Offerings

 

Sessions are offered freely as dana – we support all expressions of generosity

Through the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic we are teaching both live and via Zoom in order to comply with social distancing protocols. Therefore it is essential that you let us know if you wish to attend in person.

Explorations in Movement

Sessions Sunday Mornings – Fortnightly

Without movement there is no life. Movement is the basis of what we are – how we feel, think and act. Through movement the living moving world is felt as an integral part of our own living and moving body~mind.

By exploring particular movements of the body in a very gentle and focussed way, feeling the tactile/kinetic/kinesthetic sense of what is happening and resting in the arising experiences, can bring a deep understanding of body~mind. A more natural and open way of being is uncovered along with the release of old habitual patternings. This practice can lead to a profound state of ease and calm with a natural unfolding to a more flowing and compassionate way of being with the world .

 

Current Sessions

Explorations in Movement: Now is the place to practice
Sundays: 10am - 12.00pm - Fortnightly.

The experience of calm grounded centredness and alive responsiveness that characterise a well-developed dharma practice are for sharing with others, out in the world. And, these qualities are founded in an embodied knowing readily accessible to everyday awareness in any situation cultivated through this gentle movement practice (see more detailed outline in Exploring the Teaching below).
Ongoing: June 20, July 4 & 18, August 1, 15 & 29, Sept 12.

Exploring the Teaching

Exploring the Teaching

These sessions engage expressions of Buddhadharma – the universal teachings of awakening – within both the group setting and personal everyday experience. The sessions include themed teachings, gentle movement practice, meditation, contemplation and group discussion. Engaging with particular themes between sessions and expressing reflections and understandings through visual art, writing and poetry both supplements and enriches personal and group understandings.

Current Sessions

Exploring the Teaching: Now is the place to practice

Frequently, meditation and dharma practices are understood as formal spiritual exercises that are undertaken in a quiet, separate space outside the ordinary events of everyday life. However, the experience of calm grounded centredness and alive responsiveness that characterise a well-developed dharma practice are for sharing with others, out in the world. And, these qualities are founded in an embodied knowing readily accessible to everyday awareness in any situation. During this series, we will explore practices, teachings and trainings that inspire everyday re-membering and expression of our finer qualities and explore both the delights and challenges of increasingly pausing, connecting and sharing these through everyday experience.

The format of this series of teaching sessions will alternate weekly with an emphasis on nudging awareness of qualities of wholesome mind through:

  • Explorations in Movement: gentle body movement (commencing Sunday June 20th);
  • Exploring the Teaching: classical and contemporary expressions of the Dharma accompanied by gentle movement practice, formal sitting practice, discussion and reflection (from Sunday June 27th).

While there will always be people with greater and lesser experience of dharma practice in each session, people with minimal experience are very welcome and will be assisted to develop their own practice.

June 27, July 11 & 25, August 8 & 22, Sept 5.


Retreats

Monthly Retreat Days

Setting aside a whole day for Dharma practice in a supportive environment is what is offered through our monthly retreat day. We provide a general theme for the day, lead a session of Explorations in Movement and a group sit followed by individual contemplative work using the practice space, the garden, the bush and the beach walks available in the neighbourhood. The day includes group feedback on working questions and further avenues of exploration; and a shared lunch.

Current Sessions

Saturday Retreat Days.
10.00am - 4.00pm. Monthly.

From July through Setember 2021 we shall convene three retreat days on the third Saturday of the month in July, and on the 2nd Saturday of the month in August and September. No experience or particular commitment to any tradition is required for you to join these retreat days. We offer a contemplative theme as a focus for a shared dialogue and guided group movement and meditation to deepen this engagement. Please bring your own lunch. Refreshments provided.
Saturdays: July 17, August 14, September 11.

Longer Retreats

Since Open Path convened in Shoreham, we have held two (2) nine-day retreats annually focused on a specific theme in April/May and October commencing on a Saturday and finishing the following Sunday week. The schedule generally includes a morning and occasionally an afternoon teaching session with plenty of time between for personal exploration and practice.

Current Sessions

There are no retreats scheduled at this time

For registration and further information for all courses contact Kathryn: ph:+61 (0)3 5989 8179; mob: +61 (0)457 203 630; contact@openpathmeditation.com