New Year Retreat 2016/17
A meditation retreat with Jenny Taylor, Ken Golding and Sylvie Vanasse
The New Year is a time of reflection and renewal, a time to look back at the year that’s past and forward to the year to come. This reminds us of our connections with family and community, and our place in a larger world that is always challenging and sometimes overwhelming. How do we sustain the energy and motivation needed to care for the places and people we love, and for ourselves?
For many years the New Year Retreat has been a place for people to reconnect with what inspires and nourishes them, in a supportive environment where they can reflect, listen deeply, and unwind, and then return to their lives refreshed, with more understanding of themselves, their place in the world, and what they have to offer the future.
The Recollective Awareness approach to meditation taught on this retreat is based on early Buddhist teachings. It emphasises gentleness toward oneself and others, curiosity about one's experience, and permission to explore new aspects of meditation. For more about this approach, see www.skillfulmeditation.org
The retreat is for people who are new to meditation, as well as experienced meditators.
Most of the retreat will be in silence. In addition to meditation periods, there will be talks about meditation, Q&A and discussion, optional group interviews. There will be yoga and silent guided bush walks, vegetarian meals*, outdoor practices around listening and connecting with place, and plenty of time each day for rest, walking, and journal writing.
The teachers: Jenny Taylor lives in Alice Springs, and has taught a number of New Year retreats at Karuna. Ken Golding lives on the North Coast of NSW and teaches meditation using the Recollective Awareness approach. Sylvie Vanasse is from the Beaches Sangha in Sydney and recently taught at the Spring Retreat.
For more information on our teachers, see the teachers page.
* 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, near Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, has 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).
There is a short video walk through the train carriage cabins below.
Train cabin and bathroom facilities.
When: Tuesday evening 27 December to Sunday lunchtime 1st January
Where: Karuna Retreat Centre (near Katoomba), Blue Mountains, NSW
Standard - $730. Cost of accommodation, meals and all activities
Supporting - $770. Standard cost plus an additional amount to support those needing scholarships or concessions
Concession - $550. For full time students, pensioners and unemployed. If you need assistance and do not qualify for the concession you may wish to apply for a scholarship (see below).
Click here to read retreat terms and conditions
For more information, email the retreat manager, Olivier.
Registration is a two step process
Step 1: Book and pay click here
Step 2: Complete your registration form. Download and send your completed form to Olivier.
Note: If you will be requesting a scholarship, do not complete this registration process until your application is considered (see below).
Scholarships for all SIM retreats are available for people who need assistance paying the full fee and do not qualify for the concession. Click here for more information.
Additional cost: Dana (support for the teachers and the teaching).
The retreat fee covers accommodation and meals only. There is no fee charged for teachings, which traditionally are freely given. You are thus invited to give a donation to support the teachers to continue their work.