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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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2016 Insight Meditation Australia Retreat Schedule
For details of the Teachers, please see their individual profile and schedule.

2016 Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | 2017 Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun

The Four Satipatthanas - A Retreat
1st - 10th July 2016

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Jhana Grove Meditation Retreat Centre, Serpentine WA

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Jhāna Grove is operated by the Buddhist Society of Western Australia. Practitioners will enjoy a spacious environment, including a private room with en suite bathroom. The centre is close to Bodhinyana Monastery.

Cost: Full retreat: Early Bird (payment by 27 May 2016) = $580; Full Rate = $630. Weekend retreat: Early Bird (payment by 27 May 2016) = $230; Full Rate = $260. This cost does not include dana, your gift to the teacher to provide for his support.

Registration: Visit the registration page of the Perth Insight Meditation Group (PIMG) at

Further information: The retreat is being hosted by the Perth Insight Meditation Group (PIMG). For more information about this and other retreats in WA, visit their website at

Understanding the Liberating Teachings of the Buddha
Insight Meditation Retreat - 7 nights
15 - 22 July 2016

Teachers: Radha Nicholson & Will James
Venue: Sangsurya Byron Bay N.S.W.

This retreat will focus on the realization of the empty nature of “self”, “I” and “my” with reference to the liberating teachings of Ajahn Buddhadasa. The retreat will include meditation instructions, silent practice, dharma talks and an emphasis on deep inquiry.

Cost: $675 covers all vegetarian meals and accommodation.
The retreat is run on a non-profit basis and the teachers rely on the Buddhist tradition of Dana (donation) for support. It is a tallowwood sangha event.

For further information, please contact Sylvie: georgisylvia(at)

Download web flyer here (1.2MB pdf)

Download retreat information here (150kb pdf)

Download application form here (50kb MSWord.docx)

Cultivating Mindfulness & Discovering Insight – A satipaṭṭhana retreat
8th – 20th August 2016

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Bodhi Zendo, near Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat goes for eleven full days, not counting the days of arrival and departure. It will be held at Bodhi Zendo, located above the village of Perumal Malai, near Kodaikanal, in the Nilgiri (“Blue Mountains”) of Tamil Nadu in India’s deep south. This is an excellent venue, with very good food and well-designed facilities.

For more information about Bodhi Zendo, visit their website at

Cost: Costs for 2016 have not yet been established; however, the 2105 cost was 750 rupees per day for foreigners, or 700 rupees per day for Indians. (This included 350 rupees per day to cover the teacher’s travelling expenses). Information for 2016 will be posted when it becomes available.

Bookings & further information: Contact Mr Ramji, at causmicdance(at)gmail(dot)com, or phone +91 95855 24836

Freedom of the Heart - A six day Insight/Vipassana Retreat
Friday August 19th – Thursday 25th August 2016

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

This Insight retreat consists of sitting and walking meditation, open Inquiry sessions, group and individual meetings with the teachers, Dharma talks, a daily mindful work period, and three delicious vegetarian meals a day.

Download flyer here (320kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (100kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: Jen (02) 66886366, email: cycad5(at)iprimus(dot)com(dot)au

The Four Satipatthanas – A retreat
2 – 17 September 2016

Teacher: Patrick Kearney
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre (BMIMC), Medlow Bath NSW

This is a two-week retreat that is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. BMIMC is a small and comfortable centre located in the upper Blue Mountains. It provides an intimate and supportive atmosphere for intensive meditation practice. For more information about BMIMC, visit their website at

Cost: $975 + dana.

Information & bookings: Contact BMIMC at office (at) bmimc (dot) org (dot) au, or phone (02) 4788 1024.

To register for retreats, refer to the Centre’s retreat booking page at

The Centre’s postal address is: 25 Rutland Road, Medlow Bath NSW 2780.

Cultivating Mindfulness and the Heart Qualities
Friday 16th September 2016. 7.00 - 8.30pm

With Mal Huxter, Clinical Psychologist
The Relaxation Centre Brisbane

Talk: Cultivating mindfulness, loving-kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.

Weekend workshop/urban retreat
Saturday 17th September - focusing on mindfulness and equanimity
Sunday 18th September - focusing on compassion, loving kindness and appreciative joy.

The talk will involves an overview of mindfulness and the four heart qualities and how their cultivation leads to the transformation of suffering to wellbeing, peace and genuine happiness. It will involve a power point presentation and be followed by a short meditation practice with an opportunity for questions and discussion.

For further information and to book,

Hazy Moon Spring Sesshin (6 day Zen Retreat)
Saturday 24th - Friday 30th September

Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Mullumbimby

You are invited to participate in a traditional Zen meditation retreat. Our practice becomes one of letting go of old habits of mind, of fear, anger, and confusion and settling into the wider and more spacious awareness of the heart mind.

The retreat consists of zazen (sitting meditation), walking meditation, dharma talks, interviews with the teacher, chanting, mindfulness work practice and vegetarian meals.

Download flyer (400kb MSWord.doc)

Download Registration Form (15kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: inahall(at)

Buddha Touched the Earth - Dharma & Deep Ecology Retreat
6 - 9 October 2016
(3 nights)
Teachers: Will James, Lisa Siegel & John Seed
Venue: North Farm Retreat Centre, Bellingen

It is said that Buddha called Mother Earth to be his witness on the night of his enlightenment 2500 years ago. The reverberations are still being felt as many look for deeper and more connected ways of facing our many environmental crises. The “Buddha Touched the Earth” workshop is an offer to explore what it means to be alive in this time of immense challenge for our planet.

Costs: waged $375, unwaged $285 & Youth $195

Information and Registration:

‘Knowing the way by heart’
A day of Mindful awareness based on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
Sunday 9th October 2016.

Teacher: Christine Thompson
Venue: Jindii EcoSpa
Australian National Botanic Gardens
Clunies Ross Street, Canberra

You are invited to share in a day of silence and mindful communication at Jindii EcoSpa,
Australian National Botanic Gardens, Clunies Ross Street, Canberra from 9am to 5pm.

We will explore through a range of meditation techniques natural ways of being. We will use Mindfulness of breathing and body as gentle reminders of the simplicity and beauty of existence. We will explore our feelings of dissatisfaction and worry, by sitting with body/mind sensations without judging, as they arise.

In this way we will work towards being more in touch and grounded and able to recognise thought patterns and processes which are not useful and create suffering for ourselves and others. This day of mindfulness practice offers the opportunity to establish a deep connection to an expansive silence and awareness based on Buddhist ethics and philosophy.

The day of practice includes
• Meditation instructions • Sitting and walking meditation • Q&A • A Dharma talk • Loving Kindness meditation

What to bring:
• Please bring cushions if sitting on the floor • Bring with you shawl, blanket, yoga mat for lying down • Please bring a vegetarian dish to share for lunch

To register and for further information:
Please contact Jacquie at shannon.jacquie(at)

Download flyer here (1.1MB jpg)

Mindfulness and the Four Heart Qualities Retreat.
Monday October 10th 2016 at 3pm - Saturday October 15th 2016 at 3.30-4.00pm

Teachers: Mal Huxter and Lizzie Turnbull
Venue: Mt Carmel Retreat in Varroville on St-Andrews Rd past Campbell town outside Sydney. For information about the venue:

General aims of the retreat:
To provide the opportunity to experience first hand the cultivation of mindfulness and the heart qualities.
To free oneself and others from psychological suffering and cultivate wellbeing and genuine happiness.
To enhance the skills and understanding as well as provide new ideas for therapists, programme leaders and other professionals who already use mindfulness, compassion, loving kindness and other related skills as part of their therapeutic and coaching repertoire.

Download Registration Form here (40kb MSWord.doc)

For further information or registration forms please email:
heartretreat(at) or malhuxter(at)

Recollective Awareness Retreat
4th-10th November

Teachers: Jason Siff and Anna Markey
Venue: Glenbarr Retreat Centre, Strathalbyn

This retreat offers ways to become more aware of the meditative experience, to increase
discernment and investigation, and to examine the various conceptual frameworks people
bring to meditation practice. Participants may meditate in whatever way they are accustomed to, or they may try out a gentle permissive approach to meditation, or do a bit of both. The emphasis of this way of teaching meditation is not so much on what people decide to do in meditation but on what they experience in meditation. Writing and talking about one's meditation sittings is thus recommended for anyone attending this retreat.

There will be daily group interviews where participants will talk about their sittings, as well
as the option for private individual interviews. Through the course of the retreat the teachers
will give talks on the meditative process, as well as discuss Buddhist philosophy and psychology in light of people's meditation experiences and interests.

The retreat is open to beginners as well as experienced meditators who would like to look more deeply into the meditative process itself and bring more ease and acceptance into their sittings.


Resting into Silence - A Silent Meditation Retreat for Women
November 4-7th
With Radha Nicholson and Judy Baderle
Yarrahappini, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia

A gentle insight Meditation retreat based on the teachings of the Buddha with meditation instruction, dharma talks, inquiry, restorative yoga, and creative opportunities to connect with nature.

Information and Registration:
Suzanne m: 0419944743, e: Suzanne(at)


Liberating The Heart and Mind - A Forest Retreat
Tuesday 8 November  to Sunday November 13th

Teachers: Radha Nicholson and Christopher Titmuss
Venue: Forest Meditation Centre, The Channon, NSW, Australia
(Please note that conditions at this retreat are very basic and simple.)

Download flyer here (400kb MSWord.doc)

Download Registration Form here (30kb MSWord.docx)

Contact Jen: cycad5(at) or 0266886366

Day of Mindfulness and the Four Heart Qualities Meditation
Sunday November 13th 2016

9:00AM -3.30 PM
Teacher: Mal Huxter
Venue: Kuan Yin Meditation Centre, Lismore Heights NSW

Theme will be The Four Divine Abodes -
Loving Kindness, Compassion, Appreciative Joy and Equanimity
This silent Day of Meditation will include instructions, meditation practice, a silent morning tea and lunch, Dharma talk and group discussion.

For further information and booking, contact Ina 02 66 213745

Download flyer here 300kb MSWord.doc

Mindfulness, Insight and Liberation: A Silent Insight Meditation Retreat
November  17-24

Teachers: Christopher Titmuss and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya Retreat Centre, Byron Bay

A training of the heart and mind to the realization of freedom from that which is problematic and the cultivation of the awakening factors. A classical insight meditation retreat with meditation instructions, dharma talks, individual interviews and inquiry sessions. No groups.

Download flyer here (250k pdf)

Download Retreat Information here (250kb pdf)

Download Application Form here (100kb MSWord.doc)

Contact: Lyn and Rowan email: mailtwd-insightnov16(at)

Mindfulness Immersed in Body – A Satipatthana retreat
30 November – 6 December 2016

Teachers: Patrick Kearney and Kit Laughlin
Venue: Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This retreat is suitable for experienced and beginning practitioners. BUBS is a lay society that propagates Theravāda Buddhism, and it is situated in the Petaling Jaya district of Kuala Lumpur. BUBS engages in a range of community activities, including hosting retreats and workshops by visiting teachers. This retreat provides a taste of meditation practice when it is firmly embedded within its tradition.

In this retreat, Kit Laughlin will be co-teaching with Patrick. He will teach an early morning exercise session, lead guided meditations in the lying down posture, and provide individual consultations on posture problems. Kit is the creator of the Stretch Therapy and Strength & Flexibility exercise modalities. He is a long-time meditation practitioner who brings to his practice a depth of knowledge of the human body rarely found in the specialised world of Buddhist meditation. For more information about Kit, visit his website at

Cost & further information:
Cost: As BUBS is a Theravāda Buddhist organisation, the retreat is held on a dana, or “gift,” basis.

Enquiries & bookings: Register online at:

For further information, email Sis. Y Y Kow at yykow1(at)gmail(dot)com

For general information about BUBS, visit their website at

Mindfulness Immersed in Body – A Satipaṭṭhana Retreat
8th - 20th December 2016

Teachers: Patrick Kearney and Kit Laughlin
Venue: Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia

This retreat is suitable for experienced and beginning practitioners. SBS is a monastery and retreat centre located in the hills above Taiping, located on the west coast of peninsula Malaysia about 100 km south of Penang. The venue is beautiful, and the community is extremely supportive. This retreat provides a taste of meditation practice when it is firmly embedded within its tradition.

In this retreat, Kit Laughlin will be co-teaching with Patrick. He will teach an early morning exercise session, lead guided meditations in the lying down posture, and provide individual consultations on posture problems. Kit is the creator of the Stretch Therapy and Strength & Flexibility exercise modalities. He is a long-time meditation practitioner who brings to his practice a depth of knowledge of the human body rarely found in the specialised world of Buddhist meditation. For more information about Kit, visit his website at

Cost: As SBS is a Theravada Buddhist monastery, the retreat is held on a dana or "gift" basis.

Information & bookings:
For general information on SBS, see their website at

For information about the retreat, and to book your place,
contact the SBS Office by emailing office(at)sasanarakkha(dot)org


Insight into the Heart of the Buddha’s Teachings
An Insight Meditation Retreat
21 - 28 January 2017

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

Insight Meditation - known as Vipassana in the Theravada Buddhist tradition - engages in the practice of ethics, mindfulness, depths of meditation, opening of the heart and wisdom teachings. It reveals the freedom possible in this very life.

Download flyer here (360kb pdf)

For further information and application form,

India, Bodhgaya, Bihar
Thai Monastery Wat Buddhagaya
February 12-19 2017
Teacher: Radha Nicholson

Planning is underway for a weeklong residential retreat at the Thai monastery, Wat Buddhagaya in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India in February 2017.

The Lord Abbot has kindly offered facilities and food for retreatants. This is a unique opportunity to do a silent meditation retreat in the new purpose built meditation centre just a few hundred metres from where the Buddha sat under the Bodhi tree 2600 year ago. The new meditation hall is partially underground to facilitate silent practice. Rooms have attached bathrooms.

Christine Thompson from Australia has kindly agreed to assist me.

Contact: Radha radhanicholson(at)


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