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Introducing Virtual Retreats

Last updated on April 8, 2020

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Enjoy a retreat in the comfort of your home.

I Have Been Offering Retreats for Years

One of my favorite ways to do The Work is in a retreat setting. Maybe it was all my years living in an ashram, or maybe it’s my introvert nature. But doing a retreat where the only focus is The Work for a few days has always been rewarding for me.

In the past, these retreats have been in my home in person. My partner and I would cook for you and we would spend all day doing The Work. 

But social distancing has changed that. Now I offer the same format of personal retreats but we meet on Zoom, or Skype instead. I just did the first of these virtual retreats last week and it was as powerful as any retreats I have done in person.

So I’m Now Upgrading Virtual Retreats to Be the New Norm

I actually prefer meeting this way. There is no travel involved for anyone, which saves time and money, not to mention the environment. My home life is less interrupted. And we still get to go deeply into The Work while upholding the need for social distancing at this time. 

In addition, it gives another option for how to spend your time while waiting out the epidemic at home. Why not use this time to go more deeply into The Work? 

I’m Offering Group Virtual Retreats Now Too

The cost is the same whether you are doing a retreat one-on-one with me, or if you want to meet with a group of friends or family members. We use Zoom, or Skype, or Google Hangout so your friends can be anywhere in the world. 

In fact, if you’re interested in a group retreat but don’t have friends to invite, let me know. There may be others who also are looking for the same thing, and I could bring you together for one retreat.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost is $600 Canadian dollars per day (approx. $428 USD, €394 EUR, £345 GBP, $687 AUD per day). If you bring together a few friends for a retreat, you can share the cost with your group members. If your group is 7 or more people, the cost is $100 Canadian dollars per person per day (approx. $71 USD, €66 EUR, £57 GBP, $115 AUD per person per day).

You can meet for one day, or two, or three, or longer, depending on my schedule and availability.

Who These Retreats Are Designed For

These virtual retreats are especially suited for the following situations:

  • If you just want uninterrupted time doing The Work.
  • If you have trouble doing The Work on a regular basis and need an intensive dive into The Work.
  • If you have a bigger issue that needs uninterrupted focus for a few days.
  • If your mind tends to wander and you need extra support from a facilitator to hold you in The Work to slowly un-peel the layers.
  • If you are new to The Work and want to learn how to do it in a short amount of time (compared to taking The Work 101).
  • If you want to spend the time that you are isolated at home doing The Work.
  • If you get overwhelmed by doing The Work on your own and could use the support of a facilitator.
  • If you want a jump start with The Work again.
  • If you just want to hang out with me for a few days doing The Work together.

Who These Retreats Are Not Designed For

  • If you don’t really enjoy doing The Work (that’s all we will be doing).
  • If you don’t have the money at this time (scholarships are not available for this service).
  • If you are too easily distracted at home (you don’t have a quiet place where you can meet morning, afternoon, and evening).
  • If you are trying to balance too many responsibilities and can’t take full time off for the retreat days.
  • If you are too tired (maybe just getting some rest would be more productive).
  • If you are looking for a teacher or coach. I am neither. I only facilitate you in The Work, giving you space to find your own wisdom.
  • If you live in a time zone far away from my time zone (Pacific Time). This makes it difficult for us to meet morning, afternoon, and evening.

Is It a Match for You?

If so, I’d love to meet with you this way. My schedule is quite full, so plan ahead. If you’re interested, the next step is to contact me and we’ll see if we can find a time. You’re also welcome to email me any questions.

You will find the virtual retreat daily routine posted here.

Have a great week

“What I love about The Work is that it allows you to go inside and find your own happiness, to experience what already exists within you, unchanging, immovable, ever-present, ever-waiting. No teacher is necessary. You are the teacher you’ve been waiting for. You are the one who can end your own suffering.” Byron Katie, Loving What Is

About the author

Todd Smith has been doing The Work of Byron Katie on an almost daily basis since 2007. He is just as excited about this simple process of self-inquiry today as he was when he first came across it. He also enjoys writing about The Work, and training others in the subtleties of this meditative process. Join Todd for The Work 101 online course, private sessions, virtual retreats, and his ongoing Inquiry Circle group.

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