Higher Consciousness 2019 Retreat:
Returning to Love

With Stephen Busby

Novato, Marin, California, USA

Wednesday evening May 1 to Sunday Afternoon May 5, 2019


You are here to join with others in a shift to expanded dimensional realities that are founded upon love. In this shift, much that is encoded awakens in you through contact with higher frequencies of consciousness. Your light-body becomes an active agent of emanation out into the Earth plane, and much is lifted through the lower dimensional realms where currently you limit yourselves. You are understanding more of the nature of this encoding as you delve deeper within yourselves. You are participants in a revolution of consciousness, learning to love consciously, to return to love. In your longing and your relationships, you are looking for a person or place where you are returned to yourselves, to that which you are.” [Extract from last year’s online course]


In recent online events, workshops and we-spaces, we have been exploring higher frequencies of consciousness that reconfigure everything we know. This is consciousness that delivers us to the edge of our evolutionary development and next potentials, stretching and expanding our subtle sensitivities and capacities, sometimes prompting altered states of awareness and heart-openings, and providing fresh insight into reality and our multidimensional nature. We are often opened to inner structures of wounding, finding clarity about what next is ready to be released and transmuted as we embody more of our wholeness and sovereignty-of-self.

In this year’s retreat in the Bay Area of California, we will build a high vibrational container to continue this work. The retreat is open to anyone with previous experience who feels called to a deeper dive, alongside many experienced practitioners from different countries. I will share teachings from the higher dimensional intelligences which cooperate with us in this work, and will offer a variety of small-group dialogues and practices as part of the flow of love which arises when we embrace and embody more of ourselves [read more below…].



Send an email to John at [email protected]
John will then send you all registration details.

If you have not worked with me in 2018 or 2019 then please include in your email to John a few lines describing your motivation for joining us.

Please make sure you read my Terms & Conditions which you are accepting upon registering for a place.

See below for more practical details.



The consciousness we are primarily identified with keeps us within a relatively narrow bandwidth of reality. We begin to embody very different realities as we become more experimental in allowing more consciousness in our lives. In this work, we practice stretching ourselves in consciousness, relationally and collectively. We are inquisitive in how we show up for ourselves and each other, learning to inquire into whatever we may have taken for granted as the ground of reality.

There are worlds to explore and embody through consciousness. One way is to become more interested in how we have learned to limit and dampen ourselves down, to keep ourselves at a lower vibration of life. Through practice, we become more permeable to our multidimensional natures, learning to validate and honour inner experience, for instance: of guidance, inner journeying, or alteredness, whereby habitual coordinates of reality do not hold in space and time. We invite each other to a more subtle witnessing and interiority, which requires gentle discernment, courage and fearless loving presence. It means we no longer play along with how we each perpetuate ourselves in unconscious ways.

As we venture beyond the thresholds of the familiar, we find ourselves in unknown pathless places with nothing to guide us save our inner, felt knowing. In this way, we awaken from the trance of our self-imposed exile and loosen our investment in that which has appeared to hold us. We allow ourselves to feel and sometimes fall between the cracks of what we’ve taken most for granted: a fixed identity within a reality we know. Above all, we learn to appreciate how we are here for each other as we birth a new human blueprint together – through the consciousness that we are becoming.


I have been working with higher frequencies of consciousness for many years, offering in-person and online events as part of my healing practice. I am based at the Findhorn spiritual community and eco-village in Scotland (read more here). I have worked internationally for over 35 years to help people fulfil their life-potential. See more on my background here, or on where my work comes from here.

For more context on how this work has evolved, see my chapter ‘Awakening Through We-Space to a Higher Frequency of Life‘ in Cohering The Integral We Space: Engaging Collective Emergence, Wisdom and Healing in Groups (2016).



WHERE: Anubhuti Retreat Center in Novato was created as a place where people from all walks of life, faiths and backgrounds can explore their spirituality in a peaceful and nurturing atmosphere. The center sits on top of a hill near San Francisco Bay, surrounded by 1,600 acres of protected open space, water and a wildlife preserve with a full 360° degree view. Accommodation is comprised of 2-3 person shared-bedrooms with private bath set among landscaped gardens with spectacular views of the Bay, Pacheco Pond, Novato creek and the rolling hills of Marin County. There are a limited number of single-rooms also available. Anubhuti is staffed by volunteers who give their time freely and happily.

WHEN: Wednesday 5:30 pm of May 1st to Sunday 5:30 pm of May 5th, with arrival between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm only on the Wednesday afternoon. Note that participation in all sessions is required, please do not register if you cannot be sure you are able to attend for the duration.

COST: Registration details including prices are available upon writing by email to John, and are all-inclusive of everything you need – the retreat program and your accommodation. There are different kinds of accommodation available. Three vegetarian meals per full day are also included – a total of 12 meals. The number of places is limited and early discounted rates will apply only until March 20, 2019, on which date the cost of any remaining places will increase by approximately 15%.

EXPANDING THE FIELD: This year we will be taking some photos and perhaps recording a few parts of the event, in support of our expanding field. We will be doing this as discretely as possible, as per the last section in my Terms & Conditions.

CAR SHARING: We encourage the wider community of practitioners in the Bay Area to offer and share rides, you’ll find an option for this when booking your place.

























“I am amazed at the depth and the breadth of the teachings which seem to be emanating from a field much higher than daily life. There is more vastness to the human experience than I’d previously allowed and I bring so much more of myself now into each relationship, including the relationship with myself.”

“I’ve learned to trust my body more and more. Life has intensified and accelerated and every day seems to be so full of learning and insights that I look back in wonder at my life before this awakening – it was another era altogether. I am in awe of the breathtaking transformations, shifts and openings I could witness in this field.”

“It was as if I could physically feel my cells expanding in a way I don’t quite understand yet but can feel – and I know following this feeling is the only choice. The support of the container and the personal exchanges helped me keep growing in constant awareness that all of this is my and our evolution – and this is only the beginning, I am incredibly grateful.”

“There is a vulnerability, nakedness, and raw courage invited and evoked by you that is an enormous healing gift. I move between profound resonance with the beauty of your lyrical expression and your precision of articulation. Thank you for your uniqueness, courage, generosity and love – these qualities are teachings and healings for us.”

“My sense of being has expanded, feeling a deeper, broader, richer sense of wholeness. There is a fuller sense of very subtle energies within and outside. Abundant gratitude to Stephen for all he gives so freely and lovingly. He is a true mentor, living his truth with love and clarity, guiding us with a grace that pours through in his poignant and passionate eloquence.”

“I am not the man I used to be, thanks to the work we have been doing over the last months together. And my love life is not the same as before, nor is my partner and our love.”

“We are on the cutting edge of a new relational intelligence in we-space work: healing, expanded forms of love and a deepened capacity to create are by-products. I know now that I am here to host a much larger kind of love.”

“Love is part of my life now, I notice how much I had kept it out because I cannot control it. The frequency of love has set a seed in my heart and I follow it wherever it takes me.”

“I felt a ceiling in my life open wide after the workshop, a ceiling I didn’t know was there. Its disappearance has allowed me a new kind of access to the vast field of interconnection that seems to be changing everything for me… I feel I am leaning into a new movement, something mysterious, evolutionary, very intimate and alive.”

“I want to acknowledge you for the way you allow yourself to expand and expand… the way you keep upping the ante – honoring the shifts and movements to be upgraded again and again. The way you honor and facilitate the emerging alignment with the higher human blueprint. For the ways you continue to allow yourself to ‘come out’ fully into this work, for the ways that you call that out in me and others, I thank you deeply.”

“Your gentle and powerful guidance has opened me to multidimensional teachings. The frame is large, inclusive and enables profoundly deep healing.”

“I was struck by how much is being done in this field, yet bringing all the theory and innovation into group formats and living relationships is clearly the cutting edge, and this is where you reside. Thank you for being a pioneer in the integration of consciousness, psychology, and human development. I cannot imagine a more important work.”

“I can’t express how powerful and inspiring this way of working is and how much hope it brings to the healing of humanity. I appreciated your authentic presence that seemed to draw into the space a warmth and peace that was palpable. I am in awe of how deeply impactful the exercises were and how much I learned about the complexities of our human experience with so little cognitive processing. It feels like such a natural and intuitive expression of truth that once it is seen it seems to just fall into place.”

“The work with you brings me a clearer, finer and kinder self-relationship. I’m learning to inhabit and navigate my subtle energetic world, getting in touch with a true and inclusive picture of myself and the world; a feeling of something essential being touched and opened.”

“I have felt welcomed, encouraged, seen – in strength, vulnerability, shadow and joy. I’ve drawn much strength here and feel deeply called to dedicate my attention to nourish and strengthen this field. May it hold many more!”

“I feel free, unburdened, more expansive, and feel I can breathe, truly, for the first time in this life. Thank you for this work, from the bottom of my heart!”