Cost: sliding scale $950-$750 + dana*. Please see registration website for more information and cancellation policy .

Date & Time Details: Begins Saturday 6 June 2020 at 3 pm. Ends Friday 12 June 2020 at 4:30 pm.

Location: Douglas Park, NSW Australia

Address: St Mary’s Towers 415 Douglas Park Drive Douglas Park NSW 2569

Experience: 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.

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: he 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.

Freedom Here and Now

With Jill Shepherd and Elizabeth Faria

June 6 - 12, 2020

Retreat is full. Waitlist is available.

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.

*This retreat is being offered in conjunction with the Newcastle Insight Meditation and Insight Dialogue communities.


Jill Shepherd
Jill Shepherd leads Insight Dialogue courses and non-residential workshops internationally. She began studying and practising insight meditation in Thailand in 1999, and recently spent seven years on staff at the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, Massachusetts, where she participated in several long retreats and Buddhist study programs, as well…
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Elizabeth Faria
Elizabeth Faria has offered Insight Dialogue and silent meditation in Australia and Brasil since 2013. She has studied with Gregory Kramer and the Insight Dialogue Teaching Community since 2008. She began practicing vipassana on long retreats meditation in 1996, taking a two-year break from work to dedicate time to meditation…
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