Meditation & Yoga Retreat in Gold Coast Hinterland 16 - 18 Sept, 2022
@ The Theosophical Society Retreat - Springbrook
"What you are you already are. By knowing what you are not you are free of it and remain in your own natural state. It all happens quite spontaneously and effortlessly" Nisardagatta Maharaj.
The practices of yoga are for the mind - they help to make the mind more sattwic (calm), this sets up a condition where realisation of our natural free state is more likely. Practices of self enquiry and meditation are part of the yoga tradition and help to develop strength and clarity in thinking and emotions. Our retreats give a nice opportunity to experience this freedom and are suitable for beginners and experienced students alike.
The retreat is facilitated by Tam James - a physiotherapist, and senior yoga teacher with Yoga Australia. She has been practising yoga and meditation since 1994. She acknowledges many inspiring teachers for a sadhana of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra, the main one being Clive Sheridan. She also has training in the western psychological therapy – ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). By the grace of her teachers she has shared her understanding with her students since 1998. Her passion for retreat is to support people to go deeper into the practices of these ancient traditions in the precious environment of a silent retreat.
Depending on retreat numbers another yogaphysio teacher will assist in facilitating the retreat.
Yoga postures (asana) and breathing (pranayama) practices are skilful tools to bring awareness into the body and opportunity to notice how the mind filters this process. For healthy yoga students the day begins at 5.30am with meditation and seated pranayama. Mid-morning there will be a multi-level yoga class – beginners and experienced students will be catered for. In the afternoon there will be a supervised self practice session. Tam will be available to assist students in backbends and inversions. Alternatively students may like to walk around the beautiful property and meditate – but please use the time purposefully.
The 'talks' offered on retreat are drawn from Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra in a way that is not espousing a philosophy or religion; but a system of knowing the eternal, unchanging part of you – referred to by various terms - Self, True Nature, Being, Divine, etc... . Application of teachings are not just used in meditation, but in daily life and in our relationships with the circumstances we find ourself in. During the silent retreat you have the opportunity to create the internal space in which awareness of Self is revealed. This will be supported by practices of meditation and practice of Self study – through body based awareness we watch the mind and emotions, the unfolding of experience.
Noble silence and Etiquette on the retreat:
The retreat environment is a sacred space, where we come together in tolerance and trust for Svadhyaya (self study) - to examine and study ourselves. From the comfort of home - where you can have what you want, when you want it - you are entering into a semi-monastic lifestyle, where you are invited to adhere to a set program and take what is offered. Such an environment is beautiful and precious, but also a bit of a 'pressure-cooker' for the egoic mind and silence supports this process. Mental resistance may manifest in finding faults with the space and those around you – please be aware of this and remain respectful of the retreat opportunity. There is as much value in what you learn from this process as in the meditation itself. As part of cultivating awareness and understanding mind, the retreat talks will support you in this process of svadhyaya.
We will break silence on Sunday at lunch where you can enjoy reconnecting with the folk you have shared space with for these days. After lunch there will be a brief closing program with a final meditation and a talk to support the move back into the world.
Gold Coast Hinterland Venue: Springbrook Theosophical Retreat
Plan to arrive between 3 & 4pm - on Friday 16th Sept; we finish at about 2.30pm on Sunday 18th Sept. Please advise if work commitments necessitate arrival outside standard arrival time and allow for traffic.
Meals & Accommodation (please bring bed linen and a towel):
~$365 per person - basic single bed in single room
~$730 twin/couple - there are only 2 multiple occupancy rooms
NB: Rooms are not confirmed before the receipt of $100 non-refundable deposit & forwarding of rego form to yogaphysio.
Donation for teachings:
The set retreat fee covers accommodation, facility use, all meals, snacks and drinks. The retreat fee does not cover the teachers’ time and energy contribution to the retreat. Meditation teachings are priceless and are offered without a set or up-front fee. In a spirit of trust and generosity you are requested to provide ‘dana’ (generous support) to the teachers’ in appreciation of the teachings. You are invited to reflect upon your means and value of the retreat in so doing.
Additionally, if you have financial resources that would help others less fortunate to attend the retreat, please post in your support with a note stating how much you are giving to the fee sponsorship fund.
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Please inform us as soon as possible if you need to cancel, so that a place may be offered to another. Cancellation will incur an $100 cancellation fee before registration closing; surplus will be refunded up until 48 hours before retreat commencement (50% refund in this time).