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Lifeflow members-only retreats build on the experience that you gain at our public retreats.

2024 member retreats

members retreats summer

Summer retreat at Tara Hills

Teachers in residence
Ann Calvert, Ian Nuberg, Josh van Konkelenberg

Friday 3 January – Tuesday 7 January 2020

This retreat format will allow flexibility for members who wish to stay on retreat this summer and allows time for you to develop your own retreat and meditation practice. You will be able to nominate which day you start and end, as long as it is somewhere between Fri 3 Jan and Tues 7 Jan and that you stay for at least two nights.

3 x teacher led sessions are included per day (Stretch & Breathe, Deep Relaxation, guided meditation session).

It is expected that anyone attending these retreats is able to be self guided in their meditation exercises. A Lifeflow teacher will be present and available for interviews so you can check up on how your retreat work is going.

Important information to read before you book

Check here for prerequisites that apply to all Members Retreats

Check here to find out about food, clothes, bushfire risk management and more

Important booking dates

Ensuite bookings and linen orders close 9.30 am Monday 16 December 2019

Phone bookings close at 4.30 pm on Monday 16 December 2019

Online Bookings close midnight Friday 27 December 2019

Fee Guide – minimum 2 nights / maximum 4 nights

  • Standard single rooms $80 per night / $70 conc per night
  • Optional linen service for standard rooms – add $35
  • Ensuite single rooms $145 per night

Optional linen for standard rooms
If you would like to book linen for use in a standard room, please call or email Lifeflow reception before 9.30 am on Monday 16 December to place your order and finalise payment. Please note that the online booking system only handles room bookings, it does not process linen orders. Linen is already included in all ensuite room bookings.

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Easter long weekend retreat at Kurlana

The Heart of Nonduality

Part 1
Graham Williams et al

4 pm Friday 29 March-2 pm Monday 1 April

About this retreat

Kindness is the feeling quality of the realisation of Nonduality. In the retreats at Kurlana this year we will explore the deeper meaning of kindness and its relationship to nonduality. We will also explore and discuss the different kinds of love we can experience and the different kinds of relationships we have in our lives.

Have you ever wondered what the word kindness actually means? It derives from ‘kin’ which means family or race, so it is pointing to how we are, in a very real sense, all part of the same family.  This includes not only our own family, but the whole of humanity and everything living on earth.

The original meaning of Nonduality is ‘not two’ and it derives from the third level of insight where you see directly that your mind, and both what you are thinking and feeling, cannot be separate from whatever object your mind is focused on. This is true whether the object is internally created, like an image, or a physical object in the world. What we perceive is always created in our minds.

At the core of the teaching is an understanding that the experience of separateness, which all human beings have, is the basis of all our emotional pain and conflict. It’s created by viewing everything through our ego and so screening out and ignoring everything else.

The realisation of Nonduality is seeing that this experience of separation is actually an illusion – a necessary one for communication and daily life, but an illusion nonetheless. From this comes the understanding that both we, and every living form, are dependent on each other and the earth for our survival.

The heart experience of this – the feeling quality – is a rich feeling of intimate connection with everyone and everything in our lives. This is the experience of kindness. It’s realising, and so being able to live with the understanding that, on this fundamental level, we are all equal. We all live within the same limits and cannot live separately from each other, from every other living form on this planet, or from the earth itself.

Part 1 of the retreat is over the Easter long weekend, part 2 will be over the October long weekend. Attendance at both retreats is not a prerequisite to attend.

Dates and times

  • Retreat starts 4 pm on Friday 29 March, but you are welcome to join in the lunch at 1 pm on the Friday.
  • Retreat finishes after lunch on Monday 1 April.
  • You are welcome to arrive any time on the Friday morning. If you have booked the 4-night option (i.e. arriving on the day before the retreat starts), then you may arrive any time from 2 pm on the Thursday.

If this will be your first retreat at Kurlana, please contact the Lifeflow Studio for further information. Phone bookings for this retreat close 4.30 pm on Thursday 28 March; online bookings close Friday 29 March.

Early bird bookings ($25 discount) close on Thursday 21 March.

Retreat Fee
All details about fees for this retreat are included in the members’ email update. Or, please call the Studio on (08) 8379 9001 to find out all of the fee information. Please note that this retreat is self-catered on a shared, rostered basis.

Prerequisites
Any member who wishes to attend this retreat must have attended at least one of our public retreats at Tara Hills and attending or completed our Level 2 course. Please check with Reception before enrolling in a Kurlana retreat for the first time.

Find out more about retreats at Kurlana
You can find out more about retreats at Kurlana, including information about facilities, what to bring and alternative nearby accommodation options on our retreats at Kurlana page. Particularly note that Kurlana lies in the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone in SA – click here to find out more.

See the PIRSA website for the current Fruit Fly Outbreak Map and also details of restrictions on movement of fruits and vegetables in SA.

More information and prerequisites – see below.

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Winter retreat at Tara Hills

Teacher in residence
John Burston, Janine Koch, Josh Van Konkelenberg

Wednesday 15 July – Sunday 19 July

This retreat format will allow flexibility for members who wish to stay on retreat this winter and allows time for you to develop your own retreat and meditation practice. You will be able to nominate which day you start and end, as long as it is somewhere between Wed 15 July and Sun 19 July and that you stay for at least two nights.

3 x teacher led sessions are included per day (Stretch & Breathe, Deep Relaxation, guided meditation session).

It is expected that anyone attending these retreats is able to be self guided in their meditation exercises. A Lifeflow teacher will be present and available for interviews so you can check up on how your retreat work is going.

Important information to read before you book

Check here for prerequisites that apply to all Members Retreats

Check here to find out about food, clothes and more

Bookings close Thursday 9 July at 4.30 pm
(ensuite bookings and linen orders close Thurs 2 July)

Important information about catering, prerequisites and bookings here

Fee Guide – minimum 2 nights / maximum 4 nights

  • Standard single rooms $80 per night / $70 conc per night
  • Optional linen service for standard rooms – add $35
  • Ensuite single rooms $145 per night

Optional linen for standard rooms
If you would like to book linen for use in a standard room, please call or email Lifeflow reception before 4.30 pm on Thursday 2 July to place your order and finalise payment. Please note that the online booking system only handles room bookings, it does not process linen orders. Linen is already included in all ensuite room bookings.

Kurlana Women's Retreat

Dancing with the feminine

Ann Calvert, Gretta Koch, Ingrid Lienert, Janine Koch, Nicole Powell

4 pm Thursday 25 April–2 pm Sunday 28 April

“The circles of women around us weave invisible nets of love that carry us when we’re weak, and sing with us when we are strong.”
– Sark

We are excited to announce this new members’ retreat which will provide an opportunity for women to come together to explore their meditation/spiritual practice, in the beautiful natural environment of Kurlana Mallee Sanctuary.

The approach will be collaborative – five women will share ideas, wisdom and practices that have inspired, supported and deepened their meditation practice. The aim of each session is to inspire discussion so that we can all support and learn from each other.

Themes explored during the retreat will include reconnecting with our ultimate mother: the earth, who sustains and support us; working with energies represented by Tibetan deities such as Vajra Yogini to cut through conditioning; exploring teachings from Dr Clarissa Pinkola Estés on awakening forgotten elements of the feminine; and exploring feminine approaches to meditation and spiritual practice.

This retreat is open to all Lifeflow members who identify as a woman, and you are warmly invited to join us.

Dates and times

  • The retreat starts with a class at 4 pm on Thursday 25 April, but you are welcome to join in the lunch at 1 pm.
  • You are welcome to arrive any time on the Thursday morning. If you have booked the 4-night option (i.e. arriving on the day before the retreat starts), then you may arrive any time from 2 pm on Wednesday 24 April.
  • Retreat finishes after lunch on Sunday 28 April.

If this will be your first time at Kurlana, please phone the Lifeflow Studio for further information. Phone and online bookings for this retreat close at 4.30 pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Early bird bookings ($25 discount) close on Thursday 18 April.

Retreat Fee
All details about fees for this retreat are included in the members’ email update. Or, please call the Studio on (08) 8379 9001 to find out all of the fee information. Please note that this retreat is self-catered on a shared, rostered basis.

Prerequisites
Any member who wishes to attend this retreat must have attended at least one of our public retreats at Tara Hills and attending or completed our Level 2 course. Please check with Reception before enrolling in a Kurlana retreat for the first time.

Find out more about retreats at Kurlana
You can find out more about retreats at Kurlana, including information about facilities, what to bring and alternative nearby accommodation options on our retreats at Kurlana page. Particularly note that Kurlana lies in the Riverland and there are strict laws now in place to limit the movement of fruit and vegetables into the area.

See the PIRSA website for the current Fruit Fly Outbreak Map and also details of restrictions on bringing fruits and vegetables into the Riverland.

More information and prerequisites – see below.

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October long weekend retreat at Kurlana

The Heart of Nonduality

Part 2
Graham Williams et al

4 pm Saturday 5 October to 2 pm Monday 7 October

About this retreat

This is Part 2, following on from the Easter retreat at Kurlana; however, attendance at Part 1 is not required to attend this retreat.

Kindness is the feeling quality of the realisation of Nonduality. In the retreats at Kurlana this year we will explore the deeper meaning of kindness and its relationship to nonduality.

Have you ever wondered what the word kindness actually means? It derives from ‘kin’ which means family or race, so it is pointing to how we are, in a very real sense, all part of the same family.  This includes not only our own family, but the whole of humanity and everything living on earth.

The original meaning of Nonduality is ‘not two’ and it derives from the third level of insight where you see directly that your mind, and both what you are thinking and feeling, cannot be separate from whatever object your mind is focused on. This is true whether the object is internally created, like an image, or a physical object in the world. What we perceive is always created in our minds.

At the core of the teaching is an understanding that the experience of separateness, which all human beings have, is the basis of all our emotional pain and conflict. It’s created by viewing everything through our ego and so screening out and ignoring everything else.

The realisation of Nonduality is seeing that this experience of separation is actually an illusion – a necessary one for communication and daily life, but an illusion nonetheless. From this comes the understanding that both we, and every living form, are dependent on each other and the earth for our survival.

The heart experience of this – the feeling quality – is a rich feeling of intimate connection with everyone and everything in our lives. This is the experience of kindness. It’s realising, and so being able to live with the understanding that, on this fundamental level, we are all equal. We all live within the same limits and cannot live separately from each other, from every other living form on this planet, or from the earth itself.

Dates and times

  • Retreat starts 4 pm on Saturday 5 October, but you are welcome to join in the lunch at 1 pm on the Saturday.
  • Retreat finishes after lunch on Monday 7 October.
  • You are welcome to arrive any time on the Saturday morning. If you have booked the 4-night option (i.e. arriving on the day before the retreat starts), then you may arrive any time from 2 pm on the Friday.

If this will be your first retreat at Kurlana, please contact the Lifeflow Studio for further information. Bookings for this retreat will open soon.

Retreat Fee
All details about fees for this retreat are included in the members’ email update. Or, please call the Studio on (08) 8379 9001 to find out all of the fee information. Please note that this retreat is self-catered on a shared, rostered basis.

Prerequisites
Any member who wishes to attend this retreat must have attended at least one of our public retreats at Tara Hills and attending or completed our Level 2 course. Please check with Reception before enrolling in a Kurlana retreat for the first time.

Find out more about retreats at Kurlana
You can find out more about retreats at Kurlana, including information about facilities, what to bring and alternative nearby accommodation options on our retreats at Kurlana page. Particularly note that Kurlana lies in the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone in SA – click here to find out more.

See the PIRSA website for the current Fruit Fly Outbreak Map and also details of restrictions on movement of fruits and vegetables in SA.

More information and prerequisites – see below.

Prerequisuites for members only retreats

Tara Hills retreats

Either

Attending or have completed level 2 AND attended at least two public retreats

Or

If you haven’t attended any of our levels courses but have completed three public retreats then please call up on (08) 8379 9001 to confirm eligibility.

Kurlana retreats

Any member who wishes to attend these retreats must have attended at least one of our public retreats at Tara Hills and attending or completed our Level 2 meditation course. Accommodation at Kurlana is very limited, and most people camp near the house or in the bush reserve. Please check with reception before enrolling in a Kurlana retreat.

See our general info page that has more about members-only retreats at Kurlana.

General
If you have further questions about any members retreat please contact the Centre on (08) 8379 9001 or email.

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If you are looking to go further with meditation then membership is for you. Enjoy benefits including 10% discount on all courses and retreats, borrowing rights to our library, members only classes, retreats and more.
Member's classes

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Members-only classes, seminars and Advanced 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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Our teachers

We have highly qualified and experienced meditation teachers at all courses and retreats, each with a minimum of ten years training with Lifeflow.