Integral Workshops & Retreats

Steve is able to explain complex ideas and make them accessible to the puzzled.” – course participant, ‘Demystifying Mysticism’

Steve runs workshops and retreats on Integral Meditation. These are currently on hold, while he focuses on finishing composing the Integral Oratorio, Unitas Multiplex, and organising first performances. You can read below about these workshops.

Integral Meditation : ‘Demystifying Mysticism’

“When the universe as a whole seeks to know itself, through the medium of the human mind, some aspects of that universe must remain unknown. With the awakening of symbolic knowledge there seems to be a split in the universe between knower and known, the thinker and thought, the subject and the object…” – Ken Wilber, The Spectrum of Consciousness

These short retreats include:

  • brief presentations by Steve on the process of meditation as seen through the Integral Model;
  • silent meditation, and some walking meditation. Steve will give brief guidance at the start of a few of the silent meditations.
  • Q&A and discussion, focussed on our meditation practise, and questions arising about the Integral Model.

These retreats are open to people from any spiritual tradition, or none.

For more details please click here to open an A4 PDF.

10.30am – 5.30pm (please arrive by 10.20am). All at the Quaker Meeting House, Ticklemore Street, Totnes, TQ9 5EJ (map and directions at bottom of this page). £30, £15 for those on low income.

These retreats must be booked in advance.  To book a place, please email Steve (steve ‘at’ and he will send you details of how to reserve your place, and payment.

Steve presenting at the IEC 2018 conference

Steve Banks (BSc Maths, MSc Economics)  has been studying and practising Ken Wilber’s Integral approach for 20 years. Steve presented three sessions at the Integral European Conference in Hungary in May 2018. This is the foremost gathering of Integral practitioners and thought leaders in the world. He is a qualified Psychosynthesis counsellor, has taught counselling skills, and has co-led Rites of Passage workshops for men. He has been practising and deepening his understanding of Buddhist meditation for 27 years.  He has been on retreats organised by the Triatna Buddhist Community, and at Gaia House in Devon, with teachers including Rob Burbea, Chris Cullen, Martine Bachelor, Stephen Batchelor, Christina Feldman, Charles Genoud and Yanai Postelnik. He is a professional musician, song writer and Integral composer.  For Steve’s full biog, click here.

Even though I have had many years studying various mystical paths, I was able to make connections I had not made before.” – Course participant, ‘Demystifying Mysticism’

Location of the Quaker Meeting House in Totnes 

Totnes Quaker Meeting House









Entrance to Ticklemore Street from The Plains – the Quaker Meeting House is just up on the right.

The Quaker Meeting House









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