Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Bowral - NSW
Weekend Mindfulness Retreat
Weekend Retreat | 17 March 2017 - Friday 5:00pm - 19 March 2017 Sunday 4:00pm
A silent weekend retreat for restoration and exploration with Timothea Goddard and Eva Papadopoulo
"Don't meditate to fix yourself, to heal yourself, to improve yourself, to redeem yourself; rather, do it as an act of love, of deep warm friendship to yourself. In this way there is no longer any need for the subtle aggression of self-improvement, for the endless guilt of not doing enough. It offers the possibility of an end to the ceaseless round of trying so hard that wraps so many people's lives in a knot. Instead there is now meditation as an act of love. How endlessly delightful and encouraging."
Bob Sharples, Calming the Mind
During the retreat we will be spending time coming home to the body, the heart and the mind - through the practices of mindfulness. It is an opportunity for the sustained practice of bringing curiosity and compassion to everything that arises, and to notice what happens when we do this. We will be using journaling to explore the unfolding of practice over the weekend.
The retreat will be largely in silence, but with opportunities for interviews with the teacher, talks and discussions about our practice in the group.
Please note that this retreat is suitable for people who have some experience of mindfulness meditation already - for example - for those who have completed the MBSR course of equivalent. It is not an introduction to mindfulness.
BA, Dip. Psychotherapy (ANZAP), Cert. IV Workplace Tr., Clin. Mem. PACFA
Timothea Goddard is recognised as a pioneer in bringing mindfulness interventions to Australia over the past 12 years. She was the first person in Australia to complete the training and be accredited with the world renowned contemporary secular mindfulness work of Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Centre (USA) and maintains strong professional links there. She is passionate about pedagogy – the art of teaching and learning - and brings great curiosity and rigour to her teaching. She has broad experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor, educator and workplace trainer over the past 30 years. Regarding other mindfulness based approaches, she is an enthusiast - having trained extensively in MiCBT with Bruno Cayoun as well as in MBCT, ACT, Breathworks, the Mindful Schools Curriculum Training, the .b Mindfulness in Schools training and the Still Quiet Place for kids and recently completed a yoga teacher training. She a founding Director of the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia and in this capacity is driving excellence in the training of mindfulness teachers and trainers in the Asia-Pacific region. She is an active member of the global network of teacher training organisations working towards international agreement on pathways, standards and certification protocols. She is a long time student of yoga, Aikido and meditation and practices in the Insight tradition. She swims in the ocean every morning, practices yoga like a maniac, and loves cooking, people and straight-talking.
Cert.Couns., Grad Dip. Psychotherapy, Mem., A.A.S.P. Member PACFA Register.
Eva is a psychotherapist and is in private practice in Sydney. She has been an MBSR teacher with Openground since 2004 and is a co-director and mindfulness teacher with the Mindfulness Training Institute of Australasia. She has also designed and teaches the Living with Compassion workshop. Eva trained in body-oriented, contemporary psychodynamic, developmental and relational orientations with the Somatic Institute of Australia in 2000 and trained with Openground and attended the Teacher Development Intensive offered by the CFM with Bob Stahl and Florence Meleo-Meyer in 2012. Eva has also had much experience in teaching mindfulness meditation as pain-management with cancer, HIV and AIDS and has worked in many organizations offering stress and anger management. Her interest in an integrated body-mind approach both personally and professionally has been deepened through many years of practice in insight meditation, yoga, Ortho-Bionomy, Body Mind Centering (BMC) and dance and theatre improvisation.
Hartzer Park, 25 Eridge Park Rd, Burradoo NSW 2576