An invitation to open the year together

About this event
We warmly invite you to join us for our New Year Weekend – our first gathering of 2018. We gather south of Sydney to take a deep breath of mountain air together as we set out for the year ahead. There’s always a rather wonderful lovely lazy, hazy aspect to our New Year weekend retreat. This weekend is about flow and the joy of time in community. Newcomers welcome.

Where: Cloud Mountain, Berry (36 Wattamolla Road, Woodhill, NSW)
When: Arrive 10am, 3 February – Concludes after lunch on 4 February.
Cost: Free + Dana (see below)
RSVP: Please click here to RSVP
All welcome. 

What to bring

  • Shared plate for lunch
  • Extras to accompany breakfast porridge
  • Savoury or sweet trimmings to go with soup provided at suppertime are also welcome.
  • Bring your own sleeping needs: Sleeping bag, pillow, torch. You are welcome to sleep in the Dojo or you can bring a tent.  

10:00am: Arrive and settle
10:30: Zazen + Koan Exploration
1:00: Shared lunch. 
Onwards: Together we will plan the remaining program to include meditation/ walking/ swimming/ social time/ dharma talk and dharma inquiry. At some point we’ll work in a 108 bells sit to ring in the new year of practice. We’ll finish with a pizza lunch on Sunday, but feel free have a walk or another swim after that before heeding home.

What is ‘dana’?
Dana is the practice of generosity and is central the life and sustainability of our community. With dana we celebrate the many ways in which we benefit from the great gift of existence and help to support each other’s work. As Roshi Susan does not receive formal payments for her teaching, it is customary that we offer dana in the form of money at the end of each retreat. This money helps to make possible the ongoing gift of Roshi’s teachings and is an acknowledgement of the special relationship between teacher and student. These offerings come from the heart and remain anonymous in nature. These offerings can be made in cash at the retreat, or via direct deposit upon request to

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