What Happens at a Retreat?

Our Yoga in Daily Life Retreat in the Yarra Valley has an easy going welcoming atmosphere. In such an intentional community where people who have not met before come together with at least the one common interest of yoga the vibe is always friendly, open and accepting.

So this is how it is... 

The venue is a retreat centre near Healesville. Set in a very peaceful setting which provides us with an opportunity to experience the beauty and simplicity of the native bush. It is nestled on 100 acres of the treed foothills of the Yarra Ranges overlooking the beautiful Yarra Valley. Kangaroos come very close and there are heaps of them at dawn and dusk. Magnificent bird life with magpies being the only dangerous creature to avoid! 

The spacious bedrooms have 3 or 4 bunks and we put maximum 1 person per bunk (so its 3 - 4 people max per room). Each room has its own ensuite. Rooms are heated. 

There is a seperate building that is just a large carpeted hall where most of the programs take place. The dining room doubles as a second yoga room so we can offer two levels or types of classes at the same time to cater for your needs and interests.

The program:
On the Friday night our aim is to settle everyone in. We serve a warm & nourishing dinner. There is a welcome, some get to know each other and orientation for the rest of the weekend. Swami Jasraj Puri will offer a short introduction and guided meditation.
9.30pm early night for a good sleep 

6.30am pranayam and meditation session lead by our guest yogi Swami Jasraj Puri.
His insights and guidance will help quieten the mind and release inner tensions.
7.30am light breakfast
9.15am guided walk in the lovely surrounds 
10am asana (yoga) class where you will have a choice of
                        > slow and deep class lead by Swami Jasraj
                        > uplifting flow class lead by Gita
11.15am yoga nidra 
12.30pm a delicious, nourishing, satisfying lunch & dessert

free time
4.30pm mini workshops designed with a focus and offering deeper insight, where you choose that which you are interested in
                      > how to prepare for and mechanics of pranayam & meditation with Swami Jasraj Puri

                      > hips & heart with Miranda
                      > balance with Purnima
6pm dinner & dessert. Meal times are quite sociable. The food is always nothing short of fantastic! As an organiser I hear happy chatter and a lot of laughing!
8pm Evening Satsang lead by Swami Jasraj
9.30pm bed

Sunday sort of, but not exactly, the same as Saturday ... 
6.30 - 7.15am pranayam and meditation lead by Swami Jasraj Puri. 

7.30am light breakfast
9.15am guided walk in the lovely surrounds
10am asana (yoga) class where you will have a choice of
                    > slow and deep class lead by Miranda
                    > uplifting flow class lead by Purnima
11.15am Conversations with a Yogi facilited by Swami Jasraj
12.30pm a delicious, nourishing, satisfying lunch & dessert
2pm Yoga nidra lead by Purnima
pack up
3.30pm end of the retreat

View images from previous years retreat 2013 > here  & 2014 >here

About Mahamandaleshwar Swami Jasraj Puri

Swami Jasraj Puri is a highly respected and very inspiring yogi. He is the long-time disciple of Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda, author of the Scientific System of Yoga in Daily Life and the Sri Alakpuriji Siddha Peet Parampara. 
Originally from Sydney, he has been living in India and immersing himself in the yogic life for the past 20 years and this has contributed to his deep insight and experiences. With his western background we have have the unique opportunity to learn from someone who can offer these valuable ancient teachings in a modern, relevant context & clear, down to earth manner.

What people say about our retreats
• Everything was GREAT!!! Thanks
• A beneficial break from the city to focus on the body and soul in nature. Nourishing, energising, good for body and soul!
• The yoga classes were amazing + loved the relaxation too. + also the food!! Oh and the panel discussion. 
• Enjoyable, relaxing, physically stimulating, spiritually stimulating! Especially the yoga sessions and deep relaxation. And the time to enjoy it over a whole weekend.
• The entire program was nourishing and enlightening and I got to spend the weekend with some great people.
• The program was terrific! I really enjoyed the meditation & yoga & found the talks very thought provoking. Amazing experience! The food was also just incredible – thank you.
• Absolutely loved it – it has improved my wellbeing and given me the motivation / resource to further my practice. Relaxing, reflective and recharging.
• Very easy going and welcoming.
• As I went last year I expected it would be fabulous … and it was!

DATE: Weekend Fri 9 – Sun 11 October
Registration Friday evening 5 - 7pm. finishes Sunday 4pm.

COST: $350 full $295 concession includes all retreat programs, meals & shared accommodation.
10% discount for groups of 3 or more (which makes it $315pp or $265.50)
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