Welcome to our Retreat & Meditation course schedule


For those who would like to spend in retreat, we offer a variety of deity, teaching and meditation retreats. Please check the flyers for details about the specific requirements and level of difficulty.


Heartspoon: Fearlessly Facing Death and Impermanence with Special Guest FPMT Touring Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Join us for these inspiring teachings on embracing change and living a life without regret as we explore the inspiring text Heartspoon by Pabonka Rinpoche.
Geshe Zopa is a fluent English speaker well known for his ability to inspire and connect with students from around the world.

Geshe Tenzin Zopa (born 1975) is a Nepalese Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition. He is the resident teacher of the Losang Dragpa Centre of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Zopa is featured in the 2008 documentary film Unmistaken Child, which follows his search for the reincarnation of his beloved master, Geshe Lama Konchog. Zopa has also written a book about this search, titled Precious Holy Child of Kopan.

Tuesday 11 July 9 am  to Thursday 13 July 4:30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $150 Book www.chenrezig.com.au

Making the Most of Meditation with Geshe Phuntsok Tsultrim

To make the most of our meditation practices there are simple steps we can take to ready our body, open our heart and settle our mind. This powerful preparation was taught by the Buddha as a means to accumulate merit and purify negativities, helping us create the cause to experience every happiness up to enlightenment.

Saturday 22 July 9 am to Sunday 23 July 3:30 pm
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute.
Facility fee $108

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Calm Abiding Meditation Practice with Peter Shepherd

Shamatha or Calm Abiding meditation focuses on the calming practice of following the breath. Senior student Peter Shepherd will support your developing practice by gently leading you through a range of meditations. Join us for an inspiring afternoon of meditation practice.

Saturday 5 August 9:30 pm to 3:30 pm, Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility Fee $25 

Peter Shepherd has completed the Discovering Buddhism course and a number of subjects from the Chenrezig Institute Buddhist Studies Program. Over the last decade he has completed a number of personal meditation and study retreats. He has been leading meditations for Chenrezig Institute for the past three years. 


Comfort and Ease: White Tara Retreat with Venerable Ailsa

The practice of White Tara strengthens and restores good health and life-force energy by gathering all the various elements needed to sustain and nurture health and removing life obstacles. If one has experienced health issues, especially depression, or a loss of “lust for life,” the practice of White Tara can be especially powerful.

Please join us for this beautiful and inspiring Buddhist retreat based on chanting, meditation and making offerings to uplift your mind and spirit. The practice can also be dedicated to the health and long life of others.

Friday 18 August 6.30 pm to Sunday 20 August 3.30 pmbook now
Held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. Facility fee $75 enrezig.com.au

Ordained in 1987, Venerable Ailsa is a close student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and has been editing his teachings since 1984 for the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Yes, You can Meditate! with Venerable Damchoe

This one-day interactive workshop teaches a range of meditation techniques and is suitable for beginners, or those wanting to extend their practice.

You will learn about the different types of meditation, the benefits of practice, how to sit comfortably and how to deal with problems as they come up. Lots of time for discussions and questions.

Sunday 3 September 9.30 am – 3.30 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility Fee $75.

Venerable Thubten Damchoe is a Buddhist nun and student of Chenrezig Institute’s Advanced study program. She particularly enjoys welcoming new students.


Shamatha Meditation Retreat with Peter Shepherd

If you’ve been enjoying our regular meditation days then this is the retreat you’ve been requesting!

Shamatha, or Calm Abiding meditation, is designed to help you build a stable, calm base of relaxation. This soothing place is one you can return to when you need to recharge and regroup. The practices are designed to create the mental space you need to make sound judgments and wise and compassionate decisions for yourself and others.

Saturday 16 September 9.00am to Sunday 17 September 3.30pm held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. book now
Facility fee $108.

Peter Shepherd is a senior student of Chenrezig Institute’s Advanced study program.  He is committed to sharing the benefits of meditation in a caring and supportive way.



Guided Meditation in the Gompa

Every week we have guided meditations on Fridays from 1.15 pm to 1.45 pm, held in the Gompa at Chenrezig Institute. They are led by Sangha members and are suitable for everyone.

Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classesslider_test1

Meditation in the Community

A great way to establish a time each week to spend on your own inner development and to draw on the support of others in your daily practice. No charge and no need to book.

Meditation & Discussion with Lindsay Pratt 

Every Wednesday 6pm – 7pm

Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd, Maroochydore.

Meditation with Peter Shepherd

Every Friday 6pm – 7pm

124 Bulcock Street, Caloundra (above Britannia Garage at Ramsdale’s Tang Soo Tao)

Please see our online calendar for the schedule of these classes