September 25-29, 2019

Bend, OR

Fourth Annual Hellenistic Astrology Retreat

Topic: Planetary Condition

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Planetary Condition Astrology Retreat

With the publication of Ancient Astrology in Theory in Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques (Vol. 1), Demetra George is now offering a training program in the basic principles of Hellenistic Astrology which will consist of three consecutive retreats: Planetary Condition, Delineating Houses, and Hellenistic Time Lords.

Demetra believes in the primacy of the personal connection between teacher and student as the optional way to transmit the teachings and insure that students correctly understand the material. An optional certification track will be offered for those who are interested.

This first unit of the training - Planetary Condition - will be held in Bend, Oregon, a small town nestled along the Deschutes River in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains. This is the foundation course for the study of traditional astrology and its integration into contemporary practice. The central question of the teaching is determining how the condition of a planet predisposes it to indicate the best possible outcomes of its role in the life of a person.

You will be able to master most of the material contained in Volume One of Ancient Astrology during this intensive five-day retreat.

Learn to evaluate each planet in a birth chart through a series of rigorous methods that will include:

  • sect, gender, benefic/malefic nature
  • signs and rulerships (residences, reception, exaltations, triplicities, bounds)
  • the solar phase cycle (speed, direction, visibility, phases, phasis)
  • lunar considerations (course, phase, bonding, nodes, eclipses, prenatal lunation)
  • aspects (configurations, witnessing, testimony, connections, enclosures, interventions, overcoming, and hurling rays, bonification, maltreatment).

Using Ancient Astrology in Theory and Practice: A Manual of Traditional Techniques as the primary text, supplemented with readings from the books of ancient astrologers, you will learn how to bring all of these factors together in a powerful synthesis that unlocks the layers of the chart with unrivaled precision. Each day will include lecture, small group work, and application of the methods to your own chart under guided supervision.

In addition, Alecs Garrett will teach bonus sessions reviewing the previous day's teachings with Q&A, as well as offering individual tutoring as needed.

There will be an optional field trip to an observatory for night sky gazing, weather permitting.

In order to maximize the benefits of the teaching, you should have a prior basic knowledge of the meanings of planets, signs, houses, and aspects, as well as having looked at charts. This is not a program for brand new beginners.

Each participant will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

The optional Certification of Competency for each unit will be awarded with a satisfactory written and oral exam and submission of a paper. Participants who have attended previous retreats can receive credit towards certification and apply to take the exam.

The Location

Located in the heart of Oregon, Bend is nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range. This small mountain town offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and convenient accessibility to nature. Enjoy a stroll down the riverfront path, live music at the Les Schwab Ampitheater or a trip down to the Sunriver Observatory. Watch a sunset from Pilot Butte or enjoy a cup of coffee from one of the many local coffee roasters. See the starry night sky more clearly with the lower level of light pollution!

The Venue and Lodging

Hilton RoomThe Hilton Garden Inn is located in the Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon. The hotel has been completely updated in the last year, including new beds, carpets, furnishings and more! There is a restaurant on site open for breakfast and dinner. You can unwind in the pool or make use of the convenient onsite gym. The hotel is within walking distance of the Old Mill District, giving you convenient access to restaurants, shops, a theater and coffee/tea shops. There is also a walking trail that runs along the river, within walking distance. Check out all it has to offer here: 

We have 10 rooms blocked off with the Hilton. If we need more, we’ll have to contact them later. Book at the Hilton with our group rate

Additional Lower Cost Lodging

The Bunk and Brew is a great low-cost lodging option near by. They’ve given our group a 15% off code for anyone booking for the retreat.
Use this code to get the extra discount: astro19 OR just use this link
Details and booking for Bunk and Brew:

Workshop Details

Dates: Sept. 25 – 29, 2019
Times: 9:30am-5:00pm daily
Location: Hilton Garden Inn - Bend, Oregon
Cost: $850 Earlybird rate through June 15; $950 thereafter. 

  • Registration fee includes continental breakfast daily (does not include lodging or travel).
  • Space is limited. Hold your spot with a $250 nonrefundable deposit.
  • Balance in full is due August 24, 2018.
  • Earlybird pricing ends June 15.
  • Cancellation policy: $250 of your registration fee is non-refundable; any balance paid greater than the deposit is refundable through August 24. All payments made are non-refundable after August 24. Students who are forced to cancel after August 24 will receive all recordings, handouts and written material.
  • Lodging is available at the Hilton. Book your room directly with them or with a nearby hotel or local Airbnb in zip code 97702.
  • All registered students will receive an audio recording of the event as well as all handouts.

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