For the third time we offer a small scale, intensive summer retreat over five days, at our retreat facility in Sweden. We provide a safe space for you to investigate sources of deeper life skills and meaningful action. The retreat gives you time, space, and support to dive into a personal and professional development process where you will reflect on where you are in life right now as well as investigate possible next steps. You will be in beautiful surroundings and vast wilderness, hosted and guided by an experienced team of teachers and practitioners.
During the retreat we will explore and dive into the inner capacities and life skills that you can acquire from practicing embodiment and presence. We will refine our capacity of getting and staying in touch with ourselves, others, and nature. Meditation and the embodied awareness practice Social Presencing Theater (SPT) are the basic training strategies during the retreat. The connection to nature will be an
integrated part of the program, we will involve the garden surrounding the retreat as well as the wild
nature in the area.
For many of the former SPT Summer Retreat participants the experience has been unique and life
changing. Many of the changes are described as “big but subtle” and the development process often keeps on working and resonating in the participants systems for a long time.
Read more: Social Presencing Theater, description from Presencing Institute
The basic frames will be similar to a meditation retreat. That means that we limit our contacts with the outside world in order to deepen our individual and collective journey. We also structure the day in a way that will support a deepening process. The retreat format is offering an intense and expanded experience of a safe space, where vulnerability, subtility, and complexity can unfold.
The overall structure of the retreat follows the five phases of a change process, as described in the
awareness based learning and leadership method Theory U. Theory U will also serve as one of our main theoretical frameworks to navigate the retreat process.
We will be spending time in group as well as having solo time. There will be time for both reflection,
dialogue, feedback, and silence. It will also be an integrated part of the retreat for participants to help with daily duties such as preparing food, making the tables and similar.
Read more: SPT and Meditation, by Anders, Andrea and Liv
Looking for eagles, but finding butterflies, by Anders
Theory U, description from Presencing Institute
The retreat design allows every participant to work from where they are in their own process and life, right now. The program will deepen and develop individual skills, independent of previous experience with SPT and meditation. The retreat will be followed up by a Zoom call to reflect and deepen the
process and the learning as well as help ground the practice in the everyday context of the participants.
The SPT Summer Retreat is open for participants that are new to SPT and / or meditation, as well as
experienced or advanced practitioners. We also welcome previous SPT Summer Retreat participants to come back for a new journey with us, every new development journey will be different and potentially deeper.
Read more: The Inner Capacities for Change, by Liv
The SPT Summer Retreat Team
Your hosts at the SPT Summer Retreat will be Anders Fabricius, Andrea Chlopzik, Vivian Fabricius and Liv Fabricius.
All four of us have long experience as well as advanced training in SPT and meditation. We also have a background studying and using Theory U and we have all practiced different kinds of embodied awareness practices such as martial arts, Qigong or Tai Chi.
Anders, Andrea and Liv are all SPT teachers, authorized to teach SPT Basic courses. Read more in the full invitation below.
Full invitation and practical information
The price includes food, accommodation in shared twin bedrooms, the program fee and the follow up call on Zoom (exact date for the call will be set during the retreat). Note that the participation fee includes dinner and accommodation from July 21st.
Read full invitation, including practical details here: Invitation – SPT Summer Retreat 2022
THE RETREAT PLACE
The retreat will take place in northern Jämtland, a sparsely populated forest and mountain district in Sweden. The houses are traditional Swedish wooden houses and they are surrounded by a big flower and kitchen garden that provides organic food as well as space for contemplation.
The property is not isolated from the outside world, it is close to the road and there are neighbors around, but the large garden creates a feeling of protection and peace. Only a stone’s throw away you will find wild nature; forest, rivers and lakes. Anders and Vivian Fabricius owns and live at the property since 1994, and have worked ever since to cultivate the special qualities of calm and care that permeates the retreat place.
MEDITATION ● SPT ● NATURE ● THEORY U