The retreat will commence at 9.30am Good Friday 10 April and finish on Tuesday 14 April at 8pm for those attending the 5 days or Sunday 19 April at 11.30am for those attending the 10 days.
This is a silent residential/non residential meditation retreat that will be a combination of teachings and practice on Shamatha Meditation and Vipassana practices. It is preferable that people who wish to attend have some meditation or retreat experience but not essential. The retreat will focus on the basic principles of training the mind in both Shamatha and Vipassana meditation to create a relaxed, peaceful and contemplative countenance. The evening sessions will focus on the heart practices of the Four Immeasureables, Loving Kindness, Compassion, Joy and Equinimity.
The costs will include all meals plus accommodation for those who choose to stay onsite. All meals will be vegetarian. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one as some of the sessions will be lying down.
Please be aware that a commitment to attend all sessions is expected of participants.
The retreat will be facilitated by Venerable Rinchen who is the resident nun at the centre, she has been running meditation courses and retreats for over 17 years. Rinchen completed the 2 month silent Shamatha Retreat in Phuket in 2011 with Dr B Allan Wallace and several other shorter retreats under his guidance, Alan's book the Attention Revolution is recommended reading.
Costs for the 5 day retreat: Trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BHQBI
Residential: $420 - non members and $380 - members/concession
Non residential: $320 non members and $280 - members/concession
Costs for the 10 day retreat: Trybooking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BHQBD
Non residential member/Concession: $600.00 Non residenital non member: $700.00
Residential shared accom for member/concession: $870.00 Residential shared accom for non member: $970.00
Bookings and payment to be made by 5 April. For residential participants: you will need to bring, linen, pillow, towel and all toiletries, rooms are airconditioned.
A cancellation fee will be applied if you decide not to attend, cancellation must be made at least 5 days prior to the event to avoid this fee.