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Members' retreats

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

2022 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

Non-duality and the Stages of Growth
Graham Williams et al

11am Friday 15 April – Monday 18 April

About this retreat

When you start meditating, for whatever reason, it is a natural, simple, healthy and very pleasant experience to discover that your mind and emotions can rest in a calm, balanced state. This is our natural state – the natural state of our minds and bodies. And the purpose of meditation is to rediscover this while sustaining the skills of thinking that we have developed.

As you develop your practice and discover the wonder of being able to grow personally by getting to know yourself better and be able to access areas of your mind you never thought possible, you also awaken those areas of your mind you have kept hidden. This is what the psychologist, Carl Jung, called the ‘shadow’ – that side of our personality which we are convinced is ‘not us’, and which we want to perfect or get rid of.

On these retreats you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your own shadow, and learn how to accept it as a friend rather than seeing it in all the terrible things that ‘others do’.

As you grow and get to know yourself more and more, perhaps the most challenging part of the path is the stage the Tibetan tradition calls, ‘The Single Taste’. This is where you discover that your inner world and your outer world, your meditation practice and your life, are not two separate things. It’s quite a revelation because people who believe that ‘the world’ is reality and all our inner experience is ‘imagination’ are no different from people who believe that their inner experience is reality and their refuge and try to avoid engaging as much as possible with ‘the world’.

You begin to discover that they are intimately connected and that one cannot exist without the other. We all try to be one-sided and prefer either being busy or being still, but this stage starts to reveal that neither of them is complete on its own.

This is why the tradition speaks of both ultimate truth and relative truth, or wisdom and compassion. They are both dependent on each other. And at this stage you see that the only thing dividing your inner and outer worlds is your own state of mind. The single taste means that you discover not only the side of yourself you have kept hidden, but also that no matter where you are or what you are doing (or not doing), what determines your experience and how you feel is your own state of mind. This is the constant that underpins everything we think, feel and do and is the key to understanding non-duality.

Part 1 of the retreat is over the Easter long weekend, part 2 will be over the October long weekend.

Dates and times

Retreat starts with lunch at 1 pm on Friday 15 April.
Retreat finishes after lunch on Monday 18 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.

Bookings for this retreat open Friday 18 February and close 4.30 pm on Wed 13 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.

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.

members retreat winter

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.

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October long weekend retreat at Kurlana

Non-duality and the Stages of Growth Part 2
Graham Williams et al

1 pm Saturday 1 October – 2 pm Monday 3 October

About this retreat

When you start meditating, for whatever reason, it is a natural, simple, healthy and very pleasant experience to discover that your mind and emotions can rest in a calm, balanced state. This is our natural state – the natural state of our minds and bodies. And the purpose of meditation is to rediscover this while sustaining the skills of thinking that we have developed.

As you develop your practice and discover the wonder of being able to grow personally by getting to know yourself better and be able to access areas of your mind you never thought possible, you also awaken those areas of your mind you have kept hidden. This is what the psychologist, Carl Jung, called the ‘shadow’ – that side of our personality which we are convinced is ‘not us’, and which we want to perfect or get rid of.

On these retreats you’ll have the opportunity to get to know your own shadow, and learn how to accept it as a friend rather than seeing it in all the terrible things that ‘others do’.

As you grow and get to know yourself more and more, perhaps the most challenging part of the path is the stage the Tibetan tradition calls, ‘The Single Taste’. This is where you discover that your inner world and your outer world, your meditation practice and your life, are not two separate things. It’s quite a revelation because people who believe that ‘the world’ is reality and all our inner experience is ‘imagination’ are no different from people who believe that their inner experience is reality and their refuge and try to avoid engaging as much as possible with ‘the world’.

You begin to discover that they are intimately connected and that one cannot exist without the other. We all try to be one-sided and prefer either being busy or being still, but this stage starts to reveal that neither of them is complete on its own.

This is why the tradition speaks of both ultimate truth and relative truth, or wisdom and compassion. They are both dependent on each other. And at this stage you see that the only thing dividing your inner and outer worlds is your own state of mind. The single taste means that you discover not only the side of yourself you have kept hidden, but also that no matter where you are or what you are doing (or not doing), what determines your experience and how you feel is your own state of mind. This is the constant that underpins everything we think, feel and do and is the key to understanding non-duality.

Part 1 of the retreat was over the Easter long weekend, part 2 will be over this weekend.

Dates and times

Retreat starts with lunch at 1 pm on Saturday 1 October

You are welcome to arrive any time on the Saturday morning. If you have booked the 3 night option (i.e. arriving on the day before the retreat starts), then you may arrive any time from 2 pm on the Friday.

Retreat finishes after lunch on Monday 3 October
Bookings for this retreat close 4.30 pm on Wed 28 Sept

This retreat theme continues from the Easter long weekend.

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.

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.

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

Member's classes

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.
Our teachers

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.