Join in an increasing consciousness group or start your own

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If you’re like most people you find that although you may make breakthroughs and progress in your personal investigations and contemplations, when in your daily life the insights tend to recede or disappear. How could you bring this work into your life more thoroughly, more deeply, and continue the work in life and not just on your own? How can you better actualize this consciousness in your self and your life?

Increasing Consciousness Groups

The Increasing Consciousness Group is an opportunity to help you do just that! It is designed to serve you while you serve others. You will get a great deal out of working with others. Not only does it provide an active involvement with the consciousness work and demand an increasing depth of understanding on your part, you will also run into questions and challenges that your mind would not come up with but others will. This gives you an opportunity to understand the subject matter better and with an ever expanding perspective. It also helps reveal areas of your own assumptions and ignorance, allowing you to awaken to and drop these limitations.


Four Cornerstone Principles

Become Self-Expanding

Become Whole and Complete

Create Effectiveness

Increase Communication and Clarity


In the group you’re supported to actualize the work in your life through assignments and instruction. There is no tuition for this program, instead, your contribution is to share the work with others by helping them to become more conscious and actualized as human beings themselves. In this way, not only do you grow but the consciousness work is spread to others as well. This very act will empower you in ways hard to imagine.

This program affords an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about yourself, and empowers you to engage in more grounded self-transformation. If this sounds like something you want to be a part of let us know and we can provide more information or answer any questions. If you haven’t already, begin reading The Book of Not Knowing.

How do I start my own group?

If there are no groups in your city, you can create your own group by coming to the Center and participating in several weeks of Consciousness Workshops. Once you’re exposed to the work and have some experience of facilitation, you can join the Actualizing Consciousness Team around the world and start your own group. You’ll be given instructions and manuals and be supported every step of the way. If you have done several consciousness workshops with us and want to start your own group then click below.

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New! Private Consciousness Groups with Ralston

You may have heard that I am changing how I work with people. After this Spring Retreat I will be reducing my contributions in the consciousness workshops at the center (but will still be contributing), and phasing out my facilitation of workshops elsewhere. I will be working only with more "advanced" and serious people in a more organic way in private groups. If you are interested in this possibility, see the requisites and outline below.
Hope you can join us.

In order to work with Ralston in a private group, all candidates must have done at least the ENB workshop, a CI, and one other Cheng Hsin week-long consciousness workshop. These are requisite for working with Ralston directly—more than the minimum is recommended. If you haven't yet met these requirements, your first task is to do so.
Having met these requirements, if you are interested and committed you can ask to work with him for a minimum of 1 week and up to a maximum of 8 months (which would include the spring and fall retreats). When we have 8 people ready to commit to the same length of time, we'll schedule the dates. Participants need to be flexible on dates so that it can work out for everyone.
Let us know you are interested and the length of time you want to study, give a general idea of the time(s) of year between March and November that you are available (and remember the times have to match at least 7 others so be generous and open to possibilities).
Ralston will create a schedule and you will be doing exercises throughout the day and addressing material you'll be working on in the evenings with him; plus you'll be doing several CCEs and solo contemplations each day.
For the first week participants will come a day early to buy and sort out food. For all weeks, participants will cook their own meals, keep the meditation hall clean, and after the first week, they will help out around the center with simple maintenance.
The cost for the first week is: $900.
For week's two through four, the cost is only: $700/week.
For any additional weeks, the cost is only $500/week.
To register for a Private Consciousness Group, Contact Peter Ralston by clicking the button below and provide the following information:
Number of weeks you want to attend:
Times of the year you are open to attending:
We'll get back to you when we have enough people to form a group.