A Refuge for Independence and Dependence
“Consider that we, as humans, have needs: needs for nourishment, for inspiration, for solitude, for the company of others… how we understand and relate to dependence and our need for independence is an integral part of meditation and reflection practice.” – Linda Modaro
With Linda Modaro and Bavara
Friday Nov 8 – Wed Nov 13
Byron Bay, NSW Australia – Gondwana Sanctuary
During this residential retreat, we will explore an open awareness meditation practice that is followed by reflection. The roots of this practice are to be found in the Buddha’s early teachings and are based on learning to trust the ways of knowing that develop in meditation. This enables you to be more trusting, responsive, and present in your life.
We welcome long-term meditators, as well as newer meditators. Anyone who has practiced Recollective Awareness or is new to our orientation towards meditation practice and retreats. Meditation teachers are also welcome.
WHY MEDITATE AND REFLECT?
We believe that you can learn beneficial ways of meditating by seeing how your mind operates within meditation. This kind of “seeing” can be naturally developed through recollection and reflection, whether done in a journal or expressed verbally to an experienced teacher or peers.
Most likely you will have a goal in mind when you come to meditation practice. What is in your mind and heart matters deeply and does not need to be separated out from your meditation practice. Much of the learning comes from your own recognition and insight, rather than from an authority, a tradition, or any dogmatic and rigid way of thinking about meditation. More on this is here: https://satisangha.org/meditation
Feel free to reach out and contact us to better acquaint yourself with our reflective meditation retreat philosophy:
We offer a daily schedule that includes several meditation sittings per day, optional group movement/stretching sessions, dharma talks, small group reflection, individual sessions if desired, and free time for exercise and your normal routine. The retreats are held in silence apart from Q& A, feedback and small groups. You may bring materials for reading, journaling. Three vegetarian meals per day with a lighter meal at dinner. We can handle constraints around food allergies, and handle some food preference requests.
Bavara and Gerd are offering this retreat from their home, their guest rooms and the communal meditation Hall in the Gondwana Sanctuary. This will be a small, intimate retreat and we can accommodate eight meditators onsite in shared rooms and bath, although two single rooms with shared bath are available ‘first come, first serve’. We have five spaces open for local meditators to join us, staying offsite.
$525 residential, single room and shared bath
$325 local participant, meals included, staying offsite
Linda and Bavara have a desire to lead a generous, respectful life and to share it with others. This retreat is offered on a dana basis; your giving and generosity for the teachings will be received with gratitude.