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 retreat is booked out, or rescheduled.
 
Dates Theme Description Bookings

 

October 12-14, 2018

 

Silent Meditation Retreat 

THE HEART OF UNDERSTANDING

Prajnaparamita Hrdaya,
The Heart Sutra

Simply believing in what Prajnaparamita Hrdaya, The Heart Sutra, says, that the pure distillation of wisdom (prajna) arises as the realisation or direct experience of sunyata (emptiness), is not the point, nor can it be grasped by intellect alone. Understanding unfolds through practice.

 

February 16-18, 2018

 

YES I CAN

Believe in Yourself. Transform your Life

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.

 

March 16-18, 2018 Meaning, Purpose, and the pursuit of Happiness Give yourself the opportunity to learn the keys to discovering what you've been searching for your entire life

 

March 25, 2018

 

Abundance and Creativity

Explore the nature of your money blueprint. There is a difference between value and cost. Remove blocks from your past and develop a healthy money mindset. Prosperity is multidimensional.  

 

March 29-April 8, 2018

 

 
 
MINDFULL LIVING,
MINDFULL BEING
 
Easter Vipassana:
Silent Meditation Retreat 
29 March- 2 April

AYURVEDIC DETOX AVAILABLE

 

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

 


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 15-17, 2018

PEACE FOOD
Residential cooking retreat
   
Cook, Taste. Heal:
Nourish and Nurture
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
 

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

 

June 1-3, 2018

 

    Silent Meditation Retreat 

 CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS
 

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

July 6-15, 2018

AYURVEDA DETOX

Exceptional Wellbeing:
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
PEACE FOOD 
Residential cooking retreat
 
   Cook, Taste. Heal: 
Nourish and Nurture
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
 

 

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

August 17 -19, 2018
YES I CAN
Believe in Yourself.
Transform your Life

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.

August 13-15, 2018

SYTA RETREAT

GATHERING OF THE TRIBE - when we come together, the possibilities are infinite
 
SYTA 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 3-5, 2018

Silent Meditation Retreat 
 
Training the Mind
in Relational Intelligence 
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.

 

Sept 7-9, 2018

 
 
Meaning, Purpose 
and
the Pursuit of Happiness
 
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
AYURVEDIC DETOX
Exceptional Wellbeing
where science meets the healing arts

Profound healing, sustainable wellbeing

10 Day Detox Retreat

The ultimate in yoga mind-body and spirit health. Read more.

October 12-14, 2018

Silent Mindfulness Retreat 
 
Love is the answer 
Peace is the way
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 10-12, 2017

October 26-28, 2018

Emotional Wellbeing: Spiritualising Anger, Cultivating Shakti

Katha Upanishad

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 8-10, 2017

December 7-9, 2018

Silent Meditation Retreat 

Peace in Every Breath
Mindfulness
& Inner Peace

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.

 

 
 
December 23-31, 2017 
 
 
 
 
Silent Mind,
Holy Mind
 
End the year with reverence that celebrates the essence of your true being...Read more

 

31 Dec 2017 -   1 January 2018
Dinner by Candellight
Overnight Residential
Join with the sangha at Nirvana, as we celebrate the New Year's eve with fun and food! Read More.
31 Dec - 7 Jan, 2018
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

 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. Special offers cannot be combined with other discounts or barter.

Please note detox retreats are a cleanse, not a fast.
 
September detox retreats have a visiting scholar and doctor, Dr. Manish Patwardhan or his associate conducting the ayurvedic health lectures, consultations and supervising treatments. Annual passes, early bird discount and all other offers are blocked from this retreat. 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 nor 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. 
 
2017 RESIDENTIAL RETREATS: Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing
Jan 1-8            Live, love, laugh and last a lifetime
Feb 3-5            Calm Abiding. The Heart of Understanding Sutra, Prajnaparamita Hrdaya, The Heart Sutra    
                        Silent Meditation retreat
Feb 17-19        Believe in Yourself
Mar 17-19        Meaning, Purpose and the pursuit of Happiness
April 7-17         Mindful living, Mindful Being: EASTER RETREAT
    April 7-9       Katha Upanishad and the seven spiritual laws of healing
   April 9-13      The original conversations with God: Bhagavad Gita discourses
   April 13-17     Intensive Peace (noble silence). Easter Vipassana Retreat. Silent Meditation retreat
April 28-30        Emotional Wellbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Katha Upanishad.
May 26-28        Cook, Taste, Heal - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
June 9-11         Cultivating Mindfulness. Silent Meditation retreat.
June 30-July 9  Exceptional Wellbeing: Where Science meets consciousness. Ayurvedic DETOX retreat
July 21-23         Cook, Taste, Heal  - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
Aug 11-13         Believe in Yourself
Aug 25-27         Mind Training: 7 steps in Relational Intelligence (Lojong). Silent Meditation retreat
Sept 8-10          Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
Sept 22-Oct 1   Exceptional Wellbeing: Where science meets the healing arts. DETOX
Oct 13-15         There is no way to Peace. Peace is the waySilent Meditation retreat
Nov 10-12         Emotional Welllbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Katha Upanishad
Dec 8-10           Peace in every breath. Silent Meditation retreat
 
2017 NONRESIDENTIAL COURSES at Southport
10 Feb             Fri                  10am-5pm          Principles of Ayurvedic Nutrition & Cooking with Dr. Shilpi
04-05  Mar       Sat & Sun     11am-5pm           Healthy Back Facilitator Training.
26 Mar             Sun                11am-5pm          Abundance and Creativity
31 March         Fri                  10am-5pm          Ayurvedic concept of Health and understanding of Disease
                                                                         with Dr. Shilpi
1-2 April           Sat & Sun      10am-5pm          Children's Yoga Instructor Training
1 May               Mon                2-5pm                Sanskrit
5 May               Fri                  10am-5pm          Ayurveda and the Mind. Longevity (rasayana), virility (vajikaran),
                                                                          lifestyle, diet and the whole picture with Dr. Shilpi
13-14 May        Sat & Sun      11am-5pm          Asana, the next level
24-25 June       Sat & Sun      11am-5pm          Pranayama, the next level
28-30 July        Sat & Sun      11am-5pm          Yoga Sutras
16-17 Sept       Sat & Sun      11am-5pm          Yoga Nidra - Facilitator training
7-8 Oct             Sat & Sun      11am-5pm          Children's Yoga Instructor Training
28-29 Oct         Sat & Sun      11am-5pm          Yoga Teacher Professional Development
6 Nov               Mon                2-5pm                 Sanskrit
 
2018 RESIDENTIAL RETREATS: Profound Healing, Sustainable Wellbeing
31 Dec-7Jan    Live, love, laugh and last a lifetime
Feb 2-4            Calm Abiding. The Heart of Understanding Sutra, Prajnaparamita Hrdaya, The Heart Sutra    
                        Silent Meditation retreat
Feb 16-18        Believe in Yourself
Mar 16-18        Meaning, Purpose and 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 original conversations with God: Bhagavad Gita discourses
   April 6-8        Body, Mind and Spirit … and the seven spiritual laws of healing     
May 11-13        Emotional Wellbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Katha Upanishad.
June 1-3           Cultivating Mindfulness. Silent Meditation retreat.
June 15-17       Cook, Taste, Heal - Healthy Mind, Healthy body - Cooking retreat
July 6-15           Exceptional 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: 7 steps in Relational Intelligence (Lojong). Silent Meditation retreat
Aug 17-19         Believe in Yourself
Sept 7-9            Meaning, Purpose, Happiness
Sept 21-30        Exceptional Wellbeing: Where science meets the healing arts. DETOX
Oct 12-14         There is no way to Peace. Peace is the waySilent Meditation retreat
Oct 26-28         Emotional Welllbeing: Spiritualising Anger, cultivating Shakti. Katha Upanishad
Dec 7-9            Peace in every breath. Silent Meditation retreat
 
EXCEPTIONAL WELLBEING 
Ayurveda and Yoga detox retreat

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, optional detox medicines, tutorials.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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


India-Nepal Tour

Travel with Shanti & Peter Gowans this November for a trip of a lifetime. 

india tour taj mahal