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Australia Meditation Weekend Escape

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Would you like to deepen your understanding of meditation and your own mind? What if on a weekend you could learn beneficial skills and techniques to increase your happiness and fulfillment of life? Would that help you? At Skillful Mind, they believe that meditation and yoga do help, in all areas of our chaotic lives. And with a wish to create a space to explore what inner peace really means for each of us, they’ve been hosting retreats since 2010, bringing the ancient arts of meditation and yoga to everyday people, just like you.

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  • Yoga classes
  • Weekend of meditation teachings
  • Introductory session for NLP coaching
  • Early morning silent Meditation sessions
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • All meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

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  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Conference room
  • Parking lot

The accommodation at The Monastery is in what used to be the place for priests in training. Rooms are hotel style and sleep 1-2 people. Bathrooms for this venue are shared (separate for men and women).

The linens are provided and they also include a towel, face washer, and soap.



Please note that it is subject to change (due to weather or other circumstances) and retreat attendees will be provided with the actual schedule on retreat. Sessions will vary depending on your choice of meditation or yoga retreat.


  • 16:00 Arrive - settle in and explore your surroundings
  • 16:30 Grab a cuppa and snack/get to know the others
  • 18:00 Welcome and introduction
  • 19:00 Short break/order in supper
  • 19:15 Teaching and practice (getting to know the body)
  • 20:00 Meditation


  • 06:00 Meditation practice (silent)
  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Teaching (Mindfulness of feeling)
  • 10:45 Morning tea/discussion group/self-reflection
  • 11:10 Questions
  • 11:30 Walking meditations
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 Teaching (Refining the technique)
  • 15:00 Yoga
  • 15:30 Afternoon tea
  • 16:00 Teaching (Understanding the mind)
  • 16:50 Break
  • 17:00 Alignment exercise
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Teaching (Compassion and chanting)
  • 20:15 Meditation or movie


  • 06:00 Meditation practice (silent)
  • 07:00 Yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Teaching (Stages of meditation)
  • 10:30 Morning tea/Discussion group
  • 11:15 Walking meditation
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Teaching (Motivation and The 9 Stages)
  • 14:30 Yoga or group walk
  • 15:00 Diamond dedication
  • 15:30 Goodbyes and close


The evidence is in: mainstream science is now proving in study after study how meditation and yoga can change our brains for the better, releasing us from stress, anxiety, depression, and many other modern-day maladies that seem to increase with our technologies and luxuries of today.

By attending one of these weekends retreats you’ll have the opportunity to learn solid techniques, that have proved the test of time, that help you cultivate your own inner peace practices in a safe and supportive environment.

All lessons are shared with you by teachers that also live in your world, who themselves juggle the challenges of balancing work, family, relationships, and keeping up with changing technology and modern day life, and who know first hand the value of dedicating time to reconnecting with ourselves.

Skillful Mind aims to offer you a retreat that:

  • Provides a variety of down to earth teachings, suitable for everyday people living in a world of family, work, and modern stresses
  • Presents with easy to understand language to help you grasp the concepts
  • Is suitable for anyone interested in learning about their mind-body connection, whether you’re a beginner or have some experience
  • Has a great balance of theory and practice, giving you a solid foundation to build your own practice after the retreat
  • Is complimentary to existing faith or beliefs
  • Teaches you a diverse range of take-home techniques you can implement immediately
  • Gives you a supportive environment to explore yourself
  • Takes only a weekend – making it easier to fit it into your busy lifestyle

Learning with Peter Radcliffe

Peter Radcliffe has traveled the world learning the ancient art of meditation, and his passion is to share it – and help as many people as he can love the lives they live.

Take a journey into the foundations of meditation, designed especially for those who want to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits a meditation practice can bring.

Over the weekend Peter will share his down to earth, highly informative yet gentle meditation instructions. This meditation retreat is ideal if you are new to meditation, or still learning, but want to go beyond simple guided meditation.

By learning from techniques of the past you will master the basics, and gain a solid understanding of what meditation is, how it works, and how it can benefit your mind and body. Based solidly in the Buddhist tradition, yet free from religion, Peter brings his own modern style of logic and practicality to make meditation a part of your everyday life.

You will learn techniques that people around the world have been using for over 2,500 years, and what to expect if you keep up meditation on a regular basis.

Why a retreat?

A retreat allows you time to focus on understanding, and re-connecting with yourself, 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.

A retreat is not a holiday, it's an adventure of spirit! In today’s world, we don’t often make ourselves a priority – forgetting that to be able to offer strength, love, and happiness to others we must first cultivate it within. A retreat is a commitment to connect with your best self, a commitment to living a life you love.


Peter Radcliffe


This yoga and meditation retreat is held at The Monastery in Urrbrae, South Australia. Skillful Mind is very pleased to offer attendees the experience of staying in The Monastery, a very special venue steeped in history and an amazing atmosphere. No longer a purely Christian venue, The Monastery has opened its doors for corporate and retreat hosting, and welcome you to come and soak up the energy for the weekend retreats of yoga, meditation, or empowerment.


What's the food like? 2 words: simply delicious!

Skillful Mind retreat attendees rave about the food while on retreat. The only complaint is that there’s too much yummy goodness!

The menu has been designed as healthy and wholesome in a home-cooked style. It’s simple but is full of flavour and your body will thank you for the nourishment. The venues are also happy to cater for lactose/gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, or any special dietary requirements you may have.

Please note: while on retreat, Skillful Mind recommends you choose the vegetarian option (if you are not already). This gives your digestion time to also have a break, and in many philosophies, it’s said that a meat-free diet is more conducive to a meditation and yoga practice. Vegetarian can be chosen in dietary requirements when booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Tea

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

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

What's included

  • 2 nights accommodation including all linen and towels
  • Weekend of teachings
  • Yummy meals from Friday night nibbles until Sunday lunch
  • Yoga classes
  • Early morning silent meditation sessions
  • Introductory session for NLP Coaching

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers

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Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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