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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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2017-18 Insight Meditation Australia Retreat Schedule
For details of the Teachers, please see their individual profile and schedule.

2017 Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec | 2018 Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug

Awakening Joy In Life and Work - A 6-week course
Thursdays 3 | 17 | 24 | 31 August 2017, 6pm – 8.30pm & Saturday 12 August 2017, 10am – 4.30pm

Teachers: Subhana Barzaghi and Sabina Rabold
Venue: Well for Life Centre, Suite 2, 35 Hume Street, Crows Nest NSW

Awakening genuine personal and empathetic joy and expanding this heart quality to all areas of life.
Inter-weaving the Buddhist teachings of cultivating joy with the neuro-psychological sciences of the West.

Cultivating the Eight Pillars of Joy:
Four Qualities of the Mind – perspective, humility, humour, acceptance
Four Qualities of the Heart – forgiveness, gratitude, compassion, and generosity
Guidance in Buddhist meditation practices to cultivate mindfulness, compassion and joy
Exploring the obstacles that block our naturally inherent joy Discussing how to weave joy into our personal and professional life
Experiential inter-active exercises to enhance and deepen the experience of genuine joy

Download flyer here (300kb pdf)

For further inquiries contact:
Subhana, M: 0414 605 226; E: Subhana(at)
Sabina, M: 0419 980 923; E: Sabina(at)

Mindfulness and the Four Heart Qualities A Silent Meditation Retreat
August 13th - 18th 2017

Teacher: Mal Huxter
Venue: Mt Carmel Retreat in Varroville, NSW

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.

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

Download flyer here (120kb pdf)

Freedom of the Heart - A six day silent Meditation Retreat
September: Friday 1st - Thursday 7th
Teachers: Ellen Davison and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

This retreat consists of sitting and walking meditation, open inquiry sessions, group and individual meetings with the teachers, an optional morning yoga period, Dharma talks, and guided meditations.

Download flyer here (650kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (160kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: Victoria vjwight(at)

Hazy Moon Spring Sesshin (Zen Retreat)
September: Saturday 23rd – Friday 29th
Teacher: Ellen Davison
Venue: Mullumbimby (TBA)

This 6 day sesshin will allow and encourage participants to settle deeply into the silence and stillness of the practice and to explore the deeper questions and issues which often arise in the course of one’s life. Ellen is a Roshi in the Diamond Sangha lineage and has been leading sesshin in Australia for over 15 years.

Download flyer here (400kb MSWord.docx)

Download Registration Form here (20kb MSWord.docx)

Contact: inahall(at)

Awakening Wisdom, Awakening Love
Women’s Retreat 20-23 October 2017
Teachers: Radha Nicholson and Jude Baderle
Venue: Yarrahappinni, Grassy Head near Macksville

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.

Contact: To be advised

Cultivating the heart with serenity and insight: A silent seven-day beach side meditation retreat
10th-17th November 2017

Teachers: Mal Huxter, clinical psychologist and meditation teacher
Lisa Brown , psychologist and yoga teacher
Venue: Yarrahapinni Adventist Youth Centre (near Scotts Head NSW)

Training in focussed attention, mindfulness, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.  To cultivate relaxation, wellbeing and a serene, kind and open heart.

Download information sheet here (50kb MSWord.docx)  

For more information and booking go to:

"Going to Ground" Recollective Awareness Retreat
24th - 30th November

Teachers: Jenny Taylor and Anna Markey
Venue: Glenbarr Retreat Centre. Strathalbyn

For many of us life is full: the needs of family and community are pressing, and concerns for the world can feel overwhelming. How to maintain energy and motivation to care for the places and people we love, and for ourselves?
The retreat offers an opportunity to not only look within your own heart, but also to reflect on your life as part of the larger life of place, community, our planet. Of all times in the life of our planet, it seems crucial now to live by the sober truth of our non-separation from each other and from the world.

This retreat is intended to help you reconnect with what inspires and sustains you.  In talks and discussions we will take up the theme of 'going to ground'.  

In a supportive environment, you can reflect, listen deeply, and unwind. We hope that you will return home refreshed, perhaps with more understanding of yourself, your place in the world, and what you have to offer the future.

Download flyer here (440kb MSWord.docx)

For further information
Ph: Barb Kirke on 08 8555 0247 or bkirke(at)

A Forest Retreat
Sunday 26 November - Friday 1st December, 2017

Teachers: Radha Nicholson and Christopher Titmuss.
Venue: The Forest Meditation Centre, The Channon.

A silent Insight Meditation Retreat. The retreat is a training for the realization of freedom from the problematic and is a classical mindfulness/insight meditation retreat. Meditation instructions, dharma talks, individual interviews and inquiry sessions. No groups.

Download flyer here (310kb pdf)

Download Registration Form here (35kb MSWord.docx)

Note that conditions at this retreat are basic and must be discussed with Jen prior to booking.
Contact: Jen email: cycad5(at)

Mindfulness, Insight and Liberation:
A Silent Insight Meditation Retreat
Sunday Dec 3 - Saturday December 9, 2017
Teachers: Christopher Titmuss and Radha Nicholson
Venue: Sangsurya, Byron Bay

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

Download information flyer here (600kb pdf)

Download Application Form here (110kb MSWord.doc)

Contact Lyn and Rowan email: CTRN17(at)


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)

Info and Application Form

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)


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