Dates: 20 - 25 January 2020
Times: Starts 2pm Monday - Concludes 2pm Saturday
Venue: 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. **
This silent retreat will support you in developing an open, flexible and dynamic practice. An inclusive attitude to your meditative experience can offer insight, calm, heart opening and a retreat fosters and supports developing clarity and depth of practice.
This retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen his or her practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness meditation. 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.
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 emphasise how the Dharma (wisdom teachings) informs mindfulness-based practice and programs. It 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.
This insight meditation retreat will offer silent periods of sitting and walking meditation, yoga as well group and individual teacher meetings . Teachers will also offer daily talks and meditation guidance that are embedded with the spirit of lovingkindness and respect.
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".
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.
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.
Vegetarian Cuisine provided by Maitripa's in-house caterers
How to get to the venue
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 the19th January 2019.
If you depart the Maitripa Centre at 2pm on 24th 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 24th January 2019 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**
A 90% refund will be issued if cancellation is received up to two months before the event.
A 50% refund will be issued up to one month before the event.
However, in either of those two circumstances, if a substitute person can be found so that MTIA is not impacted financially there will be a full refund less 10% admin fee.
No refunds will be issued after 6 January, 2020 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.
In the unlikely event the workshop is cancelled by the organisers, registration fees will be fully refunded. No liability will be accepted for travel, accommodation or other costs / expenses incurred by participants.