27 – 28 April 2019: Two days of mindfulness at Temple Byron
The practice of mindfulness lies at the heart of the Buddha’s teaching and has recently been taken up in contemporary psychology. This workshop will explore the nature of mindfulness and its practice as taught by the Buddha. Once we understand the basic principles underlying it, we can then apply mindfulness to any situation in our lives. The teaching presented here represents the Buddha’s approach to living a fully flourishing human life. We are not concerned with “religion” or any dogmatic beliefs, but only with the systematic exploration of the nature of human experience.

The workshop is suitable for experienced and beginning practitioners. Please wear comfortable clothing suitable for bodywork.

Venue: The workshop is held at Temple Byron on the outskirts of Byron Bay. The address is: 44 Melaleuca Drive Byron Bay.

Cost: $88 for the weekend This pays only for the hall hire and other event expenses. In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Patrick’s teaching is provided as a gift to the community of Byron Bay. See the dana page for more information about dana.

Further information & bookings: Contact Greg Owens or phone 0431 747 764.

This event is hosted by Sitisa Pty Ltd and Byron Bay Meditation Centre.

10 – 19 May 2019: Satipatthana retreat at Jhana Grove Retreat Centre, Serpentine WA
During this retreat we will explore the four applications of mindfulness as taught by the Buddha for the cultivation of serenity and insight. The emphasis is on dropping beneath our normal realty that is created by our habitual concepts and learning to live in the world revealed by a more direct and intimate encounter with our direct experience. The retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat is held at Jhana Grove Retreat Centre, south-east of Perth. This is a large and comfortable centre, where every practitioner has their own room with ensuite. The retreat is sponsored by the Perth Insight Meditation Group.

Cost: Full time (Friday 10 - Sunday 12 May) - Early Bird = $620 (payment due by 29 March 2019). Full Rate = $670 (payment received after 29 March 2019).
Weekend (Friday 10 - Sunday 12 2019) - Early Bird = $260 (payment due by 29 March 2019). Full Rate = $290 (payment received after 29 March 2019).

Contact: Andrew, or phone him on 0408 914 620.

7 – 21 June 2019: Satipatthana retreat at Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Victoria
This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat opens with the Queen's Birthday long weekend (for all states except WA and Qld). Participants can come for the long weekend, or for the first week, or for the full two weeks. The two-week segment is suitable for experienced practitioners. Kallara Conference Centre is deep in a typically Australian countryside, surrounded by natural beauty, wildlife and neighbouring farms. It is quiet and peaceful, and out of mobile range! Accommodation is in single or shared rooms.

The retreat is organised by the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group (MIMG).

Cost: 3 days (long weekend) - $360 + dana; 9 days - $825 + dana; 14 days - $1280 + dana. See the dana page for more information about dana.

Information & bookings: Email the or go to the MIMG contact page.

12 - 26 July 2019: The way of mindfulness: A satipatthana retreat at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping, Malaysia

This retreat will explore mindfulness meditation (satipatthana) as taught by the Buddha. We will emphasise the first satipatthana, tracking body, as the foundation of our practice. Our relationship with the five physical senses grounds us in the here-and-now, and provides the basis for the exploration of heart and mind. The retreat will provide an opportunity for beginners to become firmly established in their practice, and for experienced students to deepen their practical and theoretical understanding.

SBS is a monastery and retreat centre located in the hills above Taiping, located near the west coast of peninsula Malaysia about 100 km south of Penang. The venue is beautiful, and the community is very supportive. This retreat provides a taste of meditation practice when it is firmly embedded within its tradition.

Cost: As SBS is a Theravāda Buddhist monastery, the retreat is held on a dana, or “gift,” basis. See the dana page for more information about dāna.

Information & bookings: For general information about SBS, see their website. For information about the retreat, and to book your place, email the . You can also phone SBS directly, at +60 175 182 011 (mobile) or +60 111 601 1198 (mobile & whatsapp) during office hours (Monday to Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Malaysian time).

Booking from overseas: Local participants cannot book for the retreat earlier than two months in advance. If you are coming to the retreat from outside Malaysia, and therefore need to organise your travel before then, please book by contacting as well as the Retreat Centre Coordinator at SBS. She will co-ordinate with SBS to ensure a place is reserved for you. You will then be sent an application form from SBS once bookings officially open.

10 - 17 August 2019: The applications of mindfulness - A satipatthana retreat at Bandar Utama Buddhist Society (BUBS), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. Patrick will teach the four applications of mindfulness from basic principles to advanced techniques, with an emphasis on conveying the craft of meditation. There will be a particular emphasis on the first application, that of mindfulness immersed in body (kayagata sati). Practitioners are asked to wear clothing that is suitable for bodywork.

BUBS is an urban centre in Petaling Jaya that provides a venue for a dhamma school, welfare activities, workshops and meditation retreats. For more information about BUBS, visit their website.

Registration: To register, follow this link.

Cost: This retreat is conducted on a dāna basis. See the dana page for more information about dana.

Further information: Email , or phone +60 12 954 9805.

5 – 19 September 2019: The way of serenity & insight - a retreat at Shembaganur, Kodaikanal, India
This retreat is held at Shembaganur, a Jesuit centre on the outskirts of Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal is a city in the Pallani hills of Tamil Nadu, southern India. The retreat will introduce you to the practice of mindfulness meditation (satipatthana) for the cultivation of serenity (samatha) and insight (vipassana). The practice is based directly on the Buddha’s teachings as found in the Pāli sutras, the earliest and most complete records of his dharma. Each morning we will introduce a new aspect of the practice, supported by meditation experiments and group discussion. Regular private interviews will provide individual guidance on the details of your practice. Numbers will be restricted to 25 participants.

A daily period of guided stretching will help the student adapt to the physical demands of the retreat. Participants should wear loose and comfortable clothing for these sessions.

Cost: INR 8000 registration fee plus single room fees of INR 650, 750 or 1000 per day, depending on room type. This fee covers both accommodation and food, and the teacher’s travel expenses from/to Australia. To register, click here.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Apply through the online registration form.

For further information: Email or phone him on +91 9819670768.

26 – 27 October 2019: Two days of mindfulness at Kuan Yin Meditation Centre (KYMC), Lismore NSW
Over these two days you will deepen your experience of mindfulness meditation (satipatthana). Mindfulness leads to the cultivation of both serenity and insight, which allows us to see deeply into the nature of our experience and make wise choices in our lives. For more information about KYMC, visit their website.

Cost: $10 for one day; $15 for two days. This pays for the event itself, while Patrick will receive dana. See the dana page for more information about dana.

Information & bookings: Email .

15 – 24 November 2019: Satipatthana retreat at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre, Medlow Bath NSW
This retreat emphasises the cultivation of a felt continuity of awareness by tracking the elemental flow of experience that lies beneath our habitual concepts and reactions. It is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. BMIMC is a small and comfortable centre located in the upper Blue Mountains. It provides an intimate and supportive atmosphere for intensive meditation practice. For more information about BMIMC, visit their website.

Please note that if the retreat is fully booked, you may be able to gain entry because some people book early to ensure they can attend if they can, and then drop out towards the retreat dates as they realise they cannot get away.

Cost: $835 + dana. See the dana page for information about dana.

Further information & bookings: For further information, contact , or phone +61 2 4788 1024. To register for retreats, refer to the Centre’s retreat booking page. The Centre’s postal address is: 25 Rutland Road, Medlow Bath NSW 2780.