DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS WE HAVE MADE AN ONLINE RETREAT OPTION AVAILABLE. THIS MEANS THAT UNLESS OTHER WISE NOTIFIED WE ARE ACCEPTING A LIMITED NUMBER OF ONSITE PARTICIPANTS WILLING TO MAINTAIN COVID19 HYGIENE AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURES AS WELL AS ONLINE PARTICIPANTS WHO CAN JOIN THE RETREAT REMOTELY.
Training and practise in mindfulness, focussed attention, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity
Aug 28 till Sept 6, 2020 (9 night option)
Aug 28 till Sept 4, 2020 (7 night option)
Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, (outskirts of Sydney) NSW, Australia
Meditation teacher: Mal Huxter,
Yoga teacher: Lisa Brown
Onsite manager: Amy Dempsey
This retreat will be based on Theravada Buddhist meditation practices. It will focus on training in the cultivation of stillness/serenity and insight meditation. Instruction in the four heart qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity) will also be provided. There will be evening talks and workshop style morning instruction with Mal as well as morning yoga sessions with Lisa. Short individual interviews with Mal will be possible after the first weekend.
Why it is helpful to attend retreats?
Silent retreats are opportunities to focus on cultivating the heart-mind and awakening psychological freedom at a refined and noble level. They provide the external circumstances conducive to inner transformation, peace and harmony with oneself and others.
At a basic level, retreats provide a break to recharge and remember what is important in our lives. For professionals, such as teachers or therapists, retreats give us the opportunity to refine the skills we teach to our students and clients. Meditation retreats provide an opportunity for personal stress management and self-reflection. They often clarify life’s directions so that there is renewed vitality and enthusiasm towards that which is important. These personal gains help individuals become more effective in whatever they do including their professional roles. For those therapists who wish to use mindfulness, compassion and loving kindness in therapeutic settings, retreats provide the opportunity to deepen therapeutic skills and understanding of these interventions. In some mindfulness and mindful compassion approaches (e.g. MBSR and MSC) attending silent residential retreats are essential qualifications for teacher training programmes.
General aims of the retreat:
The fees for this retreat outlined below, will cover food /accommodation.
In accordance with Buddhist traditions, the teaching on this retreat is dana based. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where the teachings are given freely and those who receive the teaching have the opportunity to reciprocate with a financial gift that they feel is suitable, after the retreat has finished. Dana focuses on the cultivation of joy from giving.
Single room (9 nights/10 days) – $1461 + dana
Shared Room (9 nights/ 10 days ) – $1345 + dana
Single room (7 nights/ 8 days) – $1150 + dana
Shared Room (7 nights/ 8 days) – $1060 +dana
Mt Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville on St-Andrews Rd past Campbell town outside Sydney. It is a spacious venue on 350 acres of grassland. Here is the link to venue: http://carmeliteretreats.com.au/
Onsite participation: Due to coronavirus restrictions Mt Camel will be closed until the end of May and then they are opening and providing service in accordance with the COVID-19 social distancing requirements. By August –September it is anticipated that Mt Carmel could easily accommodate 20-25 people within legal health requirements. The main meditation room is large enough for a group of 21 people each to sit in a 4 metre square safe distance bubble. We will limit the total onsite numbers to no more than 18 people. Onsite participants will have their own private room and with bathroom/toilet (or share with spouse or friend only). If onsite participants wish, it will be possible to stay within their rooms for meditations and online instructions and talks. There are two sections to the dining room and it would be opened up so that everyone will be able to keep their distance.
Online participation: Online participants will be able to stay at home or where ever good internet is available and attend daily sessions of the retreat via Zoom. These sessions will include on a daily basis: optional morning yoga from 6.15am till 7.45am with Lisa, guided workshop style instructions from from 9.00am till 10.30am, the evening dharma talk, discussion and Q&A from 7.00pm till 8.30pm every night as well as one or two group silent meditations. As online participation is off site there is no accommodation and meal fee. Dana by bank deposit will be possible after the retreat has been completed.
Meditation teacher: Mal Huxter is a teacher of Buddhist meditation and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” A practicing psychologist for 28 years, he has been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities 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. For more info about Mal go to: www.malhuxter.com
Yoga teacher: Lisa Brown is a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator and yoga teacher. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. For more info about Lisa go to: http://mindfulnesspsychologywellbeing.com
Please note: Malcolm will be on his own silent and offline retreat from June 1st till July 17th and therefore unavailable should you have any questions. During this period it will be possible to contact Lisa: firstname.lastname@example.org mob 0400491477 or Amy: email@example.com mob 0412707105 for any queries.