Latest Past Events

Living in the Moment – Half Day Meditation Course

Bonny Hills Community Hall Graham St, Bonny Hills

Saturday 15 June, 2-5pm, Bonny Hills Community Hall In our busy lives we find it very difficult to relax and enjoy the moment. Even while we are doing the things we like, our mind is never in the present, we are constantly making plans for the future or worrying about what might happen next. In this half day ... Read more

Letting Go, Moving On – Half Day Meditation Course

Bonny Hills Community Hall Graham St, Bonny Hills

Saturday 27 April, 2-5pm, Bonny Hills Community Hall We often find ourselves stuck in a mental rut, unable to let go of painful experiences. In this course, learn how to let go and move on and discover how to harness the strength within your own mind to rise above and transform your response to challenging events. Everyone ... Read more

The Art of Forgiveness – Half Day Meditation Course

Bonny Hills Community Hall Graham St, Bonny Hills

  Saturday 16 March, 2-5pm, Bonny Hills Community Hall Being on the receiving end of the harmful speech and actions of others can hurt. Left unresolved, this pain can easily transform into feelings of anger or resentment and swiftly undermine our peace of mind, happiness, and harmony in our relationships. In this half day course, ... 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