Retreats & Events
Mindfulness and Meditation Retreats
The Gawler’s mindfulness retreats and meditation retreats are all designed to be restful and regenerative, but are intense enough to be meaningful and effective for those seeking deeper experiences of meditation, good health and wellbeing.
Each mindfulness retreat and meditation retreat presented by Ruth and Ian Gawler focuses upon a particular theme relevant to the ongoing development of meditation.
New Zealand Retreats
Mindfulness and Meditation Teacher Training Programs
Teaching meditation is one of the greatest gifts you can offer others
Drs Ruth and Ian Gawler regularly present specific and thorough mindfulness and meditation teacher training programs in collaboration with the Gawler Foundation.
There are 2 five day residential Modules of Meditation Teacher Training presented at The Yarra Valley Living Centre and completing both satisfies the training criteria for Provisional Membership of the Meditation Association of Australia. Maia and Paul Bedson present the first module while Ruth and Ian Gawler present the second.
However, each mindfulness retreat and meditation retreat mentioned above under the ‘Meditation Retreats’ heading and led personally by Ian and Ruth Gawler, will also have immediate personal relevance for all health professionals and teachers as a basis for a mindfulness and meditation teacher training program. They provide a good starting point for using mindfulness and meditation based techniques in teaching and clinical settings and may well satisfy requirements for meditation teacher certification as well as on-going professional education credits.
Specific Cancer Healing Programs
The cancer healing retreats that Ruth and Ian Gawler present provide a gentle blend of evidence-based theory and experience.
Attending a residential cancer healing program with Drs Ruth and Ian Gawler gives you access to their over 50 years of combined experience leading cancer healing programs.
While the medical profession and allied practitioners can be really useful, by attending a cancer healing program and learning to maximise your own inner resources, learning to use the therapeutic potential of your lifestyle – such as the way you eat and the way you use your mind and its potential through techniques like therapeutic meditation and guided imagery; all of that can make a crucial difference.
These cancer healing programs are residential so that you can experience the food, the meditation and so on, and be in a highly supportive, very positive learning atmosphere.
The pace of these cancer recovery programs has been designed to be restful and regenerative. Regular relaxation, mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery practice sessions are a feature. There will be good time for questions and discussion and you will be assisted to decide what is best for your particular situation.
Many people, including carers report that attending one of the Gawler’s cancer recovery programs was profoundly transformative in their own personal development, as well as being a real turning point for those on the healing path.
I thought meditation… and all that stuff… was something I just didn’t do… but now I find it has been such a help to me, in my mind and in my body.Jeff Davis
I just love life so much much more now. It’s such a shame that it takes this kind of thing to make you realise. I’ve always wanted to be healthy, I’ve always wanted to meditate every day and to be a better person and now I’m doing that. I’m really grateful for it.Mardi Fletcher
The power of meditation, the power of the mind and the ability to heal yourself, is probably the one thing that I would take from here that I deem to be the most valuable.Dale Fletcher