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4 Days Mindful Living Yoga Retreat NSW, Australia

  • Mangrove Mountain Ashram, Mangrove Creek, Central Coast, New South Wales 2250, Australia


Weekend Yoga Retreat Australia

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.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Silent period and mindfulness practices
  • Strategies to integrate mindfulness into a busy life
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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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.


  • Sadhana halls
  • Lounge and library
  • Tea making and fridge
  • Laundry
  • Laxmi bookshop

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.

Nearby places

  • Sydney - 90 minutes
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • A workbook and 2 meditation audios
  • Daily meditation practices
  • Daily Nidra yoga classes
  • Delicious healthy vegetarian meals
  • Mindfulness practices
  • Periods of silence

Yoga Nidra

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.

Mouna (periods of silence)

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.


  • Practice meditation (the formal practice of mindfulness)
  • Practice mindfulness in daily life (the informal practice of mindfulness)
  • Work skillfully with difficult emotions and thoughts
  • Learn 7 strategies to integrate mindfulness into a busy or stressful life
  • Learn 3 most common beginner mistakes and how not to make them
  • Switch out of stress and into calm in under 60 seconds
  • Shift from autopilot living into conscious living
  • Break through limiting beliefs and mind patterns
  • Work skillfully with addictive behavior
  • Learn powerful methods to help you respond rather than react and make wiser choices
  • Unveil the innate peace, wholeness, and wisdom that are your birthright
  • Enjoy Nidra yoga (deep relaxation meditation done lying down)
  • Experience periods of silence (from 20:00 to after breakfast the next day) to encourage reflection and relaxation


  • You’ll stress less and respond more skillfully
  • You’ll gain a new sense of inner freedom
  • You’ll understand and manage your mind better
  • You’ll gain greater physical and psychological well-being
  • You’ll feel more confident and have greater mental resilience
  • You’ll know how to practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere (feel more connection and aliveness as a result)
  • Your mind will be less distracted leading to greater productivity and enjoyment of work
  • You’ll have all the tools and support you need to establish a daily mindfulness practice when you go back home
  • You’ll have a way to find peace and wholeness in this busy stressful world you live in
  • You’ll emerge feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and armed with powerful new insights to take back into your daily life

Daily schedule

  • 05:30 Wake up (to a singing alarm clock)
  • 06:00 Morning yoga class (mindful postures, breathing, and meditation)
  • 07:00 Breakfast
  • 08:00 Group Karma yoga (mindfulness of action)
  • 09:15 Teaching / practice session
  • 11:00 Lunch and free time
  • 14:30 Nidra yoga meditation (12:00 on Sunday)
  • 15:00 Afternoon tea
  • 16:00 Yoga class or teaching / practice
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Evening program (may be meditation, satsang (inspirational talk), inspirational stories, film, or kirtan)
  • 20:15 Mouna (silence)

Driving directions from Sydney

  • On the F3 / Highway 1, take the Peats Ridge / Central Mangrove exit off the freeway (next exit after the Mountain White exit).
  • After 14.9 kilometers, turn left into Georges Downes drive marked “Central Mangrove & Wisemans Ferry”.
  • 2.4 kilometers later, turn left into Wisemans Ferry Road marked “Mangrove Mountain & Wisemans Ferry”.
  • After 16 kilometers, turn right into Mangrove Creek Road, travel 3.1 kilometers, and on the right is Mangrove Mountain Ashram. This is a dirt road which is narrow and windy, so please limit speed to 40 kilometers per hour.
  • Do not drive down Pembertons Hill Road. If using a GPS, it may try and direct you down Pembertons Hill Road from Wisemans Ferry Road. Do not take this road as there are locked gates at the bottom of the road and you will have to turn around. Make sure you continue down Wisemans Ferry Road to the bottom of the gully, and turn right directly into Mangrove Creek road just before you go over Bedlam Creek Bridge.

Driving directions from Newcastle / North Coast

  • On the F3 / Highway 1, take the Peats Ridge exit off the freeway, take the second exit marked “Gosford / Wisemans Ferry”.
  • Turn right at T intersection into Wisemans Ferry Road.
  • After 18 kilometers, turn right into Mangrove Creek Road, travel 3.1 kilometers, and on the right is Mangrove Mountain Ashram. This is a dirt road which is narrow and windy, so please limit speed to 40 kilometers per hour.

Arrival by bus

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.

Mobile / communication information

There is no mobile reception at the retreat location. There are, however, two public phones which can be used using coins or phone dialing cards. Internet access is available in the student room from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day at no cost (it is very slow).

Dressing information

Mangrove Mountain Ashram is environment of modesty and simplicity. In this environment, you are encouraged to also dress modestly by limiting the use of jewelry, make-up, after-shaves, and perfumes. Skimpy, tight clothing is not appropriate here and shirts are best left on, even on hot days.

What to bring

Pillow, bed sheets, blankets, doona or sleeping bag (it can be very cold in winter), clothes suitable for yoga classes and outdoor activities, swimmers for summer, sun hat, slip-on shoes and covered shoes, water bottle, toiletries (try to stick to biodegradable, non-scented variety) and towel, torch (important), alarm clock, mosquito repellent and sunscreen, a journal, and pens.

Extension options

You can extend your stay for another 2 days at an additional cost. There are two packages offered: standard shared room is 880 AUD per person and shared twin room is 1220 AUD per person.

Additional information

For more information, ask your questions directly to Mrs Mindfulness, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send inquiry button to send a message.

  • Melli O’Brien

    Melli is an internationally accredited meditation, yoga, and mindfulness teacher.

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.

Sample menu

  • Breakfast: brown rice, porridge, stewed fruit, yoghurt, condiments, herb and black tea (dairy milk and soy milk are provided)
  • Lunch: red lentil dhal, basmati rice, seasonal mixed vegetables, chutney, and mixed fresh garden salad
  • Dinner: Thai coconut and tofu curry, pappadams, basmati rice, and green salad
  • Bushwalks
  • Kayaking
  • Read books in the library
  • Relax in the garden
  • Swim
  • Volleyball or badminton
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming
  • Garden
  • Lounge
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Library
For information about the booking conditions, please send Mrs Mindfulness an inquiry.
  • Review by Carol Boman
    9 out of 10

    "Thank you, Melli, for your amazing retreat. I have loved soaking up your wisdom and I found myself continuously nodding, acknowledging, and learning. This exceeded my expectations. I thought I would relax and learn a few things but this has been life-changing."

    Mrs Mindfulness website, edited

  • Review by Jeremy Mohamed
    9 out of 10

    "What did I enjoy the most about this weekend? The mindfulness sessions with Mellissa. She makes it so fascinating and keeps you constantly engaged. I’m looking forward to follow up sessions."

    Mrs Mindfulness website, edited

  • Review by Swami Kriyatma Saraswati
    9 out of 10

    "It is one thing to talk eloquently on the subject of mindfulness and it is another thing to actually practice mindfulness. Melli is one of those few who walks her talk."

    Mrs Mindfulness website, edited

  • Review by Charmaine Burke from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I am enthralled while I listen to Melissa teach because there is a delightful mixture of gentleness and incredible power that comes through her message. She has intelligent ideas, a strength of experience, and a driving passion to help the world in an area that is most neglected – the mind. If we tuned in to her message, we would make profound changes in our lives. She is a voice that must be heard."

    Mrs Mindfulness website, edited

  • Review by Claire Toohey
    10 out of 10

    "Did this weekend meet my expectations? Above and beyond. These days at the ‘Art of Mindful Living Retreat’ have been a life changer."

    Mrs Mindfulness website, edited

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Arrival: Thursday January 26, 2017
Departure: Sunday January 29, 2017

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The prices below include an early bird discount of 50 AUD per person. To benefit, make a full payment before August 27, 2016.

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