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Exploring freshness

“Listening out for a different kind of news, let’s see what insights arise through our practice to power us congruently forward.”

In one day we receive more information than a person did their whole lives 100 years ago. This last year we’ve seen in clear view the consequences of past neglect; to the environment and to the inequities that live between us.

It’s clear we need smart and innovative action, yet how can we access this openness in mind, and heart – where we are not divided in resentment, upset and self-harassment? How might this inner space free up how we meet what’s before us?

In this retreat we’ll be cultivating conditions for the freshness and liveliness that exist beneath the noise. We will discern how to stay alert but not swamped.

Poets, prophets and different spiritual traditions have pointed us towards this space, using different means. Here, the possibility of aligning with something potent and transforming in the human experience; something, we could say, more rooted in the beautiful. This space can’t be owned or fenced off, every-one welcome.

Format: This retreat will be grounded in foundational Buddhist practices. Teachings will draw on the facilitators’ direct experience, metta heart practices, and the poetic traditions. Guidance and support will be offered through meditation instructions, relaxation practices, connected movement classes, one to one and group interviews and discussions, and Dharma talks.

Dates: 4 – 6 December 2020

Cost: $70 + Dana* for Jess’s teachings

Bookings here


*In the Buddhist tradition students contribute Dana or a donation for teachings.



Does it have a role in our meditation practice? ‘I headed into solitude and faraway places to be with people where devotion wasn’t something to hide  – where I could let my heart rip in a more uncommon way, without shame. . . ‘ In this day-event, we’ll explore the role of devotion in our… Continue Reading

Beneath the Waves

Beneath the Waves

Feb 2, 2019 9:30-4:30pm The Oratory, Abbotsford Convent Practice putting on a snorkel into quiet At the start of the year we are often told to set new intentions and resolutions.  Sometimes we think we need an outer change yet what’s called for is an inner shift of perspective. We can easily narrow our view,… Continue Reading

In Your Own Seat

In Your Own Seat

Saturday 21 December 2019 9.30 am – 4.30 pm Sacred Heart Oratory Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford Heroes and heroines, after slaying dragons, are often called home. Despite the allure of far flung places, where adventures can sing sweeter, they are asked to return and till their own soils with their hard won knowledge.… Continue Reading

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