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2015 Insight Meditation Australia Retreat Schedule
For details of the Teachers, please see their individual profile and schedule.

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Insight Meditation Retreat - An Inquiry into Awakening
23rd–30th January 2015

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Will James
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

This retreat offers an ideal opportunity for established meditators to deepen their practice.

Those new to meditation can experience a valuable but gentle introduction to silent meditation & the Dharma teachings in a welcoming, supportive environment.

Insight meditation allows us to see clearly the reactions and distortions that arise in our daily life. It cultivates an awareness of the freedom and clarity that is available in each precious moment.

The Retreat follows the ‘Insight’ format of silence; sitting and walking meditation periods; dharma talks; inquiry sessions; individual meetings with the teachers; along with mindful work and rest periods.

Download Flyer here (250kb pdf)

Downlaod Application Form here (110kb MSWord.docx)

For further retreat information please contact Will wvjames(at)yahoo.com.au

Recollective Awareness Retreat
27th Feb-1st March

Teacher: Anna Markey
Venue: Glenbarr Retreat Centre Strathalbyn

The Path of Awakening
Friday March 27th to Monday March 30th

Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay NSW

A three day Insight/Mindfulness retreat with Ellen Davison.

This retreat offers an ideal opportunity for established meditators to deepen their practice. Those new to meditation can experience a valuable but gentle introduction to silent meditation and the Dharma teachings in a welcoming supportive environment. The retreat program consists of sitting, walking and guided meditation. Meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with the teacher, evening Dharma talks & optional Yoga/exercise periods are also included. Three delicious vegetarian meals are provided each day.

Download flyer here (30kb MSWord.docx)

Download Information and Registration Form (50kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: Jen on 02 66886366 or email jen(at)jicommunications.com.au

Deepening Into Stillness Insight Meditation Retreat
24th - 29th April 2015

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Alan Bassal
Venue: Wilton, NSW

Deepening into stillness allows us to examine and transform the habitual limited patterns of mind that create confusion, anxiety and suffering. The dharma teachings, practices of mindfulness loving-kindness and the spirit of inquiry cultivate insight into the true nature of the heart-mind, which is essentially free, intrinsically empty, yet abundant and ceaselessly responsive.

The retreat program consists of sitting, walking & guided meditations, meditation instruction, group & individual meetings with teachers, open inquiry sessions, evening Dharma talks & optional yoga periods.

Download Flyer here (140kb pdf)

Bookings: Registration forms and payment can be made at the link:
www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org/deepening-into-stillness.html

For further information contact Alan Bassal
Mobile: 0402 104 989, email: abassal(at)facilitators.net

Loving Life - A Silent Meditation Retreat for Women
May 1 - 4th 2015

With Radha Nicholson assisted by Judy Baderle
Yarrahappini, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia

A gentle insight Meditation retreat based on the teachings of the Buddha with meditation instruction, dharma talks, inquiry, restorative yoga, and creative opportunities to connect with nature.

Download flyer here (350kb pdf)

Download Regiatration Form here (150kb MSWord.doc)

Further information, contact Suzanne
m: 0419944743, e: Suzanne(at)senseofbalance.com.au

Open Heart, Open Mind Retreat
5th - 12th June 2015

Teachers: Carol Perry & Subhana Barzaghi
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

This retreat will be based on periods of sitting and walking meditation, usually around 45 minutes each. There will also be two optional, gentle yoga classes, a meditation instruction period, and a dharma talk, each day. There is potential to rest throughout the day and there are regular small group and private interviews with the teachers.

Downlaod flyer here (3MB pdf)

Download Registration Form here (150kb MSWord docx)

Please note: This Retreat is Fully Booked!

For information:
Contact Jen Ireland E: jen(at)jicommunications.com.au Mob: 0457804997

Path of Serenity & Insight – A satipatthana retreat
5th – 19th June 2015

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria.

This is a two-retreat suitable for both beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat opens with the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (for all states except WA and Qld). Kallara Conference Centre is deep in the countryside, and in winter is very cold! Accommodation is in single or shared rooms.

Participants can choose between a three day long weekend option (5 – 8 June), a nine day option (5 – 14 June), or the full two week option (5 – 19 June).

This retreat is organised by the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group.
Check their website at www.melbourneinsightmeditation.org
and see www.facebook.com/melbourne.insight.meditation

Cost: Three-day long weekend retreat – $295 + dana; nine-day retreat – $655 + dana; fourteen-day full retreat – $975 + dana. See below for more information on dana.

Bookings & enquiries: Email insightretreats(at)hotmail(dot)com

The Fundamentals of Mindfulness – A one-day workshop
Saturday 20th June 2015

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Mark Street Hall, 1 Mark St, North Fitzroy, Melbourne 3065

This non-residential workshop will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness as understood by the Buddha and his students. The emphasis will be on mindfulness immersed in body (kayagatasati) as we explore the embodiment of awakening through alternating periods of bodywork and formal meditation.

Cost & enquiries: Email insightretreats(at)hotmail(dot)com

A 2 day non-residential Insight Retreat
27th - 28th June 2015
Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Kuan Yin Meditation Centre

This is a two-day non-residential workshop, providing group meditation, dharma talks and individual interviews. Arrive at 8.30 a.m. for a 9.00 a.m. start, and finish at 5.00 p.m.

Patrick has over 25yrs experience in meditation practice and teaches retreats throughout Australia. Patrick emphasises the importance of developing independence in practice through the dynamics of meditation and the theory which guides it.

For more information on the KYMC, visit their website at www.kuanyinmeditationcentre.org.au or email kuanyin(at)nrg(dot)com(dot)au

Enquiries & bookings: Contact Sue on 02 66243505

Opening the Dharma Eye
July: Friday 10th - Saturday 11th

A 2 day non-residential Zazenkai
Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi Roshi and Ellen Davison
Venue: Kuan Yin Meditation Centre, Lismore Heights, Lismore
This will be followed by a Transmission ceremony for Ellen Davison on Sunday July 12th.
Please contact: Victoria via email: vjwight(at)gmail.com

Download flyer here (110kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (25kb MSWord.docx)

Cultivating Mindfulness & Discovering Insight – A satipatthana retreat
16th – 26th July 2015

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Bodhi Zendo, near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat goes for nine full days, not counting the days of arrival and departure. It will be held at Bodhi Zendo, located above the village of Perumal Malai, near Kodaikanal, in the Nilgiri (“Blue Mountains”) of Tamil Nadu in India’s deep south. This is an excellent venue, with very good food and well-designed facilities.

For more information about Bodhi Zendo, visit their website at www.bodhizendo.org

Cost: 750 rupees per day for foreigners, or 700 rupees per day for Indians. (This includes 350 rupees per day to cover the teacher’s travelling expenses).

Bookings & further information: Contact Mr Ramji, at causmicdance(at)gmail(dot)com, or phone +91 95855 24836.

Insight Meditation Retreat
Heart Wisdom - The Liberating Wisdom of Heart Mind
24th - 30th July 2015

Teachers: Radha Nicholson and Will James
Venue: Sangsurya Retreat Centre, Byron Bay, Australia

Insight meditation allows us to see clearly the reactions and distortions that arise in our daily life. It cultivates an awareness of the freedom and clarity that is available in each precious moment.

For beginners and the experienced meditator, Insight meditation allows us to examine the habitual patterns of mind that create confusion, anxiety, and pain. Through the practice of calmness, mindfulness and inquiry we can cultivate wisdom and open the heart. Inquiry awakens us to our true nature, allowing a sense of profound ease and connection with life.

Download flyer here (220kb pdf)

Download information sheet here (400kb pdf)

Download Registration Form here (25kb MSWord.docx)

For information and bookings
contact Jane: ph: 0435 066 604 or email jjrstevens(at)yahoo.com

The Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
Friday August 28th to Thursday September 3rd

Teachers: Ellen Davison and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay NSW

A 6 day silent meditation retreat with Ellen Davison and Radha Nicholson

This retreat offers an ideal opportunity for established meditators to deepen their practice. Those new to meditation can experience a valuable but gentle introduction to silent meditation & the Dharma teachings in a welcoming supportive environment. The retreat program consists of sitting, walking & guided meditation. Meditation instruction, group & individual meetings with teachers, inquiry sessions, evening Dharma talks & guided Yoga sessions, optional exercise periods, and a mindfulness work period. Three delicious vegetarian meals are provided each day.

Download flyer here (650kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (160kb MSWord.docx)

Deepening Practice – A one month satipatthana retreat
28 August – 25 September 2015

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre (BMIMC), Medlow Bath NSW

This is a one-month retreat suitable for experienced practitioners only. It is designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and experience of satipatthana by a longer than usual immersion in the practice. The emphasis will be on creating an atmosphere in which practitioners can develop their own individual relationship to the practice and so progress at their own pace.

BMIMC is a small and comfortable centre located in the upper Blue Mountains. It provides an intimate and supportive atmosphere for intensive meditation practice. For more information about BMIMC, visit their website at www.meditation.asn.au

Cost: $1,400

Information & bookings: Contact BMIMC at bmimc(at)meditation(dot)asn(dot)au
or phone (02) 4788 1024

Please note that this retreat is currently booked out, but there is a waiting list and often the people actually attending the retreat are those who were originally on the waiting list.

Recollective Awareness Retreat
25th September-1st October

Teachers: Jason Siff and Anna Markey
Venue: Woodhouse Centre, Piccadilly (Adelaide Hills)

This retreat offers ways to become more aware of the meditative experience, to increase discernment and investigation, and to examine the various conceptual frameworks people bring to meditation practice. Participants may meditate in whatever way they are accustomed to, or they may try out a gentle permissive approach to meditation, or do a bit of both. The emphasis of this way of teaching meditation is not so much on what people decide to do in meditation but on what they experience in meditation. Writing and talking about one's meditation sittings is thus recommended for anyone attending this retreat.

There will be daily group interviews where participants will talk about their sittings, as well as the option for private individual interviews. Through the course of the retreat the teachers will give talks on the meditative process, as well as discuss Buddhist philosophy and psychology in light of people's meditation experiences and interests.

The retreat is open to beginners as well as experienced meditators who would like to look more deeply into the meditative process itself and bring more ease and acceptance into their sittings.

The Four Applications of Mindfulness – A satipatthana retreat
16th – 25th October 2015

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Bodhi Tree Forest Monastery, 78 Bentley Road, Tullera via Lismore NSW.

This is a nine-day residential retreat suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners.

Bodhi Tree is a beautiful country centre that is still under development, so intending participants should expect simple conditions.The available accommodation consists of either camping or shared dorms.

Cost: Early Bird (by 14 August) $600; After 14 August $650.

Further information & bookings:
Contact Lynn Kelly at dhammastudent51(at)yahoo(dot)com; or ring her on 07 3342 4557

Open Heart, Open Mind Retreat
22nd - 29th October 2015

Teachers: Carol Perry & Subhana Barzaghi
Venue: Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria

This retreat will be based on periods of sitting and walking meditation, usually around 45 minutes each. There will also be two optional, gentle yoga classes, a meditation instruction period, and a dharma talk, each day. There is potential to rest throughout the day and there are regular small group and private interviews with the teachers.

Download flyer here (400kb pdf)

Download Registration Form here (125kb pdf)

Recollective Awareness Retreat
10th-15th November

Teachers: Jason Siff and Jenny Taylor
Brukunga CFS Centre, Nairne, (Adelaide Hills)

This retreat offers ways to become more aware of the meditative experience, to increase discernment and investigation, and to examine the various conceptual frameworks people bring to meditation practice. Participants may meditate in whatever way they are accustomed to, or they may try out a gentle permissive approach to meditation, or do a bit of both. The emphasis of this way of teaching meditation is not so much on what people decide to do in meditation but on what they experience in meditation. Writing and talking about one's meditation sittings is thus recommended for anyone attending this retreat.

There will be daily group interviews where participants will talk about their sittings, as well as the option for private individual interviews. Through the course of the retreat the teachers will give talks on the meditative process, as well as discuss Buddhist philosophy and psychology in light of people's meditation experiences and interests.

The retreat is open to beginners as well as experienced meditators who would like to look more deeply into the meditative process itself and bring more ease and acceptance into their sittings.

Satipatthana retreat
5th – 19th December 2015

Teacher: Patrick Kearney and Kit Laughlin
Venue: Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia

This retreat is suitable for experienced and beginning practitioners.

SBS is a monastery and retreat centre located in the hills above Taiping, located on the west coast of peninsula Malaysia about 100 km south of Penang. The venue is beautiful, and the community is extremely supportive. The retreat provides a taste of meditation practice when it is firmly embedded within its tradition.

In this retreat, Kit Laughlin will be co-teaching with Patrick. He will teach an early morning exercise session, lead guided meditations in the lying down posture, and provide individual consultations on posture problems. Kit is the creator of the Stretch Therapy and Strength & Flexibility exercise modalities. He is a long-time meditation practitioner who brings to his practice a depth of knowledge of the human body rarely found in the specialised world of Buddhist meditation. For more information about Kit, visit his website at www.kitlaughlin.com

Cost: As SBS is a Theravada Buddhist monastery, the retreat is held on a dana, or “gift,” basis.

Information: For general information on SBS, see their website at www.sasanarakkha.org

For information about the retreat, contact SBS Programmes Head, Bro. Liew Chit Sien at afx6393sbs(at)yahoo(dot)co(dot)uk

 

 
 
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