Joy in Stillness

Simply Mindful is thrilled to offer this urban retreat, an opportunity to deepen stillness and freedom in the midst of the everyday.  MBSR graduates are warmly invited to join us for our weekend retreat being held in a beautiful Canberra retreat setting – a peaceful garden oasis in the city.


Many people are drawn to mindfulness because of a need for greater peace, ease and joy in life. As we practice mindfulness, we see how we often shy away from the unwanted. We learn over and over the patient acceptance of what is here now. This is captured beautifully in Wendell Berry’s poem Go Among Trees and Sit Still (below). In it we witness his experience of  becoming still and quiet, then seeing, allowing, being with and moving into freedom.

The heart of mindfulness practice is this journey into freedom. It is about tapping into stillness and the freedom to choose how we wish to meet what is present, no matter how pleasant or unpleasant it is.  It is also about opening to and being nourished by the beauty which is always available to us. The practice itself is a healing and liberating process, which can be deepened further when we take time to practice in an extended way on retreats.

Without having to remove ourselves in a dramatic way from our lives, we will take time out to retreat. Our intention is that this helps us all to integrate this practice of presence, courage and kindness more fully into our day to day lives.

We will explore teachings and practices to help resource and encourage us in deepening the ordinary everyday capacity to tap into stillness and peace, to be with ourselves fully and completely with all our imperfections and difficulties.

We will practice developing the centredness and steadfastness needed to be with life’s challenges, as well as tuning into and growing our capacity to be truly nourished by beauty, stillness and peace no matter what else is going on.

Go Among Trees and Sit Still

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
Around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
Where I left them, asleep like cattle…

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I live for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it.
And the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

By Wendell Berry from Sabbaths, 1987, North Point Press


Retreat Information

  • Teachers: The Simply Mindful team – Megan, Trevor and Jenny will lead practices throughout the retreat. Megan will be the primary teacher and share teachings to support the practices each day. There will be movement practices alternated with sitting and stillness. Movement practices include yoga, walking and self-directed movement.
  • Retreat format:  A primarily silent retreat with optional sessions of guided meditation and activities. There will be a retreat schedule each day which includes teaching and guided practices, and free time for personal practice.
  • Accommodation:  Residential and non-residential, both include meals
  • Residential – on site single bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. Rooms are simple and comfortable and include a single bed, linen, chair, desk and cupboard. Limited numbers.
  • Non-Residential – stay at home overnight and join us for the day and evening programs and meals
  • Catering:  Fully catered, home cooked vegetarian fare. Gluten free options available. If you have a very restricted diet (ie Fodmap) you are welcome to bring your own food as we will have limited catering options. If you require alternative milk or bread please bring it with you.
  • Places: Numbers are strictly limited, due to venue size. Please register soon to avoid disappointment
  • Location: The Gathering Place, 4 Bancroft Street Dickson. Many of our short retreats and MBSR programs have been held at the Gathering Place. Come and enjoy the beautiful private garden setting and warm light meeting room.
  • Registration fees:  To ensure your place at the retreat a deposit of $150 is payable upon registration.  The remainder of the fee is due prior to the start of the retreat.
  • Residential: $499 Early bird (by 23rd August), $599 standard
  • Non-Residential $299 Early bird (by 23rd August), $399 standard
  • Retreat starts: The retreat will start at 5pm on Friday 13th September. Please plan to arrive between 4 and 4.30pm so that you can get settled and orient yourself. We will share the evening meal on Friday night and then enter into silence.
  • Retreat finishes: The retreat finishes by 3pm on Sunday 15th September.
  • Pre-requisites: You must have completed a recognised quality MBSR course or equivalent in order to attend this retreat.
  • Self-care: As with all Simply Mindful programs, self-care is a very important aspect of any retreat. You will be encouraged to do what is right for you throughout the retreat, whilst respecting the structure and purpose of the retreat. Whilst we encourage you to participate in as much as the program as possible, it is fine for you to opt out of certain practices, or do your own practice as long as it does not cause disruption to the group.
  • Caution: Although mindfulness, yoga and retreats are beneficial for most people it is not a substitute for medical or psychiatric treatment. Mindfulness retreats may not be suitable for persons with some health conditions. If you are currently receiving treatment for a serious physical health issue or psychological or psychiatric disorder, or have a past history of a serious physical health issue or mental health disorder, you should obtain professional advice prior to participating in the retreat.

Please read the Weekend retreat cancellation and refund policy and the terms and conditions which are also in your registration email. 


Class dates

  • Weekend retreat
    Friday September 13, 2019 - Sunday September 15, 2019
    5:00 pm - 3:00 pm


4 Bancroft St, Dickson, Australian Capital Territory, 2602, Australia

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