We are honoured to be hosting this retreat, led by Auckland Insight's guiding teacher Jill Shepherd.
The retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasising continuity of the present moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. It will have a particular emphasis on the four Brahma Vihara: meditation practises which cultivate the heart qualities of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity.
Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with meditation instructions in both Insight (Vipassana) and the Brahma Vihara practise. There will be an optional daily period of mindful movement, optional dyad (pairs) meditation and individual meetings with the teacher.
This retreat is suitable for both beginning and and experienced students of meditation.
In order to make this retreat as accessible as possible we have chosen a venue within the Auckland region, and attendees will be offered a roster to choose from a list of simple tasks to contribute to housekeeping maintenance, including assistance in the provision of simple vegetarian meals.
This retreat is now fully booked. Please click here if you wish to join a waitlist.
Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand.
She recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men's prison.
She is a graduate of the IMS/Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal. Currently, she divides her time mostly between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching vipassana and brahma vihara retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.