Understanding, self-insight and self-realization.

Levels I & II, groundwork and practice, residential course, 7 days. With Dirk de Sousa.


Change is the end result of all true learning.
– Leo Buscaglia


DAY 1Welcome, orientation, introduction. Lucidity, consciousness and personality. Separate the real you from all that is conditioned, learned and automatic. 


DAY 2Demystify your emotions and free your mind from its emotional limitations. Inner observation and experimentation.


DAY 3Focus on thoughts. Psychological time. Recognise inner tension and psychological symptoms, and practise dissolving them.


DAY 4Understanding the difference between reality and truth can change everything. Step beyond your ‘I’, and see what happens next.


DAY 5Learn to create space between yourself and your automatic processes. Realize your real self and achieve your full potential in every moment. 


DAY 6Experience a day cultivating Lucidity. Discover the positive difference it creates in your life. Live the change.


DAY 7Looking back over a week of evolving self-insight and practice. We talk about your real potential, life, death and fulfilment. Becoming comfortable in the world of Lucidity.

What is Lucidity and how can it help me to transform myself, my life, and the lives of those around me? Who am I, really, and how can I discover my real self? And how do I move from knowing my real self to being my self?

This 1-week intensive residential course offers the teaching and insight from our two online courses, Discover your Potential and Realize your Potential. In these seven days, you will learn how the human personality is constructed as the young child grows. You will find out what memories really are and whether they can be trusted, and discover how negative thoughts and emotions come into being, and how they can be dealt with or even erased for good. You will learn about and explore the deeper layers of your self, discovering the mechanisms and obstacles that prevent you from further self-development: the realization of your potential. You will learn to recognize inner conflict, to calm your mind in an instant, how to create and increase the psychological space between you and your automatic behaviours and reactions, so that you can make free choices. You will develop a higher level of self-esteem and self-certainty, and you will use this as a springboard for better decision-making in your outer life while still maintaining inner contentment regardless of outward circumstances.

This course offers a unique blend of instruction, practice and self-observation and insight, turning a simple theory into a life-changing personal experience. At the end of the course, you will be ready to take responsibility for your inner self, your own contentment, independently from other people and from outside events. You will be able to recognize your original self and all its unlimited potential, opening up new possibilities and new horizons for you and the people around you.


Dirk de Sousa, psychological counsellor, coach and author

As an original voice in modern psychology, the bestselling author unlocks personal insight and self-knowledge, guiding you in the search for an end to psychological suffering, for emotional resilience and contentment in all spheres of life. For decades, de Sousa has worked successfully as therapist, coach and consultant, numbering among his clients many well-known names in politics, the media and international business. He has also guided athletes and coaches at both national, international and Olympic level, and provided counselling to couples and to parents of children in crisis.

In his first book, The Self Beyond Myself, de Sousa argued that the first step to contentment is to gain real insight into our own inner self with the right form of self-reflection.


The capacity for this insight, which also includes the ability to recognize what we encounter within, enables us to fully understand ourselves and then to realize our full
potential. He terms this capacity, ‘Lucidity’. 
In his most recent work, de Sousa breaks down Lucidity into four qualities – contentment, mental clarity, self-reflection
and mental maturity – and shows how it can be objectively measured and improved, leading to a greater degree of mental freedom, inner unity, and real and
enduring contentment. 

Discover Lucidity is a rare opportunity to work directly with Dirk de Sousa over an extended period of intensive learning and practice.

Dirk communicates constructively and vividly. I found myself
carefree and contented. I wasn’t expecting that!

– Dr Uwe G. (M.D.)


7 days, Saturday to Saturday, full board. The retreat venue is chosen for its natural beauty, tranquillity and privacy. It offers high-quality accommodation and vegetarian meals home-cooked from local seasonal produce by our own professional chef. Accommodation is usually in shared rooms unless otherwise specified. The surrounding countryside offers opportunities for walks and excursions either alone or in company with others. Participants are responsible for their own transport to and from the venue, although airport transfers and car-sharing can be arranged. Click register for further information.


  • Learn how your personality, your identity came into being
  • Discover the difference between learned emotions and real emotions and why this is important
  • Find out how automatic thoughts keep you imprisoned in the past
  • Recognize your automatic thoughts and learned emotions and practise dealing with them
  • Realize the potential of your real self to feel Lucidity, peace and contentment
  • Beautiful, tranquil surroundings with home-cooked vegetarian food
  • Lectures, group discussion, practical exercises and space for solitary contemplation
  • Take this key journey of insight and understanding into yourself


No previous knowledge or practice required.

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