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Mindfulness is a physical practice, and our relationship to body lies at its centre. When we are fully present to the six senses, when we accept ourselves as sentient bodies, then our heart settles and insight arises. As the Buddha said, describing his own practice before his awakening, “my body was calm and peaceful; and my heart was settled and unified (MN 4 Bhayabherava Sutta Fear & Dread).”

In this retreat we explored insight (vipassana), as understood by the Buddha and taught by Mahasi Sayadaw.

This retreat was for experienced practitioners, most of whom committed to a full month of practice. This gave time to explore the theory and practice of satipatthana (the applications of mindfulness) more fully.

When we practise mindfulness we become intimate with our moment-to-moment experience in ways that are not possible in the chaos of our everyday lives. In this retreat we explored intimacy and what this intimacy reveals.

This retreat was hosted by Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM).

Remembering the Present: An online retreat held 7 to 16 July 2023.

“Mindfulness” translates the Pāli word sati, which literally means “memory.” Why is memory so important to the Buddha’s way of practice and realisation? Mindfulness remembers the present rather than the past. When we remember our awareness then we learn to live in the experienced present rather than the past and future of our dreams and nightmares. And it is only here, now, that practice and realisation take place.

This retreat was organised with the support of the Perth Insight Meditation Group.It was held in the WA/SE Asia time zone.

The Winter of Our Content: A 14-day retreat held at Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie

These are the teachings delivered during the depths of winter in beautiful Australian countryside in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains. The weather was cold; conditions were simple. Ideal circumstances for practice.

Deepening Mindfulness: An online retreat held 12-21 May 2023

Here are the talks and workshops delivered for the May online retreat. Despite the title of this retreat, the evening talks focus on insight rather than mindfulness itself. The original plan gave way to recent changes, demonstrating the power of impermanence.

Understanding Insight: An online retreat delivered 3-12 March 2023

These talks and workshops focus largely on the nature and practice of insight as understood by the Buddha.  Please note that due to a technical problem the talk on The Middle Way is an earlier version recorded at a previous retreat.

Practising Mindfulness: A retreat at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, Blue Mountains NSW, 13-22 January 2023

These talks and workshops were delivered at BMIMC in January 2023. Please note that the two talks on Vacchagotta about fire were recorded at an earlier retreat – because of technical problems at BMIMC.