What Our Pilgrims Say

Aslan Institute/Sacred Service Retreats encompass deeply inter and intra personal work, held within an inspiring and evoking unique socio-cultural/mind-body-spirit context. The extensive Tonglen therapy sessions offered each evening during the entirety of the retreats, penetrate beyond the surface of personal storyline, moving ever downward into the depths of childhood trauma; often holding our present lives hostage in its shadow. This work profoundly facilitates the integration of the shadow aspects of our selves and the present truth of our lives into the blossoming light of its fullest potential.

Lyndall, Charisse and Eloise lovingly and expertly facilitate the opening of inner gateways, where we might begin to access our own potential to peel back the layers of illusions created by our defenses, often holding hostage the truths we feel are desperately calling out to us for their liberation; our liberation. It is in this new found freedom that we may begin our journey home, where we might commence to nurture an authentic, compassionate and loving relationship with ourselves and consequently with others. This work reunites us with our loving Soul, melting away the inner and outer walls of judgement and the barriers of ‘other’ held within. This work is deeply embodied knowing of what it is to be in Oneness.
— Christina - September 2019 (Avila Retreat, Ghost Ranch Retreat, England Retreat)
I recently went on pilgrimage to England with Sacred Service at Aslan Institute. The experience was life changing for me. I will forever cherish the depth, connection, and sense of community that was experienced in our two weeks in England. This pilgrimage was a time of immense inner growth and deeper self-understanding. The environment that Charisse, Lyndall and Eloise created always felt safe and welcoming to everyone. You can really tell how committed these three are to creating an expansive, loving, and fun experience for everyone involved. They put so much thought into the pilgrimage. There were 16 teachings that were sent out for pilgrims to study prior to leaving. All of them incredibly insightful and helping to provide greater inner awareness and depth. While in England, we had several days of guided tours in various cities and towns in England, as well as days where we could roam around and experience villages and towns for ourselves. There were also days where we had lots of down time for introspection and relaxation. I am deeply grateful for the amount of depth and guidance that was provided on this pilgrimage, and am looking forward to the next one!
— Anonymous - September 2019 (England Retreat)
The England Pilgrimage was my first experience traveling with Aslan Institute, and it far surpassed my expectations. The educational readings and discussions offered throughout the months ahead, provided excellent preparation. The planning was thoughtfully organized with special destinations tied to our study, as well as independent options for our time. Accommodations were at retreat centers where gathering space for group discussions was offered, and fine food was freshly prepared and served buffet style. Our rooms were clean and comfortable, and the staff at both locations were friendly and accommodating. I felt safe, and professionally in great hands. I traveled with a group of 24, none of which I knew very well, or not at all, but I always felt I was with family. If you’re looking to travel inwardly, as well as experience some place new in the world, I highly recommend an Aslan Pilgrimage for yourself.
— Submitted by Georgann - September 2019 (England Pilgrimage)
The natural setting was catalyzing and glorious, the retreatants were dedicated and courageous, and the facilitators were attentive, skilled, and compassionate. Sacred Service retreats are very, very highly recommended.
— Submitted by BL - November of 2018 (Ghost Ranch Retreat)
The pilgrimage to Spain was life-changing - it took my inner work to profoundly deep levels. I now have a much more honest and comprehensive understanding of the ways I am both victim and perpetrator in my own life. I understand how the codependency in my life was generated. And, most importantly, I am able to descend into previously blocked memories and pain in myself and give myself the support and Truth I didn’t receive at the time of the original trauma. I emerged with these new insights and skills through a powerful combination of:
- the initial Tonglen sessions I had
- study and guidance through six months of weekly lessons provided before the pilgrimage
- the generous amount of time scheduled for personal work on my own in Spain
- the expert support and help Lyndall and Charisse provided in group sessions
- the rich mirror provided by the others in my group
This pilgrimage was the best gift I could ever give myself.
— Submitted by CW - April of 2018
Avila Retreat 2018 Testimonial
Having some dedicated time away from the obligations of my work and home life allowed me to delve more deeply into the insights from my Tonglen Therapy sessions. I was able to come up with some creative ideas for giving back the shame and fear my parents energetically infused me with when I was a child so that I am more often able to hear the voice and truth of my soul. Working in Compassion Groups each night of the Retreat helped me to see how my suffering is much like so many others and how our bravery and courage to feel the pain of our suffering allows us to connect with one another. I came away from this Retreat truly understanding that this work of awareness is part of every moment of every day, and I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and will continue to learn about who I am and how, in that awareness, I can be of better service.
— Submitted by KL - April of 2018
Testimonial for my experience in Spain (2018)
It’s difficult to isolate the one most meaningful experience or insight from this
pilgrimage because, for me, it was an integration of the elements, which knitted a
fabric that held us in a safe and supportive space for personal challenge and growth.
Beginning each day with Kundalini yoga got my energy flowing. Daily teaching and
meditation was a pause for reflection. Personal time with Lyndall and Charisse
mined my deeper self. Group processing created profound connections with others,
which encouraged deep sharing in a space where I knew that I was far from alone
and would not be judged. All set in a sacred location, a convent in an old walled city
far from the noise of the world …
I came face-to-face with my Soul, a relationship that I now better understand and
can no longer abandon. That connection will sustain me through lifelong personal
— Submitted by Carol W. - April of 2018