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Mindfulness As a Way of Life Weekend Retreat


Fri 5 Oct 2018, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Sat 6 Oct 2018, 8:30am–8:30pm
Sun 7 Oct 2018, 8:30am–3:30pm

Where: Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity, 2183 Main Road, Colville, Coromandel, The Coromandel

Restrictions: Adults Only

Listed by: spc5

Practicing Mindfulness means learning to relax and stay present with a non-judging and friendly awareness. We can cultivate it by paying attention – on purpose and carefully – to the contents of this moment in a friendly and allowing way.

In daily life we often are not very present or mindful, instead acting on impulse, under the influence of conditioning and strong habit patterns. When life situations become difficult or challenging, we have the tendency to escape, to turn away. With a mindful attitude we can be more present, aware and successful in every moment of your life, and we can deal more skillfully and effectively with inner and outer difficulties.

What to expect in the retreat:
- Practicing several aspects of mindfulness in sessions of sitting meditation, walking meditation, while eating and while moving.
- Developing familiarization with the essential attitudes of mindfulness: non-judging, non-striving, beginners mind, acceptance, presence, patience, letting go.
- Learning how to apply the attitude of mindfulness in day-to-day life.
- Practicing for the weekend in silence.

This course is suitable for anyone new to mindfulness practice as well as for those who are already familiar with it: they can deepen their understanding and experience.

Mahamudra Centre warmly welcomes back Hedwig Bakker to lead this retreat. Hedwig has been a student of Buddhism and a practising meditator since 2000 and lived in India and Nepal for several years. There she received many Buddhist teachings and completed several individual and group retreats.

She has been leading meditations and meditation retreats in several different meditation centres in India, Nepal and New Zealand since 2004. Her mindfulness courses and classes are universal and suitable for people from all walks of life, with or without any spiritual inclination.

Her approach is joyful, practical, gentle, down to earth and yet with a sense of lightness and humour.