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5 Days Silent Retreat at the Zen Centre in Maleny, Queensland, Australia

Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat, 32 Boundary Lane, Wootha, Queensland, Australia

Silence in Zen and gentle Hatha Yoga

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. 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. The teaching subjects given by the Zen Master Fushin on this retreat are of more advanced concepts in their nature and it would be advisable but not a requirement for participants to have some sort of background in Zen or Buddhism understanding.

Meet the instructors

Rosalie (Mawar) & Fushin
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  • Yin Yoga
  • Yoga for the back
  • Hatha and Nidra Yoga
  • Singing Bowl Meditation
  • Zen meditation techniques
  • Mindfulness meditation and dharma
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Beautiful surroundings

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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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 9 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, 3, and 4

  • 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 Mindful based activity
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Dharma with Fushin
  • 15:00 Afternoon tea
  • 16:00 Hatha / Yin yoga
  • 16:30 30-minute meditation or yoga Nidra
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19.00 Dharma talk with Fushin or a guided meditation, 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



  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Massage
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping nearby
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Whale watching


  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio


  • Tour assistance


Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat meals are Mindfully prepared Vegetarian, Vegan & 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 yoghurt. Vegans & dairy-free guests will be supplied with either a Chia Pudding or a Vegan Yoghurt. GF guests will be supplied with a GF cereal.

Day 1

  • Dinner: Mediterranean Spinach & Ricotta Canneloni - V, Greek Salad - V GF (remove Feta and it is Vg & DF), Homemade Bread - V, Vegan, GF option available when advised - Chickpea Curry

Day 2

  • Lunch: make your own salad sandwich or wrap or just enjoy a salad on its own
  • Dinner: Bengali Zucchini & Potato Curry - V, vegan, GF, served with Persian rice - V, vegan, GF, raita - a cucumber and yoghurt side accompaniment for the curry - V, GF, fresh fruit

Day 3

  • Lunch: zucchini salad, lettuce and egg with bread
  • Dinner: Entrée: Hommus, Turkish Bread and Olives (Rice Crackers for GF guests) - V, Vg, GF, Moroccan lentil tomato soup (Harira) - V, vegan, GF, served with homemade sourdough & olive bread - V, VG

Day 4

  • Lunch: rocket salad, fresh beetroot, feta with wraps served with hommus
  • Dinner: Raja chickpea curry - V, vegan, GF, served with Jasmine rice - V, Vg, GF, Fresh fruit

Day 5

  • Lunch: cheese, tomato, pickled cucumbers on Salada’s, Cruskits or Rice Crackers, served with a Thai Coleslaw
  • Dinner Entrée: spring rolls, money bags & samosa - V, Asian curry lentil Soup - V, vegan, GF, served with mushroom rice - V, Vg, GF

Day 6

  • Lunch: bean salad and brown rice

General information

  • If you are vegan, dairy-free or gluten-free, Zen Buddhist & Yoga Retreat require a minimum of 1-week notice prior to your arrival to ensure they have the products for you at hand.
  • Gluten-free guests, 1 loaf of GF bread will be supplied for the 3 and 4-day retreats. 2 loaves will be supplied for the 5, 6 or 7 day retreats.
  • GF 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 apologize in advance if your allergy causes Anaphylactic shock, due to their remote location we feel it would be irresponsible to accept you as their guest. Thank you for understanding.


  • Vegetarian: V
  • Vegan: Vg
  • Gluten Free: GF
  • Dairy-Free: DF (please note, Vg is DF)

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • 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

What's included

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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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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