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Urban Retreat Day - live online

Half day

Urban Retreat Days | 9am - 1pm (AEST) 
Live Online using Zoom
Price: $44 Standard / $22 Concession

Next Retreat:

Ground and vulnerability

Sunday, 29th May, 2022
Timothea Goddard 

In this Urban retreat we will explore the relationship between a sense of ground and our ongoing vulnerability. This is especially relevant as we are called to witness and experience much uncertainty, distress and pain in the world, here, now.  In line with Buddhist psychology, David Whyte writes:  

Vulnerability is not a weakness, a passing indisposition, or something we can arrange to do without.  Vulnerability is not a choice. Vulnerability is the underlying, ever present and abiding undercurrent of our natural state.”

Through practice and teachings we will explore finding one’s own ground in a way that helps us accept and abide in our vulnerability as things shift and change.


9 am - 1 pm (AEDT) Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Brisbane
8:30 am - 12:30 pm (ACST) Adelaide
7 am - 11 am (AWST) Perth

We want to be inclusive, but this day of practice will suit people with some experience and knowledge of mindfulness practice - for example like the learning that happens in an eight-week program.  So if you have some experience of practice - do feel free to register (even if you haven't done MBSR, MBCT or MiCBT.)  If you haven't done any mindfulness training yet, have a look at the MBSR page to find a course near you.  This will be a better fit, than leaping into a retreat day.

Some feedback from our first online retreat:

"A week has gone by since your life-enhancing retreat. I am so impressed  that you made it feel like a real retreat, with all the important elements, even the personal conversations. I love all your mindfulness of body practices which combine elements of other fine traditions to create a dynamic experience of moving and stretching, which the body adores.  The whole day created a wonderful sense of peacefulness and spaciousness, in the midst of all that is happening globally."

"Gratitude Tim, and everyone, This is lovely.  Feels very grounding, and the weirdness is offset by seeing your familiar face and hearing your voice." 

"I got so much out of the day. I’m surprised myself. Once I got over the feeling of sadness of missing being in a retreat together with the warmth & connectedness that comes with that, I realised how much is the same - a warm and engaging host, great content, familiar teachings from my previous MBSR courses - there is a warmth and connectedness that comes with those things."


Refresh Your Practice

Refresh your motivation and keep practising mindfulness



Reconnect with the support of the practice and take a full day to renew your connection with yourself



Practice in the good company of fellow travellers

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Fantastic. Thank you Tim. So much considered content that’s delivered with such an acceptance of different learning styles.

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Deep thanks. As always. so nourishing and so many helpful insights and opportunity for growth.

Why attend the Urban Retreat Day?

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Refresh your mindfulness practice

Mindfulness is not a good idea; it is a practice.  And we all know it very easily slips away, without support. Sustained, restful practice over the day will deepen your sense of presence and focus and remind you what you got from the course.

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Rest and restore

The space, quiet time and good company will enable you to dissolve stress and holding and restore your energy for life.  Unless we deliberately take time out, our lives can become filled with autopilot reactivity.

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Take in the good

In any moment, there are good things to orient towards and experience, but these are so often missed in a busy and demanding life, with all the roles we fulfil.  During this day, let go of an orientation of 'doing' and 'managing' and embrace moments of ease, support, delight and stillness.

Haven't done the MBSR course yet?

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