Fortnightly meetings, Sawtell Zendo and Zoom
Every second Sunday from 9.45 am-12 noon at the Sawtell CWA Hall (21 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell), or via Zoom - check the calendar.
Tuesday Morning Guided Meditations, Zoom
The popular Morning Guided Meditations will re-commence again next year on Tuesday mornings on the 2 February (the day had to be changed because of other commitments).
The time will remain the same as last year: check-in from 7:45am for a 8am start, finishing no later than 8:45am. Andrew will be co-facilitating the morning meditations with OzZen members Dr Jed Blore and Dr Rhys Price-Robertson, who have kindly volunteered their services to co- facilitate under my supervision. Many of you would have met Jed and Rhys on the Zoom sessions this year. Both Jed and Rhys live in Victoria and are experienced therapists and meditators.
Use this Zoom link (Meeting ID: 492 917 3299).
I encourage everyone to attend our Tuesday Morning Meditation sessions for a great start to the week.
Zen Precepts Study Group
Every second Wednesday evening from 7pm - 8.30pm, commencing with 25 min zazen, followed by discussion.
Co-facilitators: Andrew Tootell & Malcolm Martin
Individual interviews on Zen practice for OzZen Members
Andrew will be available for OzZen Members via Zoom or Telephone for individual interviews on Zen practice (calls limited to 15 mins) every second Tuesday from 9.30 - 11.30am, commencing on the 10 March 2021.
Book your appointment
There will be a residential event in 2021.
Yarrawarra Aboriginal Cultural Centre, 69 Red Rock Road, Corindi Beach, NSW 2456.
Arrive Wednesday from 4pm 3 November and leave after lunch on Sunday 7th November.
For details of all meetings, discussion groups and retreats please view the 2021 Ordinary Mind Zen Calendar linked above.
All OzZen offerings are freely given to allow access to all people regardless of income. If you are able to give financial support, please access the donation button on the OzZen website under the Events section.
Rhys lives in Central Victoria with his partner, two young sons, and a growing flock of chickens. He recently started a private practice as a Gestalt therapist, and is also the Editor of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Journal of Australia. The first book on meditation that Rhys ever read was Charlotte Joko Beck’s Everyday Zen. Before learning from Andrew, he practised in the Theravāda tradition and with the US teacher Jason Siff.
Jed is a social worker, research scientist, and mental health practitioner in Melbourne, Australia. Jed has also been a meditator in the Theravāda tradition since 2015, attending retreats, sittings, and lectures with a variety of teachers, including Sharon Salzberg, Mark Epstein, John Welwood, Phillip Moffitt, and Tara Brach. In 2020 Jed came across Barry Magid in Tricycle magazine, which transformed his meditation practice. Jed sat with Barry and the Ordinary Mind Zen School in NYC via Zoom, and then heard of Barry's Australian dharma successor, Andrew Tootell, on the OMZ NYC podcast. Jed began sitting with Andrew's OMZ group based in NSW, and began a teacher-student relationship with Andrew. Since 2016, Jed has facilitated mindfulness groups in prisons, rehabs, counselling centers, and hospitals.
Malcolm Martin is a dharma heir of Barry Magid and founded Ordinary Mind Zendo UK in 2019, and is the only Ordinary Mind teacher working in the UK. Malcolm has been leading Buddhist groups in UK prisons for the last eight years, and it was through this work that he was given authorisation to teach by Barry Magid in 2018, and Denkai transmission in 2019. He is a member of the Lay Zen Teachers’ Association, and also an ordained lay member of the Order of Interbeing (The Plum Village Tradition) founded by Thich Nhat Hanh. For the last twenty years he has worked with his partner, Gaynor Dowling, as sculptors in wood. Their work can be seen at martinanddowling.art. They live and work in Gloucestershire’s Cotswold Hills with their dog, Sam, and their cat, Rupert. They have two adult daughters.
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CWA Hall, 21 Elizabeth Street, Sawtell