Wilderness Walking Retreat (Yatra)

Saturday 17 Feb 2024 (10.30am) to Sunday 18 Feb 2024 (4pm)

Southern Insight Meditation is pleased to offer our second 2 day wilderness/walking meditation (Yatra), guided by insight teacher Julie Downard.

The ancient and sacred tradition of pilgrimage, walking together in silent contemplation, present, open and receptive, is a beautiful way to connect with our world and each other. On our yatra periods of silence will flow into periods of spoken connection, as we take the time to enjoy nature, the movement of our bodies, our interconnection, and the simplicity of travelling lightly on this earth. Together we will create something much greater than the sum of our individual parts. 

Our walking will be gentle, slow and in silence, with breaks for practice in nature.  Once at the hut we break silence and move into spoken connection. Guided instruction will be offered throughout the days including a short evening dharma talk.

The yatra is open to families, with children welcome (and not expected to be silent!).  Children will need to be strong enough to complete a 2-3 hour easy grade tramp to get to the hut.

About the Facilities:

We’ll be walking to the Woolshed Creek hut, behind Mt Somers (5km of easy tramping, according to DOC).  There’s also space for camping near the hut if people prefer.

This is a self-catered retreat.  As with any tramp you’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag, cooking equipment and food/drink.  Boiling water will be available. Full information will be sent following your registration.


DOC website – map of the area, hut information. 


  • $80 per adult, $25 for children* (School age and under; *limited places).
  • Dana offering for the teachings.

Online registration is now open via SIM website

About the teacher:

Julie has been practising meditation since 1990 and teaching retreats since 2007. She has worked intensively with teachers in both the Insight and Zen traditions in Asia, Europe, the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Julie has been passionate about the yatra retreat form since participating in 10-day insight yatras in France, and loves the emphasis on walking and practising in nature. Julie lives in Golden Bay, and is a co-founder and trustee of Southern Insight Meditation.