Please note, this program is subject to change as there may be some unforseen circumstances.
Day 1 - Friday 11 March
Fly to Uluru (Ayers Rock) airport and catch the complimentary coach to your accommodation. Settle in, take a look around and prepare yourself for our first evening together.
You are picked up from your accommodation and transported a short distance to the Opening Ceremony venue - The Camel Farm.
With Uluru as the distant backdrop and the red desert sand beneath your feet, make your connection with Venerable Mahinda, other Convention delegates and the Aboriginal people - the Anangu. Surrender to the energy as they welcome you to their Country in the traditional way. This session includes meditation and teachings by Venerable Mahinda.
Connect with the earth in this remote location and enjoy a vegetarian banquet - outback style. This is an adventure into new experiences.
Return to Accommodation
You will be transported back to your accommodation by bus. Have a peaceful slumber - you’ll be up early tomorrow to make your connection with Uluru as she receives the first light of the day.
Day 2 - Saturday 12 March
5.00am Pick up!
You are picked up from your accommodation. Enter the National Park (remember to bring your national parks pass with you) and make your unique connection with Uluru. This morning you will have three choices:
Be on the viewing platform as the first light hits Uluru. Watch her transform before your eyes; be a witness to the kaleidoscope of colour that awakens as she is flooded with light and energy. Uluru reminds us that we too are forever changing. Be still and attune to her energy. Connect as one.
Grade 2 - easy. 2km from Mala carpark to Kuniya carpark. Learn about Lungkata (the blue tongue lizard man) and why you should not take what is not yours. You will also have time to walk to Mutitjulu Waterhole when you reach Kuniya carpark.
7.00am / 7.45am breakfast
7.00am - First sitting option 1 and 2
7.45am - Second sitting option 3
Free Time after breakfast
Return to Yulara You will be transported back to the town square or to your accommodation. This is your time to explore art galleries, gift shops, and the free indigenous activities. Or…you may need some time alone to be still, reflect, and prepare yourself for the afternoon and evening activities.
10.30 Morning Session
Meet at Wanari room - Uluru meeting place.
11.30 Lunch and Metta Sharing
After lunch, join Bhante Mahinda and other delegates for Metta Sharing. Connecting to loving-kindness in our hearts and sharing it with others is what Metta Conventions are about.
3.30pm Bus pick up from Sails in the Desert
If you wish to walk at Kata Tjuta, please board buses first.
4.45pm Sunset at Kata Tjuta
Return to the National Park, this time to Kata Tjuta/Walpa Gorge. Take a gentle walk through the amazing scenery, before watching the entire landscape transform as the sun sets. Gaze in awe at the brilliant array of stars that illuminate a night sky in the desert, far away from the city lights of modern life.
Option 1 - Walpa Gorge (1hr return)
Grade 3 - moderate. 2.6km return. 1hr. Walpa (windy) Gorge is a desert refuge for plants and animals . Kata Tjuta is an Anangu men’s site and is sacred under Tjukurpa (cultural law).
Option 2 - Short walk at own time
Option 3 - Sitting under a desert shelter
Connect with this sacred place mens place.
5.45pm Board bus to viewing area
Sunset Meditation Session
7.30pm Board bus back to Sails in the Desert
8.30pm Dinner Sails in the Desert - Poolside
Day 3 - Sunday 13 March
Breakfast from 6.00am onwards
Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at your chosen accomodation. From there it’s just a short walk to the Tjungu Ballroom at the Meeting Place where we will spend the day.
Hall Opens for convention
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9.00am Metta Light the World presentation
9.10am Venerable Mahinda - Meditation
9.40am Dr Shane Houston - Nurturing Spirit
10.25am Dr Susan Murphy Roshi - May all beings be at ease. Bringing loving kindness down to Earth.
Afternoon session 1
12.30pm Songs by the Aloka Children’s Choir
Song performed by Venerable Heng Sure
12.45pm Uncle Max Dulumunmun Harrison - Communicating from the Heart
1.30pm Dr Charika Marasinghe - Awakening with the community
2.15 Afternoon Tea
Afternoon session 2
2.45pm Alison Hunt - Cultural values and traditional customs. Rights of the land.
3.30pm Venerable Mahinda - Spirituality from the Heart.
4.15pm Panel discussion
5.00pm Closing Ceremony
Day 4 - Monday 14 March
Final breakfast and departure
Enjoy breakfast before returning home or taking the post-convention tour.
To promote the widespread practice of Metta and to bring like-minded people together through acts of compassionate love.