Semdzin Retreat at Namgyalgar South, NSW, Australia

January 4-7, 2015

by Graeme Horner

 

Group photo

Group photo

In the peaceful environment of the temperate Eucalypt and Cycad bush setting of Namgyalgar South, with fresh cooling air blowing down from Mt. Gulaga, up to 18 practitioners attended a Semdzin Retreat in perfect summer weather.

Elise Stutchbury, authorised Santi Maha Sangha base teacher, led the retreat , benefiting all with her knowledge, understanding and experience of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s teachings on the 7 Semdzins. Retreatants were able to spread out in the great spacious bushland to find a quiet place to give full voice to, observe and experience the effects of the practices.

The nearby surf beaches offered cool, refreshing relief during the hot afternoon break and the world’s best gelato in Bermagui.

Vajra Dance practice and Yantra Yoga retreats are to follow over the next two weeks. During this time Namgyalgar South will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Chögyal Namkhai Norbu’s first Dzogchen teaching in Australia – January 15, 1985, Sydney – and appreciate the resulting uptake and development of the Dzogchen teachings and Community throughout Australia.

Refer to the following URL’s for video histories:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VlgOeGVM4s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrHCcXvIhI4

 

Rinpoche's house through the mist

Rinpoche’s house through the mist

 

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Elise Stutchbury - SMS Instructor

Elise Stutchbury – SMS Instructor

Tom Fielding practicing

Tom Fielding practicing

Barbara Robertson practicing in the bush

Barbara Robertson practicing in the bush

(l to r) Lynn Geary, Vajra Dance Instructor, Elise and Jenny O'Donnell

(l to r) Lynn Geary, Vajra Dance Instructor, Elise and Jenny O’Donnell

Group studying with Elise

Group studying with Elise