Teaching – Australia

Seven-day retreat for Sydney Insight Meditators – now online

Freedom here and now

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Traditionally, the New Year is a time to take stock of our lives, to let go of what no longer serves, and to reconnect more fully with our deeper aspirations. In service of this, SIM’s annual New Year’s retreat provides an opportunity to strengthen our capacity to experience freedom, no matter what life brings us.

Due to the fluidity of the Covid-19 situation, this retreat will now be held online and is designed to be integrated into your everyday life circumstances.
Each day, there will be three teaching sessions of 1.5 hours that everyone is asked to attend, plus two or three small-group practice meetings.
Outside those required sessions, you are encouraged to follow the retreat schedule of formal meditation practice to whatever extent you’re able, within your current life context.

The three teaching sessions are:

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (includes some optional relational meditation)
  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All times are Australian AEST time. Check here for other time-zones.

The schedule for small group practice meetings with the teacher will be advised at the start of the retreat, but will likely be every second or third day, at either 10:30-11:15 or 3:45-4:30 pm.

  • Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat
  • Time and dates: 1:00 p.m. Sunday 27 December 2020 – 12:00 p.m. Sunday 3 January 2021
  • Location: online via Zoom
  • Cost: $80 + dana*
  • To register: https://www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org/new-year-retreat-2020.html

Five-day brahmavihara retreat for Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre – now online

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Starting the New Year well: cultivating calm, clarity and compassion in the midst of it all!

As we begin the New Year, this five-day retreat offers an opportunity to strengthen our inner resources so that we can meet life’s ever-changing challenges and rewards with more balance and ease.
In service of strengthening that resilience of heart and mind, the retreat instructions will be grounded in mindfulness meditation, with particular emphasis on the four brahmavihara practices of kindness, compassion appreciative joy and equanimity.

Due to the fluidity of the Covid-19 situation, this retreat will now be held online and is designed to be integrated into your everyday life circumstances.
Each day, there will be three teaching sessions of 1.5 hours that everyone is asked to attend, plus three small-group practice meetings.
Outside those required sessions, you are encouraged to follow the retreat schedule of formal meditation practice to whatever extent you’re able, within your current life context.

The three teaching sessions are:

  • 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (includes some optional relational meditation)
  • 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

All times are Australian AEST time. Check here for other time-zones.

The schedule for small group practice meetings with the teachers will be advised at the start of the retreat, but will likely be every second or third day, at either 10:30-11:15 or 3:45-4:30 pm.

* In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer this retreat  Instead, they rely on the generosity of the participants to help them continue to share their teachings with others, and there will be an opportunity at the end of the retreat to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.