Authentic Living

Autumn Retreat 2020

Discover Who You Really Really Are, and Open to the Fullness of Life.

9 – 16 October 2020, Crediton, Devon.

Join James in the beautiful Devonshire countryside for a life-changing 7-day retreat.

Through meditations, sense-based exercises, live music & intimate dialogues you will:

* Deeply explore your firsthand, uninterpreted experience, to reveal the true safety that is always already here.
* Discover how that wondrous realisation can lead to lasting transformation.
* Feel empowered to fully shine your unique qualities into life.

Is this retreat for me?

With all the current uncertainty around politics, economics, climate change, artificial intelligence, and now the global pandemic, maybe you’ve notice a deep longing for real safety and security?

Perhaps you’ve been trying to fix the ‘problem’ but, whatever you acquire or achieve, the satisfaction is only ever fleeting before you find yourself longing again?

Or maybe you’ve already had some recognition of your true nature, but still find yourself caught in limiting patterns, still longing to fully express—to truly come alive?

If any of this sounds familiar, then keep on reading . . .

What happens on a retreat with James?

  • Through meditations, sense-based exercises, live music, silent connecting & intimate dialogues, James will guide you with gentle precision towards discovering who you really REALLY are.
  • From that ‘place’ of clarity and openness, you will begin to see the deeply held beliefs, fear-based patterns and physical clenches that keep you bound up in life.
  • In discovering how to meet those uncomfortable feelings and beliefs from the loving openness of your true nature, those frozen blockages can begin to thaw, enabling your essential qualities—of sensitivity, tenderness, playfulness, courage, compassion, strength, power, etc.—to naturally flow.
  • In the atmosphere of absolute acceptance and support that James offers, there is the chance to play with operating spontaneously, in-tuitively, with Being-in-action—with living freedom.
  • Ultimately it all adds up to a celebration of life with openhearted sharing, music, singing, silence, tears and laughter.
  • No previous knowledge is required, just a willingness to openly and honestly explore your immediate, first-hand experience, to courageously question all your beliefs and assumptions, and to feel into your human fragility and whatever fears may arise.

There’s no dogma, no superiority, no guru-ness, no rigid mindset, no rules, just a loving intelligence continually welcoming us back to the home we never left.


James is a born teacher—infinitely patient, compassionate, crystal clear and with great integrity. Thank you James, for your wisdom and love.


I am a different person since working with James: more real, more loving, more open, more joyous, and certainly much more alive! People remark on it.


I am very glad that Life has brought me to you. Your words and presence had a profound impact on me. After years in a kind of impasse/wilderness I am now filled with joy, with peace.


James’s teachings are clear and concise. They took me to a level of understanding that had eluded me for 45 years. A truly life changing experience that opened a new possibility for being alive.


Thank you James. You act as a midwife, guiding and supporting us through the pangs and contractions of giving birth to our true selves!


The first time I connected with James it was a life-changing epiphany; to totally meet and be met on a transpersonal level—it was literally awesome. This is all I have ever wanted, and I am so grateful that the universe introduced me to someone I resonate with and learn so much from.


Working closely with a guide who knows the territory, who can understand where we are on the journey, who meets us and sees us as we really are and reflects that back to us, is a rare and precious opportunity. James is that very guide.


Thank you dear James. I've heard the words so many times and no one has ever led me to a place where I could actually experience those words—like what does it mean? That's what I was asking for, and you managed to do it.



8:30am – Breakfast
9:30am – Gentle body warm up (optional)
10 to 11:30am – Session 1
11:30am to 12noon – Tea & Biscuit break
12noon to 1pm – Session 2
1pm – Lunch then free time
4:30 to 6:30pm – Session 3
6:30pm – Dinner

The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in the sessions).

There will be no session after lunch on Wednesday (14th).

On Wednesday eve there will be a chance for willing participants to play music, dance, sing, tell stories, poems, or whatever they wish to offer to the group in an optional impromptu cabaret.

About James

James Eaton graduated in Maths from Oxford University, then tried a number of vocations, including working as a singer-songwriter, an actor, and a school teacher in inner city London. Despite achieving success, he couldn’t shift a profound sense of lack and longing. What followed was an intense spiritual search that culminated in directly realising the wholeness of being—the home he’d been longing for.

Since 2011 James has been leading workshops and retreats internationally, guiding others to that same realisation, and to the subsequent empowerment and life transformation it can offer. He lives in Totnes, UK, with his wife, Eleonora, and their two sons, Edward and Ludo.

Full retreat details


Situated on the edge of the small hamlet of Poughill, in the heart of the tourist-free mid Devon countryside, the Barton is a small family run farm. Their two exceptionally spacious cottages, The Barton Granary and Brimbles, are both converted from Grade II Listed barns. They are comfortably furnished and well-equipped and particularly suitable for larger families and groups.  Map


The retreat will begin with dinner at 6:30pm on Friday 9th October. You are welcome to arrive from 4pm that day, although no food will be served until dinner. The retreat ends after breakfast on Friday 16th October. The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in sessions).


All rooms are twins and doubles, although they can be offered as singles for an additional fee (as it means 1 less person will be able to attend). Shared rooms will be allocated by gender, unless you book a double room as a couple, in which case please let us know you are a couple in the ‘order notes’ section at checkout.

If you’d like to share a room with a friend, add their name in the ‘order notes’ section at checkout and we’ll do our best to put you together.


3 delicious, healthy meals are included each day; using home-grown and where possible organic and always locally-sourced ingredients, to prepare nutritious vegetarian dishes.


Train: Travel to Tiverton Parkway, which is 18 miles from the venue.

Flights: Nearest airports are Exeter Airport (25 miles), and Bristol Airport (68 miles).

Transfers: Please inform us ( of your arrival time at Tiverton Parkway and we will coordinate taxi transfers to the venue.


There will also be two group integration sessions, that will be held on Zoom the following two weeks of the retreat, to support integrating all that we’ve discovered into everyday living. The day/time for each session will be arranged by the group.


£100 non-refundable deposit to confirm your booking.
Remaining balance due by 14th August 2020.
75% of balance refunded if cancelled before 14th August 2020
50% of balance refunded if cancelled before 21st August 2020
25% of balance refunded if cancelled before 28th August 2020
No refund if cancelled after 28th August 2020


There are two parts to the payment:

1. For Food & Accomodation

Twin/Double room – £370
Single room – £495

2. Donation to James for meetings and support

I offer my work as a gift. This means I rely on donations to support not only myself and my family, but also those that would be unable to attend if I were to charge a fee. Thank you for helping to prove that the gift model of business can really work!

(Suggested donation is around £35 per person per day. For a week retreat that’s around £250. You are welcome to offer more or less as you feel is appropriate.)

We will contact you nearer the time about how to make your donation.

Register Your Place

  • Pay £100 non-refundable deposit to reserve your place.
  • We will contact you for the remaining balance, plus donation to James, by 14th August 2020.

Twin/Double Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

Single Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

The number of participants to the retreat is limited, so make sure you book in time. Your place will be reserved after payment of the deposit has been received. Feel free to write to Dora if you have any questions (