November 9, 2014 – November 16, 2014:

“A Contemplative Science of Consciousness”
Modern science has discovered many important facts about the mind by studying it indirectly through the examination of the neural correlates and behavioral expressions of mental processes. The Buddhist science of the mind takes a more direct approach: it seeks to understand the mind and consciousness through direct, sophisticated observation and analysis. This accords with all other branches of the natural sciences, which seek to understand the phenomena under investigation by direct observation, rather than focusing merely on correlated events. In this retreat Alan Wallace will explain three dimensions of consciousness: that of the ordinary mind, or psyche; the underlying, subtle continuum of awareness known as the consciousness; and the deepest, transcendent dimension of primordial consciousness. He will also discuss how each of these dimensions can be experientially discovered through first-person investigation. The retreat will consist of lectures, guided meditations, and discussions.

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Apr 12 2015 - Apr 17 2015
Meditation retreat on the second half of Düdjom Lingpa’s "The Foolish Dharma of an Idiot Clothed in Mud and Feathers."

Dzogchen, or the “Great Perfection,” is regarded by many as the pinnacle of the Buddhist teachings, for it presents the most direct path to realizing our true nature and to unveiling the deepest dimensions of consciousness. In the text taught in this retreat, its author, the 19th-century Dzogchen master Düdjom Lingpa, presents the view, meditation, and way of life of the Great Perfection from his own experience, inspired by his many visions of the “Lake-born Vajra” manifestation of Padmasambhava, who first introduced the teachings of Dzogchen to Tibet in the 8th century. With delightful humility, he describes himself as an old vagabond, ludicrously clothed in mud and feathers, who has shaken his beggar’s satchel and presents these lucid teachings as what came out.

Registration will  open in December 2014:




There will be no 8-week retreat in the Spring of 2015.

June 23, 2015 - July 28, 2015
Cultivating Emotional Balance Teachers Training at St. Joseph's Spirituality and Retreat Centre Kincumber, 91 kilometres north of Sydney, Australia.

Led by B. Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. Dr. Wallace’s instruction on the contemplative elements of this training is from July 7 – 28, and Dr. Ekman’s instruction on the psychological elements of the training are from June 23 – July 7, 2015.

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July 30th 2015 - September 24th, 2015.
Eight- Week Retreat on Stage of Generation, Shamatha, Vipashyana and Mahamudra at Arulen Retreat Center, Queensland, Australia led by B. Alan Wallace. if you like to be put on the waiting list or join the mailing list.



 Retreats are led by B. Alan Wallace, the Fall exclusively by B. Alan Wallave, and the CEB teacher training with Alan Wallace and Eve Ekman. These two retreats are sponsored by Santa Barbara Institute, and hosted by Araluen Retreat Center: and St. Joseph's Retreat Center:



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