Teaching – New Zealand

August 13 – September 5 

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 15 August
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 22 August
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022

Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Coromandel

08/07/2019 Very close to full – register soon to avoid missing out

Freedom here and now

This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on Nibbana, also translated as Awakening, Enlightenment, Liberation, or Freedom. The freedom that is being pointed to here includes freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and authenticity.

We will use a variety of practices from the Four Foundations 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, group discussion, individual meetings with the teacher and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation weekend retreats.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Friday 23 August – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 1 September 2019
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Cost: Sliding scale $850-$650 + dana* 
Supporter rate $850 – Slightly more than actual-cost ticket: covers cost of food and accommodation, a contribution to the teacher’s travel costs, and a contribution to scholarships for low-income attendees
Actual cost $750 – Actual-cost ticket covers cost of food and accommodation, and a small contribution to the teacher’s travel costs
Scholarship rate $650 – Below cost ticket: covers a contribution towards cost of food and accommodation only
To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-meditation-nine-day-retreat-2019-coromandel-tickets-52335196983

September 2019

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 5 September 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022

December 2019

7:00-9:00 pm Thursday 12 December 2019
Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere 1022

Five-day Study and Practice retreat – Auckland

Save the dates

Details TBA

Time and dates: 4-9 February 2020
Location: St Francis Retreat Centre
Cost: $TBA + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teachers’ international airfare)
To register: TBA


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 often pays for the expenses incurred in offering a retreat, including most international airfares, herself.