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6 Days Xmas Zen Buddhism, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Queensland, Australia

Zen Buddhist and Yoga Retreat, 32 Boundary Lane, Wootha / Maleny, Queensland, Australia

Yoga Retreats Australia

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

Join this retreat in Australia and achieve happiness and peace of mind with the help of Yoga asana & philosophy, meditation, mindfulness, Zen knowledge & share our resident Zen Master's practise of Tai Chi. You will have plenty of time to reflect and contemplate in the vast gardens where the grounds change as the sun passes over. You can find yourself a quiet corner to practice meditation, read, walk, or explore the Hinterland. One day will be dedicated to silence to lock in the teachings. A retreat gives you time away from the chores of every day life.

Meet the instructors

Rosalie (Mawar) & Fushin
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily zen armchair chats
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Tai Chi, Tibetan bowl meditation, and mantra
  • Daily vegetarian meals with some cooking classes
  • Free time for relaxing and exploring
  • 5 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 6
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
16:00

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

Kintamani Room

The Kintamani Room has a double bed & single bed (bunk style) 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 2 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

The Garden rooms are 2 private rooms overlooking the gardens, each has a single bed and share the bathroom.

Program

This retreat is designed to promote clarity and well-being in body, mind, and spirit. It will help you achieve a feeling of peace of mind, with focus on finding a state of stillness and silence within. A quiet retreat after the busy Christmas holidays and time to reflect on what New Year's resolutions you are able to commit to.

The program is based on ancient yogic Veda practices, Zen Buddhist teachings, and mindfulness meditation.

Zen Buddhist and Yoga Retreat is a serious yoga, meditation, and Zen knowledge program for students, from beginners to intermediate levels. Guests can join in with as little or as many sessions as they require to find the peace and relaxation that they are searching for.

The yoga asana portion of the program will aid with the improvement of the physical health of the body and strengthen the spirit so that you become aware of the interaction between body, mind, and self. Our yoga asana sessions is not about how flexible you are but where your mind is. We aim to move every joint for lubrication and longevity.

The Zen portion of the program will give clarity to the mind and knowledge. Understanding will result in wisdom and will further strengthen the spirit. Fushin will also share his Tai Chi practice with you.

In the evenings, we offer activities such as Mantra, Tibetan Bowl Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Zen Armchair chats.

In turn, you will learn to be mindful before speaking or acting. Zen knowledge will teach you patience and tolerance and offer a feeling of peace and silence within.

The Zen Buddhist program outline

The goal of the Zen portion of the program is to give the participant the information that regular practice will bring them to a state of peace of mind and happiness. The information will be transmitted slowly, little by little, building it up each day.

There will be time for you to contemplate that knowledge so that you have an understanding of it. Together, you will practice mindful Zen meditation techniques to bring the mind to a state of stillness, silence, and clarity.

When you place the knowledge and the understanding in the stillness and silence of a clear mind, the outcome is wisdom on the subject you are contemplating.

The resident Zen Master, Fushin, will determine what topics will be covered during the retreat but if there is anything in particular you wish to discuss, please let him know.

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 Morning Bell
  • 07:30 Zazen
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 9.30 Tai Chi
  • 10:00 1/2 hour yoga talk
  • 10.30 1/2 hour Spinal Reset Yoga Asana
  • 11.00 Zen Dharma
  • 2.00 Zen Dharma
  • 15:30 Yoga Discussion / Asana
  • 17:00 Some cooking classes (not every day)
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Tibetan Bowl Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, Dharma

This may not be 100% accurate, as the instructors will work the program around the participants' levels and previous studies, requests, and requirements.

Instructors

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 abundant in wildlife.

Distances

  • Australia Zoo - 20 minutes
  • Maleny Bird Park & Botanical Gardens
  • Mary Cairncross Park
  • Glasshouse Mountains
  • Caloundra - 40 minutes
  • Brisbane - 1 hour
  • Maleny, 8 kilometers
  • Surf beaches - 40 minutes

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

During this retreat, you will be served a daily vegetarian breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Tea and coffee are available all day to help yourself to.

  • Vegans are catered for if advised prior to arrival.
  • Gluten Free meals can be provided for guests with allergies and intolerances but you will need to bring your own breads and snack foods.
  • Dairy allergies can be catered for however you may need to bring a few items with you.

However, if you have both GF and dairy intolerances, you will need to discuss this with us.

We ask that all allergies and intolerances be advised no later than 1 week prior to arrival.

Thank you for understandings.

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
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)

  • Explore the surrounding Hinterland region
  • Walk and bird watch in the garden

What's included

  • Free pick up from Maleny if required
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Vegetarian Meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Daily morning and afternoon yoga asana classes
  • Daily Yoga Philosophy discussions
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Daily Zen Dharma
  • Other activities such as, Tibetan Bowl Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Mantra, Cooking Classes

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brisbane Airport (BNE).

Arrival by train

For guests without transport, Zen Buddhist and Yoga Retreat can pick them up free of charge from Maleny.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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