Eleventh Step & Recovery Retreat
Friday 13th September – Sunday 15th September
Meditation and mindfulness practice is conducive to our recovery from the addictions that hold us back from a life of freedom. Set amidst a tranquil bush setting and supportive conditions, this retreat is ideal for learning and practising meditation with others in recovery - a great opportunity to start a practice or take it deeper in supportive conditions with likeminded people and allow some kindness and mindfulness into your life.
All welcome, no experience necessary.
|8pm||Welcome & Meditation|
|10:30am||Teaching & Discussion|
|8pm||Meditation & Pūjā|
|7:30am||Meditation & Pūjā|
|10:30am||Teaching & Discussion|
|2pm||Clear up and depart|
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Buddhist or have any meditation experience?
No, the retreat is suitable for everyone, and makes an excellent first retreat for people who are new to meditation.
What does the cost include?
The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.
When does the retreat start and end?
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 Sunday afternoon, around 3pm.
I can't make the whole retreat - can I come for just some of it?
Yes - come for whatever time you can, but please let us know beforehand so we know when to expect you.
What will the accommodation be like?
Vijayaloka provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex 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.
Can I have a single room?
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.
What will the food be like?
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.
What do I need to bring?
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 if you want to swim.
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.
Where to Find Us
The retreat is at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights.