Authentic Living

Spring Retreat 2021

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

26 May – 2 June 2021, Campillos, Andalucia.

Join James in the beautiful Andulcian mountains of Southern Spain 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 coronavirus, 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 Sunday (30th).

On Monday 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


Cortijo de Montero is a recently restored farmhouse set in the heart of the beautiful Andalusian region of Spain. The Cortijo’s rural location offers spectacular scenery as well as clean air, peace and tranquility. The houses are surrounded by a pine forests, eucalyptus trees and rows of cypresses. The rest of the farm has about 100 hectares of woodland – pine, oak, almond, olive, etc – with plenty of paths for walking and sightseeing. Map


The retreat will begin with dinner at 6:30pm on Wednesday 26th May. You are welcome to arrive from 2pm that day, although no food will be served until dinner. The retreat ends after breakfast on Wednesday 2nd June. The first 2 days will be held in silence (not in sessions).


There are single rooms, plus shared rooms with 2 beds or 3 beds. The 2 and 3 bed shared rooms will be allocated by gender, unless you book a 2 bed room as a couple, in which case 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(s) 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.


Flights: Fly to Malaga airport. Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly direct to Malaga from Bristol and London Gatwick at very low cost when booked in advance. Flybe also fly direct from Exeter.

Transfers: Please inform Matthew ( of your flight arrival time and we will coordinate taxi transfers to the venue. Taxi costs are around €25-€30 euros per person.


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 on confirmation of booking.
Balance due by 7th April 2021.
75% of balance refunded if cancelled before 14th April 2021
50% of balance refunded if cancelled before 21st April 2021
25% of balance refunded if cancelled before 28th April 2021
No refund if cancelled after 28th April 2021


There are two parts to the payment:

1. For Food & Accomodation

3-Bed Room – £320
2-Bed 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 7th April 2021.

3-Bed Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

2-Bed Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

Single Room

Food & Accommodation

£100 Deposit

The number of participants to the intensive 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 Matthew if you have any questions (