Information for the New Year Yoga Retreat 2017/18

Thank you for your interest in our New Year Yoga Retreat at Otford Valley NSW.
Due to its popularity, this is the 8th year we've been offering the New Year Retreat as people seek a relaxing, healthy, natural holiday style leading up to and celebrating this special occasion.

See photos from previous New Year retreats 2014 2015 & 2016 for some images to match with the following words ...

Recharge, Relax and Rejoice

Wednesday 27 December 2017 - Tuesday 2 January 2018

This New Year Yoga Retreat is designed specifically for this auspicious time of year giving the space to let go of the old and embrace the new. It offers an opportunity for you to reconnect with body, mind and spirit and reignite your inner spark. A balanced combination of yoga, meditation, pranayama, yoga nidra (deep relaxation), delicious vegetarian meals and more within the beautiful surrounds of the Royal National Park and the pristine South Coast beaches. Altogether it is the perfect way to start the New Year and bring back that feeling of health, happiness and clarity.

Swami Jasraj PuriThis year we welcome special guest yogi Mahamandaleshwar Swami Jasraj Puri to our retreat. Australian born, from 1996 to this year Swami Jasraj was living in India at the Yoga in Daily Life ashram in Rajasthan and also spent time studying and practicing in the Himalayas. Currently he is teaching at Yoga in Daily Life Brisbane. 

Swami Jasraj is a highly respected and inspiring yogi whose immersion in the authentic yogic practices and life in India has contributed to his deep insight and experiences. With his western background we have the unique opportunity to learn from someone who can offer us these valuable ancient teachings in a modern and relevant context in a clear, down to earth manner. He will add a whole new awesome dimension to our New Year Retreat!

all included in the cost
** Please note you need to bring your own yoga mat.
6 - 8am yoga & meditation class either at the venue or the grass area next to Stanwell Park beach with time for a dip in the ocean!
8am breakfast
10am 3 x morning workshops with MM Swami Jasraj Puri
          1 x waterfall adventure in the national park*
          2 x pre & post New Year prep & follow up sessions
12.30pm lunch
free time
3.30pm yoga nidra (guided deep relaxation)
4.30pm yoga & pranayama class with an inspiring & informative focus
6pm dinner
7.30 - 8.30pm satsang and meditation
Also included is: time by yourself, time with others and periods of silence. Bush walks, ocean swims & New Years Eve bonfire and ritual. 

The system of Yoga we teach is called Yoga in Daily Life which was developed by Paramhans Swami Maheshwarananda (Vishwaguruji), an authentic Yoga Master who hails from a long linage of great Indian Masters. While completely true to the authentic tradition of classical Yoga, it is designed to meet the needs of our modern times. It is a holistic system of health, encompassing the science of body, mind, consciousness and soul. For those new to Yoga in Daily Life I can describe it as a classical hatha style. And people of all levels of yoga experience are welcome to this retreat.

THE RETREAT VENUE: is Govinda Valley Retreat Centre. 1.10 hours drive south of Sydney CBD.
The venue has a large, light filled hall for practicing yoga (see photo), a large dining room and expansive gardens, and close to bush walking tracks, the beach and recreation areas.
You can expect cleanliness, spaciousness, grand views, clean coastal waters and privacy.
The Food: All meals are wholesome, delicious, abundant vegetarian fare. Prepared fresh daily and based on Ayurvedic nutrition. 
The hall: Yoga in Daily Life New Year Retreat

There are 3 options - 
1. a limited number of twin share rooms with ensuites. They are a similar to hotel rooms only more homely and with windows that look out onto the garden. You can have it to yourself or share with 1 person. Linen & towels are provided.
2. lovely share rooms for up to 2 people. Comfy single beds, each with its own bedside table and lamp. The door walks you out to the garden and lawn area. The rooms are close to the share bathrooms. See photo below. Linen is provided but you need to bring your own towel.
3. Camping. BYO Tent, bedding etc. The perfect budget option and also great if you'd prefer your own room. There are expansive well kept grounds around the buildings for this & you'll be close to the local wildlife such as the deer.  See photo. 
The shared rooms and campers use the same bathrooms that are cleaned daily.
Dorm Room: Yoga in Daily Life New Year Retreat Camping: Yoga in Daily Life New Year Retreat

DATE: Wednesday 27 December 2017 to Tuesday 2 January 2018.
Registration is Wednesday after 3pm. At 3.45pm there will be a welcome circle followed by a short yoga nidra, gentle warm up yoga class and then dinner at 6pm.
The retreat closes with lunch on Tuesday.
We understand that some people may need to return to work on Tuesday, so it is possible to finish with lunch on Monday for anyone in a share room or camping. Contact us to discuss.

Ensuite Room single occupancy $2305  { there is 1 ensuite room remaining that can be either for single occupancy or twin share }
Twin share room with ensuite $1780 per person
Shared room (share bathroom) $1420 per person
Camping (BYO tent etc)(share bathroom) $995 per person
INCLUDES all yoga programs, all meals and accommodation
Been to one of our retreats before? $100 off for returning *
Extras not included in the cost.
 * A massage service may be offered by the venue. 1 hour $80. 1.5hours $110
 * A waterfall adventure! We'll car pool & each car will need to pay the approx $11 entry fee into the Royal National Park.

GETTING THERE: You can drive or get a train on the South Coast line and get off at Otford station. We will pick you up from there. Coming from interstate? Its easy to connect from Sydney airport to the train.

I N T E R E S T E D ? Here is how to book in ...

If you have any questions please contact Gita t: 03 9427 0977 email: 

by emailing the answers to these questions to 

  • Name
  • Male / Female
  • Email Address
  • Mobile Phone Number
  • City / Town and State of Residence
  • What is your level of yoga experience?
  • Do you have any food allergies or intolerances? What are they?
  • Have you done a class or retreat with Yoga in Daily Life before? If yes, where & when?
  • Do you have a medical condition that we should know about, such as high or low blood pressure, diabetes, depression, arthritis, sore back, neck, knees, any recent accident or operation etc ? This information will be kept confidential and will assist the retreat organisers and teachers to adapt the classes.
  • How did you hear about this retreat?

Full payment is required with your booking. 

EFT: to Yoga in Daily Life Australia   ANZ Bank  BSB 014245  ACC 397931929  with reference of YOUR NAME and NYR. Please also let us know the date you made the transfer.

CREDIT CARD payments can be made online through YIDL Brisbane > here 

By registering you have agreed to the t's & c's (see below).

Once we have received everything we will send you a receipt and confirmation letter that includes detailed directions how to get to the venue, a list of what to pack and emergency contact numbers.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS - please read carefully - 
PAYMENT Yoga in Daily Life cannot guarantee a place until full payment is received. 
only available for people attending the whole retreat
Cancellations made before 1 December a refund will be given minus a $100 administration fee. Cancellations after this time there will be no refund or transfer.

Alcohol, tobacco, recreational drugs and non vegetarian food stuffs are not to be consumed or brought to the retreat venue. 

DISCLAIMER We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. Medical history forms are to be completed before the retreat, however we also advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
It is essential that retreat participants retain full responsibility for their own physical and general well-being in applying instructions in the guided programs to their own circumstances, and to any other programs including the free time period. Yoga in Daily Life will not accept liability for any injury or loss suffered by retreat participants in their practice, or any other time or activity. 
I understand that I participate in this yoga retreat at my own risk and accept full responsibility for any loss or injury suffered. 
The venue: the description of the premises is given in good faith; no responsibility for misinterpretation will be accepted.

If you have any questions please contact Gita t: 03 9427 0977 email:

Yoga in Daily Life New Year Retreat