Insight Meditation/Vipassana Glamping Weekend Retreat
What is Insight Meditation?
Insight Meditation, also known as Vipassana or mindfulness meditation, originated in the Theravada School of Buddhism, now primarily located in India, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and Burma. Vipassana, which means "to see clearly", is the simple practice of moment to moment awareness which leads to the development of wisdom and compassion.
On this retreat you’ll experience true Insight Meditation and be guided into this amazingly effective practice, with all its associated benefits!
The 7 Factors of Awakening
During this retreat, we will explore how the seven factors of awakening (the bojjhanga, in Pali) manifest in our daily life practice and during intensive practice periods. The seven factors of awakening are mindfulness, investigation, energy, rapture (enrapt attention/joy), tranquillity, concentration, and equanimity. These are the wholesome factors of mind that set in motion the unfolding of insight, culminating in the release from grasping and stress. This retreat is appropriate for all levels of experience.
Kindling the Light of Awareness: Insight Dialogue
In this season of increasing daylight, we cultivate and celebrate the light of awareness as we turn toward the light of spring and summer.
The words “make of yourself a light” are said to be the Buddha’s last words. On this weekend retreat, we will introduce the engaged co-meditation practice of Insight Dialogue and explore the flow and rhythms of practicing alone in silent practice and together in contemplative relational practice. We will explore the power of cultivating mindfulness, concentration and loving kindness in relationship and the depth and brightness of illumination when “two or more are gathered” with the shared aspiration of awakening. There will be periods of silent practice, Insight Dialogue, and mindful movement.
Also, during this retreat you’ll be expertly led to discover:
* What Contemplation is and how it works;
* The Use of Contemplation with Problem Solving – in particular the Five Principles of Contemplation, the Three Key Techniques, and the Twelve Steps for Contemplation;
* Contemplation that Deepens Understanding – including an introduction, contemplation of problems and Contemplations on Compassion; AND how to Use Contemplation to deeply discover What is Truth – with an Explanation of both Relative and Absolute Truth, as well as The Basis for what we take to be our own truth;
* The Relative Merits of Rational Thinking and Intuition; How to Develop Intuition and How to Trust Your Intuition.
Retreat Facilitator and Master Meditation Teacher:
Christine Convery – see the ‘About Us’ page on our website
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‘The Steps’ at Barrington Tops, a short drive from Gloucester – an awesome spot for Glamping in a stunning, pristine environment.
** All beautiful and spacious Bell Tents for your comfortable accommodation are provided by Glamp Inn the Hunter. Your bedding, furniture and décor is Bedouin Tent all luxuriously kitted out for our gathering space, and a fully equipped kitchen tent!! Jo doesn’t skimp on all the smallest of details for your comfort!! Check out Jo’s Facebook page:
At ‘The Steps’ of Girrba Campground is a very well appointed, and clean ‘luxe’ amenities block with hot water for showers, flushing toilets and filtered river water for drinking and cooking. There are also several large open fire pits for sitting around at night, sharing stories and experiences, singing songs and maybe sharing your very own Haiku poem!
The bushland setting and the sound of the river flowing over the rapids (the steps) will wash away your stress and revitalize your spirit. The campground is easily accessed by two wheel drive vehicles. Please note no pets are allowed due to the close proximity of wildlife.
Retreat dates: Friday afternoon at 6.30 pm (AEDT), 29th November 2019 to Sunday afternoon 1st December 2019. Check in any time after 3 pm on the Friday.
Retreat fees: Twin share - $884
Triple share - $834
includes full residential accommodation, campground fees and retreat fees.
A deposit of $200 will secure your place on this retreat, if paid by Monday 28th October 2019, with the balance to be paid in full by Friday November 15, 2019.
Please complete the Retreat Registration Form available from Health ‘n’ Harmony for Life as soon as you can to secure your place, with payment.
Contact Health ‘n’ Harmony for Life for your form on:-
Ph: 0414 627 226
OR use the ‘Contact’ form on our website
Fee payments can be made via our website retreat page, with members receiving a 10% discount, or via direct deposit to:-
Account name: Christine Convery
Account #: 667090
* Please give your full name as Reference for your payment.
Please note Registrations must close on Friday November 15, 2019.