Retreat Vacations for the Body, Mind and Spirit




 Dates and Themes 

Experience a yogic-inspired and Ayurvedic, wholesome and natural approach to renewal.

At Nirvana Wellness Sanctuary, Yoga, Ayurveda, breathwork and meditation work synergistically together delivering innovative, non-invasive and non-toxic ways that empower your mind and body for self-healing, manage pain, achieve well-being and discover inner peace and happiness.

The perennial wisdom of Yoga provides amazing teachings and practices for healing. You will uncover how to attune to the rhythms of nature and your body's innate intelligence to enrich a sense of wellbeing, vitality and connectedness.

Included in your package is your choice of single room, twin share or ensuite accommodation, together with delicious vegetarian meals and activities.

This page lists Nirvana Wellness Retreats, conducted by renowned meditation master and author, Shanti Gowans. Experience the space, nature, and come home to yourself. Experience the cuisine. Experience the culture. Experience the practices. The retreats are intended for further exploration and deepening on your inner journey with the support of an ongoing small group, for intimacy and depth. They take place in a beautiful, non-commercial and peaceful setting in the mountains of Beechmont. There are no crowds, industrial noise, air or water pollution. The place is peaceful. You can be one with Mother Nature. The atmosphere is warm and open. The goal of a spiritual path is to be free, relaxed, light hearted and playful.

If we could see inside each other's herts, we would be gentle, yet walk on the wild side. Visually seductive and immersed in the majesty of nature, from sea to summit, the panoramic view surrounds you with the sights and sounds that transform, enrich and inspire. Be truly awed by the powerful effect that nature's classroom provides. These retreats marry intentional rest and down time, nourishment and peace, wisdom talks, community, contemplation on change and action, with deep restful yoga stretching, nature walks, delicious food, optional massages and more. Everyone is welcome. Join us for an unforgettable experience. 

Packages range from 2 days up to 2 weeks. You can mix and match for an extended stay. Each program
includes accommodation, delicious meals, program activities, stress busters in the form of easy, gentle yoga, breathing, meditation, stress and pain management, deep relaxation, lifestyle talks and full use of facilities. Ayurvedic consultations, detox medicines and treatments are optional extras. You can add these to your retreat.
Retreat dates and availability must be confirmed by payment. If you have made your payment on line, you will be contacted by email or phone, regarding confirmation of your booking. Please await confirmation before you make your travel and other arrangements in case the retreat is booked out or rescheduled.
Dates Theme Description Bookings
31 Dec 2018 -  
1 January 2019
Candellight Dinner 
Overnight Residential
Join with the sangha at Nirvana, as we celebrate the New Year's eve with fun and food! Read More
27 Dec 2018
- 3 Jan, 2019


How to live, love, laugh
and last a lifetime

Ayurvedic detox available

Start the new year with better health in mind, body and spirit. Celebrate the essence of your true being...Read more
January 11-13, 2019
Uncovering the Path of Grace

Everyday we experience moments that can only be described as life’s grace... Read more

Febraury 2-4, 2018
  Silent Meditation retreat


Storms and hurricanes are not just coastal weather phenomena...Read more


February 9-11, 2018

Mindfulness meditation SHANTIJI IN THE YARRA VALLY

(Jumbunna Lodge, Launching Place)


February 16-18, 2018



What are the stories that are influencing how you live and guide your life? What roles do you play in your relationships,love, life, at work...Read more.


March 23-25, 2018
in the pursuit of HAPPINESS
Give yourself the opportunity to learn the keys to discovering what you've been searching for your entire life


April 22, 2018



Uncover the cosmic principles of abundance. Explore the nature of your money blueprint. Remove blocks from your past, understand the multi dimensions of value and cost, and empower yourself with a healthy, prosperous  mindset.


March 29-April 8, 2018

29 March-2 April Intensive Peace (entire retreat in noble silence).
2-6 April. The Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita, The original conversations with God 
6-8 April. Body, Mind and Spirit … and the seven spiritual laws of healing   
Easter Vipassana:
Silent Meditation Retreat 
29 March- 8 April




Intensive Peace.

The Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita 

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Healing... Read more


May 11-13, 2018


EMOTIONAL WELLBEING:  Spiritualising Anger, Cultivating Shakti

A life free from fear, pain, insecurity and doubt is not only possible, it is our birth right. We long for peace, for the ability to love and...Read more


June 1-3, 2018


Silent Meditation Retreat 



Experience the five wisdom energies: spaciousness, clarity, richness, passion and more...Read more.


June 15-17, 2018


Nourish and Nurture a
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body with Peace food

Cook, Taste, Heal - is about the food of life - the things that nourish your body, mind and life force...Read more.


July 6-15, 2018



where science meets consciousness

10 Day detox and total renewal retreat

Health and happiness are without question the most essential ingredients of total wellbeing, and they in turn depend physical, mental and spiritual balance, achieved through the union of awareness and action.


July 27 - 29, 2018

Nourish and Nurture a
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body with Peace food


Cook, Taste, Heal is about the food of life - the things that nourish your body, mind and life force...Read more.



August 3-5, 2018


Silent Meditation Retreat 

Lojong Meditation
The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and sense in which one attains liberation from the self...Read more. ONLY SINGLE ROOM ACCOM AVAILABLE
August 10-12, 2018


GATHERING OF THE TRIBE  when we come together,
the possibilities are infinite
professional development & community building retreat
Whether you have been teaching yoga for years or are recently certified, you will find inspiration, training, support and community with us. Reinvigorate your teaching and commitment, add to your teaching toolbox, get re-inspired and celebrate   at the SYTA annual residential get-together.... Read more.
August 17 -19, 2018

We are all creators. We create our reality based on what we have in the bludprint of our sub-conscious mind. All suffering is the result of the wrong blueprint. What are the stories that are influencing how you live and guide your life? What roles do you play in your relationships, your love, your life, at work...Read more.


Sept 7-9, 2018

Attend this weekend and give yourself the opportunity to learn the keys to discovering what your purpose is, and how to apply this discovery to your daily life...Read more.


Sept 21 - 30, 2018


where science meets the healing arts

Profound healing, sustainable wellbeing

10 Day Optional Detox Retreat

The ultimate in yoga mind-body and spirit health. Read more. ONLY SINGLE ROOM ACCOM AVAILABLE

October 12-14, 2018

Silent Mindfulness Retreat 
All manifestations of the infinite consciousness,
all reflections of each other…to love is to recognise that consciousness is Love. Being conscious is meditation...Read more.

October 26-28, 2018

EMOTIONAL WELLBEING Spiritualising Anger, Cultivating Shakti


A life free from fear, pain, insecurity and doubt is not only possible, it is our birth right. We long for peace, for the ability to love and...Read more


December 7-9, 2018

Silent Meditation Retreat 

Reflect, Connect and Align
with Tranquility

Inner Peace is very straight forward if you simply relate with things as they are and don't try to stock up, amass... Read more.


 Please register for programs in advance.

To receive special early bird rates, you must confirm your booking with full payment for entire advertised program, 30+ days prior to program. Partial bookings do not receive early bird discounts. Special offers cannot be combined with other discounts or barter. Thee are no refunds for unused parts of the retreat, nor for meals.

Please note detox retreats are a cleanse, not a fast.
July and September detox retreats have a learning program with ayurvedic health lectures, consultations and optional treatments. Annual passes, early bird discount and all other offers are blocked from these retreats. We are also unable to hold places for you by verbal assurances. Please book and pay in full to ensure your place for this retreat.
Courses, events and themes are developed, based on industry needs of the health sector. They are great for industry currency and professional development and a statement of attendance is provided after each retreat that can be included in your Continued Professional Development record.
Please note: 
- Nirvana is a retreat not a resort nor boot camp.
- Designated Meditation retreats have upwards of 70% silent retreat practice.
- All meals, program and accommodation (as per your selection) are included in the fee. There is no refund for unused portion of the retreat. Special dietary requirements will incur an additional fee. Please request quote.
- For optional detox retreats add $100 a day or $500 for 7 days (exceptions apply to September detox where all detox medicines are inclusive). 
- Treatments and consultations are optional extras and need to be pre-booked and pre-paid.
- Retreats must be confirmed by payment.
- Please confirm dates and availability before you make your travel arrangements in case retreat is booked out, re-themed or rescheduled. 
2018 RESIDENTIAL RETREATS: Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing
Feb 2-4            Calm Abiding. Silent Meditation retreat
Feb 16-18        Believe in Yourself, Transform your Life
Mar 23-25        Finding Meaning, Passion, Purpose in the pursuit of Happiness
Mar29- 8 Apr    Mindful living, Mindful Being: EASTER RETREAT
   Mar29-2 Apr  Intensive Peace (noble silence). Easter Vipassana Retreat. Silent Meditation retreat
   April 2-6        The Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita, the original conversations with God
   April 6-8        Body, Mind and Spirit … and the seven spiritual laws of healing     
May 11-13        Emotional Wellbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Lojong
June 1-3           Cultivating Mindfulness. Silent Meditation retreat.
June 15-17       Cook, Taste, Heal - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
July 6-15           Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing:
                          Where Science meets consciousness. Ayurvedic DETOX retreat
July 27-29         Cook, Taste, Heal  - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
Aug 3-5             Mind Training: Katha Upanishad in Relational IntelligenceSilent Meditation retreat
Aug 17-19         Believe in Yourself, Transform your Life
Sept 7-9            Finding Meaning, Passion, Purpose in the pursuit of Happiness
Sept 21-30        Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing: Where science meets the healing arts.
                         DETOX Optional
Oct 12-14         Love is the answer. Peace is the waySilent Meditation retreat
Oct 26-28         Emotional Welllbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Lojong
Dec 7-9            Peace in every breath. Silent Meditation retreat
27 Dec-3 Jan   The Calling of Joy: How to live, love, laugh and last a lifetime
31 Dec -1 Jan   Welcome in the New Year: Dinner by Candlelight
January 1, 2019 The Breathing SpaceDay of noble silence: In silence we grow, in stillness we heal.
Jany 3-10, 2019  The Balanced Life Wellness Retreat      
Jan 11-13, 2019  Uncovering the Path of Grace
Ayurveda and Yoga retreat (detox optional)
21-30 September 2018

Help your body heal itself.
Liberate yourself from the toxins, overwhelm, stress and illnesses of modern life,
by reconnecting with the holistic wellbeing you were born to have,
through the wisdom of the incredible trio:
yoga, meditation and the healing science of Ayurveda. 
At this retreat, we will show you how to:
• Experience deep, physical, mental, spiritual and emotional healing
• Soothe feelings of unrest, anxiety and depression, and melt away stress, negativity and depression using simple yet powerful and ancient breathing techniques.
• Heal, energise and optimise your body according to your unique body composition.
• Supercharge your diet with good nutrition in the form of healthy organic food, food for healing, ancient superfoods, and foods for your body type.
• Release anti-aging hormones, boost your immune system, soothe headaches and migraines and improve overall pain relief
• Replace sluggishness and lethargy with quick, sharp energy by detoxifying your body from the inside out,
using specific herbs, supplements and yoga.
• Modify your lifestyle, behavior and decisions according to the four seasons (e.g. what you eat in the winter is not what you should eat in summer!)...
• Shed excess weight by using nutritious, rejuvenating ancient recipes that cleanse your gut.
• Neutralise your immune system and hormonal imbalances and corrects problems in your blood, muscles,
joints, kidneys and liver, without dangerous drugs
• Reduce PTSD symptoms, restores full, healthy function to your heart, adrenal glands and circulatory system, lower blood pressure, release endorphins… and more
Fee: Twin share $2980, Single room, shared facilities $3250, inclusive of 10 days accommodation, all meals, program, tutorials. 
Extra: optional detox medicines, treatments, consultation with Dr. Manish Patwardhan

About Shantiji

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

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