6 Days Blissful Yoga and Meditation Festival in Severnlea (Stanthorpe), QLD Australia

Yoga Retreat in Australia

Ananda Marga invites you to a yoga festival in Severnlea, Australia. The Ananda Mela Festival is a family-friendly event offering twice daily yoga and meditation, an abundance of healthy gourmet vegetarian or vegan food, social development workshops, spiritual philosophy, and entertainment from acclaimed artists. The yoga festival program facilitates community, creativity, and fun while practicing yoga and developing your meditation practice. This is a unique, vibrant, spiritual festival which celebrates cultural diversity, encourages environmental sustainability initiatives. and promotes health and well-being.

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  • 2 daily meditation and yoga on full program days
  • Daily workshops from yoga monks and nun and distinguished specialists
  • Transport to and from the bus depot in Stanthorpe to the venue at Ananda Palli
  • Musical performance from multi-talented artists
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Snacks

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Afrikaans, Hindi, Malay, Sanskrit, Tagalog, English
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The Ananda Palli community has 100 acres of bush, fields, and orchards with an ashram, school building, and organic vegetable farm and a few family homes. Accommodation is mainly camping with limited indoor facilities for singles and families. All indoor accommodation is determined on a first come, first serve basis.

Basic indoor accommodation

Bed and mattress only. Guests would need to provide linen, sleeping bag, pillow, and toiletries.

Camping option

Guests have access to an on-site camping style ablution block.

Indoor accommodation

  • Complete with all linen, towels, and soaps. Guests have access to communal bathroom facilities in each building and the on-site campground ablution block.

Ashrams usually represent a return to a simpler way of living, which is very different to a hotel. Generally there is a more communal atmosphere and often an expectation that guests will pitch in with whatever needs doing.


  • 06:00 Rising song
  • 06:30 Asana class (yoga postures)
  • 07:30 Uplifting songs and chanting
  • 08:00 Morning meditation, inspirational reading, and talk
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Morning workshops and childcare youth programs
  • 10:00 - 12:00 Childcare youth programs
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Afternoon workshops and childcare youth programs
  • 15:45 Games and sports
  • 16:45 Yoga asana group practice
  • 17:45 Uplifting songs and chanting
  • 18:15 Evening meditation, inspirational reading, and talk
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:00 Evening program

Please note that all activities are optional.


Dada Paramatmananda
Dada Paramatmananda has been a yoga monk for 29 years. He has worked in many countries in South Asia, South East Asia, Europe and is currently based in Melbourne, Australia, where he runs classes and workshops, teaching the art and practice of meditation and yoga. Dada uses his engineering background to delve deeply into the esoteric and mystical science behind Yoga to show us yogic secrets hidden in plain sight and how we can apply this knowledge in our life. Workshop: Yoga – Revolution Part 2
Didi Ananda Shamita
Didi Ananda Shamita has been a yoga nun for 31 years, during which she has taught the philosophy and practices of meditation and yoga; and coordinated social service activities in more than 15 countries. Didi is currently based in Brisbane, Australia. In addition to hosting this event, Didi will present the Yoga - The Revolution workshops which outline some of the foundations of yogic thought.
Taraka (Tori) Bail
Taraka has been teaching Yoga for 20 years to adults and children.Yoga has been her greatest love, because it touches all of us from the physical to the spiritual and has the potential to transform and heal every aspect of our being. Workshop: Restorative Yoga
Dada Jitendrananda
Dada Jitendrananda has been a yoga monk for over 30 years. He has worked in the Far East and Europe before coming to the South Pacific. He currently manages the Ananda Palli center in Stanthorpe. Workshop – Transitioning to Coops This workshop reveals the amazing benefits of co-operatives – physical, emotional, financial, social – and why we need to embrace them in our future.
Professor Sohail Inayatullah
Professor Sohail Inayatullah, political scientist, received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 1990. He is Professor at several universities and a leading academic in the field of Futures Studies. In 2015, he was awarded the first UNESCO Chair in this field. He currently resides in Mooloolaba, Australia Sohail workshops are divided into two parts: The Green Economy - A look at technology and trends that will transform our lives. Leadership and creating the green sadvipra - Using the Sarkar game to conclude with a plausible scenario for the next 500 years
Dr Sarah Antill
Sarah holds a DPhil in Physical Geography (Oxford-speak for PhD in Environmental Science) from Oxford University. For the last nine years she has worked on environmental issues such as: promoting alternatives to chemical agriculture, preventing destructive coal and gas “developments”, and protecting forests. She is currently finalising a novel, “Affinity”, a fictional exploration of how to address the root causes of environmental destruction, instead of simply the symptoms Workshop: Deep Shift – Changing culture to save the planet (2 workshops)

Retreat location

The festival will be held in 463 Back Creek Road, Severnlea, Australia. It is located at the heart of the Granite Belt. The area boasts spectacular countryside, massive granite outcroppings, rolling farmland, and an abundance of flora and fauna. It is located two and a half hours south west of Brisbane and 40 kilometers north of Tenterfield on the New England Highway and about ten minutes from Stanthorpe.


  • Brisbane - 2.5 hours
  • Stanthorpe - 10 minutes
  • Tenterfield, 40 kilometers

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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You will be served vegetarian or vegan breakfasts, lunches, and evening meals along with snacks. Drinks are limited to a range of herbal teas and to water.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 2 daily meditation and yoga on full program days
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily evening meals, lunches, breakfast, and snacks
  • Daily workshops from yoga monks and nun and distinguished specialists
  • Musical performance from multi-talented artists
  • Transport to and from the bus depot in Stanthorpe to the venue at Ananda Palli

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Linen and toiletries (these will be supplied in the linen toiletries package)
  • Camping equipment for outdoor accommodation

How to get there

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Driving directions to Severnlea

  • Look at Severnlea for the sign at the New England Highway for Ananda Mela, which is right near the company E. E. Muir and Sons Agricultural Supplies.
  • Turn here at Back Creek road and follow it (through some turns) five kilometers until you see Ananda Palli on your left.
  • The address of Ananda Palli is 463 Back Creek Road.
  • Turn in and drive along the dirt road until you come to the signs for the registration table (near the meditation hall).

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brisbane International Airport (BNE). You need to find your own way to get to the location.

Arrival by bus

If you are arriving by bus, Ananda Marga (Meditation and Yoga) can pick you up from Stanthorpe bus station.

Arrival by train

There are bus services from Brisbane railway station to Stanthorpe. Services operate every day and the journey takes approximately three hours 13 minutes. This information is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change by the providers and due to road conditions. Alternatively, the driving distance is approximately two hours 39 minutes if you have your own car.


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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
6 days / 5 nights
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Arrival: Friday January 4, 2019
Departure: Wednesday January 9, 2019

Special discount

Students and senior alike are eligible for a special discount of 10 AUD per person.

Pricing info

Package for kids (3 - 12 years) and teenagers (13 - 18) are also available. Please send an inquiry to Ananda Marga (Meditation and Yoga) for more information.

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