28 Day AllOne Time
Solo Wilderness Retreat
Give your mind and body a well-deserved break; One that not only releases stress and emotional/energetic blockages, but will change the way you forever view yourself and the World around you. This is more than a retreat... It's rebirth.
The 28 Day AllOne Time Retreat provides a superb opportunity to cultivate the authentic experience and realization of one's essential union with Gaia (Mother Earth) and to enter into the direct experience of Primordial Source Awareness. It involves significant time alone, AllOne, in nature. With this amount of time away from human culture: technology, society, family, and friends - you get a rare opportunity to relax, enter deep presence, experience your True Nature and open your heart to receive and emit profound love for All of Life.
Stillness, Silence, Spaciousness and Clarity naturally unfold from the depths of your Being - radiating throughout innermost, inner, and outer Nature.
This Intermediate Awareness Training process includes:
- 4-7 Days of pre-training with John, if there are at least 4 participants. Otherwise, This training will be integrated into the weekly check-in times during AllOne time.
- A 28-day wilderness solo - Each participant selects their site before starting and will spend the 28 days at this location. They bring in their own food for the 28 days, stored in animal-proof canisters. Perishable items will be replenished during John's weekly visits.
- John recommends that during this time, participants do one three-night/four-day intensive 'Vision Quest' rite of passage (no sleep, no food, little water, no shelter, staying the whole time in an 8-foot circle). We recommend that you do this either during the full or new moon.
- Weekly check-ins and training with John at a pre-arranged mountain site.
- Reintegration period of at least one week at base camp. This allows you to process and begin the integration of your experience. During this time, John provides personalized reintegration training to support your return into modern society. These reintegration days are added onto the formal retreat time listed here.
Through alone time in nature and daily cultivation practices to help liberate blockages, participants will begin to awaken pristine awareness of one's true nature.
The advanced practices taught during the 28 day solo include:
- The cultivation of Universal Energy from several Shamanic Traditions and from Geomancy
- Shamanic and Tantric based approaches to Life Force and Spiritual Cultivation
- Energy cultivating practices from ancient Taoism, including Qi Gong and T'ai Chi
- Techniques for unblocking, purification, transformation, transmutation and liberation of emotional and energetic blockages
- Practices to address the relentless grip of ego-based being
- Unique ways of cultivating recognition of pure Source Awareness
- Universal/Interfaith-style Sacred Ceremony and Appreciative Prayer
Interfaith approaches to connect and harmonize the Elements: External, Internal and Secret
Due to the challenges and rigor of this level of training, it is only available to those who have completed at least one Sacred Passage or equivalent training, as determined by John P. Milton.
"After clutching at every ray of the Sun in an attempt to release deep contractions due to "cold" and "mind," I finally s-n-a-p-p-e-d out of it... I remembered the JOY of sacrificing for the HONOR of communion with Source and the Way of Nature. Instantly, I was on my feet, oblivious to the cold breezes, because I was dancing with the Aspens. First, we would shimmy in the breeze, then we would sway and dance as the winds began to gust...
...The natural state of luminous mind is represented by Moon... The moment the Full Moon rose, I visualized it as luminous mind-moon, ever-changing with the shadows and forms and silhouettes of the branches and the trees; yet constantly present in its natural state... I will continue to seek that spontaneous presence, so beautifully represented by the light of the full moon, constantly reminding us of our own natural luminescence...
May the gifts of nature and her teachings continue to enrich ALL of our lives. 'Grant us Peace and Freedom from mental fabrications!'"
~Michele Blackburn, Vision Quest within 28 Day Solo AllOne time, 2004