Centre Retreats

Centre Retreats

What is a retreat?

During a retreat, we reduce our normal worldly activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing spiritual qualities and peaceful minds – finding happiness from within. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this special opportunity.

We offer two types of retreats:

Urban Retreats

Urban retreats are usually a half day or a full day. The format for these retreats are generally one-hour sessions with  a short teaching and two or more guided meditations. There are breaks between each session. The purpose of these retreats is to introduce us to Buddhist meditation.  These retreats are suitable for all levels.

Annual Retreats *

Our annual meditation retreats offer you the opportunity to deepen your meditation experience. “Retreat” means withdrawing into meditation. The focus is on essential meditations drawn from the Buddhist tradition.
Akshobya Centre offers annual retreats throughout the year and are usually longer retreats. These deeper retreats are led by our Resident Teacher, Kelsang Khacho,   They are open to everyone.

Emptiness of the Body Retreat

Saturday 8 May

Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Cost: $24 (free for supporting members)

For Buddha’s teachings to affect us deeply they need to touch our heart.

During this Saturday half-day retreat, Kelsang Khacho will give two teachings and guided meditations on the profoundly transformative meditation on the emptiness of the body.

Everyone welcome – both new and experienced practitioners.

Session 1:  10-11:30am
Break: 11:30 – 11:45am
Session 2:  11:45pm – 1pm

Finding Refuge in our Heart Retreat


Coming soon!

The Great Preliminary Guide

The foundation of the Buddhist way of life is to go for refuge – to Buddha, to guide us along the spiritual path to enlightenment; to Dharma (Buddha’s teachings) to protect us from fear and suffering; and to Sangha (those practising Buddha’s teachings) to inspire us, show a good example and to help us along the path to inner peace.

In this retreat, we will train in sincerely going for refuge, the gateway to entering Buddhism; and the training in the compassionate mind of bodhichitta, the gateway to entering the Mahayana, the main path to the state of enlightenment. These preliminary guides are the special preliminary practices and very powerful practices to fulfill our aim of enlightenment.