Workshops & Events

Workshops & Events

Our meditation courses and retreats are an ideal way to get experience of meditation and inner peace. These courses examine a particular topic in greater depth than would be possible in a Drop-in class.

Our courses and retreats are open to everyone and are suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners. For more information about specific courses or retreats, select a course from the list below.

Escape - Find Freedom From Within with Gen Dornying

 Public Talk at Karstens Melbourne, 123 Queen St, Melbourne |  25 Feb

How often in life do we dream of getting away? Leaving daily life behind and experiencing some relief from our everyday stresses, anxieties and responsibilities.

To find real freedom, we have to go within.

Buddha taught that the nature of our mind is like the sky – vast and unobstructed – and all our thoughts and mental busyness as like clouds. Just as clouds form and disperse within the open sky, so our thoughts and feelings arise and dissolve within the space of our mind. By understanding the nature of our mind we can find real freedom from mental pain.

In this public talk with Senior Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Dornying, learn how we can create the inner space needed to feel peaceful regardless of external circumstances. Learn to escape within.

Vajrasattva Empowerment & Retreat with Gen Kelsang Dornying

Blessing Empowerment of Buddha Vajrasattva and Retreat |  6-9 March

Why is life hard? Why is it difficult to understand Buddhist teachings, or to find the time to practice?

According to Buddhism, it’s because we carry negative karma. This negative karma creates all our difficulties, discomfort, worry and unhappiness.

To gain the happy life we long for, we need to purify this negative karma. The best way to do this is to practice Vajrasattva purification, which starts with empowerment into the practice.

At this empowerment and retreat, you’ll draw close to a powerful friend and ally. With steady practice, over time, your experiences will become more positive, you’ll have a peaceful, pure mind, and eventually, you’ll realise your potential for permanent happiness.

Learn to Meditate

Half-Day Meditation Workshop |  13 March

Establishing a regular meditation practice can seem overwhelming at first. Do I need any special equipment? How long should I meditate for? What’s the goal exactly? What about those apps – are they any good? I need someone to guide me! Is it just sitting quietly meditating?

Get the answers to all these questions and more at our Learn to Meditate workshop. You’ll learn proven strategies for calming the mind, reducing stress, and finding peace wherever you are. 

This beginner-friendly course is also a helpful refresher for more experienced students.

Silent Weekend Meditation Retreat with Gen Dornying

In-person only Meditation Retreat |  19-21 March

Unplug, relax, unwind.

Spend a quiet weekend at our always-popular silent weekend mediation retreat. You’ll be guided through simple meditations that create inner peace, calm and clarity. During the breaks, enjoy delicious vegetarian meals, warm cups of tea, a nap if you wish, and the beautiful surrounds of the lush Dandenong Ranges forest.

Experience for yourself the benefits of spending a few days in silence. 

Mindfulness - Meditation Workshop with Gen Dornying

In-person and online Meditation Workshop |  27 March

Live from Darwin.

Core to Buddhist practice, mindfulness improves memory and helps us to feel clear and focused. It’s also how we transform our thoughts from negative to positive. 

Join Buddhist monk Gen Kelsang Dornying for this one day workshop and learn how to experience this yourself. 

Be guided through meditations that help you to find the peace and happiness we all seek, and enjoy the stillness that comes from a focused mind.