Personal Transformation

Oklahoma City, United States

Personal Transformation is a resource for personal and spiritual transformation which offers transformational retreats, books, and seminars.

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  • Eric Steele

    Personal Transformation website

    When I first discovered the retreat would be held in sacred silence, I wasn't so sure if I really wanted to attend. I love to talk and get to know new people, especially individuals I'll be spending several days with.However, I pushed through my apprehension and was rewarded with a profound, deep inner-peace I have never known before. The silence turned out to be much easier than I thought it would and was actually very soothing. I was amazed at how quickly the incessant voices quieted in my mind just by becoming a still and silent witness to everything around me.The environment Rick and Mary created was socially safe. Our daily schedule was well - organized and the setting at St. Crispin's Lodge was ideal. The retreat was nicely balanced between the gentle yoga, meditation and group inquiry exercises, while still leaving us some time to explore the beautiful property and squeeze in an occasional nap. The meals were nutritious and delicious, while eating in silence transformed my taste buds and awareness of what I was actually consuming to an entirely new level.What impressed me the most though was the gentle leadership and pure inner joy that radiated from both Rick and Mary the entire retreat. In group inquiry sessions, we were never once told what we had to believe in, or explore, to find our own inner peace or guidance, we were only given suggestions from a rich tradition of perennial wisdom and encouraged to find the connection and truth that was pertinent to each of us as individuals on our own path of personal transformation. I highly recommend this retreat experience to anyone who would like to plant seeds for, or reconnect with, their spiritual growth and maturation.Namaste

  • Kay Sweeney

    Personal Transformation website

    I was so anxious about committing to this retreat! Although I felt my motives were good, it was hard to know what to expect in terms of my own adaptability and comfort with the unknowns I was so casually waltzing into. As I have done so many times in my 65 years, I went with my heart and the almost constant reminder voice in my head on the last day to make the reservation.The experience was almost too good to articulate, I want to so that if someone reading this will benefit half as much as I did, that they will hear this. It was pure. It was healing. It was non invasive. It was non-threatening. It was pure. It was love. It was restful. I am still resonating with the inner glow of growing a little, having hope that I can continue to grow and change and become a bit more loving as I age. Did I mention pure?There was simply no pressure to do or be or believe anything other than to take a look inside and upward and gracefully connect the two.Rick and Mary, thank you.

  • Joseph A. P, Ph.D from Bristol, UK

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    I have now worked as a clinical psychologist for slightly over thirty years. During this time there has been increasing interest in mindfulness and meditation within mainstream psychology. Within the past five years alone there have been nearly three hundred articles published in mainstream psychological journals focusing on the effects of mindfulness practice and meditation. The results in study after study have been overwhelmingly positive.Just this month (11/08) yet another study was published showing that the type of mindfulness practice that these researchers taught not only increased mindfulness, but helped individuals to better identify their purposes in life, to increase social support, and to decrease illness symptoms. The researchers concluded that those practicing mindfulness and meditation reported increased life satisfaction and reduced depressive symptoms. This study was representative of the body of research that continues to develop.As a result of reading such studies, I decided to attend a workshop for mental health professionals on mindfulness, conducted by Mary. I was struck not only with the content of the workshop, but also Mary's presence during the workshop. During the workshop she mentioned that she and her husband, Rick, conduct weekend silent meditation retreats.After I got home I told my wife about the workshop and downloaded some of the information for us to read. Neither of us had practiced meditation nor were we acquainted with mindfulness except in the theoretical sense. We both decided to attend, not for professional purposes, but rather as something that we thought might be helpful to us and to our relationship.The retreat far exceeded our expectations. The beauty of Saint Crispin's retreat center, the environmental quiet (not even any traffic noise), and the social silence provided the perfect setting for this experience. I do not need to describe all that we did during the retreat - the website does this well - but I think that it is important for potential attendees to know the authenticity that Rick and Mary bring to the workshop. These are two wonderful people who clearly walk-the-walk, and showed us day-after-day how practice can be transforming.My wife and I have continued regular practice since we have returned home. We believe that we have embarked on a very positive new journey, and we would encourage anyone reading this letter to attend this retreat.

  • Nathalie Mary

    Personal Transformation website

    I have never been on a meditation retreat before this one, and I was a little concerned that it might be more rigorous than I was ready for. It was gentle. I was concerned that it might be full of far-out, flaky, or fanatical teaching. It was intelligent. I wondered if I would be pushed into doing things that I didn't feel comfortable with. It was respectful. I hoped that I would learn to meditate better. I did. I wanted to get to know myself better, to see what was behind some of my thoughts and feelings, and to be able to let go of the past. I did all that and more. Thank you, Rick and Mary, for sharing your gifts and your love. Blessings, overflowing.

  • Helen

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    Now retired, I have been going to spiritual retreats since I was a teenager to get closer to God. They have all been beneficial, giving encouragement, honing spiritual disciplines, and bringing wisdom. The most recent retreat with Rick and Mary NurrieStearns, was one of the two or three most profoundly transforming of my life.Rick and Mary are a great team, being themselves very transparent and open. Then they provide an environment that is amazingly conducive to interior openness. yoga, social silence, meditation indoors and out, times of inquiry/sharing, play, and free time to journal, walk, and reflect provided a safe place for all of us to let love and light illumine both the dark and divine parts of our being. The result for me was connecting to my true self in ways that continue to unfold, bringing peace and congruence to every aspect of my life and being.

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