UPCOMING michael meade events

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Los Angeles, CA :: April 4, 7 pm :: Tickets: $20

Soul is the light hidden in darkness. The soul’s inner inheritance includes the power of imagination as well as surprising capacities for creativity and renewal. The modern world keeps losing the deep soul connections, leaving many disconnected and disheartened. Soul is the source of change; it is the secret center able to move both heaven and earth. In dark times, transformation at the level of the individual soul can generate the collective energy needed to alter the conditions of the world. In the depths of the soul, we are each an old soul able to survive the troubles of the world, and also able to contribute to its healing and renewal.

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Columbia, MD :: Friday, April 26, 7 pm :: Tickets: $15

Asheville, NC :: Friday, May 3, 7 pm :: Tickets: $15

We are living through an extended moment of radical change that is life-defining as well as life-changing. The storms and tragedies of contemporary life can be seen as a spiritual crisis where we must find a greater sense of self and soul or become more subject to increasing feelings of anxiety and helplessness. The current loss of meaning in life and denial of truth imperils the heart and soul of human culture.

Changes at the level of the individual soul can generate the collective energy needed to change the conditions of the world. This is an event about the necessity of making soul at a time when the world seems to be losing its soul.


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Awakening to one’s inner story and finding life-long initiatory paths comprises the “real work” and genuine opus of our lives. The problem is that the exact paths of awakening are blocked by received ideas, early life traumas and over-adaptation to the needs of others. In the long run however, genuine transformation is the secret aim of all the tensions and troubles we encounter. When in touch with the soul’s mythic thread we can find the arts and practices, the aims and meanings that allow our souls to grow deeper, our imagination to expand and our spirits to awaken. Living consciously and mindfully means finding creative ways to deliver, to a world ruled by scarcity and fear, the living truth of our lives and the inner abundance of the soul.

Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 - 4:30 pm :: Registration: $105

Columbia, MD

Saturday, April 27, 9:00 - 4:00 pm :: Registration: $95

Asheville, NC

Saturday, May 4, 9:30 - 4:30 pm :: Registration: $95

2019 Retreats with Michael Meade


 A Retreat for Younger and Older Men
August 13 - 18, Mendocino, CA

Certain rites of passage require that everything seem upside down or collapsing in order that the esoteric or inner realm of soul might fully awaken. Seen this way, there is a growing collective trauma in the world, but also the seeds of a collective initiation waiting to happen.

At times of radical change in both individual and collective life, it becomes important to see everything differently; not simply adjust our view of things, but learn to see the world anew.  Ancient traditions referred to this kind of awakening of the underlying soul as opening the "eyes of initiation."

Opening the inner eyes begins to reveal the true aim and natural path our souls would have us take. Transformation at the level of the individual soul generates the imagination and collective energy needed to change the conditions of the world.

In the midst of an ancient forest, using stories and poems, honest speech and creative imagination, we will take an initiatory approach to the struggles of individual life and to the collective challenge of living through a time of radical disorientation and change.


September 12 - 15 :: Port Orchard, WA

Full retreat information and registration will be available in early April

“To be alive at this time means to be caught in the great unraveling that strands us near all the loose threads of creation; but it also means to be close to the revelation of the new design and the next paradigm. In facing up to the enormous problems of the world and accepting the troubles that knock on our doors, we can better learn what hidden resources, deep resolves, and surprising designs we have hidden within us.”

- Michael Meade, "Why the World Doesn't End"