Open Awareness Meditation Retreat
“Sati, the Pali word for Mindfulness, includes open awareness and reflection -
the same way a ‘good enough’ mother embraces her child. Let gentle and kind attention, not perfection, lead our practice.”
With Linda Modaro and Mary McIntyre
Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 at 4.30pm – Sunday, Nov 24, 2019 at 2 pm
Wilton, New South Wales (1.5 hours south of Sydney) – Brahma Kumaris Retreat Centre
During this residential retreat, we will explore an open awareness meditation practice that is followed by reflection. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation. This enables you to be more trusting, responsive, and present in your life.
We welcome long-term meditators, as well as newer meditators, and recent MBSR graduates who are new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. Meditation teachers are also welcome.
WHY MEDITATE AND REFLECT?
We believe that you can learn beneficial ways of meditating by seeing how your mind operates within meditation. This kind of “seeing” can be naturally developed through recollection and reflection, whether done in a journal or expressed verbally to an experienced teacher or peers.
Most likely you will have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. What is in your mind and heart matters deeply and does not need to be separated out from your meditation practice. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight, rather than from an authority, a tradition, or any dogmatic and rigid way of thinking about meditation.
More on this is here: https://satisangha.org/meditation/
Feel free to reach out and contact us to better acquaint yourself with our philosophy:
Linda Modaro: email@example.com
Mary McIntyre: firstname.lastname@example.org
We offer a daily schedule that includes several meditation sittings per day, optional group movement/stretching sessions, dharma talks, small group
reflection, individual sessions if desired, and free time for exercise and your normal routine.
The retreats are held in silence apart from Q& A, feedback and small groups. You may bring materials for reading, journaling.
Three vegetarian meals per day with a lighter meal at dinner. The retreat center can prepare food around food allergies, and handle some food preferences requests. We will send a diet preference questionnaire closer to the date.
All rooms are spacious twin shares with a private bathroom.
There are three variable levels of retreat cost, we ask that you choose the one that fits your capacity:
This is the usual rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select this if you are able. This covers accommodation, meals, teacher travel expenses and honorarium for the teachers.
This rate is a bit higher and will cover the same as the Standard rate plus contribute to the retreat attendance of those at the Supported rate.
This is a self-selected funded rate whereby your place will be supported by other full paying participants. This rate covers venue costs and a minimal fee for teacher’s expenses. Please select this rate if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend. We will not ask for evidence at this stage but may ask for evidence in the future to support your claim.
There are three single rooms available.