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Jill Shepherd

Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat - NSW

Sat 6th Jun 2020, 3:00 pm - Fri 12th Jun 2020, 4:30 pm


$50 AUD

$50 AUD

Jill Shepherd

Insight Meditation + Insight Dialogue seven-day retreat - NSW

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Sat 6th Jun 2020, 3:00 pm - Fri 12th Jun 2020, 4:30 pm
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St Mary's Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park
415 Douglas Park Dr, Douglas Park NSW 2569, Australia

Event description

Freedom Here and Now

This seven day retreat draws on the strengths of both silent and relational insight meditation to support an engaged exploration of the Buddha’s core teachings on freedom: freedom from afflictive states such as anger, fear, sadness, greed; and freedom to live with more ease, happiness, and peace.

In conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities*, this retreat is offered as a rare opportunity to strengthen both silent and relational insight meditation practices together.

The retreat as a whole will be grounded in noble silence, with daily instruction in insight meditation each morning. Each afternoon, there will be a 1-2 hour session of Insight Dialogue. This involves practising together in pairs or small groups to learn the six guidelines of Insight Dialogue, which support deep inquiry into the dharma, the Buddha's teachings.

Over the course of the week, we will explore a variety of practices from the Four Establishments of Mindfulness, alongside the four brahmavihara heart practices of kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity, to directly experience these different aspects of freedom for ourselves.

Each day, there will be sessions of guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, Insight Dialogue practice, individual meetings with the teacher, and a period of optional, gentle mindful movement.

For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see https://metta.org/insight-dialogue-3/

*This retreat is being offered in conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities. If you are coming from Newcastle and would like to coordinate your travel to the venue, please contact Donna Lavell 0412541393 or Susan Burgoyne 0438931362.

Experience level: This retreat is best suited to people who have done at least two previous insight meditation weekend workshops, but prior Insight Dialogue experience is not required.

Teachers: Jill Shepherd; mindful movement offered by Donna Lavell

Accommodation: The rooms are all single rooms, with shared bathrooms. Men and women are housed separately.

Food: The centre will provide simple vegetarian meals for the retreat. Please indicate on the registration form if you have any food allergies or medical dietary needs.

Special diets: The centre is able to cater for a limited variety of specific dietary requirements for medical reasons only: Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Lactose free, and some forms of allergies eg egg and seafood. 

Soy or lactose-free milk is available, but any others will need to be provided by the retreatants. There is a fridge available for retreatants to bring and store their own supplies.

Retreat fees: sliding scale $950-$750

The retreat fee covers only the cost of food and accommodation, plus a small contribution to the teacher's international airfares. The teaching is freely offered, and there will be an opportunity to give dana* to the teacher at the end of the retreat.

To reserve a place on the retreat, you will need to pay a $50 deposit through Humanitix. Half of the balance of the retreat payment is due one week after your Humanitix registration. The second half of the balance payment is due two months before the retreat begins ie 6 March 2020. Your registration isn't confirmed until full payment has been received. Feel free to contact Jill if you would like to pay the balance in smaller instalments.

Account details for balance payments will be included on your Humanitix confirmation email.

Cancellation policy: The payment is refundable up to thirty days before the retreat begins.  If you cancel after this time, the retreat cost will be forfeited and used to help provide scholarship places.

*Dana: In most Buddhist traditions the teachers are not paid to teach. Instead, the teachings are given on a ‘dana’ basis – dana being the Pali word for generosity or giving freely - so there will be an opportunity to offer a donation for the teaching at the end of the event.

Refund Policy

Refunds are available 1 month prior to the event

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Jill Shepherd


Jill Shepherd began practicing insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and since that time has lived and worked at several meditation centres and monasteries in the US, Australia, England, and Thailand. She spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programmes, as well as offering weekly meditation classes at a nearby men’s prison. She is a graduate of the IMS / Spirit Rock teacher training program in the US under the guidance of Joseph Goldstein and Gil Fronsdal, and divides her time mostly between the US, Australia and New Zealand, teaching vipassana and brahma vihara retreats and offering ongoing study and practice groups focused on bringing the dharma into daily life.