17 - 19 February 2023 with Hedwig Bakker
Many people think that meditation means sitting calmly in a quiet place with perfect conditions and a peaceful smile, thinking of nothing, having an empty mind, and looking for a particular, special state of mind like peace, joy, bliss. Or they think of meditation as strong concentration, and something you do only on a sitting cushion as a formal practice.
However, meditation is about connecting with awareness: recognizing awareness and maintaining that recognition. Awareness meditation emphasizes awareness of present moment experience, whatever the experience is.
So, however our life might spin off, however challenging things get: this simple presence of awareness is always right there. It’s innate qualities: peacefulness, vividness, present, calm, warmth, kindness and total freedom are always available to us.
At any time, we can come home, come home to who we really are and come back to the qualities that are inherent in us as humans.
This retreat will be conducted in silence and is suitable for anyone new to meditation
as well as for those with previous experience.
What to expect in the retreat:
-Practice during guided sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation and gentle movement
-Recognise what you already have, what you already are: your true nature
-Experience the benefits of being in retreat and practicing together
About the Teacher, Hedwig Bakker
Hedwig has been practicing meditation since 2000 and has completed many individual and group retreats. She has been leading meditation classes, courses and retreats since 2004 in India, Nepal, the Netherlands and New Zealand.
She also is a certified Holden Qi Gong teacher and these many years of personal practice and leading retreats and courses have resulted in a richness of experience and a genuine joy in sharing, guiding and leading others in meditation practice.
Hedwig’s courses and classes are universal and suitable for people from all walks of life. Her approach is joyful, gentle, practical, down to earth, and with a sense of lightness and humour.
Your investment for this retreat is… $225
This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan/gluten free options are available).
Accommodation is available at the Centre at an additional cost.
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(Please note that accommodation for group retreats cannot be booked directly through the online booking system.)
Accommodation prices per night
Camping per person (unpowered) $20
Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities) $38
Single room (shared toilet facilities) $60-$65
Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities) $65
Single cabin (self-contained) $110
Double room (shared toilet facilities) $86 (for 2)
Double cabin (self- contained) $120-$150 (for 2)
Triple room $104 (for 3)