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 vipassanā meditation as taught by Mahāsi Sayādaw of Burma and are suitable for both experienced and beginning meditators.

2014 Schedule

2015 Schedule

2014

1 - 3 August 2014

Code: LL1-14
Cost: $180

 

Weekend retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz (Fully booked. Waiting list only)

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassanā 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 Frances has practised vipassanā meditation for 30 years in Burma, Nepal and Australia, with Sayādaw U Paṇḍita, the senior disciple of Mahāsi Sayādaw, 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 (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 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.

31 October - 9 November 2014

Code: LL2-14
Cost: $630

 

Nine-day retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassanā 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 31 October from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday 9 November


  2015

28 December 2014 -
11 January 2015


Code: SR1-15
Cost: $60 per day

Self Retreat Period

The Centre will be open for experienced meditators wishing to undertake self retreat. There will be no teacher onsite but meditators will be expected to undertake five precepts and maintain noble silence. Breakfast, lunch and a light dinner will be provided.

Self retreat is open to experienced meditators only. If you are interested, please contact Danielle directly by email: danielle@meditation.asn.au

23 - 26 January 2015

Code: JS1-15
Cost: $270

Long Weekend 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 Friday 23 January from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 pm start.
Finish on Monday with lunch.

 

6 - 8 February 2015

Code: GW1-15
Cost: $180

Weekend retreat led by Graham Wheeler

Graham Wheeler has been practising vipassanā meditation for over thirty years, studying in Australia, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He has been leading the Centre’s meditation group in Sydney since 1999. He has his own legal practice in Sydney where much of his work is with community-based organisations.

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

Arrive on Friday 6 February from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish on Sunday after lunch

 

13 - 22 February 2015

Code: GK1-15
Cost: $750
(cost includes airfare supplement

Nine-day Insight Dialogue retreat led by Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in vipassanā meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue.  Instructions will introduce Insight Dialogue meditation guidelines  step-by-step and guide participants into contemplative dialogue. We  will also learn and practice a methodical form of reading meditation  called Dharma  Contemplation. Dhamma talks, silent meditation, and time in nature are integral to the retreat. Our practice will focus on the  aggregates (khanda), and the practice  of dhammanupassana,  internally, externally, and both. For more information about Insight Dialogue, see the Metta Foundation website metta.org.

Gregory Kramer developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and has been teaching it since 1995, offering retreats worldwide. He has studied with, among others, Ajahn Sobin, Ven. Ananda Maitreya and Ven. Punnaji Mahathera. Gregory is the director of Metta Foundation.

Mary Burns has practiced with several vipassanā teachers and has studied intensively with Gregory Kramer since 2004. Mary has also taught Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction for many years. She is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with a private practice in the US.

This retreat is suitable for meditators who have at least 28 days of vipassanā retreat experience (e.g., three nine day retreats)

Arrive on Friday 13 February from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish on Sunday 22 February after lunch

 

27 February - 7 March 2015

Code: SS1-15
Cost: $810
(cost includes airfare supplement)

 

Eight-day retreat led by Steven Smith, assisted by Mia Tremblay

Steven Smith is a founder of Vipassana Hawai'i, 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.

Mia Tremblay has been practicing vipassanā since 1994. Her primary teachers have been Michele McDonald and Steven Smith. Mia has practiced in Burma under the guidence of Sayadaw U Lakkhana at Kyaswa Monastery and, for an extended period, Sayadaw U Tejaniya at Shwe Oo Min Center. Mia is also an Artist and a Mindfulness-based Registered Art Therapist with extensive training in the Expressive Therapies.

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

Arrive on Friday 27 February from 5.00 p.m. onwards for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Saturday March 7

 

13 - 22 March 2015

Code: PK1-15
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 the Buddha's teachings before Theravāda or Mahāyāna  were thought of. 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 13 March from 5.00 p.m. onwards for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday 22 March at 1.00 p.m.

 

 

3 - 6 April 2015

Code: LL1-15
Cost: $270

Easter retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassanā 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 3 April from 5.00 p.m. onwards for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Monday at 1.00 p.m.

 

 

11 April - 10 May 2015

Code: SV1-15
Cost: $1550
(cost includes airfare supplement)

Register for ballot

 

Month-long retreat with Sayādaw U Vivekananda (Selection by ballot)

Sayādaw U Vivekananda is senior meditation teacher in the Mahasi tradition and the abbot of Paṇḍitarama Lumbini International Meditation Centre in Lumbini, Nepal. He also teachers in North America and Europe. This is his fifth visit to BMIMC.

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

Due to the very high demand for Sayadaw's teaching, places on this retreat will be selected by ballot. Click here to enter the ballot.

Arrive on Saturday 11 April from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish on Sunday 10 May with lunch.

 

22 - 24 May 2015

Code: DT1-15
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 Mahāsi Sayādaw 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 22 May from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish on Sunday with lunch.

 

31 July - 2 August 2015

Code: JS2-15
Cost: $180 +airfare supplement



Weekend 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 Friday 31 July from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 pm start.
Finish on Sunday with lunch.

 

 

14 - 23 August 2015

Code: GS1-15
Cost: $630 +airfare supplement

 

Nine-day retreat led by Greg Scharf, assisted by Jill Shepherd

Greg Scharf is a regular visiting techer at the Insight Meditation Society in the US. He has been meditating since 1992 and teaching since 2007. He has studied with Asian and Western teachers and trained as monk in Burma. His teaching empahasises the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation.

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 Friday 14 August from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 pm start.
Finish on Sunday with lunch.

 

 

28 August - 25 September 2015

Code: PK2-15
Cost: $1,400

Month-long 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 the Buddha's teachings before Theravāda or Mahāyāna  were thought of. He studies Pāli and seeks to bring his understanding of the early texts to the practice of dharma in the contemporary world.

It is possible to register for just the first or second two weeks however priority will be given to those choosing to attend the full month.

 

Arrive on Friday 28 August from 5.00 p.m. for a 7.00 start.
Finish on Friday 25 September with lunch.

 

 

3 - 5 October 2015

Code: MD1-15
Cost: $270

Long weekend retreat led by Michael Dash

Michael has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthāna 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 Saturday 3 October from 8 am for a 9 am start.
Finish on Monday 5 October with lunch.

 

23 - 31 October 2015

Code: SS2-15
Cost: $810
(cost includes airfare supplement)

 

Eight-day retreat led by Steven Smith, assisted by Mia Tremblay

Steven Smith is a founder of Vipassana Hawai'i, 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.

Mia Tremblay has been practicing vipassanā since 1994. Her primary teachers have been Michele McDonald and Steven Smith. Mia has practiced in Burma under the guidence of Sayadaw U Lakkhana at Kyaswa Monastery and, for an extended period, Sayadaw U Tejaniya at Shwe Oo Min Center. Mia is also an Artist and a Mindfulness-based Registered Art Therapist with extensive training in the Expressive Therapies.

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

Arrive on Friday 23 October from 5.00 p.m. onwards for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Saturday 31 October

 

6 - 8 November 2015

Code: TF1-15
Cost: $180

Weekend retreat led by Tara Frances

Tara Frances has practised vipassanā meditation for 30 years in Burma, Nepal and Australia, with Sāyadaw U Paṇḍita, the senior disciple of Mahāsi Sayādaw, and other senior teachers.

Arrive on Friday 6 November from 5.00 p.m. onwards for a 7.00 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday at 1.00 p.m.

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