Simon spent 2 weeks in Crete towards the end of July 2018. Here's a little taste of his journey and his experience.
- Connect with self, nature and water
- Receive clarity on his purpose
- Work on his writing projects and poetry
- 4 nights at an AirBnb in Chania by the sea to acclimatise and begin his journey
- 4 nights in the mountains sleeping in a Teepee (Oneirema Eco-Retreat) to connect with nature and the elements
- 3 nights in a room by the sea in beautiful Sougia in the South
- 3 nights in Chania's Old Town again to integrate, write and celebrate his journey
What he did
- 1:1s with Edward
- Daily practices suggested by Edward
- Vision Quest (2 days alone in nature)
- Intuitive massage
- Cranio-sacral treatment
- Angel Card reading
- Channelling Session
- Walk to Lissos temple
How were you feeling before the Soul Quest?
It felt like I had lost my Mojo. Even though I had a picture of where I wanted to be and what was going to make me happy, I still felt blocked. Now I can feel the energy flowing through me: the blockages have gone.
How are you feeling right now?
Very calm. Energetic. I’m positive about the future. I feel as if I’ve shed a lot of stuff, and got a better understanding of how to avoid taking on board things that don’t serve me.
What’s the biggest change that you’ve seen in yourself?
The biggest change for me is an inner understanding and a connection to that force, the universe, Tao, Spirit, whatever you want to call it. I feel healed by it and connected to it.
What was your most powerful moment?
There were lots of moments that all seemed to build on each other. Sitting alone in nature, stark naked for 2 1/2 days was something I would have said ‘what a load of rubbish’ to before coming. But the idea actually came from me; it was something I felt I needed to do. And it gave me a massive liberation from all sorts of internal feelings and messages about myself.
One other moment of real change was a cranio-sacral treatment I was drawn to, which talked about unblocking energy. The other activities I had done built up to a point in which I had faith and belief that that was possible. And my experience of the treatment was astonishing; I could feel ever single fibre of my being and sense energy shifting and disappearing. At the end I felt like a different person. I felt clean, almost other-worldly but at the same time more myself than I had been for a long time.
What was your favourite aspect of the Soul Quest?
My favourite part is freedom. Individual freedom. It isn’t about having to interact with anybody, its about following your own path and having the freedom to work not only with what arises from me about what it is I want to do, but equally being able to work with you (Edward) to understand what things may or may not work or serve the process. The freedom in planning, in execution, and the freedom you feel at the end.
What were some of the biggest challenges?
One of the biggest challenges was going into a really cold mountain stream, to lie and submerge myself in and to metaphorically and literally wash myself in.
It took me a couple of times to find the best technique, and in the end the best way was to sit in the water and go back to being a child, splashing water all over the place. All of a sudden, I was at one with the water, shouting, screaming and laughing. Then I could just lie down, enjoying it for 10-15 minutes, in blissful symbiosis with the cold temperature. It felt great.
That was a big challenge of overcoming the ‘I don’t like cold’ voice.
It was interesting also how some elements that I thought would be the biggest challenge, actually weren’t. I fasted for 60 hours, and I thought I was going to find it dreadfully difficult. However I decided at the very beginning, that I wasn’t going to feel hungry. And I didn’t! Even when I heard my stomach rumble, I just noticed it, instead of going into my drama. The sitting in nature enabled me to see things in a different way, and choose to see things in a way that brought clarity instead of confusion and stress.
Connecting to nature made the whole process much less of a challenge than I ever thought. Because I wasn’t thinking, I was feeling.
How did you find the experience different to other retreats or personal development experiences?
The difference of a Soul Quest is that it is an individually tailored journey and process. You can just focus 100% on yourself internally and whats going on, without worrying about others, how they are seeing you or impacting you etc. You have 100% focus on yourself. And the times you interact with others, you’ve got 100% attention from Edward and other practitioners. The Soul Quest enables a greater purity in the experience, and greater distance travelled over a period of time. But I would say to people to make it 2 weeks: the second week you’ll travel twice further than you did in the first. That was my experience!
What would you say to someone who is on the brink of coming?
The mere fact you are thinking about coming is telling you you should. One of the biggest challenges, if not the biggest challenge, is overcoming fear - in many circumstances. And if you’re on the brink of coming, the only thing stopping you is fear.