Training and practise in mindfulness, focus attention, loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity.
Friday 31/8/18 till Friday 7/9/18 (3-day option Friday 31/8 till Monday 3/9)
Mt Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville, NSW (Sydney outskirts), Australia
Meditation Teacher: Mal Huxter
Yoga Teacher: Lisa Brown
Organiser: Karen Plumbe
Onsite Manager: Amy Dempsey
Venue: Mt Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville on St-Andrews Rd past Campbell town outside Sydney. Here is the link to venue: http://carmeliteretreats.com.au/
Food: The venue has a meat and fish menu for their residents and they will cater for vegetarian, vegan (dairy free) and general non-coeliac gluten free diets.
Dates and times: Both options begin Friday 31/8/18 at 3pm. Three-day retreat finishes lunchtime Monday 3/9/18 or as required by participants. Seven day retreat finishes Friday 7/9/18 at lunchtime.
Fees for three-day option: Share ensuite room with one other person = AUD$375 + dana
Private ensuite room = AUD$425 + dana
Fees for seven-day option: Share ensuite room with one other person = AUD$830 + dana
Private ensuite room = AUD$910 + dana
The first three days of this retreat will focus on training in the cultivation of stillness, serenity and insight meditation and the remaining days will involve attention given to the cultivation of the four heart qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity). There will be evening talks and workshop style morning instruction with Mal as well as morning yoga sessions with Lisa. Short individual interviews with Mal will be possible after Monday.
General aims of the retreat:
• To provide the opportunity to experience first hand the cultivation of insight, stillness, serenity and the heart qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity).
• To free oneself and others from psychological suffering and cultivate wellbeing and genuine happiness.
• To enhance the skills and understanding of anyone wishing to develop these qualities as well as provide new ideas for therapists, programme leaders and other professionals who already use mindfulness, compassion, loving kindness and related skills as part of their therapeutic and coaching repertoire.
Who is this retreat for?
This silent residential retreat is for anyone who has had some prior experience with meditation and wishes to enhance and practise his or her skills. The retreat is suited to the general public as well as health care practitioners, therapists, educators, programme leaders and it will partially fulfil CPD requirements for some professionals. For those with aspirations to teach, this silent retreat will also partially fulfil requirements for teacher training in programmes such as Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).
What will the retreat involve?
Mal will draw on his training in the ancient Buddhist as well as the contemporary psychological practices including MSC. This retreat will involve evening talks, morning guidance and discussion, optional yoga sessions, time to sit, walk, move and be silently present. It will also involve the opportunity for 1:1 meetings with the teacher (Mal) if required after Monday. Silence will be encouraged but not enforced.
Though in silence, participants will have the opportunity to question, comment and discuss about the practices during workshops style morning guidance sessions. All experiential exercises will be voluntary and there will be an opportunity to practice daily Yoga sessions taught by Lisa Brown. On the final day some of these exercises will involve pairing up with another and engaging in interpersonal meditation practices.
Mt Carmel Retreat is a peaceful and semi-rural sanctuary of 300 acres with birdlife and walking trails, 45 minutes outside of Sydney, near the Minto train station. All ensuite bedrooms are spacious and you can have the option to have your own private room or share with one other person.
The fees for this retreat (outlined above) will cover food /accommodation and contribute towards the teachers’ accommodation and transport. The fees include an option for dana.
In accordance with Buddhist traditions, the fee for this retreat is dana based. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where the teachings are given freely and those who receive the teaching have the opportunity to reciprocate with a financial gift that they feel is suitable, after the retreat has finished.
Teacher: Mal Huxter is a certified MSC teacher and clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” Routledge 2016. http://www.amazon.com/Healing-Heart-Mind-Mindfulness-Ancient/dp/1138851353
A practicing psychologist for 27 years, he has been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities to the general public, a range of cultures, clinical populations, therapists and other professionals since 1991. He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s. As well as Theravada he has trained in other Buddhist and spiritual traditions.
Yoga Teacher: Lisa Brown is a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator, Yoga teacher and mother to four children, two dogs, two horses and a goat. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour, and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes.
For further information or booking details email: Karen Plumbe on [email protected]
For detailed information email [email protected] (please note Mal will be unavailable from late May till July 24th 2018)
Online booking: https://www.malhuxter.com/silent-teacher-led-retreat-august-31st-september-7th-2018-sydney/
The fees for this retreat (outlined above) will cover food /accommodation and contribute towards the teachers’ accommodation and transport. The fees include an option for dana. In accordance with Buddhist traditions, the fee for this retreat is dana based. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where the teachings are given freely and those who receive the teaching have the opportunity to reciprocate with a financial gift that they feel is suitable, after the retreat has finished.