Retreats

Get away from the city and immerse yourself in an ideal environment to learn about meditation, Buddhism and yourself in a relaxed country setting.

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Compassionate Dharma – Freedom from our Past

7pm Friday, 9 November- 4pm Sunday, 11 November

The Prince Siddartha vowed to find an end of suffering, this is the compassionate way to freedom from the prison of the mind. The Prince did not vow to find enlightenment, because he knew that would cause spiritual bypassing and more suffering. The compassionate way is to turn towards the suffering, just like the Prince when he turned towards Mara, and in his deepest dark moment, he reached out for help, by calling upon the mother earth to be his witness. Together we will begin to face our suffering with compassion; and explore a taste of freedom.

Led by: Vimalasara (Dr Valerie Mason-John) who has been leading retreats for over 15 years on the themes of:

  • Working with Emotional Trauma,
  • Mindfulness and Loving Kindness,
  • Four Basic Needs of the Heart – Attention, Affection, Appreciation, Acceptance
  • Working with Addictions
  • Eight Step Recovery
  • Mindfulness-Based Addiction Recovery
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership

Vimalasara’s website

‘We are what we think’

Where: Strathean Retreat Centre nr. Otaki

Cost: $210 waged or $160 unwaged

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 Weekend Retreat

7 pm Friday 1 March 2019 – 4 pm Sunday 3 March 2019

Theme to be announced.

Led by: Nagabodhi, a senior Order Member from the UK.

Where: Strathean Retreat Centre nr. Otaki

Cost: $210 waged or $160 unwaged

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