Coming Home: to Your True Self
Release - Awaken - Shine
The Coming Home Retreat
May 17 - 21, 2023
If you’re reading this, you're likely feeling empty, alone, and a bit lost in life...or you may have been walking a spiritual path for many years, yearning for that deep "aha" experience that will open you to an established connection to the wisdom and serenity within.
The thing is, even for us seekers sometimes life is just plain hard.
It’s full of beauty and wonderful things - but it’s also full of heartbreak.
Life feeds us but it can also break us.
So, how do we deal with it?
Well if you’ve got a few minutes I’d like to share with you a different path to deeper fulfillment you may not have tried (or even considered).
A Different Path to the Real You
A lot of people I speak with secretly wish they could let go of the pressures of living in the rat race and come home to a deeper peace... the kind that many of the great spiritual teachers of the ages have spoken of. They want to feel more alive, happy, inspired and fully engaged with others. They want to reside in a sense of harmony with life and be a lot freer to totally be themselves.
But my guess is that you have been broken down a little or a lot by life (maybe slowly over the years or maybe all at once) to a point where you know you need to dig deeper. But there’s a good chance you feel lost as to how to go about that.
Sometimes you can feel like an actor wearing a mask on a long treadmill. You walk, talk, sit, drive, work, buy, eat, sleep and dream in an endless daily cycle. At the end of the week, sometimes you stare into the TV watching more actors and wondering “Is there more to life than this?” or “What happened to the person I thought I'd be when I was younger?”
You might notice a restlessness as if something is shifting or fragmenting under your feet. You may not know what it is or what needs to change or even if it’s a good thing. Something deep inside is calling the real you to come out but you feel trapped in the way you are supposed to be.
The emptiness can be downright painful. You might hide it well but it’s deep...slowly eating your soul.
As Stephen Jenkinson said, “It’s in the nature of being human to forget how to be one on occasion.” But what happens when we forget for a long time?" And how do we remember? Many of the people I have worked with are in the midst of the forgetting and don’t know how to get themselves back.
And it’s not for a lack of trying.
I know this all too well
In my twenties I spent 10 years trying to be happier, exploring every religion under the sun and reading so many books I could have started my own library.
I sat at the feet of so many gurus and instead of finding peace I got athletes foot. I tried the latest self-help books and videos about affirmations, positive thinking and “the secrets” but they didn’t do the trick. They actually made me more confused. The whole guru/follower thing literally gave me a rash so I tried being an independent seeker for awhile. But I got lost and felt incredibly lonely.
My head was so in the clouds with ideas I was no earthly good. One day, something very important occurred to me - that the easiest way to avoid meditation... is to read books about meditation. A wise Hawai'ian Kahuna once said, 'The shadow side of knowledge isn't ignorance. It's theory.'
I sadly realized that all my "great" concepts were just theory.
I threw away my books. I decided to find the truth for myself. It was then I discovered a method of paired self-inquiry with others that changed my life on a retreat called the Enlightenment Intensive. I broke through the lonely shell of my mind and experienced the magnificence of my true self.
What I Discovered is: 'You Have to Do it by Yourself and You Don't Have to Do it Alone'
That awakening experience inspired me to train in this method used on the Enlightenment Intensive. I have now changed the name of the retreat to something that I felt more true to what my experience of it was: 'Coming Home' I have been so impressed with the consistent transformation in people's lives that I have led over 65 retreats over the past 30 years.
I have found the practice of Coming Home to be an invaluable experience along the journey of discovery. I more or less stumbled on my first one, not really knowing what I was getting myself into. However, it has had a lasting effect on my daily life. I feel a greater sense of confidence, equanimity and, surprisingly…wonder. The methodology combines a form of Zen koan practice with Western relational psychology, though it is not aligned with any theoretical or philosophical school. The format is simple and demanding. To discover the truth of ourselves and of existence, we must necessarily move beyond the numerous and ingenious devices we employ to avoid its raw reality. For some people, the search for that truth is the only really meaningful activity of life. I would recommend the practice to anyone who falls into that category. When I emerged from the retreat . . .all of my worries about the future and my resentments about past hurts seemed, in that moment, very small when compared to the vastness that is both what I am and the reality in which I participate.
THE INVITATION by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. (c) 1999 published by Harper San Francisco. All rights reserved. Edited and presented with permission of the author
Find Your True Self on the Coming Home Retreat
Coming Home (also known as the enlightenment intensive) is a beautiful
process that weaves together silent contemplation on a key question such as: "Who am I?" with authentic communication and empathetic listening with another participant. After 5 minutes the roles reverse for 40 minutes. There is a schedule of walks, meals, exercise periods and rest all in silence.
The goal of the retreat is to awaken to your true self beyond the social persona that traps you in loneliness, emptiness and pain and to bring you back to an experience of wholeness, completeness, peace and lightness of being. It’s like coming home after you have been lost for many years… only you come home to yourself.
What I see on just the first day of the 4 day retreat are people with their eyes widening, broad smiles, tears of joy and their bodies melting as the thousand stresses caused by the expectations of who they think they need to be, evaporate from their bodies.
By the 4th day they are shining, alive, deeply in touch with their true nature and so grateful that they have met other authentic seekers, like themselves. They have re-claimed their lost selves by themselves but they did not have to do it alone.
After a Coming Home Retreat Participants Commonly Report Feeling:
- More authentic
- Peace, contentment and vitality permeating their body
- More centered and grounded
- Loving-kindness towards themselves and others
- Greater self-acceptance
- Psychologically whole
- More inner strength and inner resolve
- Freer to express themselves around others
- Improved intuitive ability
- Enhanced and balanced energy levels
And Have a Greater Capacity to:
- Be open and authentic in relationships
- Persist and accomplish personal goals
- Face and overcome problems and difficulties
- Fully experience love, joy and happiness
- Understand the deeper truths in traditional philosophy and religion
- Achieve greater mutual understanding with others
- Be assertive and communicate their needs
- Find meaning, inspiration and insight in daily living
- Make rapid progress in their personal and spiritual growth
My realization was a complete and utter knowing of the Truth. I saw myself exactly AS I AM. The beauty of it was beyond anything I could describe. I came to know that there is no beginning and no end to my being and that everything is always exactly as it should be. I felt that every single thing I did was being done for the first time. I wanted absolutely everyone in the world to experience what I had experienced! My experience at the retreat certainly was profound and came at a huge turning point in my life. Because of this sense of deep meaning and connection, I know that the human spirit has infinite possibility. What I became aware of on Russell's retreat has touched every aspect of my life. The depth of my gratitude has no words.
Brenda McMorrow – Recording Artist, Guelph, Ontario
Features of the Retreat
- Zen-style self-inquiry with questions such as"who am I?" or "what is life?" practiced in a paired format with others to free you from layers of false beliefs so that you can awaken to the expansive aliveness of your true self.
- Authentic communication and deep listening combined with silent contemplation to help you be seen, heard, understood, and let go of years of suffering and access a deeper state of joy, self-acceptance, and wholeness.
- Agreements of non-judgment, non-interruption, and confidentiality to help you bypass the subtle suppressions of "normal" relating that have socialized you to deny being yourself.
- Structured schedule of contemplation, walks, sitting, meals and rest to keep you focused to overcome the barriers that would stop you if you tried doing this by yourself.
- Invaluable training in communication and empathetic listening reinforced over 3 days that can improve your relationships after the retreat
- A religious and philosophy free environment so that you can directly experience the truth for yourself without the impediment of dogma
- Gentle guidance from trained staff available at any time all day during the retreat
The power of my self-discovery was enormous in my life and it has carried me through many struggles since. The place in my heart that was closed is now open and alive with the knowledge that I am me. There is no need for anything else. I am fulfilled with this gift. And I am thrilled to be me. I don’t know how else I could have ever come to the understanding that I am this infinite, completely perfect spirit. There is nothing more beautiful in life than the recognition of who you actually are!
Cheryl Laird, Counsellor, Guelph, Ontario
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this retreat for me?
It could be if:
- You resonate with what you've read here so far and are feeling alone on the spiritual path.
- You want to live a deeper more engaged life, more connected with others.
- You are feeling empty and you want to feel whole and complete again.
- You are looking back on your life and want to find “the meaning of it all.”
- You’ve been on a spiritual path for a long time, almost given-up and want to have the big“AHA”experience
- You are a seeker and not interested in taking on more religious beliefs and you want to awaken to the truth for yourself
- You are able to take 4 days away from your job and family
The Retreat is not for you if:
- You follow a religious belief system and are satisfied you know what the "Truth" is.
- You just want to go to a spa or a relaxation get-away and have a vacation.
- You are not motivated to delve into the deeper questions like: "Who am I?", "What is my purpose?", "What is life?" or "What are others?"
- You cannot take the allotted time away from family or work.
Had I not attended your retreat back in the spring, I would not now have the unshakeable strength of knowing deeply who and what I am, which sustains me on a moment-to-moment basis in a quiet, steadfast, joyful way. I don’t know why nor can I explain it but I continue to wake up happy every day, thankful every day, and smiling at work even though I’m in an impossible situation. I have more energy now than I’ve ever had.
Gail Buss, Retired Office Manager, Philadelphia, Penn
Can I talk to someone to find out if the retreat is a fit, without a big "sales pitch"?
I ask that people set-up a 10-15 minute suitability interview with me before the retreat. Together we will explore where you are at in your life and what you want from the retreat.
I’ll explain the schedule, the guidelines and the self-inquiry technique used. I’ll go over any concerns you have about doing the retreat by zoom and then you can decide if the retreat is a fit for you. There are no subtle sales techniques.
I only want people on zoom retreat who are right for it. It makes for a better retreat for everyone and for the staff. If you decide it is not a fit, I'll suggest something else.
or call: 519-829-4149
I am still in awe of my experience at your retreat. I can definitely say it was one of the most powerful, beautiful and expansive experiences I have ever had. And now that I am back home in 'the real world' I am still enjoying the benefits. My experience of the Truth has so much more depth to it. I feel a renewal of energy and passion on my journey. I am ready to experience more and to share more of Who I Really Am. I am blessed by this retreat. Dianne Yeo, Meditation Teacher, London, ON
Because of the profound nature of the spiritual experiences participants have on the retreat, it is important that participants receive support after the retreat. Included in the cost of the retreat is a 6-week follow-up program once a week by zoom, a check-in call with the facilitator and a downloadable guided meditation CD to help you integrate your life, into the experience of the retreat.
A $300 value included in the tuition.
Click on this link to watch a 20 Minute video explaining the inquiry technique used on the retreat and its life transforming benefits. The video presents the retreat as an Enlightenment Intensive, however it has been renamed as the Coming Home Retreat: https://youtu.be/eG9oWy6E3QM
So, that’s it. Thank you for staying with me. Remember, whether it’s this retreat or someone else’s:
You have to do it by yourself ... and you don’t have to do it alone.
I pray that you find the perfect support, here or elsewhere, for this challenging, beautiful and wonderful journey of coming home.
and if this retreat is calling you and you want to jump right in, the details are below:
Location: The Ecology Retreat Centre, near Orangeville Ontario
Dates for Retreat: Wednesday, May 17 (5 pm) to Sunday, May 21 (2 pm)
Meals and Accommodation (12 meals and 4 nights) includes a portion of staffing fees
and a 6 week follow-up program $700
Tuition (includes the follow-up program) 450
Plus Hst of $150.00
You can guarantee your spot by registering with a $100 deposit. (Deposit is non-refundable or transferable to another retreat or service)
Time payments are available ($375 plus Hst x 3 months) plus a few *scholarships* for those on a limited income.
*Scholarships - participants agree to pay for their meals and accommodation and leave a donation at the end for the facilitation costs (the tuition). Donation can be a one time donation or extended over a few months. You can apply for scholarships at the e-mail below.
Words are so inadequate when I try to describe the immense gratitude I feel. I am now moving through my life with new eyes, new ears, and a new voice; and feeling so much more peaceful, alive, and present in this world. Thank you for holding the retreat space in such a patient, gentle, loving, and compassionate way.
Sekoiaa Lake, Peterborough, ON
Hi. This is me, Russell Scott. I am one of the new generations of "no dogma teachers" and the author of the acclaimed book: "Awaken the Guru in You". I've led over 300 retreats in Canada and the USA for the past 35 years. Many years ago I left the corporate world as a successful enrollment director for a national scholarship foundation to work as a counselor in a treatment center in Northern Ontario and then moved on to own the Ecology Retreat Centre business near Orangeville where I pioneered programs in green building, sustainable living and spiritual awakening. As an “Awakening facilitator” I've helped 1000’s of people in my one-to-one and group programs break through past limitations so that they can walk in the beauty, honesty and magnificence of who they really are. I have to say that my greatest joy in life is watching people fall off their seats in fits of laughter when they realize their true nature.
“We have to do it by ourselves
but we don’t have to do it alone”
Hi there. I just wanted to take a few minutes to share my story with you just to let you know that you are not alone. I know that eventually we have to let go of our stories to find out who the real self is underneath the story, but sometimes stories can be helpful. We all have difficult lives and I’m hoping that in some way my story can help you understand your story and give you some hope that things can get better. I think that’s what stories are for.
The story is longer than usual compared to most websites so read what you want. Like anybody, there’s stuff here that I am proud of and not so proud of, but in the end it’s all trained me to be the kind of person I have become. Like one person said in one of my workshops:
“Life is like school, only you get the test first then you get the lesson.”
Like some, but maybe not all of you, I have been interested in the mysteries of life from a young age. It began when I was 16 years old with an innocent walk through the woods near Thunder Bay, Ontario. One of my passions at the time was spending a lot of time exploring and wandering through the bush. On one of my hikes, I climbed a cliff to look over the vast beautiful landscape, which included a landform out in the bay called “The Sleeping Giant”. The local First Nation’s People knew this landform as Nanibijou, The Great Spirit.
The First Turning Point
As I was enjoying the panoramic view, for a brief moment I felt my sense of self shift into everything I put my attention on. I was the trees, the sky, the cliff beneath my feet, the water in the bay, even the landform Nanibijou. The experience only lasted for a few minutes but it was deeply fulfilling and satisfying. I did not completely comprehend what had happened to me. It was something that was outside my normal everyday experience and since I felt no one else would understand, I kept the experience to myself.
The “high” of the experience faded but the memory of it stayed. Looking back I recognize that brief incident changed my life. I knew there was more to life than just the physical.
I became interested in finding out the deeper reality behind philosophy and religion and began to delve into these subjects. This was at a time when many of my cohorts in the 60’s and 70’s were experimenting recreationally with mind altering drugs and alcohol. I tried these a few times but found my experience with them never matched what I had experienced naturally. I guess I didn’t make a very good hippie.
When I was 19, I joined the Rosicrucian order, a mystical order that engaged in a deeper study of consciousness and the nature of the universe. When I was 22, during a group meditation, I fell into the experience that I had when I was 16 but it went deeper. I felt myself merge into what I called at the time the “universal mind”.
I experienced that we were all divine beings, individual and universal in nature, at the same time. I called reality, the u-n-i-verse and I saw the hidden dynamic of life:
That we are all non-physical divine individuals in physical form eternally relating to each other for the purpose of evolving our consciousness of each other and our universal divinity.
(This experience is what I called in later years Co-evolution and it became the basis of my book “Awakening the Guru in You” that you can purchase off this website)
It was simple but very profound. Once again it was an exalted and transcendent experience. I shared this experience to some members of the group but it seemed that no one understood. There was a different spiritual cosmology taught. Even though my mind tried to deny the awakening because no one else in the group had a similar experience, the “knowingness” of it remained. Once again the “high” of the experience faded. A year later, I left the organization to begin a study of eastern and western philosophies, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, metaphysics, etc.
I continued a practice of daily meditation as well as exploring other forms of contemplative inquiry. I became increasingly disillusioned with this study as I realized that many students seemed satisfied with just accepting mental concepts from a guru rather than real experience.
I sadly realized that the new age was really all about exchanging the spiritual belief systems of the ambient western culture, for a different belief system of another culture. There was a shift, but individuals were still stuck in the same trap: thinking that thinking about self-realization was the same as the experience of self-realization.
I saw that our culture was in deep delusion; we were metaphorically eating the menu, in a phony act of pretending that it was delicious, denying that it wasn’t, and totally unaware that there was something much more satisfying and fulfilling called “the meal”.
Not only that, but I began seeing more deeply the suffering we were all in. We were all walking around yearning to authentically connect with others, stuck in the personal false dogma of ourselves, trying to be the way our society wanted us to be but feeling deeply alone.
Gloria Steinem once said “The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off.”
I didn’t get pissed off. I went onto despair.
The Second Turning Point
I decided I really knew nothing. I gave away a lot of my books and disengaged with all the spiritual groups I was attending. I decided to find the truth for myself. That decision was another defining moment in my life.
Soon after this decision, a friend asked me if I wanted to be a vegetarian cook for a workshop (I was known in my circles as a good cook). It was a modern retreat called the Enlightenment Intensive that combined self-inquiry with communication and deep listening. People contemplated questions such as “Who am I?” and “What is Life?” and came up with their own “answers”. The teacher only taught the inquiry technique, supported people through the barriers to doing it and offered no dogmatic teachings.
I was intrigued. I accepted the job.
I could not believe what I witnessed in the retreat.
I saw individuals transformed from beings trapped in limiting personalities to presenting their true selves authentically, naturally and uniquely. My intention to find the truth for myself manifested this opportunity. I decided to trade my wage for the next Enlightenment Intensive retreat and enrolled.
On the second day of the workshop, I had an awakening experience of my true nature that freed me from the shell and imprisonment of my social personality. In a paradoxical way, I became myself. I had already been myself but not aware of who I was being.
I became directly conscious of my true nature and was able to communicate what I now knew to others. I had now found the context I had been searching for: adding communication to silent meditation. I could not believe that self- realization occurred in such a short period of time when in all the spiritual literature I had read, it was supposed to take years.
I took my second Enlightenment Intensive retreat and the earlier experience of the co-evolutionary nature of life and self returned; only this time, because the context and the structure was there to communicate this experience, the awakening was very deep. I was blown away in the ecstasy and the knowledge of what I had realized.
There was total self-acceptance, a deep harmony with life and compassion for others, profound peace and inner strength to face any obstacle in life. Enlightenment was not some far away unusable experience. It enriched the very foundation of life and, in a very practical way, gave me the courage to live and fulfill my life.
But even though I had these experiences, as sometimes happens, my life took a big difficult turn. Looking back I realized that I needed to take that turn. Without it I would not be helping the people I call “Independent Spiritual Seekers”. This is a story within a story.
The False Spiritual Teacher
I don’t think anyone ever really realized how genuinely I really loved people and wanted to help them find greater happiness and bring spiritual wisdom to the world but it was out of this good intention that I innocently I got involved with a “spiritual” teacher who ended up hurting a lot of people.
He was extremely charismatic, positive, funny and extroverted. I was over-powered by his energy. I remember thinking, if I only learned more from this teacher, was more dedicated to his version of the truth, I could really change the world. More than anything, I was craving helping myself and others be relieved of their suffering. I believed the lie that someone more “spiritually advanced” knew better than me and that he knew my destiny. I decided to “follow” him. I took every retreat and course he offered.
I was an aspiring singer/songwriter at the time and I gave this up to work for him in my spare time without pay to promote and enroll more people in his retreats and workshops. I ignored the feeling that I had given up my dreams.
For a number of years, through him, I learned some amazing methods of self-development and I had some powerful awakening experiences. I staffed his retreats and developed the capacity to stick with people in difficult crises and help them have important breakthroughs. People said I was really gifted. But because he was more charismatic and pushy and I was more introverted, I always stayed in the background. I could never beat my own drum. I ended up thinking that the only way I could be happy in life was to work towards his dream because I could never get what I wanted in life.
I didn’t know it then but what I needed was someone who believed that each human being given the right support and openness could bring forth their wonderful inner gifts, listen to their own wisdom and to become their own guru.
After a few years of being involved with him, a terrible turning point came. I found out that he was borrowing money from many of his well-off supporters, spending it foolishly and having sexual affairs with many of his female clients. I was devastated at how deceived and gullible I was. It was hard but in spite of his guilt trips on me, phony promises to change, blaming his victims and rationalizations, I left his community.
The Hard Lessons
Looking back at that time, I saw I got very good at denying what I wanted in order to help him: imitating his behavior, using the spiritual jargon, taking on his beliefs, repeating his dogma and mannerisms, smiling and pretending that I was more enlightened around others to make myself and him look better. I am sure I deceived a lot of people...and I learned a lot about how we can deny the truth when it is as plain as day.
We can ignore our intuition when it’s obvious that a spiritual teacher is a phony, is taking advantage of his students, making them wrong when he is actually wrong and manipulating his students for selfish ends by convincing them he has an exalted motivation.
I saw that it all come out of a desire for deep connection and love. We will do almost anything to get that when we never had that love as children from a father or mother. I also saw that the worst violation on the planet is to manipulate that deep yearning for personal ends.
I went into a depression and a lot of self-recrimination. But there was a turning point for me when I stopped feeling defeated and took about 2 months off and did a lot self-reflection and writing on the nature and dynamics of the cult experience I had.
Becoming conscious of the unconscious reasons why I became a follower rather than an independent seeker had freed me.
In struggling to overcome all this, I realized that the biggest breakthroughs people had in the group were when they were relating to each other, not with him. I learned the divine is within each one of us yearning to be manifest in life; and we all have the innate ability to break through the shell of isolation so that we can find real connection with others. We don’t need one special savior because each one of us can be a saviour to each other.
All we need is an environment where love and safety are present enough so that people can feel okay about sharing their humanity with each other with no other agenda than to free our true selves. That is what sets us free, not more dogma, esoteric ideas and charismatic teachers. And when those things are present we can actually awaken to the god in ourselves and others.
The Third Turning Point
At that time, I made another major decision; I would never again present a guru as someone who had all the answers. I would only help people find the truth for themselves. If I was to help people I would only help people using techniques not dogma.
In an odd way I now thank that false spiritual teacher for the lessons he taught me. Had he not done what he did, I would not have learned what not to do as a spiritual guide. I would never have taken the path to help Independent Seekers. I would not have recognized the principle of Co-evolution working out here: I gained some great wisdom through my interaction with him, however painful it was. I would not have written the book: “Awakening the Guru in You” which contains a lot of wisdom drawn from my perceived negative experience with him.
But, now that I’ve matured and learned, I’m finding that because I am more introverted, I can be truly sensitive in times when people need me to help and when it is too pushy and manipulative. I can sense the point when someone just needs a little bit of extra love and contact and a few right words to breakthrough to a deeper insight or even an awakening experience. The breakthrough happens through their own steam and from that point on they have a greater capacity to face and get through other difficulties in their life.
They don’t develop a dependence on me.
The superpower it’s all given me is the ability to give people the space to explore who they really are without trying to get them to be different. It’s given me the ability to love people and create a safe environment where people inquire into their true nature and share what they come up with. They can go through whatever they need to go through to let go of what is holding them back so they can come to their own insights and wisdom (which is infinitely better than anything I can suggest.) This is far more life changing than giving some spiritual truisms that come from some religious teacher’s handbook of aphorisms.
I also realized that just because someone has had enlightenment experiences, it does not mean they are free of their mind or they have no more problems in life. Awakening gives a person the clarity that they are not their mind or personality. There is great liberation in this, however much of the neurotic ego structure remains and needs to be cleared. To worship a guru for the divine experiences they have had and ignore their personal flaws is dangerous. As long as a teacher is in a body they have stuff to work out.
The Phase of Clearing
After the cult experience, I was drawn to explore experientially many psychological modalities. The numerous awakening experiences had dislodged a lot of repressed psychological material: sexual abuse, childhood trauma in a hospital, abandonment and abduction issues, etc. I entered a phase of clearing these.
I studied, trained and engaged in many forms of psychotherapy to clear myself of past trauma and neurosis: Jungian therapy, Cognitive psychotherapy, Neuro-Linguistic-Programing, the Silva method, DynaMind, Psychodrama, Psychodramatic Bodywork, Psychosynthesis, Mind Clearing, Gestalt, Clinical hypnotherapy, childhood and past-life Regression, Breath therapy, Psychodynamic counselling, Massage, Polarity therapy, Dream work, Emotional trauma release, Beyond Stress, Addictions counselling, Inner Child work, men’s and women’s studies, and many forms of physical therapy such as, Herbalism and nutritional therapy, and many more.
I completed extensive training and mentoring to master the Coming Home Retreat (aka the enlightenment intensive) by participating in many of these myself, including 2 two-week intensives, staffing (including a 6 week E.I.) and completing the Enlightenment Intensive Masters’ Training Course in 1983 with Lawrence Noyes from the Dyad School of Enlightenment. I also trained in a form of individual and couples coaching called Clearing, which is based on communication principles that have made The Coming Home Retreats so effective.
I chose to concentrate on this training because of the deep awakening experiences I had with this method and because of the spiritual orientation of the work. Although, many of the psychological methods I had experienced were quite effective, most of them espoused a personality- identity perspective i.e. the self is the ego or personality which is formed from genetic and sociological/family influences. I had experienced that the true self is beyond the ego.
During this time I got married to a wonderful woman, Linda Scott who had a young son Jesse from a previous relationship and I was blessed with 2 more children: Jon and Leela. I became a husband and a father with all the human challenges of parenting and making a marriage work. All this inner work helped me become more successful and heart-centred in my life.
I was hired by a National Scholarship foundation and advanced within 6 months to being the Enrollment Director for North Western Ontario and was frequently one of the top 10 enrollment agents in the country in monthly sales and sales retention. I used a lot of my counseling training to find out if what I was offering was a fit for people rather than being sales-y. I became more extroverted in the process.
I was also blessed to work as a counselor and a workshop facilitator for an agency that ran a residential treatment centre and provided on-site addictions programs for First Nations communities in Northern Ontario.
In 1997, I moved with my wife and three children to Orangeville to be a partner in running the Ecology Retreat Centre near Orangeville, Ontario, becoming the sole owner a few years later. In the 11 years as owner I increased the business earnings 3-fold and developed the centre to be one of the most respected and successful retreat centres in Eastern Canada.
I continued giving workshops and individual sessions and I pioneered the presentation of many ecology workshops such as Strawbale Construction, Off-the-Grid Living and Permaculture Design, which became the spring board for many authors, teachers, builders and designers, as well as the inspiration for the building of many “green” homes in Ontario.
I went back into singing part-time and, in 2001, I accomplished a lifelong dream of recording a CD of original songs called “Masterkey” with producer Reinier de Smit of Brilliant Eye. The CD received playing time on CBC and many radio stations. All the while I was blessed in working with hundreds of groups involved in personal, spiritual and ecological awareness at the Ecology Retreat Centre.
I witnessed many modalities of spiritual growth and developed a keen sense of methods that were genuine and effective in liberating individuals struggling in the human condition and ones that created dependency. This experience has proven invaluable in designing and facilitating the programs I created.
In 2010, my wife and I mutually decided to separate because our paths were taking different directions.
The separation was not easy and I went through a deep grieving process in order to move forward My ex-wife and I continue to have a good friendship. I am now in a new relationship living in Kitchener, Ontario continuing leading retreats and one-to-one spiritual mentorship.
All three children Jesse, Jon and Leela have had their own unique struggles and are all doing well and I love them deeply.
In 2012, I put much of the wisdom of the Co-evolution enlightenment experience that had matured in me over the years into a book called: “Awakening the Guru in You”.
In it you will find the nature of the spiritual path defined, advice on how to be a conscious seeker and a delineation of the “Co-evolution” method that I have used in hundreds of retreats and seminars for over 35 years. It is one the quickest methods of producing deep insight and awakening that I have come across. If you are interested in reading more about this method, you can get the book off my website.
And, as I look back, I can see that a primary question that my whole life has been circling around has been: how can we become our own gurus rather than follow one? My whole life I’ve been struggling to weave together how we can free our hearts from the trap of the mind and how we can embrace the great mystery of self, life and others in a way where we don’t get ensnared by dogma and spiritual traditions.
I know that the truth is in all of us, not just in spiritual teachers. We don’t need more esoteric ideas or philosophical concepts. Part of the path of awakening is a journey of letting go of all these, not accumulating more.
What we really need are less dogmatic teachers and more guides who can teach us techniques and methods to directly experience the truth for ourselves. It is the same truth that all spiritual traditions have spoken of. Buddha, Jesus, Lao Tsu and all these great people were human just like you and me. We can do it too.
So, I just wanted to take these past few minutes to write and let you know that you’re not alone… and that things get better…and there’s wisdom in it all.
Yes there’s pain in life but when we look back, we can feel grateful for all of it because even though some experiences break us, they break us open and the real self can shine through those cracks. And through the sharing of our authentic humanity the contact of real self with another real self is the activating force, the catalyst that creates real transformation in life It’s not more dogma, charisma, idealism, and great concepts to change the world. It’s just you and me, in the U-n-I-verse.
And this is the central idea behind my retreats and one-to-one work: Co-evolution. We evolve together.
That’s why the motto of what do is:
We have to do it by ourselves but we don’t have to do it alone.
“When you look inside know that there is a greater life for you to live, one that does not just skim the surface but is lived from the depth of who you really are in a way that utilizes your God given gifts to make a real and meaningful contribution to this world. In times when you feel alone and in despair, know that your uniqueness is a gift to this larger life. You are needed in this world”
- Russell Scott
Clearing Practitioner Training
Do You Feel Drawn to Help People Overcome Personal Problems?
Would You Like to Make a Good Income Assisting Others
Get What They Truly Want in Life?
If you are interested in entering the profession of coaching or adding a coaching modality to the helping profession you are in, Clearing Practitioner Training will give you the experience of significantly helping people resolve difficult issues and move towards their life goals while you make a good part-or full-time income.
What is Clearing?
Clearing (also known as Insight Coaching) is an “assisted” self-inquiry process in which a Clearing Practitioner helps clients come to greater self-awareness by giving specific instructions related to their issues. Through deep listening the Clearing practitioner ensures that communication is continually completed and the client is seen, heard and consistently understood.
As these incomplete communications from the past and current relationships are completed, barriers to the person’s fuller engagement in life are dissolved. New energy enters the body and the mind becomes clearer. With the problem now understood, the practitioner can help the client develop an action plan and support them to achieve their goals.
The process is based on the understanding that many problems are the result of:
- Predicaments in life that the individual was not able to fully experience or comprehend
- Communications to others that were not completed
- Erroneous beliefs connected with these
- False solutions or unrealistic decisions that don’t work
Clearing does not involve:
Psychoanalysis, psychotherapy or hypnosis
Any assessment or diagnosis of specific mental or emotional disorders
Interventions to change thinking or behaviour
Advice or suggestions to take on the therapist’s perspective or point of view
What Clearing is:
Clearing is based on these spiritual understandings:
- Individuals are unique, already complete, divine and universal in nature
- Individuals are not identified as the mind or personality, but they “act through” these.
- Individuals create their mind and personality and therefore can become free of their limitations through free choice.
- Individuals do not need to be improved. Only their understandings of Self, Life and others needs to be developed.
- Relating to others is the fundamental activity in life.
- Since most achievement in life occurs through interaction with others, when individuals improve their ability to authentically communicate they will have greater success and happiness in life.
Ultimately Clearing helps people overcome difficulties, take responsibility for how they have created their circumstances and sets them on a new path of creating a brighter future. As problems are dissolved, the heart opens, wisdom spontaneously occurs and the full magnificence of one’s true being shows up.
Clearing Practitioner Training
Clearing Practitioner training is a comprehensive, training on the nature of the true self and the formation, structure and clearing of personal and interpersonal barriers through communication. The training will significantly evolve your ability to effectively help most individuals who come to you stuck in current or long term problems and give you the deep satisfaction that you have significantly contributed to their lives.
The education you will receive on communication strategies alone can be universally applied to improve your personal and business relationships and the effectiveness of any helping modality you practice. The student sessions you receive as part of the course and the resolution of personal issues are worth the investment alone.
There are 3 levels of training: Clearing Practitioner Training I, II and III
Focus of Clearing Practitioner Training I (Basics of Clearing)
The course will bring the student to a mastery of the fundamental helping method known as "The Clearing Communication Cycle", which is the foundation of all processes that are used in the Clearing process. As the student improves his/her ability in this area, techniques to help resolve specific problems will be introduced in the basic course and in advanced courses.
Features of Clearing Practitioner Training I:
- 100 hours of in-class training scheduled over 6 to 7 - 2 1/2 day periods once a month (usually weekends)
- Training drills that improve your ability to get consistent results with your clients
- Between class assignments and student meetings/sessions
- Supervised experience in giving basic Clearing Sessions
- Student sessions to dissolve personal issues that block your effectiveness as a clearer.
- The “Communication Mastery” Manual
- A technique summary manual.
The Training Includes:
- Creating and maintaining rapport
- Managing "The Clearing Communication Cycle"
- The Standard Session model
- Ethics for Clearers
- The Initial Exploration Session
- Using 3-D Models for problem solving and strategy
- Marketing and building your Practice
- Supervision sessions between training weekends and after the course
- Certificate upon completion of the course
As well as:
How to run and end basic processes for:
- Clearing Current Problems
- Clarifying goals, developing strategy and supporting action
- Improving Relationships
- Clearing Karma
- Conflict Resolution
The Training would be a fit for you if you;
- Want to make a full or part-time living helping others
- Have an existing holistic practice and you want to add a coaching service to your practice to increase your income
- Are a social worker or therapist and want to improve your effectiveness in helping
- Are in sales promotion or a leadership role and want to improve employee relations, performance, conflict resolution and bottom line profits in your work place
- Are you a person interested in the nature of the true self and want to evolve spiritually
Tuition: $1200 plus HST includes manuals and all training listed above. Limit 10 people.
Dates: Level 1:
- October 14 to 16, 2022,
- November 4 - 6, 2022,
- December 9 - 11, 2022,
- January 20 - 22, 2023
- February 24 - 26, 2023,
- March 24 - 26, 2023.
- April 28 - 30, 2023
Level 2: TBA
Level 3: TBA
Note: The training may be mostly conducted by Zoom with a few sessions in person.
*Note: Students may take the first 2 days of Level I to try out the training before committing to the full course.
About Clearing Practitioner Training II and III
The advanced trainings will build the practitioner's ability to resolve a broader range of specific issues, mentioned during the first training. During these trainings, practitioners will be earning an income as the training evolves that could easily pay for the courses.
Application form and an interview with the training instructor
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Get Unstuck, Get Moving and Achieve Your Heart’s Desires
A lot of people I work with feel blocked in some area of their lives.
They’d really like to be happier and be more confident to get what they want in their work and relationships.
They’d like things to be a little easier and not have to push so hard to make success happen.
Some of them are tired of staying strong and pretending everything is okay. Others feel overwhelmed, lost and trapped in the world of “faking it ‘till you make it”. They just can’t take it anymore. Some others are just fed-up with pushing down what they really want to say to others and being “nice” all the time. They can feel pretty defeated, alone and afraid.
They really want their life to turn around but a lot of the things they have tried haven’t worked.
You may have tried some of them: affirmations, the Secret, Law of Attraction, self-help books, praying, webinars, seminars, coping, talking to friends, sucking it up and doing it any way, doing it by yourself, etc. These have provided some relief but you may have found the issues keep re-surfacing later…like the cat, in The Cat Came Back song that couldn’t stay away.
My take on this is: maybe the real problem is we haven’t fully understood where our problems came from and the decisions and strategies we have innocently chosen that are holding us back from the good things in life.
I’d like to invite you to explore a remarkable method called INsight Coaching (aka Clearing). Afterwards if you are interested, you can take advantage of a no-charge 50 minute “What’s going on in my life” exploration session to see if this method will be helpful.
INsight Coaching is an “assisted” self-inquiry process in which the INsightPractitioner helps you come to greater self-awareness by giving you specific instructions related to your issues. Through thorough questioning and deep listening the INsight practitioner helps you deeply explore your issue(s) find your authentic voice and ensure that your you are seen, heard and consistently understood.
As many incomplete communications are completed including those to others in the past, insights about earlier decisions come to light and are dissolved. Barriers to your fuller engagement in life disappear. New energy enters the body and the mind becomes clearer. With the problem now understood, the practitioner can then help you develop an action plan and support you to achieve your goals.
The process is based on the understanding that many problems are the result of:
- Predicaments in life that you were not able to fully experience or comprehend
- Communications to others that you were unable to make
- Erroneous beliefs connected with these withholds
- False solutions or unrealistic decisions that don’t work
The process can free you from re-occurring negative patterns, beliefs, and behaviours. It will improve your ability to define your real goals, accomplish them, enhance communication in your relationships and fulfillment your purpose in life.
INsight Coaching does not involve:
Psychoanalysis or psychotherapy or hypnosis
Any assessment or diagnosis of specific mental or emotional disorders
Interventions to change your thinking or behaviour
Advice or suggestions to take on the therapist’s perspective or point of view
You come up with your own breakthroughs and insights. It is also unlike traditional “therapy” that views your identity as a composite personality that has been genetically programmed and shaped from developmental experiences over your lifetime.
What INsight Coaching is:
The method is based on a fundamentally liberating set of understandings:
- You are a unique individual, already complete, divine and universal in nature,
- You are not your mind or your personality, but you have a mind and personality (just like you have a body) that you “act through”
- You are the creator of your mind and personality and therefore you can become free of their limitations through your free choice.
- You do not need to be improved; only your understanding of Self, Life and others and your ability to relate needs to be developed.
INsight Coaching is a not a fit for you if you are:
Suffering from a serious emotional or mental disorder, are limited in becoming self-aware, have significant difficulty completing communication and are unwilling to receive help. It is also not a fit if you want a “therapist” to tell you what your problems are and what you should do about them or have serious untreated addiction problems.
INsight Coaching is a fit for you if you want to come to your own understandings on the nature of your problems and develop solutions that are appropriate to your life situation. You are willing to change and improve your life, and have a good ability to self-inquire and become more self-aware.
I am beyond greatful to Russell! Since 2009 I have worked with different life coaches, read tons of books and watched motivational videos to help me stay positive in a hectic day to day environment. Working with Russell is an experience like no other! The best way I can explain my experience with him is refreshing, exciting and EYE opening . The insight process that he took me through was profound. There were some serious realizations about my life and my childhood. I am so happy I decided to work with Russell. Life makes more sense. I am more patient and understand others frustrations.
I am realizing where my perfectionist behavior is coming from...I no longer need to be so perfect and I feel I can relax more. These 3 sessions meant the world to me. Thank you so much. I can't believe how much I have learned and how much everything has changed in such a short period of time. You are truly amazing at what you do! I highly recommended Russell.
Andrea Iacchio, Brampton, Ontario
In a matter of 5-6 sessions, INsight Coaching can help you:
- Connect to the origin of your issues
- Complete your past relationships
- Dissolve inner tension
- Find peace in the real truth about the past (that you discover)
- Be free of the negative beliefs and false solutions that are holding you back
- Recover your ability to authentically relate to others from your true self
- Empower you to achieve your goals in your family career and relationships
Ultimately INsight Coaching helps you improve your ability to overcome your difficulties, take responsibility for how you have created your life and sets you on a new path of creating a brighter future. As your problems are dissolved, your heart opens, wisdom spontaneously occurs and the full magnificence of your true being shows up.
To experience yourself in this modality become freer of your mind and emerge in the magnificence of your True Self is one of the most liberating experiences in life.
"It has been quite an experience to realize the impact of the sessions we shared. I am still getting used to the shifts that occurred during those two days. My experience with clearing is rather exponential in nature as compared to other methods. Clearly I was ready for this change and more to come. I am greatly enjoying observing myself in all interactions with myself and others. So much lighter, transparent, joyful and openly communicative. As I continue to process all that flows forward from that clearing I am feeling for what I would like to next tackle with your help."
Brian Weir, Toronto
How are the sessions done?
Sessions can be:
- 1 to 1½ hours in duration. It is best if 2 sessions are done in a day with a break in between. (This produces more breakthroughs than sessions done weeks apart.)
- Done on a weekly basis but are most effective done over 3 to 5 days (depending on the issues)
- Done by in person or by Zoom anywhere in the world.
- Alternatively arranged at a local retreat centre with meals and accommodation. Clients can retreat to take 2 - 7 days off just to work on themselves. Massage, reiki, intuitive readings and other modalities can be included in the package.
- Paid for by cash, credit card, cheque or e-transfer.
Single sessions are $100.00/hour or $80.00 hour (incl hst) if you book multiple sessions (see below)
There are 3 packages available:
1. Introductory Package (for individuals who want to try out the process) includes:
- Discovery Session (50 minutes)
- 2 INsight coaching sessions (90 minutes each)
- 1 Follow-up check in session (30 minutes)
- “Inspired Direction” guided meditation CD
Cost: A $330 value for $240 (includes hst)
2. Unblock and Get Moving Package includes:
- Comprehensive Discovery session (60-90 minutes)
- 5 INsight coaching sessions (90 minutes each)
- 1 Follow-up check-in session (30 minutes)
- "Inspired Direction” guided meditation CD
- $50.00 discount on other service or retreats
- A copy of Russell's book: "Awaken the Guru in You"
Cost: A $700 value for $600 or 3 monthly payments of $200 (includes hst)
3. Achievement Package (full package for individuals wanting to make significant transformation and achieve important life goals) includes:
- Comprehensive Discovery session (60-90 minutes)
- 5 INsight Coaching sessions (60-90 minutes each)
- 6 Strategy and Support sessions once a month (60 minutes each)
- Life Creation, Inspired Direction and I Am Calm guided meditation CD’s
- Problem Resolver e-course
- The Deep Calling program on how to find your life purpose
- $100.00 discount on other services or retreats
- A copy of Russell's book: "Awaken the Guru in You"
Cost: A $1,225 value for $1,000 or 5 monthly payments of $200.00
Customized packages are available by consultation.
Terms: A non-refundable deposit of $80.00 is required to book sessions (refundable if sessions are re-booked within 6 months)
Now that you have read this there are two questions to ask you.
Do you want to turn your life around?
(Sorry about the question...really of course most of us do.)
Would you like to find out if INsight Coaching can help you?
The first step to start that journey is easy.
Contact me (Russell) now and book a no-charge 50 minute
Its a free exploration session (valued at $80). In this breakthrough session you and I will examine these areas together:
- What are the challenges you are facing right now?
- What are the ideal goals you would like to accomplish
(Sometimes we settle for second-best)
- What is really motivating you underneath that goal?
(Find that out and you’ll get more energy)
- What’s stopping you? (It may not be what you think)
At the end of the session, I will offer my suggestions and answer any questions you have about INsight Coaching. You can then determine what package is a fit for you. There will be no manipulative sales techniques.
If is it is a fit, you and I will map out a step-by-step strategy to help you get unstuck, get moving and achieve what you want in life.
Or Call 519-829-4149
I have given over 1000 hours of one-to-one sessions for over 25 years and I am so confident that INsight Coaching can help you that I offer a100% money back guarantee. If you have put your best effort into the first 3 sessions and in your opinion you have not been helped I will refund your money. I know of no other coach that offers this guarantee.
For your convenience installment payment plans can be arranged.
What people have said about Clearing
“I have been working to become balanced in body, mind, and spirit. In the process I came up against a wall of deep-seated old fear that I was unable to source on my own. I contacted Russell Scott to assist me. Over a weekend I had five mind clearing sessions with him. Russell helped me get to the root of my blocks. I was impressed by his ability to work intuitively and gently to help me understand and let go of the fear that I was allowing to keep me frozen in time. Thank you, Russell for helping me move on with my life and live my passion.”
—Deborah Eikle Thompson, Life Facilitator, Lapland, Nova Scotia
"I had reached a point in my life when the story that I had of myself was not working, and like a hamster on a treadmill I continued doing things without being aware of my story. When I looked back on the choices I had made in my life they were all pointing in the direction of Life being hard and difficult...Life is full of suffering.... You have to work hard to get by.... Everything is difficult. Those were the statements I was telling myself and life delivered them all to me.
Every job I ever was hard, difficult and my bosses were arrogant and nasty. I was overworked and underpaid in all of them. My relationships were difficult. Money was hard to come by and as soon as I got some it disappeared.
I felt stuck in every avenue of my life and was not sure what to do or even how to go about getting unstuck. I was always telling myself that life was difficult treadmill. I did not realize that the problem was myself.
When I did the clearing session with Russell I looked back and saw that the story I was living was created with the logic of a small child. I was responsible for that story. But the truth was that child was perfect and deserved the best from life. The story I had been living all these years was seriously flawed and I let go of it.
The Clearing session was a great opportunity to change and move forward. I no longer feel depressed and if I feel defeated sometimes, my new understanding stands in front of me reminding me I no longer can put on the crutches of an old, unproductive story. I have not won the lottery, however when I feel down, I can immediately reach into myself and be honest with what the issue is and deal with it. Scary in a way now because I`m no longer on crutches and have no fall backs or victim excuses...lol. So it’s onwards and upwards for me. Thanks for everything.”
Corina Pereira, Barrie
"My experience with my clearing sessions felt like suspended moments in time reserved for chiseling away at years of solid rock until my hardened past dissolved into the dust of the world and blew away, leaving clean and clear skies for sunlight to filter through. The reflection of oneself seems readily available in the warm understanding of Russells' kind "Thank you" and unveils itself a little more each day after."
Amber Dawn Bellamere, Toronto
After my sessions with Russell, I took a wonderful hike in the woods and did summersaults, made snow angels and just played in the snow, writing messages in the snow, giggling and singing and welcoming this new part of me, bringing her into the light. Her name is “Anna Banana” and she is raw, wild, passionate, childlike, innocent, creative, uninhibited, comfortable in her own skin, happy, vibrant and excited by life. She likes to draw, paint, sing, dance, cook, play. She sometimes needs help and support. Sometimes she needs to be taken care of.
Then went to the Contra Dance on Saturday night. I danced with so much heart and energy, kinky hair flying – Anna Banana was with me. I saw . Tonight I am going to make a big poster of Anna Banana. I’ll colour it with crayons and hang it in my bedroom so I see it first thing every morning. She will not be stifled again! Thank you Russell from the bottom of my heart for your wisdom and guidance and for your deep listening.
Anne Gillispie, Burlington
Before I worked with Russell I was having difficulty enjoying life. I had a good job, an amazing wife, an amazing home and a lot of important friends and family in my life. I was also a musician I always thought, I'll get a good day job that allows me to play music and life will be good. That day never came.
With Russell, I was able to change my thought process about music and life. Together we somehow put some pieces of that soul back together. I learned how important it is to focus on what is important to me in life and not what everyone thinks.Little did I know that these sessions would become the basis of my new record. In May 2019 I rented a cottage and took my two best buddies on what we now call "the positivity train" and we completed those songs together. All of these changes would not have been possible without Russell's guidance. I still have to work at happiness everyday, but I now I am doing my music full time and I know it's the most meaningful work of my life and I am doing it for me and my soul, not for anyone else's approval or acceptance.
Woody Woodburn, Rockwood
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“I know now that I just happen to have a mind, just like I have a leg or own a dog. I am not the content of my mind. For so long I’ve believed I was my thoughts. How hilarious! I’ve just been me all along. This is tremendously freeing!”
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