Teaching – Australia

AUSTRALIA: December 2017 – January 2018

One-week retreat – Blue Mountains, NSW

Releasing and Renewing: Strengthening the Two Wings to Awakening

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 what inspires us. In service of this, SIM’s annual seven-day retreat will provide an opportunity to deepen an experiential understanding of insight meditation, exploring a variety of different practices taken from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness as well as the four brahma-vihara heart practices, of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Together, we will strengthen both the wisdom and compassion wings of awakening, through a mix of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion and individual meetings with the teacher.

​There will be a 1.5 hour period of relational meditation on the first two and last two days, while the middle three days will be in full silence.
Relational or interpersonal meditation involves working in dyads (pairs) to practice mindful speaking and listening, using the guidelines of Insight Dialogue. For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

There will also be a period of optional, gentle mindful movement each day.

Jill will also be assisted by Elizabeth Faria, Insight Dialogue Teacher in training. For more info about Beth, see: https://metta.org/teachers/9006/elizabeth-faria/

Time and dates: 28 December 2017 – 4 January 2018
Location: Karuna Sanctuary, Katoomba NSW 2780
Cost: Sliding scale $890-$725 + dana*
To register: http://www.sydneyinsightmeditators.org/new-year-retreat-201718.html

Four-day retreat with Jill Shepherd and Graham Wheeler – Blue Mountains, NSW

New Year, New Beginnings

As the New Year rolls in, this four-day residential retreat will provide a rare opportunity to slow down, take stock, release what’s no longer needed, and re-connect with our deepest aspirations.

In support of this process, we will deepen the practice of insight meditation through a range of different techniques found in the Satipatthana Sutta, the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, as well as the brahma-vihara practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions, dyad (pairs) meditation, and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teachers. 

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous meditation experience.

Dates: 10-14 January 2018
Location: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center, 25 Rutland Road Medlow Bath NSW 2780
Cost: $420 + dana*
To register: http://bmimc.org.au/events/new-year-new-beginnings-with-jill-shepherd-graham-wheeler/

Two-day Insight Dialogue workshop – Sydney

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.

In this two-day workshop, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress, and how to free ourselves from those habits so that we can live together with greater ease and happiness.

Working together in pairs, we will explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue in conjunction with the classical Buddhist teachings on Wise Speech: speech that is “… spoken at the right time … spoken in truth … spoken affectionately … spoken beneficially … spoken with a mind of good-will.”

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

This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice, but previous Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

NOTE: Because the Insight Dialogue guidelines will be taught in sequence and most of the meditation is done in pairs, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire day, each day

Time and dates: 9:15-4:30 p.m. Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 January 2018
Location: Buddhist Library 90 – 92 Church St Camperdown NSW 2050
Cost: $100 + dana*
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-dialogue-workshop-sydney-20-21-january-2018-tickets-37292031470
No door sales

AUSTRALIA: April 7 – June 10, 2018

Various insight meditation and Insight Dialogue workshops – Newcastle

Time and dates: April 13-30, 2018
Location: Newcastle

Dharma talk – Sydney

Time and date: 7:00-9:00 pm Tuesday 1 May
Location: Buddhist Library 90-92 Church St Camperdown NSW 2050

2018-05-05 Six-week class series – Sydney and Blue Mountains

Theme to be advised …

Each two-hour class will include a short dharma talk, some silent meditation practice, and time for small group discussion.  During the six weeks of the course, you will be invited to maintain (or establish) a regular sitting practice and keep a practice journal, to help inform the discussion during each meeting.

Time and dates – Sydney: Saturdays 2:00-4:00 p.m. Saturday 5 May – 9 June 2018
Location: Buddhist Library, 90-92 Church St Camperdown Sydney NSW 2050
Cost: $TBA + dana*

Time and dates – Blue Mountains: Sundays 10:00-12:00 p.m. Sunday 6 May – 10 June 2018
Location: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Center, 25 Rutland Road Medlow Bath NSW 2780
Cost: $TBA + dana*
To register: TBA

AUSTRALIA: July 2018

Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Anaalayo – NSW

August 2017: SOLD OUT – please apply to be on the waiting list

Time and dates: July 14-28 2018
Location: St Mary’s Towers 415 Douglas Park Drive Douglas Park NSW 2569
(approximately 1 hour 15 minutes from central Sydney)
Cost: sliding scale + dana*

Prerequisite: minimum four previous nine-day insight meditation retreats
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/seven-day-study-retreats-with-bhikkhu-anaalayo-australia-july-2018-tickets-32110444203


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.