Victor von der Heyde

has been practising meditation for forty years. He studied with a wide range of dharma teachers, has spent over two years in silent retreats and has taken dharma teaching roles since the mid 1990s. Victor has an interest helping people understand the varieties of meditation so that they're in a position to choose what works for them. He has had a long term focus on environmental ethics, he spent two decades helping manage a small overseas aid organisation and worked for many years as a counsellor.



Teaching schedule 2017

21st February: Bluegum Sangha, Neutral Bay, Sydney: Longer retreats: a personal story

2nd March: Beaches Sangha, Northern Beaches, Sydney: Soulfulness and Stress

9th March: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction, Sydney: Soulfulness and Stress

21st March: Bluegum Sangha, Neutral Bay, Sydney: Soulfulness and Stress

23rd April: Heart Insight Meditation Group, Brisbane: Friendship as part of Practice

30th April: Heart Insight Meditation Group, Brisbane: Our Attitudes to People We Don't Know

7th May: Heart Insight Meditation Group, Brisbane:Exploring our Attitudes to Nature

24th to 31st May: Insight Meditation: Finding Your Own Way retreat, with Lizzie Turnbull, at Springbrook, on the Gold Coast hinterland. We'll be covering somatic and imaginal practices, compassion meditations, ways of settling the discursive mind, energy body awareness and meditations that help us deconstruct the way we take in the world. Suitable for both new and experienced meditators. More experienced meditators have the option of making it a largely solitary retreat. Bookings now open. Registration form here.

11th June (Sunday): Morning of practice with shared lunch at Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, 223 Dennis Road, Springwood (about 25 to 30 minutes drive south from Brisbane city centre). Arrive between 9:00 and 9:20 for a 9:30 start. There are chairs and some cushions and mats in the meditation hall but if you have your own sitting gear, you might like to bring that. No need to book, please bring a plate for the shared lunch. Lunch will be at 1:00. There'll be three sittings in the morning, half hour breaks for walking meditation and/or tea, and a short talk on "experimenting with the balance of focus and tone in practice".

25th June to 30th July: Six week intermediate level Sunday evening course in Crows Nest, Sydney, called Refining Practice, Refining Views. Run through SIM (Sydney Insight Meditators). Week 1: Our sense of myth and the dharma; Week 2: Insight and samadhi; Week 3: Mindfulness and the energy body; Week 4: Shifting views of metta and mudita: Week 5: Passion and the path; Week 6: Emptiness.

29th June: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Juntion: Solitary Retreats, a Personal Story

26th August: Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, Springwood, Brisbane: Morning of practice with talk: Mindfulness: Constructive Cautions. Program: 10:00 - 10:20 Qigong, 10:30 - 11:10 sit, 11:10 - 11:30 tea, 11:30 talk and discussion. 12:30 lunch (provided by Bodhi Chan).

17th September: Heart Insight Meditation Group Mindfulness: Constructive Cautions

8th to 15th October: Dharma Yatra, with Ronny Hickel: Nightcap National Park and surrounds.

21st October: Bodhi Chan Meditation Centre, Springwood, Brisbane: Morning of practice with talk: Mindfulness of the Energy Body and Spacious Awareness Practice. Program: 10:00 - 10:20 Qigong, 10:30 - 11:10 sit, 11:10 - 11:30 tea, 11:30 talk and discussion. 12:30 lunch for those staying($10, provided by Bodhi Chan)

22nd October: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Longer Retreats: a Personal Story

16th November: Beaches Sangha, Northern Beaches, Sydney: Longer Retreats: a Personal Story

19th November: Sydney Insight Meditators: Morning of Practice at the Hut of the Happy Omen in Cheltenham. Talk and discussion: Experimenting with the Balance of Focus and Tone in Practice.

23rd November: Golden Wattle Sangha, Bondi Junction, Sydney: Mindfulness: Constructive Cautions


2018

14th January: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Working with Feelings/Emotions

21st January: Heart Insight Meditation Group, West End, Brisbane Naikan: Exploring Gratitude

7th February - 14th March: Six week intermediate level Insight Meditation course on Wednesday evenings at Yoga Physio, Auchenflower, Brisbane.

20 to 29 April: Far South Coast (NSW) Dharma Yatra, co-teaching iwth Jenny Taylor. Bookings will open in January or February.

23rd to 30th May: Insight Meditation: Finding Your Own Way, retreat at Theosophical Society Retreat Centre, Springbrook. Co-teacher: Lizzie Turmbull. Registrations should open late January or February.

30 July to 29 August: Supported Solitary Month, Kallara, Strathbogie Ranges.



Audio recordings

2017

Shifting views of Metta and Mudita, 16th July 2017, Intermediate Level course


2016

Eros and Practice - Part 1, 5th June, Heart Insight Group, 23 mins

Eros and Practice - part 2, 12th June, Heart Insight Group, 24 mins

 2015

Common Places where Practitioners Hang their Hat, 15th March, Heart Insight Group, 36 mins

Ethics: Engaged or Marginalised?, 29th March, Heart Insight Group, 33 mins


2014

Reflections on Recollective Awareness, 27th May, Bluegum Sangha, 34 mins


2013

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice  2nd April, Bluegum Sangha, 53 mins.

Attitudes to practice: Factors that contribute to different attitudes and how our attitude can influence what happens (part 1)  19th May, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 27 mins

Attitudes to practice: Factors that contribute to different attitudes and how our attitude can influence what happens (part 2)  26th May, Heart Insight Group, Brisbane, 30 mins

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice - Part 1  16th June, Heart Insight Group, 43 mins

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice - Part 2  23rd June, Heart Insight Group, 36 mins

Ethics, Climate Change and Practice - Part 3  30th June, Heart Insight Group, 19 mins


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