Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat 

 Release – Relax – Recharge

Friday 16th – Sunday 18th of August 2019

at Luther Heights Youth Camp, in Coolum Beach, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland


Luther Heights sign.jpg

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.



View from Mount Coolum, January 2014

Schedule / daily program

Friday  16/08/19   arrive between 2pm and 6pm

4pm yoga class (asana, pranayama)
6 pm Dinner
7:30pm meditation and introduction

Saturday 17/08/19

5:30am Sun Salutation + breathing exercises (optional)
6am morning meditation
7am  Breakfast
9am – 11am hatha-yoga class (asana)
12pm Lunch
Afternoon activities / free time: hike up Mount Coolum, walk along the beach, swim in the ocean, nap, read a book, stroll through Coolum, Siesta……
4pm hatha-yoga class (asana, pranayama)
6pm Dinner
7:30pm satsang (meditation, Kirtan, lecture,…)

Sunday  18/08/19

5:30am Sun Salutation + breathing exercises (pranaymaya)
6am silent meditation walk
7am  Breakfast
9am – 11am hatha-yoga class (asana)
12pm Lunch
2pm end of the Retreat
All classes and program are optional, but highly recommended to attend to get the most benefits 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.


Luther Heights Sunrise hall.jpg

Accommodation, Cost and Registration


The accommodation is comfortable and simple. We will have our own big dorm, with separate sleeping areas (bunk and single beds), shared toilet, shower, etc. The dorm/lodge sleeps over a hundred comfortably. Since I expect a smaller group, maybe around 20-30 Yogis, we will have plenty of space to spread ourselves and you can be in a niche with your friends.
Plus a big, separate hall for our yoga & meditation classes.

The cost for the weekend is  $420.-

Included in this price are the complete yoga program, accommodation (Please bring your own linen) and vegetarian meals.
A non-refundable deposit of  $120 .- is required to reserve your space.
The final payment is due one week before the Retreat.
Payment in cash or direct bank deposit. Cheques payable to Maria Steiner.
No credit card or eftpos facilities.
For registration and any questions regarding this Yoga Retreat Weekend, please email me at or let me know in class.


I teach the yoga & meditation Program.

The vegetarian meals are prepared and served by the Luther Heights Catering team.

 The meals are vegetarian, according to the yogic diet, including milk products. If you require gluten-free and/or dairy-free or any other dietary requirements, please let me know with your booking. The catering / cooking team at Luther Heights Youth Camp gladly accommodates to your individual needs.Thank You!!


What to bring / packing-list


  • Yogamat

  • Meditation pillow or your personal meditation–stool and shawl (optional)

  • Bring your own linen: pillow, sheet to cover mattress, blankets and/or sleeping bag, towel

  • Good walking shoes
  • Warm clothing (evenings and mornings might be cool)
  • Toiletries and personal accessories
  • Swimsuit (if you are keen for a swim) + beach towel
  • Torch (flashlight)
  • Earplugs recommended, if you are a light sleeper.
  • Notebook and pencil if you like to take notes in the lectures.
  • A book you meant to read for a while, colouring book and pencils, if you find time to do so.



Sunrise Coolum Beach, January 2014


© Photography Maria Steiner and Ian Grasmeder, photos taken on previous retreats and private holidays 2009 – 2017




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 Retreat, August 2015

7 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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