Our retreats are sponsored by Glorian Publishing, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing humanity with the essential wisdom that resides in the heart of all the world’s great mystical and religious traditions.
The light of spiritual wisdom has expressed itself in many forms, according to the needs of any particular time and place. Those forms have been called “religions” but all spring from that one light: the source of all religion.
All religions are precious pearls strung on the golden thread of divinity. - Samael Aun Weor
We call that primordial, root religion “Gnosis.” Gnosis is the spiritual heritage and birthright of all humankind. Gnosis is the exact science that leads to conscious experience of the divine. Gnosis—a Greek word for “knowledge”—is the synthesis of all the world’s religions. Gnosis is the universal balm that dispels ignorance, which is the root of suffering.
The student of Gnosis is not asked to believe anything or follow anyone. Instead, they are given practical tools that—if used sincerely—lead to personal, direct experience of the truth.
Samael Aun Weor
Our founder and root teacher is Samael Aun Weor. The name Samael Aun Weor is Hebrew and is pronounced “sam-ayel on vay-ohr.”
Samael Aun Weor wrote over sixty books, gave thousands of lectures, and inspired millions towards awakening Consciousness. Yet, in spite of his wisdom and generosity towards mankind, he said:
Do not follow me. I am just a signpost. Reach your own Self-realization.
Samael Aun Weor left his physical body in 1977.
The instructors who lead the retreats have lived and taught Gnosis all over the world. Each has years of experience teaching and working with the practices and exercises that awaken the Consciousness. In keeping with the spirit of the Gnostic goal and perspective, the lecturers do not broadcast their names, faces, or personal information, in order to reduce the strong influence that personality has in spiritual communities and to emphasize the message: "Know thyself..." The goal of Gnosis is to learn how to follow our inner Being, not any physical person. Thus, our instructors do not have spiritual titles or names, do not accept followers, and live their lives as any person in society. The instructors also wish to emphasize that the purpose of retreats is introspection and self-analysis, not visiting with instructors. They recommend studying what Samael Aun Weor had to say about visiting with instructors: Visitors of a Bodhisattva.
The Retreat Staff
The organizers of the retreat are all volunteers who donate their time from a sincere wish to share with others the benefit they have received from the teachings of Gnosis.
Glorian Publishing is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed in 1999 to bring the writings of Samael Aun Weor to English language readers. Since then, supported entirely by donations from supporters around the world, Glorian Publishing has created:
- GnosticTeachings.org, ranked by Alexa as among the most popular 1% websites in the world
- More than forty high-quality books, available worldwide, in print, ebooks, and online
- A free, worldwide streaming radio station
- More than 400 free audio lectures for download or podcast
- International retreats and events open to anyone
- Prison correspondence program, providing free books and prisoner support in twenty states and thirty-five institutions
Glorian Publishing is based in the United States but serves a worldwide community of people from every race, religion, culture, and gender. Everything we offer is freely available to everyone, without restrictions, dues, memberships, or limitations of any kind.
Our Goal: Universal Relief from Suffering
All of these blessings have been made possible by donations from people around the world. Donations are entirely tax-deductible. Make a donation or find other ways you can contribute towards humanity.
Glorian has a discounted book program for Gnostic schools, and provides donations of books and other materials to prisons, libraries, hospitals, hospices, and other facilities where people are seeking knowledge. To support our free book program or request materials for your organization, please contact us.
Anyone and everyone is free to study the teachings of Gnosis, regardless of their religious, political, or sectarian affiliations, thus our books, websites, and other projects are made available to everyone without restriction or regard to race, sex, country, flag, politics, or culture. Gnosis is for all of humanity.