Yarra Valley Recollective Awareness Meditation Retreat

Time to pause and reflect

Yummy vegetarian food

Accessible teachers

November Retreat

with Matt Young & Liu Ponamarew

Gorgeous location

Walking tracks

Affordable

March Retreat

with Matt Young & Peter Elliott

While many people think that retreats are for advanced practitioners, I think that a few retreats early in one’s practice can really jump start things, allowing one to then make much better use of meditation time off retreat. — Dan Ingram.

November Retreat

2017 Dates

In 2017 our November retreat will run from 7:00pm on Friday November 3 to 12:30pm on Tuesday November 7 (Melbourne Cup).

Venue

The retreat is held at Casa Pallotti, near Warburton. It’s about 90 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Join us for three full days of rest and relaxation, delicious vegetarian food and personalised meditation and mindfulness instruction in the beautiful Yarra Valley.

Our retreat is held each year over the 5 days leading up to the Tuesday of the Melbourne Cup. It’s run at the Casa Pallotti Retreat Centre, just a few minutes out of Millgrove, which is a small town near Warburton, in the Yarra Valley.

The retreat is suitable for both beginning and advanced meditators.

The practice is gentle, thought-and-emotion friendly, and doesn’t require you to adopt any particular technique. You’ll have time to walk, rest, read and relax. You won’t have to sit cross-legged or get up before dawn (unless you really want to) and you’ll be able to choose how to spend your time. Please register below.

Teachers & Approach

The retreat is led by Matthew Young and Liu Ponamarew.

The retreat focuses on an approach to meditation developed by Jason Siff, and known as Recollective Awareness. It could be described as a form of mindfulness that encourages you to recall and journal about your experiences during meditation as a means of developing greater awareness and insight. The approach is unique and innovative, and although Jason describes it as a Buddhist approach to meditation, it could equally be characterised by its modern, non-religious flavour. More information on the approach can be found at recollectiveawareness.com.au or by reading either of Jason’s books: Unlearning Meditation, or Thoughts Are Not The Enemy.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Casa Pallotti is in a variety of shared dorm-style rooms. Most of the rooms have nine beds, but we generally have no more than four people in each room. We endeavour to cater for those wanting private rooms, however, this not be possible (depending on numbers). You may also camp in the field adjacent to the retreat centre. (BYO tent). There are shared toilet and shower facilities. The venue is smoke and alcohol free.

Meals

All meals are provided, including a variety of teas, coffee and snacks. We will do our best to cater for any special dietary needs.

What to Expect

At this retreat there will be periods of sitting meditation, talks and group discussion. New perspectives are discovered in small group and individual interviews facilitated by the teachers. Free time will be given for participants to walk, read and take time off. Please note that outside of talks, group discussions and group interviews the retreat is conducted in silence. This doesn’t mean that you can’t talk; but it does mean that you are encouraged to respect the wishes of other participants for quiet (especially in and around the dorm rooms, within the meditation hall and in the dining area and kitchen).

Getting There

By car it takes roughly 75 minutes to get to Casa Pallotti from the start of the Eastern Freeway. You may need to allow extra time if traveling through peak hour / long-weekend traffic. We will make every effort to arrange lifts for those who do not have their own car. If lifts aren’t available then you will need to take the train to Lilydale and then catch the Route 683 bus towards Warburton. Alight at Dee Rd, Millgrove and once you have arrived call Matt on 0410 562 843 and we will come and pick you up. The train trip from Flinders St to Lilydale takes roughly 1hr, and the bus trip from Lilydale to Millgrove takes about 45 minutes.

Private Room

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$590
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Shared Room

$470
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Onsite Camping

$350
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Note: All prices are per person. Shared rooms have the capacity to accommodate up to nine people, but we rarely put more than three people in any one room.

March Retreat

2018 Dates

In 2018 the March Retreat will run over from 6:30pm on Friday March 16 to 2pm on Sunday March 18.

Venue

The retreat is held at Casa Pallotti, near Warburton. It’s about 90 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD.

Join us for a weekend of rest and relaxation, delicious vegetarian food, yoga and meditation.

The retreat provides you with a chance to get away for a weekend and to relax, recharge and meditate.

If you’ve never been on a meditation retreat before, this is an ideal place to start. There will be yoga and meditation instruction, delicious vegetarian meals, plenty of free time and opportunities to walk through the surrounding forest and to appreciate the beautiful scenery.

Teachers & Approach

The retreat will be led by Melbourne Meditation Centre teachers, Matt Young and Peter Elliott.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Casa Pallotti is in a variety of shared dorm-style rooms. We will endeavour to cater for those wanting private rooms, however, this may not be possible (depending on numbers). You may also camp in the field adjacent to the retreat centre. (BYO tent). There are shared toilet and shower facilities. The venue is smoke and alcohol free.

Meals

All meals are provided, including a variety of teas, coffee and snacks. We will do our best to cater for any special dietary needs.

What to Expect

At this retreat there will be periods of sitting meditation, talks and group discussion. Free time will be given for participants to walk, read and take time off.

Getting There

By car it takes roughly 75 minutes to get to Casa Pallotti from the start of the Eastern Freeway. You may need to allow extra time if traveling through peak hour / long-weekend traffic. We will make every effort to arrange lifts for those who do not have their own car. If lifts aren’t available then you will need to take the train to Lilydale and then catch the Route 683 bus towards Warburton. Alight at Dee Rd, Millgrove and once you have arrived call Matt on 0410 562 843 and we will come and pick you up. The train trip from Flinders St to Lilydale takes roughly 1hr, and the bus trip from Lilydale to Millgrove takes about 45 minutes.

Thanks for all of your efforts over the weekend.  It was a really interesting and opening experience for me. I see myself exploring Recollective Awareness further and incorporating this into my existing practice. It was wonderful to get away, especially to have a few days in nature. I particularly enjoyed my evening ritual – me on the couch, with my book and a few choc-chip cookies.

Sarah R.

Thanks again for an interesting and useful retreat. As a newbie it definitely helped resolve some confusion and provide a framework for further exploration.

Ebony H.

The retreat was excellent. It was priced well. The venue was great and the location and food excellent. I particularly liked the 2 hour lunch and all the breaks.  This added a component of rest, relaxation and reading to the retreat, which was extremely pleasant.

Henry C.

Other Retreats

If the timing of our retreat doesn’t suit, or you’d like to do other retreats, here are a few options you might consider. The Adelaide based Lifeflow Meditation Centre offer meditation retreats ranging from 3 to 7 days throughout the year, and Recollective Awareness retreats run by a variety of teachers are offered throughout the year in locations across Australia. The Australian Insight Meditation Network also runs a range of retreats in most states. These generally have a non-religious Buddhist flavour. That is, the meditation techniques may be derived from Buddhist practices, but the teaching itself is largely free of a religious dimension.

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