Men's Intensive

Men's Intensive

Friday 21 August – Sunday 30 August at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights

For a lot of us leading busy lives it is not easy to take meditation practice beyond the stage of maintenance, that is, gaining some degree of calm and positivity to meet daily challenges.

Because the winter retreat is based around sitting practice there is the opportunity, and challenge, for us to experience more of ourselves, which may include both highs and lows, and then to let go into a broader, more open awareness. It is this awareness which is life changing.

Come and join us in a community of practice in the beautiful winter stillness of Vijayaloka.

Some experience of meditation required.

Due to current covid-19 social distancing regulations, places on this retreat are limited to 13. More places may become available if restrictions change.

Book Now: $585 / $435

We want everyone to have the opportunity to come on retreat. If you cannot afford the cost, we may be able to help. Please contact us to discuss.

Typical Daily Program

Time Activity
7am Meditation
9am Breakfast
10:30am Teaching / Meditation
1pm Lunch
3:30pm Meditation
6pm Dinner
8pm Meditation & Pūjā
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been practising?

The retreat will be best suited for those who have an established meditation practice. You should at least be familiar with mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana meditations that we teach.

Do I need to be a Buddhist?

Although our inspiration and practices come from Buddhist teachings, you do not need to be a Buddhist to attend or benefit from the retreat.

What does the cost include?

The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food. Retreatants participate in a work roster for cooking and cleaning.

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 following Sunday afternoon, around 2:30pm.

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 line with current recommendations from the Government we are currently planning for everyone to have their own room in order to maintain good physical distancing. However, if these recommendations change, we may plan for shared rooms again in order to allow us to accommodate as many people as want to come. If you have a 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.

We have meditation gear (cushions, etc.), but you are welcome to bring your own.

The Team

Khemadhamma
Khemadhamma
Moksavajra
Moksavajra
Shuddha
Shuddha
Viraja
Viraja

About Vijayaloka

Our retreats are held at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre which provides simple shared accommodation for approximately 40 people in a beautiful bush setting on the George's River.

Where to Find Us

The retreat is at Vijayaloka Retreat Centre in Minto Heights.

Driving

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.

Train

Vijayaloka is very each 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.