— Josefina Prieto after the summer retreat
When a friend recommended Acem Meditation, Josefina decided to give it a try. The first experience made her feel this was something she wanted to go for. She would like to practise the technique in her everyday life – not just try it for a short time.
“It gave me more energy and a different perspective on some important areas of my life,” she says.
An experience I will never forget
Josefina likes action. She was the first person to register for the International Summer Retreat in Norway – almost a year ahead. As a warm-up, she joined a follow-up course and a weekend retreat in Spain.
She is full of praise for the summer retreat:
“I got a lot of rest and became more energetic. But I also became more receptive and sensitive, as if I had got new antennas. I am now more aware of how I interact with others, and look more carefully at my gestures and my words. It was fantastic to meet so many other meditators in an international setting. The retreat centre was a lovely place, the nature magnificent, the food great, and people were very friendly and nice. We had guidance groups every day, with very competent leaders, and people connected to each other from day 1. The retreat was an experience that I will never forget.”
Learning from assisting
After the retreat, she decided to make some positive changes in her life – not new rules, but a new direction. She now eats healthier food and has cut out the small number of cigarettes she used to smoke.
Even before the retreat, Josefina had got involved in the beginner’s courses in her hometown, Barcelona. She had spent time in England, and her good English was a great asset at courses led by Norwegian instructors with limited command of Spanish. This was particularly important in spring 2010, when several hundred people learned Acem Meditation in Barcelona in the course of a few weeks. She insists that helping is a pleasure, and finds that she has learned a lot from assisting different instructors.
Josefina is now undertaking training to become a moderator of follow-up courses in Spain.