december, 2015

11dec(dec 11)6:00 pm13(dec 13)3:00 pmFeaturedMindfulness and Kindness Retreat@ Bellbunya


Event Details

Mindfulness and Kindness Retreat

Friday 11 to Sunday 13 December 2015

Bookings now open and places limited!

Already several of last year’s attendees have requested place.

Friday from 6 pm (arr. 3-5 pm) to Sunday at 3 pm

with NeLi Martin

Image by Michael Leunig


Amidst the pressures of modern living, meditation offers a direct pathway to discover inner peace and cultivate a boundless heart. This retreat will take the form of sitting, standing, moving and lying down mindful and other meditation practices drawn from a secular Buddhist Dharma approach.
It offers the opportunity to learn, explore and deepen the profound and transformative practices of loving kindness (metta) and insight (vipassana).The retreat will include periods of silence to support deep rest and self- nurturing. There will also be short Dharma talks and meditation instruction.

All activities will be scheduled for support and optional to allow for individual needs. The retreat is suitable for those new to meditation practice and those with experience.

NeLi has been curious about the mind for more than 25 years. She integrates psychology training with many years of Buddhist Dharma mindfulness study and practice together with Yoga Teaching and practice. She very interested in how the science of mindfulness can be applied in the Western world and looks for ways to integrate it into her life and the life of those she comes in contact with. She teaches from a secular Dharma approach, guided by Stephen Batchelor. Read more at

NOTE: We ask you to commit to attending the entire retreat. If you cannot do this for any urgent or unexpected reason, please let us know. Your whole hearted commitment supports your fellow participants and expresses respect to yourself and the practice.

Please bring warm (layered), loose comfortable clothes and sitting equipment including a mat, cushions and shawl / blanket if you have any (chairs will be available). Please let us know of any special diet (other than vegetarian) or other needs.

When: Arrive between 3-5pm for a 6pm start on Friday, finish 3pm on Sunday

Where: Bellbunya, 114 Browns Rd, Belli Park

Cost: Early Bird $220 before 13 November, full price $250. Includes twin or bunk room accommodation (limited single option, additional cost) and delicious nutritious vegetarian food (Friday dinner to Sunday lunch)

Numbers are limited.

Cost doesn’t include any payment to NeLi, She, like many Buddhist Dharma teachers, chooses to offer this retreat on a dana (generosity) basis, as has been the tradition for over 2500 years. There will be a dana box at the end of the retreat for offerings to NeLi. (Please bring cash or cheques for this purpose – there is no ATM handy). NeLi relies on these offerings to cover living expenses.

Enquiries & Registration:



11 (Friday) 6:00 pm - 13 (Sunday) 3:00 pm


Bellbunya Sustainable Community and Eco-Retreat Centre

114 Browns Road, Belli Park