INTERNATIONAL MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION-BASED
RETREATS AND WORKSHOPS
BEING PRESENT –
THE PRACTICE OF MINDFULNESS
A 7-day Silent Retreat led by Stephen Archer
Mindfulness is an orientation to life through feeling-awareness of our natural state, moment by moment. It is developed through simple meditation practices which involve stilling the restless mind, relaxing the body and softening into the feeling of being. Mindfulness invites us to deepen self-awareness and liberate our attention to be more fully and joyfully in the present moment. The process of mindful awareness makes use of the inherent ability of our mind and body to re-balance and sustain well-being, and discover positive new perspectives, solutions and responses to the challenges of life.
This retreat is held in the beautiful and tranquil environment of a Coromandel nature sanctuary and meditation centre (see www.temoata.org). It consists of group sessions along with free time for retreatants to move with their own rhythm. Daily sessions include instruction in the practice of mindfulness and sitting and walking mindfulness meditations. This retreat is suitable for people who are new to the practice as well as those with previous experience of mindfulness.
Dates: The seven-day fully-residential retreat will begin with a meal at 6.00pm on Friday, 4 January 2019 and finish in the early afternoon of Friday, 11 January 2019.
Cost: Registration NZ$550 (covers food and accommodation only) plus dana/koha payment for Stephen (please offer your koha payment at end of retreat).
To register: Go to http://temoata.org/events/nyanaviros-summer-meditation-retreat/ or contact Stephen at email@example.com or ph 027 435 6352.
Stephen Archer is a mindfulness educator, presenter, principle of Mindfulness Training and lead trainer and supervisor for Mindfulness Works, the largest network of Mindfulness facilitators in Australia and New Zealand. He has been involved with mindfulness for over 35 years and began practising while he was finishing a degree in Eastern studies in the UK. At the age of 23, Stephen was formally trained in mindfulness as an ordained Buddhist monk in the Thai forest tradition. His training included working closely with different teachers and a completing several long solitary retreats to strengthen his practice. Thirteen years later he emerged from the monkhood with the intention to offer his skills and learnings to the public.
During the last 20 years Stephen has run workplace mindfulness trainings for organisations including Westpac, Kiwibank and Air New Zealand, delivered courses in healthcare and prisons, and assisted the Mental Health Foundation of NZ to develop their approach to mindfulness. He has worked at the Leadership Development Centre in Wellington running year-long mindful leadership programmes and is also a trustee of Te Moata where he has led over forty public 7-day residential mindfulness intensives since 1996.