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Profiles & Schedule

Subhana Barzaghi
Ellen Davison
Mal Huxter
Will James
Patrick Kearney
Anna Markey
Radha Nicholson
Carol Perry

Christine Thompson




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2016 Insight Meditation Australia Retreat Schedule
For details of the Teachers, please see their individual profile and schedule.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

An Inquiry Into Awakening - Insight Meditation Retreat
23rd -30th January 2016

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Will James
Venue: Sangsurya Retreat Centre Byron Bay

Please note: This Retreat is Fully Booked!

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.

Download flyer here (300kb pdf)

Download Information Sheet here (500kb pdf)

Download Application Form here (100kb MSWord.docx)

The Four Satipatthanas - A Retreat
11th - 20th March 2016

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

The retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. 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

Cost: $720 + dāna. See below for information about dāna.

Information & bookings:
Contact BMIMC at office(at)bmimc(dot)org(dot)au or phone (02) 4788 1024.

To register for retreats:
Please refer to the Centre’s retreat booking page at
The Centre’s postal address is: 25 Rutland Road, Medlow Bath NSW 2780

The Path of Awakening - Insight/Vipassana Meditation Retreat
18th – March 22nd 2016

Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

Awakening is the essence of the Buddha’s teachings. This meditation retreat will inspire and lead participants to walk the path of liberation and freedom. This is a practice which cultivates mindfulness and insight leading to clarity, wisdom, and compassion.

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.

Download flyer here (40kb MSWord.doc)

Download Registration Form here (50kb MSWord.doc)

Contact: Jen (02)66886366, mailto:cycad5(at)iprimus(dot)com(dot)au

Deepening Into Stillness - An Insight Meditation Retreat
22nd - 27th April 2016

Teacher: Subhana Barzaghi and Alan Bassal
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning, Wilton NSW

The retreat will provide the opportunity to deepen into awakening presence, being free from the agitations of the thinking mind. When we do experience presence and stillness, most of us are quickly pulled back into the world of the mind which gets caught up in past and future thoughts. Deepening into stillness allows us to examine and transform the habitual patterns of the mind that creat confusion, anxiety and suffering. The retreat will support inquiry into what it means to be fully awake, what takes us out of that state and how to remain more fundamentally present and alive in our daily lives and relationships.

Download flyer here (150kb MSWord.docx)


The Boundless Heart - A five day Insight-Mindfulness Retreat
Friday June 3rd – Wednesday June 8th 2016

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi and Ellen Davison
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

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 continuously responsive.

The retreat program consists of sitting, walking and guided meditations, meditation instruction, open inquiry sessions, Dharma talks and group and individual meetings with the teachers.

Contact: Jane on 0435066604, email: jjrstevens(at)yahoo(dot)com

Meditation & Creativity Retreat
9th – 14th June 2016

Teachers: Joyce Kornblatt and Subhana Barzhagi
Venue: Sangsurya Byron Bay.

Details to follow.

Path of Serenity & Insight – A Satipaṭṭhana Retreat
10th - 14th June 2016

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.

This retreat is organised by the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group. Check their website at

Costs have not yet been established.

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

The Four Satipatthanas - A Retreat
1st - 10th July 2016

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Jhana Grove Meditation Retreat Centre, Serpentine WA

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Jhāna Grove is operated by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Practitioners will enjoy a spacious environment, including a private room with en suite bathroom. The centre is close to Bodhinyana Monastery.

Costs, bookings and further information:
The retreat is being hosted by the Perth Insight Meditation Group (PIMG). More information and registration details will be posted on their website in early 2016. The website is:

Cultivating Mindfulness & Discovering Insight – A satipaṭṭhana retreat
8th – 20th August 2016

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

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat goes for eleven 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

Cost: Costs for 2016 have not yet been established; however, the 2105 cost was 750 rupees per day for foreigners, or 700 rupees per day for Indians. (This included 350 rupees per day to cover the teacher’s travelling expenses). Information for 2016 will be posted when it becomes available.

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

Freedom of the Heart - A six day Insight/Vipassana Retreat
Friday August 26th – Thursday September 1st 2016

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

This Insight retreat consists of sitting and walking meditation, open Inquiry sessions, group and individual meetings with the teachers, Dharma talks, a daily mindful work period, and three delicious vegetarian meals a day.

Contact: Jen (02) 66886366, email: cycad5(at)iprimus(dot)com(dot)au

Mindfulness Immersed in Body – A Satipaṭṭhana Retreat
December 2016

Teachers: 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

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

Information & bookings:
The dates for the 2016 retreat have not yet been set, but you can expect a two-week retreat finishing before Christmas. For general information on SBS, see their website at

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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