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4 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat Daintree Rainforest, QLD

  • Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat, North Queensland, Australia


Yoga Retreat in North Queensland, Australia

Prema Shanti offers you a unique yoga and meditation retreat set deep within the pristine and world heritage listed, Daintree Rainforest. The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat is set on one hectare of pristine rainforest, surrounded by two world heritage listed eco-systems that exist side by side: the worlds oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, and the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy nature's beauty

This yoga and meditation program is designed to ensure you enjoy all the natural beauty of these two world famous eco-systems as you experience the complete yoga holiday situated only two hours from Cairns. It is flexible and designed so you can relax and rejuvenate, while also enjoying all the wonders of the Daintree rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Daily evening yoga classes
  • Daily morning meditation session
  • Explore and enjoy the Daintree Rainforest
  • Yoga classes are tailored to suit individual needs
  • Use of yoga mats and other equipment
  • 3 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat is set on one hectare of pristine rainforest, surrounded by two world heritage listed eco-systems that exist side by side: the worlds oldest rainforest, the Daintree Rainforest, and the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Great Barrier Reef. Prema Shanti also offers the following facilities: tours desk, rainforest walking tracks, bike hire, almost 1 kilometer of safe freshwater swimming holes, meditation room, meditation stools, polished wooden yoga floor, yoga mats and props are supplied, tea and coffee making, and day spa.

Boutique rooms

Prema Shanti's boutique accommodation rooms are situated below the yoga and meditation space. A walk upstairs and you are there for morning meditation, yoga. Providing it is outside of the daily schedule, you are very welcome to meditate or do yoga within the temple space at any time. On site accommodation means you stay within the sacred energy and ambiance of the Prema Shanti temple, living, breathing and absorbing it. All our boutique rooms are contained within The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat. Bathroom facilities are shared.

The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat was founded in 1997 and officially opened to the public when the Prema Shanti Yoga Centre was visited by his Holiness the Dalai Lamas Gyuto monks in a temple blessing ceremony attended by the local community.

The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat is unique in Australia. It is the only venue that has a daily program of meditation and yoga set deep within world heritage listed pristine Daintree rainforest. It is located almost exactly midway along the Daintree Coast where the rainforest meets the Coral Sea, two hours north of Cairns. The Great Barrier Reef is only a 45 minute boat trip away.

The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat is the perfect location to explore one of the most beautiful regions on earth. They are set many kilometers away from other resorts and backpacker hostels, ensuring a genuine rainforest experience. Enjoy the safe freshwater swimming holes, rainforest walking treks and abundance of rainforest flora and fauna.


  • Cairns - 2 hours
  • Great Barrier Reef - 45 minutes
  • 3 nights boutique room accommodation
  • Daily evening yoga classes
  • Daily morning meditation practice
  • Explore the Daintree Rainforest
  • Safe freshwater swimming holes
  • Use of yoga mats and other equipment
  • Use of meditation room and stools
  • Yoga classes that are tailored to suit individual needs

The daily program of this four-day yoga retreat with Prema Shanti is flexible and designed so guests can relax and rejuvenate, while also enjoying all the wonders of the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. The Prema Shanti is the ideal venue for yoga workshops and retreats, with polished wooden floors, open design, surrounded by lush tropical rainforest, the Prema Shanti retreat is yoga in paradise.

The daily program of this yoga retreat, is meditation every morning at 7 a.m. Yoga classes are held at 6 p.m. every evening. Both of Prema Shanti's teaching styles are committed to the needs of their students, with awareness, compassion, and understanding. The Prema Shanti yoga and meditation retreat provides you with the perfect ambiance for a unique rain-forest yoga holiday.

Yoga is Sanskrit for union with the divine. Yoga is an integral part of the daily routine at this Prema Shanti yoga retreat. Through the physical practice of the yoga asanas (postures) deeper, more meaningful states of awareness are achieved. One moves through, and past any lingering mental, emotional, or physical blockages, allowing ones own innate sense of wellbeing and harmony to emerge. The physical postures are used purely as tools to enhance ones own awareness of self.

The yoga classes are suitable for beginners through to more advanced practitioners of yoga, we do not teach a particular style of yoga to our students. Mara and Janardhan have been influenced by, and studied many different styles of yoga over the past 20 years, which have contributed to our own unique approach, and individual style of teaching. With awareness of self, comes increased self-confidence, flexibility, peace, and clarity of mind. This retreats yoga classes are tailored to suit each individuals needs within a loving, supportive environment allowing one to delve more deeply into the mystery of ones own divine nature. The classes finish with sacred chants and prayers for the happiness of all beings everywhere.

Guidance in meditation is available to students who have never meditated before, with simple easy to follow instructions given, we take the mystery out of meditation, and practice silent comfortable sitting meditation. Mara and Janardhan vary their meditation practice according to the experience of the participants. They use such techniques as Yoga Nidra. (yoga meaning union, or one pointed awareness, and Nidra which means sleep. This practice is a yogic relaxation technique using a guided meditation to relax.) The classes include pranayama (science of breath) methods, and simple Sanskrit chants to calm and still the mind.

Driving directions from Cairns

The trip from Cairns to the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre takes between 2 to 3 hours depending on traffic. Simply drive north from Cairns on the Cook Highway past Port Douglas.

A 15 minute drive past Port Douglas and you will reach the township of Mossman. Approximately a half hours drive past Mossman you come to a turn off to the right towards the Cape Tribulation, Daintree Ferry. Watch for the signposts.

From this turnoff, approximately 4 kilometers down the road, is the Daintree River where the ferry is waiting to take you deep into the heart of the worlds oldest rainforest. Once across the ferry, stay on the main road north heading towards Cape Tribulation, its approximately a 20 kilometers drive over the Daintree range.

You will cross over the one way Hutchinson Bridge where you should see a school on your right. Keep driving straight ahead until you see a service station on your right hand side, Prema Shanti is the second road on the left hand side past the service station, Turpentine Rd. Signposts for the Heritage Lodge and Butterfly farm signs are on the corner of Turpentine Road, turn left down this road.

Approximately 700 meters down Turpentine Road, you will see a sign on the right hand side, Heritage Lodge. Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre is the first drive on the left past this sign, they are signposted.

Welcome, you have arrived, ready to begin your rainforest adventure.

Itinerary information

Classes for this retreat are subject to change upon the discretion of Prema Shanti.

Course information

All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged to join this retreat program.

Additional information

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

  • Janardhan McInosh

    Janardhan McInosh is the founder and the vision behind the creation of the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat, he first began his yoga and meditation practice in Auckland, New Zealand in 1983. He has never limited his yoga training by aligning himself with any particular style of yoga, embracing all styles (i.e. Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin etc) and taking from each what works for his students, over a 30-year period has developed his own unique teaching methodologies, being influenced by all his teachers and mentors, and their love for yoga.

  • Mara Staffieri

    Mara Staffieri is the co-founder and director of the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre. Mara began her yoga practice in 1986 and has been teaching yoga since 1996, holding yoga retreats, Ayurvedic workshops, in Europe, Zurich, Australia, and New Zealand. Mara has also being teaching in teacher trainings in Zurich and New Zealand. Her yoga philosophy and style has been influenced by Iyengar, Astanga and Satyananda yoga traditions. Mara has accreditation with Yoga Alliance 200.

Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre also offers you a wide range of massage and spa treatments for a separate fee. East meets west in these unique treatments blending Indian ayurvedic science and tradition with modern techniques. The ancient Indian science of Ayurveda is a holistic and conscious approach to your own health and vitality. Ayurveda includes the use of herbs massage as well as diet and yoga to balance the body, mind, and soul. Steeped in ancient wisdom reaching back 5000 years, it is just as relevant today.

A haven within a haven, where relaxation is perfected, allowing your innate well-being and beauty to blossom and shine. Massages, facials, body brushing and wraps. Prema Shanti prides itself on providing unique, treatments designed around your individual needs. You will deepen, unwind and immerse yourself in a luxurious treatment especially designed to nurture, pamper, and rejuvenate. The physical benefits of these ancient rituals are many and varied, and last long after the treatment ends. All products used are organic.

The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat offers you the opportunity to either enjoy all the wonders of the world's oldest rainforest, the Daintree rainforest, snorkel or scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, or to simply relax, and do as little as possible - the choice is yours.

Beaches: Only 5 minutes drive from The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat to beautiful white secluded beaches. Picture perfect white sandy beaches fringing the tropical rain forest. Just off shore you can snorkel and scuba dive among the coral reefs.

Cape Tribulation sea kayaking tours: Kayak around the magnificent Cape Tribulation headland, experience an eco-friendly guided mangrove walk and sample tropical gourmet refreshments including fresh coconuts. No experience necessary; all equipment provided; free transfers from Cape Tribulation area with both morning and afternoon trips. Sea kayak hire also available.

Cooper Creek Wilderness: If you want to see the best of the Daintree Rainforest, come to Cooper Creek Wilderness, the sacred heart of the 135-million year old living museum. Explore the rainforests secrets with an experienced local expert. Tours provide exclusive experiences away from mass tourism and boardwalks. Only Cooper Creek Wilderness can guide you through World Heritage Rainforest on a natural trail.

Daintree Discovery Centre: The number one eco-tourism attraction in the Daintree Rainforest. Outstanding interpretive displays, interactive kiosks, a fantastic new Aerial Walkway, Canopy Tower, Cassowary Circuit, Bush Tucker Trail, DVD theatre, library, and coffee shop. Take a self-guided audio tour through unspoiled, pristine rainforest in comfort and safety. Enjoy the 45 page Interpretive Guide book.

Daintree Entomological Museum: This museum features the largest collection of rare and exotic butterflies and beetles in Australia, from the giant dragonfly of the Daintree Rainforest to some of the worlds most beautiful insects.

Day spa and massage: Relax and unwind with a rejuvenating and revitalizing massage and spa treatment, allowing yourself the ultimate in pampering indulgence.

Horse riding adventures: Enjoy the excitement of riding horses through the unspoiled beauty of the worlds oldest rainforest. Suitable for beginners through to experienced horse riders.

Jungle surfing canopy tours: Be taken on a unique rainforest tour where your feet dont touch the ground. Fly through the air on flying fox zip lines stopping at five tree platforms to get a birds eye view over the rainforest, and out to the Great Barrier Reef.

Ocean safari adventures: Go on an exhilarating ride from the shores of the rainforest to snorkel the spectacular Great Barrier Reef in only 25mins.

Ocean safari sailing catamaran scuba diving and snorkeling adventures: Allows you to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef with their highly trained team to ensure you a safe and memorable day, visiting Mackay and Undine reefs.

World heritage listed rainforest: The Cape Tribulation section of the Daintree is one of the most ancient and primitive rain forests in the world, dating back 135 million years. It is well worth taking a guided tour into the rainforest, so that you can fully appreciate what you are seeing. These rainforests were listed on the World Heritage List in 1988. Look out for the elusive Southern Cassowary. An endangered species, the Southern Cassowary grows to 2 meters tall and can weigh 85 kilograms. The Daintree Rainforest is a prime location for spotting these wonderful creatures.

  • Cycling
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking/trekking
  • Sailing nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming nearby
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation room
  • Restaurant
  • Bicycle rental
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
For information about the booking conditions, please send Prema Shanti an inquiry.
  • Review by Mary Lou Ryan
    10 out of 10

    "Hi, Our yoga retreat was absolutely amazing on every level. Mara and Ganadan (not sure if spelling is correct) were the perfect hosts. Provided incredible wisdom and support but were also very real and grounded. I have walked away with a renewed sense of self that will last a lifetime. And, the food was amazing to top it off.", edited

  • Review by MelaJoy from Melbourne, Australia
    10 out of 10

    "I recently spent 6 nights at Prema Shanti Yoga Retreat and just loved it. Mara and Janardhan take very good care of their guests, providing wonderful yoga classes and delicious home cooked meals. The rooms are very comfortable and the ambiance of the beautiful rain forest setting is fabulous. A piece of paradise!"

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "I came to Prema Shanti to sooth my soul, relax my mind and recharge my body feeling physically burnt out and mentally exhausted I wanted start a new discipline and a way to re-balance my life, I have come away with so much more. It's been over 20 years since I did a yoga class and although I've been meditating for over 30 years I have never really had a strict routine. My body has loved the last week and my mind is calm and collected. I am practicing catching thoughts at every moment and being the constant detached observer. Thank you both for reminding me what is really important. You are a Great team and I have loved every minute of my week with you. I am carrying what I have learnt this week into my life and starting every day as if its the first day of my life with renewed enthusiasm, vigor and purpose. For those of you that have a calling to go here listen to it! You will not be disappointed, When the student is read the teacher appears."

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  • Review by Adrianna & John from London, UK
    10 out of 10

    "Prema Shanti is an amazing place for both mind and body. The program is extremely personalized and yoga practice on the highest level! My partner and I felt like we have escaped the world for few days and came back with new energy. Truly incredible experience!" website, edited

  • Review by Tanya S

    "I visited Prema Shanti with my partner, and we both felt nothing short of enlightened. Mara and Janardhan are radiant beings and amazing teachers, and we both feel blessed to have met them. Gained so much insight into both the practices of yoga and meditation, but also into ourselves and our relationship. Would recommend everyone a stay at Prema Shanti! Thank you again Mara and Janardhan, lots of love."

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  • Review by Angela from Sydney, Australia

    "Prema Shanti offered me so many levels of therapeutic bliss. I desperately needed to escape from the Sydney rat race and this was the perfect way to do so. Some of the highlights were …. waking up to the birds in the Daintree Rainforest, sharing the experience with some amazing people who I will cherish forever, no phone or internet service was medicine, wholesome dinners made with love and sooooo much more….. Thank you Mara and Janardhan for all the love and support you offered me during my stay, I had such an amazing experience that i will remember forever. Little Angela xo"

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  • Review by Craw from Melbourne, Australia

    "What can we say about this incredible place in middle of the Daintree rainforest from the moment we were greeted at our car by Janardan in the pouring rain till the moment we left we felt the positive energy flowing out of every pore of the place, words cannot explain the experience, but I'll endeavour to give it a go, the Yoga and meditation conducted by Mara and Janardan was was very professional organised and structured for beginners to advanced alike, the advice that these guy's supplied us has given us the tools to take on the challenges for next phase of our lives, we met some amazing people and experienced the beautiful Daintree rainforest, the meals were vegetarian, but so delicious. To wrap up if you are looking to take your Yoga and meditation to the next level you've found the right place. To Mara and Janardan God bless you both, truly earth angels."

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  • Review by Lora from Sydney, Australia

    "A stand out feature of our stay at Prema Shanti was the care and consideration shown by Mara and Janardhan to tailor the meditation and yoga to the experience and needs of the guests, without compromising the integrity of these observances. Having undergone spinal surgery, I felt safe, guided and appropriately challenged by the yoga, and rejuvenated by the mediation. Moreover for people with curious minds, there is much at Prema Shanti feed the soul. Mara and Janardhan encouraged exploration of ideas and we found ourselves amongst the company of like minded people. Accommodation is basic, but with the backdrop of the rainforest and an emphasis on introspection, it suits the focus. Mara's cooking was delicious and the communal meals were a highlight each night with their warmth and stimulating discussions. My husband and I left with many reflections and have made some lifestyle changes in the week since we've returned from our retreat. A soul refreshing experience - thanks Janardhan and Mara"

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  • Review by Dr Kel from Rockhampton, Australia

    "Mara and Janardhan have created a beautiful space at Prema Shanti. This is not a luxury hotel, but it is a luxury for body and mind. Each morning starts with 30 mins of meditation. Don't worry if you've never done it before - neither had I and I loved the experience! After breakfast, you have the day to yourself to explore the region, or swing in a hammock napping or reading. There's also a beautiful, safe waterhole nearby for swimming. Then yoga at 6 pm, followed by a yummy vegetarian dinner. Yoga is suitable for all levels. "

    "Meals are not suitable for those with dietary restrictions, other than vegetarian, as the meals are all hand made together, by Mara and Janardhan. After dinner and breakfast, we all wash up (which is very companionable and fun). I loved that I had plenty of time to myself, but then after dinner we would sit around and chat. It's great to not be distracted by technology, and really get to know people and discuss some great ideas. I made some great friends! Of course, you can have quiet time to yourself if you prefer. Lights out and quiet time are at 9.30 pm. Accommodation is basic, but clean and comfortable. Bathrooms are shared - but while I was there the accommodation was full, and it was never a problem."

    "The Daintree area is spectacular, and ideally you should have 4-7 days here, but any time is valuable. I will definitely stay at Prema Shanti again on my next visit to the Daintree."

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  • Review by Clare from Sydney, Australia

    " My husband and I spent 4 nights at Prema Shanti yoga and meditation retreat. Neither of us had ever done yoga before but this did not matter as the yoga was great for beginners like us. Mara & Janardhan were very friendly, courteous, gracious hosts. Nothing was a bother for them, they happily booked excursions and trips at a moments notice. They both had a wealth of knowledge of the Daintree area and were very happy to share this with us. They recommended that we visit the local blue holes, a beautiful creek which is a small walk away from the retreat. This place was a perfect spot for a refreshing swim. I was shocked at some of the negative reviews on Trip advisor about Prema Shanti. Neither I or my husband experienced anything negative. Maybe these people were expecting a 5 star resort with servants waiting on them day & night. Prema Shanti does not pretend to be a 5 star resort. Prema Shanti is a very clean, well run Eco retreat. It is a lovely way to get back to basics & not worry about day to day life for a few days. We both really enjoyed spending time with the other guests at dinner time, chatting about the day's events. There is a little bit of washing up to do but if you all do it together it's over in a jiffy! I personally have never done meditation before but it was a lovely way to end our yoga class every evening. I would definitely recommend Prema Shanti to anyone who wants to get away from the stresses of the world for a little while. "

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  • Review by Ceren U

    " As two travelers from the other end of the world we had no idea where we were going, we just rented a car and hit the road from Cairns to the north and ended up in Daintree in Prema Shanti. Just when all you need is silence and warm, nourishing hearts around you, you'll find it. Prema Shanti was the pit stop for us this time, Mara and Janardhan -and the rain forest- helped us soothing and rejuvenating our tired minds, hearts and bodies and we left after 3 days totally recharged and shining in & out. They are warm, friendly, colorful and they see the humor in this life:) Food is healthy and yummy, yoga classes are exactly how they should be -neither forcing nor undermining one's limits-, the rooms are very clean, comfortable and neat. The words are not enough to describe the environment, it is beautiful beyond words. I cannot wait til next time i'll meet Mara&Janardhan and the rain forest! Hope the next time it will be the destination. "

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  • Review by Katrina B

    " My friend and I are both yoga teachers with a focus on spirituality. We wanted a holiday with like minded people but also to rejuvenate. Prema shanti gave a opportunity for all the parts of our personalities to be nourished. With times of stillness, introspection, connecting to self and nature thought to active adventure and discovery. The power of rainforest coupled with the wonderful hosts holding a caring, calm and warm space. I normally travel alone and I would love this place as a solo traveller It is a perfect holiday for singles, couples, friends and older families alike. Great yoga classes for beginners to advance modification given and self direct mediation (very thankful for that) "

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  • Review by a solo traveler from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "This is a magical place run by some special people who put a lot of love thought and effort into running a fabulous yoga meditation haven. Take some time for yourself, slow it down and step away from it all. At Prema Shanti, you won't want to leave! Just relax in a hammock, get a healing massage, meditate on the magic rock, and eat so well with Mara's delicious and healthy feasts. With a billabong within walking distance, there is no need to go far but with great horse rides and the reef to explore near by. Don't miss them. I will be back for sure. Thank u guys for an enlightening week out!!"

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  • Review by Rosemary from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "Just returned from a fantastic retreat with Nikola Ellis at Prema Shanti. Great location for a retreat right in the middle of the rain forest. I visited the local water hole and came face to face with Mr and Mrs Cassowary. I loved the small rat kangaroos that come to feed each night. Mara and Janardhan are caring and nurturing hosts as always. Mara's food is 10 out of 10. Looking forward to next September the next retreat with Nikola in the Daintree at Prema Shanti."

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  • Review by Jessie from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "This beautiful retreat is located in the heart of the Daintree. Being surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of this rainforest is just beginning of a truly unique and amazing experience at Prema Shanti. The daily meditation, yoga, great vegetarian food and the wonderful company of Mara and Janardhan made this retreat the perfect place to revive and rejuvenate. I'll definitely be returning!"

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Queensland 4873, Australia

Prema Shanti is a yoga and meditation retreat centre in the heart of Daintree rainforest in far North Queensland, Australia.

from MXN 5,124

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