New Year Recollective Awareness Meditation Retreat 2014/15
A very special way to see in the New Year!
27 December - 3 January
Betsy Faen, Jampa Jaffe and Peter Mackie will teach the New Year Retreat at Karuna Retreat Centre, in the Blue Mountains, NSW.
This popular New Years retreat offers an ideal opportunity to take time out from our busy lives for rest and renewal and insight. It is suitable for both new and experienced retreatants.
The retreat program consists of recollective awareness meditation, guided meditations, instruction and Dharma talks, group discussions and group and individual interviews.
Although silence will maintained throughout the retreat, there will be ample opportunity for questions and discussion.
This 7 day silent retreat features:
* We provide a range of vegetarian food, with dairy, gluten and nut free options available. All other food issues/food supplements are the responsibility of retreatants.
Karuna sleeping accommodation is of various standards. Some shared rooms are small and basic. You may also choose to bring your own tent. A small number of single rooms will be offered on a preferential basis according to receipt of full payment (note availability is not guaranteed). (see Karuna website for pictorial overview).
Some images of the train carriage cabins are shown in the gallery below.
There is also a short video walk through further down the page.
Because SIM takes your well being on retreats seriously we require you to fill in the 'previous experience' questionnaire before registering.
This information is strictly confidential and is only viewed by the meditation teachers and the retreat manager. Your information will not retained following the retreat.
Please download the form here, and return to the retreat manager, Jen Smith. You can also contact Jen with any queries about the retreat.
Train cabin and bathroom facilities.
Recollective Awareness Meditation is a gentle and accepting approach to meditation allowing our meditative experience to unfold naturally. It offers an approach to Buddhist Insight Meditation based on what people actually experience when they meditate. We can meditate in any manner we choose in this approach or use the basic instructions suggested. We invite meditators to follow whatever arises in their meditation and, then, to recollect it. This helps us understand what meditation is for us and offers the opportunity for real insight into our own minds.
.. inclusive, deep reflection, grief surfacing, tears, .. daily guided meditation sessions, much laughter, morning yoga, daily bush walks, amazing food, extraordinary generosity by teachers in offering so many individual and group interviews, unusual diversity in retreatants, and in the very different traditions of each of the teachers, much poetry, and a NY eve fire in the meditation hall. In the closing circle many people ... retreatants and teachers alike, reported they'd never been to a retreat anything like this before.
Book here (please complete the retreat questionnaire first).
Full - $705
Concession - $495
Supporting - $795
In keeping with the 2,500 year old tradition the teachers are not paid for teaching the dharma. Dana is the practice of generosity through which we offer donations to our teachers as a sign of our respect for the teaching and it's value in our lives.
You will have the opportunity to practise dana during this retreat.
Scholarships or fee assistance are available to all SIM retreats. Click here for more information.
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