Living In Mastery - The Essentials

Embodied Coherence, Personally and Collectively

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During this Virtual Retreat will explore three essential themes:

Personal Presence

Collective Resonance

Aligning with the Shift occurring at all scales

Through the lens of these three essential themes we will cultivate our capacity for present moment awareness—the foundation of Living in Mastery. We will explore the torus energy flow that surrounds and sustains us and we will take an authentic look at the quality of our attitude and how it effects our environment - internally and externally. From this place of presence we will contribute to, and harness, the energy of the group field to empower us to dive deeper. Then as a unified whole, we will align our awareness with the momentum of the shift that is occurring at all scales and come into coherence with the fundamental energy of life itself.

This retreat will shift the lens though which you perceive and engage in the world. It will be both practical and cosmic, grounded as well as expansive. Our focus will be simple, fundamental and question led. We will be guided more by direct experience than theory. It will be your choice how deep you take this process. The level of your commitment and participation will have an impact on the whole group and the energy generated by the group will contribute to your process.

We will have fun and we will get real with ourselves and each other. We will get present to truth of what is and make a conscious choice to respond generatively from there. We will grieve and honor what is falling away and celebrate and welcome what is emerging. We will seed 2012 with love and presence and set a new course for our lives.

It is my prayer that this retreat will inspire you to stand with your heart wide open in the face of whatever comes and fuel you with unbounded hope.

Retreat Features

Special Discovery Portal with all the resources needed for the Retreat.
Includes: Presentations, Music, Images, Meditations, Recordings and Transcripts

Community Space for sharing the insights, wisdom, questions and challenges that emerge during our journey.

Eleven 90-minute Live Sessions
Includes presentations, meditations, Q&A, small group discussions and community dialogue. Each session will be recorded and transcribed.

Optional “Hang out Time”
Each session includes an additional (and optional) 30-minutes for commudialogue and sharing. I like to call this our “Hang out Time” and the group will determine its flow each time. This is a great way to get to know each other.

Weekly Focus Questions and Practices you will actively explore each week.They will be things you can incorporate easily into your daily flow.

Community of Pioneering Souls to journey with who are interested in embodying the change they wish to see in the world and through their presence inspire others to do the same. The group energy is a pround gift we can give each other right now.


One-on-one Mentoring Sessions
One-on-one mentoring sessions can be scheduled during the retreat if you would like extra support to take any of the concepts we are exploring more deeply into your life. Limited number of sessions available—cost: $55 per session.

Information about scheduling personal sessions will be sent along with other orientation material in early February to all who enroll.

Click here for a Live Session Overview and Schedule

Recommended Reading

Michael Brown (Jun 22, 2010)
The Presence Process: A Journey into Present Moment Awareness

Machaelle Small Wright (Jun 1997)
Co-Creative Science: A Revolution in Science Providing Real Solutions for Today's Health and Environment

Bruce H. Lipton (Mar 1, 2011)
The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles

Duane Elgin Mar 24, 2009)
The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?

Lynne McTaggart (Apr 19, 2011)
The Bond: Connecting Through the Space Between Us

For-Credit Requirements

Pre-Class Assignment
For one week consciously contemplate the following questions and record any insights that arise during the week. Then write a 5–7 page essay on what you discover.

How present are you?

What is the general quality of your attitude?

What is your relationship to your body?

How hopeful are you about the future?

Post-Class Assignment
To be announced


3-Month Virtual Retreat

Dates: The Retreat begins with
an opening/orientation call on
Saturday - March 10th 12:00–1:30pm PT

Retreat Guide: Teresa Collins

Faculty Bios

Teresa Collins

Teresa brings a rare blend of dynamic presence, a big loving heart and a whole systems strategic mind to the endeavors that call her into service. At the heart of her calling is a deep commitment to empowering learning communities of all shapes and sizes to thrive in these profoundly potent times. For the last decade she has initiated and engaged in a number of learning community experiments with people from around the world and continues to adapt and innovate in response to this living experience.

She is a radiant teacher and guides by example. She inspires people to live authentic and joy-filled lives and to join their genius with others doing the same to co-create the new.

Jim Garrison

Jim Garrison is founder and President of Wisdom University. He received his BA, magna cum laude, in World History from the University of Santa Clara in 1973; his MTS from Harvard Divinity School in Christology and the History of World Religions in 1975; and his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in Philosophical Theology in 1982. Garrison has developed these themes in all his published writings beginning with his first book in 1980, called The Plutonium Culture (SCM). This was followed by The Darkness of God: Theology After Hiroshima (SCM/1982); The Russian Threat: Myths and Realities (Gateway Books/ 1983); The New Diplomats (Resurgence Press/1984); Civilization and the Transformation of Power (Paraview Press/2000); and America As Empire (Barrett Koehler/2004). His forthcoming book is Return of Gaia: Climate Turbulence and the Primordial Mind.


“Teresa is a master of the new learning paradigm, weaving a seamless blend of profound inner journeying, dynamic awareness and gracious silence. Speaking essence, honoring and allowing each person‘s depth to navigate, she embodies resonance that transcends awkwardness, compelling beyond words. Wildly inspiring, she‘s like a harmonic convergence!”

Jesse White, Founder

School for Wonder

“Teresa's grounded, feminine grace held me captive. Her wisdom and clear empowering message resonates deep into the soul. Teresa speaks the new, co-creative conscious language which is emerging as a beacon of hope for humanity. This evolved message is the wave of our future and Teresa is, without a doubt, a light-filled pioneering soul awakening and leading spiritual warriors into the new paradigm of oneness and unity.”

Stephanie Barton

Life Dream Coach

“Teresa is a truly inspirational and dynamic facilitator. After 35 years in teaching, workshop leadership and design and project management, I can honestly say I have never seen one person able to gather, coordinate and inspire a large group of people in the way that Teresa can. She certainly re-inspired me in my own work as I‘m sure she will in yours.”

Rosie Jeanne Mere B.A;Dip Ed

Evolutionary Learning Designer

Project Manager for BBC Learning

University Lecturer