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Cultivating Serenity, Insight, and the Heart Qualities

  • Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre 69 Red Rock Road Corindi Beach NSW Australia (map)

Facilitated by Mal Huxter and Lisa Brown

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The first three days of this silent retreat will focus on training in the cultivation of stillness, serenity and insight meditation and the remaining days will involve attention given to the cultivation of the four heart qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity).  There will be evening talks and workshop style morning instruction with Mal as well as morning yoga sessions with Lisa. Short individual interviews with Mal will be possible after Monday.

General aims of the retreat:

  • To provide the opportunity to experience first hand the cultivation of insight, stillness, serenity and the heart qualities (loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and equanimity).

  • To free oneself and others from psychological suffering and cultivate wellbeing and genuine happiness.

  • To enhance the skills and understanding of anyone wishing to develop these qualities as well as provide new ideas for therapists, programme leaders and other professionals who already use mindfulness, compassion, loving kindness and related skills as part of their therapeutic and coaching repertoire.

About the Teachers:

Mal Huxter (MAPS, AABCAP) is a clinical psychologist in private practice. He is the author of “Healing the Heart and Mind with Mindfulness.” (Routledge 2016). A practicing psychologist for 27 years, he has been  teaching mindfulness and the four heart qualities to the general public, a range of cultures, clinical populations, therapists and other professionals since 1991.  He began training in Buddhist meditation practices in 1975, living in Thailand as a Buddhist monk for two years in the late 1970’s.   As well as Theravada he has trained in other Buddhist and spiritual traditions. Website:

Lisa Brown is a Psychologist, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) facilitator, Yoga teacher and mother to four children, two dogs, two horses and a goat. She currently works in private practice in Bellingen and Coffs Harbour, and facilitates Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction groups and Trauma Sensitive Yoga classes. Website:

The Venue:

Yarrawarra Aboriginal Culturaly Centre, 69 Red Rock Road, Corindi.  Yarrawarra, meaning “happy meeting place”, is an Aboriginal cultural, conference and
accommodation centre and is proudly owned and operated on a not-for-profit basis by Aboriginal people, predominantly from the Gumbaynggirr language group.

Fees and Registration Options available:

The fees for this retreat (outlined below) will cover food /accommodation and contribute towards the teachers’ accommodation and transport. The fees include an option for dana.

In accordance with Buddhist traditions, the fee for this retreat is dana based. Dana refers to the economy of generosity where the teachings are given freely and those who receive the teaching have the opportunity to reciprocate with a financial gift that they feel is suitable, after the retreat has finished. 

Single Rooms – there are a limited number of single rooms available for this retreat. Single rooms will have access to shared bathroom facilities. 7 Days $685.00

Camping – please bring your own camping equipment, you will have access to bathroom facilities and meals will be provided. There are large park like grounds at the venue. 7 Days $505.00; 3 Days $215.00

Shared Rooms – all shared rooms have 4 beds in them some are bunk beds. 7 Days $615.00; 3 Days $265.00

3 day tickets will be from Friday 15th November to Lunch time Monday 18th November.

Day Only Tickets/ Non Residential Tickets – include all meals, please book these tickets for consecutive days only. $30.00 per day