Dates: 6 - 11 July 2020
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, but all are welcome.
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 kindness and compassion.Five days of support in terms of space, time, good food and company will enable you to release stress and restore your energy for life, with a refreshed perspective and wisdom.Tim, Mary and Astrid teach from a trauma-sensitive mindfulness orientation so this retreat will feature choice and flexibility.
What is a secular retreat?
Many faith traditions encourage periods of retreat.
We offer retreats that are open to people of any and no faith. Our retreats are informed by both ancient knowledge and contemporary understandings about human flourishing, including scientific findings about health and well-being.
Mindfulness is a natural human capacity and does not belong to any one tradition. Jon Kabat-Zinn’s development of the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course has been very influential in mainstreaming mindfulness as a helpful approach to living our lives. In developing MBSR, Jon drew on the very practical teachings of the Buddha, which describe experiences that are shared by all humans, and combined these with modern understandings on stress physiology and communication.
Studies on mindfulness in the fields of neuroscience and psychology continue to expand our understandings of how to live a fulfilling life with less struggle, and to make links to practical teachings that have existed for thousands of years.
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".
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.
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.
Lucinda's Fine Food will be catering for the event, providing gourmet vegetarian meals.
How to get to the venue
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 in advance 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 6th July 2020.
The cost of a shared group bus return transfer will depend on the numbers, usually around $110 per person and will be billed separately. The bus will be organised by MTI if required.
Book return flights on 11th 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.
There are three variable levels of retreat rates which cover accommodation, three gourmet vegetarian meals each day, teaching and operation costs. We ask that you choose the rate that fits your capacity.
STANDARD RATE $1395.00 (inc GST)
This is the usual rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.
SUPPORTING RATE $1550.00 (inc GST)
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.
SUBSIDISED RATE $1240.00 (inc GST)
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.
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 8 June, 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.