Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation Retreat Sydney 2018 with Bhante Vimalaramsi

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Vejjasala Retreat Centre- 216 Forest Road, Wingello, NSW 2579

Access by Car or Train (with Pickup available at Wingello train station upon arrangement)
This is a residential retreat  where meals and accommodation are included.

10 days: 2nd November 2018 – 11th November 2018

To cover accommodation, food and expenses for 10 days. The teacher offers the teachings for free;  donations are welcome.

 Application closed on Sunday 22nd October 2018.

Limited space of 25 people is available. Due to limited availability, priority will be given to those who apply to stay the entire 10 days.

To apply, please fill up the online application form (takes around 10 minutes). Update: Please note that applications are now put on waiting list and will be confirmed a position when a space becomes available. 

About the teacher

Bhante Vimalaramsi has practiced meditation for more than 40 years and is a well known Meditation teacher and author. He is interested in practicing meditation by going back to the earliest Buddhist Suttas to find out what the Buddha really taught. He uses the Majjhima Nikaya as his basis for teaching the “Mindfulness of Metta” and the Brahmaviharas, that lead to the realization of Nibbana. He calls this Tranquil Wisdom Insight Meditation (T.W.I.M.). Click here for more information.

About the Retreat

This retreat suits both beginners and advanced practitioners. This is a silent retreat with  sitting and walking meditation, meditation instructions and interviews and evening Dhamma talks. 

Daily Routine
5:00 am      Wake up
5:30 am      Taking Refuges and Precepts – Sitting 30 min  & walking 15-20 min, and repeat.
7:00 am     Breakfast -Bell
7:45 am       Work period 30 min
8:45 am       Sitting and walking meditation to 11am
—9:00 am       Individual Interviews with Bhante start
11:00 am   Lunch – Bell
12:30 pm     Rest – 1 hour
1:30 pm       Sitting and walking meditation
5:30  pm    Tea  time 
6:00  pm      Dhamma talk and discussion
8:00 pm       Sitting and walking meditation
10:00 pm    Bedtime

Other retreat details

The retreat venue

Vejjasala, located just outside the village of Wingello in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, is the retreat centre of the Association of Engaged Buddhists. The name, Vejjasala, means a place for healing.

The lodging

Lodging will be shared.

How to get there:

Driving from Sydney:

Take the M5 out of Sydney (toward Liverpool/Canberra).

Continue on to M31 then National Highway 31 (toward Goulburn/Canberra), past Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale.

Continue 6km past Penrose State Forest, then slow down after Paddys Creek to turn left in 500m.

Turn hard left off highway into Murrimba Rd, (exit sign for Wingello & Bundanoon). Follow road to end – Wingello village.

When you come into Wingello, cross the railway tracks.

Turn right on other side of tracks (past Wingello Village Store).

Take first left into Forest Rd and continue along sealed then compacted-gravel road, past Wombat Farm, distance approx. 2km.

Turn left into unsealed driveway at sign for Vejjasala Retreat. At about 250m turn hard left at the ‘Retreat Centre’ sign to enter Vejjasala Retreat grounds

By train

There is a train station at Wingello but someone will need to collect you and drive you to Vejjasala which is a few kilometres away, so it may be better to get a lift from another attendee or organisers. The retreat booking forms have an option to nominate that you would like a lift. There are only a few scheduled stops at Wingello per day as it is a small station. You will also need to contact the retreat coordinator to arrange someone to collect you from the station or the nearby Wingello Store.

Note: Wingello station is not wheelchair friendly. View station detailsView online timetable (Wingello is at the top, three stops from Goulburn). Timetable in PDF.

How to apply for the retreat

Please complete the online application form first.
To make a payment for the retreat, you can do this through bank transfer or pay by credit card (3% surcharge applied). The payment details is inside the form.