Mindfulness and the heart qualities retreat August 2017

Mindfulness and the heart qualities retreat August 2017

 

Mindfulness and the four heart qualities retreat. 

Click here to access a registration form: 2017 HeartQualitiesRetreat-registration-form

Click here to access the retreat application questionnaire: Heart qualities Questionnaire August 2017

For further information or registration forms please email: malhuxter@gmail.com

Teacher: Mal Huxter 

Venue: Mt Carmel Retreat in Varroville on St-Andrews Rd past Campbell town outside Sydney. Here is the link: http://carmeliteretreats.com.au/

Dates and times: begins Sunday August 13th 2017 at 3pm (arrive after 1pm unless you stay the previous night) and ends Friday August 18th 2017 at 3pm.

Fee: $650 + Dana

The fee for the retreat is $650, which will cover food /accommodation and contribute to the teacher’s accommodation and travel costs. In accordance with Buddhist traditions the teachings are given freely. The fee for the teaching is dana based. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where those who receive the teaching have the opportunity to reciprocate with a financial gift that they feel is suitable, after the retreat has finished. 

Food: The venue has a meat and fish menu for their residents but will cater for vegetarian and general non-coeliac gluten free diets.

Background:

What is mindfulness and what are the four heart qualities:

According to Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi, a one-line description of mindfulness is: “to remember to pay attention to what is occurring in one’s immediate experience with care and discernment”.   The Buddha named the four divine abodes in Pali: (the language closest to what he spoke): mettā (warm friendliness or loving kindness), karuna (compassion), mudita  (appreciative or empathetic joy) and  upekkhā (deep peacefulness or equanimity).

Mindfulness and the four heart qualities were taught in order to gain psychological freedom. The heart qualities in particular were taught in ways that would provide antidotes for unhealthy, divisive and destructive relationships towards ones self and others. Like medicine for an illness, the different qualities and different ways to cultivate them were prescribed dependent on the nature of the afflictive relationship.

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.

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.

Who is this retreat for?

This silent residential retreat is for anyone who has had some prior experience with meditation and wishes to enhance and practise their skills. The retreat is suited to the general public as well as therapists, educators, programme leaders. For those with aspirations to teach, this silent retreat will partially fulfil requirements for teacher training in programmes such as Mindful Self Compassion. It will also be helpful as continued professional development points for some professions such as psychology.     

Content of workshop:

Mal will draw on his training in the ancient Buddhist as well as the contemporary psychological practices. This retreat will involve evening talks, morning guidance and discussion, time to sit, walk, move and be silently present.   It will also involve the opportunity for 1:1 meetings with the teacher if required. Silence will be encouraged but not enforced.

Though in silence, participants will have the opportunity to question, comment and discuss about the practices during workshops style morning guidance sessions. All experiential exercises will be voluntary and may involve gentle body movement (such as Tai Chi or yoga) and the choice to lye on the floor, move, sit in chairs or on cushions. On the final day some of these exercises will involve pairing up with another and engaging in interpersonal meditation practices.

Mal Huxter (MAPS, AABCAP) is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” Routledge 2016. http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Heart-Mind-Mindfulness-Ancient/dp/1138851353

A practicing psychologist for 25 years, he been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities to the general public, a range of cultures, clinical populations, therapists and other professionals since 1991. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s.   As well as Theravada he has trained in other Buddhist and spiritual traditions.

Website:  www.malhuxter.com

 

Click here to access a registration form: 2017 HeartQualitiesRetreat-registration-form

Click here to access the retreat application questionnaire:  Heart qualities Questionnaire August 2017

For further information or registration forms please email:

malhuxter@gmail.com 

To access a flyer about a Mindfulness and the Four Heart Qualities five day silent retreat near Sydney, Australia beginning 13th of August and  finishing 18th of August  2017 please click here:   Flyer for August 2017 heart qualities retreat