Spring Retreat: Contemplative Retreat in the Company of Zen Poets and Good Friends
Thursday 29 September – Monday 3 October at Glenbarr Farm in Strathalbyn https://glenbarr.com.au/facilities
Come on retreat with us in the beautiful setting of Glenbarr and explore the Buddha’s practices and teachings to find this freedom through meditation, study, discussion and silent reflection – with a good dose of friendly companionship.
Typical Daily Programme
|8pm||Meditation & Pūjā|
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be a Buddhist or have any meditation experience?
Yes, we do require people to be aware of our meditation practices. If you are not familiar with our meditations and/or do not have a meditation Practice please contact us before booking.
What does the cost include?
The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food.
When does the retreat start?
The retreat will begin with dinner on the Thursday evening at 6pm. You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm. It is normally not advisable to plan to arrive later than this. If you think you might need to, please contact us before booking.
What will the accommodation be like?
Glenbarr provides simple, but comfortable accommodation. Living communally is an important and enjoyable part of the retreat. We will be in shared single-sex rooms with 2-4 people in each, and will eat together communally.
Living communally means caring for each other. The team leading the retreat are volunteers who are on retreat as well and we will ask you to help out with simple chores. Working together is a good way of getting to know each other, and it also helps us keep the cost of the retreat to a minimum.
Can I have a single room?
In order to allow us to accommodate as many people as want to come, we are not normally able to provide single rooms. If you have a very special circumstance which requires a single room for you to be able to attend, please contact us before booking to discuss.
What will the food be like?
Many Buddhists practice veganism as an expression of non-violence. As such, all food will be vegan.
If you have any allergies that aren't listed on the booking form, please contact us before booking to ensure we can cater for you.
What do I need to bring?
Please bring your own pillow cases and sheets and/or a sleeping bag (pillows and blankets are provided).
It can be surprisingly cold in the early mornings and evenings, and quite hot in the middle of the day, so bring clothes suitable for all weather: we suggest you bring layers as well as a warm jumper or jacket and a sun hat.
In addition you'll need to bring any toiletries you need including a towel, insect repellent, and sun block. It is also a good idea to bring a torch if you have one and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.
How To Get Here
The retreat is at Glebarr, about 45 minutes south-west of Adelaide in the quiet rural countryside near Strathalbyn.
Take the Freeway towards the Adelaide Hills and exit at Mount Barker. Follow Wellington Road for approximately 5km through to Wistow. Turn right to Strathalbyn (along the B37) following this road for another 15km into Strathalbyn. Veer to the right at the first roundabout. When you reach the intersection of North Parade and Manse Road turn right and follow this road to the North. The Glenbarr gateway is 100m past the Vet surgery on the left hand side of Paris Creek Road.