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Looking for for a beautiful, restorative yoga and meditation retreat close to home? Kookaburra Yoga offers retreats on your doorstep in the Perth hills. This Summer experience a weekend yoga and meditation getaway staying in the heart of nature less than an hour from Perth. Delve deep into the higher, quieter and mystical practices of yoga, reset and rejuvenate for the year ahead, and experience the clarity and direction which comes from focussed meditation. This retreat is suitable for beginners as it includes detailed instruction, and also seasoned yoga practitioners who'll enjoy a deep and immersive program. Safe, non-religious or sectarian, and led by authentic, caring teachers with decades experience. Includes meditative bush walks, sound healing, agnihotra, swimming in local, sacred waters, and beautiful, nourishing vegan food.
You will be accommodated in Kookaburra Creek Yoga Center. It has several onsite accommodation options that include shared rooms in the newly refurbished retreat center which can accommodate 13 guests in single beds. There are two cozy and enclosed gazebos which each sleep two guests. Beautiful and new bathrooms are shared. You can also bring your own tent and camp on the grounds, while still having full access to the facilities and venue during the program.
Come to this immersive yoga retreat with a focus on the higher limbs of Raja yoga and advaita vedanta - the yoga of "oneness" and connection. It also includes Hatha yoga, nature walks, forest meditations, agni hotra, sound healing, and nourishing and delicious foods for a holistic, revitalizing, restorative, and truly transformative weekend.
This retreat includes meditative bush walks, sound healing, agni hotra, swimming in sacred local waterways (in warmer months), and an abundance of beautiful, nourishing vegetarian food.
Meditation is amazing as you will literally peel away the layers of illusion to reveal the majesty and beauty, the creativity, and insight of the true self. In all your seeking, striving, and all your doing, you forget that perfect knowledge and insight are cultivated through being still and are found within. Even yoga is something you "do", yet is also the state you desire to attain.
It is through Samyama that the meditator becomes the meditation, the dancer becomes the dance, the subtle form of that which you meditate upon is revealed to you.
Samyama is the yogic processes of dharana, dhyana, and samadhi, means steadiness of mind, sustained concentration, and the resulting peace respective, merged together through specific yogic practices resulting in powerfully insightful meditation where you come to know the true nature of that which you meditate upon.
You will identify and unravel the inner obstacles through self-inquiry (vichara) and satsang, gaining the space and clarity to discern the higher truths and awaken to the usually inaccessible stages and states of spiritual consciousness (samadhi). The result will be understanding, awareness, acceptance, peace, bliss, and purpose. While the other limbs like asana, pranayama, and pratyahara are to purify the body, prana, and the senses, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi purify the mind, thoughts, and emotions.
To be in samyama is to be in a state where you have perfect control over the mind. In this state, the ideas and beliefs you think are true are revealed as illusory, fleeting, and disproportionately important. This process of shedding illusion eventually reveals the divine self - and this first glimpse, your first experience of samadhi, even if it is momentary, can be electrifying and life-changing. It is through diligence and continuing practice that you integrate insights in a meaningful and authentic way.
Retreats are an opportunity to live and experience the yogic lifestyle. Sivananda's traditional Hatha yoga is comprised of five distinct points which together comprise a balanced and holistic system of self-care and self-awareness. On this retreat, you include proper exercise - yoga asana, proper breathing - pranayama, proper relaxation - yoga nidra, proper thinking - meditation, proper diet and lifestyle - sattvic or peaceful food, and time in nature.
When practiced with sincerity and integrated into everyday life and everyday thinking, traditional yoga perfectly and effortlessly brings balance and harmony to the five aspects of self: the body, breath, mind or emotions, wisdom, and soul.
Living closely to nature brings you into harmony with both the external environment and your inner nature, enabling an intuitive understanding of what is needed to rebalance and bring healing to the body, mind, and soul. On this retreat, you meditate within and upon nature, including the sun, the moon, and the trees.
Kookaburra Yoga's integrated system of Hatha and Raja yoga is holistic and beneficial on every level of being. Asanas are of two types - both rejuvenative or uplifting, and restorative or calming - imbued with four qualities:
You will establish a rhythm and routine which bring immediate calmness to the body, mind, and soul. The schedule for your days and evenings is taken care of, allowing you to relax deeply, immersing yourself in the program and the retreat process. You will fall asleep to the sounds of the forest.
You will have the time and the opportunity to get to know and share with others. You have some lovely big common areas to relax and mingle. This is balanced with extended periods of mouna where you keep company with others while maintaining a respectful silence to enable each other to go deeply into the meditation and retreat processes.
Agni hotra is a purifying Vedic fire ceremony performed exactly at sunset and sunrise. The ceremony, which includes burning cow dung and chanting mantras, is purifying and cleansing to both the environment and to participants. The Havan is a longer and more complex fire ritual sometimes included if the weather is permitting.
You will take an extended walk to nearby places in the Wungong and Churchman's Brook reserves. These are places of spiritual significance and natural beauty, you will spend time meditating on the scarp, by the river's edge, and upon granite boulders. This country is imbued with a powerful life force which is nourishing and healing.
A beautiful sound journey with guest sound healer, Nicole Lloyd who uses sacred instruments including large gongs, crystal bowls, the flute, and koshi chimes to transport you to a blissful state, where deep healing, integration, and soul connection occur. The sounds nourish and nurture, bringing calmness to the nervous system enabling a deep and true relaxation experience.
On this retreat, you will leave behind concerns and distractions to deeply and profoundly realize the spiritual and material benefits of yoga, returning to your lives with renewed energy and focus. You deepen the gratitude in your hearts for both the joys and sorrows of your lives. Both are a gift of love leading you beyond duality to the graceful, limitless center of yourselves.
Mandy has been studying and practicing yoga since 1990 in both India and Australia. She has had the great privilege of studying directly with AG and Indra Mohan of the Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda Academy in Chennai, with senior teachers of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, with Maharshi Somanatha of the Somanatha Kshetram in Hyderabad, and with acharyas in the Ananda Marga tradition.
Robert Becker has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 36 years in South Africa, Mauritius, India, and Australia. Robert was initiated into yoga and meditation as a young man by his Diksha Guru HH Sri Swami Venkatesanandaji Maharaj of the Sivananda tradition, Rishikesh, and was given the spiritual name Narayan. Robert spent many years practicing intensively living in ashrams and travelling in India before settling into family life.
This retreat will take place in Kookaburra Creek Yoga Center in Bedfordale in the Perth hills, Western Australia, with capacity and equipment for 40 students. It is set within 10 acres of natural bush. The center was created as a sanctuary for seekers to experience the profound depths of true yoga with a pristine and vital environment which supports, replenishes, and holds you during your retreat. The grounds and facilities are also suitable for those who may wish to camp in their own tent.
Kookaburra Creek Yoga is truly a place in harmony with nature. It is an eco-friendly property powered by the sun utilizing the pure, soft spring water which rises higher up the hill. Classes are often accompanied by the sounds of kookaburras, crickets, frogs, birds, and the breeze between the branches of the trees.
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You will be served with Sattvic food on this retreat. Sattvic food will bring peace and enhances the well-being of the body, mind, and spirit. All food is plant-based, predominantly organic with much of the produce coming from Kookaburra Creek Yoga's own kitchen garden. Cuisine is vegetarian and gluten-free, and is sustainable and pure. There are vegan options for all of the dishes.
Many people come to a retreat for rest and respite. You will have allowed time in the program for the rest you need and reflection. Kookaburra Creek Yoga's wide verandas overlook the creek and forest, with comfortable chairs and hammocks that are the perfect place to read, write, or reflect.
Participants will unplug from technology, computers, phones, devices, and social media for the weekend. By all means, bring a book (paper), camera, and provide loved ones with Kookaburra Creek Yoga's landline for emergencies. With your focus consciously tuned to experience the present moment, the natural world, and your own inner nature, you are able to begin the recovery and reintegration of your fragmented attention.
If catching train, you may take a taxi or Uber from the taxi rank at the rail station. The distance is 2.5 kilometres.
Kookaburra Creek is less than an hour from most places in Perth and only 30 minutes from the Perth Airport. Easily accessible by car with plenty of onsite parking
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