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Retreat refines meditation practice

Published on 20 November 2015

I recently attended a Vipashyana retreat, held at a beautiful property in the Adelaide foothills at Kersbrook. This was the fifth of its kind in Adelaide and was open to anyone with an interest in expanding knowledge, grounding and experience in meditation practice. 

One of the most valuable experiences during these five days was having the opportunity to receive personal guidance and instruction from Jakob Leschly. Jakob has been a practicing Buddhist for over 40 years and was appointed by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche as a resident Teacher in Australia in April 2008. His personal experience and profound understanding of the Teachings and meditation are rare and incredibly inspiring.

The schedule was quite demanding but thoroughly rewarding: each day was divided into focussed sessions, alternating between sitting meditation practice and walking meditation punctuated with yoga and mindful tea breaks.

The retreat provided us with a precious opportunity to step out of our hectic schedules in order to devote time to learning how to deepen understanding and stabilise our practice. The question and answer sessions in the evenings were extremely engaging, with the final evening’s question time being particularly open, thought provoking and profound. Jacob was also always available if we needed personal interviews to discuss our experience. 

I can’t imagine a better way to do a meditation retreat… the picturesque setting and delicious, nourishing food (prepared by Ayurvedic chef Stephen Galpin) perfectly supported the discipline of the structured practice sessions. 

Julianne Warner.