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Meditation & Buddhism Retreats

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Meditation Retreats for beginners* and experienced meditators

Would you like to learn meditation? Have you recently learned to meditate and are trying to establish a meditation practice? Or have you been meditating for years? We have retreats are for relative beginners with little or no knowledge of meditation, as well as for seasoned practitioners. They offer a chance to practice in supportive conditions, away from the stress and concerns of everyday life, in the company of like-minded people. Book online or contact us on 02 9519 0440 for more information or to book for a retreat.

Please let us know if you are currently experiencing any kind of ill-health or disability we need to be aware of, to ensure you are appropriately supported in our classes and/or on retreat. It may not be suitable for you to attend in certain circumstances, such as if you require medical or psychiatric supervision.

Retreats coming up in 2015

Theme Start Date End Date Suggested Donation

Working with Nature Retreat *

Fri 14 Aug 2015 6:00 PM Sun 16 Aug 2015 4:00 PM by donation [email us if you'd like to attend]

Introduction to Meditation Retreat *

Fri 21 Aug 2015 6:00 PM Sun 23 Aug 2015 4:00 PM $180/$130 [Event completed]

Bhante's Birthday Celebration Retreat

Thurs 27 Aug 2015 6:00 PM Sun 30 Aug 2015 4:00 PM by donation [email us if you'd like to attend]
Women's Meditation Retreat
Fri 4 Sept 2015 6:30 PM

1 wk: ends Fri 11 Sept 4 PM
2 wk: ends Fri 18 Sept 4 PM

1 Wk: $445/$335
2 Wks: $715/$535
[1 week Click here]
[2 weeks Click here]

Young Triratna Retreat *


Fri 23 Oct 2015 6:00 PM Sun 25 Oct 2015 4:00 PM $180/$130 [Click here]

11th Step Recovery Retreat *


Fri 30 Oct 2015 6:00 PM Sun 1 Nov 2015 4:00 PM $180/$130 [Click here]

Sangha Retreat (with the Coogee Meditation Group) *

Fri 6 Nov 2015 6:00 PM Sun 8 Nov 2015 4:00 PM $180/$130 [Click here]

Sangha Day Festival Retreat *
    including Vijayaloka Buddhist Centre's 21st birthday celebration

Fri 27 Nov 2015 6:00 PM Sun 29 Nov 2015 4:00 PM by donation [email us if you'd like to attend]

Introduction to Meditation Retreat *

Fri 4 Dec 2015 6:00 PM Sun 6 Dec 2015 4:00 PM $180/$130 [Click here]

Exploring the Middle Way- a New Year's Retreat *

Sat 26 Dec 2015 7:00 PM Fri 01 Jan 2016 2:00 PM $395/295 [Click here]
* retreats suitable for newcomers

Change your Mind to Change the World - An exploration of why wisdom is so central to the Buddhist path and why the world needs the Dharma - the Buddha's teachings - today. Led by Sona, Vidyamala, Chittaprabha and Khemadhamma

Breathworks Retreat - Breathworks is internationally recognised as the leaders in mindfulness-based pain management. This retreat will be led by Breathworks founders, Vidyamala and Sona.

Young Triratna Retreat - For young people aged 18-35. This retreat explores meditation and Buddhism and how their practice is relevant to our 21st century lives.

Qi Gong and Meditation Retreat - Qi Gong is a practice of flowing movements that develop balance, strength, awareness of body-mind connection, and our Qi (also known as Chi or life energy). Yasokaruna, who leads these retreats, has practiced and taught Qi Gong and Tai Chi for many years now, in both Sydney and London. Her teaching reflects her belief in the added integration that these practices can bring to our practices. These retreats are held twice a year. No experience required in either meditation or Qi Gong.

Working with Nature Retreat - An opportunity to engage with the beautiful bushland at Vijayaloka, on the outskirts of Sydney. We will practice as well as enhance and help care for the retreat centre.

Intro Meditation - Learn to meditate in supportive retreat conditions. For absolute beginners and those wanting to brush up.

Monkey Mind - Open to all. Our system of practice begins with a stage of integration. In meditation this involves being able to stay in the present. We shall take a good look at our distractions. Led by Vessantara and Vijayamala

Emotional Intelligence - For experienced meditators. Vijayamala writes: On our 3 year retreat we were given some very practical teaching on how to work with the mental poisons, the kleshas. During this week we shall explore five different levels: 1) strengthening our motivation to abandon them; 2) subduing them; 3) transforming them; 4) seeing their true nature and 5) taking them as the path. Exploring these can give us some very useful tools for making headway in our emotional life. Led by Vessantara and Vijayamala

Approaches to Insight - For Order Members. Through visualization practices - a dramatized enactment of the nature of reality - and other insight practices, we will explore meditation on emptiness, non-self, impermanence and interconnectedness. These practices can also become an exploration of the nature of mind. During this week we shall explore how to make our practice an effective method for developing liberating insight. Led by Vessantara and Vijayamala

Buddha Day Festival Retreat - Buddha Day celebrates the highlight of the Buddhist calendar celebrating Enlightenment. In the context of retreat we will evoke the historic Buddha, Shakyamuni, and the momentous event that happened under the Bodhi Tree.

11th Step Recovery Retreat - Building from our regular Friday night 11th Step Meditation & Recovery Workshop at the Sydney Buddhist Centre, we are offering a weekend retreat for people interested in meditation and involved in recovery. Previous experience of meditation is not needed.

Family Retreat - A gentle exploration of Buddhism for families. Aimed mainly at pre-school and primary school aged children and their parents or carers. Please call the centre for more details on accommodation and costs.

Sangha Retreat - Join the folk from the Coogee Meditation Group for a retreat open to all. Led by Padmadakini and Dharmalata

Men's Meditation Intensive - This annual retreat offers an opportunity to further your meditation practice in optimal and supportive conditions. Open to men who have an established meditation practice. Options are to go for 1, 2 or the full 3 weeks

Bhante's Birthday Celebration Retreat - The retreat celebrates Bhante Sangharakshita's 90th birthday. We will rejoice in his translation of the Dharma and reflect upon the way his work has forging a worldwide community of Buddhist practitioners.

Women's Meditation Retreat - This annual retreat offers an opportunity to further your meditation practice in optimal and supportive conditions. Open to women who have an established meditation practice. Options are to go for the 1st week (Friday to Friday) or the full 2 weeks.

Exploring the middle way - An opportunity to take stock of the year and spend a week in a beautiful place. Vajradaka, who spent 21 years living and teaching at Vajraloka Retreat Centre in Wales, will explore an experiential approach to practising the Middle Way.