We have exciting news. Scott Robinson, Lightwork’s spiritual director, has a new book called Navigation that has just hit the market. Paperback and digital editions are available for sale now on the Lightwork website.
Navigation is a collection of Scott’s spiritual teachings, poetry and photography. It’s a journey into a fresh, new way of perceiving your life and the world.
The teachings in the book are from classes Scott has taught to the Lightwork community over the years, and the accompanying poems and photographs help to bring the teachings to life.
In Navigation, Scott Robinson offers a different way of looking at life and the world. He aims to help people create freedom, living outside the limits of consumerism, competition and judgment.
Mainstream society would have you believe you can’t choose your reality. Having devoted more than 30 years to deep spiritual practice, Scott has learned there are an unlimited number of realities, and you have the ability to consciously choose the one you want.
It all began with a meditation workshop on Hornby Island in 1995. And now, 20 years later, Lightwork is a vibrant meditation community. The anniversary was marked this summer during the 9-Day Dharma Healing summer retreat at the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island. You’ll find a series of photos below from that sacred event.
To everyone in the Lightwork community: YES to the brightness and consciousness you bring to the planet. Way to go, people.
If I were to describe Lightwork’s Level 1 class, I’d say it’s jam-packed and inspiring.
There’s just so much it offers. You have time dedicated to honouring yourself in a real, unpretentious, non-ego-y way. It takes huge life lessons and distills them into really grounded, simple tools you can learn in 90-minute classes.
It’s like opening a door to a totally different way of being. And it’s easy. You just take it as deep as you want.
I remember the exact moment when I signed up for Lightwork’s Level 2 meditation class.
I can remember the clipboard, the pen and the teacher who showed it to me. I remember thinking, “Wow. There is more…I could keep doing this.”
The realization kinda blew my mind and I suspected it was a positive choice for me. Continuing with meditation classes meant that my intention to start living a calmer life could become my reality.
During the Level 2 class series I recognized that I was keeping my meditation practice alive just by being in the class. I significantly deepened what learned in Level 1. I experienced profound self-healing in a fun and supportive environment and there was no question that it was working for me. My life was changing because of it.
And that’s been my continuing experience. Each new Lightwork level offered me an abundance of tools, lessons and support on my journey. I’ve developed profound awareness that has allowed me to deepen my meditation practice and continue my healing.
Now, with years of training, I have become more powerful, soft, loving and aware. It all keeps deepening. It’s unlimited.
If you are interested in continuing to learn more at Lightwork we offer year-long programs so you can deepen your meditation practice and learn more advanced tools.
As you consider the next step on your path please know that Level 4 runs every two years and the next opportunity arrives this spring 2014.
Have you ever wondered what a meditation retreat is like? Behold. Here’s an insider’s view. Check out these images
from our most recent summer retreat (known as the 9-Day Dharma Healing).
This annual event is held at the Lightwork Ecovillage on gorgeous, lush Gambier Island. Participants set up tents on the vast 80-acre property, attend meditation sessions outdoors and at the Lightwork Cob Building, and enjoy healthy feasts prepared in an outdoor kitchen.
Five days of the retreat are silent, allowing major healing to take place. Participants have lots of time for personal meditation and exploring the serene land.
Meditating in Nature
Every morning starts with Lightwork Moving Meditation
An Outdoor Meditation Session Led by Scott Robinson
Julia Relaxing in the Sun
A Meditation Session Led by Scott Robinson
Menu of the day…with a view of the Lightwork Cob Building in the background.
Haute cuisine camping-style in the glory of nature.
The final night of the retreat – all retreaters glowing.
My favourite thing about Lightwork’s Level 1 class was learning how to ‘choose emotions’. I learned that emotions are my body’s way of communicating with me. I can listen to that message – the emotion – and then I can let it go and choose another emotion. Which means I don’t have to stay angry all day long.
I used to be afraid of my emotions because they were so intense. My family showed a lot of emotion and drama — it was expected.
When I begin to realize that I didn’t have to freak out, I could just notice how a situation made my body feel and then enjoy the rest of my day, it was a great relief. I didn’t like creating a scene, I had just never been told that there was another way.
In 1995, after years of spiritual study, Scott founded Lightwork Spiritual Development, of which he is the Spiritual Director.
Since 1995 he has been teaching intensively.
Scott believes that on a core level every spiritual teacher of integrity is teaching the same thing,
because the core spiritual principles never change. However, there are unlimited ways to express these principles,
and every spiritual teacher and practice has its own unique flavour. Finding a flavour that one likes is the task of the seeker.
Scott is also an artist, musician and poet, and has traveled the world extensively. He feels his purpose is to be on his spiritual path
and to assist others on their path. His teaching is safe and supportive with amusement and integrity.
Alison has been practicing Lightwork meditation since 2007. As a certified Lightwork teacher, she offers classes suitable to first-time meditators or anyone who has practiced other meditation styles. You can attend her classes in beautiful Nelson, BC, or by phone or Skype.
Alison has found Lightwork's clarity, ease and potency to be transformative in all aspects of her life including parenting, work, relationships and stress.
She has a Masters in Strategic Leadership Toward Sustainability which she applies in collaborative projects seeking solutions for climate change.
Julia offers meditation and consulting services for organizations and individuals.
She started her conscious spiritual journey in her mid-twenties but it wasn’t until she came across Lightwork in 2002 that she found a meditation practice that really worked for her.
Julia completed Lightwork’s seven levels of training in 2010. She has been joyfully teaching meditation classes and offering private energy readings since then.
She was previously the Program Director at Hollyhock (Canada’s leading educational retreat centre), the Director of Operations at Communicopia Internet, and a producer of the Web of Change conference.
Julia received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1994. She received a permaculture design certificate in 2000.
Julia started taking Lightwork classes by phone from Winnipeg in 2004. The classes rocked her world so thoroughly she moved to Vancouver to continue her meditation studies, eventually graduating from Lightwork's most advanced program, 'Level 7: The Apprenticeship' in 2012.
Her move to the West Coast allowed her to become involved in the Lightwork Ecovillage, where she continues to deepen her meditation practice and learn life lessons (like...you really can grow kale year round!).
Julia is a certified Lightwork Teacher. She offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes for beginners, as well as private energy reading sessions.
She brings creativity to the Lightwork administration team, and manages two annual meditation retreats: the summer '9-Day Dharma Healing', and 'Winter Light Week'.
She has an intuitive and studied understanding of all things green, arising from her work in therapeutic gardening at BC Children's Hospital and other locations around Vancouver.
When Cathy signed up for her first Lightwork class, she entered brand new territory. Coming from a scientific background, meditation was well outside her normal repertoire but she felt compelled to try it.
Without even being able to describe how, she shifted perceptions in all parts of her life and began making decisions that decreased stress. Encouraged, she thought she would keep meditating until it no longer felt like a fit. That day never came. She’s now a committed Lightwork practitioner and teacher.
Cathy offers Lightwork Level 1, Level 2, private classes and energy reading-healings. She blends her passions for writing, teaching and meditation by offering creative writing workshops for children and adults.
Darci discovered Lightwork meditation in her last month of nursing school. She realized she wanted a totally new way of coping with stress, rather than relying on old, unhealthy habits.
So she turned down a fancy job in California with a big signing bonus and season’s tickets to her favourite football team. Instead she registered for Lightwork's beginners class and never looked back.
Throughout her healing journey Darci has witnessed how meditation has the power to shift tough situations and heal what needs healing.
Her favorite thing about being a Lightwork teacher is the simplicity and presence of being in the moment. The big and small of the universe come into focus and make room for significant awareness and healing.
Darci graduated from the Lightwork Apprenticeship program in March 2014. She offers energy reading sessions and meditation classes in a loving, supportive environment.
Tiffany has been studying meditation intensively since 2007. She is a certified Lightwork meditation teacher and a graduate of Lightwork's most advanced program, the three-year Level 7: Apprenticeship Program.
Tiffany sits on the Lightwork Ecovillage Board of Directors, and splits her time between Vancouver and the Lightwork Ecovillage on Gambier Island with her husband Scott and his daughter Cloe.
Her classes are open to teens and adults.
Jacqueline first learned to meditate as an antidote to stress and a crazy-busy lifestyle in the tech and PR industries. As she gradually made it part of her daily routine, an entirely new way of experiencing life emerged.
In March 2014, she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program and began its most immersive course, a three-year apprenticeship to founder, Scott Robinson.
Jacqueline teaches Lightwork's beginner classes (Levels 1 & 2) and offers meditation workshops for companies and organizations. She has hosted workshops for the Dalai Lama Center for Peace & Education, UBC Faculty of Medicine, BC Cancer Research Centre and BCIT Student Association.
She is also a writer and communications consultant.
Elizabeth decided to give Lightwork a try in 2010, after observing a friend's Lightwork journey. Deciding it was a fit, she took classes from her hometown of Victoria by phone for six years. She then packed up and moved to Vancouver to continue her studies, completing Lightwork's Level 6 Teacher Training Program in 2017.
Meditation has helped Elizabeth let go of fears and embrace all aspects of herself. She's excited that teaching now gives her the chance to offer the Lightwork techniques to other people.
Prior to Lightwork, Elizabeth completed a B.A. in anthropology, and certifications in community counselling and permaculture. Music has always been an important part of her life. She enjoys singing opera and jazz, and offering vocal improv classes.
Leslie took her first Lightwork meditation class by phone in 2012 while living in the busy city of New York. She was awestruck by the simplicity of the tools she learned, and how they helped her let go of old patterns. She knew she wanted to learn more.
In 2018 she completed Lightwork’s two-year meditation teacher program, and she began a three-year apprenticeship to founder Scott Robinson that same year.
Now settled in Vancouver and enjoying a much simpler life, Leslie offers Lightwork Level 1 and Level 2 classes, as well as private energy reading-healings.
She also works in communications at BC Recreation & Parks Association.
Zhenya started taking Lightwork meditation classes in the fall of 2012 while living in New York City and working for a bank. Meditation was his way of dealing with stress-filled workplace and hectic city life.
While taking Lightwork's Next Step program, he moved to Vancouver to lead a quieter, healthier life with a focus on his spiritual development.
As of now, Zhenya is a part of the Apprenticeship program at Lightwork. He offers beginner Lightwork classes(Level 1 and 2), as well as reading-healing sessions.
Having a job in the tech sector, Zhenya finds his meditation practice to be essential for having wellness and balance in his life.