Events and Retreats - 2020
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update Thursday 9th July 2020:
The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to evolve rapidly. MIM has been following the coronavirus updates from the government closely and we want to reiterate their guidance around physical distancing and hygiene practices. As such, our committee has made the decision to move our weekly sits and retreats to an online platform, Zoom.
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.
"Softening the Barriers to Harmony" - 7-Day Online Retreat with Anton Eastick (with a weekend option)
Friday 28th August - Friday 4th September, via Zoom
A key part of the Buddhist path is developing and cultivating the heart’s release. We will look at cultivating different expressions of love, and working with what gets in the way. This path of awakening leads us towards the wisdom of how to more fully inhabit our lives and how to belong and claim our rightful place in the world. As our understanding of what gets in the way of connection, compassion, joy and relaxed ease deepens, we naturally learn how to care for our whole selves, and how to live life with wiser heart. An undefended heart does not mean being totally undefended and open to any verbal or physical attacks that may happen… rather it's about learning to trust our ability to be strong enough to deal with whatever happens with kindness, clarity and humour in our intention.
Exploring classical and contemporary teachings of Insight Meditation (Vipassana), this retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. There will be ongoing opportunities to ask questions and receive individual meditation guidance. Daily there will be group meditation instructions, guided meditations, talks, walking & sitting meditation and a mindful movement period.
Online via zoom
7-days: $180 + dana for Anton's teaching
Weekend: $60 + dana for Anton's teaching
7-day: Click here
Weekend: Click here
"Open Heart, Open Mind: Finding Refuge & Nourishment During Difficult Times" - 3-Day Online Retreat with Carol Perry & Angela McGee
5.15pm Friday 16th October - 7pm Monday 19th October, via Zoom
The focus of this retreat will be on finding refuge and nourishment in your dharma practice. The ancient wisdom of the Buddha offers grounding practices of mindfulness, insight, and compassion that sustain and nourish us in challenging times. Breathing and body movement of yoga asanas calm the heart and mind and Dharma Inquiry creates intimacy and connection through sharing the gift of our inner exploration.
This retreat will take place online via Zoom. It includes a yoga asana practice, daily instructions for meditation, guided sitting meditation practice, walking meditation, questions and inquiry with teachers and dharma talks. The retreat is suitable for experienced practitioners and those newer to meditation
Carol Perry has 40 years experience in the Insight tradition. She is a senior teacher with Melbourne Insight Meditation. In 1972 Carol co-founded a rural community where she continues to live and grow. Carol is a long time social activist on ecological and social justice issues and is passionate about supporting cohesive and harmonious community in all its forms. She is a Hakomi Therapist with a private practice in Lismore NSW and teaches Communicating Mindfully workshops for the sangha and social activists.
Angela McGee is a Dharma teacher in the tradition of Insight Meditation. She teaches regularly with Melbourne Insight Meditation Group and teaches retreats in Australia and Bali. Angela is keen to explore how the Dharma teachings can open our hearts, guide our day to day lives and deepen our connection to all of life. She is a psychotherapist in private practice in Melbourne and has also taught Yoga for 25 years in the tradition of Krishnamacharya.
Online via zoom
$100 + dana for Carol's & Angela's teaching
To book click here
2020 Retreats for your diary*
Friday 4th December - Tuesday 8th December Silent Retreat with Jess Huon, Amberley Centre
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) UPDATE: Thursday 9th July 2020:
MIM has been following the coronavirus (COVID-19) updates from the government closely and we want to reiterate their guidance around physical distancing and hygiene practices. All our sits and retreats will now run online. We have also changed our cancellation policy in-light of this to offer full refunds for our workshops and retreats that were originally planned to be offered face to face.
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.