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Four Foundations of Mindfulness Retreat

Awake. Alive. Present

5 days

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. 

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FINDING YOUR COURSE

Details - Burradoo

Garden Pond 450

Prices

Standard Rate  
Price - $1395 (inc GST)
Supporting Rate
Price - $1550.00 (inc GST)
Subsidised Rate 
Price - $1240.00 (inc GST)

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Date and Time

Dates
10 - 15 December 2020
Times
Starts 2pm Thursday  and concludes 2pm Tuesday

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Venue and Catering

Hartzer Park, Burradoo, NSW

Enjoy your own single room  and gourmet vegetarian cuisine.

Hartzer Park is wheel-chair accessible.

Directions to H.P.
How to get there

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 10 December 2020. 
Book return flights on 15 December from 4.30pm  for Domestic flights and 5.30pm for International flights.  The retreat concludes at 2pm on the 15 December. Allow 1.5 hours travel time from Hartzer Park to the Airport.

 

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Details - Healesville, Vic

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Prices

Standard Rate  
Price - $1180 (inc GST)
Supporting Rate
Price - $1280.00 (inc GST)
Subsidised Rate 
Price - $1040.00 (inc GST)

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Date and Time

Dates
21 - 26 January 2021
Times
Starts 2pm Thursday  and concludes 2pm Tuesday

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Venue and Catering

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. 

Vegetarian Cuisine provided by Maitripa's in-house caterers.

Directions to H.P.
How to get there
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 the 20th January 2020. 

If you depart the Maitripa Centre at 2pm on 25th 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 25th January 2020 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**
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Refund Policy

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 10 November, 2020 for Burradoo, NSW and 21 December, 2020 for Healesville, 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.

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Teachers

Timothea Goddard

BA, Dip Psych (ANZAP) Workplace Trainer, Cert V, Yoga teacher (YA200H)

timothea goddard 200Timothea 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 McIntyre

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 mcintyre copyMary’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 de ruiterAstrid 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.

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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.