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Befriending Your Mind

Practicing permission, respect and curiosity towards the mind you have

2 days

Wilton, NSW | 22 - 24 November 2024

With Timothea Goddard

In this retreat, the focus will be on exploration of the mind you have, rather than training the mind in a certain preferred direction. We will have lots of free time plus structured meditation time where you will offer yourself a big internal "paddock" to run around in. You will then get an opportunity (if you wish) to explore this dear mind and to see what is there to be known.  Single rooms, good food and time in nature offer a great space to rest, renew and explore.

The retreat will be largely in silence, but with opportunities for interviews with the teacher, talks and discussions about our practice in the group.

Please note that this retreat is suitable for people who have some experience of mindfulness meditation already - for example - for those who have completed the MBSR course or equivalent. It is not an introduction to mindfulness. 

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Dates and Times

22 - 24 March 2024
Starts 5pm Friday 22 November - Concludes 3pm Sunday 24 November


Venue and catering

Brahma Kumaris 150 Macarthur Drive, Wilton, NSW 2571
Enjoy your own single room and delicious vegetarian cuisine.

How to get there:

One hour south of Sydney, the Centre is accessible by car and train. Picton railway station is 20 minutes away by car or taxi.

Driving: Here is a link to Google Maps Brahma Kumaris Wilton
Train:  Picton railway station is 20 minutes away by car or taxi.. Here is a link to Sydney Trains.
Car Pooling: Caroline will be helping to organise some car-pooling and will be sending an email out with details for those people looking for a lift. Do be in touch with if you can offer a lift or are looking for a lift.



An example of the schedule

6.45 - Mindful movement and stillness
8 - Breakfast and free time
9:30 - Instructions for the day and stillness practice
10.30 – 12.30 - Practice: stillness and movement
*There will also be opportunities for 45 minute small group sessions with the teacher.
12.30 – 2.30 - Lunch and free time        
2.30 – 4.45 - Practice: stillness and movement
4:45 – 5:45 - Yin Yoga
5:45  - Journalling/sit
6:00 – 7:30 - Dinner and free time
7:30 - Talk and discussion plus practice
9-9.30 - Closing for the day or further practice



Cancellation policy

Cancellations received up to or before 1 month before the event – the fee will be refunded less $110.
Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the event – 50% of the fee will be refunded.
Cancellations received 10 working days or less before the event – no refund will be made


Timothea Goddard

BA, Dip Psych (ANZAP) Workplace Trainer, Cert V, MBSR Cert. (UMass) TSY Yoga teacher (YA500H)

Timothea Goddard (Tim) has been practicing yoga and meditation (in the Vipassana tradition) since her early twenties, having also spent some years practicing Zen and Aikido. She sees meditation as a pragmatic way of inviting people into recognizing their own basic goodness - in terms of clarity, courage and wisdom – and how to bring this goodness into the world.  She is acknowledged as a pioneer in bringing Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and associated programs to Australia over the past 16 years.  She has worked in private practice for 35 years as a developmental psychotherapist having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic, body-based and systemic ways of exploring challenges in life and relationships. Her latest forays into learning has been in Internal Family Systems, trauma sensitive yoga teacher training and Clean Language.

She is founding director of Openground – an Australia-wide network of clinicians and teachers offering MBSR and related mindfulness programs, workshops and retreats, and of the Mindfulness Training Institute – Australia and New Zealand – a not-for-profit which offers teacher training and Vipassana retreats.


Don't meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people's lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging."