Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat
With Timothea Goddard, Astrid de Ruiter and Mary McIntyre
10 - 15 December 2020 | Burradoo, N.S.W
21 - 26 January 2021 | Healesville, Vic
This silent retreat is suitable for anyone wishing to deepen their practice and cultivate further understanding of the wisdom teachings underpinning mindfulness practices. These teachings and practices will emphasise connecting to embodied experience, quieting the mind, opening the heart, and developing clarity and insight in order to explore and release suffering.
We will also consider our relationship to the suffering in the world more broadly – especially in the light of the emerging climate crisis. A question might be: how can we use our practice and wisdom to investigate and choose our own responses to this complex challenge? We hope to create some space to reflect together, and cultivate some intelligent and tender care for our own lives, for the human community and the natural world.
This retreat will offer silent periods of stillness and moving meditation, yoga as well as group and individual discussions with the teachers. The emphasis will be developing a trust in your own mind. Teachers will also offer daily talks which will point to the integration of Buddhist ideas and actual practice. The quiet, continuity, spaciousness and good company will support you in developing an open, flexible and dynamic practice.
Who is it for?
Anyone is welcome to attend this inner adventure! However as this is a silent meditation retreat with intensive periods of practice, it will be beneficial 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.