6 Day Mindfulness Retreat
Maitripa Centre | Healesville | VIC
19 - 24 January 2019
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 emphasize quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and depth
of practice. This may be especially of interest to those teaching or aspiring to teach mindfulness in healthcare, psychology, education, science,
government, or in the business and corporate sectors.
In the last 37 years Mindfulness-Based Programs (MBPs) have spread exponentially throughout the world. "Mindfulness" has become popular in medicine, neuroscience, psychology, education, and business and yet at times, little is known of it's origins. This retreat will explore and emphasize how the Dharma (wisdom teachings) informs mindfulness-based practice and programs.
Through the direct practice of the four foundations of mindfulness (and exploration of the four noble truths and the three characteristics
of existence) you will explore how the essence of these wisdom teachings intersects and informs all mindfulness-based programs. This traditional
insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, yoga as well group and individual teacher interviews.
Teachers will also offer daily talks and systematic meditation instructions that are embedded with the spirit of lovingkindness.
For more information and registration details please follow this link which will redirect you to the MTI website:
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".
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.
Mary McIntyre B.A .(Bus), Dip. Couns, Cert Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work, Cert IV Architecture, MACA II
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. Since moving to Australia she has participated in various Insight style retreats including Recollective Awareness and Reflective Meditation (Linda Modaro) which continues to inspire her. Ongoing study has extended to more teaching , Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy and the intersection of psychology and biology . Mary is passionate about human change, growth and various modalities of healing . She works in private practice as a counsellor/psychotherapist based in Brisbane where she also leads MBSR and sitting meditation groups.