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Explorations into Freedom Intensive June 2017

To apply for the program please fill out our 
Online Application Form

Richard Waxberg will contact you as soon as we receive your application to answer any questions.
Or you can contact Richard anytime at: 805.640.0532 / richard@kfa.org

Once you have been accepted into the program,
please use the secure payment form to pay your deposit.

The Explorations into Freedom Intensive Retreat invites us to explore together Krishnamurti’s insights that point to the possibility of a transformation of consciousness.

This explorative journey we take together, into our understanding of what Krishnamurti referred to as deep ‘listening and seeing’, is the open door through which unexamined beliefs, concepts and ideas can be revealed without judgement or resistance. This dimension of ‘seeing’ and ‘listening’ is like turning a light on our conditioned responses, the normally hidden unconscious layers of thinking.

We create an atmosphere together of freedom, affection and mutual support in order to inquire into what is preventing us from unburdening ourselves from the past and our feelings of psychological limitation.

We hold 3 probing explorations each day that allow us to deepen our insights into the structures, patterns and images that build our sense of the ‘self’ and the reality of our daily lives. As these patterns and images are exposed through ‘listening and seeing’, they can potentially lose their authority to bind and trap us in a limited idea of who we think we are.

Krishnamurti describes ‘psychological death’ as the falling away of the belief in the ‘me-consciousness’, a mind in the timeless present, beyond the frustrations of endless seeking.

Our dynamic inquiring together is wholistic; life’s penetrating questions can arise and be examined freely without fear or resistance. Our probing together has the potential to move us toward a glimpse into a dimension of love, intelligence and creativity.

“That love is intelligence, and it brings a creativeness which is timeless.” — J. Krishnamurti

Krishnamurti’s timeless message that it is not necessary for us to postpone our sense of being free and fully alive, right here and now, resonates throughout our work together.

Please join us for this exciting journey of discovery, inquiring into the potential for living in freedom; to see if it is possible to meet the mystery and beauty of being alive with a fresh mind, as if for the first time.

“Listening completely, without resistance, without any barrier is the miracle of explosion, shattering the known, and to listen to that explosion, without motive, without direction is to enter where thought, time, cannot pursue.” — J. Krishnamurti

The Ojai Valley, surrounded by cascading mountains, is the home of the Krishnamurti Educational Center. Krishnamurti's former home is one of the jewels of the KEC along with beautiful trees, orange groves, flowers and a new herb garden. This is the perfect location for our in-depth exploration.


Registration: $40

Regular Tuition, includes lunch and dinner: $750

Pepper Tree Retreat room fee, includes breakfast: $575
Please Note: 
The room price is subsidized. The price listed is for shared rooms, and room allocation will be determined by the Pepper Tree Retreat staff.

College Student Scholarship Tuition: $350
(Tuition Scholarships are approved by Richard (805-640-0532) and limited to full-time college or graduate program students. All participants pay the same Pepper Tree Retreat room fee.)

Local commuter participants pay the Tuition of $750, which includes lunch and dinner.



• 3 daily probing dialogues emphasizing the living dimension of deep listening
• Weather permitting, dialogue inquiries will be held outside
• Afternoon sessions with videos and discussion, including participant’s unique questions
• Time for meditation, reflection, & writing, and for hikes on nearby trails
• Lovely accommodations at the Pepper Tree Retreat in beautiful Ojai Valley
• Delicious vegetarian breakfast, lunch & dinner
• Yoga Pavilion on campus, with mats, available for morning yoga
• Afternoon visit to Ventura & Walk on the Beach
• Pick-up & return trip to Airporter Shuttle in Ventura

INTENSIVE FACILITATORS: Richard Waxberg and Deborah Kerner

Deborah Kerner and Richard Waxberg

Richard and Deborah started and facilitated the 8-Day Fully-Immersive Dialogical Inquiry & Retreat Programs for the Krishnamurti Foundation of America in 2005. Their new Intensive Retreat, Explorations into Freedom, takes place in June and October each year.

They are currently also facilitating Intensives in Denmark and Canada.

Richard is a practicing writer and artist. He was a full-time college instructor for 20 years, teaching art and design, art history and aesthetics for Parsons School of Design in New York City. Deborah is a practicing poet, artist and designer. She has a distinguished career as a book designer with clients such as Random House and HarperCollins.

Both Richard and Deborah taught a variety of art and design courses at the Krishnamurti Rishi Valley School in India. They also participated in numerous dialogues, including inquiries into the meaning of education, held at Krishnamurti Schools and Centers throughout India.

As a part of their spiritual journey, Richard and Deborah studied and participated in Native American shamanic spiritual practices with traditional elders from several Native American tribes, before discovering the profound insights of Krishnamurti.

Besides their continuing work in the fields of writing, poetry, painting, and offering two 8-Day Intensive Retreat Programs each year for the KFA, Richard and Deborah continue their studies that reflect Krishnamurti’s profound message of transformation, freedom and love. Among other world spiritual traditions, they have been studying recent scientific research on consciousness, the Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime as well as current non-dual approaches.


The Tuition fee and the Pepper Tree Retreat room fee cover the entire program including all meals, materials and round-trip transportation from Ventura to Ojai. We pick-up and drop-off all participants who take the Ventura Airporter Shuttle from LAX to Ventura, once on the first and last day of the program.

In order to hold your place in the program, we ask all participants to please pay the $40 Registration fee plus a 50% Tuition Deposit. The balance of the Tuition payment is due one month before the program begins. The Pepper Tree Retreat fee is paid upon arrival the first day of the Program. The Program fills on a First-to-Sign-Up basis.

Once you have been accepted into the program, you can pay your Deposits by credit card via our Secure Payment Form. Once you have been accepted into the Program, you can pay your Deposit by credit card via our Secure Payment Form. Please select the correct Tuition fee at the top of the form and also enter your name and contact information.


Registration and Payments: Participants are required to pay a non-refundable $40 Registration Fee, along with the 50% Deposit of the Tuition Fee to hold their place in the Program. The balance of all program fees is due one month before the program begins. The Tuition fee and Pepper Tree Retreat room fee includes all meals and program materials, plus a buffet Indian lunch in Ventura and transportation from and to the Ventura Airporter Shuttle stop in Ventura to the Pepper Tree Retreat in Ojai.

If the participant cancels their participation in the Program 30 days before the program begins, they get half of their Deposit back, excluding the Registration Fee. 

We strongly recommend that every participant independently purchase trip-insurance (for example: www.insuremytrip.com), just in case the unlikely possibility arises that the Programs do not run, or that a participant must cancel for personal reasons.

Food: Delicious vegetarian food is served during the program. We will make reasonable efforts to meet your dietary and other special needs. Please let us know in your application.

Transportation: The Ventura County Airporter shuttle from LAX to Ventura charges $35 each way and discounts the fare if the round-trip is purchased ahead of time (www.venturashuttle.com). At no charge, the retreat will pick up participants at the Holiday Inn Express at 2:45PM on the first day the program begins, and will drop off participants at the Holiday Inn Express at 12:45 PM on the day the program ends. At all other times, participants must make their own travel arrangements.

We advise that you not make flight reservations until final confirmation of the program and your enrollment. If the program is cancelled for any reason, all program payments will be returned.

For further information on the program, please contact Richard Waxberg: 805.640.0532

For further information regarding Pepper Tree Retreat room arrangements, please contact Julien Griffault: 805.646.4773.