Retreats

Day Retreats

The Day Retreats at the Melbourne Buddhist Centre in Brunswick offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in meditation and Buddhism without going away or having to put aside a whole weekend. See the list below of upcoming day retreats.

Residential Retreats

Take a break and learn about meditation, Buddhism and yourself in a relaxed bushland setting. On retreat we follow in the footsteps of the Buddha, leaving behind the world of technology, busyness, and the demands of modern life, and entering into a different way of being with like-minded people.

Combining meditation and silence, discussion and friendship, inspiring collective rituals and time for solitude. Whether you’re new to Buddhism and meditation or have been practising for some time, going on retreat is a great opportunity to explore Buddhist practice and deepen friendships.

From a weekend to 10 days in duration, our retreats are fully catered with nutritious vegan food. Accommodation is simple with shared rooms. If you choose to book onto one of our retreats we will give you more information on what to bring and directions to the retreat. We can even supply meditation equipment on request and organise a lift to and from the retreat. Hope to see you on retreat soon!

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September 2019

Mindfully Alive – 9 Day Meditation Retreat

Saturday September 21, 2:00 pm - Sunday September 29, 11:00 am
Baanya Biami, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340 Australia
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A 9 day meditation retreat led by Maitripala, with the opportunity to mindfully explore whatever comes into your field of awareness, on or off the meditation cushion. There will 4 days of silence in the middle of the retreat to take your practice deeper and an opportunity for meditation interviews. Exploring your experience within the framework of the Satipatthana Sutta and practice.     '…..you find yourself treading a path of ever-growing clarity, and delight. Immersing yourself in a flow of positive…

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October 2019

Meditation Workshop to Deepen Practice

Sunday October 13, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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Refresh and Revive Join Padmasiddhi & Arunamalin as we collectively share our experience of Meditation, reviewing our understanding of the process and the techniques we use as well as ways we can make these more effective.This retreat is best suited to regular friends who have a year or more experience of meditation but may be feeling a bit stuck in their current practice and would like to explore ways to improve it in a workshop environment with other meditators. Sunday…

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Family Retreat – Meeting the Five Conquerors

Friday October 25, 7:00 pm - Sunday October 27, 3:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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We venture into the mandala of the five Buddhas together, exploring their stories, qualities, symbols and beauty. Join other Sangha families for a weekend of meditation, Buddhist rituals, activities, discussions and our annual all ages treasure hunt. All experienced in the natural surroundings in the Yarra Valley. Led by Rijumayi and Viryasiddhi. Suitable for parents familiar with our meditation practices. Children of all ages welcome. $250 full waged, $190 low waged, $130 concession, $80 aged 3-18 years, Free for children…

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Silent Meditation Day Retreat – October

Sunday October 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia

      This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. The retreat has six periods of meditation off 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the course of the day. As No Teaching is offered, this retreat is best suited to those who regularly meditate within our community,…

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November 2019

Young Persons Meditation Retreat

Friday November 1, 7:00 pm - Tuesday November 5, 3:00 pm
Baanya Biami, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340 Australia
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Steering for the Deep Using ancient Buddhist meditation practices, we will turn and steer towards the depths. Moving from distraction to concentration and into absorption, aiming towards higher states of consciousness. Using the Buddha's teaching of the five hindrances as guide, over this long weekend we will quiet our monkey minds, journeying to the quiet depths. A meditation retreat for 18 - 35 year olds in the beautiful bush surroundings of the Brisbane Ranges outside Melbourne. 7pm Friday 1 November…

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“Sangha” A Crucible for Change – Open Weekend Retreat

Friday November 8, 7:00 pm - Sunday November 10, 3:00 pm
Baanya Biami, 220 Marshalls Road
Staughton Vale, Victoria 3340 Australia
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"No one else can practice the Dharma for us; we have to practice it ourselves. However, we don't have to practice it by ourselves."   Join Dhiramani & Padmasiddhi as we explore the Buddha's advice on how we can grow a Happy, Healthy and Harmonious community, through what are  traditionally known as "The Samgrahavastus": Generosity, Kindly Speech, Beneficial Activity & Exemplification. We will explore practical ways to employ these transformative practices that will not only help build Sangha but are just as relevant and applicable, anywhere we come…

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Silent Mediation Day Retreat – November

Sunday November 24, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. The retreat has six periods of meditation off 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the course of the day. As No Teaching is offered, this retreat is best suited to those who regularly meditate within our community, and who are…

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December 2019

Silent Meditation Day Retreat – December

Sunday December 22, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Melbourne Buddhist Centre, 23 David Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056 Australia
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This retreat is offered monthly as an opportunity for us to go deeper in our meditation practice. Our endeavours are supported by the practice of silence and the companionship of other meditators. The retreat has six periods of meditation off 30-40 minutes duration, interspersed by walking meditation. This structure allows our practice to build over the course of the day. As No Teaching is offered, this retreat is best suited to those who regularly meditate within our community, and who are…

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February 2020

6 Day Retreat led by Tejananda

Thursday February 20, 2020, 7:00 pm - Wednesday February 26, 2020, 3:00 pm
Wesburn Recreation Camp, 25 Madeley Drive
Wesburn, Victoria 3799 Australia
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Compassion and Emptiness For Order Members and Mitra of the Triratna Buddhist Community Benevolence - metta - and compassion, as taught by the Buddha, are essentially boundless liberations of the mind. The familiar practices with 5 or 6 stages are entry points which enable us to engage with our afflictive emotions - liking, disliking, ignoring - and to uncover the true, unlimited nature of the divine abodes. Liberation of the mind from these afflictions, even if temporary, enables us to return…

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