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‘Inner Freedom’ Vipassana Meditation Weekend, Bali

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - November 18 @ 10:00 am

AUD $108 – AUD $300
Inner Freedom Weekend, Bali

Are you ready to take the next step in your personal growth? Are you interested in exploring meditation to encounter the deeper layers of your mind?

Do you know that there is more available for you in life if only you could get beyond the constant chatter of your mind?

If you are curious about doing a ten day Vipassana Silent Meditation retreat but you are a little afraid to jump right into the deep end, this is a good weekend retreat for you. With you in mind, I have designed this as a weekend intro to Vipassana meditation for you to have a taste of the amazing benefits of this precious practice.

If this is you then join me for this weekend devoted to Inner Freedom.

I will be teaching you the four foundations of Mindfulness Meditation practices from the Theravada Buddhist tradition (the home of the Vipassana 10 Day Silent Retreats). We will also cover the four Divine Abidings (divine states), and the Four Noble Truths.

As well there will be extra instruction in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). EFT is a powerful emotional healing modality that I find is a nice compliment to a meditation practice. It’s a way of working deeply and easily with stuck emotions and negative belief systems.

Vipassana – a word from the Pali language that was spoken at the time of the Buddha, 2500 years ago in India, translates as ‘Insight’. This style of meditation is dedicated to discovering and encountering the workings of the mind, emotions and physical body. It is a process of investigation, where you progressively learn different meditation techniques to help you to understand all of the processes that happen in order to create the reality of the life we live, and teach you how to become the master and not the slave of your mind.

In keeping with the Vipassana tradition this will be a weekend devoted to meditation practice, with no phones, internet or reading materials, so that you can focus completely on turning inwards.

Hosted at the beautiful beachside Ashram Gedong Ghandi, this is the perfect environment for doing deep spiritual healing work.

Ashram Gedong Ghandi, Bali

Schedule

  • Arrive: Friday evening at 5 pm to check in
  • Dinner 6:30 pm
  • 7:30 pm – 8:30pm : Introduction talk about the weekend and beginning of silence.

SATURDAY

  • 6am – 6:30 am: Sunrise sitting meditation
  • 6:30 – 7:00 am: Meditation Instruction
  • 7:00 – 7:45 am: Sitting and Walking Meditation
  • 7:45 – 8:45 am: Hatha yoga practice
  • 8:45 am: Swim
  • 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 10:30 am: Meditation Instruction
  • 10:30 – 11:30am: Sitting meditation
  • 11:30 – 12pm: Walking meditation
  • 12:30 Lunch + Free time
  • 2pm – 3pm: Walking meditation
  • 3pm – 4pm: Sitting meditation
  • 4pm: Talk on the Four Foundations of Mindfulness
  • 4:30 – 5pm: Q & A
  • 5pm – 5:30pm: Pali Chanting
  • 6:30 pm: Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm Sitting meditation

SUNDAY

  • 6am – 6:30 am: Sunrise sitting meditation
  • 6:30 – 7:00 am: Meditation Instruction
  • 7:00 – 7:45 am: Sitting and Walking Meditation
  • 7:45 – 8:45 am: Hatha Yoga practice
  • 8:45 am: Swim!
  • 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 11 am: Talk on the Four Divine Abidings (Divine States) + The Four Noble Truths
  • 11 – 11:30am: Sitting meditation
  • 11:30 – 12pm: Walking meditation
  • 12:30 Lunch + Free time
  • 2pm – 3pm: Walking meditation
  • 3pm – 4pm: Sitting meditation
  • 4pm: Talk on Working with Hindrances in meditation
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm: EFT (Tapping) Instruction and Practice
  • 6:30 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm – Sitting meditation

MONDAY

  • 6am – 6:30 am: Sunrise sitting meditation
  • 6:30 – 7:00 am: Meditation Instruction
  • 7:00 – 7:45 am: Sitting and Walking Meditation
  • 7:45 – 8:15 am: Closing circle
  • 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 10:00 am: Check out

Venue

Gedong Ghandi Ashram is a beautiful family owned ashram in Candidasa, East Bali. Set in beautiful tropical gardens right in front of the beach, it is a haven of peace and quiet in this visually beautiful and peaceful region of Bali. Accomodation is in traditional Balinese style individual huts with ensuite bathrooms, either single occupancy or twin share.

The meditation shala is right in front of the beach. The waves are one of our meditation objects!

Gedong Ghandi Ashram, Bali

 

Gedong Ghandi Ashram, Bali

Accommodation

Accomodation is in beautiful simple individual bungalows like the one below, either shared or single occupancy. Each one has an ensuite bathroom.

This retreat includes 3 nights accommodation in the price – Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night.

Gedong Ghandi Ashram, Bali

 

All the rooms have balconies out the front and hammocks available for the break periods.

 

 

Your Teacher

 

Michelle Taffe has done over 10,000 hours of meditation practice, and has had a daily sitting practice for the last 15 years. She has facilitated her own and been a co-facilitator of silent retreats in Australia and Thailand, and has completed three Vipassana retreats as a participant.

She is a registered Mindfulness teacher with Mindfulness Works Australia, and she also has a number of guided meditations on the Insight Timer App which have been downloaded thousands of times.

Also a qualified (RYT 200) yoga teacher, she is very passionate about the life changing benefits learning meditation as a compliment to a yoga practice and of the profound shifts that can take place once a regular meditation practice has been established.

Her meditation teachers include Steve and Rosemary Weissman formerly of Wat Kow Tham Buddhist Meditation Centre and Monastery in Thailand, Anthony Markwell of Indriya Retreat Dhamma and Meditation Centre (Thailand) and Acharya Premananda of Rudra Retreat Centre (Spain). Her main yoga teachers are KPJAYI authorised Greg and Tracy Cooper from the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne, as well as Vijay Kumar, Ashtanga Yoga Acharya in Mysore, India.

 

Testimonials

“Michelle Taffe is a wonderful presenter, genuine, open, honest, caring and immersed in what she is teaching and very engaging.”

Andrea Makris, Introduction to Mindfulness for Mindfulness Works Australia, Victoria, 2018

 

“Michelle was amazing and would and will recommend to others”

Kerryn, Introduction to Mindfulness for Mindfulness Works Australia, Victoria, 2018

 

“Instructor was very personable, and shared her vulnerabilities. Very knowledgeable. Went the extra mile and wrote key messages on the whiteboard.

Encouraged the sharing of experience. Meditation sessions were very relaxing.”

Libby Mears, Introduction to Mindfulness for Mindfulness Works Australia, Victoria, 2018

 

“Exceptionally effective.

I thought Michelle’s delivery of the material and her sharing of experience were wonderfully real, relatable and insightful.”

Georgia C Wills, Introduction to Mindfulness for Mindfulness Works Australia, Victoria, 2018

 

Michelle is great. I enjoyed doing two small meditations a class

Lisa Pritchett, Introduction to Mindfulness for Mindfulness Works Australia, Victoria, 2018

 

“Attending Michelle’s Radical Self Love Retreat in Bali was an amazing experience, perfectly timed, and delivered all I was seeking and more. The location was perfect and I felt warmly welcomed and deeply nurtured from the moment I arrived until the moment I left.

Michelle created a beautiful, open, loving, safe space for me to connect with myself in ways I hadn’t realised that I could or even needed.

I very much enjoyed the daily yoga and meditation practices which served to help connect with my mind and body in ways I hadn’t before and by the end of the 6 days had me feeling very pleased with my achievements and confident to continue my practice once back home.

I absolutely loved the daily self-love workshops and gained so much from them. Michelle covered so many meaningful topics which guided me to some powerful realisations and an overall deepening love and appreciation for myself.

Michelle is a lovely being and an amazing facilitator who is so clearly living and growing in self-love and who is also deeply drawn to helping others to dive deeper into themselves and deeper into their own self-loving journeys.

I would absolutely join another of Michelle’s retreats, and for anyone seeking a safe, loving space to connect with oneself on a deeper level, I’d highly recommend attending.”

Marianne Xola Galvan, Radical Self Love, Bali, April 2019

 

“I joined Michelle for her Radical Self Love yoga and meditation retreat, and I am so glad I did.

The weekend consisted of meditation, workshops and yoga – all of which were challenging, and subsequently more rewarding. Michelle created a programme that fostered deep reflection and subsequently garnered profound personal insights.

As a very private person I thought I would be uncomfortable given the personal nature of the workshops, but Michelle created a warm, non judgemental, accepting space in which I felt comfortable sharing, and getting deep into the heart of things.

The time I spent with Michelle was really valuable, and many changes have come about in my life as a result.”

Thanks Michelle! X”

Annette CarlingRadical Self Love Retreat, Victoria, June 2018

 

“I found the overall RSL retreat to be so inspiring and it has assisted me to become more grounded and connected with myself. My teacher, Michelle Taffe, was excellent at bringing people together in a workshop environment, in terms of connecting both with themselves and with each other as a group.

I felt a strong bond develop as the retreat progressed, within the group, that enabled us all to relax more, to open up as a group on emotional and personal, even in a sense spiritual, levels.

Michelle is also a great yoga and meditation teacher; she is patient, communicates very well, and demonstrates yoga practice and meditation on both spiritual and physical platforms, in a connected, calming, supportive and inspiring way. I would really encourage individuals who wish to explore and develop self love , as well as to enhance their yoga and meditation techniques, to attend one of Michelle’s RSL retreats. Apart from the fact that she chooses great locations in which to open up an ambient space for RSL exploration!”

Kim BoursfieldRadical Self Love Retreat, Bali, April 2019

 

“Michelle’s Radical Self Love retreat in Bali (August 2019) was perfectly timed.  Physically and mentally drained, it was time to put myself first, but how?  We are so conditioned to go, go, go.  Mother, wife, employee.  We do what we need to do.  But what about us?  How do we take care of ourselves?  The retreat gave me the opportunity to reset and begin the rest of my life.

Commencing the day with meditation is amazing.  So calming.  Let everything go and start each day fresh.  Follow up meditation with yoga to get your mind and body feeling strong and refreshed.  Complete focus on yourself.

The self love classes caused me to really dig deep and be honest with myself.  It is time to accept who I am, flaws and all.  Be proud of who I am and where I am at in my life.  Hold my head up high and live life to the fullest.  Create the life for myself that I deserve. Deal with that ‘negative voice’ in my head rationally and importantly, don’t take life too seriously; roll with the punches.  Be present each day, stop planning for 2, 5, 15 years time. Enjoy each day, relax, take time to just be. Give myself permission to enjoy life and do the things that I love to do.

The venue is really comfortable and relaxing. Up at sunrise, bed at sunset, so natural.  Spend free time relaxing in a hammock, going for a walk, snorkelling in search of fish, or having a massage.

I came home very relaxed and determined to continue my new way of life. I can thoroughly recommend attending. I can’t wait for Michelle to schedule a retreat in India.”

Jenny Daborn, Radical Self Love, Bali, August 2019

 

Investment

I am doing this retreat in the spirit of Dana, or donation. Dana means the spirit of generosity, which helps cultivate giving without attachment to the outcome of the gift.

Traditionally, Buddhist meditation retreats at Buddhist monasteries are offered on a Dana basis, because it is understood that these teachings are priceless, and should be available to all. The teachings are a gift, and then those who receive the teachings are invited to gift the teacher, according to their means, and the value they feel they received.

The spirit of Dana helps to cultivate non-attachment on the part of the teacher and the student (the giver and the receiver) – the teacher is not teaching because they want something from you, but because they wholeheartedly believe in the value of these teachings and want all beings to be able to benefit from them.

Just to be clear, this is not a free retreat, but it is offered freely in the spirit of a gift, without an attachment to the outcome (donations received). This work is my livelihood and I do have living costs that I need to cover. I will offer you some guidance as to how you might work out what is an appropriate amount for you to donate for the teachings.

Dana also invites the receiver to reflect on what they have received, and give freely to the giver from their heart, according to what feels aligned and right for them.

 

Fixed Price for Accomodation and Food only

SINGLE ROOM – 1 Person: 1,050,000 Indonesia Rupiah (Rp)

(3 x Rp 350,000 per one person in a single room per night + 3 daily meals)

TWIN ROOM 2 People Sharing: 1,350,000 Indonesia Rupiah (Rp)

(3 x Rp 450,000 per two people sharing the room per night + 3 daily meals)

 

Donation (Dana) for the Teacher

At the end of the retreat you will be invited to reflect on what you have received and offer a donation to me that is right and aligned for you.

 

Want more info?

Please use the form on the Contact Us page to email me your questions. I will get back to you ASAP.

 

Reserve Your Place (Latest Friday Nov 8th)

You must reserve your spot on this retreat at the latest Friday November 8th to be assured of your place.

To reserve your place on this retreat please make a deposit* using the buttons below of 350,000 or 450,000 Rupiah (Single or Twin Share Room).

The remainder of the accom + food cost of 700,000 Rp (Single) and 900,000 Rp (Twin Share) can be made directly to the Gedong Ghandi Ashram on arrival.

If you are reserving a Twin Share Room please make sure you have a friend first who is coming to the retreat with you.

*This payment is not refundable in the event that you cancel after making your payment, but if you find someone else to take your place you can transfer your deposit to them.

 

Single : AUD $37 (Equivalent Rp 350,000 with 1$ extra for payment processing)

*Twin Shared Room : AUD $46 (Equivalent Rp 450,000 with 1$ extra for payment processing)

I will send you a confirmation email with further details.

Details

Start:
November 15 @ 5:00 pm
End:
November 18 @ 10:00 am
Cost:
AUD $108 – AUD $300
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Venue

Gedong Ghandi Ashram
Jalan Raya Candidasa
Sengkidu, Candidasa,, Bali 80851 Indonesia
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Phone:
+62 (0363) 41108
Website:
http://www.ashramgandhi.com/

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