Nine-day Insight Meditation Retreat - Coromandel
to Aug 12

Nine-day Insight Meditation Retreat - Coromandel

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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

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:

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Insight Dialogue two-day workshop
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

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
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*

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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:


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