Below are detailed listings of our upcoming events, or you can see our Events Calendar. We encourage you to try our courses if you have an interest in learning about your mind, finding true happiness, and developing a good heart.

Costs are set as low as possible to meet expenses, and we never want money to be an obstacle for people to practise the Dharma. We offer these courses on a donation basis to the local community, and have live-in volunteer positions as a way to offer service and have free access to courses. All monks and nuns are offered reduced rates. If you have the means, consider donating to help us continue to make the Dharma accessible to everyone.

16 – 18 Feb: What Goes Around, Comes Around: Intro to Karma and Meditation

germ-2871773_640Karma has become a household word, but how does it actually work? What will grow from the seeds we are planting with our thoughts and actions? This weekend course will introduce the Buddhist view of karma and how understanding the mind and meditation is helpful for creating the causes of happiness.

Beginner level course led by Venerable Lozang Yönten.

7:30pm Friday Public Talk on Karma and Meditation – open to everyone

8:30am Saturday – Sunday 3:30pm for registered course participants

To Register

Pre-registration essential by 11 Feb. $150 includes course facility and materials fee and homemade vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Accommodation available – see the cabin and room or camping options and prices.

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark. Arrivals on Friday evening can pre-order dinner, served at 6:00pm, for an additional $7.50 (please give at least 24 hours notice).

9 – 11 March: Mindful Photography Course

IMG_0078The coast and hills of the Coromandel Peninsula are the perfect setting for nature and landscape photography. This course will explore both the skills of photography as well as the concept of mindfulness in the creative process and everyday life. We’ll have time for shooting in the lovely beaches and hills, group instruction and discussion about composition and editing, and opportunities for individual tutoring. You’ll be challenged with creative assignments to try new ways of shooting. In addition, we’ll have opportunities for mindfulness meditation and to explore the benefits of developing mindfulness as a practice while doing photography and other activities.

This is a very supportive course and aimed at amateur and beginner photographers – bring any digital camera, a laptop for editing, a way to transfer your photos to USB, and, if you have any, additional equipment like tripods. Good tramping shoes a must!

At 1:30pm on Sunday we’ll have a reception with a slideshow of photography from the weekend to showcase all the participant’s favourite photos.

To see samples photos of the students and some of their favourite shots from the 2017 course, visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pg/MahamudraCentre/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1558735894220513

sarah-nz-headshotLed by Sarah Brooks, who holds a BA cum laude in Art and has a professional landscape photography business, Sarah Brooks Photography. She is also the Spiritual Programme Coordinator at Mahamudra Centre so regularly leads meditation sessions and courses.

Pre-registration essential by 4 March. Course begins at 7:30pm on Friday and runs through 2:30pm Sunday. $150 includes course facility and materials fee and homemade vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Accommodation available – see the cabin and room or camping options and prices.

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark. Arrivals on Friday evening can pre-order dinner, served at 6:00pm, for an additional $7.50 (please give at least 24 hours notice).

 

23 – 25 March: Meditation for a Calm and Happy Mind

pier-407252_640There are many benefits to meditation, including more focus, pleasant physical states, and a calmer basis for emotions. Applied correctly, mindfulness is practiced as a basis for developing positive states of mind like loving kindness and compassion as well as living an ethical life. In this weekend course, learn different ways of practicing mindfulness both on the cushion and in daily life. The sessions will be instruction, discussion, and meditations specifically for beginners. Meals and breaks will be spent in silent practice – a chance tosarah-nz-headshot turn inward and be in the moment.

Beginning level course led by Sarah Brooks.

Click here to view and download the weekend schedule.

To Register

Pre-registration essential by 16 March. The course runs from 7:30pm on Friday night through 2:30pm on Sunday. $150 includes course facility and materials fee and homemade vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday through lunch on Sunday. Accommodation available – see the cabin and room or camping options and prices.

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark. Arrivals on Friday evening can pre-order dinner, served at 6:00pm, for an additional $7.50 (please give at least 24 hours notice).

What past participants said about this course:

“I found it very interesting to gain insight into meditation, mindfulness, and Buddhism. It made me realise that meditation is not easy and it takes a lot of practice but you can achieve so much through it. Even if not everyone will be able to keep practising, it is good to know about it and start to become mindful in everyday life. I could describe the content of the course as inspirational, beautiful, peaceful and powerful.”

“A very informative course providing practical ways to use mindfulness in everyday life. (Ideal for curious beginners like me!)”

15 – 24 June: Riding the Waves of Life’s Ups and Downs with Ven. Robina Courtin

VRC 1 photo by Jane LewisLife is inevitably full of ups and downs – a process of constant change. We suffer because we try to chase and hold on to the good things, and avoid and get rid of anything we think is bad, while unable to see the big picture. Learn more about the Buddhist view of the causes of our suffering, and how to be happy by developing a kind, compassionate heart and a better understanding of the true nature of our reality.

Join us in welcoming back the dynamic Venerable Robina Courtin to Mahamudra Centre for this special event, sure to provide a strong dose of wisdom and compassion to take back into your daily life. Ven. Robina tours year-round teaching internationally, and her life story and work with prisoners was featured in the award-winning documentary Chasing Buddha. She recently edited the book by Lama Zopa Rinpoche How to Enjoy Death, and released a CD of devotional chanting. For more about Ven. Robina, see her website www.robinacourtin.com

Attendees can can choose from two packages: either the opening weekend, or the entire retreat.

First weekend only

Friday 15 June, 7:30pm – Sunday 17 June, 3:00pm

Includes delicious vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday 16th through lunch on Sunday 17th. Gluten-free meals avalabile for an extra $6. Dinner on Friday can be added for $7.50 with your booking, and is served at 6:00pm.

$160 meals and facility/materials fee, plus accommodation – accommodation priority is given to bookings for the entire retreat, so all weekend bookings will initially be in dorms ($28 a night) or camping ($18 a night) and can be upgraded at the time of the retreat if there is other accommodation available.

Full Retreat

Friday 15 June, 7:30pm – Sunday 24 June, lunch

Prices below include discounted accommodation, a low facility/materials fee, and delicious vegetarian meals from breakfast Saturday 16th through lunch on Sunday 24th. Gluten-free meals avalabile for an extra $25. Dinner on Friday can be added for $7.50 with your booking, and is served at 6:00pm.

Large self-contained cabin (kitchenette and bathroom): single $1320 or double $1740 ($870 per person)

Single room or Tara cabin (separate group toilet/shower block) $763

Double room $630 per person

Dorm $565

Camping/camper van $499 (this time of year can be cold and damp, so tent camping allowed but not advised)

To register and enquire about accommodation, please fill out our online booking form or call us at (0)7 866 6851.

If you are arriving outside of our office hours (9:30am – 5:00pm) please tell us your plans so we can make arrangements to check you in. If you’re coming from out of town, we find guests have the best experience when arriving before dark.