Upcoming Retreats

Please note that all our retreats will run only if there are sufficient registrations. The closing date for registrations is one week before the retreat starts. Click here to find out how to register.

Future Retreat Events for 2018 – 2019

In 2018/19 we will be very lucky to welcome a wonderful mix of local and international teachers to run retreats with Southern Insight.

  • James and Jane Baraz retreat day: Awakening Joy – Developing Well being and Resilience, Sunday 9th December, Christchurch
  • Dharma Gathering: Mindful Community Engagement (see below)
    11th to 18th January 2019, Staveley

James and Jane Baraz retreat day:  Compassion, Well-being & Resilience

Southern Insight are delighted to be hosting James and Jane Baraz for this one day workshop, and warmly invite you to join us.

As some of you will know from their visit in 2013 and subsequent SIM courses, “Awakening Joy” is a transformative and internationally recognized course. It is designed to awaken joy through engaging themes and practices that incline the mind toward well-being and deeper insight. On this retreat day, James and his wife Jane will share a sample of the course practices, including engaging with difficulties, and explain their relationship to Buddhist practices. It is suitable to those new to, or experienced in, the Awakening Joy course or meditation practices.

Today, there are plenty of messages to heighten our fear and sadness about the world, and so more than ever it is vital to understand the importance of joy as a central aspect of life / spiritual practice. We need to remember how to stay connected to that place inside that makes life worth living. True happiness is not about acquiring anything but rather opening to the natural joy and aliveness right inside you. Your own cultivation of well-being, resilience and joy can become our gift to a troubled world.

“Awakening Joy can lead each of us to live with dignity, compassion and gracious freedom. Savor and practice the exercises…use them to open your heart and transform your life. Your days on Earth will be full of blessings.”
—Jack Kornfield, Author of A Path with Heart

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He is a co-founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He leads retreats, workshops and classes in U.S and abroad. James is the creator and teacher of the Awakening Joy course (since 2003). He is also the co-author of Awakening Joy, the book based on the course, and Awakening Joy for Kids, and is a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to Climate Change. James lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Jane. He has two sons and three grandchildren.

Jane Baraz has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1976 when she began sitting vipassana retreats. She was on the Spirit Rock Board of Directors for 8 years and helped start the Spirit Rock Family Program. Jane teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. She’s also a trained teacher in Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), which she teaches at the Women’s Cancer Resource Center in Oakland and privately in Berkeley. Jane enjoys teaching retreats and Awakening Joy workshops with her husband, James, in California and internationally.

Date: Sunday, December 9th. Time: 9.00am Arrival and registration; 9.30-4.30pm

Venue: Waiora Trust, Te Ahi Kaa Conference Centre, 48 Watson Rd, Harewood, Christchurch

Cost: $35 plus dana* for James and Jane.

Registration and Enquiries: Registrations close Wednesday 5th December. Online registration or Email southern.insight.meditation@gmail.com

Accommodation: If you can offer accommodation to people from outside Christchurch, who may wish to attend, please let us know at southern.insight.meditation@gmail.com.

What to bring: Please bring your own lunch. We will provide morning and afternoon tea. If you have your own cushion or stool please bring that.

* The registration costs do not cover any payment to teachers for their teaching. They will receive only what you offer as dana / koha. Dana is a gift by each person in the spirit of generosity to reciprocate the teachers’ sharing of their depth of knowledge and expertise. The amount given is up to the giver.

Dharma Gathering:  Mindful Community Engagement
11th to 18th January 2019, Staveley, Mid Canterbury

Nga mihi nui

Southern Insight Meditation and the Christchurch Diamond Sangha Zen warmly invite you to the fourth New Zealand Dharma Gathering in January 2019. Join us for this unique format of meditation, workshops, bodywork, poetry, art, music, walks and great vegetarian food! There are also specific activities for children and families.

Explore your relationship to everyday experience: social pressures, stress, connecting with others, political situations, environmental crises, taking action for change and becoming who you really are.

The dharma gathering form is a lovely way to engage with like-minded people, learn more about the teachings of the Buddha and to enjoy a summer gathering atmosphere suitable for families.

Subhana Barzaghi, Jeremy Logan, and Sean Weaver are three well known teachers from the Insight and Zen traditions and will offer, with others, a range of workshops and teachings.

Costs for Dharma Gathering*


7 days: High school age:  $150 Primary school age:  $100 |   Preschool: $0
3 days: High school age:   $90  Primary school age:  $60     Preschool: $0


7 days: $345
3 days: $220

  • 3 days: 11th-14th January;   7 days: 11th-18th January
  • Priority will be given to retreatants wanting to come for 7 days.
  • * The registration costs do not cover any payment to teachers for their teaching. They will receive only what you offer as dana / koha. Dana is a gift by each person in the spirit of generosity to reciprocate the teachers’ sharing of their depth of knowledge and expertise. The amount given is up to the giver.* Subsidised registration rates available for those who need it – please enquire.

Southern Insight Meditation is a nonprofit, non-sectarian group run by volunteers with the aim of making available the teachings and practice of Insight (Vipassana) Meditation through retreats, courses and talks. We are also a charitable trust and donations are tax exempt.