Spring Introductory Retreat
Friday 15 November 2024 – Sunday 17 November 2024
A weekend retreat for complete beginners and those wanting to revisit the fundamentals.
2 nights. $265 / $200
Friday 1 December 2023 – Thursday 7 December at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights
Do you find some resonance with Michelangelo’s Prisoner?
Ever wondered how we imprison ourselves in this precious life?
More importantly how did the Buddha teach us to find freedom…right here and now?
This retreat is designed to explore this search for freedom. Seeing through our grasping and aversion; our clinging and fears is a beginning. Opening to our upside-down self-view takes us gently forward to enjoy the stillness, beauty and love this universe offers? Our exploration will include meditation, discussion, silence and exploring the wonders of nature and friendship in the peace of our Minto retreat Centre.
“…enjoy the beauty of exploring the unexplored, and the clarity that comes from the journey…”
Never meditated or been on retreat? This is your opportunity!
This week long retreat for men* starts on Friday 1st -7th December or a two day option is available finishing on the afternoon of Sunday 3rd.
* Anyone who identifies as a man, or non-binary.
|10:30am||Teaching & Discussion|
|8pm||Meditation & Pūjā|
No, the retreat is suitable for everyone, and makes an excellent first retreat for men who are new to meditation and Buddhism.
The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.
The retreat will begin with dinner on the Friday evening at 6:30pm. You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm. It is normally not advisable to plan to arrive later than this. If you think you might need to, please contact us before booking.
We will finish on the Thursday afternoon, around 3pm.
Vijayaloka provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally.
Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.
In order to allow us to accommodate as many people as want to come, we are not normally able to provide single rooms. If you have a very special circumstance which requires a single room for you to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to discuss.
Many Buddhists practice veganism as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan.
If you have any allergies that aren't listed on the booking form, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.
Unless you are coming a long distance we ask that you bring your own sheets and blankets or a sleeping bag (we have plenty of pillows).
It can be surprisingly cold in the early mornings and evenings, and quite hot in the middle of the day, so bring clothes suitable for all weather: we suggest you bring layers as well as a warm jumper or jacket. You'll also need a good sun hat and suitable shoes, especially if you want to walk in the bush. There is a river you can swim in so you may also want to swimwear.
In addition you'll need to bring any toiletries you need including a towel, insect repellent, and sun block. It is also a good idea to bring a torch if you have one and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.
The retreat is at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights.
Vijayaloka's address for use in sat-navs is 36 Howard Road, Minto Heights NSW 2566. Travel time from central Sydney is about one hour.
There is a blue sign at Vijayaloka's entrance. Enter there and then park the car park immediately on your right.
If you are able to offer a lift to others travelling from Sydney, please let us know.
Vijayaloka is very easy to access by train. The closest train station is Minto which is on the T8 Airport Line towards MacArthur and Campbelltown. Travel time is about 50 minutes from Central.
We can normally arrange for those travelling by train to be picked up from the train station. Please indicate when booking if you need to be picked up and aim to be at Minto around 5:30-6pm. We will contact you shortly before the start of the retreat to confirm. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the bottle shop across the road from the station, or an Uber.
If you are travelling from outside Sydney and don't have an Opal card, you can use any contactless credit/debit card to travel on Sydney Trains.