This retreat is an opportunity to be out in the fresh wide expanses of the Kosciuszko high country, do some hiking, have a couple of retreat days, be part of a dharma community for a week and explore how dharma teachings might not just be nourishing for us but guide us in
addressing the challenges of our times.
Mountains can be a place for renewal and be far enough away from our everyday lives to give fresh perspective on how we live and what we do with our lives.
We'll have walks on four days and two fully silent days of meditation in the lodge.
On each day there'll be a group meditation period in the morning and evening, a dharma talk each evening and possibly a group yoga or stretching / exercise / balance session each morning.
On the four walking days, all the walking will be in silence but other periods, before we leave the lodge, when we break for lunch, and after we come back, will not be silent. None of the meals at the lodge on those days will be silent periods.
We'll be going out on the walks as a group, or at times two groups. One group will be for people who are happy with longer and slightly fast paced walks (up to 22k), and the other group will be for people who prefer shorter and slightly slower paced walks (up to 10k). There is around 20% less oxygen at Charlotte Pass. There may be some short sections with snow. Photos from the 2022 High Country Walking Retreat are here.
The retreat is both for people new to meditation. and experienced meditators.
About the venue
We'll be staying in Pygmy Possum Lodge, in the Charlotte Pass village. Everyone will get a small room to themselves unless you want to share a room with your partner.
This is a Ski Club lodge and it's set up for families and
individuals. You will need to bring your own sheets, pillowslips and towels. The lodge is very original late 1970s style and is air-conditioned.
When: 10 to 17 November 2023
Times: Arrival between 3 and 5 pm; departure by 12 noon
Where: Pygmy Possum Lodge, in the Charlotte Pass village
Cost: for accommodation, all meals is $1050 per person for a single room. Couples or friends can opt to share a room but the cost per person is the same.
Getting there: By public transport. There is a train from Sydney to Canberra and a connecting bus from Canberra to Jindabyne on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We will arrange transport from Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass and return. The retreat will end in time on the last day for people who wish to catch the morning bus out from Jindabyne.
We are looking for five people who can drive to the retreat and can offer a lift to others for both: the last 45 minute section from Jindabyne to Charlotte Pass and for the short trip to the start of one of our walks. If you are willing to do this and your car can take 3 people or more, we will reimburse you the cost of the Kosciusko National Park pass.
For more information
email: victor.vdh [at] dharma.org.au
Additional cost: 'Dana' The retreat fee covers accommodation and meals only. In keeping with a 2,500 year old tradition no fee has been charged for the teachings. At the end of the retreat you are invited to give a donation to express your appreciation and to support the teachers to continue their work.
Applications and bookings
The application forms and booking arrangements for this retreat will appear here before June.
Please see cancellations terms & conditions below
Scholarships No scholarships are available for this retreat
About the Teachers
Victor von der Heyde - Click here for information
Suzie Brown - Click here for information