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What is I?

Answering the most fundamental spiritual question at Source

Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014, 19:00 EEST – Sat, 12 Jul 2014, 16:00 EEST

Enlightenment is within you.

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Sometimes a barely comprehensible, poorly formed sentence catalyses a sudden rewiring of the brain’s most cherished concepts, initiating an abiding state of deep self-enquiry. This sums up an Enlightenment Transmission Retreat, participation in which provokes three existential investigations: Why am I here? What am I doing? Who am I?

‘What is I?’ is the most fundamental question for any spiritual seeker of self-realisation. It should be answered before asking further questions and successfully answering it may make all further questions irrelevant.

Every Enlightenment Transmission Retreat participant teeters precariously on the edge of understanding – both the questions that they’re really asking and simultaneously deriving the answers to. The question, the desire to know oneself, is pre-cognitive – exuding from a silent cave of being, awareness and knowing deep within the seeker. The question bubbles up through everyday conscious awareness to find an answer, even in this world of the illusory dream of the separate identity.

This year’s Summer Island Enlightenment Transmission Retreat takes us back to the beginning: the moment of Enlightenment, self-discovery and liberation from the false identity. Instead of focussing on this world, missions, soul-team communication and raw self-expression as we have on previous Retreats, this time we will go back to basics, taking every individual and their story into the all-knowing void into which the true self finally can be known.

In achieving this, the Enlightenment Transmission, Teaching and each Participant has a role to play through open, honest communication and fully switched-on awareness.

As ever, like the Israelite slaves passing out of captivity through the Red Sea, we are to move in a co-ordinated fashion, taking in all the sights and wonders that the Enlightenment Transmission has arrayed. That which we will receive will resonate and ring within our beings for months afterwards, supplying the wisdom, understanding and vision for the year ahead.

Enlightenment Transmission Retreats, like all Enlightenment Transmission events, are only understood through experiential participation. Come and find out as the doors of Consciousness open wide!

The 7-day Summer Island Retreat is intense, intensive and life-changing. Assessment, guidance and preparation are required. If you have never met Dave then inquire as soon as possible otherwise you might have to wait for a later Retreat.

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About the Annual Summer Island Retreat

The annual Summer Island Retreat is the main event on the Oshana Enlightenment Teaching calendar. It represents an unparalleled opportunity to experience continuous Enlightenment Transmission and Enlightenment Teaching, in new and exciting ways on a beautiful peaceful island, free from urban distractions, with excellent healthy food and great company. The whole year has been leading up to this.


Abundant Teaching

There is no fixed teaching schedule or content. Assume an average of 3 x 2 hour classes per day but do not be surprised if a single class spans 36 hours. You can either tune in or sleep at any time. Teaching will include a lecture board, questions and answers, experiential exercises practiced alone or with others, Oshana Energy Work and a host of surprises. Teaching happens in a variety of locations.

24 Hour Transmission

The real reason why anyone attends an Oshana Retreat is to experience the Transmission, the effects of which can be felt en-route to the Retreat and for months afterwards. It sometimes happens that the Transmission is so strong that everyone falls asleep (even after a good night’s sleep), in which case Teaching switches to internal mode.

Personal Time with Oshana

Generally, Oshana will meet with and talk to everyone on the Retreat during class and walkabouts. Special time is normally set aside for private One-to-Ones which, because of the continuous Transmission and Retreat preparation, are often unexpectedly intense.

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Tasty Organic Dairy-Free Vegan International Cuisine

Our cook is passionate about cooking and lovingly pays attention to the finer details of every meal. With over 20 years experience in preparing excellent foods from ingredients sourced from her well-stocked garden, neighbouring organic farms and organic wholefood suppliers, she has adapted her macrobiotic cooking style to suit the requirements of the Oshana Energy Food Diet, which is a valuable support on your spiritual path. Our diet is vegan, dairy-free and organic where possible. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, the occasional dessert treat and a constant supply of healthy, tasty teas are included in the Retreat price. Our chilled drinking water comes from a natural well. If you have a special diet then consult us asap to determine if our cook can cater for you requirements or if a way can be found for you to create your own meals and still be on time for class.

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An Idyllic Beautiful Natural Island

Our island is virtually uninhabited; mainly forest plus one small organic farm, which includes strawberries, honey and peas. The local nature also provides wild strawberries, blueberries, lingonberries, mushrooms and variety of herbs. Wildlife includes elk, deer, swans, badgers, eagles and owls.

Sunbathing, Swimming, Sauna and Boating

In your free time, you will have the option to swim, sun, sleep or sauna. Surfing and sailing are not available yet, unless you bring your own, but we have a canoe, kayak and rowboat for your personal use.

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Full Range of Accommodation Options

We can accommodate you in a cosy, rustic farmhouse or under the stars looking out at the sea. Farmhouse rooms get booked quickly and are mostly shared single sex or couples. We have a shared tent facility with a cool wood stove, elevated beds and even bookshelves. Bringing your own tent is another option, though if you want to bring a campervan, please enquire in advance because space and electricity hook-ups are limited.


Before and after the Retreat, all participants are recommended to allow plenty of space and time to integrate the changes they have experienced from the Transmission.

Overseas visitors are recommended to stay at least one night in Helsinki before and after the Retreat. Before the Retreat they can step down from their usual lifestyle habits, to rest, compensate for jetlag, acclimatise to the Finnish environment and receive pre-Retreat Transmission in a relaxed and comfortable way. After the Retreat, instead of rushing back to a busy, hectic life which is full of distractions, they can gently integrate what they have received, while stepping slowly back into ordinary society life.

Oshana is often available 1-2 days after the Retreat for special One-to-Ones to review people’s experiences and possible next steps. Normally everyone has significant revelations or issues arise during the Retreat, which could benefit from exploring and talking through in the light of Transmission. Overseas visitors, who want One-to-Ones before the Retreat, should email OshanaOffice Finland about availability before booking international travel. Generally, Dave will not teach for at least two days before a Retreat.

Application Requirements

If you want to attend this Retreat, then you need to prepare yourself. This is normally accomplished by attending Oshana Teaching events of shorter duration, including One-to-Ones, Intensives and shorter Retreats. If you are relatively new to the Oshana Teaching, then you should contact OshanaOffice Finland by email or contact-form as soon as possible for preparation advice, as the process takes time and cannot be rushed. 


OshanaOffice Finland will endeavour to get every participant, especially overseas visitors, a car ride to and from the Retreat, mainly from Helsinki. Otherwise a simple bus ride gets near enough to the island for us to collect anyone not coming by car.

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Further Info

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