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.

Scenery around Tara Hills Meditation Retreat Centre

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.

Lifeflow meditation retreat centre - Walden building - Adelaide Hills

Walden retreat building at sunrise

Tara Hills meditation retreats - standard room view

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)

Lifeflow meditation retreats - view from ensuite twin rooms

View from ensuite twin room

Lifeflow meditation retreats - ensuite twin room

Ensuite twin room

Glover Hall

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.

Glover Hall at Tara Hills meditation retreat centre

Members' seminar in Glover Hall

Namgyal House

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.

View of Maier dining room at Tara Hills retreat centre

Morning tea outside the Maier Dining Room with Glover Hall to the far right of picture


Lunch in the dining room

Sun setting behind Maier dining room at Tara Hills meditation retreat centre

Dining room and Glover Hall at sunset

Australian outback setting outside Maier dining room at Tara Hills meditation retreat centre

Spring garden outside Maier dining room

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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.

Lots of country walks during meditation retreats

Country walks around Tara Hills

Beautiful scenery to enjoy during meditation retreats

Scenery on the Tara Hills property

Beautiful gum trees and rolling hills to enjoy during meditation retreats

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.

Sunrise at Tara Hills
Winter fog rolling through Tara Hills retreat centre
Fog softly rolling through beautiful country-side at Tara Hills meditation centre
Late spring wattle blooms near Tara Hill retreat centre

Abundant birdlife

Pardalote outside the Dining Room; white cockatoos; magpie at Tara Hills; kookaburras outside Namgyal House.

Pardalote outside the Tara Hills meditation retreats dining room
white cockatoos at Tara Hills retreat centre
Magpie at meditation retreat centre
Kookaburras at meditation retreat centre in Adelaide hills

What's on at Tara Hills

Walking trail through valley at Tara Hills Retreat centre

Lifeflow retreats

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.

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Lifeflow members meditation class

Members' classes

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.

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Natural sounds of Tara Hills retreat centre - meditation CD

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.

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