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Restore your vitality on a Lifeflow meditation retreat at Tara Hills

Restore your vitality on a Lifeflow meditation retreat at Tara Hills

Tara Hills is a beautiful residential meditation retreat in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia

If you are looking for a meditation retreat and a way to get away from it all – Tara Hills Retreat Centre is a must-visit.

Our residential meditation retreat located in the beautiful natural environment of the Adelaide Hills is the perfect escape whether you are a meditator or not (yet).

Set amongst the rolling hills, large gum trees and abundant birdlife of peaceful Native Valley, Tara Hills Meditation Retreat is the only purpose-built meditation retreat of its kind in South Australia.

Here you can open your senses to the brilliant night sky, fresh air and expansive views and peace that can only be found in nature.

Find a retreat to suit you …

A special and enriching experience, one of the most important things I have done for myself.

Suzie – Retreat Particpant

Why Tara Hills? Imagine this...

  • Taking a lovely drive in the Adelaide Hills to a secluded countryside location just past Nairne and only 45 minutes away from the CBD – far enough away to escape but close enough to get there easily.
  • When you arrive at Tara Hills in the early evening and get out of your car you will be struck by the silence, you will know that you have left the noise of the city behind you and your body instantly relaxes – your meditation retreat has begun.
  • You will be amazed by how you feel when you are surrounded by the beautiful natural environment of Tara Hills and how easily your mind and body begin to relax.
  • You’ll immediately notice the big sky and sweeping views through the rolling hills and the wide valley… . on a clear day you’ll be awed by the sunrise vista. The eucalyptus trees and small native shrubs surround the property, and are filled with local birdlife including kookaburras, blue wrens, and magpies… to name a few.
  • You are also sure to meet the group of friendly kangaroos that live nearby.
  • When you find yourself with some free time, a quiet dirt road beckons you to go for a stroll to see where it leads.
  • The purpose built retreat buildings have all been designed specifically for meditation retreat practice and to connect you with the natural environment of the property.
  • While on a retreat at Tara Hills retreat you will experience a blend of guided meditation, walking meditations, theory classes, deep relaxation and gentle yoga classes. 
  • With plenty of time for you to go for walks, relax in a cosy spot in the sun, rest, reconnect and find peace within nature.
  • Your hosts for your stay will be the Lifeflow meditation teachers that are highly trained and have a minimum of 10 years of meditation experience and they will ensure you are completely looked after while on retreat.
  • Then there is the delicious food – lovingly made wholesome vegetarian meals and snacks are praised by everyone who visits a Tara Hills meditation retreat.

My weekend retreat at Tara Hills will have to rate as one of the best breaks I’ve ever had … nothing life throws at me at present can wipe away the smile on my face.

Retreat participant

Give yourself a digital detox

The problem with life today is the distractions. You’re barely finishing one task before the next one comes up. Whether it’s an email, a phone call, one of your kids calling for attention, always caring for others, plus any of the other things that go on in your lives, we are constantly distracted.

Imagine having the opportunity to step out of your daily routine and busy daily lives with all the distractions and being able to fully immerse yourself into a new experience.

We find that many people love the digital detox that comes with the retreats and the opportunity for self exploration as you do a concentrated deep dive into your inner self.

Once you eliminate distractions and learn techniques that bring stillness to your mind, reduce stress, and bring awareness to your mind and body, you will find the level of relaxation that you can achieve to be quite amazing and can lead to new levels of happiness.

The magic and the fragrance of the bush, the caring and friendly teachers has made for a weekend retreat enjoyable and wonderful. The food our amazing chef provided was superb.  

Valerie – retreat participant

What will you get out of a retreat

When you are at Tara Hills not only do you get to enjoy the beautiful countryside, but you’ll also be able to to relax and restore your energy. This will naturally bring you back to a state of balance and emotional wellbeing.

As part of a retreat, you will be given daily classes in meditation and ample opportunity to practise, or simply relax in the stillness of retreat life. You’ll end up with a deeper understanding of meditation techniques that you can carry over into your everyday life – these can be life enhancing skills.

What better way to develop your meditation experience than in the company of experienced practitioners who can guide you through the process and be there to support you outside of normal classes.

You’ll also get to move your body and stretch tense muscles with gentle yoga and guided deep relaxation sessions to make sure you find the peace and rest that you are looking for.

While Tara Hills isn’t a completely silent meditation retreat we encourage minimal talking to enhance your beautiful retreat experience.

Each retreat is an experience that can become:

  • A vital part of your meditation practice;
  • Part of maintaining your wellbeing and self care;
  • An easy way to relax and restore your energy;
  • Path of personal discovery and fulfilment;
  • A way to escape from your everyday worries and concerns and give you a new perspective on your life;
  • A safe and calm space for reflection.

How long are the retreats? When are they on?

Weekend retreats are held monthly from March till November and each month a different meditation or mindfulness theme or topic is explored. Click here to see our upcoming retreats.

More advanced 7 day retreats are held in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Click here to see our upcoming retreats.

While Tara Hills isn’t a completely silent meditation retreat we encourage minimal talking to enhance your beautiful retreat experience.

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

Who should attend a Tara Hills retreat?

Anyone that wants to experience a complete break from your daily life. You may have some experience with meditation but it isn’t necessary.

Do you want …

  • A break and an escape from the everyday grind
  • To further your meditation practice
  • A complete rest in quiet peaceful surroundings 
  • To unplug and have a digital detox – turn off your mobile for the weekend
  • Time away from normal routine to be able to reflect on your life
  • To put your situation or emotions into perspective
  • To work through grief or changes in a relationship
  • To re-acquaint yourself with nature and live in the moment for a change?

If this is you, Tara Hills Retreat is the perfect relaxing environment for you to achieve all of these things!

Great balance of activities and style/content offered by each leader. All professional, compassionate, open and well informed. I feel a new lease on life – thank you

Retreat participant

We have a range of accommodation options so there will be a room that will suit.

Accommodation options at Tara Hills

Blue Wren
(Premium|QB|ensuite)

Room features:

  • Spacious architect designed room
  • Large north facing window
  • Gum tree farmland view
  • Queen size bed (single or double occupancy)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Private entry

Rosella
(Premium|2 x KS| ensuite)

Room features:

  • Spacious architect designed room
  • Large north facing window
  • Gum tree farmland view
  • 2 x King Single beds (single or double occupancy)
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Private entry

Cockatoo
(Standard|garden view |shared bathroom)

Room features:

  • Architect designed room
  • Large south facing window
  • View onto a native garden
  • King single bed
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Private entry
  • Shared bathroom – step outside your door and bathroom is just a few steps away under the covered walkway area. 

Pardolote
(Superior|ensuite| valley view)

Room features:

  • Comfortable single room
  • North facing window & external door
  • Gum tree farmland view
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • King single bed
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Writing desk
  • Located in the same building as the Kookaburra and Magpie (Standard) rooms

Honey Eater
(Superior|ensuite| garden view)

Room features:

  • Comfortable single room
  • South facing view onto a native garden
  • Private ensuite bathroom
  • King single bed
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Writing desk
  • Located in the same building as the Kookaburra and Magpie (Standard) rooms

Kookaburra
(Standard|shared bathrooms|valley view)

Room features:

  • Comfortable single room
  • North facing window
  • Gum tree farmland view
  • King single bed
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Writing desk
  • Shared bathroom facilities (3 x self-contained bathrooms between 8 rooms)

Magpie
(Standard|shared bathrooms|garden view)

Room features:

  • Comfortable single room
  • South facing view onto a native garden
  • King single bed
  • Room heater
  • Ceiling fan
  • Writing desk
  • Shared bathroom facilities (3 x self-contained bathrooms between 8 rooms)

Other facilities

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.

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.

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.

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