Spring Mindfulness Weekend
Refresh Renew Begin Again
A retreat should refresh us.
It should offer nourishment for mind body and spirit.
A retreat should enable us to live with more clarity, peace and joy.
At Dharma Gaia our focus is to come home to ourselves, and thereby develop deep understanding for ourselves and the nature of reality. We practice in a way that we no longer get dragged backwards into past regrets and suffering nor be swept away by our worries and plans for the future. This does not mean that we deny or shut ourselves off from the past or the future, it means that we can be in touch with these aspects with insight, understanding and clarity through the stability that present moment awareness enables.
Retreats at Dharma Gaia offer us the opportunity to be supported by a committed community of mindful living and to deepen our own capacity to live more mindfully, more peacefully with joy and awareness.
During retreats there are also formal teachings offered by Dharma teachers – both monastic and non-monastic – and sessions in smaller groups in which we have a chance to explore and support each other to translate the teachings into reality in our everyday lives.
The practice of Mindfulness is simple... but it is not always easy and we understand that. Retreats usually have the range of practitioners from absolute beginners to long-term and each will naturally practice at their own natural pace. New or long term, young or old, rich or poor, awakening does not depend on any of these constraints. Irrespective of culture, race, age gender, religion, experience, and all other categories we may use as labels, the practice is the same. The gentle but clear focus for us is to optimise the conditions that will enable all to wake up and be truly present to the miracle that is life.
Spring Mindfulness Weekend
Refresh Renew Begin Again
Rest deeply and rejuvenate on a long weekend of yin yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Be expertly guided into a gentle release of the body from its wintering slumber and a flowering of the peaceful mind. Discover or deepen your capacity to 'come home' - mind and body dwelling happily together...a well of beauty and strength.
This retreat will include twice-daily sessions of yin yoga*, morning sitting meditation, a Dharma talk, deep relaxation, sharing circles and outdoor walking meditation. There will also be free time to relax, contemplate, read or go for a walk.
*Yin yoga is suitable for all ages and no previous yoga experience is required
During this retreat for men, we will practice being solid as a mountain and flowing as a river, in a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere.
Silence, stillness and restful contemplation is the ground of this retreat. To rest deeply within a spacious and gentle schedule of teachings, meditations - walking sitting, moving and deep relaxation.
This retreat is a simple and direct invitation to you to stop.
To simply stop and come home to yourself.
To rediscover the power of living from presence, grounded in essential being.
Sister Shalom has made the Art of Living in Presence the absolute focus of her own life and teaching over many years. Our retreat together will have periods of guided practice, enquiry, resting in nature, silence and meditation.
The retreat will also be supported by Dharma Teacher Anton Bank and the residential community of Dharma Gaia.
Dharma Gaia women's weekend retreats are restful and uplifting. The purpose is to renew ourselves, return to our centre and inspire our spiritual path.
This retreat is open to all women who are curious and inspired to bring Mindfulness into every aspect of daily life.
We will focus sessions on sitting meditation, walking, movement, resting in nature and writing. Dharma talks will be offered by Sister Shalom
The jewel at the heart of our practice is to be present. Presence brings peace … it brings ease and openness to whatever arises.
EMPOWERMENT THROUGH REALISATION OF WISDOM - THE DHARMA BREATHING OUT -
Our Theme: Exploration of the Dharma - the Spiritual teachings exploring the aspects that are relevant and immediately useful on a personal practice basis.
Please note that this is week two of the 21 day Retreat and can only be attended if you are also attending either week 1 or week 3 as well.
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE 21 DAY WINTER RETREAT (Bookings for the full 21 days will take priority.)
Empowering our Spiritual Practice through the manifestation of Buddha Dharma and Sangha in the here and Now . Our spiritual practice should not be separate from our everyday life. The 21 day retreat is a joyful and profound opportunity to power up our practice for the benefit of ourselves and also for the benefit of the world. Please click here for an overview of the full retreat or see the separate listings below for each focus week .
The Five Mindfulness Trainings form an ethical basis for a happy life. Based on the precepts written during the time of the Buddha, these trainings were written by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh and are periodically updated to ensure they relate to our current world conditions. The trainings offer a wonderful way to guide us in our everyday choices.
In this retreat, we will explore the trainings in-depth and take part in a ceremony to transmit the trainings to those who wish to receive them, as the ethical framework for their life.
How do we nourish happiness and wellbeing when confronted by the suffering of our precious Earth and its inhabitants? How can we support ourselves and others to work on behalf of the environment with joy, energy, compassion and love?
A retreat for environmentalists and lovers of the Earth. Based on mindfulness practice, this retreat will offer a chance to breathe deeply, rest and reflect on our inter-being with the natural world.
Our practice is simple and yet profound. We come home to our natural state of being, release old habit energies that do not serve us and remember what is most important to cultivate.
Silence, stillness and restful contemplation is the ground of this retreat. Our commitment is to rest deeply within a spacious and gentle schedule of teachings, meditations - walking sitting, moving and deep relaxation. There will also be generous space to allow the body, heart and mind to be nourished by the peace, nature and beauty that is Dharma Gaia.
Guided meditations, deep relaxation and dharma talks will support us to notice habitual reactions and release anxiety. Walking meditation, eating in silence and time in nature will support us to recognise that we already have more than enough conditions to be happy.
As a gathering of Men, we will look deeply together at how we can take care of our peace and happiness. This will be a spacious weekend of reflection, contemplation and easeful togetherness.
Our happiness and true nature of ‘Being’ needs care and attention. When we live as 'human DOINGS' we often feel something is missing or out of balance and we may turn to alcohol, drugs, sex or overworking as ways to fill our emptiness. When we stop our running and rest body, mind and heart, renewed energy awakens as naturally as the energy of spring.
3 DAY CONTEMPLATIVE RETREAT
To allow the unconditioned to reveal does not take effort … in fact effort is the antithesis of what is needed .. What is needed is restful non-effort.
The focus for this retreat is to support the deepening of the experience of ‘Being Fully Present’… being the spaciousness behind all experience, of resting into wide vision.
'Grief turns out to be a place that none of us know .... until we reach it'
Joan Didion from 'the Year of Magical Thinking"