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Peace and Power

2024fri11oct(oct 11)9:30 amtue15(oct 15)5:30 pmPeace and PowerFive Day Retreat

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Discover the Potent Stillness in the Depth of Your Own Being

Do you long to be quiet inside yourself? Do you ever wonder about what personal power really is? Have you felt a sense of beauty and magic open up inside for a moment and wanted more? 

Join us for a transformative journey at our “Peace and Power” 5-day retreat. This immersive experience invites you to explore true inner peace and the nature of power. We’ll look at how peace and power are our nature and our birthright, how these qualities get blocked, and how they can be rediscovered and integrated into our life now. Along the way, we will understand how hatred and hostility can be transformed. 

As A.H.Almaas writes “Peace: It is not an emotional state or merely the absence of conflict; it is rather the presence of stillness, which is an aspect of Essence. It is the Presence of Being as absolute stillness and calmness. This stillness is not experienced as dull or vague, but as an exquisitely alive kind of consciousness. Peace involves the cessation of the torturous ego activity, with its hopes, and desires, efforts and resistances. That is why it is often equated with ego death. Peace is actually both death and life in the same consciousness.
Pearl Beyond Price, pg. 313

Retreat Focus:
This retreat offers a deep exploration of peace and power, guiding you to uncover your own inner peace and harness your true inner power, with the potential for profound personal transformation.

What Participants Can Expect:

  • Learn transformative practices to turn hatred and hostility into inner peace and power
  • Cultivate the power to be yourself
  • Gain a deep understanding of the barriers to inner peace and discover how inner turmoil can evolve into stillness
  • Develop the ability to work with and transform negative inner emotions and obsessive thinking
  • Understand how peace and power are innate qualities of our being and explore the disconnection that occurred in childhood
  • Identify and liberate oneself from childhood adaptations that hinder knowing and living one’s own power and peace

🌈 Who Should Attend:

  • Individuals seeking to discover their true inner power and peace
  • Anyone curious about joining the ongoing group DAA8.

This group will close to new participants after this retreat. This means participating in this retreat will be the last opportunity to join this group. We estimate that the next ongoing group will formally open after 2027. 

📅 Event Details:
🌿 Teaching Team: Anne Laney, Ashley Wain, Frances Haynes, Grant Trewenack, Ian Cox, Jane Armytage and Renee Redd

🗓️ Date: 11 – 15 October 2024, plus three follow up meetings at 4 – 6 weeks intervals (dates to be confirmed). Orientation for first time students on Tuesday 8 October 6pm – 8pm.
🕒 Time: Each retreat day is divided into two, three-hour sessions with a 2-hour break for lunch. Start and end times to be confirmed. 
📍 Venue: St Hilda’s College, University of Melbourne, Victoria

The Diamond Approach teaching is an in person teaching. You are encouraged to participate in this retreat in person with the group. Online attendance may be offered in special circumstances. Contact Anna East ( about online attendance inquiries. The Retreat Fee is to be confirmed. 

This five-day retreat uses an experiential approach that includes teacher talks and spiritual practices such as open-ended inquiry, meditation and awareness practices.

Teaching sessions generally start with meditation followed by a specific teaching related to the theme of the retreat. You will have the opportunity to deepen your personal exploration through experiential exercises, usually in pairs or triads and sometimes in a small group, before re-joining the large group to process what has emerged in response to the teaching.

Each retreat day is divided into two, three-hour sessions with a 2-hour break for lunch.


11 (Friday) 9:30 am - 15 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm(GMT+11:00)


St Hilda's College, University of Melbourne


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