My 2024 schedule is taking shape. Please find below what is currently planned. More events coming soon.
Deepening Practice: A Month-Long Residential Retreat at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, Friday 26 January to Friday 23 February 2024
Patrick teaches satipaṭṭhāna, the way of mindfulness, in the lineage of Mahasi Sayadaw. 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 sit for the whole month.
Cost: AUD $1,955 for a single room + dāna for the teacher. A concession is available upon registration for people who are unable to afford the full price due to financial hardship.
Registration opens 27 October 2023.
Two Days of Mindfulnless at Kuan Yin Meditation Centre, 23 - 24 March 2024
Co-taught with Emma Pittaway
Details for booking will be made available closer to the date.
Anzac Long Weekend at The Gathering Place, Dickson ACT, 25 - 28 April 2024
This retreat is organised by the Canberra Insight Meditation Group (CIMG)
With mindfulness we cultivate a direct, face-to-face relationship with the flow of our everyday experience, rather than live second-hand in our concepts and imaginings. Living first-hand, here, now, rather than in the river of our stories, we open to the possibility of liberation in this very life and as this very person.
The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. We will explore the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness from their foundations.
Registration & further information: To register, contact CIMG.
Remembering the Present: An Online Retreat Friday 10 – Sunday 19 May 2024
The Buddha’s way of practice centres on mindfulness, the felt continuity of awareness over time. This practice style applies equally to any and every activity, including the most mundane. Mindfulness is not a practice confined a specialised Dharma Hall or to particular meditation exercise. It is as applicable to preparing dinner as it is to sitting in a special posture on a cushion.
An online retreat is a domestic retreat, one carried out in our own unique circumstances in the midst of the everyday. We come together at certain times of day for instruction, discussion and group practice, then separate to apply our practice to our individual lives. In this way we bridge the gap between the dharmic and the domestic. We discover that the way of everyday life is also the way of awakening.
Cost & further details: Will be posted once available.
The Way of Insight: A two-week retreat at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping Malaysia 8 – 22 June 2024
Mahāsi Sayādaw taught the way of insight (vipassanā) through the cultivation of mindfulness (sati). In this retreat we will practise mindfulness and explore its connection with insight. When we are mindful, we become intimate with the arising and ceasing of each individual experience – this experience happening now. When insight arises we recognise the universal patterns of experience, that all experience changes (anicca), fails to satisfy (dukkha) and is neither me nor my possession (anattā).
Morning workshops will teach us the craft of mindfulness practice. Evening dharma talks will look more deeply into the Buddha’s teaching. The day begins with a posture and flexibility session that will help with the physical demands of the practice. Participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing for these sessions.
Cost: As SBS is a Theravada Buddhist monastery, there is no charge. Participants are invited to offer a financial gift (dāna) to support the Centre and the teacher.
For further information & online application, use this link: http://tinyurl.com/SBS-PKR-2024.