On this retreat we will explore ways in which our mindfulness practice can enable us to connect to our own experience, to other people and to the world around us, from a place of acceptance, kindness and compassion. Mindful acceptance is not a passive quality, but rather a courageous and creative engagement with whatever is showing up in our experience, whether on an individual or societal level. Kindness brings the quality of warmth without which mindfulness could be just a cool or detached attention. And compassion allows us to become, as it were, a ‘bigger container’, able to hold our suffering and the suffering of others with acceptance and love, opening us to the possibility of taking potentially transformative, compassionate action.

We all have the potential to benefit from these deeply human qualities; if you’re here you’ve probably experienced that for yourself. This retreat aims to provide the conditions for that potential to express itself more fully; a peaceful location, a spacious schedule of practice, time, the support of experienced teachers, and the friendship of the group.

Some meditation and mindful movement teaching sessions will be offered every day to help you take your practice deeper, and otherwise this retreat will mostly be held in silence. The schedule will provide a helpful structure for group practice, but within that, and in your free time, you will be free to follow whatever thread of practice is alive for you.

The retreat includes opportunities to talk to one of the team about your meditation practice.

I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike.      

- Maya Angelou, Human Family

Retreat Leaders:

Vidyamala Burch and Sona Fricker are two of the co-founders of Breathworks. They have taught courses, led retreats, and helped people to live with illness and chronic pain through the transformative skills of mindfulness and compassion since Breathworks was founded in 2004.

Vidyamala and Sona will be joined by a team of Breathworks teachers from Australia and NZ to support them.

Programme: A typical day's programme is as follows:

7.00 rise (moving to 6.30 later in event) followed by meditation

9.00 breakfast

10.30 meditation with some input followed by mindful movement and open meditation

1.00 lunch followed by free time to rest and enjoy the surroundings

4.00 meditation with input

5.00 meditation reviews either individually or in groups

6.00 supper

7.45 meditation

Check out the 5-day Mindfulness for Health Residential course taking place at the same venue the week before - also led by Vidyamala and Sona.

Find out more and book your place on the Breathworks Australia Website