Events and Retreats - 2020
We are excited to be hosting the following events.*
* Note that we publicise the details of our multi-day annual 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.
* Please note that our retreats book out quickly, so do register early. We are unable to take bookings or expressions of interest prior to notification.
* We are involved in supporting scientific research into the effects of meditation. If you'd like to be involved, our current projects are detailed at the bottom of this page.
Please Note: retreats may not be suitable for those who have experienced psychosis or who are currently experiencing PTSD, acute depression or anxiety. If in doubt, please seek advice from a psychologist or psychiatrist and speak to our Retreats Manager before booking your place.
"Beneath the Waves" - Urban Day Retreat with Jess Huon
Sunday 2nd February 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Abbotsford Convent
At the start of the year we are often told to set new intentions and resolutions.
Sometimes we think we need an outer change yet what’s called for is an inner shift of perspective. We can easily narrow our view, thinking we know what’s right & best. In this, we can miss spontaneous arisings or experiences that might surprise us, delight us or take us in a new direction. Trusting in the mysterious and potent ways of the inner life, let’s have a day to settle the mind and relax our will-full steering.
Let’s see what the inner life might have in store for us.
Sacred Heart Oratory, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
$60 + dana for Jess's teaching
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"A Year to Live" - with Anton Eastick
8th February 2020 - 5th December 2020, Melbourne and online
This year-long program, based on the book A Year to Live by Stephen Levine is designed for people of all ages, regardless of life stage. In community, we will focus on waking up and living life more fully through the exploration of death as spiritual practice.
In our largely death-denying modern culture, few are encouraged to actively contemplate the inevitability of our death, or that it could happen at any time. The Buddha recommended that we do just that, not to frighten us, but to use death as an object of contemplation to help us awaken to the fragile, fleeting, and precious nature of our lives.
We'll meet for 11 face to face day-long meetings, 10am - 5pm on 8th February, 14th March, 26th April, 9th May, 13th June, 4th July, 1st August, 29th August, 3rd October, 7th November and 5th December. We will also hold 10 online monthly check-in meetings dates between our face to face sessions.
Bookings & Enquiries
Anton - www.thedharmapath.com.au
"Communicating Mindfully in Difficult & Conflict Situations" with Carol Perry & Angela McGee
Saturday 14th March - Sunday 15th March 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Ceres Environment Park
Note change of date for this weekend workshop
One of the most difficult aspects of practice in daily life is skillful speech and action when reactive emotions arise.
Through mindfulness of body we will investigate and bring insight to patterns and habits that get in the way of skillful communication and action.
This workshop is an experiential exploration of what happens in our internal world when we are triggered into a reactive state, and how we can use awareness of body, feelings and mind states to cultivate skillful responses.
The workshop will include: mindfulness practice in the context of conflict; practical exploration of difficult feelings and mind states; experiential exercises and demonstrations with participants.
Van Raay Room, Ceres Environment Park, East Brunswick
$90 + dana for Carol & Angela's teaching
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"Why the Body?" - Urban Day Retreat with Jess Huon
Sunday 22nd March 2020, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Abbotsford Convent
In the Insight tradition, within the four foundations of mindfulness, there is great emphasis on the body. The body is placed at the centre of our practice.
Staying in the body helps us cut through the mind’s habitual elaborations. These can wind us up, spin into over-thinking or lead us along downright painful thought patterns. Sensation unchecked will throw us into the mind.
The body is the anchor to what’s happening in the here and now. In this day retreat we will look at what the body supports and safeguards us against. We will have an opportunity for an embodied experience of its compelling intelligence.
Dorm One, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, Victoria
$60 + dana for Jess's teaching
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"The Skills of Awakening" - 7 Day Silent Retreat with Anton Eastick
Wednesday 15th April - Wednesday 22nd April, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges
The Seven Factors of Awakening are qualities and skills of meditation practice that work together to support the balance between the energizing and the calming aspects of meditation. There are the energising qualities of investigation, joy and energy and the calming qualities of tranquillity, concentration and equanimity. These are held with the foundational quality of mindfulness, the great balancer.
While these factors are not the end of the matter, they are important aspects of inner wealth that hold our ground in a changing, bewildering world. When we approach our happiness as something that requires skill to master, when we see the path as a matter of mastering skills, then understanding right effort and intention follows. We can develop the habit of being skilful. With this understanding comes the knowledge that sometimes life is a real challenge, and that’s when we meet the path and make it our own.
This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.
Daily meditation instructions will be given along with a dharma talk and Q&A sessions. The day will include walking and sitting meditation, a yoga period, time in nature and space for meetings with the teacher. This will be a silent retreat.
Kallara Conference Centre, Boho South, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria
Important information to read before booking
Single room - $696 + dana for Anton's teaching - Click here to book
Shared room - $576 + dana for Anton's teaching - Click here to book
2020 Retreats for your diary*
Friday 5th June - Friday 19th June 2020 - Silent Retreat with Patrick Kearney, Kallara
Friday 14th August - Tuesday 18th August 2020 - Silent Retreat with Jess Huon, Venue TBC
Tuesday 1st September - Tuesday 8th September 2020 - Silent Retreat with Anton Eastick, Kallara
Friday 16th October - Friday 23rd October 2020 - Silent Retreat with Carol Perry & Angela McGee, Kallara
Sunday 13th December - Urban Day Retreat with Jess Huon, Abbotsford Convent
*Bookings open 3-4 months before each retreat.
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 email@example.com
Would you like to participate in a Research Study?
MIM is currently supporting a research study on the effect of meditation on the brain. If you'd like to be involved please contact the Researcher directly.
The University of Melbourne
A research team from the Melbourne School of Psychological Science is conducting a study investigating the characteristics of individuals who are engaging in intensive contemplative practice. Participation involves completing an online questionnaire, before and after you go into a silent retreat. If you would like to learn more about the study, contact Dr Nicholas Van Dam