6 Days Intensive Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Strathalbyn, Australia

  • Glenbarr Retreat Centre, Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn, South Australia 5255, Australia

6 Days Intensive Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Strathalbyn, Australia

  • Glenbarr Retreat Centre, Paris Creek Road, Strathalbyn, South Australia 5255, Australia

Advanced Yoga Retreat Australia

Skillful Mind is promising you a huge transformation on this retreat, but it comes with a warning as this is an intensive program. You might be confronted with some personal demons that stand in your way to deeper meditation practice. So if you are ready to confront them, then they are ready to support you in your every step and help you to go deeper into your practices.


  • Daily yoga classes
  • Deep meditation sessions
  • Walking meditation practices
  • Teaching and discussion sessions
  • Introductory session for NLP
  • Morning and afternoon tea
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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You will be accommodated in the sharing dorms at Glenbarr Retreat Centre. Situated on the outskirts of Strathalbyn, Glenbarr is a heritage-listed homestead set on 35 acres of gently undulating farming land alongside the meandering Middle Creek. Its intimate and rustic feel is perfect for disconnecting and taking time for yourself while on meditation retreat. Glenbarr is located 45 minutes southwest of Adelaide, in the quiet rural countryside near Strathalbyn.

Glenbarr was originally a home for Scottish pioneers and was one of the first buildings in Strathalbyn built in 1842. The buildings are a unique insight to the lifestyle of the early pioneers in rural Australia.

Many of the original buildings are used by groups with modern accommodation and bathroom facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. You will be accommodated on sharing basis in twin rooms. There are separate rooms for men and women. Modern communal bathroom facilities are available.

Facilities are provided separately for males and females. The accommodation may be basic, but the views, space, and country air make up for it. This venue really gives you a chance to "disconnect" from your everyday world, and enjoy gorgeous countryside while immersing in your spiritual growth while on retreat. All rooms have heating, however in winter, you might wish to bring a wheat bag or hot water bottle for bed warming.

Please do not forget to bring your own linen including single sheet set or sleeping bag, blankets, pillow and pillowcase, towels, face wash, and soap. There are extra camp-style blankets available in bedrooms.

This retreat is not for the faint hearted. In this retreat, Skillful Mind combines deep meditation with intense personal coaching. You will have significant break through in your level of meditation. This retreat will provide:

  • Expert practical instruction on how to meditate to a deep level
  • Long periods of time each day in which to meditate
  • One-on-one coaching to delve deep into and resolve any emotional blocks that arise
  • Support for any problems that comes up in your practice
  • A peaceful remote venue with delicious home-cooked food each day
  • A room full of like-minded people all supporting one another with a joint effort to reach a deeper level
  • Everything you need to facilitate a huge transformation

Of course, Skillful Mind recognizes that each person has to confront what is in front of them in there own way. So, they will not push you but they will definitely support you in pushing yourself. What Skillful Mind can promise is that you will learn more about your mind in these six days than you have done in a long time.


For this retreat, you will have already been meditating for some time with a good understanding of meditation. It is also recommended that you should attend the Skillful Mind technique retreat and preferably the advanced retreat also. The most important pre-requisit, however, is that you are willing to put in effort. You should consider this retreat more as a personal transformation journey than a holiday.

Why a retreat?

A meditation retreat allows you to focus on understanding meditation in a supportive environment, free from day-to-day distractions, in the company of like-minded people. In this atmosphere, it is common for people to progress much faster than through weekly lessons, or on their own.

At Skillful Mind, they offer retreats to everyday people that need a little bit of space to work on increasing happiness and joy in their lives, not only for themselves, but also for those around them.

Benefits of meditation

Meditation offers many benefits for your body, mind, and spirit.

Physical benefits of meditation

  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety
  • Decreases tension-related pain
  • Increases Serotonin production improving mood
  • Boosts immune system
  • Increases energy levels

Benefits of meditation on your mind

  • Decreases anxiety, negative emotions, trait anxiety, and neuroticism
  • Aids learning, memory, and self-realization
  • Improves attention and mindfulness
  • Stabilizes emotions
  • Increases creativity and happiness
  • Develops intuition
  • Gives clarity and peace of mind
  • Creates better focus
  • Reduces tension, anger, and frustration
  • And if done deeply enough, it is a path to a bliss that is beyond imagination

Spiritual benefits of meditation

The sense of peace, connectedness, and happiness opens the heart to enable you to live a contented and fulfilled life. Most spiritual traditions around the world have meditation, prayer, or at least self reflection as an important part of their practice. It makes sense that to get to know your spirituality better, you should spend time getting to know yourself better. A lesson that gets forgotten in the current fast-paced world one now lives in.

How to gain these benefits?

To experience these benefits, it is necessary to practice regularly. You can start with a few minutes every day, building up to ideally, around 20 minutes a day. You may be able to attend one of the Skillful Mind's refresh community classes in your local community, and to develop your meditation skills further, Skillful Mind offers weekend retreats throughout the year.

Daily schedule


  • 16:00 Arrival
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 Greeting, introduction, and revision
  • 20:00 Break
  • 20:30 Introduction continued
  • 21:00 Discussion
  • 21:30 Sleeping yoga


  • 06:00 Meditation practice (silent)
  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 Mindfulness of thought and obstacles of mediation
  • 10:00 Morning tea
  • 11:00 Walking meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Practice
  • 14:30 Levels of purification
  • 15:30 Yoga
  • 16:00 Afternoon tea or discussion group
  • 17:00 Purification mediations
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Mindfulness of phenomena
  • 20:00 Chanting and singing bowls
  • 20:30 Sleeping yoga


  • 06:00 Meditation practice (silent)
  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Ways to perceive emptiness
  • 10:30 Morning tea or discussion group
  • 11:00 Walking meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Introduction to diamond vehicle
  • 14:30 Yoga
  • 14:45 Compassion meditation - Ton Len
  • 15:30 Afternoon tea
  • 15:45 Dedication
  • 16:00 Advanced people depart
  • 16:00 Introduction to intensive retreat or coaching
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Meditation and chanting
  • 21:00 Close

Monday and Tuesday

  • 05:00 Meditation
  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Meditation, dedication, and close on Wednesday
  • 16:00 Afternoon tea
  • 16:30 Teaching - review of useful NLP concepts on Monday
  • 16:30 Teaching - review of Buddhist concepts on Tuesday
  • 17:30 Questions
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Meditation and chanting
  • 21:00 Close


  • Meditations can be up to two hours depending on you.
  • Meditation can be sitting or walking meditation
  • One-on-one coaching sessions can be booked individually.
  • Peter Radcliffe

    Peter is a life coach, meditation teacher, and neuro-linguistic programming trainer. He teaches students though the lens of a calm mind to help bring peace, happiness, and joy to their lives. Peter's unique background as a Buddhist monk empowers his retreats to be so much more than an ordinary getaway, it becomes a journey in itself. Peter began coaching and teaching meditation to small groups in 2004. He left the corporate world behind in 2009 to teach meditation, neuro-linguistic programming, and personal development full time.

  • Mardi Rogers

    Mardi is Skillful Mind's Kundalini yoga instructor, meditation leader, event manager, and refresh leaders program coordinator. After attending a yoga retreat with Skillful Mind in 2014, Mardi is working with Skillful Mind towards creating the best experience for retreat attendees. From her own love of yoga and meditation, she became one of the first refresh meditation leaders, and now manages the leaders program. She is also a Kundalini yoga instructor and loves sharing the benefits of meditation and yoga in her weekly classes and on retreat.

This retreat will take place in Strathalbyn, Australia. You will enjoy a weekend of in-depth meditation practice in the tranquil setting of Glenbarr Retreat Centre, near Strathalbyn, south of Adelaide. It is on the edge of the township and only a short walk to the center of this historic town with its beautiful memorial gardens, stunning heritage buildings, and collection of antique shops and cafes.

Nearby places

  • Adelaide - 45 minutes

During this retreat, you will be served delicious and nourishing vegetarian meals from Friday night supper until the lunch on Sunday. The menu has been designed as healthy and wholesome in a home-cooked style. It is a simple vegetarian fare but is full of flavor, and your body will thank you for the nourishment.

There are other food options available, and Skillful Mind will be happy to cater for lactose or gluten-free, vegan, or any special dietary requirements as well. Please let Skillful Mind know about your special requirement.

There are different activities that you can do in your free time, such as life coaching, massage, or tarot reading. All of these are available on extra charges.

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Various meditation teachings
  • Introductory session for Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian meals

Driving directions

  • Take the freeway towards the Adelaide Hills and exit at Mount Barker.
  • Follow Wellington Road for approximately five kilometers through to Wistow.
  • Turn right to Strathalbyn along the B37.
  • Now, follow this road for another 15 kilometers into Strathalbyn.
  • Veer to the right at the first roundabout.
  • When you reach the intersection of North Parade and Manse Road, turn right and follow this road to the North.
  • The Glenbarr gateway is 100 meters past the vet surgery on the left hand side of Paris Creek Road.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

South Australia, Australia

With over 20 years of experience and a long history in health and well-being, Skillful Mind provides people with the skills and knowledge of soul searching.

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6 days / 5 nights


Arrival: Friday November 17, 2017
Departure: Wednesday November 22, 2017

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