Voice of Sedona Hikes and Retreats
Finding your Soul in Nature
Finding Your Soul in Nature
Aug 31-Sept 2, 2018, Red Rock State Park, Sedona

This transformative program combines immersion in nature, meditative experience, contemplative writing, philosophy, and science to create a journey that allows us to recover and rediscover the world’s mystery. This is an integrative process that combines the scientific and the spiritual, the intellectual and the personal, to make sense of how these seemingly disparate approaches are complementary components of our nature and the natural world.

Thoreau observed that “all people lead lives of quiet desperation.” Today, it is no different. Through no choice of our own, many of us have inherited a worldview that leaves us feeling isolated. What causes that feeling is our way of thinking. Our ideas and beliefs are what separate us from our own true nature, by separating us from nature itself. Our ideas and beliefs can change through reflection, many forms of conscious attention, and dialogue.

This retreat is an awakening to the ideas and beliefs that separate us from the natural world, ourselves, and others. Robin Weeks will introduce four antidotes to this separation. Learn and experience a new worldview in the beautiful, inspiring, and powerful setting of Sedona, Arizona. These practices open you up to connection, to mystery, and to wonder. Rediscover a relationship with something that may seem lost, but is there if you are ready to awaken to it.
Your philosophy guides for the weekend will be Robin and Andrea.

Testimonials
“The shifts in worldview you shared, and our dialogue about them, caused me to experience nature differently than I otherwise would have.  I loved thinking of the mountains, trees, and nature all having consciousness.” –Workshop participant

“This workshop is leading a much needed change in the way the world and nature is experienced – it is a breakthrough experience.” –Workshop participant

“Robin put so much research and so much of himself into developing this truly transformative experience.” –Workshop participant

The retreat lasts 3 days, which means an extended weekend is all you need. We begin with introductions and our first sessions on Fridayafternoon. We return Saturday morning until early afternoon. We take a break for the afternoon for exploration, reflection, or other activities of your choice. We conclude the day with a wine and cheese reception. We meet again on Sunday morning, wrapping up at lunch.
Register by calling or writing:

928-274-8737 or [email protected]
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Online Courses - Atlantic University

TP5110 Science and Spirituality
Atlantic University
For more than 2000 years, starting with the Ancient Greeks at least, humanity has pondered questions about what is real and true. This questioning has focused throughout history on an apparent rift or contrast between what we might call the outer and inner worlds; between the material and non-material, between matter on the one hand and mind or soul on the other, and between what we now call the objective and subjective realms of human experience. This ancient issue has become, in its modern expression, a divide between science and religion or at a more fundamental level between science and spirit.
As our collective worldview evolved our perception of reality (a reality that presumably encompasses outer and inner worlds) has clearly changed. The purpose of this course is to examine the age-old question about, and our changing view of, reality. The historical perspective allows to see where our modern scientific worldview came from, and what underlying assumptions it has. We study what it is that science tells us about reality and who we are. We also study what the mystical traditions tell us about who we are. It is a contrast in worldviews and hence a contrast in perceptions about reality. Is the apparent rift between science and spirituality real? Are there possible worldviews, towards which we are changing, that could integrate these two realms?

*These courses are open to the public for continuing education

TP5050 Religion, Spirituality, and the Transpersonal (Starting April 2018!!)
Atlantic University

This course examines six major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Taoism) and Indigenous Spirituality from two distinct perspectives. Students will first study an overview of the tradition, which may include its origin, history, underlying mythology, rituals, and the life and spiritual practices of its adherents. This perspective will encompass what you might call the orthodox or exoteric aspects, as well as touching on esoteric (or mystical) aspects, of each tradition. The second perspective will be a journey into the more mystical (esoteric) aspects of each tradition via exposure to some of its original (formative) mystical texts and writings. As an experiential adjunct to this perspective, students will be asked to try a contemplative practice from each tradition. In addition, they will read about the first-hand experiences of saints and sages who arrived at realization or enlightenment through that religion. Students ought to be aware of three possible approaches (perspectives) that can be taken when looking at religious traditions or beliefs other than one's own: the exclusivist perspective is one in which one's own religion is the one true tradition, and all others are false or deluded in some way; an inclusivist view asserts that one's own religion is true and that others are partially true and the truth in them can be understood by reference or comparison with one's own tradition; finally a pluralist view accepts all traditions as the truth in themselves. In this view one is willing to be changed by one's exposure to that tradition.

Atlantic Univ.