Five-day Study and Practice retreat – Walking the Buddha’s path to freedom
Feb
4
to Feb 9

Five-day Study and Practice retreat – Walking the Buddha’s path to freedom

Are you interested in exploring the Buddha’s teachings (dharma) but feel unsure where and how to start? 

Would you like to understand how these teachings can deepen your meditation practice, and help you live a life of greater ease, happiness, peace, and freedom?

Are you interested in meeting others with similar interests, and engaging in dharma study and practice with them through a variety of different modes?

This five-day dharma study and practice retreat offers a rare opportunity to explore the Buddha’s teachings with three highly-experienced dharma teachers and meditation practitioners.

Over the days of practice you will be introduced to the core Buddhist teachings, with a map of how they interrelate and support the development of your practice towards a free heart and mind (citta).

The retreat will be grounded in noble silence, to support your deepening understanding and integration. The schedule includes: shared enquiry into core texts and teachings; guided and silent sitting and walking meditation; relational practice, using the guidelines of Insight Dialogue*; individual meetings with the teachers; and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Each day there will be a 2-hour sutta (text) study session exploring the Buddha’s core teachings for liberating the heart and mind (citta): generosity (dāna), ethical living (sīla), meditation (samādhi) and wise enquiry (pañña).

This retreat is best suited to people with an established insight meditation or mindfulness practice. 

The retreat is intended as a pilot programme with future online and retreat-based teachings in 2021 and onwards.

*For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

Teachers:

Willa Thaniya Reid trained in the Thai Forest Tradition of Ajahn Chah, which harmonises with her affinity for the natural world and for reflective practice grounded in the Buddha’s suttas. She was a monastic for 18 years, eight years as senior nun of Cittaviveka. She teaches internationally and is based in New Zealand, where she co-founded with Elizabeth a center for Dhamma enquiry in Kihikihi. She has a Masters of Counselling, and clinical pastoral training. 

Dr Elizabeth Day trained as a Buddhist monastic within the lineage of the Thai Forest Sangha.  She is committed to presenting the clarity of the core Buddhist teachings, and bringing these alive for minds shaped by contemporary democratic paradigms. Elizabeth co-founded a centre for Dhamma practice in Kihikihi, New Zealand with Willa, and teaches retreats in NZ and the USA. She has a PhD in phenomenology and inter-subjectivity; practices relational Gestalt psychotherapy; and is a senior academic in universities in New Zealand and Australia.

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, and is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US, under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal.

Time and dates: 4:30 pm Tuesday 4 - 1:00 pm Sunday 9 February 2020
Location: St Francis Retreat Centre
Cost: sliding scale $850-$650 + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teachers' international airfare)
To register: https://events.humanitix.co.nz/dharma-study-and-practice-five-day-retreat-auckland

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Kihikihi non-residential meditation retreat
Oct
5
to Oct 11

Kihikihi non-residential meditation retreat

  • 21 Galloway Street Kihikihi, Waikato, 3800 New Zealand (map)
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Weeklong: 5th to 11th October (non-residential Meditation Retreat) 

 Each day will include: yoga (6:30am-7:30am); morning meditation practice 8:30am start; hot vegetarian meal; afternoon meditation practice; supper break; evening reflections and practice 6 – 7:30pm.

Registration will open here soon: http://kihikihi-meditation-yoga.org/timetable/

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Insight Meditation nine-day retreat with Jill Shepherd
Aug
23
to Sep 1

Insight Meditation nine-day retreat with Jill Shepherd

  • 180 Paul Road Whenuakite, Waikato, 3591 New Zealand (map)
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To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/insight-meditation-nine-day-retreat-2019-coromandel-tickets-52335196983

This nine-day retreat provides an opportunity to explore different aspects of the Buddha’s teachings on Nibbana, also translated as Awakening, Enlightenment, Liberation, or Freedom. The freedom that is being pointed to here includes freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and authenticity.

We will use a variety of practices from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.

Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion, individual meetings with the teacher and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation weekend retreats.

Accommodation: The rooms are all shared rooms, with shared bathrooms. Men and women are housed separately.

Food: The centre will provide simple vegetarian meals for the retreat. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs.

Special diets: The centre requests a $10 per day surcharge to cater for special diets. This additional fee of $90 is payable directly to Te Moata so please bring cash for this.

Work meditation: To help integrate mindfulness into daily life activities, there will be a period of work meditation each day of approximately 45 minutes.

Retreat fees: sliding scale $850-$650 + dana*

Supporter rate $850 - Slightly more than actual-cost ticket: covers cost of food and accommodation, a contribution to the teacher's travel costs, and a contribution to scholarships for low-income attendees

Actual cost $750 - Actual-cost ticket covers cost of food and accommodation, and a small contribution to the teacher's travel costs

Scholarship rate $650 - Below cost ticket: covers a contribution towards cost of food and accommodation only

The retreat fee covers only the cost of food and accommodation, plus a small contribution to the teacher's international airfares. The teaching is freely offered, and there will be an opportunity to give dana* to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

Cancellation policy: The payment is refundable up to thirty days before the retreat begins. If you cancel after this time, the retreat cost will be forfeited and used to help provide scholarship places.

*Dana: In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dana’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely - so there will be an opportunity to offer a donation for the teaching at the end of the event.

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Auckland Insight Retreat
Apr
2
to Apr 6

Auckland Insight Retreat

  • Bella Rakha Retreat Centre (map)
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Auckland Insight Retreat at Bella Rakha with guiding teacher Jill Shepherd.

Befriending the Mind

One common misunderstanding of meditation is that it aims to stop thinking. However, the purpose of insight meditation is to develop a more skilful relationship to every aspect of our experience, including our thoughts and emotions.

During this five-day retreat, we will explore ways to befriend the mind: to let go of unhelpful mental habits, and to cultivate helpful ones. Using a variety of different meditation practices, we will train our hearts and minds to experience greater ease, happiness, and deep freedom, so that we can become better friends not only to ourselves, but to those around us too.

Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation, dyad (pairs) meditation, and opportunities for individual meetings with the teacher.

There will also be a period of optional, gentle mindful movement each day.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat.

To register and for details email: aucklandinsight@gmail.com

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One-day Insight Meditation workshop
Feb
16
9:30 AM09:30

One-day Insight Meditation workshop

Coming home to the heart

In this one-day workshop we will explore each of the four heart meditation practices of kindness, compassion, appreciative joy, and equanimity, to strengthen our natural resilience and our capacity to meet life's challenges with more happiness and ease.

The day will include both silent and guided sitting and walking meditation, plus some dyad (pairs) practice and group meetings with the teacher.

This retreat is best suited to people who already have some familiarity with mindfulness and/or insight meditation practice.

Register here

NOTE: In support of our group practice, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire day.

Cost: $50 + dana* 

(The ticket price only covers a contribution to venue hire, travel costs etc and there will be an opportunity to offer dana/donations for the teaching at the end of the event)

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Day of Peace
Dec
29
8:30 AM08:30

Day of Peace

Learn mindfulness techniques for:

  • Training in clear awareness of the present moment

  • Focusing concentration

  • Developing loving kindness and compassion

  • Reducing stress, anxiety and depression

  • Eating with full consciousness and gratitude

  • Understanding and reducing our negative reactions

Bring some food for a shared lunch, sunscreen or a hat and shoes that slip on and off easily.

All teachings offered on a donation basis. No registration is necessary.

Directions:

Take Southern Motorway to Bombay exit #471.

Left into Mill Rd. Proceed to T-junction. Left into Bombay Rd.

After 0.5km curve right into Paparata Rd. Continue for 7km.

After Lynd Road on left, turn right into #750, Nibbana Dr.

For more information: vimutti.atba@gmail.com / www.vimutti.org.nz

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Nine-day Insight Meditation Retreat - Coromandel
Aug
3
to Aug 12

Nine-day Insight Meditation Retreat - Coromandel

  • Te Moata Retreat Centre  (map)
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STRENGTHENING THE TWO WINGS OF AWAKENING: WISDOM AND COMPASSION

This nine-day insight meditation retreat offers an opportunity to strengthen both the wisdom and the compassion wings of awakening. We will explore a variety of different practices taken from the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahma-vihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity.

Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion, individual meetings with the teacher and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

There will be a period of relational meditation on the first two and last two days, while the middle days will be in full silence. Relational or interpersonal meditation involves working in dyads (pairs) to practice mindful speaking and listening, using the guidelines of Insight Dialogue. For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat.

Teacher: Jill Shepherd
Cost: Sliding scale $750-$630 + dana*
(cost will include a contribution towards the teacher’s international airfare)
To register: https://insight-meditation-retreat-nine-day-coromandel.eventbrite.com.au

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Insight Dialogue two-day workshop
Jun
30
to Jul 1

Insight Dialogue two-day workshop

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate wisdom and compassion into our relational lives through mindful speaking and mindful listening.

In this two-day non-residential workshop, we will use the power of relational meditation practice to understand the habits of heart and mind that lead to stress and distress, and how to free ourselves from those habits so that we can live together with greater ease and happiness.

Working together in pairs, we will explore the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue in conjunction with the classical Buddhist teachings on Wise Speech: speech that is "… spoken at the right time … spoken in truth … spoken affectionately … spoken beneficially … spoken with a mind of good-will.”

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice, but previous insight dialogue experience is not required.

NOTE: Because the Insight Dialogue guidelines will be taught in sequence and much of the meditation is done in pairs, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire day, both days

Teacher: Jill Shepherd

Cost: $100 + dana* 

Purchase tickets here

(The ticket price only covers a contribution to venue hire, travel costs etc and there will be an opportunity to offer dana/donations for the teaching at the end of the event)

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Autumn Retreat
Mar
23
to Mar 28

Autumn Retreat

We are honoured to be hosting Auckland Insight's second retreat, led by our guiding teacher Jill Shepherd.

Retreat Details
Location: Kiwanis Lodge Huia
Cost: $320 + dana*

Register here

What is Insight?


Within the Buddha’s teachings, mindfulness is practised as a means to insight, the wisdom that leads to the deepest freedom of heart and mind. In this five day retreat we will explore different ways of understanding and experiencing insight, so that we can live our lives with greater calm, clarity and compassion.

Together, we will cultivate insight through a mix of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, group discussion and individual meetings with the teacher.
There will also be a period of optional, gentle mindful movement each day.

This retreat is offered by the Auckland Insight group as an opportunity to strengthen sangha or community. To help keep the retreat registration cost low, daily cooking and cleaning tasks are done by the retreat participants, supervised by the retreat manager. These work periods are an opportunity to practice integrating mindfulness into daily life while supporting the smooth running of the retreat.

The retreat is provided entirely by volunteers, and while we intend to be as helpful as possible, the ability to provide special meals is limited. Registrants with genuine medical dietary needs should email the Retreat Manager: aucklandinsight@gmail.com

 

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