Immerse yourself in an inspiring long weekend of yoga, meditation, healing, nature and an abundance of vegetarian healing foods. The transformative program is focussed on rediscovering and reconnecting with the spiritual heart of nature through puja, prayer and sacred mantras. During the retreat, you will celebrate Bhu Devi, that aspect of divinity known as Mother Earth. There is time for rest; walks/meditation in the nearby forest; nourishing and cleansing yoga, meditation, and pranayama; yoga philosophy. You'll stay in newly renovated accommodation with verandahs overlooking the forest.
Kookaburra Creek Yoga have several onsite accommodation options that include shared rooms in the newly refurbished retreat center, which can accommodate 12 guests in single beds. There is a renovated railway carriage which sleeps two guests in a king size bed. There are two private enclosed gazebos which sleep one to two people. You can also bring your own tent and camp on grounds.
If you would like a peaceful, immersive yoga retreat close to Perth this March long weekend you're invited to Kookaburra Creek in the Perth hills for the 4-night Samadhi Meditation Retreat. Robert and Mandy will lead you through the soul-centered practices of traditional yoga, focusing on the healing, transformative and supportive aspects of yoga, with practical information to take away and integrate into daily life.
Also included are walks and meditations in the magical, pristine bushland of the Darling Scarp and a deeply healing Sound Journey Meditation. You will also have time for rest and stillness, and be nourished with an abundance of vital, delicious and healing 'sattvic' pure foods.
During the auspicious nine-day festival of Devi Mahatma, you will celebrate the divine feminine in all its forms. In particular here at Kookaburra Creek, surrounded as you are by the intricate beauty of the natural world, you will celebrate Bhu Devi, that aspect of divinity known in all cultures around the world as the earth goddess or Mother Earth. There is no more important time in human history to honour, respect and celebrate the wonders and beauty of nature and you do this together over your weekend retreat in a very special way. A way that has the power to transform not only your own relationship with nature but also to heal and repair the essential and fragile balance of life in all its forms.
This retreat is open to everyone, offering newer students insight and guidance into beginning yoga, and experienced students greater depth and refinement to an established practice.
In the Yogic tradition, the Divine Feminine takes three primary forms. Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, rides on the graceful swan, Hamsa and is the font of all learning and music. She is the consort, the balancing force of Brahma the creator. Lakshmi, the goddess of abundance arises from the golden lotus and is the source of fertility and wealth. She is the consort of Vishnu, the sustainer of creation. Shakti or Durga rides the mighty tiger and in all her majesty and power is the goddess of energy. In the form of Kali, she governs death and is the consort of Shiva the redeemer.
Bhu Devi and Sri Devi are the twin aspects of Lakshmi. Bhu Devi the earth goddess rules the nature spirits, from Sri Devi arises gratitude and devotion. Kookaburra has a physical representation of Bhu Devi who rides the owl in miniature bronze statuettes with which you will perform a special symbolic puja or devotional ceremony. Lakshmi is often prayed to in order to gain wealth or material gain but this is a basic misunderstanding based on a distortion of the divine feminine by the masculine principle.
Patriarchal western culture, with its emphasis on continual and unsustainable economic growth, has usurped this subtle beauty and overlaid it with a grabbing sense of possession. We have been conditioned to try to own it for our personal and individual gain, clinging and holding onto wealth in greed and selfishness. We see the tragic results of this in the destruction of our precious planet, obesity and starvation is almost equal measure, the looming climate crisis and ruthless business practices that justify all means in the pursuit of so-called growth.
This puja helps to set things back in balance. Through your worship of Bhu Devi, you remind yourself and through the vibrations you produce, those around you, of the mystery and wonder of self-regenerating life and the boundless abundance of nature on which you are entirely dependent for your lives, true happiness, fulfillment, and well being.
The masculine aspect, when property understood has an equally important role to play. That is, to create and hold a safe space in which this regeneration can take place. The analogy is that of a bowl, a pedestal in which herbs and spices are ground to release their healing essence and intoxicating fragrance. The male aspect must chisel and carve the bowl from hard unyielding stone but should never seek to own and hoard the contents for its own benefit alone.
You will discover and share the most secret and powerful of all the sacred mantras during the Durga Puja and so in the process, transform yourself. Those around you cannot help but be affected.
Join Kookaburra Creek Yoga for this transformative weekend. Be the change, now more than ever, we as a human species, need to see.
This retreat includes extended walks to nearby places in the Wungong and Churchman's Brook Reserves. These are places of spiritual significance and natural beauty, and 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.
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 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 utilising 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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Food on this retreat is Sattvic, meaning it brings peace and enhances the wellbeing 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. The cuisine is vegetarian and gluten-free and is sustainable, pure, and real - supporting your body to detox, cleanse, and heal. Vegan options for all 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 verandahs overlooking the creek and forest with comfortable chairs and hammocks 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.
Transfer not provided
Kookaburra Creek is easily accessed by car with ample parking.
Please book your flight to arrive at Perth International Airport (PER). Less than one hour from Perth city and 30 minutes from Perth airport.
Kookaburra Creek is 2.5 kilometres from the Armadale train station. Take a taxi or Uber from the taxi rank across the road from the train station.
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