Teaching – New Zealand

Ongoing: Monday Morning Online Sitting

Start your week well by joining Auckland Insight for a regular Monday morning Zoom sitting kindly hosted by our Guiding Teacher, Jill Shepherd

Mondays 7:30- 8:15 am, followed by an optional chance to check in about your meditation. Everyone is welcome.

Please email aucklandinsight@gmail.com for any questions, and to be notified of the Zoom link.


July 2 – August 6 : Six-week Foundations of Insight series – Auckland

Over six consecutive Auckland Insight Thursday night group meetings, Jill Shepherd will give an overview of the core meditation instructions for insight practice, including the four foundations of mindfulness and techniques to strengthen calm and concentration. Each evening will include a guided meditation, a short talk and time for group discussion.

Time and dates: Thursdays 7:00-8:45 p.m. July 2 – August 6

Location: 75 Garnet Road (entry off Faulder Ave) Westmere 1022

Cost for all six sessions: dana*

To register: registration not required

Recordings: available on Dharmaseed here


August 21-30: Nine-day Insight Meditation retreat – Coromandel

Finding the heart of freedom

The Four Noble Truths that form the heart of the Buddha’s teaching invite us to examine our relationship to dukkha: stress, distress, unsatisfactoriness, suffering. Most of us though, have an instinctive resistance to suffering, so we need to practice working skilfully with the different levels of fear that often show up along the path to freedom. As we learn how to release ourselves from the confines of these fears, we’re able to live with greater ease, happiness, and peace, and to connect with the wisdom and compassion that are our true nature.

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.

Teachers: Jill Shepherd and Julie Downard

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, and is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

Julie Downard has been practising meditation since 1991 when she was living in England. She has practised intensively with teachers in both the Insight and Zen traditions in India, England, California, Australia, France and New Zealand. Julie has been teaching on retreats and Dharma Gatherings since 2007. She lives in Christchurch, and is a co-founder and trustee of Southern Insight Meditation.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous residential insight meditation retreats of two nights or longer.

Time and dates: 4:30 p.m. Friday 21 August – 1:00 p.m. Sunday 30 August 2020
Location: Te Moata Retreat Centre 180 Paul Road Tairua 3544
Cost: Sliding scale $850-$650+ dana* 
Supporter rate – 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 – Actual-cost ticket covers cost of food and accommodation, and a small contribution to the teacher’s travel costs
Scholarship rate – Below cost ticket: covers a contribution towards cost of food and accommodation only
To register: https://events.humanitix.co.nz/finding-the-heart-of-freedom

NOTE: 3/4 full – register soon to avoid missing out