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Authentic Living Retreat April 11, 2010

A Day of Meditation, Personal Reflection and Gentle Conversation   

10:30 - 5:00

"One must occasionally retreat from the conventional environment to experience
the spaciousness and clarity that can only be found by looking within."
~ The Buddha

ou are invited to join Rev. Jude Smith, Executive Director of The Center for Authentic Living, to experience the joy of awakening that results when engaging in a variety of practices designed to allow you to evoke and sustain that which is naturally yours.

This day has been designed as a gift for your soul.  Through a variety of experiences, this retreat is meant to bring you strength, fill you with light, and leave you with a clarity about living life as a greater reflection of that whom you are.

This retreat will focus on exploring:
  • Who you are
  • Living life more effortlessly
  • Experiencing more love, peace, and joy
  • The nature of spiritual community
  • Tools and techniques to turn the day's insights into fulfilling life practice

You are being invited to come with your questions about life and to arrive open to discovering the answers.  For when two or more are gathered in like-mind, miracles begin to unfold.

This retreat is suitable for those experienced with meditation, as well as those exploring meditation for the first time.  Your day will be enhanced by the natural beauty of Mariapolis Luminosa, a beautiful spiritually-grounded venue located on 150 wooded and natural acres in Hyde Park, New York.  You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of meditation and mindfulness practices, teachings, and conversations relating to the theme, while also enjoying the outdoor spaciousness of the retreat center to experience some uninterrupted time spent alone.  The only requirement is that you bring a spirit desiring to be soothed and an openness to receiving answers in any way they wish to arrive.        


200 Cardinal Road
Hyde Park, NY  12538

A relaxing 90 miles from mid-town Manhattan

How much do you charge for a day exploring the basic questions we all grapple with? How much is such a day worth? How do you set fees that will make such work accessible to anyone, while at the same time covering the costs associated with such an event?

These are questions I've been struggling with for years. How do I balance my desire to serve many, with the realities of sustaining a spiritual organization?

After much soul searching, I've come to the conclusion that there are some things for which you are meant to charge.  I've also come to the conclusion that some things are meant to be left to the hearts of others to decide. This retreat falls into the second category. I wish to let your heart decide the value it receives from this retreat, within the context of your own unique economic circumstances.

I have spent much time exploring prosperity, abundance, and our relationship with the energies of giving and receiving. My conclusion? Abundance is not found in bottom lines. True abundance can only be found within our hearts. We cultivate that experience by living from that place.

Understanding the flow of abundance takes experience and maturity, knowing that as we give, so too, shall we receive. And so - only you know the answers to what is right-action for you. I trust you to make an appropriate contribution, knowing you will be practicing the spiritual principle of supporting that which supports you. Looking into your heart for guidance is a critical skill needed for spiritual growth.

I believe the time has come for a new form of consumerism - one based on love not fear. I have faith in your maturity, your depth, your partnership, and your support. For demonstrating fully that whom you are, I thank you.

Much love and many blessings,


Overnight Accommodations - $40/night
Please call if you are interested in this option


Reservations must be made in advance, 
(See Registration Form Below)
and must be completed 5 days prior to retreat date

Complete retreat information will be sent upon registration

Overnight accommodations are limited
and are on a first-come, first-served basis,
and must be paid for in advance.

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