Centre Retreats

Centre Retreats

What is a retreat?

During a retreat, we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.

We offer two types of retreats:

Urban Retreats

Urban retreats are usually a half day or a full day. The format for these retreats are generally one-hour sessions with  a short teaching and two or more guided meditations. There are breaks between each session. The purpose of these retreats is to introduce us to Buddhist meditation.  These retreats are suitable for all levels.

Annual Retreats *

Our annual meditation retreats offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means withdrawing into meditation. The focus is on essential meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition.
Akshobya Centre offers annual retreats throughout the year and are usually longer retreats. These deeper retreats are led by our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho,   They are open to everyone.

Finding Inner Peace

Saturday 9 October 

Time: 10:00am – 12:15pm

Cost: $20 drop-in fee (free for supporting members)

Meditation is a method to become familiar with inner peace. The peace is there, within us, waiting to be found; the way we find it is through consistently turning away from distractions and focusing inwards through regular meditation. Even spending 10 minutes every day just focusing on our breath can work … as long as we actually do it. What, every day? The same thing again and again?

We get bored easily. You have now read about 100 words of this post: is part of your mind already off thinking about doing something else? I’m thinking about what picture will go with this post… and now I’m thinking I’m a bit peckish… The reason our mind wanders away from our object of mindfulness is because we get captivated by something new and exciting to fill our thoughts with. For the same reason, we find it hard to sit down and do some meditation every day – ‘I’ve done that loads of times before.’

So how do we prevent ourselves from getting bored with the repetitive nature of our meditation practice? We need to be convinced that what we are holding in our heart is a real source of happiness. Whatever the object of our mindfulness is, check with ourselves ‘what good results will come from maintaining my mindfulness of this?’

Inner Peace, or mental peace, is the source of all our happiness.

How To Transform Your Life

Everyone welcome!

Session 1:  10-11:00am
Break: 11:00 – 11:15am
Session 2:  11:15am – 12:15pm

Refuge Retreat

Saturday 4 December

Time: 10:00am – 4:15pm
Cost: $35 (free for supporting members)

About the Retreat:

During this retreat we will spend time developing the beautiful mind of refuge, our actual protection from pain and problems. Through practising refuge, we gradually build stable peace, joy and freedom within our own heart, giving us the confidence and strength to make authentic spiritual progress that we can then share with others.

We attain permanent freedom from suffering by sincerely relying upon the Three Jewels: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Dharma is like medicine that prevents the sufferings of samsara, Buddha is the doctor who gives us this medicine, and the Sangha are the nurses who assist us. Understanding this, we go for refuge to Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.

Everyone is welcome. 

Session 1: 10:00-11:15am  

Session 2: 11:45am – 1:00pm  

Session 3: 3:00-4:15pm  

Urban Retreat

Saturday 11 December

Time: 10:00am – 12:15pm
Cost: $20 (free for supporting members)
A retreat provides an opportunity to dive deeper into your mind and familiarize yourself with the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings. Thus helping to bring more clarity of mind, a kinder heart, and a life of greater fulfillment.

Everyone is welcome. 

Session 1:  10-11:00am
Break: 11:00 – 11:15am
Session 2:  11:15pm – 12:15pm