About This Event
Explore a range of Divine Masculine and Feminine Archetypes in a beautiful Western Australian setting.
Learn about ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Norse gods and goddesses in their healing forms. This is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your knowledge on a western form of meditation, empowerment and transformation.
Archetype means original potent form. What is the difference between a myth and an archetype? A myth is something written down from many years ago, where an archetype is a living conciousness that exists within you, as part of your capacity as a human being, and around you in your environment.
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Odin (Wōden), for whom the day Wednesday was named. Known as a seer and seeker of great knowledge, Odin gave up his eye for wisdom, and in doing so he saw the unity in all things. Chief of the Nordic gods, Odin is a wanderer, patron of rulers and outcasts. Odin has two raven companions, Huginn (thought) and Muninn (memory or mind), who bring him information from all over the world. He rides the flying, eight-legged horse Sleipnir, who climbs and gallops across the sky. Odin is also accompanied by his animal companions or guides, the wolves Geri and Freki, whose names signify hunger. Odin has plenty to teach us.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote of how important it is ‘to keep the heart awake to love and beauty.’ Love is healing – to feel loved is to feel divine. This very human impulse to love, and be loved, is the honouring of the goddess Aphrodite. In Ancient Greece (and through her counterpart goddess Venus in Ancient Rome) this spiritual love was honoured in a higher form, and many temples were built in her name. These places had an atmosphere which cultivated healing for what weighed on people’s hearts. It is possible to still feel this healing experience now.
It has been said that ‘Justice is a woman satisfied’. Many ancient texts speak of the divine feminine and masculine energy dwelling in people of all genders. To consciously house these energies is to be empowered in wisdom. By integrating what is unknown in our shadow, we can then create a life filled with compassionate understanding. Humans can then empathise more easily with others, and life can contain less suffering. In Ancient Greece, the goddess of wisdom was known as Athena. As a strategist and protector, she was called to help on battlefields. Carved on Athena’s statues are many symbols which explain a path to protecting and healing your heart, body, and mind. All you need is the key.
The ability to protect oneself and provide nourishment resonates with our fundamental survival instinct. Many would say that we need the wisdom of this goddess of the hunt more than ever. As we explore Artemis further, are we ready for her challenge? ‘Stop complaining and start aiming!’ Artemis is the goddess of the forests and mountainous wildlands. A moon goddess, she is a protector in childbirth, of nine-year-old girls (who were called her “little she bears”) and relieving women’s ill health. Always virginal, she was self-wed, free to roam and be true to herself. To connect with the qualities of Artemis within yourself is to ‘come alive again’ and have sharp, clear mental focus.
The Retreat Team
Mira Riddiford is a meditation and mindfulness teacher who runs retreats and series in New Zealand. Her online classes have participants joining from North America, Europe, and Asia. With more than 20 years of daily practice, Mira has been trained through retreat work, study and apprenticeship in the Namgyal Rinpoche stream of teachings. She has a close ongoing relationship/association with the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre and the Auckland Sphere Group.
Having worked in creative fields, Mira understands how mindfulness can enhance the arts, and she is respectful of diversity in all its forms. Mira focusses on the relevance of mindfulness in modern daily living, and how it can help bring about calm and well being. She specialises in making teachings on Western Mysteries, Archetypal integration and Non-Duality available, and clear to students who are new to these subjects. Her contemporary warm and engaging style breathes life into these meditation teachings.
Mira is passionate about what we can learn from these ancient gods and goddesses and how these teachings can work as a map for personal development. You can find out more about her work here: (contact info blocked)
For the fifth year running, we are blessed to have the experience of Scottish sculpturist Louise joining us and managing the retreat. Previously the office caretaker at the Wangapeka for a year and a half, Louise is a fount of knowledge about the centre. Contact her for any further enquiries about the retreat:
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On this retreat we will have a holistic understanding of wellbeing for body and mind. We are delighted to announce Ronnie will bring her warmth and good humour to creating delicious, tasty and healthy meals for us.
Cost for the retreat
Course fee: $399
These figures include food and resources. They don’t include any dana/donation to Mira for the teachings she will impart, or accommodation at Origins which is also by donation.
Dana (donation) to Mira for her teachings
So people from different income brackets can benefit from this retreat, no set fee is put on the teachings. Please give generously according to your means, taking into account Mira has a family to provide for and that meditation teachings are her primary income, you could use as a guide $20 – $60 per day (with the understanding that everyone’s circumstances are different). Please bring cash to pay for the Dana.
Dana (donation) to Origins Retreat Centre
The Origins Centre operates on a philosophy of mutual respect, support, and goodwill, known as dana. Dana is the spirit of generosity and can be expressed in many ways. The Centre functions successfully through freely given donations of money, in-kind contributions and gifts of service.
As a charitable not-for-profit NGO, we rely on the goodwill of the community and those staying here. Because dana expresses both giving and receiving, it doesn’t imply a one-way donation. People support the Centre because they are themselves supported here and because they want to extend the offering to others as well. Dana enables individuals and groups to support each other in a flexible, inclusive way that supports freedom and responsibility.
“Wow! The meditation retreat with Mira Riddiford was so incredibly powerful & transformational for me. I spent the entire week in my own private hut which allowed me to deeply explore my mind, body & spirit. Meditating on gods, goddesses & tarot card archetypes opened me up to new ways of being. Almost like I could create myself & BE anyway I choose in each moment. I feel like I was reborn. On top of the transformation that was happening inside, I felt immense peace being surrounded by nature on the outside. Mira’s teachings were thoughtful yet playful. Her strong presence, intuition & wisdom created a safe, loving space where everyone’s needs were acknowledged. She is a powerhouse Wonder Woman. A truly amazing retreat to be on.” – L. Hill
- Discover more about familiar European gods and goddesses such as Athena, Aphrodite, Artemis, Apollo, Pan, Mercury, and Odin, along with lesser-known yet potent ones such as: Hygeia, Freyja, Hathor, Isis, Osiris, young Dionysus, Mithras and the great mother Cybele
- Experience for yourself methods that will help create a deeper, more intimate understanding of their healing powers
- Through art history, be fascinated to learn the hidden symbolism of gods and goddesses
- A meditation text similar in structure to a sadhana (though with short latin and greek mantras) will be given for the Roman god Mithras, an archetype (meaning pure form) of victory and friendship; and also the Greek god Pan, an archetype of joy and nature: mountain wilds, fields, groves and wooded glens
- All will be explained thoroughly, so there will be no problem in understanding for people new to this practice. Beginners to advanced meditators welcomed
- There will be plenty of time between class times to practice or to let your mind and body rest
- The retreat will be in refreshing silence other than class times, and teacher/student interviews. This will help calm our busy minds, in order to absorb the peace of this healing environment, and allow us to listen genuinely to ourselves and the natural world around us.
7am – 8am: Breakfast
1pm: Lunch, main meal of the day cooked by Ronnie and helpers
3pm: Afternoon class (optional: either follow-on class from the morning or guided group activity on creativity)
6pm: Light supper cooked by Ronnie and helpers
7.30pm: Group meditation sit
Venue HighlightsThe Centre is quiet, beautiful and inspiring. Many different groups and individuals seek to contribute to the common good, and all are welcome here. Activists come to recover and renew; many people come for mindfulness training. Artists come here to write, rehearse, paint or simply soak up the atmosphere. Students come to study away from distraction.
Regularly we welcome travellers, and many nationalities have enriched the Centre with their contributions. As we are situated right on the Bibbulmun track, lots of walkers stop here to rest.
In 1983, the property was generously donated to Origins Centre, a WA group interested in Buddhist ideas and practices. Although retreats and Buddhist study groups have always been held here, the Origins Centre has now evolved into a universal, inclusive and practical place open to the community.
AccommodationsEach person will have the benefit of a private room, with a shared bathroom. Please bring your own towels and unscented toiletries.
- Free Parking
- Yoga Studio
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free
Menu/CuisineOn this retreat we will have a holistic understanding of wellbeing for body and mind. We are delighted to announce Ronnie will bring her warmth and good humour to creating delicious, tasty and healthy meals for us.
Directions153-157 Jayes Road, Balingup.
The Origins Centre is located approximately 3 hours drive southwest of Perth. From Bunbury, turn down the South Western Highway in the direction of Donnybrook. Cross over the little bridge into Balingup and turn left on Jayes Rd (opposite the General Store). After 1.1 km. there is a sign for the Origins Centre on the left. Follow the sign to the parking lot.
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