Awakened Men

Awakened Men's Retreat March 23-25th 2018

What does it mean to be awake as a man in the 21st century?
What does it mean as man to be in relationship (single, partner/married or divorced)?

This weekend retreat will explore what is to be man through the seminal work of Robert Moore PHD rediscovering the archetypes of the mature masculine: king, warrior, magician, lover. It combines a contemplative shabbat service (the torah portion for the Shabbat HaGadol - The Great Sabbath), interpersonal mindfulness, shadow work, story telling and will include periods of silence.

The weekend will reflect on and prepare for passover.
What are you willing to sacrifice for your freedom?
How do you keep your inner fire alight?

This retreat is an opportunity

To nourish the body and mind

Authentic communication

Rest in community

Transform limiting beliefs


Recognize freedom

We encourage you to bring an attitude of curiosity, playfulness and willingness to look wholeheartedly at yourself.  This will be supported by a community atmosphere of trust, openness and an encouragement to recognize the freedom of the heart.

What others say about my retreats

it was well prepared and well run and
you are a real master about holding a safe space whilst being flexible

The power, happiness and relief you feel from honesty, authenticity, and opening your heart

Great opportunity for healing in a supportive environment

Reorientates your relationship with who you really are/can be

The retreat is a way through contemplative exercises to explore “who am I”.

A personal journey of ups and downs just like life
though with increasing awareness it becomes easier more clam and joyful.

Great opportunity to explore who you are as a individual
and within community whilst nurturing the mind/body.

Unique experience combining group work and silent meditation.

The most worthwhile and rewarding experience of my life so far.


Friday 23rd March till Sunday 25th March

This retreat will focus on using the archtypes to explore who we are and how to recognize inner freedom.

For particpants that have been on my retreat before it will remind you that you are already free and will help in the ongoing integration of hidden personality traits that can restricts us from seeing who we really are. 

For new partipants it offers a welcoming space to explore who you are and the practical skills needed to embedded peace in our daily life.

Friday / Erev Shabbat
5.15 pm                          Arrive (Shabbat begins at 6pm)  
7.00pm – 7.15pm        Welcome and Introduction
7.15pm –7.40pm          Check-in
7.40pm – 8.00pm        Meditation
8.00pm – 8.40pm       Carlebach style Friday evening service
8.40pm – 9.30pm       Kiddush and Dinner and Grace after Meals
9.30pm onwards          Introduction to weekend

Shabbat / Saturday in Noble Silence
8.00am – 8.30am        Sitting
8.30am – 9.00am        Breakfast
9.00am -9.45am          Sesssion 1
9.45am- 10.30am         Niggunim - Singing / Chanting meditation as preparation for davening.
10.30am - 12.00am      A contemplative approach to Torah study; personal time for prayer, meditation, study. We will make Kiddush and eat something prior to Torah reading.

12.00pm – 2.00pm      Lunch and Rest
2.00pm – 3.30pm        Session 2
3.30pm – 4.00pm        Break (individual Mincha)
4.00pm – 5.30pm        Session 3
5.30pm – 6.00pm        Sitting Meditation
6.00pm  - 6.30pm        Break
6.30pm - 7.00pm         Check in
7.00pm - 8.00pm       Evening Meal and Chanting meditation (Shabbat ends at 7.10pm
8.00pm – 9.oopm       Havdalah; Break
9.00pm -                        Closing

Please note: clocks go forward one hour

8.30am – 9.00am    Sitting (optional)
9am – 9.30am          Breakfast
9.30am – 10.30am   Checkin
10.30-11.45 am          Session 4
11.45-12                       Break
12pm -1pm                 Closing


As you can imagine it takes a lot to organize this retreat. The investment is an affordable £100 (you can pay monthly) with limited accomodation avaiable. It includes simple breakfast and lunches, you will need to bring vegetarian food to share for the other meals.

The retreat will be held in a residential house in a quiet area in Musewell hill, London.

Don't miss out! there is a limit of 12 places, and filling fast.

About Amaranatho

Amaranatho is a former Buddhist monk who was brought up Jewish. He creates a safe space for people to awaken to their true potential through developing presence and clarity.  Amaranatho works as a mindfulness consultant and is an expert in applying mindfulness interpersonally to support behavioural changes that are catalysts for transformation and well-being of people and organizations.   

He has facilitated Buddhist/Jewish mindfulness retreats, mentors trainee Rabbi's, and spoken at JCoss, JW3, Leo Baeck, and Limmund.  You can find out more about me here

Amaranatho's Approach to the retreat

The retreat is based on co-exploration I consider myself a facilitator and so provide a space to help you explore who you really are. Some of the sessions are based on sharing your meditation experience (which can include your emotions) with another person or with a large group (if you want to ) or listening to other people doing the same.  The retreats encourages periods of silent reflection.

Whether you have no meditation experience or lots , whether you are used to sharing your emotions in public or not, the space provided will accept you. The work is based on what I believe is a universal truth that you are innocent. Sometimes your beliefs will be actively challenged and this is held as best as possible in light of your innocence.

During retreats/workshops you can use a chair, cushion or any other comfortable position that keeps your back straight and your body relaxed (which at times can include lying down).

The talks that I give are reflective, that means that they are not about content but are more about how your receive them.  The workshops use various contemplative exercises to expanded on our understanding of ourselves, some involve physical contact, talking and sitting in a group in silence.

The focus is looking at process rather content, looking at the way the mind works rather than what it produces (although sometimes I use it the other way round!).

The key method is to use mindfulness/awareness to center ourselves in the present moment and to understand who we are. 

The basic attitude is accepting and welcoming the way life is and allowing our natural wisdom to arise.

There is always time to ask questions

Reading before the retreat

If you are not familar with the archetypes of King Warrior Magician Lover - you can read a very good introductory article here.


Full refunds are available up to three weeks before the retreat starts, less credit card fee if applicable, two weeks admin charges (60 pound) and credit card fee if applicable, one week no refunds- please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel.

The retreat requires 10 people to attend if we do not get the full number you will get a full refund or ask if you would consider covering the costs.

Participants are asked to assist with the smooth running of our retreats by helping with various jobs both during and at the end of the retreat. 

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