post- australasian festival retreat (christchurch)

Post Australasian Festival Retreat 2015

A Silent Retreat in New Zealand’s Southern Alps


Following the empowerment given by Gen-la Dekyong at the Australasian Festival, Gen Kelsang Dornying will guide a special silent retreat of Buddha Vajrasattva. By deepening our reliance on Buddha Vajrasattva, the buddha of purification, we will cleanse our mind of delusions, negativities, and obstacles. On this silent retreat Gen Dornying will give teachings on the practice of Buddha Vajrasattva and there will be sessions of meditation and recitation. This gives us the great opportunity to purify our mind quickly, so that we can make swift progress on the spiritual path.

The Teacher: Gen Kelsang Dornying is the Resident Teacher of both Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia and Kadampa Meditation Centre Melbourne. He is an inspiring and light-hearted teacher of modern Buddhism who makes Buddha’s teachings clear, accessible and applicable to modern life.

The retreat begins on Tuesday 6th January with an evening meal at 6pm, followed by an introduction to the retreat at 8pm. There will be time to settle in the following morning before the first session begins at 11am. Silence will begin with this session. The retreat ends with lunch at 1pm on Tuesday 13th January. Cost: NZ $490 full retreat, or NZ $70 per day. This includes retreat sessions, accommodation and all meals. To attend this post festival retreat you do not need to have attended the Australasian Festival. Everyone is welcome.

Accommodation: The retreat will be held at Snowline Lodge in the powerful, silent environment of New Zealand’s central southern alps, just 2 hours drive from Christchurch. Accommodation is in light, spacious bunkrooms. Snowlion Lodge sleeps 68 people in 13 bunkrooms.

Transport:  Enjoy a two hour scenic drive up to Snowlion Lodge in a minibus. Pick-up is either in central Christchurch or at Christchurch airport. Please book your transport on the booking form. The Lodge is in a remote area where there is no public transport. The only organised transport will be the minibuses. Please arrange your flights around the pick-up times.


Bookings can be made at the following address: