michelangelo and he’s in his studio and he’s carving an
Angel and patrons come in and they say ‘you’re making an Angel’ and he goes ‘no, I’m just
taking away the bits that are not the Angel’ and I think The Retreat is another experience
and a deeper experience of taking away the parts that are not us, so all the parts of
our conditioning that we’ve introjected. So, for me The Retreat is really about liberation. The origins of the Hoffman Process in combination
with the advanced training ‘The Retreat’ really comes from our joint efforts that Jutka and
myself have worked together for many years on The Process. We came up with the idea because The Process,
the first part of The Process is like an initiation rite; it’s really the original hero’s journey
and yet there’s so much more. And so we really wanted to find another vehicle
to help people expand deeper into their own essence. Yea that’s right. We really appreciate the incredible work that
people do in the six and a half day Process and we wanted to build on that. So we wanted to look at not just Mum and Dad,
but we really wanted to bring forward all those parts of us that are now still creating
problems, and we understand that there are lots of patterns that we deal with in the
first program, but we wanted to nail it to the really big ‘Achilles heel’ that we all
live with. And that takes a lot of work over many years
and so we designed The Retreat as kind of the next level of the work for people. Cos let’s face it, these days we are so enamoured
of our proactivity; we get rewarded in society for proactivity. It’s not a bad thing, however what I think,
what’s also really needed is for people to find a place where they can come back to themselves
and to come back into more being and reassess what’s actually really within, what are my
intrinsic values from which I want to really live my life by, and so the Hoffman Process,
the first one, really initiates that enquiry. So where The Retreat then takes it, places
the self, particularly our character much more into the centre point right, so because
what we do in The Retreat is not only reviewing what our patterns are, but we’re also looking
at the motivations of behaviours, and that is an important enquiry. Because unless we also understand why we do
what we do and how we do what we do, unless we do that, we never really know what our,
actually our emotional needs that we need to address. And once we understand our emotional needs,
that’s when we can really come about, bring about a new level of change. I think that what we’ve noticed so much is
that people want to belong, but they want to belong in a very authentic way and we hear
these terms bandied around and very few of us kind of really understand what that means. And what we want is to offer people is an
opportunity to explore ‘who’ wants to belong; what part of you is true, and if that part
was able to make the choices for your life, what would they choose, what would that part
of you choose. Some of the elements of The Retreat, obviously
we pick it up from The Process so that alot of languaging is familiar but we take it into
the next level. So we have a whole lot of different dynamic
meditations that we introduce clients to, and we also introduce clients to the Enneagram
which is a vast system that all the facilitators use to inform their knowledge around clients
in Hoffman, in the first Hoffman, but we now teach it to our clients at The Retreat. And then we do constellation work as well,
so a lot of the processes are quite different. In Hoffman One, one of the foundational concepts
is the Quadrinity model, where we look at the four different aspects of the self; the
emotional self, the intellect, the spiritual self and the body. So where we refer to as the emotional self
and the intellect as ‘the duality’ and the conditioned personality. So, through the lens of the Enneagram and
The Retreat, we deepen that understanding between; the interplay between the emotional
child and the intellect. So, there is once again a body of knowledge
there that we impart, however we also combine it as it is within the Hoffman Process, with
a whole bunch of experiential work and corrective experiences. And I think that’s what really makes the difference,
that wherever our shadow resides, the aspects of ourself that for what all whatever reasons
we have not been able to express fully, so The Retreat also offers for participants to
move into those areas that have been unexpressed. And once we can express the things that have
supressed or even neglected, that’s when our own energetic field starts to get balanced. And once our energetic field is more balanced,
then our responses; our heart responses to the world and also our thinking starts to
become much more aligned.One of the things that we do in The Process is that we really
unearth this ‘diamond’ that we all are. I think what we do in The Retreat is not only
polish the diamond, but actually see that we are living amongst many diamonds, and how
we relate, so its an interpersonal process and we’re impacted by people all the time
and how that, you know inauthentic self in us, still gets reactive under stress. And what are the patterns in the interpersonal
that we need to look at, and what are the patterns, you know in our relationships that
are so vital for us. And so its a very much more kind of a relational
piece aswell as an introspective piece. It broadens the whole thing right out, we
go deep and we go broad. And that’s really where what life is all about,
is about really honouring our own gifts, and to be able to give that an expression and
find a vehicle in our, in existence and to live into it. One of the things that is wonderful, well
particularly for us working on The Retreat is the Graduates come, and the minute they
step into the room, they kind of pick up where they left off from, and we’re working with
a highly motivated, sophisticated group of people that are really wanting to liberate
themselves into living from their true self, not their conditioned self, and that is an
absolute joy to be in, and it makes the work rich and to be part of.

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