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mindfulness retreat

Alive. Awake. Present.

A five day retreat exploring the four foundations of mindfulness

5 days
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Retreat | 21 - 26 January 2021 | Healesville, Vic

Allow the teachings to enter you as you might listen to music, or in the way the earth allows the rain to permeate it.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Intensive practice opens us up to the possibility of becoming intimate with the present moment and all the possibilities that stem from this attunement to reality, here and now.  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 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. The emphasis will be on developing trust in your own mind.  Teachers will also offer daily talks which will point to the integration of Buddhist ideas and actual practice. The quiet, continuity, spaciousness and good company will support you in developing an open, flexible and dynamic practice.  There will be lots of movement, single rooms and good food too!

Do be in touch if you want to discuss this with Mary - one of the teachers.

This is retreat is offered through the Mindfulness Training Institute - Australia and New Zealand and you can book for it here.

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Standard Rate  
Price - $1180 (inc GST)
Supporting Rate
Price - $1280 (inc GST)
Subsidised Rate 
Price - $1040 (inc GST)

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Date and Time

21 - 26 January 2021 

Starts 2pm Thursday - Concludes 2pm Tuesday


Venue and Catering

Maitripa Centre
528 Myers Creek Road
Healesville, VIC 3777

Rooms are all at the same cost in the package and they have been allocated as single on a first come first serve basis. 

Vegetarian Cuisine provided by Maitripa's in-house caterers.

Directions to H.P.
How to get there
If you are arriving at Melbourne Airport and would like to share taxi / mini-bus transport costs to the Maitripa Centre, please let Caroline know and she will connect you with others so you can organise your transport together.  Please book flights to be available to catch a bus / taxi by 12.30 pm on the 20th January 2020. 

If you depart the Maitripa Centre at 2pm on 25th January you will arrive at the airport at 3.30pm, so book return domestic flights from 4.30pm (5.30pm for International flights).

On the 25th January 2020 allow 1.30 hours travel time in from the Maitripa Centre to the Airport. 

**Please allow a little more travel time from Melbourne if you are travelling in peak times**







Timothea Goddard

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

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, Associate of Openground

Mary’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.

Astrid de Ruiter

MSc (Physics), Grad Dip Counseling, Dip Holistic Counseling

Astrid is a certified MBSR teacher, with the Centre of Mindfulness, UMass having trained extensively with them and Openground.  She is a counsellor/ psychotherapist and has a background in science (physics). She has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals since 2006, to both clinical and non-clinical populations. Astrid's personal practice of mindfulness spans a period of over 15 years within various Insight meditation traditions. Astrid teaches MBSR courses in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. She brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness. She is strongly committed to helping participants develop their own relationship to mindfulness and mindfulness practice, so that it is personally and professionally relevant. She is gifted in her capacity to balance theory and practice, and to make the learning journey an inspiring and productive one. 


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.