9 - 23 June 2017: Waking up to the present: The way of serenity and insight - A retreat at Kallara Conference Centre, Strathbogie Vic

This retreat will explore mindfulness meditation (satipaṭṭhāna) as taught by the Buddha. It will provide an opportunity for beginners to become firmly established in their practice, and for experienced students to deepen their practical and theoretical understanding. The practice will cover mindfulness of body, mind and emotions, and explore the possibilities of transformation in the way we live our daily lives. The retreat runs for two weeks, starting 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. Kallara Conference Centre is deep in the countryside. It is quiet, peaceful and beautiful, and out of mobile range! Accommodation is in single or shared rooms.
The retreat is organised by the Melbourne Insight Meditation Group. Check their website at www.melbourneinsightmeditation.org.

Cost: The cost of the full two-week retreat is $1,040 + dana. The nine day retreat costs $700 + dana. The three-day long weekend costs $340 + dana.

In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Patrick does not receive any of the money paid by the practitioner for his/her place in the retreat, as he provides his teaching as a gift. His students may be moved to return the gift they have received from him by providing him with financial support, thus allowing him to continue his work.

Information & bookings: MIMG, or go to their contact page.

7 - 21 August 2017: Satipatthana retreat at Bodhi Zendo, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India

This retreat is suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners. The retreat goes for two weeks, and will be held at Bodhi Zendo, located above the village of Perumal Malai, near Kodaikanal, in the Nilgiri (“Blue Mountains”) of Tamil Nadu in India’s deep south. This is an excellent venue, with very good food and well-designed facilities.

For more information about Bodhi Zendo, visit their website.

Cost: INR 800/- per day + dana. The fee covers both accommodation and food, along with the teacher's travel expenses from/to Australia. A limited number of partial scholarships are available.

In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Patrick does not receive any of the money paid by the practitioner for his/her place in the retreat, as he provides his teaching as a gift. His students may be moved to return the gift they have received from him by providing him with financial support, thus allowing him to continue his work.

Information & bookings: Contact Mr Ramji by , or phone +91 95855 24836.

15 - 22 September 2017: Satipatthana retreat at Buc Lin Meditation Centre, Buckland Park, Adelaide

In this retreat we will cultivate a felt continuity of awareness that can serve as the basis for both deep concentration states and mindfulness in our everyday lives. It will be suitable for beginners and experienced practitioners, although it is preferred if participants have some meditation experience. The retreat is being organised by the Buddhist Society of South Australia. Please note that it is an eight-precept retreat – i.e., there will be no food served after midday. Places are limited to 17 participants.

Cost: $360, or $310 concession + dāna. See the dāna page for information about dāna.

Information & bookings: For further information, see the Buddhist Society of South Australia website, or them. To book, go to this webpage.


13 - 22 October 2017: 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.

Cost: $785 + dana.

In accordance with Buddhist tradition, Patrick does not receive any of the money paid by the practitioner for his/her place in the retreat, as he provides his teaching as a gift. His students may be moved to return the gift they have received from him by providing him with financial support, thus allowing him to continue his work.

Information & bookings: Contact BMIMC by , or phone (02) 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.

5 - 18 December 2017: The way of mindfulness: A satipatthana retreat at Sasanarakkha Buddhist Sanctuary (SBS), Taiping, Malaysia

This retreat will explore mindfulness meditation (satipaṭṭhāna) as taught by the Buddha. It will provide an opportunity for beginners to become firmly established in their practice, and for experienced students to deepen their practical and theoretical understanding. The practice will cover mindfulness of body, mind and emotions, and explore possibilities of transformation in the way we live our everyday lives.

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 dana.

Information & bookings: For general information about SBS, see their website. For information about the retreat, and to book your place, Ms Irene Yong, Retreat Centre Event Coordinator. You can also phone SBS directly, at +60 5841 1198 (office) or +60 175 182 011 (mobile) 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 so need to organise your travel before then, please book by contacting . If your application is approved he will reserve a place for you, and you will be sent an application form from SBS when bookings officially open.