Teaching – New Zealand


Eight-day hybrid on-line and on-land retreat with US dharma teacher Gil Fronsdal

This eight-day hybrid on-line and on-land retreat offers a rare opportunity to connect with one of the most highly-respected insight teachers in the US, Gil Fronsdal, while practising together in community in the powerful natural environment of Te Moata.

Held in silence and grounded in the practice of mindfulness, each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dharma talks, work meditation, practice discussion with the teachers and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Gil will offer daily practice instructions and a dharma talk via Zoom, and each participant will have two individual practice discussions with him online.

Jill will support the participants on site through a short evening dharma talk, silent sittings, and extra practice discussions as needed. 

There will be an optional mindful movement session each day, led by Donna Lavell.

Teachers: Gil Fronsdal (USA), supported by Jill Shepherd (NZ)

Gil Fronsdal is the founding teacher, and a co-guiding teacher at the Insight Meditation Center in Redwood City, California and the Insight Retreat Center in Santa Cruz, California. He has been teaching since 1990. Gil has practiced Zen and Vipassana since 1975 and has a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies from Stanford. He is a husband and father of two boys.

You can read Articles by Gil and see information on Gil’s Books on this site.
You may listen to Gil’s talks on Audio Dharma.

Jill Shepherd is the founding teacher of Auckland Insight. See her bio here.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation two-day residential retreats or equivalent.

More info and to register here


Ongoing: Monday Morning Online Sitting

Start your week well by joining Auckland Insight for a regular Monday morning Zoom sitting hosted by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd
Mondays 7:30- 8:15 am NZT. Everyone is welcome.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3011573331 Meeting ID: 301 157 3331


Ongoing: Thursday Evening Sitting and Talk

Feel free to join Auckland Insight for a regular Thursday evening sitting and talks by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd or regular facilitators from the group.
Time and date: Thursdays 7:00-8:45 pm NZT. Everyone is welcome.
Location: 175 Garnet Road, Westmere 1022 Auckland (entry off Faulder Ave)
You can find previous talks in this series given by Jill to Auckland Insight here:
https://aim.dharmaseed.org/talks/
Please email aucklandinsight@gmail.com for any questions.


*Dāna: In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dāna’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely – so there will be an opportunity to offer a donation for the teaching at the end of the event.