Online Retreat: Starting the New Year well: cultivating calm, clarity and compassion in the midst of it all!
with Jill Shepherd and Graham Wheeler
January 8 - 13, 2021
As we begin the New Year, this five-day retreat offers an opportunity to strengthen our inner resources so that we can meet life’s ever-changing challenges and rewards with more balance and ease.
In service of strengthening that resilience of heart and mind, the retreat instructions will be grounded in mindfulness meditation, with particular emphasis on the four brahmavihara practices of kindness, compassion appreciative joy and equanimity.
Due to the fluidity of the Covid-19 situation, this retreat will now be held online and is designed to be integrated into your everyday life circumstances.
Each day, there will be three teaching sessions of 1.5 hours that everyone is asked to attend, plus three small-group practice meetings.
Outside those required sessions, you are encouraged to follow the retreat schedule of formal meditation practice to whatever extent you’re able, within your current life context.
The three teaching sessions are:
8:30 am – 10:00 am
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm (includes some optional relational meditation)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
All times are Australian AEST time. Check here for other time-zones:
The schedule for small group practice meetings with the teachers will be advised at the start of the retreat, but will likely be every second or third day, at either 10:30-11:15 or 3:45-4:30 pm.
Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least one previous insight meditation weekend retreat
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. For further details see Jill’s website
Learn more about Jill Shepherd
Graham Wheeler has been practising vipassanā meditation for over thirty years, studying in Australia, Burma, Thailand and Sri Lanka. He also has been leading the Centre’s group meditation sessions in Sydney since 1999. He has his own legal practice in Sydney and much of his work is with community-based organisations.
Learn more about Graham Wheeler