Insight Vipassana Meditation

2021 Insight Meditation Australia Retreat Schedule

For details of the Teachers, please see their individual profile and schedule.

2021 Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec


The Depth of Inquiry

The Depth of Inquiry
An Insight Meditation Retreat
23 - 30 January 2021

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

Insight meditation allows us to see clearly into the reactions and distortions that arise in our daily life. Out of this clear awareness comes a stillness of mind that opens to the immensity and wonder of life.

January_2021_Sangsurya_Retreat_flyer (260kb pdf)

For information please contact Ali:
alibarlow(at) or phone 0406016408

Information and registration forms may be downloaded from



Walking the Path of Wisdom & Awakening

Walking the Path of Wisdom & Awakening
Insight /Vipassana Meditation Retreat
March 12th - 18th 2021

Teacher: Ellen Davison assisted by Jen Ireland
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

This Retreat is an opportunity to stop and enter the stillness that brings forth our innate wisdom, equanimity and connection with all of life, particularly in difficult times.

This retreat will include meditation instructions on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness and the Anapanasati Sutta: the body, feelings, mind and dharmas plus meditation periods of sitting and walking, Dharma talks, mindfulness work periods, individual and group interviews.

Walking The Path of Wisdom and Awakening Flyer March 2021 (170kb pdf)

Path of Awakening Rego 2021 (110kb MSWord.docx)


Autumn Meditation Retreat

Autumn Meditation Retreat
16-18th April

Teacher: Anna Markey

Venue: Glenbarr Retreat Centre, Strathalbyn.

This retreat is for both beginners and experienced meditators. It is a silent retreat but will involve reflection groups and a discussion time. The retreat will emphasise a gentle reflective approach to meditation that supports an exploration of your inner world. Nutritious vegetarian meals will be provided.

Further information: “bkirke(at)” or ammarkey(at)

For full details, please visit Sydney Insight meditators

Deepening into Stillness

Deepening into Stillness
Friday 23rd - 28th April 2021 (five days)

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Alan Bassal
Venue: Brahma Kumari Centre for Spiritual Learning – Wilton NSW

This retreat is being offered both in Person and concurrently Online

The retreat will provide the opportunity to deepen into presence, to experience being free from the agitations of the thinking mind.
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 awake, what takes us out of that state and how to remain more fundamentally present and alive in our daily lives and relationships.

For more information email aggi.badtke(at) or call 0404 214 247

For full details, please visit Sydney Insight meditators

Tallowwood Autumn Retreat

Tallowwood Autumn Retreat
29th April - 2nd May 2021

Teacher: Will James
Venue: Nuralamee Conference Centre Corindi Beach N.S.W

Info & Bookings


Cultivating Insight, Compassion and Wisdom

Cultivating Insight, Compassion and Wisdom
May 22-23 9.00am to 4.00pm each day
A two-day non-residential workshop at Sangsurya Meditation Centre, Byron Bay

This weekend workshop will use an interactive teaching style with periods of silence, including both walking and sitting meditation instruction, mixed with dynamic group work and opportunities for individual reflection.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided but please bring your own cushion.
Presented by Radha Nicholson and Karuna Fielden

Radha Nicholson teaches the cultivation of wisdom and compassion through Insight. Her teachings focus on Inquiry and the non-dual nature of reality.

She is a guiding teacher for Bay Insight in Byron Bay and teaches retreats internationally in India, Australia, Germany and Israel. She has also been a guest teacher in France, Palestine, the UK, USA and New Zealand.

Radha is a registered counselling psychologist but has retired from clinical practice. Radha is the mother of four children and also has grandchildren.

Karuna Fielden is an experienced group facilitator and leader, with wide experience in the community sector as a manager of multidisciplinary teams. Karuna has over 30 years of experience advocating for and providing services for women, families, young people and children and has also facilitated men’s anti-violence programs.

She has been a Dharma practitioner for 46 years in both the Mahayana and Insight traditions and has a focus on compassion in her practice.

Sangsurya Retreat Centre is a Covid Safe Organisation but please do not attend if you are unwell or have been in contact with other others in a designated Covid hotspot.

Bookings: karuna.fielden(at) Cost: $200

A further two-day non-residential workshop with Radha and Karuna will be held on July 10-11 at Sangsurya, Byron Bay. Details to be advised.


Awakening the Heart and Mind

Awakening the Heart and Mind
An insight meditation retreat
11th -18th June 2021
Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Carol Perry
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

*** This retreat is now fully booked ***

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.

Insight Retreat Flyer 2021 (200kb pdf)

Insight Retreat Rego Form 2021 (260kb MSWord.docx)

Further information: email Sonja Andrey sandrey1550(at)


Stillness, Insight and Liberation

Stillness, Insight and Liberation
July 30-August 5

Teacher: Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya Meditation Centre, Byron Bay

A silent insight meditation retreat focussing on learning to access and deepen freedom of the heart and mind. The retreat will include daily instructions, dharma talks and inquiry. Suitable for beginners and those who wish to deepen an already established meditation practice.

Inquiries: radhanicholson(at)

Download flyer

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Longhaulers  Retreat

Longhaulers  Retreat
20-22nd August

Teacher: Anna Markey
Venue: Nunyara Conference Centre, Belair.

This retreat is offered to those who have been in dharma support groups for over a year. It will provide ways for people to deepen and enrich their practise and to connect with and support others in our community.

Further information: “bkirke(at)” or ammarkey(at)

Cultivating Serenity, Insight and the Heart Qualities

Cultivating Serenity, Insight and the Heart Qualities
Silent meditation retreat
Friday Aug 27th - Sunday Sept 5th

Teachers: Dharma and meditation teacher, Malcolm Huxter
Yoga and meditation teacher and trainee Dharma teacher, Lisa Brown
Onsite venue: Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, (outskirts of Sydney) NSW, Australia.

This retreat will have both onsite residential and online options as well as the option to attend 7 days or 10 days.  The online component of this course will be completely dana based.  The onsite component will require payment for food and accommodation. The teaching will be provided as dana.

This retreat will be based on Theravada Buddhist meditation practices. It will focus on training in the cultivation of mindfulness (sati), focussed attention (samadhi), and the four divine abodes (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity).

There will be evening talks (7:00pm) and workshop style morning instruction (9:00am) with Mal as well as some talks, instruction and morning yoga sessions (6:15am) with Lisa. Short individual interviews with Mal will be possible after the first weekend.

For more information and booking follow this link:

A 2 day non-residential Insight/Vipassana Meditation Retreat

A 2 day non-residential Insight/Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Saturday August 28th – Sunday August 29th

Teachers: Ellen Davison and Matt Currie
Venue: Kuan Yin Meditation Centre

Contact: Rosie on 0402682925


A 6 day silent Insight/Vipassana Meditation Retreat

A 6 day silent Insight/Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Friday September 10th - Thursday September 16th

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

This September Retreat will now be offered on-line due to the current Covid regulations in NSW.

The on-line program will consist of a structured timetable with periods of meditation. There will be instructions from the Anapanasati Sutta and also instructions on the four postures, sitting, walking, standing and reclining, guided meditations, inquiry, Q&A, and dharma talks.

For further retreat information, please contact Radha by email: radha nicholson(at)

Download retreat flyer here

For bookings, please refer to the flyer


Insight Meditation, Tai Chi and Qigong Retreat

Insight Meditation, Tai Chi and Qigong Retreat
Finding nourishment & strength in the face of great uncertainty
Dates: 1st - 7th October, 2021

Teachers Subhana Barzaghi and Shirsha Marie
Venue: Sangsurya

Online and Fundraiser for Sangsurya Retreat Centre, Byron Bay.

The online schedule includes: sitting & walking meditation, meditation instructions, open inquiry sessions, Dharma talks, two daily Qigong classes. Retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

The Buddha said, that within this fathom long body lies the answers to the universe. The body keeps the score, it is a library, a research station for exploration and foundation for insight, it is an ancient treasure map if we are willing to listen. The body is a lion of courage, a temple for our practice, a crucible for transformation. By cultivating a mindful, embodied, compassionate presence we can release stress, untangle those knots of tension and find nourishment, replenishment and grounding. To advocate for the flourishing of life each one of us must return again and again to the ground of our own aliveness. As we cultivate a regenerative culture within we can move toward a life- sustaining community and society. 

Download flyer here

For bookings, please refer to the flyer

Insight Retreat - Open Heart Open Mind

Insight Retreat - Open Heart Open Mind
16th - 23rd October 2021
Teachers: Carol Perry and Angela McGee
Venue: Kallara Conference Centre, near Euroa Victoria,

Registration opens in July.  

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Online Weekend Retreat

Online Weekend Retreat
13-15th November

Teachers: Anna Markey, Jenny Taylor, Linda Modaro and Nelly Kaufer.

This retreat will be  run in conjunction with 2 other communities in the United States and involved a combination of talks, meditations and reflection groups.

Further information: “bkirke(at)” or ammarkey(at)