The Hills Retreat

THE HILLS RETREAT
A meaningful and relaxing weekend away

NUNYARA CONFERENCE CENTRE
BELAIR • 4-6 OCTOBER 2024

THE RETREAT

Retreat gives us the opportunity to relax, unwind and gain a deeper experience of meditation and inner peace.

“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within”
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

On our October Hills Retreat enjoy the experience of the spacious and clear nature of your mind. Our mind always has the potential to be peaceful, clear, spacious and positive. All thoughts, feelings and mental activity arise from within the clarity of our mind and dissolve back in just like waves in the ocean. Not understanding this we often feel stuck in unhelpful habits of thought and relate to our mind as fixed and unchanging in its negativity and painful feelings. 

Through meditating on the clarity of our mind we learn to simply observe our thoughts allowing them to dissolve back into the clarity of our mind. In this way we gradually perceive only clarity, our mind becomes unusually lucid and clear and we enjoy the vast spacious feeling of our limitless mind. Abiding there this experience naturally gives rise to deep peace and contentment.

The retreat is suitable for both beginners and those looking to deepen their practice.

The retreat begins with dinner on Friday night and finishes with lunch on Sunday. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the peaceful surroundings. The retreat is catered with delicious vegetarian or vegan food, and includes simple accommodation options. All you need to do is to relax and enjoy yourself. Booking is essential – please book early to ensure a place. Everyone is welcome.

RETREAT LOCATION

Nunyara Conference Centre is located near the beautiful Belair National Park in the Adelaide Hills. One of the few rel­a­tive­ly undis­turbed areas of native veg­e­ta­tion in the Ade­laide Hills region, Belair National Park is full of woodlands and lakes to explore, with walking tracks suitable for all levels of fitness. Popular throughout Australia as a tourist destination, the Adelaide Hills are a perfect place for retreat.

RETREAT FEES, ACCOMMODATION & BOOKING

Retreat pricing starts from $320 per person including all meals and accommodation. Different types of accommodation are available to suit your circumstances. In the Main building, the rooms contain several beds and an ensuite shower. You can choose the number of people to share with – on your own, with a buddy, or with two other retreaters. Toilet facilities are shared. In the Symons building, more premium accommodation options are available. You can choose between double rooms with shared bathroom facilities, or luxury twin room apartment options that sleep up to 4 people and contain their own bathroom. More detail on accommodation options is provided below.

TIMETABLE

You can access the timetable for the April 2024 retreat here: THE HILLS RETREAT TIMETABLE APRIL 2024. The October retreat will follow a similar format.

THE TEACHER

Kelsang Monlam is the Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Adelaide and has been teaching meditation and buddhism since 2008. Monlam presents Buddha’s teachings in a light and practical manner, and inspires us through example to incorporate Buddha’s teachings into our daily life.

ACCOMMODATION & BOOKING

Costs below include all meals and accommodation. If you wish to have linen provided, please add $25 per person to the fees quoted.

All accommodation is very quiet and peaceful.

Main Building Accommodation

In the Main building, all rooms contain several bunk beds and an ensuite shower with bathroom sink (see Map). Toilet facilities are shared, and there are several located throughout the building. At our retreat, we use only the bottom beds, so there is no concern that you will need to use an upper bunk. You can choose the type of rooming experience you would like from the options below.

 

     SIngle room to yourself        $440

     Twin room                               $370 per person

     Shared 3-person room          $320 per person

Symons Building Accommodation

The Symons building houses our more premium accommodation options (see Map). All rooms have normal beds (not bunk beds), and the beds can be configured as single or doubles depending on your circumstances. On the lower floor we have three double bedrooms available with shared bathroom facilities. On the upper level are self-contained apartments that sleep up to 4 people in two rooms and contain their own bathroom and kitchenette. You can choose the type of rooming experience you would like from the options below.

     

Double bedroom (lower level)       $390 per person
Apartment
   – for one or two people                $960
   – for three people                          $1,280
   – for four people                            $1,600

 

 

Please note that unfortunately the apartments do not have disability access. All other accommodation, and the rest of the site, has ramps for access where needed.

FAQS

Can I book for part of the retreat?

 

The Hills retreat is designed to be an escape from the stress and busyness of our everyday lives. As such bookings are only available for the whole retreat. This is important to get the most out of the retreat.

Can I stay offsite/caravan/camp?

 

Sorry, no. We are bound to the terms of hire of the venue, and can only use the facilities as specified in the booking options and on our website.

 

Can I bring my own food for meals?

 

The catering is provided by the venue and under the terms of hire of the venue alternative meals are not allowed. However, you can bring your own vegetarian snacks for in-between mealtimes, if you wish. We can cater for gluten-free and vegan options, and may be able to look into other special dietary requirements if necessary.

 

THE APRIL RETREAT SOLD OUT! Bookings open Friday 7 June for our October retreat.

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE CONTACT JEN AT retreats@meditateinadelaide.org

 

IF YOUR CHOSEN ACCOMMODATION TYPE IS SOLD OUT, PLEASE ALSO CONTACT JEN AT THE EMAIL ABOVE TO BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST.

 

Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions.

      **BOOKINGS OPEN ON 7 JUNE**

VENUE: NUNYARA CONFERENCE CENTRE, BELAIR

VENUE DETAILS

REGISTRATION will begin at 5pm on Friday 4th October. Please bring your booking confirmation.

If you haven’t booked a linen pack, don’t forget to bring all your own bedding (including a pillow) and a towel.

There is onsite parking at the venue.

We can’t wait to see you!