Events and Retreats - 2018
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 - https://www.facebook.com/melbourneinsightmeditation.org/
* 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.
"Connecting Heart & Mind" - Seven day silent meditation retreat with James and Jane Baraz
Friday 23rd November - Friday 30th November 2018, Maitripa Centre, Healsville
For bookings and information about this retreat contact Anton at The Dharma Path
"Heading Home" - One day urban retreat with Jess Huon
Sunday 16th December, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Abbotsford Convent
No mountain top. No monastery. No private get away. No Bali bliss. No mystical location.
No idealized space. No exotic other space. No greener grass. Being here.
Heroes and heroines, after slaying dragons, are often called home. Despite the allure of far flung places, where adventures can sing sweeter, they are asked to return and till their own soils with their hard won knowledge.
After many years of wandering and teaching, the Buddha’s father called out to him - like a lily yearning for the sun. The Buddha had to face his familiars and their expectations of the person he once was with his new depth. He had to bring the goods home.
How do we maintain congruence with what we’ve grown into in settings that reflect what we once were?
What tables will we be sitting on in the silly season?
In this day of practice we will be cultivating a home in our-selves and a way to be more at home wherever we might find our-selves.
$60 + dana for Jess's teaching
To book your place click here
"Deep Rest in Nature" - Residential retreat with Anton Eastick & Mark Gray
5th January - 13th January 2019, Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction
Nature we need it! The realisations that lead to the Buddha's awakening all happened while he practiced and contemplated life while living outdoors, close to and under the bodhi tree. Once he started sharing and guiding others, he would encourage his followers to do the same. After a talk he might say, "There are trees and the roots of trees. Go there to the roots of a tree and establish yourself in awareness". At times it can be easy to lose touch with the importance of nature when so many of our retreats and much of our meditation can happen indoors.
Welcome in the New Year with deep rest and dharma teachings on the foundations of spiritual friendship, kalyana mitta. Along with encouraging mindful and loving presence, we will do so with a curiosity about "What are your habits of attention?" and in line with Buddhist teachings, what else might you include to broaden and claim other aspects of your being?
Camp Eureka, Yarra Junction
Registrations & enquiries
Would you like to participate in a Research Study?
MIM is currently supporting two research studies on the effect of meditation on the brain. If you'd like to be involved please contact the Researchers 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. By participating in this research, you will go in the draw to win one of two $100 Coles-Myers gift vouchers. You will also be contributing to the scientific knowledge of contemplative practice. If you would like to learn more about the study, contact Dr Nicholas Van Dam