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Live Retreat
September 11-16, 2016

Discover your divine potential and how YOU can fully bring your gifts to your work, family, community and our world...

Immerse yourself in a week of soul expansion through heart-opening wisdom and spiritual practices. Access your divine potential you as you fully embody the sacred masculine and feminine within.

Most of us have a sense that we could be doing something greater — even amazing! — with our lives. We feel a call to unleash our most radiant, powerful, full-spectrum selves... and live as a Divine Human.

But we’re often stopped in our tracks by limiting beliefs, self doubt and a lack of clarity on our soul’s purpose... limited access to or an imbalance in your feminine and masculine energies can be the source.

During this exquisite retreat, we’ll help you overcome these blocks through practices to help you deeply experience and integrate the sacred feminine and masculine within you so that your true magnificence is unleashed.

Through this union, you’ll activate the loving-kindness, creativity and presence of the feminine to create a field of connection while harnessing the nobility, strength and structure of the masculine to align your vision and actions. Together, these energies allow you hold both the love and the power to live out your fullest expression in this lifetime. You can truly BE who you came here to be — and DO what you came here to do.

Join us for 5 days designed to liberate your true divine potential, so you can give your fullest gifts at this critical time on our planet.

Birthing Your Divine Potential

Only in sacred union can these opposites be reconciled in and as a new human being. This marriage then produces the Divine Androgyne, the new human, the next evolutionary stage.

During Becoming the Flame of Love, you’ll gain a deeper vision of what the Divine Feminine is and how to embody it in the core of your being. You’ll be connected with all the sources of sacred inspiration that lead to richer, more full-spectrum embodiment of the Divine Feminine.

And you’ll do the same with the Sacred Masculine within you, calling forth clarity and purposeful intensity that can move through your life and the world with laser-like focus.

Andrew and Devaa will share the mystical tools they’ve acquired over more than 50 years combined of committed spiritual work. Immerse yourself in their practices and embody what you discover to become a more dynamic “dancer” of the Divine, celebrating the sacred union of these two energies.

Take your place among a truly pioneering group at the frontiers of conscious evolution. These most sincere, committed and advanced pioneers will activate a shared experience of truly sacred community. From this holy ground you’ll more powerfully engage your service and your passion. This experience will provide you with inspirational fuel for years to come.

The Becoming the Flame of Love retreat will help you turn mystical recognition into effective action. You’ll be empowered to connect with your deepest mission and transform it into a path of sacred activism.

Master Guidance in Sacred Community

When you join the Becoming the Flame of Love retreat, you’ll be guided through a beautiful journey of sacred embodiment in community.

Andrew and Devaa are brimming with excitement at the chance to get to know you, further build this community and share experiential practices and transmissions that can only happen face to face.

Set at the gorgeous Earthrise Retreat Center in Northern California you’ll be immersed in 200 acres of rolling oak-studded hills, offering stunning views and sublime peacefulness. You’ll be nourished with wholesome, healthy food, made of ingredients from the campus gardens too! This Earthrise campus is also the home of The Shift Network’s headquarters, so you’ll have a chance to personally connect with staff members you have "met" from afar.

We warmly welcome you to join this journey of inspiration and ecstasy!

During this Sacred Retreat, You’ll Discover ...

  • True friends on the same path as you all experience this sacred embodiment and spark deep relationships
  • A larger field of divine grace, love and surrender that is only possible in community, and experience what happens in that hallowed space
  • Empowerment to create sacred communities in your own world, where you can bring people together to “dance” together in a sacred way
  • How to create sacred relationships to catalyze inspiration and courage
  • Replicating new forms of ritual celebration for refueling and re-inspiring a divine passion to move forward as a sacred activist
  • The ecstatic flame at the core of your community
  • Deeper spiritual energies in your body via transformational body practices
  • Precious time for meditation and practice and be able to share the fruits of your awakenings with others

And SO much more!

This in-person retreat is a rare opportunity to work with two evolutionary teachers and global leaders who can guide you to infuse virtually every area of your life with the gifts of greater insight, reverence and love.

You’re also in for some special surprises, including a live Rumi recitation by Andrew and a mythic enactment from Devaa!

What You’ll Experience During the
Becoming the Flame of Love Retreat:

This retreat is an initiation into divine humanity, and into the great love that is both transcendent and embodied that springs to us from the sacred marriage — the marriage of imminence and transcendence in the One.

This retreat is an initiation into the joy, power, energy and passion for life that comes from being awakened to the great life of the divine cosmos.

The journey really begins when you wake up to the mysterious sacredness of all life just as it is.

Here’s the Day by Day Schedule:

Intro (Evening):
Igniting the Flame of Love

This first evening will present the mystical map for your incredible journey to come!

We’ll give you time and space clarify why you’ve personally come to this retreat (at the deepest level). We’ll also invite you to set a clear intentions for our time together and to connect with this new “tribe” of soul allies.

From there, you’ll begin to awaken to the vast love and power of the divine cosmos.

Day 1:
Immersing in the Loving
Embrace of the Great Mother

Most of us yearn for the sweet unconditional embrace of The Mother. We long to be held and caressed with deep tenderness and love. We want to be nourished and to drink deeply from a replenishing well so we can overflow our love and wisdom into every aspect of our lives.

Yet many of us have also been challenged by the Mother energy. Some have felt somewhat unmothered and abandoned in our own lives or had to grow up too fast. If this has been your experience, you may feel a deep longing for a type of female nurturance that is very hard to satisfy, and you don’t quite know where to get it.

On this first day of our retreat, you will bathe in the unconditional love of the Divine Mother and heal some of the wounds that you may be carrying. You’ll be loved and nurtured to the core. You’ll be received with loving arms to embrace you and hold you tenderly as you unfurl the tender petals of your being. And you will be immersed in a ritual field of the sacred feminine in the as offered in 13 Moons Mystery School lineage.

During this first day, you’ll:

  • Engage in a morning “body prayer” practice with movement and yoga.
  • Sit in the lap of the Divine Mother and drink in her healing balm.
  • Discover how to source your true self from an overflowing, nurturing well that will feed your life and all your projects.
  • Create daily practices to connect to your feminine nature & sustain it.
  • Be shown the vision of the 5 great passions of the Divine Feminine and the 10 Sacred Suggestions: The Mother’s 10 Commandments.
  • Learn to get comfortable with the unknown and allow the new and unexpected to emerge.
  • Enjoy an evening session with Devaa leading ecstatic singalong music.

Day 2:
Honoring the Gifts of the
Divine Father

This day will be an exploration of the Sacred Masculine that honors, protects, and nourishes the Feminine. But first, we must make a radical shift from the patriarchal, psychotic masculine.

Jesus is an inspiring example representing an amazing depth of union between a very powerful masculine in dedication to life, and feminine in the embodiment of compassion and justice grounded in transcendent intelligence and power. This marriage, at the heart of Jesus’s life and message, invites us to claim the true Sacred Masculine for our own and the world’s redemption.

On this day you’ll also get special access to Shift Network’s CEO, Stephen Dinan. Stephen will share with you how stepping more fully into his masculine, while also deeply honoring the feminine, has served the deepening of his own evolutionary work, as well as his work in the world. He’ll also offer a variety of principles and practices that you can use to reconnect to the healthy masculine to fuel your own lifework.

In the evening, we’ll watch an incredible movie called “Living Kanyini, ” which means “unconditional love with responsibility.” This film depicts the life of an indigenous Aboriginal elder named Bob Randall of the Anangu tribe of Australia. This powerful elder so deeply honored the feminine while alive, and he also offers us all intimate answers for our troubled times.

During this second day, you’ll:

  • Reclaim the Sacred Masculine, protector of the Sacred Feminine, also within you.
  • Penetrate the veils of ego and watch your identity dissolve as you deepen your relationship with the Sacred Masculine.
  • Learn a transcendent practice to get in touch directly with the absolute Godhead, and that allows you to embody the Sacred Masculine.
  • Be inspired by Shift Network’s CEO, Stephen Dinan, and see how you can apply his principles of sacred union into your personal life as well as your projects in the world.
  • Have an opportunity to deepen your experience of the Sacred Masculine through the powerful medium of film.

Day 3:
Holding the Light While
Descending into Darkness

The work of Day 3 will be challenging, thrilling and holy. Fully embracing the descent into the darkness is a revolution that grounds you in the current reality and makes you a servant of both passionate and fiery love as well as justice and compassion.

We are living in the Age of Kali, the dark mother, and Shiva, in his aspect as the Destroyer. It is this breakdown that precedes the beginning of a new creation. Dark, yet holy, these archetypes give us the strength to face the destruction and pain of the contemporary world and “dance in the crisis” of our evolution.

As long as we avoid the descent, narcissism will persist. When we embody both the dark and light aspects of the divine, we become initiates of sacred activism and channels for her vast healing power.

On this day we will open up deep feelings and passion, allowing these archetypal energies to cut away the shackles that have bound us, perhaps for lifetimes.

During this third day, you’ll:

  • Embody the dark Feminine as she manifests through the goddess Kali, the Black Madonna and other fierce feminine embodiments.
  • Explore the fierce masculine as he manifests through Shiva the destroyer, the Crucifixion of Christ and others.
  • Participate in a freedom ceremony to cut away the “dead wood” in your life, including habits, relationships, or ways of being that are not aligned with your greatest expression.
  • Plunge into the 5 shadows of our great crisis and the 5 personal shadows that keep them going. This shadow work is crucial to the birth of the divine human in you.
  • Replenish yourself with an optional evening session weaving poetry, music and sacred practice.

Day 4:
Celebrating Sacred Union Expressing Through
Sacred Activism

On this day, we will explore outline the different stages of a profound initiation into your divine humanity. Transcendent and embodied, the Divine Human will take form in you, the birthing chamber for the “offspring” of the Sacred Marriage.

Through the marriage of opposites within, we will birth a human being strong enough to face the biggest challenges of our day, luminous enough bear and transcend the pain and powerful enough to engage. Then, we will allow the deepest mystical wisdom of the sacred marriage will find full expression through Sacred Activism.

During this fourth day, you’ll:

  • Discover how the divine human cannot be born without the marriage of opposites taking place on every level.
  • Experience a powerful tantric practice that will open the centers of the subtle body and infuse it and your physical body with this divine power.
  • Unite the Sacred Masculine with his Beloved, the authentic Sacred Feminine so that you can birth the Divine Human — clear and strong, humble and grounded, and passionate enough to do the great work of helping the world through a major evolutionary crisis.
  • Rise to the challenge of the sacred marriage and take your practice beyond the narcissistic concern for your own private liberation — and into the alchemical cauldron of the birth.
  • Learn a transformative, alchemical practice of internal sacred activism so that you can take in and transform the suffering of our world.
  • Celebrate your journey with a joy-filled evening session of ecstatic dance!

Day 5:
Living as a Divine Human

The emerging Divine Humanity consists of extraordinary ordinary people acting from the passionate, courageous heart of the Sacred Marriage to solve the planetary crisis and co-create new systems rooted in truth, justice and equality.

Our last day together will be dedicated to sacred practices to embody the divine “out in the world.” You’ll answer the question of how to honor the Sacred Marriage and make personal vows that will lay your own unique path of putting divine love in action.

Andrew and Devaa will share their deep tips on how to stay inspired in the maelstrom of ordinary life — through soul sharing, sacred practice, music, deep prayer, nature, laughter and mystical poetry.

During this fifth day, you’ll:

  • Vow to channel your deep mystical initiation into real, sacred actions that spring for your soul’s purpose.
  • Receive tools to identify your mission and guide you in a chaotic world to keep your aligned with the power and passion of the Sacred Marriage.
  • Learn how to prevent burnout, and maintain your joy and connection with the Divine Human you’ve started to birth.
  • Discover a deep sacred practice that sustains your alignment with the will
    of God.
  • Learn how to create “networks of grace” and sacred circles of people dedicated to one another’s evolution and to pooling resources for stepping forward in sacred action in your own community.
  • Receive mystical tools and practices to empower sacred action.

What People Are Saying About Andrew

Every age has its teachers who keep the eternal truths alive for all of us. And when a generation is very, very lucky, it encounters a teacher so illumined that the words he delivers must be illumined as well. In the case of Andrew Harvey, the light he sheds is like a meteor burst across the inner sky.
– Marianne Williamson, Author of Everyday Grace

Andrew is a genius and an inspired visionary who has the ability to interpret the meaning and significance of the chaos and patterns of change that are redirecting the compass of our contemporary culture. Andrew is a spiritual, intellectual and cultural mystic whose passion is to awaken people to a new and essential empowerment in this world: sacred activism. He has defined and grounded the route, the means and the way individuals can and should respond to the chaos and rapid changes that now characterize our contemporary spiritual and cultural life. Andrew’s research reflects his superb academic background as a professor at Oxford, and his passion clearly reveals that his soul is on fire with a grace that comes from the Divine.
– Caroline Myss, Author of Anatomy of the Spirit and Sacred Contracts

Amid the myriad challenges we face on earth — the population explosion, environmental degradation, nuclear proliferation, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, war, apocalypse-think and more — it is easy to be overwhelmed by a sense of futility and hopelessness. Now comes a singularly courageous, charismatic individual, Andrew Harvey, with an answer to all of these challenges: personal transformation and empowerment through an encounter with the divine feminine. This process is not esoteric, but is entirely natural and as near as our own shadow. Harvey’s sacred activism is a corrective to the doomsayers and do-nothings who are part of our problems. He is a modern version of a fiery, Old Testament prophet, whose words were ignored at great peril. We must attend to Andrew Harvey’s message. Not only will it help us humans regain our sanity, it just might save our skins.
– Larry Dossey, MD, Author of The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things

What People Are Saying About Devaa

Devaa is a living example of the Evolutionary Woman arising in our midst. Combining brilliant intellect, business experience, spiritual development and now a major outreach into the world to assist us all in our evolution, she is a loving and inspiring woman leading us forward in the 21st century.
– Barbara Marx Hubbard, Foundation for Conscious Evolution

The time (or should I say timelessness) that I spent with Devaa was profound. After years of seeing all kinds of “experts” I can honestly say the time with Devaa broke something loose and now I feel burden-free, as well as much lighter and more joyful. I recommend her work to anyone who is ready to fly.
– Marcia Wieder, CEO and Founder, Dream University

I’ve met a lot of teachers, healers and leaders in my years on the path. When I wanted to dive deeper with my work and share from a new level of vulnerability, I turned to Devaa. She helped me lead from my authenticity, connect with my depth and open in ways that proved energizing and effective. Her support enabled me to go to a whole new level in my work and bring new qualities to my leadership. She helped me in a million ways that I cannot even describe. I am blessed by her presence. Thank you, Devaa!
– Marci Shimoff, Bestselling Author with over 14 million books sold, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Happy for No Reason

Devaa could be called a spiritual midwife, assisting people in the birthing of their inner selves. She empowers you, assists you, gently encourages you and honors you for your efforts. With Devaa’s impeccable assistance, I was able to go through what is so far the most powerful experience of my life. I am extremely grateful!
– Nathalie Daneau, Intuitive Coach and Counselor

Through working with Devaa and her teaching partner, Elayne, my life is completely transformed in every way. I have a real inner confidence now in who I am and why I’m here and what I’m here to do. I moved through all the shame I’ve been holding over the years of actually not wanting to fully show up; and something much brighter and lighter and more sparkling has shown up.

And of course because of that, my whole life is changing as well as all my relationships, including the ones closest to me, my husband and my daughter. They’re very tender and beautiful and loving and they’ve been quite tense for the last few years. So it has gone from that to every area of my life really.

– Melanie Eclare

The Retreat Center

Our retreat will be hosted at EarthRise, a beautiful, semi-rural, conscious-living center located within the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) campus. This is also the office headquarters for The Shift Network, and you’ll have an opportunity to engage with senior Shift Network leaders during the retreat with Andrew and Devaa.

The Setting

Enjoy being amid 194 acres of rolling hills, where hiking trails meander through pristine native live oak woodlands and the surrounding open space offers panoramic vistas of the California landscape. A beautiful meditative labyrinth made of river stones lies high on the hill overlooking the valley below.

Other special features include a beautiful permaculture garden that provides fruits and vegetables for the kitchen, a meditation hut nestled in a peaceful oak grove, a sweat lodge, a fire circle and multiple sitting areas for quiet contemplation.

Dining

Local ingredients are the inspiration for the cooking and include luscious organic fruits and vegetables, free range poultry, hormone-free meat and dairy products and extraordinary cheeses. The kitchen uses organic produce from local farmers and from their own permaculture garden whenever possible. The chef draws upon flavors and techniques from around the world to create a diverse cuisine with alluring flavors.

Accommodations

EarthRise provides sleeping accommodations that include single, double and couple rooming options. All of the rooms have recently been renovated, and are simply and attractively appointed with a desk, clothing bureau, linens, blankets and towels, and include access to a shared kitchen for tea and coffee. All housing accommodations are situated near to one another and next to the retreat space.

Location

EarthRise at IONS is located just 35 minutes north of San Francisco. It is easily accessible from the East Bay and North Bay, as well as from San Francisco.

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Join the Becoming the Flame of Love Retreat

We feel honored that Andrew Harvey and Devaa Haley Mitchell have chosen to partner with The Shift Network to offer this exclusive in-person retreat. This is a rare opportunity to interact directly with two contemporary spiritual teachers whose powerful insights and pioneering work are helping us heal and awaken ourselves and our world.

The 5-day retreat will take place from September 11-16, 2016. Plan to arrive at the retreat center by 4:00pm Pacific on September 11 and depart from the retreat center before 3:00pm (after lunch) Pacific on September 16.

About Andrew Harvey

Andrew Harvey is an author, speaker and founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism, an international organization focused on inviting concerned people to take up the challenge of our contemporary global crises by becoming inspired, effective and practical agents of institutional and systemic change, in order to create peace and sustainability.

Andrew Harvey has taught at Oxford University, Cornell University, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, The California Institute of Integral Studies, and the University of Creation Spirituality as well as at various spiritual centers throughout the U.S. He was the subject of the 1993 BBC film documentary, The Making of a Modern Mystic, and appears also in Rumi Turning Ecstatic and The Consciousness of the Christ: Reclaiming Jesus for A New Humanity. He is also co-author of the bestselling The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying and has worked with the great Iranian Sufi dancer, Banafsheh Sayyad, in producing a film, In the Fire of Grace, which marries Sufi inspired dances to the stages of Rumi’s understanding of the path of Divine love.

He has written and edited over 30 books and received many awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Award and the Mind Body Spirit Award.

About Devaa Haley Mitchell

Rev. Dr. Devaa is a soul midwife and a transformational leader who supports people to reconnect with their spiritual depths, unleash their leadership gifts, and step into their full potential. Devaa is co-founder of the Shift Network and Founder of Inspiring Women with Soul, which has served over 100K women from more than 160 countries. Through her healing and coaching sessions with individual clients as well as her classes and retreats, Devaa offers deeply experiential and transformative work, guiding thousands of beings from around the world to connect more deeply with spirit and to manifest fulfilling and abundant lives.

Prior to Shift Network, Devaa was the founding Executive Director of the Full Circle Fund, dedicated to building a new generation of civic leaders. She was also the Director of Member Engagement at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), an organization bridging science and spirituality. In her early career, Devaa worked as an Associate Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group where she offered management advice to Fortune 500 Companies.

Academically speaking, Devaa received a BA in Anthropology and an MA in International Development from Stanford University. She received her Doctorate in Ministry from Wisdom University.

Devaa has also been ordained in two different traditions, once as a priestess of the 13 Moon Mystery School, and also as interfaith minister via the Chaplaincy Institute for Arts and Interfaith Ministries. She was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, which she used to conduct research in the Brazilian Amazon on sustainable economic development.

Devaa is also a deep believer in passionate service. For the last few years she has offered her services on a pro-bono basis as the volunteer Music Director at the San Quentin Prison’s Parallel Play Project, using the power of drama therapy to heal and transform the hearts and lives of long-term inmates. She also donates her time to various international service projects. Among other projects, she has recently lead a team to India to distribute water filters to rural areas, offered an art therapy training to domestic abuse counselors in Ecuador, and facilitated a healing program to staff members at an orphanage for HIV+ youth in Ethiopia.

In her spare time, you can often find Devaa making music! Her songs fuse East and West with groovy, danceable grooves. Her debut album, Sacred Alchemy, aims to reawaken and liberate the many dimensions of the sacred feminine.

Learn more about Devaa and her offerings at www.devaa.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is your refund policy?
A: The retreat is refundable until June 13, 2016 minus a $200 processing fee. After June 13, 2016 the retreat is 50% refundable until July 28, 2016 minus the $200 processing fee. After that point, due to the hard costs of this retreat, your payment is nonrefundable.

Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: No, since we have a hard limit on the number of participants at the retreat site, we won’t have space for full scholarships.

Q: If I have any further questions, how can I reach Customer Support?
A: Email: support@theshiftnetwork.com or call us at 415-223-7565.