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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What are the main benefits of attending a retreat?

The most common feedback we’ve had from previous attendees are that the main benefits are the following:

  1. Learn key skills to ‘tame’ the mind so that you can live with less stress, overcome negative thinking and limiting beliefs that can hold you back
  2. Learn how to meditate and integrate mindfulness into your life so you have access to that calm centre as you go about daily life.
  3. Take time out in nature to rest, eat healthy food and leave feeling like your batteries have been recharged.
  4. Identify what your ‘true north’ is by uncovering your values and how to live a truly ‘meaningful life’.
  5. Notice less reactivity, better mood and improved relationships after going home.

(You can read more of the benefits people are reporting on our Facebook reviews here)

I’m new to mindfulness, will a retreat be suitable to me?

The retreat is suitable for all levels of experience, even if you’re totally new to it all.

Why is the Art of Mindful Living Retreat facilitated over five days?

This retreat is an ‘immersion’ into the Art of Mindful Living. The retreat is held in this five-day intensive format to maximise the time spent developing, strengthening and fine tuning your capacity for mindfulness, as well as giving you some time away from distractions to simply be.

Just like learning to ride a bike, it takes a bit of practice and time to get the hang of mindfulness and the other skills you will learn. It’s not enough to just read about mindfulness, or go and spend only a few hours learning. Developing new skills takes time and the five-day format gives you the space to develop or significantly deepen your mindfulness practice.

When you leave the retreat after five days, mindfulness will feel like second nature and you will truly feel the effects of the retreat when you return home.

The five-day process will give you all the tools and practice you need to feel confident in integrating meditation and mindfulness into your life so that you can live with less stress and struggle and more of a sense of peace purpose and fulfilment.

I have a well established mindfulness practice, will I be bored or get anything out of the retreat?

On every Art of Mindful Living retreat we have experienced practitioners who come to deepen and strengthen their practice and learn new key skills to integrate mindfulness more fully into their lives. If you’re an experienced practitioner then we invite you to enjoy this opportunity to dive a little deeper into the practice and learn Melli’s five core principles of a more mindful and meaningful life.

How can I take the learnings from this retreat back into my life?

At the end of the retreat you will leave with a workbook and a meditation audiopack to keep for life. You will also be invited to take part in a 30 day challenge to help you integrate what you learn at the retreat into your daily life. As part of the 30 day challenge you will also receive two free online group coaching calls to support you through and troubleshoot any questions or concerns. There is also the option for ongoing coaching and support year round which is exclusive to graduates of the Art of Mindful Living retreat.

Daily Timetables

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

6:30 am: Wake Up (to a singing alarm clock)

7:00 am: Morning Yoga and Meditation class

8:30 am: Breakfast

9:00 am: Group Karma Yoga (mindfulness of action)

9:30 am: Teaching/Practice session

11:00 am: Morning Tea

11:30 am: Teaching/Practice Session

12:30 pm: Lunch and Free Time

2:30 pm: Yoga Nidra deep relaxation meditation

3:00 pm: Afternoon Tea

4:00 pm: Teaching/Practice session

6:00 pm: Dinner

7:30 pm: Teaching/Practice session

900 pm: Enter silence till after breakfast next day

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 – allowing the practitioner to move into a deeper meditative state 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

At one of our venues, the Rocklyn retreat centre in Victoria, Karma yoga is the practiced for one hour a day. Karma yoga is the practice of mindfulness in action. It involves being mindfully engaged in normal everyday activities such as housework and vege gardening. You will be encouraged at this venue, to join in with helping out around the ashram for an hour a day and to use that time to practice things that seem like a ‘normal’ part of everyday life but to do them with a meditative awareness. This is a wonderful way of integrating mindfulness practice into everyday life.

At some venues, you may also be encouraged to join in one of the meal cleanups each day.

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is  practiced daily on all of the retreats. It is a 30-minute deep relaxation and meditation practice that you do lying down. A favourite practice of many guests and residents! You can read more about it here.

Mouna (Periods of Silence)

The practice of mouna (keeping silence) is practiced daily on all retreat grounds from after the last evening session (around 8:30 pm or 9:00 pm) until after breakfast the following morning. This provides the opportunity for self-reflection and inner observation and creates a fertile ground for practicing mindful awareness. 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.

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 and tofu curry, pappadams, basmati rice, green salad

IMPORTANT: If you have special dietary requirements please let us know prior to the retreat so we can cater for your need.

REMINDER: All retreat centres are alcohol and drug free places. Please do not bring alcohol or drugs to the retreat.

AT THE ROCKLYN ASHRAM Victoria

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.

Fructose intolerant meals of steamed vegetables and rice can be requested with a surcharge of $5 per meal 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.

It is important  to note that there is no fridge available to guests. So please be advised that if you are bringing your own supplementary food to bring food that does not need to be stored in the fridge. Please also 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.

AT THE SANGSURYA RETREAT CENTRE Byron Bay

Our caterer will be serving balanced vegetarian food, with lots of grain, fresh fruit and vegetables, a little dairy and eggs. We will always accommodate for food allergies, with simple gluten-free and vegan options available when necessary. Other allergens, such as nuts, will be labeled on request.

Fructose intolerant meals of steamed vegetables and rice can be requested with a surcharge of $25 per day.

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

There is a fridge available to guests who wish to bring supplementary food.  If you have any questions or queries concerning diet at the retreat centre, please email support@mrsmindfulness.com to discuss your options.

Please be reminded that the retreat centre is an alcohol and drug free place. Please do not bring any alcohol or drugs to the retreat.

AT THE GOVINDA VALLEY RETREAT CENTRE Otford

Chefs of Govinda Valley are well trained an can cater to most dietary requirements such as: dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, nut-free. However, for severe dietary restrictions or those following diets such as low carb, paleo or raw vegan may not be catered to.

If you have any questions or queries concerning special dietary requirements while at the retreat centre, please call Govinda Valley at (02) 4294 1765 to discuss your options.

Please remember that the retreat centre does not allow any meat, eggs or fish. It is also an alcohol and drug free place. Please do not bring any alcohol or drugs to the retreat.

Accommodation Details

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.

IMPORTANT:  Please note that you will need to bring your own bedding to the ashram (pillows, sheets and blankets).If you cannot bring your own, then you can organise a full bedding package from the ashram by calling them at (03) 5345 7434. The full bedding package includes: 2 sheets, doona, pillow and pillowcase, towel and small light blanket. There is a $30 surcharge for this.

At the Sangusurya Retreat Centre, a Standard ticket means your room will be a triple share (same sex only) with shared bathroom. All linens are provided for by the Sangsurya.

SINGLE

A private room with shared bathroom.

SINGLE ENSUITE

A smaller private room with an ensuite.

DELUXE TWIN ENSUITE

Shared by a party of two (2) people. A large private room with an ensuite.

DELUXE SINGLE ENSUITE

A large private room for one with an ensuite.

At the Govinda Valley Retreat Centre, All rooms include beddings, pillows, heaters and fans. Towels are provided in ensuite rooms only.

STANDARD

Standard ticket means your room will be either a quad share or triple share, same sex only room with shared bathroom. All bed linens are provide. However, you will need to bring your own towels.

SINGLE ENSUITE

A private room with an ensuite. All linens including towels will be provided for.

TWIN ENSUITE

Shared by a party of two (2) people. A private room with an ensuite. All linens including towels will be provided for.

Facilities

SATYANANDA ROCKLYN ASHRAM

MEDITATION ROOMS

The Sadhana Halls are places of awareness and contemplation. They are available for your private practice when not in use for group classes. They provide a beautiful tranquil space for meditation and yoga practice.

READING ROOMS AND LIBRARY

During your stay, yoga and health magazines can be borrowed from the community book shelves in the Gazebo and Dining Room.

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 not available in the ashram.

LAUNDRY

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

ASHRAM SHOP

The ashram’s 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 they have an extensive range of yoga gear.

SANGSURYA RETREAT CENTRE

MEDITATION ROOMS

The meditation hall is a place of awareness and stillness. It is available for your private practice when not in use for group classes. It provides a beautiful tranquil space for meditation and yoga practice.

RECREATION

Walking paths and swimming are popular recreational activities while at the Sangsurya.

PHONE AND INTERNET

There is mobile reception at Sangsurya. However, we encourage participants to refrain from using their mobile phones and other gadgets and to not connect to the internet to while at the retreat, so you can really unwind and focus on the retreat. In case of emergencies, you may ask your family to ring you on Sangsurya’s landline at (02) 6685 7438.

GOVINDA VALLEY RETREAT CENTRE

MEDITATION ROOMS

The meditation hall/workshop hall is a place of awareness and stillness. It is available for your private practice when not in use for group classes. It provides a beautiful tranquil space for meditation and yoga practice.

RECREATION

Bush walking is a popular recreational activity while at the Govinda Valley Retreat.

PHONE AND INTERNET

There is mobile reception at Govinda Valley Retreat. However, we encourage participants to refrain from using their mobile phones and other gadgets and to not connect to the internet to while at the retreat, so you can really unwind and focus on the retreat. In case of emergencies, you may ask your family to ring you on Govinda Valley’s landline at (02) 4294 1765.

 

What To Bring

BEDDING

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

Beddings are provided for free at the Sangsurya and Govinda Valley retreat centres.

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 ashram and retreat centres are environments of modesty and simplicity and in this environment you are encouraged to also dress modestly by limiting the use of skimpy or tight clothing and fellas – shirts are best left on, even on hot days.

SMOKING

The Rocklyn, Sangsurya and Govinda Valley  have a smoke-free policy. There is no smoking in all the buildings as well as on the retreat grounds. If you’d like to smoke please do so outside the front gates of the ashram or the retreat centres.

LIST OF ITEMS RECOMMENDED TO BRING WITH YOU

  • Pillow
  • Bedsheets, blankets, doona or sleeping bag (if at Rocklyn ashram)
  • Clothes suitable for yoga classes and outdoor activities
  • Swimmers for summer
  • Sun hat
  • Slip-on shoes and covered shoes
  • Socks*
  • Water bottle
  • Toiletries (try to stick to biodegradable, non-scented variety) and towel
  • Torch (important)
  • Alarm clock
  • Mosquito repellent and sunscreen
  • A journal and pens
  • Any cushions or sitting supports to make you more comfortable if need be – (however, there are yoga mats, meditation cushions and chairs in the meditation hall)

* socks are recommended as there is a no-shoes policy in the meditation hall and feet can get cold : )

Transport and Arrival

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 our 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 Ashram 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 Rocklyn Ashram.

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

Public 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

SANGSURYA RETREAT CENTRE

Sangsurya Retreat Centre is located on a tree-lined ridge on the outskirts of Byron Bay. The property overlooks Tallow Beach with easterly views of the Pacific Ocean. It is located along the central ridgeline of a forested ten-acre subtropical area. Sangsurya is set amongst landscaped gardens, palm trees, a myriad of bird and animal life, walking trails in a secluded environment. For first-time guests, it is highly recommended to arrive during daylight hours. For all guests, it is most conducive to arrive when our registration time is open so we have the opportunity to meet with you on arrival, settle you into your room and show you around.

Melli will be on hand to meet you and let you know your room assignment. Please arrive between 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you are unable to arrive prior to 5:00 pm, please let the Melli know and make alternative arrangements by emailing support @mrsmindfulness.com or by calling Melli at (0401) 359 559.

Should you arrive past 5:00 pm, please proceed to dinner at 6:00 pm, at the dining room in the main house (turn left when you come in the driveway). After dinner, remain in the dining room and Melli will give you your room assignment.

Note: Sangsurya is a retreat style accommodation without a reception area, so please do not arrive later than 7:00 pm.

ARRIVAL ADVICE FOR COURSE PARTICIPANTS

Note: If driving from the Gold Coast on Friday afternoons (especially after 4:00 pm) main roads can get congested, so we advise course participants to depart the Gold Coast 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 massage if you book one (more details about this below), a swim in the very inviting salt water pool or just have a stroll around the lush grounds). Your first (official) retreat session will start at 7.30 pm Friday night.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM THE GOLD COAST AIRPORT

Note: Best to use your GPS to get to Sangsurya.

Get on Pacific Motorway/M1 in Tweed Heads West from Eastern Avenue and Gold Coast Highway by heading southwest on Terminal Drive toward Eastern Avenue. Turn right into Eastern Avenue. At the roundabout, take the third exit and stay on Eastern Avenue. In about 300 m. use any lane to turn right into Gold Coast Highway. Keep right to stay on Gold Coast Highway for 1.4 km. Use the middle two lanes to take the M1/Pacific Motorway ramp to Ballina/Tweed Heads. Keep right and follow signs for National Route 1/Pacific Highway/Ballina and merge onto Pacific Motorway/M1.

Merge into Pacific Motorway/M1. Follow Pacific Motorway/M1 to Myocum Road in Ewingsdale. Take the exit toward Ewingsdale Road/Byron Bay/B62 from Pacific Motorway/M1. At the roundabout, take the fourth exit onto Myocum Road. After 400 m. at the roundabout, take the first exit onto Hinterland Way/B62. After 2.3 km, turn left onto St Helena Road. Then turn left onto Bangalow Road. After 2.2 km, turn left onto Old Bangalow Road and in about 850 m. you will have reached Sangsurya which will be on your right.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO/FROM SANGSURYA AND GOLD COAST, BALLINA, BRISBANE AIRPORTS

Virgin and Jetstar fly to Ballina airport (20-minute drive to Sangsurya) Or Gold Coast airport (45-minute drive away). From here it suggested that you take an airport shuttle to Sangsurya

Airport Shuttle Buses (Door-to-door to Sangsurya)

Airport Shuttle from Ballina or Gold Coast (Coolangatta):

Xcede Shuttle Bus Transfers – Tel: +61 (0)2 6620 9200. Approximate fare from Ballina airport is $18 per person each way and from Gold Coast airport, $40 each way. Book online at: https://byronbay.xcede.com.au/airport-shuttle/

Byron Easy Bus – Tel: +61 (0)2 6685 7447. Book online at: http://www.byronbayshuttle.com.au/

Taxis

Byron Bay Taxis – Tel: +61 (0)2 6685 5008

Taxi to the Sangsurya from Byron Bay town centre/bus station is approximately $13.00.

GOVINDA VALLEY RETREAT CENTRE

Govinda Valley Retreat Centre is located within the pristine Otford Valley, one hour south of Sydney, nestled between mountains, bordered by a beautiful creek and national parks. The retreat centre is built amongst 20 acres of gently rolling hills, gardens and bushland and home to many kinds of wildlife such as parrots, kookaburras, kangaroos and deer. There are peaceful nature walks nearby and it is just minutes drive from the stunning Bald Hill lookout and popular beach destination of Stanwell Park. The relaxed and nurturing energy of the Otford Valley is the perfect place to unwind, heal and learn. For first-time guests, it is highly recommended to arrive during daylight hours. For all guests, it is most conducive to arrive when our registration time is open so we have the opportunity to meet with you on arrival, settle you into your room and show you around.

Please arrive during check-in time which is between 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. If you are unable to arrive prior to 5:00 pm, please let the retreat centre know and make alternative arrangements by calling (02) 4294 1765.

ARRIVAL ADVICE FOR COURSE PARTICIPANTS

Note: If driving from Sydney on Friday afternoons (especially after 4:00 pm) main roads can get congested, so we advise course participants to depart Sydney 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 3:00 pm (you can enjoy a massage if you book one (more details about this below), a swim in the very inviting salt water pool or just have a stroll around the lush grounds). Your first (official) retreat session will start at 7.30 pm Friday night.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS FROM SYDNEY

Govinda Valley is approximately a 70 minute drive from Sydney CBD and 50 minute drive from Sydney airport.

Please note: if using a GPS, type “Govinda Valley Retreat” into the app, not the Govinda Valley address (51 Lady Carrington Road, Otford). This will result in the most accurate directions.

BY CAR FROM THE SOUTH (WOLLONGONG)

Take the freeway north towards Sydney. Make sure to follow signs to Sydney. Take the Helensburgh exit. Turn right as you exit the freeway. Turn right at the roundabout onto Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Keep driving for about 5-10 minutes. Drive straight through the T-intersection tight before Bald Hill lookout on the right. Pass Bald Hill lookout on the right. In about 200 m up the road, turn left at Otford Road (note the Govinda Valley sign). The road will be signed all the way to Govinda Valley Retreat. If you need it follow these detailed instructions: Follow Otford Road as it winds down into the valley. Cross the railway bridge. Take first right at Lady Carrington Road. Take the first left (continuation of Lady Carrington Road). Cross the weir. Take the driveway onto the left into Govinda Valley.

BY CAR FROM THE NORTH (SYDNEY)

Take the Princes Highway (Highway 1) south towards Wollongong. Take the Stanwell Park/Helensburgh exit. Drive straight through the roundabout along Lawrence Hargrave Drive. Keep driving for about 5-10 minutes. Drive straight through the T-intersection tight before Bald Hill lookout on the right. Pass Bald Hill lookout on the right. In about 200 m up the road, turn left at Otford Road (note the Govinda Valley sign). The road will be signed all the way to Govinda Valley Retreat. If you need it follow these detailed instructions: Follow Otford Road as it winds down into the valley. Cross the railway bridge. Take first right at Lady Carrington Road. Take the first left (continuation of Lady Carrington Road). Cross the weir. Take the driveway onto the left into Govinda Valley.

BY CAR FROM THE SOUTH WEST (CANBERRA)

Take the Hume Highway (31) north towards Sydney. Turn right onto Picton Road. Turn left onto Wilton Road. Turn right onto Appin Road (69). Turn left onto the Princes Highway towards Sydney. Take the Helensburgh exit. Turn right at the roundabout. Keep driving for about 5-10 minutes. Drive straight through the T-intersection right before Bald Hill lookout on the right. Pass Bald Hill lookout on the right. In about 200 m up the road, turn left at Otford Road (note the Govinda Valley sign). The road will be signed all the way to Govinda Valley Retreat. If you need it follow these detailed instructions: Follow Otford Road as it winds down into the valley. Cross the railway bridge. Take first right at Lady Carrington Road. Take the first left (continuation of Lady Carrington Road). Cross the weir. Take the driveway onto the left into Govinda Valley.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO/FROM GOVINDA VALLEY RETREAT

By Train

If you wish to catch the train from Sydney city or airport, the journey is easy and comfortable the city to Otford train takes just over an hour and is a direct line. Airport to Otford train is also approximately an hour with one train change. For more information on train times please visit sydneytrains.info.

From North (Sydney)

Take the South Coast Line from the country platform of Central Station. Make sure the train passes through Otford Station. Get off at Otford Station and cross the platform to the other side. Walk down the road and take the first right at Lady Carrington Road. Note the Govinda Valley sign on the corner. Walk across the weir and take the driveway on the left and walk up into Govinda Valley. This is about a seven minute walk.

From South (Wollongong)

Take the South Coast Line north towards Sydney. Make sure the train passes through Otford Station. Get off at Otford Station. Walk down the road and take the first right at Lady Carrington Road. Note the Govinda Valley sign on the corner. Walk across the weir and take the driveway on the left and walk up into Govinda Valley.

Families and Children

Children are welcome at 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

Got a question we haven’t answered here for you? Shoot us an email to support@mrsmindfulness.com

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

Sangsurya Retreat Centre: +61 (02) 6685 7438

Govinda Valley Retreat Centre: +61 (02) 4294 1765

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 support@mrsmindfulness.com.

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Cancellation Policy

Within four (4) weeks or more notice: full fee is transferable for use within 12 months.

Less than four (4) weeks 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.

Workbook and Audios

You’ll receive a workbook and meditation audios which are covered in your retreat fee, so that you have tools to support you when you go back home.