Retreats

 Introducing Retreats

Taking purposeful time in our busy lives to uncover what sustains and grounds our lives is a vital undertaking.

In the meditative traditions the approach is not only for relaxation but to awake to the THAT which is our life.

Seeking ways to develop and maintain a spiritually conscious life with compassionate ethical commitment to all life is practice.

While the instruction calls upon ancient timeless wisdom and practice knowledge our contemporary context is valued as the place of applied spirituality.

If you desire to open and deepen your encounter to inner life, which all spiritual traditions point to, than these retreats are for you.

If you have a need to locate meaning, vocational life, and personal integrity within a renewed spiritual understanding and meditative life CMR will be helpful.

Retreats have at their core meditation practice. Some are conducted as formal Zen and Contemplative Retreats, while others incorporate Art and Mindfulness training. They are all open to people commencing a meditation practice as well as for long term practitioners.

The Contemplative and Zen retreats are conducted in silence incorporating walking meditation, interviews with the teacher and a simple ritual structure. Sutras and readings form part of the daily activities of the retreat.

Rev Paul Sanders with his partner Pauline reside at Cloud Mountain Retreat. Paul is in training as a Zen teacher under the direction of Roshi Robert Walker (USA). Paul is also a Uniting Church minister, painter and poet with many years experience in retreat leadership and a teacher in the OASES Graduate School.

Zen/Contemplation Residential 3 Day Retreat: April 20-23 2018

This retreat is a longer residential experience in Zazen/Contemplation and follows the structure of a Zen Retreat: Periods of meditation, encouraging talk, personal interviews, mindful work, and sutras/readings. The retreat is in silence and the meals vegetarian. Saturday is Zen, Sunday Contemplative maintaining the same structure

Cost: $ 350 Concession $290.

 Art Retreat: ‘Noticing and Painting’ – with Eleni Rivers May 25-27 2018

Join artist, Eleni Rivers, for a relaxing weekend of watercolour painting surrounded by the fantastic scenery of the southern Grampians. Learn watercolour, meditate, walk the labyrinth, enjoy quality meals, breathe mountain air, enjoy good conversation.

Expert tuition, accommodation, meals, all provided.

Eleni Rivers is a full time artist living in Dunkeld. She has taught art for many years and holds a Master’s Degree in Art and Consciousness. The retreat will commence Friday evening with a meal.  Please note: Numbers are limited, early registration is strongly recommended. 

Cost: $630, Concession. $600

Non-residential participation (lunch provided) $320, concession $290

Materials additional $50 at time of registration, or bring your own.

Registration and enquiries:  studio@elenirivers.com

Zen (4 day) Walking Retreat: October 12-15 2018

Mindful Walking, Readings, Silence, Meditation  – Through Southern Grampians beautiful plains. The retreat provides opportunity for mindful walking with regular rests, incorporating periods of meditation. Participants will carry their lunch and refreshments. The length of walk will be 14-18ks each day.

We will be returned by vehicle each day. The evening will have a period of meditation (Zazen) and opportunity for personal interviews with the teacher. Meals will be vegetarian and the walk supported by Dunkeld & Peaks Pilgrim Walks.

Cost: $400 & $300 concession.

Emotional Intelligence, Compassion & Mindfulness Retreat:  August 24-26 2018

An opportunity in a retreat setting to learn and practice mindfulness/meditation and explore the connection between awareness and Emotional Intelligence and its importance for cultivating and activating compassion. A gentle and informative retreat in a relaxed environment.

Team of presenters:  Paul Sanders: Meditation/mindfulness, Sarah Streeter-Family studies and EI studies. Marcia Macgugan: Life and career counseling and planning.

Details yet to be finalised.

Cloud Mountain Retreat, Dunkeld.