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Fri, 20 Sept


Mountain Spring Monastery

Personal Retreat (3 or 7 Days)

Join the monastics of Mountain Spring for a personal Mindfulness Retreat where you practice along with the daily schedule of the monastery. Arrival day is Friday and there are two options for length of stay: 3 day weekend retreat (open to all) or a 7 day retreat (for returning retreatants only).

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Personal Retreat (3 or 7 Days)
Personal Retreat (3 or 7 Days)

Time & Location

20 Sept 2024, 6:00 pm AEST

Mountain Spring Monastery, (Sisters Hamlet) 2651 or (Brothers Hamlet) 2675 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758

About the event

3 Day Personal Mindfulness Retreat (open to all) or 7 Day Personal Mindfulness Retreat (for returning retreatants only) with Plum Village Monastics at Mountain Spring Monastery, NSW, Australia

    When - starts at 6:00pm Friday and finishes at 3:00pm Sunday (3 Day Retreat) or after lunch the following Friday (7 Day Retreat)

    Location - Mountain Spring Monastery, (Sisters Hamlet) 2651 or (Brothers Hamlet) 2675 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758

Special notes about the retreat:

*The retreat will begin on Friday evening with dinner at 6:00pm, along with our opening orientation session and practice at 7:30pm. Please plan on arriving in time for Orientation.  The retreat concludes at 3:00pm on Sunday (3 Day Retreat) or after lunch the following Friday (7 Day Retreat).

*If you have participated in a retreat before, you can select either the weekend option or the one week option.  If you have not attended an overnight retreat offered by Plum Village Monastics before, please select only the weekend option (3 Day Retreat). If the one week option (7 Day Retreat) option is selected inappropriately we reserve the right to cancel the registration.

Note: For returning retreatants, it is  possible to request a longer stay than one week. This is done in writing towards the end of your stay. 

*Our activities tend to be offered in the majority language of the day - either Vietnamese or English - but translations are always provided.

Mountain Spring is a monastic practice centre and during your time with us we ask that you help to nurture the peaceful and solid energy of this place by:

·  Observing the five mindfulness trainings of protecting life, not taking what does not belong to you, refraining from sexual activity, mindful and compassionate speech, and refraining from intoxicants (alcohol, drugs for example) whilst on the property.

· During this retreat we will enjoy sitting and walking meditation, sutra readings, discussions, mindful meals, periods of silence, etc.

·  The daily schedule is posted on the whiteboard in the public areas. We ask that you do your best to be on time for and participate in all activities in the hamlet you are staying while you are with us. If you are feeling ill, or are tired, please let the guest master know.

·  The chance to be on retreat for is very precious. In order to fully be here and benefit from the mindful energy here we ask that you minimise your use of electronic devices as much as possible, and not engage in unnecessary conversations about topics that may be uncomfortable or distressing for some (such as politics) etc.

·  Mountain Spring Monastery is a completely non-smoking environment.

·  For everyone’s comfort, the dress code at Mountain Spring is smart casual. You will find it helpful to bring clothes that are loose fitting and cover your knees and elbows so that you can easefully sit in meditation. The weather is quite changeable and you will find it helpful to bring a few layers.

·  Food is served at mealtimes and we ask that you refrain from taking food outside of those times. Tea, coffee, fruit etc are available for you if you feel hungry outside of those times. All meals and food at Mountain Spring are vegetarian and we ask that you only bring or consume vegetarian food whilst spending time with us.

·  Please do not enter monastic areas without permission.

·  There is a period of noble silence that begins after the evening practice activity and continues until after breakfast the next morning. We ask that everyone do their best to avoid unnecessary conversations during that period, so that a deep atmosphere of rest can be enjoyed by all.

What to bring: comfortable clothing, warm jacket, bath towel, toiletries, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, umbrella or raincoat, walking shoes, water bottles, and torch.

*Facilities at Mountain Spring are still a little limited. We ask for your warm hearted understanding!

-Please plan on bringing your own sleeping bag and other sleeping items that you need to be comfortable during your stay.

Registration fee covers accomodation, vegetarian/vegan meals, mindfulness activities and time to flow as a river with the Sangha.

Sliding-Scale Contribution

Additional Giving

Our suggested registration costs are set at a reduced level to make retreat attendance more accessible. If you are able to contribute additional funds to your registration costs, it will help us offer financial assistance to others and to help us realise the vision of creating a peaceful oasis where all can come and practice.

Financial Assistance

If your financial situation means you would have difficulty paying for the suggested retreat cost but would really benefit from attending you may select a reduced ticket price during registration or use the contact us form to discuss your circumstances.

TIP: If desired ticket(s) are currently unavailable or sold out - please check again later or use the contact us form with your email, mobile and the date you'd like to be waitlisted for.

Cancellation Policy

-Full Refunds (minus original service fee) are available for cancellations made at least 7 days before the retreat start day.

-Partial Refunds (minus $10 cancellation fee & original service fee) are available for cancellations made 1-7 days before the retreat start day.

-No Refunds for cancellations made on or after the retreat start day. Registration is non-transferable.

Privacy Policy

Your personal information is kept confidential and is strictly used for the purpose of this retreat only by the Retreat Organisers. We do not share information with third-parties.

*Donations are warmly welcomed to support basic operational and monastic living costs and to support this monastery for future generations here in Australia.

For further inquiries and concerns please use the contact us form

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