The retreat concludes on the afternoon of Sunday, 21 January 2018.
Leaving early or arriving late can be disruptive for the retreat environment, so as much as you are able, please endeavour to attend from start to finish.
(Northern Parkway, Tuncurry) or the Tuncurry Memorial Hall (7 Point Road, Tuncurry). Both venues are currently available.
We have a strong preference to return to the NC TAFE and Secondary College Campus.
The final decision will depend on numbers and the financial viability of the event. If 250 or more people register for retreat, the retreat will be held at the North Coast (Great Lakes) TAFE and Secondary College.
Whichever venue, the environment is town based, with easy access to modern services such as supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. At the same time, there is still access to beautiful and peaceful beaches, lake and bush environments from the various forms of accommodation available.
You are welcome to catch a Rigpa chartered bus to Tuncurry on 11 January 2018. Once numbers are known requiring this service, we will provide further information about bus schedules leaving from Sydney Central Railway Station (typically departing 10:00am but is yet to be confirmed) and Newcastle Airport (typically departing 2:00pm but is yet to be confirmed). Rigpa provides a return charter bus on Monday, 22 January 2018 to both locations (typically leaving around 8:00am). If you are using this bus service, it is recommended that you do not book flights leaving before late afternoon of 22 January as the buses will arrive at Newcastle Airport around 11:00am and in Sydney Central Railway Station after 2:00pm.
If you are not a Rigpa Sangha member and not eligible to attend the retreat, you are welcome to join us for a broad range of public programs, retreats and events in various cities. If you would like to know more, check back with us on the Rigpa Australia website.
It is important that you are mindful of your physical state, especially if you are elderly. The temperatures in January can get quite high so hydration, shade and rest are essential.
Retreats are based on Tibetan Buddhist teachings and are not intended as a substitute for psychotherapy or medical treatment. Please see the attached advice for students with an existing psychological, psychiatric, or medical condition. Students who may not have previously attended a retreat will be contacted by the Student Support Team prior to retreat to provide the information you need to ensure this type of retreat is what you expect.
Information regarding reciprocal health care agreements with Australia can be obtained from this link .
Many visitors to Australia also require a visa, which can take time to process. For more information visit www.australia.gov.au/help-and-contact/faqs/visas-and-immigration
Rigpa has provide detailed accommodation options (see Accommodation) and each Centre will have an individual identified who can help link you with other members of the Centre who may have booked accommodation and have spare beds or rooms.
The retreat fee:
- covers all the retreat costs –
venue hire, security, set-up equipment such as trucks, staging gear and storage costs, shrine and offering materials
- contributes to the cost of the Rigpé Yeshé retreat program,
making it affordable and practical for parents to attend the retreat
- contributes to the cost of senior international instructors, helping us bring some of the most qualified instructors to Australia for this retreat
- supports those who aren’t able to fully fund themselves, enabling dozens of people to participate who would otherwise not be able to attend
Please refer to the pricing page for more details.
Note that the Early Bird 1 discounted registration fee will close at midnight on 6 November 2017.
Note that the Early Bird 2 discounted registration fee will close at midnight on 27 November 2017.
If you do not belong to a Rigpa mandala or subscribe to a Rigpa Centre, please contact your centre’s Student Support person to determine your eligibility to attend the retreat. If you are eligible, your Student Support person will arrange for you to receive a personalised invitation to register.
There is an area set aside for children and teenagers – please bring a cushion for each of your children.
Please note: parents are responsible for their children / teenagers whenever they are not signed into the Rigpé Yeshé Care Program.
Integrating the teachings into everyday life is part of the program and in this regard retreatants are required to help in the work of the retreat for about one hour per day. This has the added benefit of helping to keep retreat fees as low as possible.
Tasks may include serving meals, washing dishes after meals, stewarding, cleaning toilets and supporting various teams such as the Site team, Shrine and Environment team, Stewards team and other areas. Rotas are allocated to each retreatant, either in advance when you register online, or upon arrival at the retreat. You can contact the Rota Coordinator for more information when you arrive at the retreat or email us email@example.com
We will also have a tea and coffee station where you will be able to make your own tea and (instant) coffee.
- Water bottle
- Cup or mug for use at the tea and coffee station
- Bed linen, blankets, towels (depending on accommodation)
- Meditation cushion
- Paper, writing materials
- Sun protection, sunglasses, hat
- Mosquito repellent (depending on location of accommodation)
- Light blanket
- Some warm clothing
- Umbrella, raincoat, torch
- Practice books and The Tibetan Book of Living & Dying
- A hand fan
- Personal medicines & toiletries
- Covered shoes
- Stroller or pram for young children
- Cash or card to buy dharma material, snacks, coffee etc
Please note: This number is only serviced during the Rigpa Retreat period