Turning of the Year Retreat: Beyond Confusion - True Happiness and the Path

Turning of the Year Retreat: Beyond Confusion - True Happiness and the Path

Monday 27 December – Monday 3 January at Glenbarr Camp And Conference Centre.

During this residential retreat, led by Sudaya, we’ll explore our many ideas about happiness — and our wishesfor happiness in this lifetime. By focusing on the Metta Bhavana meditation practice we’ll turn more deeply towards the heart’s desire for true happiness, as taught by the Buddha.

Sudaya is currently on the team that trains women for ordination in Australia, and co-leads Dharma Training for Adelaide women mitras, as well as offering retreats from time to time. She was the Chair of the Melbourne Buddhist Centre for a decade and has a long prior engagement with Triratna in the UK. 

Expect a deeper focus on meditation and reflection, increasing silence over the retreat, and opportunities for meditation reviews. You will need to be a practitioner of meditation and familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

Recommended donation: $450 / $390.

Book Now: $450 / $390

If you are unable to attend the retreat due to financial constraints, do contact us as we are happy to discuss this. If you wish to make an additional donation towards the costs of our activities you are most welcome to do so.

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Typical Daily Retreat Programme

Time Activity
7am Double Meditation
9am Breakfast
10.30am Talk or Meditation
1pm Lunch
4pm Discussion groups/meditation
6pm Dinner
7.30pm Pūjā (a devotional ritual)
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to have been practising?

This retreat is aimed at practitioners of meditation and familiar with the Mindfulness of Breathing and the Metta Bhavana.

What does the cost include?

The retreat cost covers the full cost of the retreat, including all food. Retreatants participate in a work roster for cooking and cleaning.

When does the retreat start and end?

The retreat will begin with dinner on the Sunday evening at 6:00pm. 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.

The retreat will end 11am on the last day.

What will the food be like?

The food is all provided and we share the cooking.

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 will the accommodation be like?

Glennbarr 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 no more than 3 people in each (to comply with COVID-19 social distancing recommendations) 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 the cooking. 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 do I need to bring?

Please bring your own sheets or sleeping nag and pillow case. Blankets and pillows 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.

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 and/or beside lamp and you may also want to bring a notebook and pen.

Will the retreat include silence?

There may be periods of silence, usually beginning after the evening activity, and lasting overnight until after breakfast the following morning. In these times it is requested that silence is held in all common areas.

The Team


Where to Find Us

Glenbarr Camp And Conference Centre.


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.