Meditation in the Forest Retreat


Meditation and Contemplation


Experience deep natural peace Amidst the majestic forests of the Upper Yarra Valley

7-Day Meditation and Contemplation Retreat with Ian and Ruth Gawler plus Julia Broome


Pre-Easter: Friday 7th from 4pm to Thursday 13th at 2pm



Take time out from the busyness of everyday life

Slow down, reflect, regenerate

Learn to overcome confusion, develop clarity and certainty in decision-making

Regain perspective, vitality, balance and clarity

Deepen your understanding and experience of relaxation, mindfulness and meditation


This year there will be a focus on the practice of contemplation. You will learn how to think things through, how to overcome confusion, how to develop clarity and certainty in decision making, and more – how to access insight, intuition and inner wisdom in a predictable and reliable way.

Meditation in the Forest will be led by Drs Ian and Ruth Gawler. Based upon Meditation – an In-Depth Guide, it will be of medium intensity. There will be daily instruction from Ian, along with relaxation, mindfulness, meditation and contemplation practices guided by Ian and Ruth, mostly in 40 minute sessions. These will be interspersed with walking meditations, optional yoga and Feldenkrais, time for personal reflection and rest, along with great meals – high quality, organic vegetarian food will be served; much of the food coming from the Centre’s gardens. Also, there will be good time for questions and discussion amidst like-minded people, and specific sessions for health professionals.

This retreat is well suited to all Health Professionals. Certificates of attendance will be provided for those who require them.



4 pm Friday 7th April until 2 pm Thursday 13th April 2017.

The Yarra Valley Living Centre, 55 Rayner Court, Yarra Junction, Victoria, Australia



Inclusive of meals, fresh juices, accommodation and tuition the cost per person is: 

  • Multi Shared Dormitory (sharing with 2-7 others) is $1990
  • Twin share or Double is $2380 
  • Single Supplement is $2990 (Subject to availability) 

Your place in the retreat will be secured upon receipt of a deposit of $220 per person.  Balance of payment is due three weeks prior to the retreat commencement. 

Optional extras at additional cost include transport from Melbourne City and the Airport, body therapies and purchases in our bookstore. Please see attached regarding terms and conditions and transport information.



If you have any further queries regarding the program or to book please call the Foundation on 1300 651 211 or +61 5967 1730, or for any more specific enquiries regarding the actual retreat itself, you can call +61 (0)417 869 938 (9-5pm AEST Mon-Friday)


Email us here
1300 651 211 or +61 3 5967 5400
(9-5pm AEST Mon-Friday)