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7 Days Spiritual Transformation for Lasting Happiness Retreat in New South Wales, Australia
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Krishna Village, 525 Tyalgum Road, Eungella, New South Wales 2484, Australia

Spiritual Transformation Wellness Retreat in Australia

The Evolution Yoga Retreat is the ultimate journey to the self: a dynamic, transformational experience embodied in one powerful retreat program. Are you ready to journey back to the essence of who you really are? To cultivate a deeper connection with life and the world you live in? To experience lasting transformation through a holistic spiritual experience? Then this is your spiritual wellness retreat - integrating your body, mind, and soul.

Meet the instructors

Damodar, Krsna, & Karunamayi
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Highlights

  • Immersion into Bhakti yoga - the yoga of love
  • Daily yoga classes, meditation, chanting, and kirtan sessions
  • Spiritual and philosophical talks, and introduction to the Bhagavad Gita
  • Immerse in the healing natural environment of an ahimsa farm and ahimsa session
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan food, Homemade pizza, and fresh juices
  • Sessions on sustainability, ecology, stress management, relationships, and more
  • Conscious eating lecture and conscious cooking workshop
  • 6 nights accommodation and 1 massage treatment

6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Krishna Village is a unique eco-yoga-community and wellness retreat space known for their open-minded, hands-on approach to personal and spiritual growth.

At Krishna Village, enjoy the freedom to curate your own unique retreat experience from the classes and activities offered each day, and be inspired to reconnect to nature, your true self, and a vibrant community of spiritual seekers from around the world.

Bhakti Guesthouse

The Bhakti Guesthouse is located on a hill overlooking the entire farm, with stunning views of the lake and mountains. They have simple yet comfortable private and shared rooms (two bunk beds).

The guesthouse has shared facilities including communal male and female bathrooms, a spacious lounge room, wraparound verandas, a communal kitchen, and laundry facilities. Linen and towels are provided.

Program

Krishna Village Eco Yoga Community believe true happiness must be pursued through evolution of consciousness. Understanding your spiritual nature is vital to living a balanced and healthy life. By developing a deeper sense of connection with yourself and all living beings, you will embody the true meaning of yoga, resulting in lasting transformation.

The purpose of Evolution Yoga Retreat is to help you experience more of who you really are - to embrace the journey back to your truest essence, stepping out of the unconscious state of ‘doing’ and into the mindful state of ‘being’. To re-examine your beliefs, shine a light on your spiritual depths, and make a fundamental shift in awareness to unleash the source of happiness within you and integrate positive change in your life.

Spiritual wellness - integrating body, mind, and soul

Evolution Yoga Retreat is designed for those who want to be connected to their true self. This seven-day transformational retreat will inspire, cultivate inner peace, and nourish your body from the inside out.

Ignite your spirit with a retreat encompassing a range of experiences: yoga, meditation, kirtan, philosophy, conscious cooking, syntropic gardening, time with the sacred cows, personal transformation processes, and more.

Through the practical application of Bhakti yoga - the yoga of love and devotion - and a holistic lifestyle, this retreat empowers you to dive into the divine connection that naturally exists in every aspect of your life.

Feel empowered and carry away practical tools for continuing personal growth, health, and spiritual well-being in your daily life. No matter your faith or beliefs, this program supports you to deepen your personal sense of meaning and spiritual practice.

About Bhakti yoga

The term yoga literally means "union” or “yoke", and in this context connotes a path or practice for connection and liberation.

Bhakti yoga is a spiritual path focused on loving devotion, resulting in the joining together, or union, of one’s Atman (true self) with the divine and all beings. The tradition has ancient roots, and Bhakti yoga as one of three spiritual paths for salvation is discussed in depth by the Bhagavad Gita.

Bhakti yoga was first taught in the west by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, a guru and scholar from India. He presented Bhakti yoga through the Hare Krishna Movement, also known as ISKCON, to teach how we can better connect to higher principles.

All souls have an eternal relationship with the divine; however, in everyone's material condition, one has forgotten that relationship, which is one of pure love. Through Bhakti yoga, you can reawaken that divine love - your true nature.

This retreat offers you the opportunity to:

  • Dive into the highest philosophy and practice of yoga
  • Understand how to recognize the needs of your body and how to deal with the turbulences of your mind
  • Discover the sacred connection between mankind and nature, and learn the techniques you can apply in your daily life to have a productive exchange with our supreme mother
  • Associate with genuine and inspiring yogis that have devoted their lives to the deliverance of Bhakti yoga, the yoga of love
  • Immerse yourself into the healing natural environment of an ahimsa (nonviolent) farm
  • Nourish yourself with healthy and delicious vegetarian and vegan food
  • Take time to reflect on the purpose of your life and to reset the direction of your evolution

Class descriptions

Philosophy and culture

How the mindset and philosophy you live by in your life produces the culture and circumstances you see around you (on an individual and collective level).

Soul, mind, and body

Dive into the different aspects of your being, starting from the gross and moving to the most subtle soul (giving examples of how you can identify these different aspects).

Karma and dharma

Karma and dharma are universal laws which govern what kind of situation you will find yourself in. Understand how these laws will help you to make better choices in your life, so you can gradually change your situation to a better one.

Ahimsa (non violence)

Living an ahimsa (non-violent) lifestyle is a choice of how to deal with situations that come up in your daily life. How to deal with difficult situations and circumstances, people, animals, work, your environment, and what you eat. Protection of animals is a key example of ahimsa. Meet the cows in the village's Cow Protection Program to experience and understand the benefits of ahimsa!

Conscious cooking

Cooking with purpose and meaning will transform your experience (for you and your family) into a meditation on the divine. You will discuss how to eat, how to drink water, how to prepare and cook your meal, how to offer your meal to break the karmic cycle, and more.

Spiritual life and relationships

Relating to the world and others is one of the primary functions and gifts of consciousness. This workshop will explore the lenses through which you view others and therefore relate to them.

In mundane consciousness, you tend to view others - consciously or subconsciously, as competitors with whom you vie for dominion, exploiters that have done us wrong, or resources that we can consume.

Spiritual consciousness respects all others - family members, friends, co-workers, other living beings (even plants, animals and insects) - as inherently valuable souls where there is an opportunity for partnership and loving service.

A spiritually-enlightened individual has no enemies - even supposed wrong doers. This workshop will enable you to audit the quality of relationships that you have currently cultivated and provide strategies for evolving them to the next level.

Stress management

It is the nature of the world to subject us to various stressors. Some people have developed strategies to remain relatively stress free or at least to release stress.

Increasingly, many people feel overwhelmed - whether it is their health that suffers or their state of mind or even their sense of purpose, hope, and optimism. This workshop will allow you to assess which stressors might be significant for you - and develop strategies to foster and sustain peak consciousness.

Conflict management

The current social climate is filled with conflict - to the point where the ancient scriptures have characterized it as the defining feature of this day and age. Whether it is differences in beliefs, cultural conditioning, agendas, or even “facts”, you all need to develop dialogue skills so as to gracefully resolve conflict.

Syntropic gardening

The word "syntropy" in an agroforestry concept which refers to “increasing complexity” or bio-diversity within the system. As an innovative approach to regenerative agriculture, syntropic gardening allows you to create dynamic, successional, and economically viable ecosystems that restore degraded soil biodiversity.

Syntropic gardening emulates the growth of the rainforest, one of the most bio-diverse systems of life on the planet. By understanding and respecting nature's complex system and copying how the rainforest functions, you can save massive amounts of water on your crops or orchards, eliminate the use of chemicals, and considerably reduce financial and labor cost.

Permaculture

What is the difference between bees and human beings? If bees become extinct, the whole earth system will perish; on the other hand, if human beings become extinct every other living being will benefit. Why is this the case?

Because human beings have adopted a self centered, exploitative, and non sustainable culture based on taking resources and giving back waste, as if tomorrow will never come.

The word permaculture literally means "culture of the permanent"; therefore, it is the art of designing environments where every living being can thrive by supporting each other instead of competing. This results in a permanent system that not only regenerates itself, but also perpetually grows in quantity and quality.

Retreat schedule

Day 1 - Monday

  • 09:30 Check in
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Welcome tour and introduction to the retreat
  • 16:15 Vinyasa yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Kirtan

Day 2 - Tuesday

  • 05:00 Sunrise yoga
  • 18:15 Introduction to meditation
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Mindset and body, mind, and soul
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time
  • 14:30 Ahimsa / non violence
  • 16:15 Yin yoga
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Kirtan

Day 3 - Wednesday

  • 05:00 Sunrise yoga
  • 06:15 Meditation and karma and dharma
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Spiritual life and relationships
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time
  • 14:30 Permaculture
  • 16:15 Yoga Nidra
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Kirtan at temple

Day 4 - Thursday

  • 05:00 Sunrise yoga
  • 06:15 Syntropic gardening part 1
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Yoga of food
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time
  • 14:30 Conscious cooking workshop
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Conscious movie night

Day 5 - Friday

  • 05:00 Japa meditation
  • 06:15 Community life / simple living, high thinking
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Stress management and conflict resolution
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Beach excursion, yoga, and Q and A session
  • 18:00 Pizza night
  • 19:15 Kirtan

Day 6 - Saturday

  • 04:30 Mangal arati
  • 05:00 Japa meditation
  • 06:15 Sunrise yoga
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Syntropic gardening part 2
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time
  • 14:30 Personal evolution
  • 16:15 Personal reflection
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:15 Kirtan

Day 7 - Sunday

  • 04:30 Mangal arati
  • 05:00 Japa meditation
  • 06:15 Free time
  • 08:30 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Closing circle
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Free time
  • 18:00 Sunday feast and kirtan at the temple

Instructors

Damodar Govinda Das

Krsna Gana

Karunamayi

Location

Krishna Village is located in the beautiful Tweed Valley hinterland, roughly halfway between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, and about 30 minutes inland. The closest town is Murwillumbah, where several bus services stop on their way through the region.

The village itself is situated on the ‘New Govardhana Farm’ and is part of the Hare Krishna Community and School located at the property. It is lying in the foothills of the Wollumbin National Park between Murwillumbah and Tyalgum.

Nestled in the foothills of the Wollumbin National Park in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Hare Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1,000-acre certified organic property with orchards, syntropic vegetable gardens, cows, horses, streams, and swimming holes in abundance.

Food

During this retreat, you will be served vegetarian and vegan meals made with local, organic ingredients based on holistic and Ayurvedic nutrition principles.

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and is well established to grow a variety of high-quality produce, free of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They grow as much of their own food as they can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible.

They produce three delicious vegetarian meals every day at the temple kitchen, with food served at the prasadam hall at the top of the hill. Additionally, the village kitchen prepares a bountiful vegan lunch on all days except Saturday, when the volunteers take their day of rest, focusing on produce from the organic gardens and catering to gluten-free diets. This lunch is served in the village dining area.

All of their food, whether served at the village or the temple, is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer their food before they eat to say grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with them, or just listen and enjoy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Detox juices

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

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

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian / vegan meals per day, including fresh juices and smoothies
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Meditation, chanting, and kirtan sessions
  • Access to the retreat venue’s amenities, including the beautiful lake
  • Beach excursion
  • Conscious eating lecture
  • Conscious cooking workshop
  • Syntropic farming / permaculture theory and workshop
  • Session on "ahimsa" (non-violence) with the sacred cows
  • A variety of sessions exploring additional topics, such as sustainability, ecology, stress management, relationships, and more
  • Homemade pizza (vegan and ahimsa cheese available) on Friday’s pizza night
  • 1 massage treatment
  • Free Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Other personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Brisbane Airport (BNE). To reach the retreat center from this airport, it is recommended to rent a car, as the bus routes become complicated and expensive. Please send your inquiry for assistance.

Alternatively, you can also book your flight to arrive at Gold Coast Airport (OOL). From this airport, it is recommended to take the Surfside Buses on route 761 to Tweed Heads, then route 605 to Murwillumbah.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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