8 Day Silent Meditation Retreat

Transformative Insights: The Buddhist Path to Awakening

14-21 January 2022

This retreat will include mindfulness meditation and guided meditation on Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. Some of the main topics covered include:

  • Suffering and its causes
  • The mind and mental afflictions
  • Death and rebirth
  • Karma
  • Bodhicitta – the mind aspiring to enlightenment for the benefit of others
  • Shamatha meditation – developing a calm, clear and focused mind
  • Vipashyana meditation – gaining insight into the nature of reality

This retreat is suitable for both beginners and more experienced practitioners. It provides not only an extensive introduction into the theory and practice of the path to enlightenment but is also an excellent opportunity for more advanced students to deepen their understanding and practice.

The daily schedule will include Dharma talks, meditation and yoga/mindful movement sessions. The retreat will be in silence, but full instruction and support will be given to all participants.

The retreat will start at 4pm on 14 Jan, so participants are requested to arrive and complete check in by 3pm. It will conclude after lunch on 22 Jan, around 2pm.

Sample daily schedule:

  • 7.15am-8:00am    Morning Meditation
  • 8:00am      Breakfast
  • 9.00am-10.00am  1st Session
  • 10.00am-10:15am  Break
  • 10.15am-11am     Mindful Movement / Yoga
  • 11am-11:30am     Break
  • 11.30am-12:30pm  2nd Session
  • 12.30pm    Lunch
  • 2.30pm-4.00pm    3rd Session
  • 4.00pm-4.30pm    Break  
  • 4:30pm – 5:00pm Walking Meditation
  • 5.15pm-6.15pm    4th Session
  • 6:15pm-7:15pm   Dinner
  • 7:15pm-7:45pm   Evening contemplation


About the Teacher

Venerable Thubten Khadro

This retreat is guided by Ven. Khadro, who has a unique gift to make these authentic, ancient teachings relevant to the 21st century and our modern lives.

Ven. Khadro was born in Venezuela of European parents, emigrated to a New Zealand in 2004, and has led courses and retreats in New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, India, Nepal and Germany.

Her international background allows her to have an open, friendly and warm manner. Ven. Khadro is currently studying an online Master Programme in Buddhist Philosophy and lives in semi-retreat at Lawudo, a hermitage in the Himalayas, Nepal. She is a Buddhist Chaplain, an FPMT registered teacher, and has served in various FPMT centres around the world.

Your investment is… 


This covers the centre’s facility fee and fully catered, healthy vegetarian meals (vegan/gluten free options are available).


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Accommodation is available at the Centre at an additional cost. When making your booking or booking enquiry, please let us know the type of accommodation you prefer and we will get back to you. (Please note that accommodation for group retreats cannot be booked directly through the online booking system on our Accommodation page.)

Accommodation - Prices per night

Camping per person (unpowered)                             $20

Dormitory per person (shared toilet facilities)         $32

Single room (shared toilet facilities)                         $55

Rustic single hut (shared toilet facilities)                 $55

Single cabin (self-contained)                                           $100

Double room (shared toilet facilities)                   $76 (for 2)

Double cabin (self- contained)                            $100 (for 2)

Triple room                                                               $94 (for 3)

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