Death and Rebirth Beyond Time
A unique, in-person, 8-Day Intensive Retreat
Exploring the Core Transformational Teachings of J.Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti Center Ojai
Lodging fee: $630
Student tuition: $400
This is an in-person program and we will be following all California safety protocols with regards to Covid-19.
Richard Waxberg will contact you to answer any questions you may have, as soon as we receive your application. Or you can contact Richard anytime at: 805.640.0532 / [email protected]
Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive an email with instructions to pay your deposit securely.
Tuition & Room Fees Cover all meals
Regular Tuition: $800 (includes lunch and dinner)
Pepper Tree Retreat room fee: $630 (includes breakfast)
The room price is subsidized. The price listed is for shared rooms, and room allocation will be determined by the Pepper Tree Retreat staff.
College Student Scholarship Tuition: $400
Tuition Scholarships are approved by Richard (805-640-0532) and limited to full-time college and graduate program students. All participants pay the same Pepper Tree Retreat room fee.
A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are awarded with the criteria of a serious financial need and according to the amount of scholarship funds available for each Intensive.
Local commuter participants pay the Tuition of $800, which includes lunch and dinner.
Registration and Payments: Participants are required to pay a non-refundable $40 Registration Fee, along with the 50% Deposit of the Tuition Fee to hold their place in the program. The balance of the Tuition fee is due one month before the program begins.
Cancellation: If a participant cancels participation in the program 30 days or less before the program begins, they get half of their Deposit back, excluding the Registration Fee.
If the program is cancelled for any reason by the KFA, all program payments will be returned.
Transportation: The Ventura County Airporter shuttle from LAX to Ventura (Four Points by Sheraton hotel) charges $45 each way and can be purchased ahead of time (www.venturashuttle.com). Uber service is also availble from LAX directly to the Pepper Tree Retreat for about $100-120 one way. As a complimentary service with no charge to participants, the retreat will pick up participants at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Ventura at 3:30 PM on the first day the program begins, and will drop off participants at the Four Points by Sheraton hotel at 12:15 PM on the day the program ends. For all other times, participants must make their own travel arrangements.
Flight & other Public Transportation Arrangements: We strongly recommend that every participant independently purchase trip-insurance (for example: www.insuremytrip.com), just in case the unlikely possibility arises that the Programs do not run, or if a participant must cancel for personal reasons.
For further information on the Intensive Retreat: please contact Richard Waxberg: 805.640.0532
For further information regarding Pepper Tree Retreat room arrangements: please contact the Pepper Tree front office: 805.646.4773
The Explorations into Freedom Intensive Retreat invites us to explore together Krishnamurti’s insights that point to the possibility of a transformation of consciousness.
This explorative journey we take together into our understanding of what Krishnamurti referred to as deep ‘listening and seeing’ is the open door through which unexamined beliefs, concepts and ideas can be revealed without judgement or resistance. This dimension of ‘seeing’ and ‘listening’ is like turning a light on our conditioned responses, the normally hidden unconscious layers of thinking.
We create an atmosphere together of freedom, affection and mutual support in order to inquire into what is preventing us from unburdening ourselves from the past and our feelings of psychological limitation.
We hold 3 probing explorations each day that allow us to deepen our insights into the structures, patterns and images that build our sense of the ‘self’ and what appears to be the reality of our daily lives. As these patterns and images are exposed through ‘listening and seeing’, they can potentially lose their authority to bind and trap us in a limited idea of who we think we are.
Krishnamurti describes ‘psychological death’ as the falling away of the belief in the ‘me-consciousness’, and ‘rebirth’ as an unburdening of the mind in the timeless present, beyond conflict and fear, and the frustrations of endless seeking.
Our dynamic inquiring together is wholistic; life’s penetrating questions can arise and be examined in an atmosphere of freedom and creative insight. Our probing together has the potential to move us toward a glimpse into a boundless dimension of love, intelligence and creativity.
“That love is intelligence, and it brings a creativeness which is timeless.” — J. Krishnamurti
Krishnamurti’s timeless message that it is not necessary for us to postpone our sense of being free and fully alive, right here and now, resonates throughout our work together.
Please join us for this exciting journey of discovery, inquiring into the potential for living in freedom; to see if it is possible to meet the mystery and beauty of being alive with a fresh mind, as if for the first time.
“Listening completely, without resistance, without any barrier is the miracle of explosion, shattering the known, and to listen to that explosion, without motive, without direction is to enter where thought, time, cannot pursue.” — J. Krishnamurti
The Ojai Valley, surrounded by cascading mountains, is the home of the Krishnamurti Educational Center. Krishnamurti’s former home is one of the jewels of the KEC along with beautiful trees, orange groves, flowers and a new herb garden. This is the perfect location for our in-depth exploration.
Richard Waxberg and Deborah Kerner created and facilitated the 8-Day Fully-Immersive Krishnamurti Dialogical Inquiry & Retreat Programs for the Krishnamurti Foundation of America in 2005. Their new Intensive Retreat, Explorations into Freedom based on Krishnamurti’s core transformational teachings, takes place in June and October each year. They are currently also facilitating Intensives in Denmark and Canada.
Richard is a practicing writer and artist. He was a full-time college instructor for 20 years, teaching art & design, art history and aesthetics for Parsons School of Design in New York City. Deborah is a practicing artist, poet, and designer. She has had a distinguished career as a book designer with clients such as Random House and HarperCollins.
Both Richard and Deborah taught a variety of art and design courses at the Krishnamurti Rishi Valley School in India. They also participated in numerous dialogues, including inquiries into the meaning of education, held at Krishnamurti Schools and Centers throughout India.
As a part of their spiritual journey, Richard and Deborah studied and participated in Native American shamanic spiritual practices with traditional elders from several Native American tribes, before discovering the profound insights of Krishnamurti.
Besides their continuing work in the fields of writing, painting, and offering two 8-Day Intensive Retreat Programs each year for the KFA, Richard and Deborah continue their studies that reflect Krishnamurti’s profound message of transformation, freedom, and love. Among various spiritual traditions, they have also been studying recent scientific research on consciousness, as well as current non-dual approaches.
The Tuition fee and the Pepper Tree Retreat room fee cover the entire program including all meals, materials and round-trip transportation from Ventura to Ojai. We pick-up and drop-off all participants flying into LAX, who take the Ventura Airporter Shuttle from LAX to Ventura, once on the first and last day of the program.
In order to hold your place in the program, we ask all participants to please pay the $40 Registration fee plus a 50% Tuition Deposit. The balance of the Tuition payment is due one month before the program begins. The Pepper Tree Retreat fee is paid upon arrival the first day of the program. The program fills on a First-to-Sign-Up basis.
Once you have been accepted into the program, you can pay your Registration Fee and Tuition Deposit by credit card via our Secure Payment Form that will be sent to your email.
Food: Delicious vegetarian food is served during the program. We will make reasonable efforts to meet your dietary and other special needs. Please let us know in your application.