Students who attended the 2013 Gnostic Retreat in NSW Australia submitted these comments afterwards.
"I was unsure what to expect, being my first retreat with you - and I loved it! I very much enjoyed meeting you all - as well as the other attendees. It helped me join many 'dots' and I left feeling deeply nourished at a soul level. It took a couple of days to integrate back into this 'reality'!!!"
"So glad I finally got to meet you all face-to-face finally, many questions answered and the drive to do the spiritual work is now inspired."
"Overall, I had good experience. I had learn practical meditation techniques and Rune exercises. I had a good idea of how different techniques can be used or combined together and how to organize my practice throughout the day. I am impressed with the instructor's depth of knowledge and their ability to explain various concepts clearly."
"The most rewarding week of my life as I embraced the challenge of facing up to my ego whilst meditating and attempting to be present in all of my actions during my stay there."
"It was a gift. I am so greatful. This is my 5th Gnostic Retreat. My first one was really easy. However, as I progress into them more and more, and with the addition of Gnostic practices done at home, many more egos are making themselves known. Most likely too also due to the heightened and increased energy generated at all the Retreats. In one sense, this is the purpose of it all and egos have to be dealt with. On the other hand, I really and truly treasure all the precious insights into so many aspects of Gnosis which are always passed on to all students during our time at the Retreats. Thanks so much. It's really inspirational."
"Faced with several challenges and found it immensely helpful. The instructors spoke clearly and directly, I felt their communication manner and presence was enthralling. Having not attended a Gnostic retreat of the kind before I wasn't sure what to expect, and within this context did consider it high-impact as an introductory experience- I would not recommend it as an introduction to gnosis, but for my overall experience was highly positive."
"Overall, the retreat was definitely a good experience for me, I feel that I learnt something new not only in theory but practice as well."
About the Practices
"Well structured for the beginner. I valued it because it gave me access to skills that I can see are useful. I wonder if I would have found them by myself."
"I loved the practices!!! [...] I've learned many meditation techniques in the past - and the practices you taught us helped me join many dots. I felt I was able to build on what I've learned previously and understand a lot more about what I was doing and why - as well as unfold new meaning in some past meditation experiences I've had."
"Made some wonderful breakthroughs, and had some excellent clarifications. Well done and keep it up."
"They were well guided as [the instructor] gave us substantial instruction as well as providing us with sufficient time to implement the mantras and runes."
"I built up a momentum over the week which I found rewarding, especially considering the large inertia from within which I entered the practices.
"The instructions were clear and simple, it was not difficult to practice the techniques, however maintaining the practices was a challenge due to the distractions of the mind. I feel that [the instructor] was thorough in explaining the steps leading into meditation. I especially enjoyed the imagination exercises..."
"I really enjoyed the meditation practices and am so grateful for all instructors' input. In particular on this occasion, I am now so much clearer about meditation in relation to disintegrating egoic elements. Overall, on this particular Retreat, something has really fallen into place around meditation for me. It's really motivating me to go further with my meditation practices."
"This was the most valuable part of the trip. Very helpful."
"I really like the meditation practices. I like how the instructor showed us various techniques, let us experience with each and then decide for ourself which one works best."
"Great for beginners who know they need to be mindful but don't know how."
"This was my first retreat – and before I attended, I was quite exhausted – feeling a little jaded, and deeply in need of some spiritual nourishment. Meeting the instructors in person, having a direct experience of their extraordinary energy and expertise, along with the opportunity to ask questions, is a huge gift. Having a direct experience of the power of the practices we were taught has rekindled something very deep for me and helped me join many ‘dots’. Returning home, I've been aware of a level of spiritual rejuvenation that I've not experienced in more than a decade. Continuing to attend retreats is now high on my list of priorities for the future. Thank you Glorian, for all that you do!"
"As a person who has been involved in these teachings for over eight years, my initial enthusiasm for the doctrine had slowly been eroded by the negativity and hipocacy I have experienced being involved with other "Gnostic" schools, to the point of having almost no interest. I can honestly say that my time at this retreat has inspired me to re-embrace the teachings and pursue my own practice! The teachers here have the stated goal of making the student as independent as possible as quickly as possible, this is an important divergence from other schools that claim this lineage. Many thanks to the Glorian team for their sacrifice to make the teachings available to us as a living message to our consiousness. Inverential peace."
"At the Gnostic retreat I learned how to combine meditation with pranayama, mantra, and rune practices into a daily routine. I feel like my practice is much more effective now."
"Each Retreat seems to bring increased clarity around so many aspects of the Gnostic teachings and the path. We are so fortunate to have instructors with years of experience who live their daily lives based upon, and according to, what they teach and impart to us. This, in turn, is truly such an inspirational and motivating force imparted to every student attending a retreat and is a gift everyone takes home with them. So for anyone who may be contemplating coming along to a Glorian retreat who really wants to improve their meditation practice or their understanding of the Gnostic Kabbalah, this is to inspire you to make the effort to attend a group retreat. You will return home with so much thanks in your heart as a result."
"I found myself immediately inspired by the strength and articulate presentation of the material from the instructors, having initially been 'unsure' whether to take the time off work, I returned rejuvenated, happy, peaceful and observant. The value I gleaned from the group in its various dynamics is not easily measured; with all my heart I am truly grateful that such an assembly could occur. Until next time!"
"Undertaking the meditation practices during the recent Gnostic retreat in Australia proved to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I found myself achieving a sense of inner peace as well as a deeper comprehension of the ego's impact upon my level of consciousness. The instructors were so supportive and patient with our esoteric development and succeeded in conveying the Gnostic philosophy in a manner that eminated their obvious knowledge of this universal wisdom. I've come tor realize that these are rare individuals who one does not meet every day. I reccommend their retreats to anyone who is committed to making progress on the spiritual path."