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Profiles & Schedule

Subhana Barzaghi
Ellen Davison
Mal Huxter
Will James
Patrick Kearney
Anna Markey
Radha Nicholson
Carol Perry

Christine Thompson




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2018 Insight Meditation Australia Retreat Schedule
For details of the Teachers, please see their individual profile and schedule.

2018 Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug| Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Freedom of the Heart/Mind
20-27th January 2018

Teachers: Will James and Subhana Barzaghi
Venue: Sangsurya Byron Bay

Insight meditation retreats give us the opportunity to see clearly the reactions and distortions that arise in our daily life and to cultivate an awareness of the freedom and clarity that is available in each precious moment.

Download flyer here (240kb MSWord.docx)

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The Heartwood of the Dhamma
A Vipassana Retreat
February 14-21, 2018

Teacher: Radha Nicholson
Venue: Royal Thai Monastery, Bodhgaya, India
Manager: Tim Dawson

The Path of Awakening
Insight /Vipassana Meditation Retreat
Friday March 23rd –Wednesday March 28th 2018
Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay NSW Australia

This retreat offers an ideal opportunity for established meditators to deepen their practice. Those new to meditation can experience a valuable but gentle introduction to silent meditation and the Dharma teachings in a welcoming, supportive environment.

The retreat program consists of sitting, walking and guided meditation. Meditation instruction, group and individual meetings with the teacher, evening Dharma talks and optional Yoga/exercise periods are also included. Three delicious vegetarian meals are provided each day.

Download flyer here (600kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (1.6MB MSWord.docx)

For further information and bookings contact Jen on 02 6688 6366
or email: cycad5(at)

Mindfulness and the Four Heart Qualities
Fri 6th - Wed 11th of April

Teachers: Meditation - Mal Huxter, Yoga/Pilates - Monique Leverington
Venue: Lokananda Retreat Centre, 9 Main Street Point Pass, SA 5374

In mindfulness and stillness we can cultivate the heart qualities of loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. These mutually supportive states enable us to transform psychological and interpersonal suffering.

This silent retreat will focus on the wisdom and compassion teachings of Buddhism and also refer to contemporary mindful compassion approaches. It will involve talks, guidance, workshop style training, silent meditation practice and optional yoga. Anyone with meditation experience is welcome.

Download flyer here (170kb pdf)

For bookings or further information contact Monique Leverington on synergyyogapilates(at) 
or go to website:

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5 or 3 day Intensive
Fri 20 - Tues 24th April

Teachers: Mal Huxter and Lisa Brown
Venue: Casuarina Steiner School, Coffs Harbour NSW

Aims of the Mindful Self-Compassion Intensive (MSC)
* Learn skills of self-compassion, mindfulness and loving kindness in daily life and formal meditation
* Motivate oneself with kindness rather than criticism
* Heal difficult relationships
* Transform destructive emotions
* Learn how to be present, here now, with kindness

Download flyer here (220kb pdf)

Registrations can be made online via:

or contact Karen Plumbe, Course Coordinator
email: kjpcoaching(at) or phone 0416017372

Autumn Retreat
April Thurs 26th – Sun 29th

Teacher: Will James
Venue: North Farm Bellingen


Deepening into Stillness
Friday April 27th – 2nd May 2017 (five days)
Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Alan Bassal
Venue: Brahma Kumari Centre for Spiritual Learning – Wilton

The retreat will provide the opportunity to deepen into awakening presence, being free from the agitations of the thinking mind. When we do experience presence and stillness, most of us are quickly pulled back into the world of the mind which gets caught up in past and future thoughts. Deepening into stillness allows us to examine and transform the habitual limited patterns of mind that create confusion, anxiety and suffering.

The retreat will support inquiry into what it means to be fully awake, what takes us out of that state and how to remain more fundamentally present and alive in our daily lives and relationships.

The retreat program consists of sitting, walking & guided meditations, meditation instruction, group & individual meetings with teachers, open inquiry sessions, evening Dharma talks and morning and afternoon gentle yoga sessions.

Download flyer here (140kb MSWord.docx)

Awakening the Joy of Creativity under the Tuscan Sun
Mindfulness & Creativity
19 - 26th May, 2018
Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Lidia Long
Venue: Villa Boccella – Tuscany Italy

Inquires: lidialong(at)
Mobile: +61 (0) 431438783

Bali Mountain Insight Meditation & Yoga Retreat
20 - 26 May 2018

Teachers: Will James & Angela McGee


Embodying the Awakened Heart-Mind
8th - 15th June 2018 (7 days)

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Carol Perry  
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

Please note this retreat is fully booked!

Insight meditation allows us to examine the habitual patterns of mind that create confusion, anxiety and pain. Through the practice of calmness, mindfulness and inquiry we can cultivate wisdom and open the heart.

Inquiry awakens us to our true nature, allowing a sense of profound ease and connection with life.

Download flyer here (200kb pdf)

Download Registration Form here (250kb MSWord.docx)

Supported Solitary Month
Monday 30th July - Wednesday 29th August

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi, Ellen Davison, Victor von der Heyde, Mal Huxter, Kirsten Kratz and Christine Thompson
Venue: Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria (East of Euroa)

First half: Monday 30th July - Tuesday 14th August
Second half: Tuesday 14th August - Wednesday 29th August

We are pleased to offer, for the first time in Australia, this supported solitary retreat, providing a valuable opportunity
for experienced mediators to engage in a longer period of intensive personal practice, in the company of others. This will be the only retreat of its kind in the country, and is offered to support the broader Australia-wide Insight Meditation community.

Participants can set their own retreat schedule: there will be no formal retreat schedule, teachings or dharma ‘talks’, (apart from possibly two set sitting times in the day that participants can choose to come to or not) and the meal times. All participants need to have attended at least three week-long teacher-led silent meditation retreats previously.

A daily mindfulness work period will be part of each day’s practice.

Download flyer here (240kb pdf)

Download registration Form here (620kb MSWord.doc)

Wisdom, Love and Liberation
Insight Meditation Retreat
August Thurs 2nd - Wed 8th

Teachers: Radha Nicholson & Will James
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

Insight meditation allows us to see clearly the reactions and distortions that arise in our daily life. It cultivates an awareness of the freedom and clarity that is available in each precious moment.

Enquiries to Lisa: tallowwoodsangha(at)

Bookings and information:

Awakening to Wisdom and Insight
August 31-6 September 2018

Teachers: Ellen Davison and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

Contact Victoria: vjwight(at)
Cost: $645 for food and accommodation

Cultivating the Heart with Serenity and Insight
Fri Aug 31st - Fri Sept 7th 2018

Teachers: Mal Huxter - Meditation and Lisa Brown - Yoga
Venue: Mt Carmen Retreat Centre, Varroville NSW, near Sydney

This retreat is a dana based seven or three day silent meditation retreat with optional yoga and will involve training and practise in mindfulness, focussed attention, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity. Yoga sessions will be provided by Lisa Brown.

The retreat will be over the weekend and or the week of 31st August - 7th September 2018 or a 3 day option Fri 31st Aug - Mon 3rd Sept

Download flyer here (770kb pdf)

For booking and further information go to:

Buddha Touched the Earth
Dharma & Deep Ecology
Thurs 6th – Sun 9th September

Teachers: Will James & Lisa Siegal
Venue: North Farm Bellingen


12th Sept - Oct 6th

Ein Dor September 12th - 15th
Ein Dor September 16th - 22nd for experienced meditators
Ein Dor September 23rd - 29th (open to all)
Teacher: Radha Nicholson

TEL AVIV and JERUSALEM : Various events from Sept 30th - October 6th
Further details of Radha's program in Israel are to be advised.

Open Heart, Open Mind
28th Sept – 5th Oct, 2018

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi & Julie Downard  
Venue: Stavely Camp, Canterbury Plains, Christchurch, South Island, N.Z.

Contact: southern.insight.meditation(at)

Buddhist Pilgrimage to India
Sat 13th - Fri 26th October 2018

Teacher: Will James


Spring Retreat
Thurs 22nd – Sun 25th November 2018

Teacher: Will James
Venue: North Farm Bellingen


Dharma Inquiry Programme
December 1st - 8th

Teacher: Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Australia
Details to be advised
Contact Radha: radhanicholson(at)


Ancient Path, Present Moment
A Pilgrimage to important Buddhist sites in Northern India
Commencing February 16th 2019.

A journey to India with Malcolm Huxter

This will be a two-week pilgrimage discovering the roots of Buddhism and cultivating the Heart-Mind through the life and teachings of the Buddha.

Download flyer here (750kb pdf)

For booking and further information go to:


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