Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat

 Our next Retreat will be in August/September 2018, exact dates and venue to follow. 

The topic of the weekend retreat is based on the  five  points  of  Yoga, as taught by Swami Vishnu-Devananda: 

  1. Proper Exercise (Asana) Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
  2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama) Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
  3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana) By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his/her nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
  4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian) A lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
  5. Positive Thinking and Meditation(Dhyana) Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

During the weekend we practice these five points of yoga.

The retreat is suitable for beginners to learn about the basics of yoga and for more advanced yoga students to deepen their practice.

Schedule / daily program

Friday  arrive between 2 pm and 6 pm

4:30pm – 6pm yoga class (asana, pranayama)

6:30pm vegetarian dinner

8pm meditation and introduction



6am – 7am meditation and mantra repetition

7:30am – 9:30am yoga class (asana, pranayama)

9:30am breakfast

11am Nature walk + morning tea

1pm light lunch + Siesta

3pm afternoon tea

4pm – 6pm yoga class (asana, pranayama)

6:30pm vegetarian dinner

8pm satsang (meditation, lecture…)


6am – 7am meditation and mantra repetition  or  silent meditation walk

7:30am – 9:30am yoga class (asana, pranayama)

9:30am  breakfast

12:30pm lunch

2:30pm end of the Retreat (you can also leave earlier or later)

All classes and program are optional, but highly recommended to attend to get the most benefit from this intensive yoga and meditation weekend.

Accommodation, Cost and Registration








© Photography Maria Steiner and Ian Grasmeder, photos taken on previous retreats 2009 – 2016



Feedback from previous Retreats

Hi Maria

Thanks again for a wonderful weekend! I came away from this weekend with so much.. Even a new inspired menu for my daughter and I 😃

Mel X

Dear Maria, 

After such an invigorating weekend of yoga, meditation and friendship, I feel I must write and thank you. I feel so blessed to know you and to be able to share in your wealth of knowledge about the philosophy of yoga, meditation, chanting and your life experiences which you passed on to us at Gunnebah Retreat. It has been a very uplifting experience for me.

Thank you also for your talent in singing and playing the harmonium for us and teaching us how to chant.  I found the pranayama exercises so beneficial. My nasal passages have never felt so unobstructed.

The facilities, the food, and the company of so many interesting people who are from all walks of life and who all share our common interest in yoga were part of the enriching experience for me. I especially appreciate your understanding of people and how you are able to motivate and inspire us all no matter our personal circumstances.

With thanks Maria,



Yoga & Meditation Weekend August 2016

“Dear Maria,  Thank you so much for organising the Gunnebah Retreat. I found the few days away with like minded people to be a chance to energise, relax & reaffirm life goals that needed a bit of adjusting. We all get busy looking after the needs of others & we sometimes forget to look after ourselves. Your generosity in sharing your recipes & lovely cooking is appreciated. I am very much looking forward to the next retreat!”  X Leigh
“Hi Maria,  Thanks for an absolutely wonderful weekend.  As soon as I got home, I found the yoga book and started going through it and planning things I can do, starting tomorrow 🙂 ”  Janine et Matt
“Good morning Maria,  Thank you for a wonderful weekend, I really appreciate it along with you driving me there and back. Have a lovely week.”
 Kate ☺
Yoga & Meditation Weekend at Gunnebah Retreat, August 2015

Yoga & Meditation Weekend at Gunnebah Retreat, August 2015

5 Responses to “Retreat”

  1. Danni August 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm #

    Thanks Maria for a wonderful weekend. Retreat was bliss … full of great reminders and new learnings … oh 🙂 and food (yum!). Thanks also to the staff at Gunnebah and all those who attended … thoroughly enjoyed being in good company. All the best everyone. Cheers Danni

    • premaria August 30, 2015 at 8:36 pm #

      Thank you Danni. The Retreat was a treat in every way.


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