ECSTATIC MEDITATION RETREAT
August 1 @ 9:30 am - August 5 @ 7:00 pm UTC+7
ECSTATIC MEDITATION RETREAT
with and by
The Delicious Delight of Living
ECSTATIC MEDITATION is a celebration of the divine and our own divineness.
In this 5-Day partially silent retreat, Raphael invites you on a journey to:-
- Living Life as a Dance – where each moment can feel vivid, playful, fun, and creative
- Evolving conscious awareness, healing, and awakening through trauma-sensitive mindfulness and compassion-focused meditation processes
- Cultivating greater self-acceptance, self-care, and self-love that also positively impacts on our world and all those around us
- Nurturing a greater sense of community, belonging, and harmonious relationship with the natural world, including meditation in shallow sea waters.
- Reveal Your Inner Blue: through meditative, playful, creative, and ecological engagement with water, sky, and earth, and evolving understanding of the neuroscience and psychology underpinning our immersion in water, to fully reveal your true self, your divine being.
ECSTATIC MEDITATION retreat draws on the art, meditation, breathwork, and philosophy of Buddhism, Tantra, Japanese Zen, and Shinto, yogic practice such as yoga nidra; wider understandings drawn from contemporary scientific research; and organic connection with the sea, earth, and sky.
ECSTATIC MEDITATION combines practice and theory in a supportive environment. It is a safe space to evolve resources: to creatively surf the waves of life; toward the sublime; toward enjoying The Delicious Delight of Living.
The retreat contains elements of Raphael’s follow-up September playshop BEYOND ECSTATIC.
Raphael is a wonderful guide on this journey within
And holds the space with
tenderness, care and good humor
You are in very safe hands
– Mel, previous course participant
Raphael is a meditation teacher for several Samma Karuna programs: Tantra Teacher Training, Breathwork Teacher Training, and Yoga Teacher Training.
For the Awakening and Healing Program they guide morning meditations in Spacefulness (see below); and a weekly practice and theory program,, called Mindfulness – The Delicious Delight of Living. This course trains us to better manage stress and anxiety, as well as provides us with practices that enable living a life that fulfills our deepest universal needs, in attune with our personal core values. Contact Raphael for details.
Raphael is a certified teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion; and has been teaching this course for the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (USA), the mental health organization Mind (UK), New Life Foundation (Thailand), and globally.
Raphael is an integrative psychotherapist. In their therapy, they utilize Buddhist psychology, meditation, art, dance, play therapy, ecotherapy, neuroscience, and person-centered therapy.
WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY ABOUT RAPHAEL
Raphael brings great integrity and sensitivity to his mindfulness teachings.
During his course on the beautiful island of Ikaria,
he has helped me to remember my deep connection to all other beings and
my personal responsibility to meaningfully serve.
His gentle and insightful guidance has especially allowed me to reconnect with the magnificence, beauty and magic of the sea;
and the heartbreaking damage that is being done to its marine life every single day.
As a result, I have decided to take action to help address this painful situation.
Thank you Raphael for reminding me that
I am part of it all, and for re-opening my eyes to this important need.
– Sarah, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
It was such a marvelous pleasure not only to follow the mindfulness meditation guided by Raphael
but also to be in heir Joyful Ecstatic Presence all day long.
Thank you Raphael to be you and for the example you give of a Divine Life
– Frédéric, Tantra Teacher Training Course
Raphael has a way of immediately making people feel at ease with the present.
Feelings and thoughts are validated at that moment.
This made it possible for communication and engagement to flow.
The students valued
Raphael’s demystification of quite complex philosophical ideas.
They were able to examine their everyday experiences and
appreciate the art of simplicity and conviviality
in a present and authentic way.
– Dr. Daniel Somerville, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester,
commenting on Raphael’s playshops with his master’s creative art students
Working with and attending Raphael’s mindfulness lectures and guided meditations have been more than deep and profound.
Their material and energy bring an enlightened perspective
on our human existence.
Their knowledge and personal practice on incorporating nature,
specifically, the sea has been nothing less than magic!
If you have a chance to work with them
I highly recommend you take this opportunity.
Love and Light
– Jessi, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
Raphael is a great role model and a wonderful teacher.
In their Mindfulness Sessions, they showed me that everything I need
is already within me and
how important it is to live out the quality of being a child in my adult life.
In their meditations, they inspired me to connect more with nature, and
to dance and play more with life.
I hope that their messages will reach more people.
It was an honor to learn from them 💙
– Isabelle, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
Take time… beyond time, illusions, and ecstasy.
Let yourself be guided by Raphael.
Their sensory invitation of conscious perspective defies dimensional laws.
When the wisdom of the Angels is shared with you…
an experience to be repeated with excess and with a wide-open heart.
From Heart to Heart
– David, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
Thank you, Raphael, for the classes together.
They have helped me a lot to slow down and to connect with myself,
to appreciate the small details in life, to trust life more, to remind me that there is nothing to change, and to see what I couldn’t see before.
– Vivi, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
A very good teacher, with an open ear and a smile on his face.
I have the honor of getting to know Raphael
as a teacher for my Breathwork TTC.
Their lessons are very enriching.
With a lot of charm and authenticity,
They imparts high-quality knowledge and provide good techniques.
It leads you into stillness and to the inner core of your being.
– Anastasia, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
Give without expecting to receive.
Receive without expecting to give.
Thank you for this meaningful lesson Raphael
– Antonis, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
A well-structured and well-delivered course
that provides very powerful exercises and practices,
in a way that is gentle, empowering, nourishing
and offering practical tools that,
from within myself
support me to find
meaningful new ways to live.
– Previous Mindful Self-Compassion course participant
The course was well-planned and perfect.
I would particularly recommend it to those
who feel challenged by personal issues and
want to find strategies
to live more positive and balanced lives.
– Cheryl, Previous Course Participant
Working with Raphael was an amazing experience.
Their practice really helped me see the world differently
and helped me remember how to reconnect with the world around me
and recognize my connection with the universe
and how beautiful it is to be a part of it.
Their practice has highlighted things in my life and areas that I could bring further attention to moving forward.
If you ever get the chance to take a class from them,
I highly recommend it.
It has been so impactful.
– Christina, Breathwork Teacher Training Course
EXCHANGE POSSIBILITIES, CERTIFICATION, ONGOING SUPPORT, TEACHER TRAINING
- Full Exchange
11,000 Thai Baht / 309 Euro
- Enabler Exchange
15,000 Thai Baht / 398 Euro
Enabling us to provide scholarships to people in under-represented populations to join the Samma Karuna community.
- Inclusive Accommodation Packages
Contact Samma Karuna for inclusive packages
- Buy One Get One Free Exchange
16,000 Thai Baht / 488 Euro if booking by 31 May 2023
- Super Early Bird Exchange
9,000 Thai Baht / 239 Euro if booking by 15 June 2023
- Early Bird Exchange
10,000 Thai Baht / 265 Euro for payment by 30 June 2023
- Filmmaker Exchange
1 place is offered to a person in exchange for documenting the process and creating a short ECSTATIC MEDITATION film.
- Photographer Exchange
1 place is offered to a person in exchange for documenting the process and creating an ECSTATIC MEDITATION exhibition.
- Assistant Exchange
1 place is offered to a person with appropriate experience in meditation, to work directly with Raphael to learn and evolve both ECSTATIC MEDITATION and BEYOND ECSTATIC.
- Samma Karuna Volunteer and Regular Teacher Exchange
20% discounted places, subject to availability, for volunteers and long-standing regular SK teachers, on application.
We invite participants to find their own way to offset the carbon footprint of their travel to the playshop
Certificate of Participation on fully attending the whole retreat.
ONGOING SUPPORT, TRAINING, AND TEACHER TRAINING
- Ongoing online access to guided practices & other resources
- THE ECSTATIC MEDITATION retreat is an excellent preparation for the undertaking. BEYOND ECSTATIC: Raphael’s playshop in September 2023 at Samma Karuna. and teacher training, planned for 2024.
MORE ABOUT RAPHAEL
Raphael on ECSTATIC MEDITATION retreat (August) and BEYOND ECSTATIC playshop (September):-
The retreat and playshop begin from a very personal connection and engagement with spirits of the natural world at Haad Chao Phao beach, Koh Phangan Thailand; alongside the mystical island of Ikaria, Greece, where I teach meditation for Samma Karuna’s Breathwork and Tantra Teacher Training courses.
This sacred site-specificity is crucial to each retreat and playshop creation and manifestation. It is an evolving listening, developed further by playshop participants through their listening allowing it to be further steered by spirits of the natural world.
I arrive at this space and place through a practice where art meets meditation meets philosophy meets ecology meets science meets technology meets therapy for the soul. Psychotherapy is therapy for the soul that holistically impacts the way we live.
This meeting ground of integrative practice includes research on Tantric architecture, art, philosophy, geometry, and wider mathematics. It embraces interactive art installations and happenings such as the multi-sensory Japanese Tea Ceremony, “Sado” (the way of tea), which is informed by Zen and the animistic practice of Shinto.
It engages with Deep Ecology, and Neuroscience that evidence ‘our brains being hardwired to react positively to water; and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and…heal what is broken’.
I share things I have assimilated through inner inquiry; and through my practice as: an artist, integrative psychotherapist; teacher of art, dance-theatre, meditation; and academic researcher.
Raphael’s art, teaching, and research formerly at the Goldsmiths University of London, and University of the Arts London, is critically acclaimed, award-winning, and internationally presented.
They have created a unique playful meditation called Spacefulness, (details below) taught on a number of Samma Karuna’s programs: Breathwork Teacher Training, Tantra Teacher Training, and Yoga Teacher Training.
They are a teacher trainer for internationally recognized programs that are scientifically evidenced such as Mindful Self-Compassion and Radical Self-Care, as well as an experienced teacher of Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, and Mindfulness for Health.
Raphael has supported many many people globally, to become the most creative, authentic, healed, and fulfilled versions of themselves. They help people to enjoy The Delicious Delight of Living.
Each day will have:
- Specific creative, healing, and meditative focuses: an exploration of the creative body, the healing body, the belonging body in diverse ways, in relationship to the natural location of the playshop
- Guided engagement with physical and metaphysical space
Core Foundational Training involves:
- Release Your Inner Blue
Neuroscience and psychology evidence that ‘our brains are hardwired to react positively to water; and that being near it can calm and connect us, increase innovation and insight, and even heal what is broken.’ Nichols, The Blue Mind.
Moreover, the color blue around the world is the color most associated with peacefulness.
Nichols describes this Blue Mind as ‘a mildly meditative state, characterised by calm, peacefulness, unity and a sense of general happiness with life in the moment.’
ECSTATIC MEDITATION retreat and its follow up BEYOND ECSTATIC playshop supports you in healing and awakening through: mindfulness; creative engagement with water, sky and earth; artistic exploration; exploration of ecological process; communication with wider sublime existential practices.
They invite you to “Release Your Inner Blue”: to fully reveal your true self, your divine being; so that in the world of daily life you can enjoy The Delicious Delight of Living.
an integrative meditation practice that cultivates Zen mindfulness, self-care, and connection with the world around us. It nurtures dance, art, yogic exploration and deep ecological engagement.
Spacefulness is also cultivated by all the foundational components and other training. Together they support us to move beyond an egotisitcal “I” and think of our being as a relational body-mind-space.
- Ecological Ritual
Ritual meditative processes to honor the spirits of the location, including mindful cleaning of the beaches.
Supporting this Core Foundational Training:
- Individual Creative and Reflective Exploration
- Yoga Nidra
A deeply restorative meditative yogic practice
- Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
Raphael is a certified and experienced teacher of this life development program and they input key MSC elements here. MSC is scientifically evidenced to support good mental helath and living life attune to our personal core universal needs
Details of their online MSC life development program
- Other Yogic and Meditative practices
A range of inputs here, including Laughing Buddha practice. Playshop participants can also access some of the daily yoga sessions of a range of teachers at Samma Karuna.
- Theoretical Conceptual Exploration
Evolving of conceptual understanding of core creative and philosophic foundations of the programme. This can takes place through talks, videos, and collective sharing.
Is this retreat accessible to anyone?
The retreat is accessible to anyone – from beginners to those practicing for 80 years and more – who are able to self-manage existing mental and physical health conditions in a 5-day concentrated environment.
The overall location requires participants to be able to manage stepped access.
Raphael’s process embraces diversity, including: sexual identity, and gender identity, (LGBTQ+); ethnicity, color and race such as black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC); disability; and relationship diversity.
Supporting this: all explorations and activities invite adaptations to suit personal needs. The picture to the left epitomizes this approach: movement in the ocean while seated.
You need to be ready to open to your own vulnerability. The process of restorative healing and awakening inevitably involves challenging emotional moments.
The retreat embraces the idea that: “If you want the rainbow, embrace the rain”. This though should not be forced. It requires gentleness: we open at our own pace.
The mindfulness and compassion focused meditative approaches of this playshop are known to be healing.These can be useful tools to accompany formal trauma therapy. It is essential though to understand that the retreat should not be considered as stand-alone trauma therapy; or a replacement for any kind of psychotherapy.
You also need to be able to work in direct sunlight.
Please consult a suitable health professional, if relevant, before signing up for this retreat.
What is the scheduled start date for participants?
Registration normally by 18:00/6pm on the day before the retreat start.
Each day typically begins before sunrise, 06:00 with a meditative sun salutation on the beach and/or in the immediate sea water
What do I need to bring?
Swimwear: including shoes: to protect you feet from any coral that can be found in the predominantly sandy sea. sunblock, sun hats, sunglasses, etc.
N.B. No swimming ability is required. We work in shallow waters, estimated to be 0–1.25 meters
MORE ABOUT THE DELICIOUS DELIGHT OF LIVING
An agency of Raphael and associates. It provides life transformation strategies and practices through: integrative psychotherapy; meditation; personal growth coaching; mentoring; and playshops nourishing the soul.
Raphael integrates talking therapy, art, dance, play, water therapy, ecotherapy, meditation and buddhist psychology. They help people to transform their lives.
They support healing wounds of trauma, relationships, loss, bereavement, insecure attachment negative-self-image, poor sense of self-worth. They support: managing stress and anxiety; and recovery from depression.
Details of Raphael’s next online life development course
More about Raphael’s psychotherapy and life transformation programs
APPRECIATION GRATITUDE, CREDIT
Design and Conceptual Input: Tereze Brence
BEYOND ECSTATIC is made possible also through the support and/or creative input of numerous individuals, including:
My Breathwork Teacher Training, Tantra Teacher Training and Yoga Teacher Training, Mindful Self-Compassion students
They have helped move the project into new uncharted waters
Inestimable contribution and guidance by
Spirit of earth, sea, and air in the locations of
Haad Chao Phao beach, Koh Phangan
and the island of Ikaria, Greece