Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat
20 - 26 January 2022 | 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.