Auckland Insight offers a regular sitting group (usually every second Thursday, 7:00-9:00 in Westmere), and provides information about insight meditation workshops and retreats in the Auckland region.

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Recollective Awareness Meditation retreat led by Jason Siff

Recollective Awareness Meditation is a form of Vipassana meditation developed by Jason Siff. It is an open meditation practice, where you are kind and gentle to oneself, allowing thoughts and emotions to go on during the meditation sitting.
After the sitting is over, you recollect what went on during it, and in that way build greater awareness of your mind in meditation. Another part of this approach is the natural settling down of thoughts and emotions in meditation, where awareness of the body, breath and the senses can then move into the foreground or your mind can drift into states of greater calm and tranquility. You can also do your own meditation practice during this retreat if you so choose.
During this 3-day retreat, Jason will give talks on meditation practice and the Buddha’s Teaching from a more or less Secular Buddhist perspective. There will be daily group interviews, as well as optional individual interviews, and opportunities to ask questions about meditation practice. The meditation sittings will be in the thirty to forty-minute range, with time set aside after each sitting for journal writing.

Teacher: Jason Siff (USA)
Time and dates: 4:00 p.m. Friday 4 December – 3:00 p.m. Sunday 6 December 2015
Location: St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill
Cost: $310 + Dana
To register: Please deposit the full amount into the Auckland Insight Bank Account 38 9016 0787208 01 using your name as a reference and email
Jason Siff’s New Zealand visit is being supported by Aotearoa Buddhist Education Trust

Introduction to Insight Dialogue: Relational Insight Meditation workshop

Insight Dialogue is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings the mindfulness and tranquility of traditional silent meditation into our experience with others. Resting on the foundation of traditional Buddhist teachings, this practice offers a way to integrate our dedication to a path of wisdom and compassion with our relational lives.
Following an introductory talk about the practice and meditation guidelines of Insight Dialogue, participants will be invited into dyads (pairs) and meditation practice together.
For more information about the practice of Insight Dialogue, please see
This workshop is best suited to people with an established meditation practice.
Teacher: Jill Shepherd
Date: Saturday 5 March 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NOTE: Because the Insight Dialogue guidelines will be taught in sequence and much of the meditation is done in pairs, please plan to arrive on time and stay for the entire day
Place: Dunottar Hall 175 Garnet Road Westmere
Cost: $30 + dana*

Insight Meditation residential weekend retreat - March 2016

Insight meditation harnesses the power of mindfulness to develop understanding in all aspects of our lives, which leads to greater ease, happiness, and peace of mind.

In this two-day residential insight meditation retreat we will explore a range of different mindfulness techniques through guided and silent sitting meditation, walking meditation, dyad practice, group discussion and optional individual meetings with the teacher.

This retreat is best suited to people with an established insight meditation / mindfulness practice.

Teacher: Jill Shepherd

Time and dates: 5:30 p.m. Friday 18 March – 5:00 p.m. Sunday 20 March 2016

Note: In support of your own and the group’s practice, please make a commitment to arrive on time and stay for the entire weekend.

Location: St Francis Retreat Centre, 50 Hillsborough Road, Mt Roskill

Cost: sliding scale $325/260/195 + dana*

To register:


There are a number of communities and individuals who practise insight meditation, as well as people who teach it, in Aotearoa New Zealand.

This website lets you know who they are and where they can be found, as well as where you can find sitting groups, learn to meditate, and sign up for retreats.

Contact the community or person nearest to you to find out more.

A Thought for Today

Dwelling in stillness and looking inward for some part of each day, we touch what is most real and reliable in ourselves and most easily overlooked and underdeveloped.

— Jon Kabat-Zinn, "Wherever You Go There You Are"