Retreat Schedule & Application

Our current schedule offers activities from one-day introductory workshops to month long retreats.  To book a place, please use the retreat application and information form which includes course information and details of booking procedures, the conduct of retreats, and course costs. The course cost is inclusive of food and accommodation.

The retreat application asks about meditation experience and personal information for the guidance of the teacher. This information is strictly confidential and only contact details, with consent of participants, are retained by the Centre after the course. Please visit the teachers page for more information about teachers.

All retreats follow the Theravadan tradition of satipatthana vipassana meditation as taught by Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma and are suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators.

2014

14 - 30 March 2014

Code: AN1-14
Cost: $970
(cost Includes airfare suppliment)




16 day retreat led by Ariya Baumann

Ariya Baumann (formerly Ven. Ariya Ñani) was a Buddhist nun for 21 years in Burma where she practised under the guidance of Sayadaw U Janaka. Now based in Switzerland, Ariya teaches metta and vipassana meditation retreats worldwide.

This retreat will begin with one week of metta (loving-kindness) practice followed by one week of vipassana (insight) practice. It is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

There are spaces available for those wanting to sit just one week of the retreat. For this option, the first week is open to new and experienced meditators; the second week is only suited to people who have experience in the Mahasi style Vipassana.

This is an eight-precept retreat—no food is taken after midday.

Arrive on Friday 14 March from 5.30 p.m. for a 7.30 start.
Finish on Sunday 30 March with lunch.

 

4 April - 2 May 2014

Code: PK1-14
Cost: $1,400



Four week retreat led by Patrick Kearney (Fully booked. Waiting list only)

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw of Burma, his principal teachers being Paṇḍitarama Sayādaw and John Hale. He has also trained in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen Buddhism. His original teacher was Robert Aitken Roshi, and he is now studying with Paul Maloney Roshi. Patrick has a particular interest in Buddhist teaching as it was before Theravāda or Mahāyāna ever were. He studies Pāli and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.

This retreat is open to both beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 4 April from 5.30 p.m. for a 7.30 start.
Finish on Friday 2 May with lunch.

 

14 - 18 May 2014

Code: JS2-14
Cost: $360



Four day retreat led by Jill Shepherd

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999. A former manager of BMIMC, she recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in many long retreats and also offered weekly meditation classes at a nearby prison. Jill has been invited into the current teacher training program jointly offered by Spirit Rock and IMS in the US.

This retreat is open to both beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Wednesay 14 May from 5.30 p.m. for a 7.30 start.
Finish on Sunday 18 May with lunch.

 

30 May - 1 June 2014

Code: DT1-14
Cost: $180



Weekend workshop led by Danny Taylor

Danny Taylor has been a student of Eastern traditions since the early 1970s, and a practitioner of Buddhist meditation in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition since 1986. He has worked as a psychologist and is a management consultant. Danny emphasises the integration of meditation with our daily reality. He is also a leader of the group’s meditation sessions in Sydney.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 31 May from 5.30 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish on Sunday with lunch.

1 - 3 August 2014

Code: LL1-14
Cost: $180

 

Weekend retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassana meditation since 1983 and has spent several years in silent retreat in Australia, the USA and Burma. She has worked as a teacher, counsellor and writer and currently divides her time between formal spiritual practice and writing. She leads the Canberra Insight Meditation Group.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 1 August from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday at 12.30 p.m.

5 - 7 September 2014

Code: TF1-14
Cost: $180

Weekend retreat led by Tara Frances

Tara Francis has practised vipassana meditation for 30 years in Burma, Nepal and Australia, with Sayadaw U Pandiita, the senior disciple of Mahasi Sayadaw, and other senior teachers.

Arrive on Friday 5 September from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday at 1.00 p.m.

26 September - 5 October 2014

Code: PK2-14
Cost: $630

 

Nine-day retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw of Burma, his principal teachers being Paṇḍitarama Sayādaw and John Hale. He has also trained in the Diamond Sangha lineage of Zen Buddhism. His original teacher was Robert Aitken Roshi, and he is now studying with Paul Maloney Roshi. Patrick has a particular interest in Buddhist teaching as it was before Theravāda or Mahāyāna ever were. He studies Pāli and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 26 September from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday 5 October at 1.00 p.m.

 

10 - 12 October 2014

Code: MD1-14
Cost: $180



Weekend workshop led by Michael Dash

Michael has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthàna vipassanā meditation in the Mahāsī tradition. He also has led the Centre’s regular group sits in Sydney and is a professional counsellor.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 10 October from 5.30 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish on Sunday with lunch.

24 October - 2 November 2014

Code: SS2-14
Cost: $905
(cost includes airfare supplement)

 

Nine-day retreat led by Steven Smith (Fully booked. Waiting list only)

Steven Smith is a founder of Vipassanā Hawaii, the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma and the MettaDana health and education project in Burma. Steven has practised and studied vipassanā as a monk and layperson for mor e than 30 years and is anchored in the Theravadan tradition of S.E. Asia. He teaches worldwide.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 24 October from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday 2 November at 12.30 p.m.

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