Tara Hills Retreat Centre
Tara Hills is the principal retreat centre for the Lifeflow Meditation Centre. It is set amongst the rolling hills, large gum trees and abundant bird life of peaceful Native Valley. It provides an ideal space for meditation retreats: here you can open your senses to brilliant night sky, fresh air and expansive views that can be enjoyed from the property.
It's easy to get to, yet it provides the seclusion of being in a quiet corner of the countryside. It's about a 45 minute drive from Adelaide, just past Nairne in the Adelaide Hills.
Tara Hills was purchased in 1982 and has been used as a retreat centre since that time. The accommodation building, main teaching hall and dining room have all been purpose built by the Lifeflow Centre for meditation retreat practice - providing a very comfortable environment and making full use of the surrounding views and countryside.
There are five main facilities:
Walden retreat building
This is our larger accommodation building. There are 10 Standard single rooms. Each room has a good quality single bed, storage cupboard, chair plus a heater and fan. The building is very well insulated, and is pleasant throughout the year.
Walden retreat building at sunrise
View from a standard room
New accommodation building
Our new architecturally designed accommodation building, in use from June 2015, features four rooms (either single or double) all with lovely north facing views across the valley and their own en suite facilities.
New accommodation building (left) and Walden retreat building (right)
View from ensuite twin room
Ensuite twin room
All group classes, meditation sessions and Stretch and Breathe sessions are held in this spacious hall of 100 square metres in size. Filled with natural light, it has great views onto our landscaped gardens and in the distance to the other side of Native Valley. Next to the hall we have a sheltered area for use during fine weather.
Members' seminar in Glover Hall
This is where the teachers stay when conducting retreats and classes. This is one of the original buildings on the property, constructed of western red cedar throughout. Up to three teachers stay here during our public retreats.
Maier Dining Room
This architect designed facility was completed in 2006, and includes a spacious kitchen, dining room and a disabled toilet. The dining room features stunning views across Native Valley and the surrounding farms; at times the view becomes a breathtaking backdrop to mealtimes. Everyone who enters the dining room comments on the vast expanse of space, the open yet tranquil feeling that the room conveys.
Morning tea outside the Maier Dining Room with Glover Hall to the far right of picture
Lunch in the dining room
Dining room and Glover Hall at sunset
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Around the retreat centre
The property is 65 acres in size. We have begun a re-vegetation project at the bottom of one of the paddocks – when you are on retreat, you are welcome to walk through this area. In addition, we currently have a landscaping project under way – each time that you come to Tara Hills it will probably look a little different!
Also, there are many fine walks on the nearby roads and on a clear day there are expansive views all the way to the Coorong National Park.
Country walks around Tara Hills
Scenery on the Tara Hills property
Located in the Adelaide Hills
Tara Hills is very easy to get to from Adelaide (via the freeway going through the Adelaide Hills), and normally only takes about 45 minutes from the city centre. We'll provide a map of directions to Tara Hills for anyone booking into a Lifeflow Retreat.
Beautiful all year round
Sunrise at Tara Hills; winter fog on the property; country walk; late spring wattle near Tara Hills.
Pardalote outside the Dining Room; white cockatoos; magpie at Tara Hills; kookaburras outside Namgyal House.
What's on at Tara Hills
Throughout the year we offer a range of high quality weekend retreats at Tara Hills Retreat Centre, which is only 45 minutes drive from Adelaide.Find out more
Members-only classes, seminars and Tantra Meditations give you the opportunity to meet other members and explore topics in meditation that may not normally be covered at our city courses.Find out more
Sounds of Nature
Take home the relaxing sounds of Tara Hills Retreat Centre. This CD provides a wonderful meditation with its peaceful blend of the sounds of nature, music and gongs.More info