Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation near Euroa, Victoria

with Acharya Samten Kobelt

January 5th—February 3rd

Date details +
  • $2295 Full Price
  • $1895 Concession Rate
  • ($25.00 Material Fee included in each price.)
Room: Another room

Summer Dathün: A Month of Meditation with Acharya Samten Kobelt

5 January - 3 February 2018

A dathün, Tibetan for “moon session” is an in-depth introduction to and deepening of the mindfulness-awareness meditation technique. Doing this practice transforms how we relate to ourselves and everyday life by allowing us to get to know our mind and patterns.

Dathüns also explore the Shambhala principle of basic goodness -- that we are all, at the core, worthy and complete. Learning this principle is a journey whereby we make friends with who we are and draw out our inherent fearlessness.

From this point of view, meditation is not a tool to fix ourselves or improve our abilities. Rather, it is a direct path to connecting with our fundamental wisdom.

As the daily meditation practice and routine of this retreat unfolds, we will discover an atmosphere in which we can trust in the experience of truly feeling ourselves, the natural world, and human society.

This Retreat Includes:
Sitting and walking meditation
Individual meditation instruction
Talks by senior teachers
Study periods
Silence practice

Sample Schedule

7:00am Early Morning Practice Session

8:00am Oryoki-style* Breakfast

9:00am Morning Practice Session
12:30pm Oryoki-style* Lunch
1:30pm Work Period
3:00pm Afternoon Practice Session
4:00pm Tea Break
4:30pm Late Afternoon Practice 
6:00pm Oryoki-style* Dinner
7:00pm Evening Practice Session
9:00pm End of Day


* Oryoki ("just enough") synchronises mind and body by bringing mindfulness to how we eat. Eating oryoki-style, in a prescribed manner and sequence, follows a tradition that began in Zen Buddhist monasteries.

Additional Information:

Participants may attend the first week (8 nights), the first two weeks (15 nights), or the full retreat (29). This retreat fulfills the dathün practice requirement for the Shambhala Buddhist path.

The retreat is open to new and experienced meditators. If you are new to meditation, you will have the opportunity to speak with a teacher or meditation instructor before the retreat to find out more about what to expect. 


About Acharya Samten Kobelt

Samten Kobelt grew up near Zurich, Switzerland where he again resides since 2013. In 1984 he met the Shambhala teachings at Naropa University and started practicing. He met Trungpa Rinpoche in Germany in 1985 and became his student. Samten spent 10 years at the major Shambhala land centers in North America where he became a student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. 

Samten has been interested in the mind-body connection and its application in society since he started meditating. He is practicing and teaching Contemplative Dance Practice, developed by Barbara Dilley; Lujong (Tibetan Yoga) transmitted by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche; Bugaku (Japanese Court Dance) from Togi Sensei through Arawana Hayashi; and Qigong in the lineage of Eva Wong.


Program fee includes meals. 


Full Fee  


Full Dathün 29 nights  



Half Dathun 15 nights



Weekthun 8 nights



*Concession fees are intended for people who are full-time students, on pensions/health care cards or on low income (under $40,000, i.e. 50% of 2016 median Australian income).

Heart Gift

It is traditional for students to offer a monetary gift to the teacher in appreciation for receiving the teachings, and in recognition of the years of training and understanding the teacher has cultivated. There will be an opportunity to offer a heart gift at the program.


Accommodation is available in shared dorm rooms, single rooms, or single ensuites.

Single ensuite rooms are limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, with preference given to participants attending the full dathun. Reservation of an ensuite room requires a 50% deposit toward accommodation. 

Students are requested to bring their own bedding. Laundry facilities are available.

If bringing your own bedding is not possible (particularly for international travellers) please let us know at registration and we will aim to make other suitable arrangements. 

Camping and caravan sites are also available, and are charged at the shared room rate per person.


Shared room


Single Ensuite

Full Dathün 29 nights  




Half Dathun 15 nights




Weekthun 8 nights




About the Venue

The dathün will take place at a peaceful residential retreat centre outside of Euroa, Victoria, 1.5 hours north-east of Melbourne at the foot of the Strathbogie ranges.

The closest airport is Tullamarine in Melbourne. There is also a train station at Euroa. 

If you are planning to fly into Melbourne the morning of the 5th, you are advised to arrive no later than mid-morning to allow transport time to the retreat centre. 

If there is enough interest, we will arrange for a bus from Tullamarine Airport to the venue early afternoon on 5 June, for a small fee. We will provide more information on this option closer to the date. 

Materials for the retreat

Oryoki Sets

Participants will need an oryoki set for use during oryoki-style meals. We will have sets available for purchase or rent (maximum $60).

Study Materials: $25


Registration requires a deposit of AUD $370. 

Full payment is required by no later than 30 November, 2017 unless other arrangements have been agreed.

NOTE: We have extended the registration deadline until 14 December, 2017. If you are contemplating attending, please also contact Jeff Herd on [email protected] so we are aware of this possibility.

Deposits are non-refundable after 30 November 2017 except in exceptional circumstances.

Please pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) payment to our bank account.

Account Name: Shambhala Australia

BSB: 033 686

Account Number:55.9490

Use 'Dathun.Yourname' as the payment reference.

Credit card payments will be processed through paypal and will incur an additional fee. If you would prefer to pay by credit card, please contact Sue DiPietro at [email protected] to receive paypal details.

Financial Assistance

We endeavor to make Shambhala programs accessible to people in all circumstances. We can offer several options for overcoming financial obstacles. 

Please contact Jeff Herd at [email protected] for more information about payment plans or financial assistance to attend the program.


Please note that there are separate registration pages for the full dathün, half-dathün and weekthün.

You are on the full dathün registration page. 

After you have registered, we will contact you by email for more information about your meditation practice and any medical conditions which might affect your participation.

In the meantime, for queries regarding venue, transport or accommodation, please contact Jeff Herd at [email protected]

For queries regarding the program, please contact Charlotte Brookes at [email protected]