YOUR INVITATION TO REFINER'S PLAYGROUND
July 21-22, 2022
Comfort Inn & Suites Boulder
Book your hotel room prior to June 25 to ensure availability and to get the Refiner’s Playground rate.
STANDING NOW AS LIGHT WARRIORS
Fiercely loving, courageously compassionate. Refusing to compromise, negotiate or look the other way. Radically open, endlessly curious, bending but never breaking. Insisting on being with ‘What is’ in both good and painful times. Breathing the one breath that unites us all as one. — DH
We seldom if ever know what things are for. What purpose they serve or why they matter. Our judgements indicate we often think we know what things are for even though, if we paid attention, we would see how often we err. The most important step is to be born into the world-as-it-is, not some imaginary, wished for world, not some better, brighter world but this, the only world, the world of Now (Henry Miller, The Wisdom of the Heart).
Many of us struggle to grasp what the ancients have said all along — that everything we do individually and as a collective together is one expression of the Deep Source, the Transcendent All, that holds and animates everything…for reasons that remain an incomprehensible mystery. This truth can be easier to see when surrounded by the beauty and harmony of life and nearly impossible to grasp during tragedy and loss.
The most important gift to offer to any and all moments is the…’Gift of who you alone are; your way of seeing things, and saying things, and feeling about things, that is like nobody else’s (Frederick Buechner). How quick we are to forget how vital our own presence is! In the Refiners’ Playground we have come to consider the only way to become more fully who we each are is to rest, release and allow life to have its way with us. Accepting ‘What Is’ with a curious embrace is key to cultivating the right mindset for the times we are in. This mindset is also the key to unlocking the healing in which we are frequently asked to participate.
We return to in person gathering in July and are eager to share our stories as light warriors in difficult times. We will be meeting at Eric Mazziotta’s home in Boulder. Plan on gathering each morning at the hotel where we will car pool to Eric’s place. Details to follow.
Come as you are. This will be enough.
WHAT IS THE REFINER'S PLAYGROUND?
We are an open community of spiritual explorers who meet on a quarterly basis to share our current learning, questions about and experiments on the nature of reality. In particular, we seek to know the True Self directly while examining all of the hilarious ways we try to be something other than this! Our two day retreats are typically attended by 18-20 people from around the country. The dialogue is rich, at times profound, always compassionate and frequently hilarious. Come as frequently as you like and stay for as long as you like.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A TYPICAL GATHERING?
We meet in groups that range from 18-20 people. We share our stories of what we understand through direct experience and/or are currently learning through our own active experiments on the nature of being. There are no long-winded speeches or dazzling intellectual discourses. We tend not to agree or disagree with each other and seldom give others advice. We have no front of the room instructors or teachers as we all serve this role. We find that when we share our experiences with one another, as co-explorers- we each become more clear and confident about taking our next steps.
WHAT WE CURRENTLY KNOW
People who most benefit from the "Playground" are those who have:
A life long yearning to know what is true about themselves and the universe.
Grown tired of the typical self-help menu with its implied assumption there is some "defect" in us that requires improvement.
Believed more licenses, degrees or certifications will leave them finally and forever feeling "enough".
Many years' experience feeling alone, judged, misunderstood and have simply grown tired of this. And even more tired at having contributed to or led the charge themselves!
If you have experience with any of the above, welcome to the club! You will likely enjoy the solid food of the "Playground". The hard truth is that no amount of suffering or achievement can satisfy the deeper longing tugging at our soul. Our secret desire is wholeness and only our essential nature knows how to weave the fragments we present it into a coherent whole. Our hard work and effort to fix ourselves usually make matters worse, or at least continues the entertainment.
There is another way.
You are welcomed to come for as many sessions as you like and can leave whenever you like. Regardless of how much experience you have with deeper work, you will likely find in the Refiner's Playground a quality of dialogue and loving presence unlike anything you have ever experienced before.
$695 per session (includes breakfast and lunch). $2,495 when you sign up for the next four events. A savings of $285!
Bring a family member, partner, significant other at no additional cost!
Your Trusted Guides
Jim and Dan bring a half-century of experience wading around the inner landscape of human experience in ways that result in greater light, buoyancy, presence and power. We each have our unique spiritual path. We come in not as experts or even as facilitators who speak from the front of the room but as guides who walk alongside. We're aware of the terrain but cannot predict what will happen. Hence, the focus on playful experimentation.
The Refiner's Playground is:
“Time to lay down the armaments we use to fix ourselves and to come home. There is an un-changing center within us that isn’t concerned with anything other than NOW. I often see and recognize the Essential that lurks beneath those moments we naturally resist. I speak directly to it and am learning how to move with it and allow it more play in myself and in us. I am here to usher in an intimate, liberating partnership with the Essential in each all of us! We ARE this!” - Dan Holden
The Refiner's Playground offers us:
“A unique opportunity to embrace the perfection each life experience offers in burning away the dross of our deluded self perceptions, allowing the true, infinite, essential beings that we are to find fuller creative expression now. I am here to playfully master the art of finding, mining and refining the very best in us, allowing it to creatively express itself in response to the perfect challenge or opportunity that presents itself in each moment.” - Jim Anderson