Courses & Retreats

The Contemplary sources local and international teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds to run non-residential and residential retreats, workshops and courses of the highest quality.

Mindful Self Compassion
March 30-31

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8 Week Course:
Mindful Self Compassion
April 20 - June 8

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May 13-14

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The Art of Contemplation
May 20 - June 10

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The Four Close Applications of Mindfulness
with Alan Wallace
July 27 - August 1

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Cultivating Emotional Balance

CEB is the outcome of a collaboration between Dr Paul Ekman, pre-eminent psychologist and a pioneer in the study of emotion, and Dr Alan Wallace, a Buddhist contemplative, scholar and meditation teacher. The program draws on decades of psychological research as well as Buddhist meditative practices for stabilizing attention, enhancing skills in analytic thinking, and cultivating virtuous and compassionate states of mind. The purpose of CEB is to help participants discern, understand and exercise choice around emotions that may be destructive to themselves or to others.

CEB is of potential benefit to anyone and everyone looking to engage with their emotions in a more wholesome way. The course-length is 42 hours, but this may be offered in a variety of formats – from a six day intensive to series of classes spread over a longer period.

In 2017, The Contemplary will be offering courses in Cultivating Emotional Balance to the general public. We also see enormous potential in the application of the program to health, education and business sectors and are working to incorporate the program into these settings.

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The Attention Revolution: Getting Mindfulness Right
A 5 day urban retreat with Alan Wallace
July 22nd to 26, 2017 Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne.

In August 2016, The Contemplary hosted Alan Wallace for a 5-day urban retreat at the Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne and a public talk at the University of Melbourne.

This secular retreat was a rare opportunity for people of scientific, humanistic or religious persuasion to be led by one of the world’s most renowned meditation teachers.

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Photography by Jesse Marlow
Photography by Jesse Marlow
Photography by Jesse Marlow
Photography by Jesse Marlow
Photography by Jesse Marlow

The Attention Revolution: Cultivating Deeper Mindfulness
A 5 day residential retreat with Glen Svensson
January 20th to 25, 2017 Maitripa Centre Healesville.

In January 2017 We invited an experienced international Buddhist teacher to re-visit and build on the experience of the 2016 retreat. Originally from Australia, Glen Svensson has been a student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism since 1995 and graduated from the seven-year Masters Program in Advanced Buddhist Studies of Sutra and Tantra at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute (Pomaia, Italy) in 2004. Since 2005 he has taught and led meditation retreats in India, Europe, North America and Australia with a teaching style emphasizing clarity. Glen has learned from many distinguished teachers and is also a senior student of Alan Wallace, with whom he recently worked to provide individual support to participants in Alan’s annual 8 week retreat.

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Compassion Cultivation Training

Compassion Cultivation Training is a program designed to help individuals develop compassion, empathy, and kindness for others and for themselves. CCT integrates Buddhist contemplative practices with contemporary psychology and scientific research on compassion. The program was developed by a team of contemplative scholars, clinical psychologists, and researchers at the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University. The course runs for eight weeks.

As with Cultivating Emotional Balance, the skills and knowledge acquired through Compassion Cultivation Training are of universal benefit, and we recommend the program to anyone grappling with suffering in themselves or the world around them. Cultivating compassion has been found to be an effective means of alleviating empathic burnout, and as such may be of particular benefit to those working in the caring professions.

In October, 2016, The Contemplary had the privilege of hosting CCT at the Abbotsford Convent. This was the first time course was offered on the east coast of Australia. It was run by Petrina Barson, the only Stanford-qualified teacher residing full-time in Australia.