Past Retreats and Events

Foundations of Buddhism and Meditation led by Danny Taylor

Fri 26 May to 28 May 2017 Waiting list only

This weekend is for people who want to understand the foundations of Buddhism and its relationship to meditation.Meditation will be part of this weekend but explored and practiced in its Buddhist context as a foundation for living. The Buddha’s vision is hopeful and inspired. This spirit will inform our weekend. The retreat is particularly for people new to Buddhism but is also open to anyone drawn to this topic.

Three week retreat led by Sayalay Bhada Manika

Fri 28 Apr to 19 May 2017 Waiting list only

Venerable Sayalay Daw Badha Manika is a resident teacher at the Panditarama International Meditation Centre in Lumbini, Nepal. This is the first retreat she has conducted at BMIMC. Sayalay speaks excellent English. The generous support of the Burmese community enables us to offer retreat places at a significantly reduced daily rate.

Easter retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 14 Apr to 17 Apr 2017 waiting list only

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised with Western teachers and Burmese meditation masters in the Mahasi lineage of Insight Meditation in Burma, Nepal, the United States and Australia since 1983. Her main teachers have been Michele McDonald, Sayadaw U Pandita, John Hale and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. Lesley’s teaching focusses on developing a loving gentleness towards our own minds and on the importance of exercising autonomy and responsibility for our own development.This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Steven Smith, 2014
Nine-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 31 Mar to 8 Apr 2017 female place available

Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smith was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) in meditation retreats around the world. This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators.

Nine day retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Fri 10 Mar to 19 Mar 2017 Waiting list only

Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw. He emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. As we become intimate with what is already present we discover the radical simplicity of the practice, and we learn to “live independently, not clinging to anything in the world” (Satipaṭṭhāna Sutta MN 10).

Walking the Noble Eightfold Path: Jill Shepherd

Sun 19 Feb to 26 Feb 2017 Places available

This seven-day residential retreat will explore insight meditation and the brahma vihara practices of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity in the context of the Noble Eightfold Path, the heart of the Buddha’s teaching. Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions, dyad (pairs) meditation, and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teachers. This retreat is best suited to those with some previous meditation experience, and/or those who completed the six-week study course on the Noble Eightfold Path.

The Noble Eightfold Path: Jill Shepherd (Blue Mountains)

Sun 15 Jan to 19 Feb 2017 Places available. Early bird $30

This six week course, two hours per week, will explore the Noble Eightfold Path as a comprehensive training to integrate dharma understanding into our daily lives. This integration then supports the deepening of insight and wisdom, which in turn, refines our capacity to live skilfully in the world, with greater ease and freedom. Suitable for beginners. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/noble-eightfold-path-six-week-study-course-blue-mountains-registration-27300014077

The Noble Eightfold Path: Jill Shepherd (Sydney)

Sat 14 Jan to 17 Feb 2017 Places available. Early bird $30

This six week course, two hours per week, will explore the Noble Eightfold Path as a comprehensive training to integrate dharma understanding into our daily lives. This integration then supports the deepening of insight and wisdom, which in turn, refines our capacity to live skilfully in the world, with greater ease and freedom. Suitable for beginners. Please register at:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/noble-eightfold-path-six-week-study-course-sydney-registration-27299348085

New Year, New Beginnings: Jill Shepherd and Graham Wheeler

Wed 4 Jan to 8 Jan 2017 Male places available

This four-day residential retreat is an opportunity to establish, maintain and deepen the practice of insight meditation through exploring a range of different techniques found in the Satipatthana Sutta’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness. Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions, dyad (pairs) meditation, and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teachers. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as those with some previous meditation experience.

Developing the Mind, Strengthening the Heart: Jill Shepherd

Wed 30 Nov to 4 Dec 2016 Waiting list only

In this four-day residential retreat we will deepen the practice of insight meditation through an experiential exploration of the Four Foundations of Mindfulness in the Satipatthana Sutta, supported by the brahma vihara practices of kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity. Most of each day will be spent practising silent sitting and walking meditation, with some guided meditation instructions and opportunities for individual and group meetings with the teacher.
Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Exploring Equanimity: Jill Shepherd (Sydney)

Sat 26 Nov to 27 Nov 2016 Early bird $30

During this two-day workshop, we will explore many different facets of equanimity, using both traditional and relational insight meditation practices to cultivate the deepest freedom of heart and mind. We will learn how to to support the development of equanimity in all areas of our lives using the principles of Insight Dialogue. This workshop is best suited to people who have some experience of insight meditation or mindfulness meditation (vipassana). Book through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/exploring-equanimity-insight-meditation-two-day-workshop-sydney-registration-27251280313

Michael Dash
Weekend retreat with Michael Dash

Fri 18 Nov to 20 Nov 2016 Waiting list only

Michael’s workshop introduces the fundamentals of Buddhism and meditation. The focus of the retreat is on realistic and practical understanding with an emphasis on personalising the practice and using it in everyday life. Michael has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthāna vipassanā meditation in the Mahāsī tradition. The weekend is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Steven Smith, 2014
Eight-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 21 Oct to 29 Oct 2016 2 female places available

Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smith was trained and sanctioned as a teacher by revered monk and meditation master Sayadaw U Pandita. Steven teaches Vipassana and the Divine Abodes (loving-kindness, compassion, joy, equanimity) in meditation retreats around the world.

Long Weekend retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 30 Sep to 3 Oct 2016 Waiting list only

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised with Western teachers and Burmese meditation masters in the Mahasi lineage of Insight Meditation in Burma, Nepal, the United States and Australia since 1983. Her main teachers have been Michele McDonald, Sayadaw U Pandita, John Hale and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. Lesley’s teaching focusses on developing a loving gentleness towards our own minds and on the importance of exercising autonomy and responsibility for our own development. She leads the Canberra Insight Meditation Group.

Two week retreat with Patrick Kearney

Fri 2 Sep to 17 Sep 2016

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Nine-day retreat with Jill Shepherd

Fri 5 Aug to 14 Aug 2016 A place available

This retreat is suitable for people who have done at least one insight meditation weekend retreat before.

Month-long retreat with Ariya Baumann

Sun 1 May to 29 May 2016 Waiting list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Long weekend retreat with Tara Frances

Fri 22 Apr to 25 Apr 2016

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Nine-day retreat with Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 8 Apr to 17 Apr 2016 PLACES AVAILABLE

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Michael Dash
Easter retreat with Michael Dash

Fri 25 Mar to 28 Mar 2016 Full - no applications please

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Nine-day retreat with Patrick Kearney

Fri 11 Mar to 20 Mar 2016 Waiting list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Sydney Workshops with Jill Shepherd

Sat 27 Feb to 28 Feb 2016

This two day workshop is suitable for people who would like to deepen their understanding of insight meditation practice through an exploration of the four foundations of mindfulness.

Eight-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 26 Feb to 5 Mar 2016 waiting list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Weekend retreat with Danny Taylor

Fri 19 Feb to 21 Feb 2016

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Weekend metta retreat with Jill Shepherd

Fri 5 Feb to 7 Feb 2016 Waiting list only

This retreat is suitable for people who have done at least one insight meditation weekend retreat before.

Weekend Retreat with Graham Wheeler

Fri 8 Jan to 10 Jan 2016

(Initially scheduled for 15 – 17 January)

This retreat will be run with an open schedule, with optional attendance at peer group discussions and teacher interviews.

Weekend retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 6 Nov to 8 Nov 2015 Wait list only

(Previously advertised as being led by Tara Frances)

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Steven Smith with Mia Tremblay at BMIMC 2014
Eight-day retreat led by Steven Smith

Fri 23 Oct to 31 Oct 2015 Wait list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Michael Dash
Long weekend retreat led by Michael Dash

Sat 3 Oct to 5 Oct 2015 Wait list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Awakening Community (Sydney)

Sun 30 Aug 2015 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

One-day Insight Meditation workshop led by Jill Shepherd

Balancing Effort and Enjoyment (Sydney)

Sat 29 Aug 2015 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

One-day Insight meditation workshop led by Jill Shepherd

Month-long retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Fri 28 Aug to 25 Sep 2015 Wait list only

This is a one-month retreat suitable for experienced practitioners only.

Evening talk by Jill Shepherd

Wed 26 Aug 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Wise Effort and the Middle Way

Nine-day retreat led by Greg Scharf, assisted by Jill Shepherd

Fri 14 Aug to 23 Aug 2015

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Evening talk by Greg Scharf

Wed 12 Aug 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

The Nature of Anatta (not self)

Weekend mettā retreat led by Jill Shepherd

Fri 31 Jul to 2 Aug 2015 Wait list only

Suitable for people who have done at least one insight meditation weekend retreat before.

Weekend retreat led by Danny Taylor

Fri 22 May to 24 May 2015

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Awakening Joy Workshop with Jill Shepherd (Sydney Event)

Sun 12 Apr 2015 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Month-long retreat with Sayādaw U Vivekananda

Sat 11 Apr to 10 May 2015 Fully Booked

Suitable for experienced meditators only.

Cultivating Spiritual Friendship
Cultivating Spiritual Friendship - One day workshop with Jill Shepherd

Mon 6 Apr 2015 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Venue: Hosted by Martin Ryan

Easter retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 3 Apr to 6 Apr 2015 Fully booked

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Awakening Community - Evening of discussion

Wed 1 Apr 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Nine-day retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Fri 13 Mar to 22 Mar 2015

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Steven Smith, 2014
Eight-day retreat led by Steven Smith, assisted by Jake Davis

Fri 27 Feb to 7 Mar 2015

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

The Power of Spiritual Friendship - Meditating Together with Insight Dialogue

Wed 25 Feb 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Nine-day Insight Dialogue retreat led by Gregory Kramer and Mary Burns

Fri 13 Feb to 22 Feb 2015

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice. Based in vipassanā meditation, it brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation practice into our interactions with others through dialogue.

A talk by Jill Shepherd - The Two Wings to Awakening

Wed 11 Feb 2015 - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Venue: Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

Michael Dash
Weekend retreat led by Michael Dash

Fri 6 Feb to 8 Feb 2015

(This retreat was previously advertised as being led by Graham Wheeler)

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Long Weekend retreat led by Jill Shepherd

Fri 23 Jan to 26 Jan 2015 Fully booked. Wait list only.

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Self Retreat Period

Sun 28 Dec to 11 Jan 2015

The Centre will be open for experienced meditators wishing to undertake self retreat.

Steven Smith, 2014
Nine-day retreat led by Steven Smith, assisted by Mia Tremblay

Fri 24 Oct to 2 Nov 2014 Fully booked - waiting list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Michael Dash
Weekend retreat led by Michael Dash

Fri 10 Oct to 12 Oct 2014

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Nine-day retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Fri 26 Sep to 5 Oct 2014 Fully booked - waiting list only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Weekend retreat led by Tara Frances

Fri 5 Sep to 7 Sep 2014

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Weekend retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 1 Aug to 3 Aug 2014

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Weekend workshop led by Danny Taylor

Fri 30 May to 1 Jun 2014

Danny Taylor has been a student of Eastern traditions since the early 1970s, and a practitioner of Buddhist meditation in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition since 1986.

Four week retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Fri 4 Apr to 2 May 2014

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw of Burma, his principal teachers being Paṇḍitarama Sayādaw and John Hale.

16 day retreat led by Venerable Ariya Ñani (Selection by ballot)

Fri 14 Mar to 30 Mar 2014

Venerable Ariya Ñani is a Swiss-born Buddhist nun who lives and works in Burma at the Chanmyay Myaing Meditation Centre in Yangon

Nine-day retreat led by Steven Smith (Selection by ballot)

Fri 28 Feb to 9 Mar 2014

Steven Smith is a founder of Vipassanā Hawaii, the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma and the MettaDana health and education project in Burma.

Weekend retreat led by Graham Wheeler

Fri 7 Feb to 9 Feb 2014

Graham Wheeler has been practising vipassanā meditation for over thirty years, studying in Australia, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka.

Nine-day retreat led by Rosemary and Steve Weissman

Fri 17 Jan to 26 Jan 2014

Rosemary and Steve have been practising meditation in the Theravada tradition for over 30 years, and were the resident teachers at Wat Kow Tahm International Meditation Centre

Self Retreat Period

Fri 27 Dec to 10 Jan 2014

During this period the Centre will be open to experienced meditators to undertake self guided practice. No teaching or instruction will be available during this time but the retreat will be fully catered and supported by resident staff.

Day of Insight Dialogue led by Jill Shepherd, assisted by Beth Faria

Sun 1 Dec 2013 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Jill began practising meditation in Thailand in 1999, and has been invited into the current teacher training programme offered by the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock in the United States.

Nine-day retreat led by Steven Smith

Fri 25 Oct to 3 Nov 2013

Waiting List only

Suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Cost: $815 (cost includes airfare supplement)
Code: SS1-13

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Introduction to Insight Dialogue

Sun 20 Oct to 24 Oct 2013

6 week course led by Jill Shepherd, assisted by Beth Faria

Cost: TBA
Code:JS4-13
Venue: Upper Blue Mountains – venue TBA

Nine-day retreat led by Patrick Kearney (Selection by ballot. Drawn 27 April)

Fri 11 Oct to 20 Oct 2013

Patrick Kearney is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsī Sayādaw of Burma, his principal teachers being Panditarama Sayadaw and John Hale.

Long weekend retreat led by Michael Dash

Sat 5 Oct to 7 Oct 2013

Michael has been a Buddhist practitioner for over twenty years, studying in Australia, Thailand and Burma, where he trained in satipatthàna vipassanà meditation in the Mahasi tradition.

Dhamma service Day

Sun 29 Sep 2013 - 12:00 am to 12:00 am

This Sunday is devoted to bushcare and gardening as well as other work that is needed around the Centre. Please join us for a sociable and worthwhile day of work in the grounds and gardens.

Day of Mindfulness led by Jill Shepherd

Sat 28 Sep 2013 - 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999. A former manager of BMIMC, she recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in many long retreats and also offered weekly meditation classes at a nearby prison. She has been invited into the current teacher training program jointly offered by Spirit Rock and IMS in the US.

This is an opportunity to deepen meditation practice over one day with periods of silent sitting and walking meditation with guidance from Jill.

The day is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators.

Arrive for a 9.30 a.m. start. and finish at 3.30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Code: JS2-13
Cost: $60

Two week retreat led by Greg Scharf, assisted by Jill Shepherd

Fri 6 Sep to 19 Sep 2013

Greg Scharf is a visiting teacher at the Insight Meditation Society in the US. He has been meditating since 1992 and teaching since 2007. He has studied with Asian and Western teachers and trained as a monk in Burma. His teaching emphasizes the confluence of love and wisdom on the path to liberation.

This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 6 September from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish on Thursday 19 September after lunch.

Code: GS1-13
Cost: $800
(cost includes airfare supplement)

Weekend retreat led by Tara Frances

Fri 30 Aug to 1 Sep 2013

Tara Francis has practised vipassana meditation for 30 years in Burma, Nepal and Australia, with Sayadaw U Pandiita, the senior disciple of Mahasi Sayadaw, and other senior teachers.

Arrive on Friday 30 August from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday 1 September at 1.00 p.m.

Code: TF1-13
Cost: $180

Weekend retreat led by Jill Shepherd

Fri 16 Aug to 18 Aug 2013

Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999. A former manager of BMIMC, she recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in many long retreats and also offered weekly meditation classes at a nearby prison. She has been invited into the current teacher training program jointly offered by Spirit Rock and IMS in the US.

This weekend retreat will explore different approaches to the practice of metta (loving-kindness) and how these support vipassana practice. It is suitable for people who already have some familiarity with vipassana practice and have sat at least one weekend retreat before.

Arrive on Friday 16 August from 5.30 p.m. onwards for a 7.30 p.m. start.
Finish with lunch on Sunday 18 August at 1.00 p.m.

Code: JS1-13
Cost: $180

Introduction to Insight Dialogue - Day long retreat led by Jill Shepherd, assisted by Beth Faria

Sun 11 Aug 2013 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Jill began practising meditation in Thailand in 1999, and has been invited into the current teacher training programme offered by the Insight Meditation Society and Spirit Rock in the United States. She has attended several Insight Dialogue retreats and a facilitator training offered by Greg Kramer.

Elizabeth Faria has been a Buddhist practitioner since 1996, studying in India, USA, Thailand and Australia. A Buddhist psychotherapist, psychologist, and mother, she has also attended several Insight Dialogue retreats and a facilitator training offered by Greg Kramer.

This is an opportunity to engage with the interpersonal meditation practice of Insight Dialogue, as developed by Greg Kramer. For more information about Insight Dialogue, please refer to Greg’s website http://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

This retreat is suitable for people who have sat at least one seven-day insight meditation retreat.
Arrive for a 9:00 a.m. start, and finish at 5:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Code:JS3-13
Cost: $60

Weekend retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 26 Jul to 28 Jul 2013

Lesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassana meditation since 1983 and has spent several years in silent retreat in Australia, the USA and Burma. She has worked as a teacher, counsellor and writer and currently divides her time between formal spiritual practice and writing. She leads the Canberra Insight Meditation Group.

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and more experienced meditators.

Arrive on Friday 26 July from 5.30 pm onwards for a 7.30 pm start.
Finish on Sunday 28 July at lunch.

Code: LL1-13
Cost: $180