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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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2017-18 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 | 2018 Jul | Aug |

Insight into the Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
An Insight Meditation Retreat
21 - 28 January 2017

Teachers: Will James and Subhana Barzaghi
Venue: Sangsurya Byron Bay

Insight Meditation - known as Vipassana in the Theravada Buddhist tradition - engages in the practice of ethics, mindfulness, depths of meditation, opening of the heart and wisdom teachings. It reveals the freedom possible in this very life.

Download flyer here (360kb pdf)

For further information and application form,

Cultivating the Heart.
A course of workshops training in mindfulness, kindness, compassion, joy and peace
Over 8 Saturdays in February, March, April and May 2017

Facilitated by Malcolm Huxter Clinical Psychologist
Venue: Byron Bay, NSW

Collectively these workshops will aim to enable participants to:
• Understand and practice insight and serenity meditation
• Understand and practice mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity as meditation practices as well as ways of being in daily life
• Understand and practice ways to heal and transform destructive thoughts, emotions, and psychological patterns to awakened, insightful and serene ways of well-being
• Balance emotions
• Engage in practices that incline towards genuine happiness and away from reactive habits that lead to misery
• Enhance sublime relationships with oneself and others
• Approach difficult relationships with self and other using warm friendliness, compassion and equanimity
• Cultivate appreciation and gratitude

These workshops are suitable for anyone, lay or professional, who aspires towards the above aims. Though experience in meditation will be an advantage it is not necessary for Workshop 1 & 2. Previous experience with meditation is a requirement for workshop 3 & 4. The workshops would be helpful as professional development opportunities for therapists, educators and programme leaders. Medicare rebates are possible for up to 10 sessions for some individuals on GP’s Mental Health Care Plans.

Download flyer here (700kb pdf)

Download Information Sheet here (70kb MSWord.doc)

For more detailed information and registration forms contact Mal Huxter malhuxter(at)

India, Bodhgaya, Bihar
Thai Monastery Wat Buddhagaya
February 12-19 2017

Teacher: Radha Nicholson

Planning is underway for a weeklong residential retreat at the Thai monastery, Wat Buddhagaya in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India in February 2017.

The Lord Abbot has kindly offered facilities and food for retreatants. This is a unique opportunity to do a silent meditation retreat in the new purpose built meditation centre just a few hundred metres from where the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree 2600 year ago. The new meditation hall is partially underground to facilitate silent practice. Rooms have attached bathrooms.

Christine Thompson from Australia has kindly agreed to assist me.

Contact: Radha radhanicholson(at)

Cultivating mindfulness and the heart qualities
Fri 24th Feb, Sat 25th, Sun 26th February 2017

Facilitator: Mal Huxter, Clinical Psychologist
Venue: The Relaxation Centre Brisbane

Friday 24/2/17-7.00-8.30pm
Talk: Cultivating mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

The talk will involves an overview of mindfulness and the four heart qualities and how their cultivation leads to the transformation of suffering to wellbeing, peace and genuine happiness. It will involve a power point presentation and be followed by a short meditation practice with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

Weekend workshop/urban retreat
Saturday 25/2/17 focusing on mindfulness and equanimity
Sunday 26/2/17 focusing on compassion, loving kindness and appreciative joy.

The workshop /urban retreat will provide basic guidance in and the opportunity to practice mindfulness, equanimity, compassion, loving kindness (metta) and appreciative joy as meditations. The workshop/urban retreat will involve small and large group interactive discussion, reflection, experiential exercises sometimes in pairs, mindful movement, guidance and periods of meditative silence.

Download flyer here (150kb pdf)

To book into the talk please follow this link:

To book into the workshop-urban retreat at the Relaxation Centre Brisbane, please follow this link:

The Path of Awakening - Insight /Vipassana Meditation Retreat
March 30th – April 4th 2017
Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay NSW

This 5 day retreat will include meditation instructions on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, meditation periods of sitting and walking, Dharma talks, mindfulness work periods, and individual interviews.

For further information and bookings contact Jen on 02 66886366 or email: cycad5(at)

Download flyer here (1.9MB pdf)

Download Registration Form here (620kb MSWord.docx)

A Residential Zen Retreat
Thursday April 20th (evening) – Sunday 23rd

Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Dorrigo

This 3 day residential Zen Sesshin (retreat) in Dorrigo will include meditation instructions, sitting and walking meditation, chanting, Dharma talks, and individual interviews.

Ellen is a Zen teacher within the Diamond Sangha Lineage established by Robert Aitken Roshi. Ellen leads Zen groups in Lismore and Bellingen and leads Sesshin (Zen Retreats) in Australia.

Contact: Vince at bellingenzengroup(at)

Insight Meditation Retreat
Thursday April 27 - Sunday 30

Teacher Will James
Venue “North Farm” Bellingen

This is an opportunity for practitioners to deepen their understanding of the Dharma and for those new to Insight Practice to gain an understanding of the teachings and practices.

Download flyer here (60kb pdf)

For info and application form

Day of Mindfulness
May: Sunday 7th 9am - 2pm
Ellen Davison
Venue: Kuan Yin Meditation Centre, Lismore Heights

This Day of Mindful meditation is suitable for beginners and more experienced meditators. Ellen emphasises the application of the teachings into everyday life. The day will be in silence with meditation instructions, a silent morning tea, Dharma talk, and interviews. Please bring own lunch.

Download flyer here (300kb MSWord.docx)

Contact Sue on 02 6624 3505

Deepening Into Stillness Insight Meditation Retreat
5 - 10th May 2017

Teacher: Subhana Barzarghi and Alan Bassal
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning in Wilton, NSW, approx. 75 mins drive from Sydney

Awakening Presence
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 limited patterns of mind that create 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 pdf)

To register:

Bali Mountain Insight Meditation & Yoga Retreat
21 – 27 May 2017

Teachers: Will James and Angela McGee
Venue: Bali Mountain Retreat Centre

Insight Meditation teacher Will James & Yoga teacher Angela McGee will lead another unique retreat in Bali in 2017.

This retreat will be held at the Bali Mountain Retreat Centre, located high on the beautiful cool slopes of Mt Batukaru in central Bali.

The retreat consists of sitting, walking & guided meditation, meditation instruction, Dharma talks, Dharma inquiry, plus two daily yoga sessions.

Also included, Balinese welcoming ceremony, preparing offerings for participation for ceremonies at the local mountain temple, Balinese massage and a traditional Balinese music & dance performance.

Info and application forms

Insight Meditation Retreat - Cultivating Wisdom & Awareness
9th – 16th June 2017
Teacher: Subhana Barzaghi and Alan Bassal
Venue: ‘Sangsurya’ – Byron Bay

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.

This is a silent retreat with the retreat program consisting of sitting, walking and guided meditations, meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with teachers, open inquiry sessions, evening Dharma talks, mindfulness work periods, free time and optional yoga periods.

This retreat is for both experienced and new meditators

Download flyer here (70kb pdf)

Download Registration Form here (130kb MSWord.doc)

For further information, please contact:
Ali Barlow, email: alibarlow(at), phone: 0406 016 408

Wisdom, Love and Liberation
July 22nd-28th 2017
Teachers: Radha Nicholson with Will James
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

A silent Insight Meditation retreat based on The Buddha’s teachings of wisdom, love and liberation.
The retreat will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Inquiry and Dharma talks, meditation instructions and interviews with the teachers. It is suitable for beginners and those with an established meditation practice.

Bookings and information,

Awakening Joy In Life and Work - A 6-week course
Thursdays 3 | 17 | 24 | 31 August 2017, 6pm – 8.30pm & Saturday 12 August 2017, 10am – 4.30pm

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi and Sabina Rabold
Venue: Well for Life Centre, Suite 2, 35 Hume Street, Crows Nest NSW

Awakening genuine personal and empathetic joy and expanding this heart quality to all areas of life.
Inter-weaving the Buddhist teachings of cultivating joy with the neuro-psychological sciences of the West.

Cultivating the Eight Pillars of Joy:
Four Qualities of the Mind – perspective, humility, humour, acceptance
Four Qualities of the Heart – forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity
Guidance in Buddhist meditation practices to cultivate mindfulness, compassion and joy
Exploring the obstacles that block our naturally inherent joy Discussing how to weave joy into our personal and professional life
Experiential inter-active exercises to enhance and deepen the experience of genuine joy

Download flyer here (300kb pdf)

For further inquiries contact:
Subhana, M: 0414 605 226; E: Subhana(at)
Sabina, M: 0419 980 923; E: Sabina(at)

Mindfulness and the Four Heart Qualities A Silent Meditation Retreat
August 13th - 18th 2017

Teacher: Mal Huxter
Venue: Mt Carmel Retreat in Varroville, NSW

In mindfulness and stillness we can cultivate the heart qualities of loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. These mutually supportive states enable us to transform psychological and interpersonal suffering.

For more information or registration forms please email: malhuxter(at)

Download flyer here (120kb pdf)

Freedom of the Heart - A six day silent Meditation Retreat
September: Friday 1st - Thursday 7th
Teachers: Ellen Davison and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

This retreat consists of sitting and walking meditation, open inquiry sessions, group and individual meetings with the teachers, an optional morning yoga period, Dharma talks, and guided meditations.

Download flyer here (650kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (160kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: Victoria vjwight(at)

Hazy Moon Spring Sesshin (Zen Retreat)
September: Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th
Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Mullumbimby (TBA)

This 6 day sesshin will allow and encourage participants to settle deeply into the silence and stillness of the practice and to explore the deeper questions and issues which often arise in the course of one’s life. Ellen is a Roshi in the Diamond Sangha lineage and has been leading sesshin in Australia for over 15 years.

Download flyer here (400kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (20kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: inahall(at)

Awakening Wisdom, Awakening Love
Women’s Retreat 20-23 October 2017
Teachers: Radha Nicholson and Jude Baderle
Venue: Yarrahappinni, Grassy Head near Macksville

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.

Contact: To be advised

Cultivating the heart with serenity and insight: A silent seven-day beach side meditation retreat
10th-17th November 2017

Teachers: Mal Huxter, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher
Lisa Brown , psychologist and yoga teacher
Venue: Yarrahapinni Adventist Youth Centre (near Scotts Head NSW)

Training in focussed attention, mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.  To cultivate relaxation, wellbeing and a serene, kind and open heart.

Download information sheet here (50kb MSWord.docx)  

For more information and booking go to:

"Going to Ground" Recollective Awareness Retreat
24th - 30th November

Teachers: Jenny Taylor and Anna Markey
Venue: Glenbarr Retreat Centre. Strathalbyn

For many of us life is full: the needs of family and community are pressing, and concerns for the world can feel overwhelming. How to maintain energy and motivation to care for the places and people we love, and for ourselves?
The retreat offers an opportunity to not only look within your own heart, but also to reflect on your life as part of the larger life of place, community, our planet. Of all times in the life of our planet, it seems crucial now to live by the sober truth of our non-separation from each other and from the world.

This retreat is intended to help you reconnect with what inspires and sustains you.  In talks and discussions we will take up the theme of 'going to ground'.  

In a supportive environment, you can reflect, listen deeply, and unwind. We hope that you will return home refreshed, perhaps with more understanding of yourself, your place in the world, and what you have to offer the future.

Download flyer here (440kb MSWord.docx)

For further information
Ph: Barb Kirke on 08 8555 0247 or bkirke(at)

A Forest Retreat
Sunday 26 November - Friday 1st December, 2017

Teachers: Radha Nicholson and Christopher Titmuss.
Venue: The Forest Meditation Centre, The Channon.

A silent Insight Meditation Retreat. The retreat is a training for the realization of freedom from the problematic and is a classical mindfulness/insight meditation retreat. Meditation instructions, dharma talks, individual interviews and inquiry sessions. No groups.

Download flyer here (310kb pdf)

Download Registration Form here (35kb MSWord.docx)

Note that conditions at this retreat are basic and must be discussed with Jen prior to booking.
Contact: Jen email: cycad5(at)

Mindfulness, Insight and Liberation:
A Silent Insight Meditation Retreat
Sunday Dec 3 - Saturday December 9, 2017
Teachers: Christopher Titmuss and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

The retreat is a training of the heart and mind to the realization of freedom from that which is problematic and the cultivation of the awakening factors. It will be a classical insight meditation retreat with meditation instructions, dharma talks, individual interviews and inquiry sessions. No groups.

Download information flyer here (600kb pdf)

Download Application Form here (110kb MSWord.doc)

Contact Lyn and Rowan email: CTRN17(at)


Supported Solitary Month
Monday 30th July - Wednesday 29th August

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi, Ellen Davison, Victor von der Heyde, Mal Huxter, Kirsten Kratz and Christine Thompson
Venue: Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria (East of Euroa)

First half: Monday 30th July - Tuesday 14th August
Second half: Tuesday 14th August - Wednesday 29th August

We are pleased to offer, for the first time in Australia, this supported solitary retreat, providing a valuable opportunity
for experienced mediators to engage in a longer period of intensive personal practice, in the company of others. This will be the only retreat of its kind in the country, and is offered to support the broader Australia-wide Insight Meditation community.

Participants can set their own retreat schedule: there will be no formal retreat schedule, teachings or dharma ‘talks’, (apart from possibly two set sitting times in the day that participants can choose to come to or not) and the meal times. All participants need to have attended at least three week-long teacher-led silent meditation retreats previously.

A daily mindfulness work period will be part of each day’s practice.

Download flyer here (240kb pdf)

Download registration Form here (620kb MSWord.doc)


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