Coming Home Half day retreat

Sunday 30th June: Coming Home

Half day meditation and mindfulness retreat

With Julie Downard

12:00-4:30 pm  [lunch not provided so please eat beforehand]

Southern Insight Meditation warmly invites you to a half day retreat led by Julie Downard.

The theme is Coming Home.  Many of us spend much of our time occupied with the externalities in our lives.  This half day is an opportunity to come home to ourselves, to our inner life, to put down our burdens and worries and responsibilities for a short time and to rest and relax into connection with our still, quiet centre, that place of clarity, spaciousness and kindness that exists within us all.

The afternoon will include meditation instructions, mindful movement, sitting and walking mediation, and a talk on the theme.  All are welcome, no experience is necessary.

To register:          Click on this link https://forms.gle/AbiD1n1YAXjtvf3B6

Fill in the form and press submit by Friday 28th June

If you have any problems:

Cost: $20** (covers venue and admin)  Details for how to pay are below

If cost is a barrier to attending, please let us know as we have an assistance fund you can use.

Dana** is not included in the $20 so please bring some extra cash for the teacher on the day.

Venue:   Mary Potter Centre, 442 Durham St, North, St Albans, Christchurch

Payment:  Our preference for payment is direct deposit which can be done online or at a Kiwibank branch

  1. Southern Insight account number: Kiwibank:  38-9017-0230890-04
  2. In the Particulars box, put    “JD rt2019”
  3. In the Code box, put how many people you are paying for (e.g. 1 person).
  4. In the Reference box, put your name.

**A note on Dana:

The registration cost does not cover any payment to the teacher. They will receive only what you offer as Dana. Dana is a gift by each person in the spirit of generosity to reciprocate the teacher’s sharing of their depth of knowledge and expertise. The amount given is up to the giver.

About the teacher:

Julie Downard came out as a meditator in 1991, after 18 months of surreptitiously checking out what her flatmates Yanai Postelnik and Russell Walker were saying.  After the hit from that first ten-day retreat wore off Julie went back for more, becoming a regular retreat junkie.  A love affair with India followed, and during the following two decades Julie sat retreats there several times, survived a three-month retreat at Gaia House in England and branched out into Zen with two months at San Francisco Zen Centre.  She co-founded Southern Insight Meditation in 1998 with an invitation to Subhana Barzaghi to come to Christchurch and teach and has been teaching on retreats and Dharma Gatherings herself since 2007.