It is a rare opportunity for most to spend 2 days in silence, free of external pressure to perform, achieve and do. We invite you to experience a Silent Meditation Retreat facilitated by Adrian Kemp. With over 15 years of practice in Thailand, Japan and Australia, including 8 years as a Buddhist monk, Adrian shares varying insights and perspectives to help find your way as the world slows down.
We will explore meditation in a supportive atmosphere without strict guidelines or a feeling of tightness. Such a supportive space allows us to ease into the practice and familiarise ourselves with the here & now and with whatever unfolds.
There is not much to do, this is the point. Eat, sleep, meditate, move and be in nature. Little more than simply being.
Our creative plant-based chefs help you appreciate the joy of eating with mindfulness and presence. Where possible your 3 meals are sourced from the neighbouring regenerative Mindful Earth Farm, so that from seed to table you are nourished by what is cooked and grown with genuine love and care.
✮ Location & Accommodation
Sleep and practice in the rammed earth 8 bedroom Mindful Earth Retreat Centre approximately 20 minutes south of Margaret River and nestled within Boranup Karri forest. Or if you prefer, camp in surrounding gardens or in the forest itself. Being secluded and immersed in nature allows us to take advantage of the types of surroundings used for thousands of years across traditions to support spiritual practice.
This weekend retreat will cover a range of meditation approaches in a progressive manner and give you a chance to see how these different approaches might work for you.
This Silent Meditation Retreat is suitable for people who would like to examine meditation more deeply whether you are new to the practice or practice frequently.
We ask participants to arrive by Friday evening, share some warm soup and settle in. From Saturday morning to Sunday lunchtime we will be silent except for guidance in meditation and a chance to ask questions at times.
We meditate as a group with sitting interspersed with other postures, movement and time to explore the forest alone.
While it can be freeing, blissful or profound, half your day doing meditation can also be challenging especially when we are coming off near constant external stimulation where we don’t have many opportunities to watch and work with the internal dialogues and feelings that can pull us along. The range of possible experience is broad. Please feel reassured that what you are doing is valuable and sometimes the difficult parts are the most worthwhile. You’ll be surrounded by good people in a warm and safe environment. You won’t be asked to sit for more than 30 minutes at a time and you can do so on a chair, cushion or even lie down.
Participants will have time when they can talk to Adrian, the facilitator, in privacy and are encouraged to do so and he is available at any time should something come up.
✮ Financial Contribution
We ask for two financial contributions:
1) One a payment of $350, made online, to cover the retreat venue, food and operational costs.This does not include donations for the teachings.
2) Also a voluntary donation, to reflect the time put in by the facilitator. Adrian doesn’t charge a fixed payment for the teachings and is giving the practice on a donation basis. After the retreat you will be free to share donations depending on your budget and generosity. A recommended donation to teacher could be $100. However there is no set expectation or compulsion so please do so with a light heart and if it will cause you hardship, nothing is fine.