Spiritual Care With the Dying Retreat

– Compassion in Action –

An intensive retreat held over six days – focusing on understanding death and dying from a spiritual perspective, based on the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and its application to end of life care.

During the retreat we will explore:

  • the spiritual needs of the dying
  • practical skills in compassionate care and support of the dying and their families
  • meditative and contemplative practices related to spiritually preparing for death and spiritual practices used at the time of death
  • developing an understanding of issues connected with letting go, transforming suffering, loving kindness and compassion
  • building and deepening one’s own spiritual practice

This retreat will be deeply experiential – we will be applying all of the principles discussed to our own lives as well as the lives of others, with the understanding that the more we face and prepare for our own death, the more present we can be with others in preparing for theirs.

Venue: Springbrook Theosophical Retreat Centre, Springbrook, Qld.
Accommodation: Single rooms with shared bathrooms.
Meals: All meals will be vegetarian. Gluten-free and dairy free needs catered for.

Course Fee: $650.00 (Can be paid in instalments.)

Retreat Dates: 18th – 23rd February 2021

Thursday 18th February: Registration from 2.30pm
Tuesday 23rd February: Retreat finishes at 3.30pm

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About the Venue

The Springbrook Theosophical Retreat Centre is a lovely and simple retreat centre in the mountains behind the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Staying in retreat provides an opportunity to spend time in a beautiful natural environment without the usual distractions, and to use this time in the most meaningful way.

The program will include a combination of presentations, meditations, discussions, reflection and other experiential exercises. We will be basing this on a Buddhist understanding of death, looking at how aspects of this understanding can be applied in a general way for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists.

The retreat is open to everyone.

Retreat Application Process:

If you are interested in attending the retreat, please complete the registration of interest form at the bottom of the page.

For more information Phone: 07-3632 8300 or Email: karuna@karuna.org.au

Please note that numbers are limited so you are advised to book early as the retreat will fill quickly.



About the Facilitator

Tenzin Chodron is a Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition who has studied Buddhist philosophy and worked in Spiritual Care for Karuna Hospice Service during the past 20 years. In addition, Chodron has many years’ experience as a social worker, counsellor, group facilitator and presenter.

Spiritual Care With the Dying has been offered by Karuna each year over the past 10 years. It is now held in Queensland annually and has also been offered in other states of Australia.

Many nurses, doctors, social workers, counsellors, palliative care volunteers, chaplains, carers, those with a life-threatening illness, and others interested in the area of death and dying have attended.

Register your interest by completing the form below (please fill every box).

    If you would like to speak with us directly please call (07) 3632 8300