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open awareness retreat

Alive. Awake. Present.

A seven day retreat exploring the four foundations of mindfulness

Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat 
1 - 7 December 2021 | Springbrook, Qld
With Mary McIntyre and Timothea Goddard

This retreat is for QLD residents due to covid travel restrictions 

This silent retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen his or her practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. These teachings and practices will emphasise connecting to embodied experience, quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and insight in order to explore and release suffering. 

We will also consider our relationship to the suffering in the world more broadly – especially in the light of the emerging climate /ecological crisis. A question might be: how can we use our practice and wisdom to investigate and choose our own responses to this complex challenge? We hope to create some space to reflect together, and cultivate some  intelligent and tender care for our own lives, for the human community and the natural world. 

This retreat will offer silent periods of stillness and moving meditation, yoga as well as group and individual discussions with the teachers. Teachers will also offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are imbued with the spirit of kindness and compassion. The quiet, continuity, spaciousness and good company will support you in developing an open, flexible and dynamic practice.

Prerequisites

Anyone is welcome to attend this inner adventure!  However as this is a silent meditation retreat with intensive periods of practice, it will be beneficial for people to have had some practice of mindfulness meditation beforehand (e.g. having completed the 8 week MBSR, MBCT or MiCBT course). Do be in touch if need be to check your suitability before enrolling.

 

 

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Prices

Standard Rate  
Price - $1300 (inc GST)
Supporting Rate
Price - $1400 (inc GST)
Subsidised Rate 
Price - $1160 (inc GST)

Hepburn

Date and Time

Dates
1 - 7 December 2021

Times
Arrive from 3pm. Starts 4pm Wednesday and concludes 2 pm Tuesday.

Hepburn Springs explore walking tracks forest

Venue and Catering

The Springbrook Theosophical Retreat Centre
2184 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook QLD 4213

All rooms are single rooms.

Vegetarian Cuisine

Directions to H.P.
How to get there

 

 

 

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Teachers

Timothea Goddard

BA, Dip Psych (ANZAP) Workplace Trainer, Cert V, Yoga teacher (YA200H)

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Timothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing MBSR to Australia over the past 14 years being the first in Australia to complete the training and be accredited as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness, UMass Medical Center, USA; she maintains strong professional links there. Timothea has worked in private practice for 30 years as a psychotherapist, educator and workplace trainer, having trained in humanistic, psychodynamic and body-based psychotherapy as well as comprehensive training in MiCBT, and basic training in ACT, Breathworks, .B, and Mindful Schools. Since 2007, she has been offering MBSR training and supervision for health professionals and others. 

She is a long time student of yoga, Aikido and meditation and practices in the Insight tradition. She is the Director of Openground – an Australia-wide network of clinicians and teachers offering MBSR and related programs. She is a founding director of MTI and is currently the Director of Training. She is very interested in the interface of biology and psychology and how mindfulness practice can facilitate the integration between what we experience as "body" and "mind".

Mary McIntyre

B.A (Bus) Dip. Couns, MACA II , SEP Trauma Therapy, Cert. Expressive Therapies, Cert IV Arch. , Circle of Security Parent Educator

mary mcintyre copyMary’s encounter with regular meditation practice began in earnest in 1989. She initially attended retreats in France in the Vietnamese Mahayana tradition (Thich Nhat Hanh) where she took lay ordination in 1995. Subsequently Mary moved from Europe to Sri Lanka for seven years where she explored traditional Theravadan and Western Insight traditions before emigrating to Australia in 2003 . She is motivated by various Insight style retreats including open, spacious style practices such as Reflective Meditation (Linda Modaro) which continues to inspire her. 

Mary is passionate about good therapy, human metamorphosis, post traumatic growth and various modalities of healing. She works 1-1 in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist based in Brisbane where she also leads MBSR and offers ongoing mentoring supervision to new meditation teachers.

What is a secular retreat?

Secular means "of our age". 

We offer retreats that are open to people of any and no faith. Our retreats are informed by both ancient knowledge and contemporary understandings about human flourishing, including scientific findings about health and well-being. 

While mindfulness is a natural human capacity, we draw explicitly on the very practical teachings of the Buddha, which describe experiences that are shared by all humans. We bring understandings from Buddhist psychology to inquire into the nature of suffering and how to incline the mind towards  freedom. We bring an interest in the the fields of neuroscience and psychology which continue to expand our understandings of how to live a fulfilling life with less struggle, and to make links to practical teachings that have existed for thousands of years.

Our retreats makes the practical learning from Buddhism, as well as modern science, available in an ordinary, secular and accessible way that is applicable in your everyday life.


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