Raise Awareness Program (RAP)
The Raise Awareness Program (RAP) has now replaced the Community Experience Program (CEP). This innovative program is designed to support you in living your full potential.
The RAP is a complete immersion in self-discovery and inner transformation, in a supportive community where you can spend a month or longer looking at yourself in relation to others.
What keeps you from living your life to the full?
Are you …
- Looking for passion, motivation and drive?
- Feeling emotionally stuck or numb?
- Struggling with negative emotions such as resentment and anger?
- Living in isolation? Do you long for relationships, friendship, connection and belonging?
- Afraid of showing yourself in all your colours?
- Or do you just want to know yourself more deeply?
On the RAP, we focus on specific areas:
- How you relate
- Unconscious habits
- Blind spots that undermine you
- Where you hold yourself back
Being on the RAP will support you to grow in the following areas:
- Learning to share from the heart
- Honest relating
- Emotional wellbeing
- Being seen
The RAP requires a minimum participation of 4 weeks and includes participating in a Leela personal development workshop during that period, which will accelerate your learning and support you on this journey. This could be one of the workshops in the 9-month Leela Life Training (such as ‘Express your Feelings’) or another empowerment or emotional release workshop (such as ‘Beating Depression’ & Anxiety’ and ‘Reclaim your Power’).*
After you commit to the program, you will have an interview with one of our experienced experienced RAP leaders who will support you with your development and advise which workshop will be most beneficial to your personal growth.
The RAP is £50 a week, plus the cost of the monthly personal growth workshop. The £50 fee includes:
- Food and dormitory accommodation
- 3 meditations a day during the week
- 2 sharing sessions per week, plus optional Men’s and Women’s sharings
- 1-2 sessions a week, such as emotional work or creativity
On the RAP, you work mornings and afternoons doing house-keeping (cleaning and tidying), cooking, building, maintenance or gardening. You have one day off each week. The first week is payable in advance to secure your place on the program.**
During the twice-weekly sharings, the program leaders will support and encourage you to overcome internal barriers that block you from living your truth and being totally alive.
Many people who come here find that being in this environment brings their negative conditioning and limiting self-beliefs to the surface. This can cause inner conflict as we are not used to holding uncomfortable emotions and often unconsciously resist feeling them. At Osho Leela, you will receive support and are given the tools to safely express and feel your feelings.
When you arrive at the start of your week, you will be given an introductory talk, a walk-round, and assigned a buddy. This is a more experienced member of the program who you can turn to for support or with any questions you may have.
Whilst you’re on the RAP, you will stay in a dorm with other participants of the same gender. There are two longer-term community members overseeing the program – Tarisha and Svabhavo. They are supported by Dhyanesh and Anuka who are available on a daily basis to answer any questions or just to chat. Iris, another long-term member of the community, takes care of the interviews for the program.
A Typical Week-Day:
07.00 – Morning Meditation
08.00 – Showers and breakfast
09.00 – Morning Gathering to connect with the community
09.15 – Work
10.40 – Coffee break
11.00 – Work
12.30 – Silent sitting meditation
13.00 – Lunch followed by dishes then a break
15.00 – Work
16.30 – Tea break
17.00 – Work
18.00 – Evening Meditation or Session
19.00 – Dinner followed by dishes
20.30 – Optional evening session or free time.
At the weekend, Leela usually hosts workshops or other events. There is often the opportunity to attend some sessions during these events and this is a great time to meet new people and make further connections.
Wednesday is a day when community relating and organisation is the priority. The day begins with a short version of the AUM, a one-and-a-half-hour-long social meditation bringing awareness to a range of human emotions.
After breakfast, we have a community sharing.
In the afternoon, we generally do some sort of community event to support connection. It can also be a work-related activity if needed.
The RAP is a structured program that is designed to support and challenge you in your growth and development. This requires commitment to the program. We expect that you, as a student of the program:
- Are on time for all meditations and work
- Keep your personal space clean and tidy
- Take part fully in the Wednesday activities
- Are receptive to supportive feedback in relation to any blind spots you may have that others can see and that you are unaware of
- Let us know if you need to leave unexpectedly before your 4-week period is up.
Please note: Recreational drugs and alcohol are not permitted on this program.
Please make sure that you are willing to commit to the above, prior to booking.
Arrival & Leaving times
For your first time on RAP, you need to arrive on a Monday, between 10am and 4pm, to have an induction.
When you leave on a Monday morning, after your time on the RAP, we ask that you have left by 10am so that the house can continue with its working day.
(If you are starting a week of RAP immediately following one of our workshops or events which ends on a Sunday, you will need to pay for an overnight stay before the start of your week. This costs £22 including dinner and breakfast).
Please be aware that although the RAP is a (minimum) 4-week program, we reserve the right to terminate your program at any point if we feel it is not suitable for you or we feel you are unstable. We also encourage you to see your first week as an induction week, to feel if this program is suitable for you.
The maximum stay on RAP is 3 months, after which you can apply to join the Team Leader Programme (TLP), learning how to lead meditations, hold space, and oversee work projects.
What You Need to Bring
Bedding is provided. You will need to bring clothing, a towel, loose clothes for wearing in meditations and sessions, outdoor clothing and shoes for working in the garden, and perhaps some party gear.
There is no RAP between 13th July-16th August inclusive and 19th December-3rd January inclusive. Because the RAP program is a one month commitment, the last intake date for applications before the summer break is Monday 15th June and for the winter break Monday 23rd November.