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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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 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.