Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: June-July 2020

Seven-day combined Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue workshop – Douglas Park, NSW

Freedom Here and Now

FULL – please apply to be on waiting list

This seven day retreat draws on the strengths of both silent and relational insight meditation to support an engaged exploration of the Buddha’s core teachings on freedom: freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and peace.

In conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities*, this retreat is offered as a rare opportunity to strengthen both silent and relational insight meditation practices together.

The retreat as a whole will be grounded in noble silence, with daily instruction in insight meditation each morning. Each afternoon, there will be a 1-2 hour session of Insight Dialogue. This involves practising together in pairs or small groups to learn the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue, which support deep inquiry into the dharma, the Buddha’s teachings.

Over the course of the week, we will explore a variety of practices from the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.

Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, Insight Dialogue practice, individual meetings with the teacher, and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

*This retreat is being offered in conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities. If you are coming from Newcastle and would like to coordinate your travel to the venue, please contact Donna Lavell 0412541393 or Susan Burgoyne 0438931362

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation weekend workshops, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

Teachers: Jill Shepherd; Elizabeth Faria (Insight Dialogue); mindful movement offered by Donna Lavell

Time and dates: Saturday 6 June – Friday 12 June 2020
Location: St Mary’s Towers 415 Douglas Park Drive Douglas Park NSW 2569
Cost: sliding scale $950-$750 + dana*
To register: https://events.humanitix.com.au/insight-meditation-insight-dialogue-seven-day-retreat-nsw

June 13-14 – July 18-19: Six-week class series – ONLINE

Cultivating resilience in challenging times:

Learning from the “heavenly messengers” 

This six-week online course offers an opportunity to develop and strengthen our inner resources of kindness, compassion, calm and clarity, through an exploration of what are traditionally known as “the four heavenly messengers.”
In Buddhist teaching, these are four archetypes that symbolise the existential challenges we face, and the way to overcome those challenges. The four are a sick person, an aged person, a dying person, and a contemplative.

At first glance, these messengers might not sound so heavenly, but by learning how to relate to their messages skilfully, they help us to live our lives with more ease, happiness, and peace.
The course is best suited to people who have sat at least one seven-day silent meditation retreat, but prior Buddhist study is not necessary.

Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, dyad (pairs) practice, and small group discussion.

During the six weeks of the course, you will be invited to maintain a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.

Because this is a group learning process, participants are asked to make a commitment to attend all six sessions of the course, and to allow at least two hours a week for personal study and reflections to be shared with the group.
Feel free to contact Jill if you have any questions about this.

Teacher: Jill Shepherd http://jill0shepherd-insightmeditation.com

Cost for all six sessions: $50 + dana*

Times and dates:

Option 1 (30 people max)

Singapore SGT 7:00-9:00 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Sydney AEST 9:00-11:00 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Auckland NZT 11:00-1:00 p.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
San Francisco PDT 4:00-6:00 p.m. Saturday afternoons 13 June – Saturday 18 July 2020
New York EDT 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saturday evenings 13 June – Saturday 18 July 2020

Option 2 (30 people max)

Singapore SGT 3:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday afternoons 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Sydney AEST 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday evenings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
Auckland NZT 7:30-9:30 p.m. Sunday evenings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020
London GMT 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings 14 June – Sunday 19 July 2020

To register: https://events.humanitix.com/six-week-dharma-study-class-series-online

*The registration fee covers only a contribution to course administration, and booking fees. 

In keeping with Buddhist tradition, the teachings are offered on a dana basis which means the teacher is not paid to offer this workshop.  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 each class to offer donations to support their ongoing teaching.

AUSTRALIA: June 2021

June 2021 Two six-day study and practice retreats led by Bhikkhu Anālayo – Sydney NSW

Bhikkhu Anālayo plans to return to Australia to offer two identical six-day study and practice retreats on the theme of the Brahmavihara practices and Emptiness.

Details to follow – for now, please save the dates: June 5-11 and June 12-18, 2021

Registration will open in mid June 2020 and will be a lottery process. If you’d like to be added to Jill’s email list to be notified when registration is open, please sign up here: http://eepurl.com/Muk8T

NOTE: These retreats are open to people who have completed at least three previous silent nine-day insight/vipassana retreats


In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dana’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely. At the end of the course, participants are invited to reciprocate this generosity by offering dana to support the teacher. Jill is an independent meditation teacher and is not financially supported by any meditation centre or Buddhist organisation. She relies on dana for her livelihood, and pays for all the expenses incurred in offering a retreat, including most international airfares, herself.