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CobaltSaffron Retreat with Darrell Calkins 2015 Slideshow

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CobaltSaffron Retreat with Darrell Calkins October 2011 Slideshow


The human soul is complex. So is Nature (or life, if you prefer). Creating a perfect interface between the two results in a balance that one can recognize in an individual as a state of grace. This kind of resulting harmony is just like the dynamic in an exceptional relationship. What we’re talking about, finally, is establishing an exceptional relationship with life. One cannot succeed in this interfacing exclusively by analyzing and manipulating individual parts. It’s more liquid than that, and time and circumstance move too quickly. If you know what life really wants, and if you know what you really want, you can begin to create the relationship. For every individual, that requires a successful balanced interface between what one is compelled by and the essential principles of nature, which we comprehend through our intuitive conscience. Those are our clues to the mystery. When one gets it right, there it is.

— Darrell Calkins


CobaltSaffron Retreat with Darrell Calkins 2015 Slideshow


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CobaltSaffron Events with Darrell Calkins Slideshow


CobaltSaffron Retreat with Darrell Calkins October 2011 Slideshow

“Thank you musicians near and far, in person and over the years, whose hearts have been cracked raw while choosing to metabolize that in giving everything through their fingers, voice, and spirit that touches and strums so deeply the emotive strings of being…everything around me that I come to value was most likely created by someone that has been through some version of what Darrell is leading us through in great detail. Onwards to the part of embodying the alchemy and passing it on.”

— Eli Buren, Teacher & craftsman

Thank you, Darrell, for the beautiful videos of communal celebration of life, they evoked both familiar and unfamiliar sensations within…some that I gently carry and protect with every breath and some that I discover while observing, engaging, reflecting and searching much deeper. Thank you all for reminding me, revealing to me and teaching me what kindness, generosity and true appreciation are.”

— Guy Matalon, Entrepreneur

If I could use one word the sense that I have is abundance. Constant flow of abundance. I feel joyful to bathe in it and inspired to bring more of it myself.”

— Mihai Tudorascu, Monk

I feel as if my heart and mind are being stretched and expanded to places they’ve never been to before. Layers of understanding and insight are constantly being added. I’m entering uncharted territory but this territory awaits and beckons me and perhaps my ‘ancestral bones’ have been waiting for this since the beginning…Thank you so much, Darrell, for throwing open the doors into this new and wonderful universe with such clarity, compassion, strength and perception. I can see it’s a place of limitless potential, of huge scope and range, that is so vital.”

— Paul McGrane, Actor


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Anonymous says:

    The Laughing Heart

    your life is your life
    don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
    be on the watch.
    there are ways out.
    there is a light somewhere.
    it may not be much light but
    it beats the darkness.
    be on the watch.
    the gods will offer you chances.
    know them.
    take them.
    you can’t beat death but
    you can beat death in life, sometimes.
    and the more often you learn to do it,
    the more light there will be.
    your life is your life.
    know it while you have it.
    you are marvelous
    the gods wait to delight
    in you.

    by Charles Bukowski


  2. S. F. says:

    Fantastic assemblage of photographs, very artistic and unusual combination of expressions.


  3. What’s different about Darrell’s work in comparison to other educational events I’ve experienced over time through studying art, psychology and both Western and Eastern philosophies is the rawness. Most people share insightful information and talk about ideas giving the participant the opportunity to explore further as they will or won’t, although you can feel Darrell totally invested in each moment mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. He creates a socratic laboratory in which each person explores life’s meaning from the inside out, infused with wisdom from psychology, philosophy, spiritual disciplines, wellbeing, comparative religion, science, art, music, poetry and literature.

    These events do solve existential struggles in my life. I would like to add a quote originally shared in an event that touches me. It speaks of a way to engage life and other people with a true human dignity, but also but about my own experience of what Darrell offers to all of us.

    “We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
    — E. E. Cummings


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