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Tara Hills

retreat centre

Tara Hills

retreat centre

Tara Hills is the principal retreat centre for the Lifeflow Meditation Centre. It’s set amongst the rolling hills, large gum trees and abundant birdlife of peaceful Native Valley. It is a unique meditation retreat in  South Australia: 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. Only a 45 minute drive from Adelaide, just past Nairne in the Adelaide Hills.

Purchased in 1982, Tara Hills has been developed and used as a retreat centre since that time. The accommodation buildings, main teaching hall and dining room have all been purpose built by the Lifeflow Centre for meditation retreat practice – providing a very comfortable environment for a wellness retreat near Adelaide. It makes full use of the surrounding views and countryside.

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Located in the Adelaide Hills

Tara Hills is very easy to get to from Adelaide (via the freeway going through the Adelaide Hills), and 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.


Tara Hills is 65 acres in size. We have developed a land management plan to allow for natural regeneration of native trees and grasses. There is access to and seating in some of the paddocks close to the buildings – when you are on retreat, you are welcome to walk through this area.

The landscaping around the buildings has been developed using native plants and grasses, designed to attract the delightful birdlife of Native Valley. It’s in completion stages and has been lovingly designed and planted by friends and members of Lifeflow.

There are many enjoyable and easy walks on the nearby roads and on a clear day you can see expansive views all the way to the Coorong National Park.

Our newest architecturally designed accommodation building (2015) features four deluxe rooms (either single or double) all with lovely north facing views across the valley, each with their own ensuite facilities.

The Walden accommodation building has 10 standard single private rooms. Each room looks out on to landscaped gardens, with a kingle single bed, storage space, meditation chair, heater and ceiling fan. Shared but private bathrooms are under the main roof. The building is very well insulated, and is pleasant throughout the year.

There are 2 standard rooms available with ensuites (linen included). As with our other standard rooms this includes a king single bed, storage facilities, heater and ceiling fan. 

All group classes, meditation sessions and Stretch and Breathe (gentle yoga) 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.

This architect designed facility was completed in 2006, and includes a spacious kitchen and dining room. 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.

More retreats at Tara Hills . . .

What is meditation?

What is meditation?

Essentially, meditation is a practice which uses a variety of techniques to calm the mind, relax the body and bring the emotions into balance.
Thinking about a retreat?

Thinking about a retreat?

Do you want to take a step back, take a break, recharge your batteries and get yourself back on track? A Lifeflow meditation retreat may be the answer.
How meditation can help you

How meditation can help you

Meditation can help you in many ways. Some of the benefits can include more contentment, being happier, sleeping better and untangling conflicting emotions.
A simply wonderful experience like nothing I have encountered before. It is amazing what insight one can get from stillness and silence.
- Jane, Tara Hills retreat
A fabulous weekend. Thank you.
- Julie, Tara Hills retreat
Calmness, sincerity and skill of instructors was comforting and appreciated. A very special centre and well-designed retreat program. Thank you.
- Student, Tara Hills retreat
Thank you so much for the generosity you all bring to your teaching.
- Lauren, Tara Hills retreat
A fantastic introduction to the world of meditation. Extremely useful, practical and relatable. I will be back!
- Justina, Tara Hills retreat
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