Dates: 8 - 13 July 2019
Times: Starts 2pm Monday - Concludes 2pm Saturday
Venue: Hartzer Park, Burradoo, NSW
(single rooms and gourmet vegetarian cuisine)
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 38 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.
This is a silent meditation retreat with intensive periods of practice. It will be appropriate for most people to have had some practice of mindfulness meditation beforehand (e.g. having completed the 8 week MBSR or MBCT course). Do be in touch if you want to check that it will be suitable for you.
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’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.
Lucinda's Fine Food will be catering for the event, providing gourmet vegetarian meals.
Driving: Here is a link to Google Maps Hartzer Park.
Train: the nearest station is Bowral Station and then it's a short cab ride to Hartzer Park. Here is a link to Sydney Trains.
Car Pooling: Caroline will be helping to organise some car-pooling and will be sending an email out with details for those people looking for a lift. Do be in touch with if you can offer a lift or are looking for a lift.
Airport Arrivals and Departures - Sharing Transport: If you are arriving at Sydney Airport and would like to share taxi / mini-bus transport costs to Hartzer Park, 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 8th July 2019.
Book return flights on 13th July from 4.30pm for Domestic flights and 5.30pm for International flights. The retreat concludes at 2pm on the 13th July. Allow 1.5 hours travel time from Hartzer Park to the Airport.
Full Board Cost covers accommodation and all meals only ($660)
Teachers Fee is additional (variable levels, see below)
This is the usual rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.REGISTER HERE
This rate is slightly higher than the usual rate for this type of event. Selecting this option is a way of supporting others to attend mindfulness events that they otherwise might not be able to attend. If you are able to select this option the MTIA guarantees that the additional funds will be directly channelled into supporting others to access mindfulness teaching who otherwise couldn’t afford it.REGISTER HERE
This is a self-select funded rate whereby your place will be supported by other full paying participants. Please select this rate if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend due to the fee. We will not ask for evidence at this stage but may ask for evidence to support your claim in the future.REGISTER HERE
No refunds will be issued after 3 June, 2019 except in extenuating circumstances.Notice of cancellation must be provided to MTIA via email and will be confirmed via reply email. MTIA cannot accept responsibility for correspondence that is delayed or for failure of delivery.