BMIMC Retreats


Foundations of Buddhism and Meditation led by Danny Taylor

Fri 26 May to 28 May 2017 Places available

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.

Winter Recess

Mon 5 Jun to 28 Jul 2017

The Centre is in recess during the winter months of June and July.

Weekend retreat led by Tara Frances

Fri 28 Jul to 30 Jul 2017 places available

Tara encourages a relaxed and spacious approach to meditation to support the development of confidence and independence in practice. The weekend comprises instruction and formal practice sessions in both metta (lovingkindness) and mindfulness meditation, as well as an engaged attention to everday activities. These will be presented within the context of the Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Nine-day retreat led by Lesley Lebkowicz

Fri 11 Aug to 20 Aug 2017 Places available

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.

Awakening Our Natural Wisdom: Greg Scharf and Jill Shepherd

Fri 1 Sep to 15 Sep 2017 Waiting list only

This silent retreat will draw primarily on teachings from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, emphasising continuity of present moment awareness as the foundation for clear seeing and the arising of wisdom. The format will include instruction in both Insight and Loving-kindness meditation, an optional daily period of mindful movement, and meetings with the teachers. The retreat is suitable for both beginning and experienced students of meditation.

Long weekend retreat led by Michael Dash

Sat 30 Sep to 2 Oct 2017 Places available

Michael Dash 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. He also has led the Centre’s regular group sits in Sydney and is a professional counsellor. The focus of the retreat is on realistic and practical understanding of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation with an emphasis on personalising the practice and using it in everyday life. This retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced meditators.

Nine day retreat led by Patrick Kearney

Fri 13 Oct to 22 Oct 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).

Steven Smith, 2014
Nine-day retreat with Steven Smith

Fri 27 Oct to 4 Nov 2017 male places available

Anchored in the Theravadan Buddhist Burmese lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw since 1974, Steven Smittth 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. He co-founded Vipassana Hawai’i in 1984 and in 1995 founded the MettaDana Project for educational and medical projects in Burma. Also in 1995 Steven helped establish the Kyaswa Valley Retreat Center in Burma, headed by Sayadaw U Lakkhana, Abbot of Kyaswa Monastery. This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced meditators. Please note this course has an airfare supplement.


Seven-day study retreats with Bhikkhu Anālayo (Douglas Park NSW)

Sat 14 Jul to 28 Jul 2018

This course will undertake an in-depth study of mindfulness meditation based on a comparative study of the three extant versions of the Satipatthāna-sutta, where besides the well-known version in the Pali Canon, two parallels have been preserved in Chinese.

The course is meant for experienced practitioners of meditation only, who wish to deepen their understanding of the canonical source material. While based on the academic method of research, the emphasis throughout the course will be on what is of practical relevance to actual meditation practice. The course will combine study and discussion sessions in the mornings with meditation practice during the rest of the day.