What To Expect On Your Mindfulness Retreat

Here you’ll find all the details you need to know about your mindfulness retreat, including transport options, what to bring and a sample of the daily schedule of the retreat.

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Daily Timetables

This is a sample of a typical daily timetable for the retreats:

5:30 am        Wake Up (to a singing alarm clock)

6:00 am        Morning Yoga class (mindful postures, breathing, meditation)

7:00 am        Breakfast

8:00 am        Group Karma Yoga (mindfulness of action)

9:15 am         Teaching/Practice session

11:00 am      Lunch and Free Time

2:30 pm        Yoga Nidra meditation (On Sundays, 12:00 pm)

3:00 pm        Afternoon Tea

3:30/4 pm    Yoga class or teaching/practice

6:00 pm        Dinner

7:15 pm         Evening Program – which may be meditation, satsang (inspirational talk), inspirational stories, film or kirtan.

8:15 pm to 7:30 am        Mouna (silence)

MIM (Meditation in Motion) Yoga Classes

A MIM yoga class is designed to synchronise body and mind in the present moment. The entire class is designed to  be a moving meditation.

Although classic hatha yoga postures are used, the emphasis in this class is on remaining fully present, embodying the practice of mindfulness in each and every moment (as best we can).

A MIM yoga class is, physically, a gentle to medium strength class. Each class begins with asana (yoga postures), then pranayama (breathing practices) and ends with a sitting meditation – thus allowing the practitioner to move into deeper stillness and steadiness as the class progresses.

Experiential mindfulness training is woven into each class, which serves to cultivate and strengthen awareness in daily life.

The instructions may be only verbal or with very little demonstration. This gives the practitioner an opportunity to internalize awareness and stay attentive to their state of being.

The practice is suitable for all levels of fitness, experience and ability. Options are given to vary the practices according to your needs or to sit out any practice that doesn’t feel okay for you. Even if you’re an absolute beginner you can attend these classes.

If you have special health needs and you feel you may not know how to manage yourself during class, please arrive a little early for the class and let Melli know. Alternatively, let Melli know via email or phone before the retreat.

Karma Yoga

Karma yoga is the practice of mindfulness in action and is practiced daily on most retreats. It involves being mindfully engaged in normal everyday activities. Karma yoga is the most powerful practice for many people who come on retreats as it breaks us out of our  habitual mode of living on ‘autopilot’ and opens up a new appreciation for life.

The morning Karma yoga session includes participating in activities such as housekeeping, gardening, and kitchen, according to one’s capacity.You are also encouraged to join in one of the meal cleanups each day.

Yogic Culture

The retreats are mostly held at the Satyananda Yoga Ashrams and these are places where we will be surrounded by yogic culture. There are full time residents living there who are lovely friendly people. Many are swamis and have chosen a contemplative life. You may observe many of them wearing robes and/or prayer beads. They tirelessly volunteer their time to running the ashram so that others can benefit from discovering the joy of mindful living.

Many residents and guests take part in a short session of chanting to start the day (after breakfast). The chants are usually Sanskrit mantras. This is a totally optional activity – you don’t have to take part. Twice a week (Fridays and Saturdays) there is usually also a havan (fire ceremony) held at the ashram, which again, is totally optional.

Most sessions of the retreat will open and close with the yogic practice of 3 oms. Melli’s retreats respect the yogic environment the retreats are held in, but the teaching is not associated to any one tradition or faith but rather draws from all of them.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is  practiced daily at the ashram. It is a 30-minute meditative practice performed in a lying position. A favourite practice of many guests and residents! You can read more about it here.

Mouna (Periods of Silence)

The spiritual discipline of mouna (silence) is practiced daily within the ashram grounds from 8:15 pm until 7:30 the following morning. This provides the opportunity for self-reflection and inner observation. Some retreats may have longer periods of silence such as the ‘weekends of mindfulness.’

Seating

During the teaching/practice sessions most people choose to sit on the floor with the support of cushions and meditation stools but there also plenty of chairs available, so you’ll be able to feel comfortable no matter what your needs are. Always let us know if there is anything we can do to make you more comfortable.

Food

Three wholesome and delicious meals are served each day, along with morning and afternoon tea of fruit and tea. Meals are vegetarian, and made using a variety of high quality, all-natural ingredients to offer nutritionally sound and tasty meals. Fresh salad greens, herbs and other vegetables are provided daily from our own vegetable garden.

Sample menu for a day…

Breakfast: Brown rice, porridge, stewed fruit, yoghurt, condiments, herb and black tea (dairy milk and soy milk are provided)

Lunch: Red lentil dhal, basmati rice, seasonal mixed vegetables, chutney, mixed fresh garden salad

Dinner: Thai coconut & tofu curry, pappadams, basmati rice, green salad

IMPORTANT: Special dietary requirements

AT THE SATYANANDA MANGROVE MOUNTAIN ASHRAM

The ashram serves balanced vegetarian food, with lots of grain, fresh fruit and vegetables, a little dairy and eggs. They always accommodate for food allergies, with simple gluten free and vegan options available when necessary. Other allergens, such as nuts, will be labelled on request.

Unfortunately they cannot cater for those with severe dietary restrictions or those following diets such as low carb, paleo or raw vegan. Guests who need to eat different food from what is served are encouraged to bring their own supplementary food.

There is a fridge provided for guests to store their own food if needed (note that private cooking facilities are not available). If you have any questions or queries concerning diet at the ashram, please email kitchen@satyananda.net to discuss your options. Also, be sure to tick the relevant dietary requirements box on the online booking form.

AT THE SATYANANDA ROCKLYN ASHRAM

Aside from the balanced vegetarian food served by the ashram, fructose intolerant meals can be requested with a surcharge of $5 per day.

Unfortunately they cannot cater for those with severe dietary restrictions or those following diets such as low carb, paleo or raw vegan. Guests who need to eat different food from what is served are encouraged to bring their own supplementary food.

There is a fridge provided for guests to store their own food if needed (note that private cooking facilities are not available). If you have any questions or queries concerning diet at the ashram, please email yogarock@yogavic.com to discuss your options.

Accommodation Details

At the Mangrove Mountain ashram, Standard triple share accommodation is included in all retreat fees. Shared by 3 people of the same sex only, generally on single beds, but a few rooms also include a bunk bed.

At the Rocklyn ashram, Standard share accommodation is included in all retreat fees. Shared by 4 or 5 people of the same sex only, generally on single beds or bunk beds.

Camping Sites are also available at the same cost if you’d prefer this option. You’ll bring all of your own camping facilities and camp within the grounds of the ashram. Both tents and campervans are welcome. Sites are unpowered.

Upgrades to single and twin rooms have additional charges as listed below:

TWIN SHARE

Shared by a party of 2 people, usually on single beds. Please note we do not have double beds, but in many rooms the twin beds can be pushed together to form a double.

Twin share surcharge applies.

SINGLE ROOM

Single room extra surcharge applies; generally, has 3 single beds but is available for single occupancy.

Please indicate your desired accommodation option on the online booking form.

Accommodation blocks are spread over the Mangrove Mountain ahsram. If you have special health needs that preclude climbing a hill or walking any distance, please let us know.

Facilities

SATYANANDA MANGROVE MOUNTAIN ASHRAM

SADHANA HALLS

The halls are available for private practice when not in use for group classes. They provide a beautiful tranquil space enhanced by the positive vibration built up from decades of yoga practice.

LOUNGE AND LIBRARY

In the lower Sadhana room there is a lounge area which is cool in summer and warm in winter. There are comfy chairs for reading and plenty of books which can also be borrowed and taken to your room or a nice nook of the garden for reading. The library also has a great range of books and is a nice place to hang out.

RECREATION

The creek is great for swimming in summer (and winter if you are brave!) and kayaking at any time (there are kayaks available to take for a spin). Other fun options for some healthy exercise are bushwalks walking, playing volleyball or badminton in the fronnt garden or simply relaxing in the beautiful gardens.

PHONE AND INTERNET

There is no mobile reception at the centre. There are, however, two public phones which can be used using coins or phone dialling cards. Internet access is available in the Student Room from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day at no cost (it is very slow!).

TEA MAKING AND FRIDGE

Tea making facilities are available in our dining room 24 hours a day. Also, nearby is a fridge which guests may use for storing any special food requirements.

LAUNDRY

Laundry is available with coin-operated washing machines and there are tubs for handwashing. A large outside clothesline for drying washing is available for all residents and guests. A coin-operated dryer is also available.

LAXMI BOOKSHOP

Our well-stocked shop provodes a wide range of yogic books, CDs and DVDs, along with mats, neti pots, candles, incense, skincare, herbal teas, malas, meditation stools and cushions. Clothing is also available and we have an extensive range of yoga gear.

SATYANANDA ROCKLYN ASHRAM

MEDITATION ROOMS

The meditation rooms are the practice space for yoga,  meditation and classes. They are available for your private practice when not in use for group classes. They provide a beautiful tranquil space enhanced by the positive vibration built up from decades of yoga practice.

READING ROOMS AND LIBRARY

There are reading rooms which are cool in summer and warm in winter. There are comfy chairs for reading and plenty of books which can also be borrowed and taken to your room or a nice nook of the garden for reading.  The library also has a great range of books and is a nice place to hang out.

RECREATION

Walking paths and bike riding tracks through the forest are popular recreational activities while at the ashram.

PHONE AND INTERNET

Rocklyn ashram is declared a mobile-free zone in all residential and sitting areas. However, mobile phones may be used in the carpark. There is no Vodafone network coverage in the ashram. There are two public phones which can be used using coins or phone dialing cards. Please remember to bring your own phone cards (Aussie card and Go Talk are recommended). Internet access is available in the Student Room from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day at no cost.

TEA MAKING AND FRIDGE

Tea making facilities are available in our dining room 24 hours a day. Also, nearby is a fridge which guests may use for storing any special food requirements.

LAUNDRY

Laundry is available. Please bring your own laundry powder or purchase from reception.

ASHRAM SHOP

Our well-stocked shop provides a wide range of yogic books, CDs and DVDs, along with mats, neti pots, candles, incense, skincare, herbal teas, malas, meditation stools and cushions. Clothing is also available and we have an extensive range of yoga gear.

What To Bring

BEDDING

IMPORTANT:  Please note that you will need to bring your own bedding to the ashrams. If you cannot bring your own, then you can organise a linen package from the ashrams by calling them on +61 (02) 4377 1171 for the Mangrove Mountain ahsram and on +61 (03) 5345 7434 for the Rocklyn ashram. There is a surcharge for this.

CLOTHING

Summer can be very hot and winter can be very cold at the ashram. Ins winter, you will need really warm clothes, gloves, beanie, ugg boots or other warm shoes, really warm bedding and maybe a hot water  bottle if you feel the cold. Ensure you have clothing that will be comfortable for practicing yoga.

DRESS CODE

The ashrams are environments of modesty and simplicity and in this environment you are encouraged to also dress modestly by limiting the use of jewellery, make-up, after-shaves and perfumes. Skimpy, tight clothing is not appropriate here and fellas – shirts are best left on, even on hot days.

LIST OF ITEMS RECOMMENDED TO BRING WITH YOU

Pillow

Bedsheets, blankets, doona or sleeping bag (it can be very cold in winter)

Clothes suitablee for yoga classes and outdoor activities

Swimmers for summer

Sun hat

Slip-on shoes and covered shoes

Water bottle

Toiletries (try to stick to biodegradeable, non-scented variety) and towel

Torch (important)

Alarm clock

Mosquito repellent and sunscreen

A journal and pens

Transport and Arrival

MANGROVE YOGA ASHRAM

Mangrove Yoga Ashram is in a quiet country location, 15 km from any facilities and out of mobile phone range. For first-time guests, it is highly recommended to arrive during daylight hours. For all guests, it is most conducive to arrive when the reception office is open so we have the opportunity to meet with you on arrival, settle you into your room and show you around.

The reception office is generally open until 5:00 pm. If you are unable to arrive prior to the closing time of the reception office please inform us so that we can leave a map on the door with your room details.

ARRIVAL ADVICE FOR COURSE GUESTS

Note: If driving from Sydney on Friday afternoons (especially after 4:00 pm) the main roads north (Pacific Highway and Pennant Hills Road) can be extremely congested, so we advise course participants to depart Sydney earlier if possible.

Guests are encouraged to arrive in time to register, settle into your room and find your way around before dinner at 6:00 pm. You are welcome to arrive from 3:30 pm (you can enjoy an ashram yoga class at 5:15 pm).

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM SYDNEY

On the F3/Highway 1, take the Peats Ridge/Central Mangrove exit off the Freeway (next exit after the Mt. White exit). After 14.9 kms turn left into Georges Downes Drive marked “Central Mangrove & Wisemans Ferry.” 2.4 kms later turn left into Wisemans Ferry Road marked “Mangrove Mountain & Wisemans Ferry.” After 16 kms turn right into Mangrove Creek Road, travel 3.1 kms and on the right is Mangrove Yoga Ashram. This is a dirt road which is narrow and windy, so please limit speed to 40 kms.

Important: Do not drive down Pembertons Hill Road. If using a GPS, it may try and direct you down Pembertons Hill Road from Wisemans Ferry Road. Do not take this road as there are locked gates at the bottom of the road and you will have to turn around. Make sure you continue down Wisemans Ferry Road to the bottom of the gully, and turn right directly into Mangrove Creek Road just before you go over Bedlam Creek Bridge.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM NEWCASTLE/NORTH COAST

On the F3/Highway 1, take the Peats Ridge exit off the Freeway, take the second exit marked “Gosford/Wisemans Ferry.” Turn right at T intersection into Wisemans Ferry Road. After 18 kms turn right into Mangrove Creek Road, travel 3.1 kms and on the right is Mangrove Yoga Ashram. This is a dirt road which is narrow and windy, so please limit speed to 40 kms.

Important: Do not drive down Pembertons Hill Road. If using a GPS, it may try and direct you down Pembertons Hill Road from Wisemans Ferry Road. Do not take this road as there are locked gates at the bottom of the road and you will have to turn around. Make sure you continue down Wisemans Ferry Road to the bottom of the gully, and turn right directly into Mangrove Creek Road just before you go over Bedlam Creek Bridge.

BUSES TO MANGROVE YOGA ASHRAM

If you intend to travel by bus you must inform the ashram’s reception in advance so that they may arrange for a car to pick you up at the designated set down point. Should you miss the bus or change your travel arrangements, we ask that you notify them immediately. Call the ashram on +61 (02) 4377 1171 to arrange pick up.

Weekdays (Public School Days)

Departs Gosford train station from bus bay:

6 at 3:22 pm (Route 32: Gosford – Somersby 0 Mangrove Mt – Spencer). Set down point Mangrove Creek Road 4:30 pm (free pick up from here to the centre).

Weekdays (During School Holidays)

Departs Gosford train station from bus bay:

6 at 3:22 pm (Route 32: Gosford – Somersby – Mangrove Mt – Spencer). Set down point Pembertons Hill Road 4:30 pm (free pick up from here to the centre).

Saturdays

Departs Gosford train station from bus bay:

6 at 7:20 am and 4:50 pm (Route 34: Gosford – Somersby). Set down point Somersby Shop 7:50 am and  5:24 pm.

SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS TRANSPORT

There is no public transport to or from Gosford Station on Sundays or Public Holidays. Any lifts on a Sunday or Public Holiday must be pre-arranged with the ashram beforehand and a charge of $40 per person each way applies. We ask that you kindly call and discuss your travel requirements with reception as there are set times already pre-arranged for drop-offs and pick-ups on Sundays or Public Holidays. The number to call is +61 (02) 4377 1171.

ASHRAM PICKUP FEES FROM GOSFORD OR SOMERSBY

There is a cost of $40 for the ashram’s driver to pick you up from Gosford station or Somerby Shop.

ROCKLYN ASHRAM

Rocklyn Yoga Ashram is nestled within the depths and silence of the Wombat State Forest near Daylesford and it is declared as a mobile-free zone within the ashram. For first-time guests, it is highly recommended to arrive during daylight hours. For all guests, it is most conducive to arrive when the reception office is open so we have the opportunity to meet with you on arrival, settle you into your room and show you around.

The reception office is generally open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you are unable to arrive prior to the closing time of the reception office we will leave a map on the door with your room details. If you know you won’t be able to arrive before 5:00 pm it would be wonderful if you could let the ashram know by calling +61 (03) 5345 7434.

ARRIVAL ADVICE FOR COURSE PARTICIPANTS

Note: If driving from Melbourne on Friday afternoons (especially after 4:00 pm) main roads can get very congested, so we advise course participants to depart Melbourne earlier if possible. From our experience, leaving before 2:00 pm is best if possible!

You’re encouraged to arrive in time to register, settle into your room and find your way around before dinner at 6:00 pm. You are welcome to arrive from 2:00 pm (you can enjoy a meditation session/havan (fire ceremony) at 5:30 pm). Your first (official) retreat session will start at 7:15 pm, Friday night.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM MELBOURNE

Note: Best NOT to use your GPS to get to Rocklyn.

Follow the Western Wing Road (M80) and take the Western Freeway (M8) towards Ballarat. Pass the ‘Ballan’ exit and the Service Station on the left, and take the following exit, signed Ballan/Daylesford (141). At the top of the exit ramp turn right towards Daylesford. Zero the trip metre (or note KM). Continue for 20-22 kms. After the ‘Leonards Hill’ and the Reduce Speed sign, the road bends slightly to the right, take a left hand turn onto the side road. After passing the house on the left take the next left turn sign posted Yoga Ahsram and Barkstead. You then have 7 kms through the forest on a dirt road. After 5 kms take the right fork – sign posted Satyananda Yoga Ashram. You are only 2 kms from the ashram.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM DAYLESFORD

Take the Midland Highway from Daylesford to Blampied – about 15 to 20 minutes. Blampied Hotel will be on the left. Approximately 200 metres after the school bus stop sign turn left  to  Rocklyn on the Mollonghip Road. After 7 kms, down a small hill, over a bridge turn left to Rocklyn. Sign posted. The Ashram is 4.4 kms away, 2 kms on sealed and 2 kms on dirt road. The ashram is on the left.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM BALLARAT

From Ballarat take the Creswick Road to Creswick and Daylesford. Follow the signs to Daylesford. At Newlyn just over the bridge turn right – Yoga Ashram sign posted. Continue to follow this road to the next T intersection turn right – Yoga Ashram sign posted. About 2 kms down a hill, over a bridge turn left to Rocklyn. Yoga Ashram sign posted. The Ashram is 4.4 kms away, 2 kms on sealed and 2 kms on dirt road. The ashram is on the left.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM ADELAIDE

From the M8, take the Daylesford exit to Newlyn. At Newlyn cross over the little bridge and turn right and follow the signs to Yoga Ashram.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO/FROM ASHRAM, BALLARAT, CRESWICK OR DAYLESFORD

Publuc transport is available by rail or bus to Ballarat,Creswick and Daylesford. Check VLines timetable for schedules.

A Creswick Taxi is required to bring you to the ashram from either Ballarat or Creswick. Please make your taxi booking by phoning +61 (03) 5345 2777.

By train from the Southern Cross Station to the following locations:

Ballarat Station – from here take a bus to Creswick via Davis Buses. Check their schedules here.

Creswick Station – limited timetable

Buses go to Daylesford from Ballarat and from Daylesford – taxis are available at all times in the main street.

Prices for Creswick Taxis (prices are subject to change)

-$60 to/from Ballarat

-$40 to/from Creswick

Prices for Daylesford Taxis (prices are subject to change)

-$30 to/from Daylesford

Families and Children

Children are welcome at Mangrove Yoga Ashram and Rocklyn Ashram and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. It may not, however, be suitable for children to be brought into classes. If you wish to attend the classes, please bring someone along to care for your child while you are in class.

Children above 14 years of age are welcome to attend full retreat program.

Contacts

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For any last minute enquiries about arrival at the ashram (if you’re running late or need to arrange pick up, etc.) please call the Mangrove Yoga ashram on +61 (02) 4377 1171 or the Rocklyn ashram on +61 (03) 5345 7434.

Booking Details

Full payment must accompany all bookings (and is preferred at least two weeks in advance for all programs).

If booking online is not an option for you or you’d like to talk about payment options email us at  

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 Cancellation Policy

With 72+ hours notice: full fee is transferable for use within 12 months.

24 to 72 hours notice: 75% of full fee is transferable for use within 12 months.

Less than 24 hours notice: full fee is forfeited.

REFUNDS

We aim to provide the highest quality of teaching and a good price, no refund is available if you are dissatisfied with a course or found it was not what you expected.

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Comments

  1. Mary GOSLETT says:

    Hello. do you know if this workshop is accredited withAHPRA or the APS for continuing professional development?
    Cheers
    Mary

  2. Hi guys just wondering if there is anyone going to the retreat on the 2nd Oct that would be coming from Sydney airport area and interested in sharing a car or could give me a lift.
    Thanks

  3. OH I wish if I could I would.
    BUT YOU SEE I AM A CARE TO MY WIFE 24/7
    The rest u don’t want to know
    Thanks any rate.
    Allan Denny

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  4. Ebony Taylor says:

    I’m honestly feeling like I’ve stumbled across this at the right time, I would love nothing more than to spend 3&1/2 days learning how to truly be mindful!! As I am going through the process of learning and discovering this way of life with books and anything else that I can find. Is the price including accommodation? And do you run the retreat every year? Thank you!!

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