Events and Retreats - 2021
Please Note: meditation is contraindicated and can be harmful for people with Complex Trauma, PTSD. Substance Dependence or Psychosis. If in doubt, please seek advice from a psychologist or psychiatrist and speak to our Retreats Manager before booking your place.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Monday 8 November 2021:
MIM has implemented a Covid-Safe Plan that is updated regularly to follow the most up-to-date government guidelines and we want to reiterate their guidance around vaccination, physical distancing, mask wearing, and hygiene practices. We will be offering both online and face-to-face retreats in 2021 & 2022 in line with our Covid-Safe Plan and government guidelines and where there are further lockdowns we will revert to online only. All in-person events will require attendees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to show evidence to our Covid Marshall.
We are excited to be hosting the following events.
We publicise the details of our retreats, and take bookings, approximately 3 - 4 months prior to each retreat. Stay in touch with details as they are publicised via our regular e-newsletters (subscribe via this website, top right of each page), this website, and our Facebook page.
"Open Sky Dharma Circle" - a Melbourne Insight Meditation Space for Women with Robyn Gibson & Angela McGee
Sunday 5th December 1:30pm - 4:30pm, In-Person, Prahran
Angela McGee and Robyn Gibson will lead and support the monthly Open Sky Dharma Circle in an afternoon beginning with a guided meditation, followed by group sharing and investigation into the practice of meditation and how to live an open, unrestricted life in deeper connection with self, others and our natural environment.
This regular Circle will foster a community of fellow beginning and experienced meditators to share practice together and investigate our common experience on the path of practice and enquiry. You can come to one session only or book in for all three. We will be adding more dates soon.
This Circle is for you if you identify as a woman, and you're either new to meditation practice and would like guidance on how to practice and ask questions about meditation; or you're an experienced practitioner and looking for a safe space to feel more supported in a meditation community, practice meditation together and to enquire more deeply into the Dharma.
$20 + dana for Angela's & Robyn's teaching
To book click here
Emma - email@example.com
"The Collective Well": Urban Day Retreat with Jess Huon
10am - 4.30pm, Saturday 11th December, Abbotsford Convent & Online via zoom
The Collective Well is an invitation to sit together, regard our manifold lineages and perspectives, and explore the open wells of meditative practice and Dharma - Buddhist teachings.
This day gives airspace to the differences between us, the way our varied views might feel dissonant or comfortable - and seeing what might arise from this. We’ll also practice getting still and digging down into fresh waters and look into what has potential to be nourishing and activating for us all.
Buddhist frameworks will aid our inquiry - is there something that we might collectively trust and take refuge in?
Together we will move from discussion, to quiet, from particulars, to spaciousness, stirring and drawing up the ‘wells of practice’. No way to own or fence off these inner waters; every-one welcome.
Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
In person - $60 + dana for Jess's teaching
Online - $30 + dana for Jess's teaching
In-person - to book click here
Online - to book click here
New Years Retreat - 5-day Residential Retreat with Anton Eastick
Tuesday 28th December 2021 - Sunday 2nd January 2022, Gilwell Park, Gembrook, Victoria
The New Year is a wonderful time to touch sacred presence and deepen our roots in our life's aspirations. This retreat is a chance to set new or reaffirm existing pathways that open our hearts and minds through practices that help shape a more beautiful mind. In the words of David Whyte... this is "Asking questions that help us re-imagine ourselves, our world and our part in it, working to reshape our identities and become larger, more generous and more courageous as we grow and mature". In this opening to the new within ourselves, we open the doorway to fresh and energising states of being that lay waiting for us.
Rather than setting New Years resolutions, we'll be exploring the nature of Vows. It can be freeing to understand that the vows we unconsciously took at an earlier stage of our life, possibly as far back as childhood can be consciously changed, modified or let go of.
Shared Room: $680 + dana for Anton's teaching
Camping: $560 + dana for Anton's teaching
Bookings & Information
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2022 - Dates for your Diary (Bookings opening soon)
One Day Retreat with Christine Thompson
Sunday 13th March 2022, Abbotsford Convent
4-Day Residential Retreat with Anton Eastick
Wednesday 16th March - Sunday 20th March 2022, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges
6-Day Residential Retreat with Christine Thompson
Monday 2nd May - Sunday 8th May 2022, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges
14-Day Residential Retreat with Patrick Kearney (3 and 9 day options available)
Friday 3rd June - Friday 17th June 2022, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges
7-Day Residential Retreat with Patrick Kearney (3 and 9 day options available)
Friday 14th October - Friday 21st October 2022, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges
THE MIM SUPPORTED PLACE FUND
Our Supported Place fund assists people living with financial difficulty, and who are unable to meet the full costs of a retreat. The fund is financed by donations from other retreat participants, cancellation fees and any MIM surpluses.
A Supported Place is granted via an application process. Currently, a Supported Place attracts a 30% discount off the advertised retreat cost (shared room). One or two supported places are available per retreat. If you are keen to attend an MIM retreat but are unable to financially cover the retreat cost, please email Emma on firstname.lastname@example.org
MIM has a Covid Safe Plan for all our face-to-face events in line with guidance from the Department of Health and Human Services. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us on email@example.com to discuss them. Our dharma practice is very important during this time to acknowledge our feelings, see clearly and take practical steps, whilst also remaining calm.