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Silent Relaxing Retreat Australia

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Australia.

Have you ever just sat quietly in the morning listening to the sounds of nature and allowing the beauty of it all to seep into your very soul? Practicing noble silence regularly will allow you to feel more and more of nature living its life as it surrounds you. The art of noble silence can permeate your life bringing you to a state of inner peace and tranquillity, opening the mind’s eye to the understanding of life. Silence, stillness, introspection, and time in the now, this is something we rarely allow ourselves, if ever.

This retreat will focus on the gaining of emotional contentment and finding the inner silence that lies within us all. It allows time for introspection for clarity of mind to give the answers to the questions in our life an opportunity to arise.

This retreat is open to all people, however, it is recommended that you have had some sort of retreat experience.

Meet the instructors

Rosalie (Mawar) & Fushin
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  • Yoga for back support
  • Singing Bowl Meditation
  • Yin, Hatha and Nidra Yoga
  • Zen dharma and meditation
  • A retreat location away from the usual white noise of life
  • Beautiful panoramic surroundings
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Yoga studio

During this holiday, you will be accommodated at the Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat, a panoramic and secluded retreat center overlooking the Conondale Valley and the mountains beyond. The temperate climate allows beautiful gardens to flourish, bringing in prolific birdlife and fauna.

Kintamani Room

The Kintamani Room has a Suzie bunk bed (double on the bottom and a single on top) with its own bathroom. It is for a maximum of two people.

Uluwatu Room

The Uluwatu room has a single bunk on top and a double bed on the bottom. It is for a maximum of two people. Two single guests may share the bunk room. The Ubud and Uluwatu rooms share a large bathroom with twin vanities and a separate toilet.

The Ubud Room

The Ubud room has two single beds. It is for a maximum of two people. Two single guests may share the bunk room. The Ubud and Uluwatu rooms share a large bathroom with twin vanities and a separate toilet.

The Garden Rooms

There are 2 garden rooms, each with a single bed. It is for a maximum of one person in each room. The Garden rooms share a large bathroom.


This retreat is designed to promote clarity and well-being in body, mind, and spirit and help you achieve a feeling of peace of mind with a focus on finding a state of stillness and silence within. Your day will start at 7 a.m. and finish around 8 p.m. All accommodation, vegetarian meals, and teachings are included in the retreat price.

The Zen Centre’s silent retreat program is led by qualified and experienced program leaders, both of Australian Nationality. The yoga and yoga meditation program is led by Rosalie Allan, a qualified yoga teacher trained to International Yoga Alliance standards with meditation certification. All Zen knowledge is imparted from the resident ordained Zen Master, Fushin Daijo Yin Chao.

All the programs are designed to be of as much benefit to the individual student as possible. For this reason, Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat keeps the participant numbers to only six per program. Guest arrival is on Friday, anytime after 2 p.m.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Friday

  • 16:00 Hatha yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Introduction to the silent retreat and a Dharma talk on "The Purpose of Life"

Days 2 and 3

  • 07:00 Hot / cold beverage
  • 07:30 Mindfulness meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Tai Chi
  • 10:00 Gentle Hatha yoga with Rose
  • 10:30 30-minute meditation
  • 11:00 Mindfulness activity
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Dharma with Fushin
  • 15:00 Afternoon tea
  • 15:30 Meditation walk with introspection, followed by yoga Nidra or Yin yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Tibetan bowl meditation or a yoga Nidra.


Rosalie (Mawar) Allan

Fushin Daijo Yin Chao

Retreat location

This retreat will take place in Wootha, in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, nearby Maleny and Montville. The Hinterland has many beautiful drives, walks, parks, and waterfalls. It is a very popular bed and breakfast location for the Brisbane market.

The famous Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo is nearby. The area is very beautiful, a lovely way to start any international holiday commencing in Brisbane. There is one acre of gardens where birds, wallabies, and koalas live.


  • Australia Zoo - 20 minutes
  • Caloundra - 40 minutes
  • Brisbane - 1 hour
  • Maleny, 8 kilometers
  • Surf beaches - 40 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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The meals are mindfully prepared vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free from thousand-year-old recipes from along the Silk Road.

Each day, breakfast will consist of a toasting item with spreads, cereal, fruit juice, and yogurt. Vegans and dairy-free guests will be supplied with either a chia pudding or vegan yogurt. Gluten-free guests will be supplied with a gluten-free cereal.

Day 1


  • Mediterranean spinach and ricotta cannelloni - Vegetarian
  • Greek salad - Vegan, gluten-free (remove Feta and it is vegan and dairy-free)
  • Homemade bread - vegetarian
  • Vegan, gluten-free option available when advised - chickpea curry

Day 2

Lunch: Make your own salad sandwich or wrap or just enjoy a salad on its own


  • Bengali zucchini and potato curry - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free
  • Served with Persian rice - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free
  • Raita - a cucumber and yogurt side accompaniment for the curry - vegetarian, gluten-free
  • Fresh fruit

Day 3

Lunch: Zucchini salad, lettuce, and egg with bread

General information

  • If you are vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free, Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat requires a minimum of 1-week notice prior to your arrival to ensure they have the products for you at hand.
  • For gluten-free guests, 1 loaf of gluten-free bread will be supplied for the 3 and 4-day retreats. 2 loaves will be supplied for the 5, 6 or 7-day retreats.
  • Gluten-free and dairy-free guests, please advise if products that say “May contain……” is a problem
  • Other allergies - you can advise of your allergies and Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat may be able to conform but not in all instances.
  • Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat apologizes in advance if your allergy causes Anaphylactic shock, due to their remote location, they feel it would be irresponsible to accept you as their guest. Thank you for understanding.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Stay an additional night after the retreat for only 75 AUD. This cost includes an evening meal, breakfast, and departure by 10:00 a.m.

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • All tuition
  • Pick-up from Maleny's library bus stop if required

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

There is a train station at the Brisbane International Airport (BNE) that you can catch to Landsborough Train Station (the north line). The travel time is around 1.5 hours and the cost is around 30 AUD one way by train. A bus will take you up the hill to Maleny where the organiser will pick you up.

Arrival by train / bus

Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat can arrange a free pick-up from Maleny if you are travelling by train / bus. There is a bus link (no. 891) from the Landsborough train station that will bring you up the hill to Maleny.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Friday November 12, 2021
Departure: Sunday November 14, 2021

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