SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT-CULTIVATING SERENITY, INSIGHT AND THE HEART. AUG-SEPT 2021
Both an onsite and online silent meditation retreat for training and practise in serenity, insight and the four divine abodes meditation.
Ten-day (9 night) with seven-day (6 night) option, silent meditation retreat
Aug 27 till Sept 5, 2021 (9 night option)
Aug 27 till Sept 2, 2021 (6 night option)
Onsite venue: Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, (outskirts of Sydney) NSW, Australia.
Online time zone: Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT-Sydney)
Dharma and meditation teacher: Mal Huxter
Yoga and meditation teacher and trainee Dharma teacher: Lisa Brown
Onsite manager and psychologist support: Amy Dempsey
This retreat will be based on Theravada Buddhist meditation practices. It will focus on training in the cultivation of mindfulness, focussed attention, and the four divine abodes (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity). There will be evening talks (7:00-8:00pm) and workshop style morning instruction (9:00-10:30am) with Mal as well as some talks, instruction and morning yoga sessions (6:15-7:45am) with Lisa. Short individual interviews with Mal will be possible after the first weekend.
Why it is helpful to attend retreats?
Silent retreats are opportunities to focus on cultivating the heart-mind and awakening psychological freedom. They provide the external circumstances conducive to inner transformation, peace and harmony with oneself and others.
At a basic level, retreats provide a break to recharge and remember what is important in our lives. For professionals, such as teachers or therapists, retreats give us the opportunity to refine the skills we teach to our students and clients. Meditation retreats provide an opportunity for personal stress management and self-reflection. They often clarify life’s directions so that there is renewed vitality and enthusiasm towards that which is important. These personal gains help individuals become more effective in whatever they do including their professional roles. For those therapists who wish to use mindfulness, compassion and loving kindness in therapeutic settings, retreats provide the opportunity to deepen therapeutic skills and understanding of these interventions. In some mindfulness and mindful compassion approaches (e.g. MBSR and MSC) attending silent residential retreats are essential qualifications for teacher training programmes.
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.
Fees for onsite attendance:
Single room (9 nights/10 days) – $1500 + 4% Humanitix booking fee + dana
Single room (6 nights/ 7 days) – $1064 + 4% Humanitix booking fee + dana
These fees cover food and accommodation in spacious single room accommodation with private bathroom.
If you need to pay for the retreat over time, please send Malcolm a booking request with name, mobile or landline number, address, email address and requested length of stay to email@example.com . Full payment would be expected before the retreat begins.
There will be no fee for online participation and it will be completely dana based.
In accordance with Buddhist traditions, the teaching on 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. Dana focuses on the cultivation of joy from giving. It is also a way of demonstrating appreciation of the Dharma being taught.
Mt Carmel Retreat Centre in Varroville on St-Andrews Rd past Campbell town outside Sydney. Here is the link to details about the venue: http://carmeliteretreats.com.au/
Onsite, this retreat will comply with COVID safe practices and participant numbers will be limited.
Online, this retreat will be conducted over ZOOM and include: optional early morning yoga, workshop style live instruction and guidance in the morning, periods of silent meditation together, the evening Dharma talks and discussion and opportunities to have 1:1 private interviews with Malcolm.
Meditation teacher: Mal Huxter is a teacher of Buddhist meditation and a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” A practicing psychologist for 30 years, he has been teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities 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. For more info about Mal go to: www.malhuxter.com
Yoga teacher: Lisa Brown is a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator, a Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) trained teacher and qualified yoga teacher. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. For more info about Lisa go to: http://mindfulnesspsychologywellbeing.com
Manager: Amy Dempsey is a Psychologist and a Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) trained teacher. She works as in private practice in Lismore, NSW.
To Book follow this link: https://events.humanitix.com/cultivating-serenity-insight-and-the-heart-a-silent-meditation-retreat
Please note if you need to pay off the fee over time, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for options.
Please book early, as places are limited.
For more detailed information contact Mal Huxter