Retreat

Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat

 Our Retreat in September 2017 has been cancelled. Stay tuned for new venue and new dates. 

Gunnebah Retreat

Gunnebah Retreat Centre

The topic of this 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.

Yoga Hall at Gunnebah Retreat

Yoga Hall at Gunnebah Retreat

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

 

Saturday 

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…)

Sunday 

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. We are surrounded by beautiful nature and there is enough time for walks, reading a good book or just simply release, relax and recharge. Take a nap or if you are keen for a dip in the pool.

Outdoor eating area at Gunnebah Retreat

Outdoor eating area at Gunnebah Retreat

Accommodation, Cost and Registration

The Retreat is suit to about 20 people. The accommodation is comfortable and simple.

2 to 6  persons share a room or cabin (some bunk beds). Please let me know your preference (if you like to share a room with a friend or family member) with your reservation.

The main amenities block is adjacent to the bedrooms. There are four showers, three toilets and three sinks. Plus two additional showers and toilets in the lounge and dining area.
There is a big kitchen with lounge area. The main eating area is under cover or outside. The property offers nice walks, quiet places and corners to relax and listen to nature. It also has a swimming pool.

The Yoga Hall is in an individual building, with a wooden floor, ceiling fans and wood fire stove.

The cost for the weekend is  $450

Included in this price is the complete yoga program, accommodation and all the meals.
A non-refundable deposit of  $150 is required to reserve your space.
The final payment is due one week before the Retreat.
Payment in cash, money order or direct bank deposit. Cheques payable to Maria Steiner.

No credit card or eftpos facilities.

Please contact me by phone or email if you like more information about this Yoga Weekend Retreat or if you would like to make a booking. I gladly email you a detailed brochure /pdf file.

Looking forward to an intensive, uplifting weekend of yoga and meditation, helping us to be ready for the Spring, the new season, the new beginning.

Garden invites to relax.

Garden invites to relax.

Sunrise meditation walk

Sunrise meditation walk

© 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,

Carmel

group-collage-2016

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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