Events

COVID-19 has thrown a spanner in the event-planning works, especially for residential retreats. However, the retreats listed below have been scheduled and with any luck will go ahead. I also plan a series of online retreats. Once I am more sure of what is happening, I will post details here and send out an announcement to my mailing list. If you would like to be included in this list, go to the bottom of the home page and register your details.

BMIMC Friday 4 – Sunday 13 February 2022

A residential retreat at the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre

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).

This retreat is currently full. To enquire about the waiting list, contact BMIMC.

For further information: Call BMIMC on 02 4788 1024, or email them.

Melbourne Insight Meditation (MIM) Friday 3 - Friday 17 June 2022

A residential retreat at Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Ranges

Satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, is an open enquiry into the nature of experience to cultivate serenity and insight. In this retreat we will explore the Buddha’s teaching on insight by cultivating the perceptions of change, pain and not-self. This retreat is for 14 days, giving time to settle deeply into the practice.

Kallara Conference Centre is located in the Stratbogie Ranges in north-east Victoria. Accommodation is simple and the landscape is spectacular.

Bookings open in March 2022.

For further information: See the MIM website, or email the retreat organiser.

Sangsurya Retreat Centre Friday 5 to Saturday 11 August

A residential retreat at Sangsurya, Byron Bay, co-taught with Emma Pittaway

This retreat will explore mindfulness meditation in both its active and receptive aspects, or “noting” and “natural awareness.” We will explore the six sense sensitivities with an emphasis on  awareness of body. The five physical sensitivities ground us in the here-and-now and give us a foundation for exploring the sixth sensitivity, heart/mind. The retreat is taught by Patrick Kearney and Emma Pittaway.

Patrick is an independent dharma teacher in the lineage of Mahāsi Sayādaw. He has a particular interest in applying the original teachings of the Buddha to contemporary life. Emma emphasises the emergence of insight through “natural awareness.” Her main teachers are Patrick Kearney and Sayādaw U Tejaniya. She has practised the dharma since she was twenty and began teaching in 2019.

Sangsurya Retreat Centre is located in the hills above Byron Bay. See their website here.

Details of cost, along with bookings, will be available in early 2022

BMIMC Friday 2 to Friday 30 September

A 28-day residential retreat in the Blue Mountains

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).

This retreat is designed for experienced practitioners who feel independent in their practice, to the degree that they can be confident in their ability to maintain their practice with the minimum of external support. 

Preference will be given to people who are able to attend for the whole month.

Further information & bookings: Go to the retreat page on the BMIMC website. You can also phone the BMIMC office on 02 4788 1024.