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Inner Freedom Silent Meditation Retreat

October 19, 2018 - October 21, 2018

AUD $475
Atisha Retreat Centre and Monastery, Bendigo

Join me on this inaugural silent meditation retreat at the Atisha Centre, a retreat centre and Buddhist monastery near Bendigo in central Victoria.

Have you ever been curious about the power of silence and what it might be like to quiet the mind and go inwards? This is your chance to try it out!

Over the course of this two night and two day retreat, we will be practising silent meditation based on the Vipassana or ‘insight’ meditation tradition of Theravadin Buddhism.

Insight meditation practice is a process of delving into the secret workings of the mind so that you can slowly become free from the mental and emotional bondage – of being a slave to your thoughts and feelings.

For any of you who are queasy about Buddhism, know that the original Buddha – Siddhartha Gautama, who lived in India about 2500 years ago – never wanted for anyone to form a religion around him.

He is famous for telling people who came to him that he taught just two things: suffering, and the end of suffering. IE: What ‘suffering’ or ‘unsatisfactoriness’ (as it is often translated to in English) actually is, where it comes from and the path out of it.

People were so impacted by the profound nature of his teachings that, after he died, they began to organise all his talks into scriptures (or sutras – threads). And slowly Buddhism came into being. But it was always intended by the Buddha to be only a teaching for becoming free from suffering, essentially becoming free from the slavery of the untrained mind. So in keeping with the original Buddha, whose teachings are also the foundation of all modern day mindfulness practice, we will be sticking to the non-dogmatic path of mind training on this retreat.

Over the two days of this retreat, we will be doing guided and non-guided meditations, both sitting and walking, which will be supported by a morning and evening yoga practice. Our yoga will be Hatha style easy yoga which is accessible for all bodies and all ages.

Atisha Retreat Centre, Bendigo

Included in this retreat will be:

*2 x nights accommodation

*4 x easy yoga classes

*2 healthy vegetarian x dinners, 2 x breakfasts + 2 x lunches

*9 hours of guided and silent sitting + walking meditation sessions

*1 x Sound Healing session



5-6pm: Arrive and settle into rooms

6:30 pm: Dinner

7:15pm: Intro talk about the retreat and beginning of silence

7:45pm – 8:30 pm: Relaxing restorative yoga practice


6am – 6:30 am: Morning yoga practice (easy Hatha yoga)

6:30 – 7 am: Sitting meditation

7:30am: Breakfast

8am-8:45: Talk and sitting meditation

9am – 10am: Walking meditation around the stupa

10am: Morning tea break

10:30-11:30am: Guided Meditation Compassionate Understanding

12pm: Lunch and free time

1:30 pm – 2:30pm: Individual check-in session with Michelle for those interested

2:30 – 4pm: Talk by Lama Geshe on ‘The Ultimate Step’ (optional)

4pm – 4:30: Break

4:30 – 5:30: Sitting meditation

5:30 – 6:30: Restorative Yoga practice

6:30 pm: Dinner

7:30 – 8:30pm: Talk and sitting meditation


6am – 6:30 am: Morning yoga practice (easy Hatha yoga)

6:30 – 7:00 am: Sitting meditation

7:30am: Breakfast

8am – 8:45: Talk and sitting meditation

9am – 10am: Walking meditation around the stupa

10am: Morning tea break

10:30-11:30am: Sound Healing session with Tibetan bowls

12pm: Lunch and free time

1:30 pm – 2:30pm: Individual check-in session with Michelle for those interested

2:30 – 4 pm: Guided walking meditation around the stupa

4pm – 4:30: Break and End of Silence

4:30 – 5:30: Talk and Q & A session.

6pm: Leave


Atisha Retreat Centre Accommodation
Atisha Retreat Centre Accommodation Block

Accommodation will be in comfortable shared rooms of up to 3 people to a room.

Rooms are heated and bathrooms are also shared. If you would like to have a room with only two beds (plus an ensuite bathroom) you can pay supplement of $40 extra (let me know in your email). The accommodation is a five minute walk from the meditation hall and the dining area.

Atisha Retreat Centre Accommodation - Shared Rooms
Atisha Retreat Centre Accommodation – Shared Rooms


Food served at this retreat will be fresh vegetarian food lovingly prepared by the Atisha cooks.


Atisha Centre is a peaceful retreat centre and hub of Buddhist education, nestled in the quiet native bushland of central Victoria, near Bendigo. Founded in 1981, the Centre provides a serene and welcoming setting for all who seek time out from busy lives or wish to learn about and practise Buddhism.

Situated in close proximity to the Centre is the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, currently under construction, and soon to become among the most significant Buddhist temples and pilgrimage destinations in the world, and the Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, where monks devote themselves to study, meditation and spiritual transformation.

Atisha Centre is a Mahayana Buddhist centre affiliated with the FPMT. The Spiritual Director is Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and the centre follows the teachings of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.


Michelle is a meditation and yoga teacher with a fourteen year practice of daily sitting meditation. Completing her first 10 Day Silent Vipassana retreat in 2005 she is also a qualified yoga teacher, completing her teacher training at Samma Karuna in Koh Phangnan in 2017. Since her first silent retreat she has completed two more, the most recent one as a yoga and meditation teacher at the Wat Kow Tham Buddhist monastery in Thailand. Earlier in 2018, Michelle was a resident yoga and meditation teacher at the Bali Silent Retreat in Tabanan, Bali. Michelle also spent the years 2011 – 2018 as a ‘global yogi’, reporting on and experiencing various yoga and meditation retreats around the world for her website, TheGlobalYogi.com.

Michelle is very passionate about the practice of meditation and its power to heal people from conditions like anxiety and depression, as well as its power to bring practitioners to a place of deep clarity and self-understanding from which they are able to make more empowered and self-loving choices in their lives.

Find out more about Michelle’s qualifications and backstory here.


There are still places left for this retreat.

Grab your spot today: $475.

To secure your spot you can email Michelle directly and then make a direct deposit with your name and the reference ‘Inner Freedom Retreat’ to:

Account Name: Michelle Elise Taffe

Bank: ING Direct

Acct No: 923100 32395911

Or you can use Paypal, where you will need to pay an extra $10 for payment processing fees.

To book via paypal you can go to this link: https://www.paypal.me/theglobalyogi/485 and then send me an email.


Cancellations less than two weeks before the retreat are liable to a 25% cancellation fee.


October 19, 2018
October 21, 2018
AUD $475
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Atisha Centre, Bendigo
25 Sandhurst Town Road
Myers Flat, Victoria Australia
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