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The Art and Science of Meditation – Part 1


Meditation for Health, Wellbeing and Self Care

•health •peace •sleep •happiness •balance •love •freedom from stress •success

Self care is essential to your wellness.
Shanti Gowans.

Fully residential course comprising 5 weekend retreats (usually @ $596 per weekend),
and one 10-day residential retreat (usually @ $3980)
with twin-share accommodation, delicious vegetarian meals,
program, and take-home practice material.

Finding Peace

in daily life, the fast lane, and in a crazy, busy, changing world

The Art and Science of Meditation, Part 1

This course is for personal development towards your health, wellbeing and self care. It aims to foster self-understanding, coping capacities, performance, behaviour change, self-care skills and general wellbeing. Therapeutic outcomes and spiritual experiences will be the natural outcome, but are not the primary goal of this year.

Consciousness is an intense form of self-awareness that begins with the body and eventually encompasses all of existence. During the meditation practice, you enter a state of consciousness with alpha brain wave activity which is characteristic of a relaxed, yet alert state of mind, increased creativity, mood elevation, super-learning and enhanced memory. Alpha brain waves have also been linked to relief from lost sleep, mental stability, increased awareness and greater absorption of new information and mental clarity.

High levels of Alpha Brainwave activity have also been associated with:
– Creating feel good chemicals
– Deeper meditation
– Deeper mind relaxation
– Deeper physical relaxation
– Positive thoughts
– Assists with reducing anxiety
– Helping you stay calm under pressure
– Helping to alleviate insomnia
– And more…

Enjoy this magical experience for yourself. Transform your mind now.

Beta brain waves are referred to as your waking consciousness. Higher or unbalanced beta range is typically where most bad emotions, poor choices and negativity are produced. The negative effects of Beta and higher Beta happen when it is out of balance and chaotic. After meditation practice, you experience balanced beta brain waves, which are important for operating efficiently throughout your day and are associated with:
– Increased mental clarity and critical thinking
– Calm under pressure
– Helps you make better choices faster
– Improved self control
– Enhanced focus and concentration
– Being more likely to accept change
– Increased motivation
– Increased mind power
– Improved problem solving
– Assists with avoiding stress
– And more…



  • Purpose, benefits and effects of meditation.
  • Three stages of training: the ground, the path, fruition.
  • Simplicity retreat: guided meditation and wisdom energy healing.
  • Meditating on the mind, body and nature.
  • Merging practice with daily life.
  • Meditation in motion.
  • Exploring: What are we? What is thought? The ‘I am’ effect.
  • Working with negativity and the creative power of the mind.
  • Meditation in the major schools of yoga and world religions.
  • Japa Bhakti: devotion, rituals and ceremonies.
  • Meditation as a channel for spiritual energies.
  • How to connect with yourself with greater empathy and compassion through mindful presence

Reading and Study Material


  • An Easy Guide to Meditation by Shanti Gowans
  • Meditate – Discover the art and science of meditation for Health, Wellbeing and Self Care
  • Meditation by the monks of the Ramakrishna Order
  • Mindfulness Meditation and the Art of Being by Shanti Gowans
  • Reflections of a Yogi by Shanti Gowans


  • Breathe for Health Practice CD by Shanti Gowans
  • Deep Relaxation and Self Healing. 2 CDs. by Shanti Gowans
  • Guided Practices to Calm the Mind and Discover Inner Peace. 4 CDs by Shanti Gowans

Course Dates

The program is cyclic. Participants can start the program anywhere during the designated program dates, and must continue in sequential order for best regularity of practice robustness, deepening and intensity.


3-5 Feb                    Calm Abiding and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
7-16 April                 Vipassana                            Conscious Breathing and Vipassana Meditation
Spiritualising Anger and Cultivating Shakti
Mahamudra and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Healing
9-11 June                 Mindfulness Meditation
25-27 August           Lojong. Training the MInd and Cultivating Compassion
13-15 October          The Heart Sutra
8-10 Dec                  Peace in Every Breath.


2-4 Feb                    Calm Abiding and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
29 March -8 April     Mindful Living, Mindful Being (Ayurvedic detox available)                            Conscious Breathing and Vipassana Meditation
Spiritualising Anger and Cultivating Shakti
Mahamudra and the Seven Spiritual Laws of Healing
1-3 June                  Mindfulness Meditation
3-5 August               Lojong. Training the MInd and Cultivating Compassion
12-14 October         The Heart Sutra
7-9 Dec                  Peace in Every Breath.

To encounter truth you cannot listen through another;
you cannot see with the eyes of another;
you cannot think with the thoughts of others.
Just be patient, quiet, still, and listen.
Challenges and obstacles diminish.
Peace of mind increases.
Relationships feel easier and more loving.
Concentration deepens.
It’s your own personal paradise.
Simply be present, and you will go beyond basics.
Shanti Gowans

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About Shanti Gowans

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.

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