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Escape to a lush peaceful sanctuary in the north of Sydney. Relax, unwind, and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime. In a world where being stressed, anxious, depressed, and unhealthy is the norm, you need to do something different to take control of your lives again. Engage yourself in the art of mindful living, a life-changing, three-day, and deep immersion into mindfulness. On this popular retreat, you will learn the practice of mindfulness and discover powerful strategies to live a more conscious and connected life when you go back home.
In this retreat, you will stay at Mangrove Mountain Ashram. For the past 25 years, the ashram has promoted sustainable, simple, and mindful living through both its courses for the public and by its own example.
This ashram is surrounded by yogic culture. There are full time residents living there who are lovely friendly people. Many are swamis and have chosen a contemplative life. You may observe many of them wearing robes and / or prayer beads. They tirelessly volunteer their time to running the ashram so that others can benefit from discovering the joy of mindful living.
The accommodations are simple, clean, and usually shared. If you prefer camping or a single / double room, those options are also available. At this ashram, standard shared triple accommodation is included in retreat fees. Each room is shared by 3 people, generally on single beds, but a few rooms also include a bunk bed.
Camping sites are also available at the same cost if you’d prefer this option. You’ll bring all of your own camping facilities and camp within the grounds of the ashram. Both tents and campervans are welcome. Sites are unpowered.
Accommodation blocks are spread over the Mangrove Mountain Ashram. Also, please note if you cannot bring your own bedding, you can organize a linen package from the ashram by sending Mrs Mindfulness an inquiry.
Upgrades to single and twin rooms are available at an additional cost. For twin room, the room is shared by a party of 2 people, usually on single beds. Please note Mangrove Mountain Ashram does not have double beds, but in many rooms the twin beds can be pushed together to form a double. Single room generally has 3 single beds but is available for single occupancy. Please indicate your desired accommodation at the time of booking.
This is practiced daily at the ashram. It is a 30-minute meditative practice performed in a lying position. A favourite practice of many guests and residents!
Also known as yogic sleep or sleep with awareness, yoga Nidra is an ancient tantric practice that is intended to induce full-body relaxation and a deep meditative state of consciousness. Traditionally done in a lying down position, yoga Nidra is a systematic method of complete relaxation, holistically addressing your physiological, neurological, and subconscious needs.
Guided imagery and body scan techniques are used to take the practitioner into a deeply relaxed yet aware state. The practice will typically last 20 to 30 minutes. The practitioner begins by quieting the overactive conscious mind, and then moves into a meditative state called pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses). You will gradually find a state of “ultimate harmony” in which the brain waves slow down and a subtle euphoria emerges.
Though most beginning practitioners don’t slip easily into the more advanced stages, they still tend to emerge feeling rejuvenated. Yoga Nidra is a powerful tool for nurturing awareness.
The spiritual discipline of mouna (silence) is practiced daily within the ashram grounds from 20:15 until 07:30 the following morning. This provides the opportunity for self-reflection and inner observation.
This retreat will take place at Mangrove Mountain Ashram in Mangrove Creek, Central Coast, Australia. It’s one of those places with a really special vibe. It’s an oasis of peace, surrounded by beautiful forests and majestic cliffs. The ashram is set in a relaxing atmosphere in the picturesque forest.
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Three wholesome and delicious meals are served each day along with morning and afternoon fruit and tea. Meals are vegetarian and made using a variety of high quality, all-natural ingredients to offer nutritionally sound and tasty meals. Fresh salad greens, herbs, and other vegetables are served daily from Mangrove Mountain Ashram’s vegetable garden.
Mangrove Mountain Ashram serves balanced vegetarian food, with lots of grain, fresh fruit and vegetables, a little dairy, and eggs. They always accommodate for food allergies with simple gluten free and vegan options available when necessary. Other allergens, such as nuts, will be labeled on request.
Unfortunately, Mangrove Mountain Ashram cannot cater for those with severe dietary restrictions or those following diets such as low carb, paleo, or raw vegan. Participants who need to eat different food from what is served are encouraged to bring their own supplementary food.
Tea making facilities are available in the dining room 24 hours a day. There is a fridge provided for guests to store their own food if needed (note that private cooking facilities are not available). If you have any questions or queries concerning diet at Mangrove Mountain Ashram, please send Mrs Mindfulness an inquiry.
If you intend to travel by bus, you must inform the Mangrove Mountain Ashram’s reception in advance so that they may arrange for a car to pick you up at the designated set down point at an additional cost.
In weekdays (public school days), departs Gosford train station from bus bay: 6 at 3:22 p.m. (route 32: Gosford - Somersby - Mangrove Mountain - Spencer). Set down point Mangrove Creek Road at 4:30 p.m. Meanwhile in weekdays (during school holidays), departs Gosford train station from bus bay: 6 at 3:22 pm (route 32: Gosford – Somersby – Mangrove Mt – Spencer). Set down point Pembertons Hill Road at 4:30 p.m.