For general information about Saturday Retreat days, Movement Meditaton retreats, reports on past retreats with Tarchin Hearn and Leander Kane, together with retreat accommodation, please see below.
Please see the Teaching Schedule  for November – December 2018 for upcoming Saturday Retreat Days.

Tarchin Hearn Retreat, Saturday April 27th to Sunday May 5th 2019

The Heart of Mahayana – the union of love and skilled understanding

This nine day retreat in Shoreham, led by Tarchin, focuses on a foundational text of Mahayana Buddhism, the Avatamsaka Sutra. Often called the ‘Heart of Mahayana’, the sutra is famous for its detailed vision of practical awakening and radical inclusivity. Here the entire universe in all its manifestations is seen as worthy of investigation. In this sutra, bodhisattvas (themselves the union of love and skilled understanding arising as deep compassion) appear in myriad ways: artists, scientists, parents, business persons, healers, social workers, monks, yogis, scholars and contemplatives.

The union of love and skilled understanding is as necessary today as it was in the 6th century when the Avatamsaka was initially written down. With understanding, it can be a tremendous support for modern dharma paths of contemplative science, personal healing, and engaged ecological sanity.

While the traditional Avatamsaka Sutra itself is very, very long, detailed and exultant in a manner way outside current literary styles, Tarchin has composed a short Sadhana that captures its essence – The Sadhana of Samantabhadra. This is a beautiful prose poem of practices, prayers, affirmations and contemplations. Tarchin will guide participants through an exploration of the Heart of Mahayana and the Avatamsaka Sutra across the nine days using the pith teachings contained within The Sadhana of Samantabhadra.

The Sadhana can be downloaded from Tarchin’s website Green Dharma Treasury.

Registration is essential:  Please email or ring  Kathryn on (03) 5989 8179 or 0457 203 630.

Accommodation: for possibilities – see below.

Cost: $120 full retreat; first weekend only $50. Plus accommodation costs if relevant and Dana for the teaching.



Saturday Retreat Day

A theme of exploration for the day is offered.

The day typically includes guided movement and sitting meditations, time for question/discussion, time for walking in the bush and on the beach, time for examining patterns of life under the stereo microscope, exploring given exercises and contemplating life unfolding. Kathryn and Bill are both available to help with any aspects of practice you might have or that arise during the day.

Refreshments will be available during the day, but you need to bring lunch to share, or your own lunch if you have special dietary requirements. Cushions, mats and chairs are provided.


Past Retreats in Shoreham with Tarchin Hearn and Leander Kane

Both Tarchin Hearn and Leander Kane have conducted a number of wonderful retreats at Open Path over the last four or five years.

The beauty of spending time on retreat at Shoreham is that the daily teaching sessions of both Tarchin  and Leander blend with opportunities for practice amidst the natural beauty of the environment – tidal flats, reef, beach and coastal forest – that act as temple and classroom. During the retreats both Tarchin and Leander  encourage participants to carry their contemplative explorations to and from class, in their formal sessions of meditation and practice, in the ongoing daily activities of beach and bush walks and looking after family, cooking and living arrangements.

  • Tarchin Hearn

    For nearly 50 years Tarchin Hearn has been immersed in various traditions of Buddhist philosophy and practice, blending them with interests in life sciences and ecology. Today he is a widely respected teacher and practitioner of Contemplative Science, Natural Awakening and the way of Mahāmudrā. He has taught in many countries and helped establish a number of centres for retreat and healing. His work links personal and communal healing with a deep ecological perspective in ways that have inspired a wide range of people from a variety of diverse backgrounds and traditions. Tarchin lives in New Zealand with his partner and long time companion, Mary Jenkins.

    For more information about Tarchin, visit

  •  Retreat May 2018 – ‘Being the Cresting Wave of Now’ – An Interweaving of Mahamudra, Natural Awakening and Contemplative Science

‘Mahamudra’ is a Sanskrit name given to the path and process of experientially realising the true inter-being-nature of everything. We could call it, ‘Natural Awakening-in-action’. Although often associated with Tibetan Buddhist teachings, mahamudra’s ancestry goes back to traditions of contemplative science and yoga found in ancient India. These traditions themselves drew inspiration from a diversity of religious sources which in turn grew from the multi billion year journey of evolving living systems – a planet wide ecology of life itself. Luminous with the recognition of the interdependence of all manifestation, mahamudra teaching utilizes many aspects of contemplative exploration – including investigations into mind, consciousness and perception – while at the same time encouraging skilful and compassionate ways of participating in the unfolding community of all life

  • Leander Kane

    Leander has undertaken dozens of one-month and three-month retreats over her 30 years of teaching and meditation work. For 7 years she lived as a ‘Homeless Wanderer’ which is one of the great paths of devotion to Awakening. She has studied with many great teachers including His Eminence Beru Kyentse Rinpoche, Namgyal Rinpoche, Tarchin Hearn and Cecilie Kwiat.

    As well as studying, Leander has worked with thousands of individuals with various structural or emotional afflictions. Her oldest student is 96, the youngest only a few months. Some have been in a wheelchair, some elite international sports people.

    Leander first began teaching Liberation through the body 27 years ago and over the years since then, the work has been refined and deepened to become the jewel that it now is.

  • Retreat October 2018 – Liberation Through the Body

This was an extremely valuable retreat for all involved. Each year Leander’s teachings through exploration of body movements becomes more potent and powerful with the arising of deep understandings of body/mind for those taking part. (See also Retreat October 2017 below).

  • Retreat October 2017  – Liberation Through the Body

This 10-day retreat offered an opportunity to study mindfulness and meditative clarity in a very direct way by using the body itself as a meditation tool.

The body and mind are not separate. In this method, the practitioner uses very specific guided movements to quickly develop a state of profound calm. The practitioner’s work is then to harvest insights that arise while resting in that experience.

The work naturally employs all four classical meditation postures – lying, sitting, standing and walking – within each movement. Each posture offers new opportunity for insight.

Leander says: “All of our past experiences are stored in the body becoming our habitual patterns. Through detailed movement explorations we can release these patterns and open to our true strength and naturalness.  An interesting and amazing transformation can take place which often surprises.
Learning to recognise the wholesome qualities of mind that come forth from exploring in this way and resting in them deepens insight into the nature of mind.”

This cutting edge method of meditation has been developed over thirty years of purposeful study, meditation and teaching by Leander. It is informed by classical meditation practices, Mahamudra (an advanced and sophisticated system of meditation on the nature of the mind), Kum Nye (Tibetan Yoga) and the Feldenkrais Method.

Retreat Accommodation

Open Path Meditation consists of a teaching space and accommodation for visiting teachers; there is no retreat accommodation available. There are, however, a number of accommodation options which have worked really well over the years – see below.

Private housing

There are a number of houses in close proximity to Open Path that can be rented upon request. These are normally used as holiday houses and the owners have generously negotiated their use for retreat purposes with Open Path.

This means there are up to 5 individual rooms available for retreatant use, with further beds available if sharing is a possibility. There is shared use of bathroom, kitchen and lounge space.

All of the houses are quite secluded and within a few minutes walk of the Open Path teaching space and a short walk to the beach.

There is also the possibility of camping in the spacious grounds of these houses and using the shared facilities.

Booking:   through Open Path. Please let Kathryn know when registering for retreat purposes.

The cost per person of a night’s accommodation will vary depending on the number of people sharing a house. (Approximate cost is in the region of $50 per night per person).

Shoreham Foreshore Reserve camping area

This is a beautiful camping area overlooking Western Port Bay and within 5 minutes walk of the Open Path teaching space. Outside of holiday periods this is a very quiet place to camp and ideally suited for retreat purposes.

If you’re not set up for camping, Open Path has a double tent that can be borrowed and other limited camping equipment.

Booking:  Please see the website at

Other possibilities

Camping at Pt Leo foreshore reserve –

Somers Holiday Village –

Private rental – possibly the best place to look is, or contact a local agent who deals with property rentals.