6 ~ 15, 2008
The Return of "Initiation Into Astrology"
Jeff Jawer and Rick Levine
Join us for an experiential 9-day Astrology Workshop suitable for beginners,
astrology students, and professionals alike seeking the Cosmic Connection that
has given meaning to human life since the dawn of time. The heavens will come
down to earth to touch your heart and open your mind. You will live the language
of astrology for nine unforgettable days in beautiful Bali.
The 1st "Initiation Into Astrology" in October 2006
was such a resounding success that it is now going to be a bi-annual
event. Jeff Jawer had to return
to the US on day 2 of the workshop, but the work Rick Levine then did solo
was so dynamic and enriching for the participants that it became obvious that
this program offers something vital and neccesary in the sphere of astrological
events. This 2nd 'Initiation' promises to be even more exciting with Jeff's
presence, and many participants of the 1st one plan to return in 2008.
Initiation into Astrology is a living experience, a voyage to the Sun, Moon
and planets that will expand the awareness of each participant. Beginners will
enter a magical world of self-understanding that gives voice to the complexities
of human experience. Advanced students will deepen their astrological skills
and develop greater fluency in its brilliant language. This workshop is not
an academic exercise, but an immersion experience in which body, mind and emotion
connect with Astrology's ancient wisdom so you can apply it creatively to your
During this intensive workshop the brilliant, and highly entertaining Astrologers Jeff
Jawer and Rick Levine will
be working together in a powerfully interactive way with one another and with
all the workshop participants. We stand to reap the benefits of their vast
intellectual resources, humor and personal and professional experience. As
colleagues and close friends they are highly respectful of one another, and
while complementary with one another their diverse approaches to astrology
creates an energetic dialogue that makes learning astrology such a joy. Herein
will lie much of the dynamism and energy that is the heart and promise of this
workshop. Starting from the very basics we will journey with them in a very
intimate and hands-on way into the magical, scientific, deeply psychological
and spiritually charged world that is Astrology
We have chosen our starting time astrologically (view "opening" chart),
and if you are a complete beginner don't be intimidated by this 'splash of
hieroglyphics in a pie' ... by the end of the workshop you will know what it
means!! Just before noon on October 7th we will begin our journey together.
We will meet daily in the meditation hall set on the grounds of Melati cottages.
This is a beautiful large, spacious building, traditional Balinese style, open
sided with a hardwood floor. It is in the middle of the ricefields with idyllic
views in every direction. This hall is used regularly by up to 150 meditators
so we will be more than comfortable there. The space is very calm and healing
as it is used primarily for meditation and yoga.
The format for this workshop will be a combination of lecture material and
experiential work involving in-depth discovery of astrology's principles. We
will build fluency in the astrological vocabulary by team teaching and group
work with both Rick and Jeff present throughout. The curriculum is designed
to balance right and left brain approaches and connecting astrology's principles
with the students' life experiences. There will be plenty of room for give
and take among all the participants. Adding new elements each day will develop
a logical framework for speaking and living astrologically that is designed
to encourage the creativity of the participants.
Dates: October 6th through October 15th, 2008.
Everyone is required to arrive on October 6th so there will
be time for acclimating and recovering from jet-lag (that night's
accommodation are part of the Melati package).
Once everyone has arrived we will have a welcoming orientation
meeting in the Meditation Hall, this will be held in the evening
of October 6th, or early morning on the 7th if there are late
On October 7th at approximately 11:30 am we will gather in
the Main Meditation Hall to start this journey together at
our official opening time of 11:56 am.
6:30am - 8:00am ~ Optional Daily Yoga
7:00am - 8:45am ~ Buffet Breakfast for Melati Cottages residents.
9:00am -1:00pm ~ Morning Session
1:00pm - 4:30pm ~ Lunch/Relaxation Break~ Buffet Lunch for Melati residents.
4.30-6:00pm ~ Afternoon Session
Because many participants are restricted as to their time in Bali, we will
have a half day midway through the seminar. Rick and Jeff will teach a joint
session that morning that will end around 1 pm. This will leave a half day
and evening to explore the island, go to the beach, shop or to spend an ecstatically
hedonistic time in one of the spas.
Evenings Free... although there will be exceptions. Rick and Jeff may add impromptu
sessions to cover additional material as needed. Evening events could include
short 45-minute sessions used for touch-up with beginners or more detailed
work with advanced students.
On October 15th, the last day of the workshop, which is also the Full Moon,
at 6am in the morning we will head for an ancient Balinese temple in a
town called Tampak Siring. Here we will join the local people in a ritual
bathing/purification ceremony followed by a temple blessing. This is of
course an optional event, and women during their cycle do not participate.
That evening there will be another optional group trip to watch a Kecak(fire)
Trance dance. This will be paid for individually(approx $10US). We will
have a teaching session between the time we return from the temple, around
10.30am, until 1pm, and then our closing session from 2~4pm. There will
then be a break before we go to the dance performance. After the dance
we will go to a lovely local restaurant and have our final celebration
together(again paid for individually).
There will be an optional 2-day tour of the Buddhist
temples of Borobudur on the island of Java following the workshop,
October 16th and 17th
Please go to Borobudur Tour for more information.
Requirements: This workshop will be of great
value to anyone with an interest in astrology, from the greenest
to the most seasoned professional. No experience is too much
or too little...
just come with a completely open mind please.
Readings: We invite people to bring charts with them to Bali
for the purpose of sharing with the group. We have an LCD projector.
Recording: We are planning a professional quality recording
of the whole workshop, and this will be available through Andrew
Sylte's web-site. More information on this will be given later.
Participants are welcome to record the program themselves,
but only from where they are seated, it is too distracting
to everyone if people constantly get up and down and place
things in front of the speakers. We thank you for understanding.
Rick and Jeff will provide printed material to support the