​​​Open your eyes, mind, and heart to the infinite beauty of the world

7-week online art retreat

​Do you know this extraordinary experience of profound seeing​... 

​… described by Aldous Huxley as seeing, moment-to-moment, the miracle of naked existence?

When the mind falls silent, and there are no boundaries between your inner space and the outer world, so that — in Paul Cezanne’s words — nature mirrors itself, thinks itself within you…

Or — in William Blake’s words — your doors of perception are cleansed, and you see everything as it is, infinite?

All colours are suddenly brighter, more luminous, and the familiar three-dimensional space and linear time dissolve into their fluid, infinite vibrations…  

I don’t shut my eyes,
I don’t close my ears,
I don’t mortify my body;
I see with open eyes and smile
And see His beauty everywhere.

— Kabir

​Perhaps you have had this experience within your own creative process, or when your eyes were suddenly cleansed by a work of art — a painting, a poem, a piece of music? 

Or this peak experience would wash over you as though from nowhere, as a gift, as a touch of grace?

​But then it would disappear, replaced by the ordinary familiarity of “normal” seeing...

​... because the brain’s powerful unconscious mechanisms of visual processing would kick in.

These mechanisms are there for a purpose: they help you orient yourself in the complex world, to feel in control, to survive. ​To do so, they filter out the “inessential” — but the side effect is that the infinite richness and beauty of reality remains hidden.

These are fundamental mechanisms, but they are also fluid, changeable, evolving. And Art — the magnificent art of painting — has a unique capacity to hep us in this evolutionary process.

​As an artist, I’ve spent decades studying the art of seeing from the greatest masters of painting. I looked at their paintings as insights into reality, into the nature of things, learning to see what they saw and integrating these visual experiences into my own sense of vision.

But for quite a long time, I could reliably access this expanded sense of vision only within my own painting process. In “normal” life, it would only appear as occasional glimpses, rare peak experiences of seeing (mostly after visiting museums).

Otherwise, I was living firmly “in my head”, my visual perception routinely filtered and dulled by the mind — an ordinary, “default” seeing experience, so painfully different from what I knew was possible: the miracle of naked, fluid seeing opened to me by art, an indescribable reality beyond what the mind can comprehend.

But then my “painting” vision began to spill over to other moments of my life, and, moment to moment, and step by tiny step, it became my “new normal” — and transformed my life beyond anything I could have possibly imagined.

​I explored how it happened in every minute detail

​... by witnessing it in myself and in sharing it with hundreds of other people.

And through many trials and errors, I refined the process I’ve come to call “synergistic seeing”: ​simple practices and rituals which allow you to tap into Art’s potential to transform and expand your sense of vision, to get “out of your head” and into the direct, sensory, moment-to-moment-to-moment, embodied experience of infinite beauty in the heart of all things.

This is why offer See What Is, an online synergistic seeing retreat designed to make extraordinary, peak seeing experiences an ordinary, ever-present quality of your every day life, accessible to you in every waking moment — effortlessly, almost imperceptibly, through tiny daily steps.  

This ​process is unlocked with three seeing practices...

These three practices are all you will "have to do" ​in SEE WHAT IS

They will transform the way you see the world, and you will take these three habits ​with you, to sustain this state of being, this experience of profound seeing, well after the retreat is over. 
  • ​Deep contemplation of paintings: ​​approaching each painting is an insight into reality, a potential breakthrough, ​which can transform your life and change you forever.
  • ​Seeing pauses: ​this is as simple as it sounds: pausing — throughout your day — to enjoy seeing what’s around you. 
  • Synergistic seeing ​brings these two experiences together: it is seeing through the artist’s eyes. It is like holding the inner experience of a painting and your present-moment experience of seeing within the same space, and fusing these two experiences into one.

​​SEE WHAT IS ​leads you through a unique sequence of painting masterpieces, designed to help you expand your sense of vision, day by day, step by step

​Here is a week-by-week breakdown of what you'll find inside:


​Week 1: ​Celebration

​Discover and cultivate the inner experience of celebration — the fuel of transformation, the magical ingredient which makes any change effortless. Seven great artists — from Raphael to Marc Chagall — will help you to explore this experience, and set the stage for a deep transformation.


​Week 2: ​Unity

​​Dissolve the visual illusion of separation with the help of Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. Discover and experiment with seeing practices which make this illusion disappear from your moment-to-moment seeing experience.


​Week 3: ​Creating space

​​Witness how your mind creates the familiar visual experience of three-dimensional space — in painting and in real life. This week’s masterpieces span four centuries, from Jan van Eyck to Gustav Klimt, so you can see three-dimensional pictorial spaces emerge and then dissolve into the infinite richness of colour.


​Week 4: ​Mutual intercourse of colours

​Explore the inner dimensions of colour with the help of Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne and Vincent van Gogh, and learn to see the nuances of colour and light through their eyes and discover reality seen as pure colour vibrations.


Week 5: Shattering space and time

​​See through the illusions of three-dimensional space and linear time by entering multi-dimensional pictorial spaces of Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, and Franz Marc.


Week 6: ​Self in space

​​​Transcend the illusion of separate Self and fill your heart with infinite compassion, to yourself and to your fellow humans, guided by geniuses of Rembrandt van Rijn, Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Edouard Manet.


Week 7: ​Time-transcendence

​​​Discover the experience of time-transcendence, the flow of all time present within every single moment of it, and the stillness that lies beyond it. From J.M.W.Turner to Pablo Picasso, from Pierre-August Renoir to Marcel Duchamp — this is going to be a breathtaking journey through time…

​If you love the art of painting...

​but know you aren't fully tapping into its power to inspire you, to expand and transform your experience of life, your moment-to-moment experiential reality (which, by the way, is true for every single one of us, because this power is infinite).

​If NOW is the right time for you

  • ​to expand and deepen the presence of Art in your life,
  • ​to practice the sublime art of seeing by seeing through the eyes of its greatest masters,
  • ​to liberate your sense of vision from the mind’s limitations,
  • and to integrate Art’s greatest insights into your moment-to-moment experience of life and and its creative expression (whether or not it has anything to do with painting...)

And if (especially if!) you often feel imprisoned by your own mind and by the objective, outer realities of life... 

… then See what is was created for you. 

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