Latest Past Events

Mindful or Mindfull ?

F.U.N Yoga 21 Redbank Road, Redbank

Mind or Mindfull? – Meditation day retreat@ Wauchope/Redbank , Mar 19th: 9.30am-4.30pm Do you find your mind is too busy at times? Do you wake in the night thinking too much or have a tendency to overthink situations? A busy mind can leave us feeling tired, stressed, anxious and unable to really enjoy our life. Meditation ... Read more

Introduction to Buddhism- Half Day Workshops

Suite 1 (Lower level), Emerald Downs Shopping Centre, 100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie 2444

    Buddha’s teachings reveal a blueprint that anyone can follow to improve their daily life and awaken their fullest potential. In Buddhism we find simple and practical instructions to help us deal with our day-to-day stress and worry, improve our relationships and increase our joy and happiness. Ultimately, if we wish, the Buddhist path ... Read more

ANXIETY Meditation Half Day Workshops

Emerald Downs Community Centre 1/100 Ocean Drive, Port Macquarie

    Sunday 22nd Jan@ Emerald Downs Community Centre Port Macquarie  Anxiety and stress are an increasingly common problem for people in our busy, modern world. These states of mind prevent us from experiencing peace and enjoying life. Meditation is an effective way to combat negative states of mind and create a sense of mental ... Read more

Day Courses


Take a day out to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhist teachings. Explore a specific topic in more detail at one of our monthly one-day meditation courses at held at our Centre or various locations throughout Newcastle

Day courses offer practical solutions to everyday problems of modern living and are suitable for everyone!

Courses consist of teachings and guided meditations. Refreshments are served between sessions.




What is Retreat?

In our busy modern life we lack the calm and stillness conducive to maintaining a happy and peaceful state of mind.  To regain a balance people are drawn to peaceful and quiet places where they can withdraw for a short time and renew their energy – in short, they go on retreat.  On retreat we devote our time to meditation and contemplation – it is a time to acquaint our minds with positive and meaningful thoughts.

“On retreat we stop all forms of business and extraneous activ­ities so as to emphasize a particular spiritual practice. There are three kinds of retreat: physical, verbal and mental. We engage in physical retreat when with a spiritual motivation we isolate ourself from other people, activities and noise, and disengage from extraneous and meaningless actions. We engage in verbal retreat when with a spiritual motivation we refrain from meaningless talk and periodically keep silence. We engage in mental retreat by preventing distractions and strong delusions such as attachment, anger, jealousy and strong self-grasping from arising, and by maintaining mindfulness and conscientiousness.

If we remain in physical and verbal retreat but fail to observe mental retreat, our retreat will have little power. Such a retreat may be relaxing, but if we do not prevent strong delusions from arising, our mind will not be at peace, even on retreat. However, keeping physical and verbal retreat will help us to keep mental retreat, and for this reason Shantideva, in Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, praises the first two kinds of retreat.”

Excerpt From: The New Guide to Dakini Land – Geshe Kelsang Gyatso