Events and Retreats - 2019
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.
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.
"Cultivating the Undefended Heart" with Anton Eastick
Thursday 18th April - 22nd April 2019, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria
A key part of the Buddhist path is developing and cultivating the sure heart’s release. We’ll 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 get's in the way of loving deepens, we naturally learn how to care for our whole selves, and how to live life with a wiser and undefended heart. An undefended heart does not mean being totally undefended and open to any attacks that may happen, rather it's about learning to trust our ability to be strong enough to deal with whatever happens with kindness. Protective love is as equally valued as sweet open connection. Having clear boundaries in life gives us the option to say "Yes" when we mean "Yes" and also to give a clear "No" when needed. A clear "No" can support a clear "Yes" and help a part of us relax.
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, chanting, sitting meditation and a yoga and/or qigong period. While we do give meditation instructions to the group, we consider it important that there are times for 1-1 interviews with the teachers throughout the day where you can explore on a more private and personalised level, what is happening for you.
Shared room - $390 + dana for Anton's teaching.
Single room - $530 + dana for Anton's teaching.
To book your place go to www.thedharmapath.com.au
"Stillness & Silence" - An Afternoon of Mindfulness with Angela McGee
Saturday 11th May 2019, 1pm - 5.30pm, CERES Environment Park, East Brunswick
Stillness and silence are profound experiences that allow for our body, mind and hearts to open and deeply connect with
ourselves and the world around us. This is an ideal opportunity for you to explore a Dharma practice, whether you are new to
meditation or you are wishing to deepen your understanding.
The afternoon will include guided sitting meditations, walking meditation, a dharma talk and an opportunity for questions.
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 has also taught Yoga for 25 years in the tradition of
The Learning Centre, CERES Environment Park, East Brunswick
$40 + dana for Angela's teaching
To book your place click here
Silent Retreat Retreat with Patrick Kearney (3, 9 or 14 day option)
Friday 7th June - 21st June 2019, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria
THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED: email email@example.com to go on a waiting list
This retreat will explore mindfulness meditation (satipatthana) as taught by the Buddha. It will provide an opportunity for beginners to become firmly established in their practice, and for experienced students to deepen their practical and theoretical understanding. The practice will cover mindfulness of body, mind and emotions, and explore the possibilities of transformation in the way we live our daily lives.
Patrick has been practising Buddhist meditation since 1976 and teaching full-time since 2000. He teaches in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. His principal teachers have been Panditarama Sayadaw and John Hale. He has also practised Zen, in the Diamond Sangha lineage. His principal teachers have been Robert Aitken Roshi and Paul Maloney Roshi.
Patrick’s approach to meditation is enlivened by his focus on the original teachings of the Buddha – Buddhism before
the divisions between Theravada and Mahayana were ever thought of. He applies these teachings directly to life in our
contemporary world in an accessible, clear and joyful way. For more information about Patrick, visit www.dharmasalon.net
Please read our Retreat Information and Cancellation Policy before booking your place
Kallara Conference Centre, Boho South, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria
Retreat fees & bookings
14 day - $1280 + dana for Patrick's teaching. Click here to book.
9 day - $825 + dana for Patrick's teaching. Click here to book.
3 day (long weekend) - $360 + dana for Patrick's teaching. Click here to book.
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Silent Retreat with Jess Huon
Wednesday 28th August - Monday 2nd September 2019, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria
This retreat will be open for bookings in May 2019.
"Open Heart, Open Mind" - Annual Silent Retreat with Carol Perry & Angela McGee
Friday 18th October - Friday 25th October 2019, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges, Victoria
This retreat will be open for bookings in July 2019.
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. 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