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.

Refuge Retreat

Saturday 4 December

Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
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 – 12:30pm
Cost: $24 (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:  10-11:15am
Break: 11:15 – 11:30am
Session 2:  11:30pm – 12:30pm