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

View from the venue over the ocean.

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.
Mount Coolum, view from the Retreat venue.

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,…) or by the campfire (weather permitting)

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.

Accommodation, Cost and Registration

The accommodation is basic and very clean. We will have our own big dorm, with separate sleeping areas (bunk and single beds), shared toilet, shower, etc. The dorm/lodge has bunks beds for up to 70 people. Since we will be less (last year around 20) we can spread out, and everyone has their own niche to share with friends.
Plus a 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 expect from this weekend

  • simple living, high thinking
  • very basic accommodation to keep us focused on the practice of yoga and the beauty of nature.
  • delicious vegetarian meals
  • spectacular views, peaceful surrounds/environment
  • like minded – people
  • life – changing experience
  • being immersed in the yoga practice
  • inner peace / silence life
  • release – relax – recharge
  • letting go of the winter blues
  • be ready for the new season Spring
  • boost your yoga practice
  • being motivated for a daily practice once back home

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 – 2018

Feedback from previous Retreats

Retreat Review by Thana:

I have never been to a yoga retreat and I was quite sceptical initially. A friend told me about it and I thought I will give it a go. It was a great decision! The teacher Maria Prema was great  – skilled and personable; I felt really comfortable with her.  The view was breath-taking and the food was delicious. Meeting like-minded people and doing yoga for the 3 days was wonderful. To do Surya Namaskar while watching the sun rise over the ocean was quite an amazing experience. On the whole, it was soul-enriching  and the retreat was a real treat for me!

Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat, September 2018 at Luther Heights Youth Camp in Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat, September 2018 at Luther Heights Youth Camp in Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast, QLD.

The retreat was so beneficial for me.  The beautiful setting really got me inspired to wake up early and face the day.   I was surprised how much I benefited from this regime, combined with the regular yoga classes and walks.  I had much better digestion, I felt hungry and I was able to eat a decent meal.  It was miraculous compared to what I am normally like.  
I am continuing with my yoga, albeit on a much smaller scale.  Not managing to eat much or get up as early, but I hope to improve that bit by bit.

Thank you Maria. Great memories of our Yoga Retreat. Thank you for all the effort you put in.

Carmel x

Dear Maria

Thanks for all the wonderful photos… lovely memories of a special weekend. It was great to meet you, I really enjoyed the retreat and have even managed to hold on to some of the ‘zen’ during this week too, which I was happy about. 

Hi Maria

This is Penelope …

Firstly, Thank you for an Absolutely  Lovely retreat and for attracting an amazing authentic bunch of people to your Yoga Practice.. It was so nice to be pushed gently out of my comfort zone of yoga I have fallen into and reacquaint with some old stretches and poses and look at a couple of new ones as well. You have motivated me to start the day again with my Salute to the Sun Routine.

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.”
Yoga & Meditation Weekend at Gunnebah Retreat, August 2015
Yoga & Meditation Weekend Retreat, August 2015

9 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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