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.

These mindfulness retreats and meditation retreats that are 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.

Residential Retreats

Victoria

Mindbody Medicine Retreat with Prof Sanjay Raghav and Dr Ruth Gawler

Yarra Valley Living Centrera Valley Living Centre (Yarra Junction Junction) ___ Victoria

The natural healing force within us is the greatest force in getting well. - Hippocrates

Facilitated by Mindbody Medicine experts Prof Sanjay Raghav (Neurologist) and Dr Ruth Gawler (Integrative GP); this 5 day Mindbody Medicine retreat program has been specifically designed to assist people in managing a wide range of illnesses and health disorders including, but not limited to, autoimmune or inflammatory conditions, degenerative diseases, mental health issues, and chronic stress.

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Guest Speaking & Seminars

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Public Events

New South Wales

Finding Peace in a Changing World

The Brahma Kumaris (Five Dock) ___ New South Wales

Our inner world can easily be dominated by the fast changing outer world. Outer peace, or peace in the world, always seems to be a function of inner peace. It is not possible to impose peace on anyone. The only way we will ever have true outer peace is when enough of the world’s people have found peace in their own hearts. And how better to do that than through meditation - especially when that meditation is directly connected to and infused with love.

For more information view ... a PDF here

 

Queensland

Blue Sky Mind - with Ian and Ruth Gawler in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Melissa’s Healing Space (Curramore, 10am-4pm) ___ Queensland

The mind has two aspects
These can be compared to the clouds - our active thoughts and emotions that change all the time and can range from beautiful to turbulent; and the blue sky - that aspect of mind beyond all the activity wherein dwells a stillness, along with peace, clarity, wisdom and compassion. In meditation we have the opportunity to get to know both aspects of our mind better and to connect more deeply with what we are actually capable of, and who we really are.

For more information view ... a PDF here

 

Blue Sky Mind in Brisbane with Ian and Ruth Gawler

Relaxation Centre of Brisbane (Alderly 10am-4pm) ___ Queensland

The mind has two aspects
These can be compared to the clouds - our active thoughts and emotions that change all the time and can range from beautiful to turbulent; and the blue sky - that aspect of mind beyond all the activity wherein dwells a stillness, along with peace, clarity, wisdom and compassion. In meditation we have the opportunity to get to know both aspects of our mind better and to connect more deeply with what we are actually capable of, and who we really are

For more information view ... a PDF here

 

South Australia

Blue Sky Mind - An urban meditation workshop based upon Ian’s new book

Buddha House (Magill, South Australia) ___ South Australia

Blue Sky Mind – the book
Recently released, this book provides direct guidance into an authentic and deep experience of meditation. While it does introduce highly practical methods for relaxation, concentration and mindfulness, the real gem is introducing reliable methods for advancing beyond the busyness and distractions of the active mind, and directly experiencing the still mind.

For more information view ... a webpage here ... a PDF here

 

Requests

Request Ian to speak at your conference, workshop, seminar or event

Ian and Ruth Gawler have played a major part in popularising meditation, Mind-Body Medicine and other self-help techniques in the Western World. Ian does most of the public speaking, while Ian and Ruth combine to present their retreats and trainings. A compelling and meaningful speaker, Ian Gawler has presented at many major conferences around the world.

If you are interested to have Dr. Ian Gawler present at an event, or if you are interested in supporting or volunteering help with organising a mindfulness retreat, a meditation retreat, or a public event in your area, please contact us by email or call +61 (0)417 869 938 (9-5pm AEST Mon-Friday)

The Gawler Cancer Foundation

The Yarra Valley Living Centre

Home of the Gawler Cancer Foundation 

Ian and Ruth Gawler present mindfulness retreats, meditation retreats, mindfulness and meditation teacher training programs and specific residential cancer healing programs at The Gawler Cancer Foundation’s, Yarra Valley Living Centre.

The Gawler Cancer Foundation and Yarra Valley Living Centre is a not for profit, non-denominational organisation, that promotes a whole-person (holistic) and integrative approach to health, healing and wellbeing.

The Foundation’s  mission is to improve the recovery outcomes and quality of life for people affected by cancer or multiple sclerosis and to educate people in the prevention of illness.  For over 30 years the Foundation have been achieving this through the delivery of educational retreat programs, at the Yarra Valley Living Centre.

Testimonials

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

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I have attended ten retreats at the Yarra Valley Living Centre and each time I come away calmer, wiser, and soul-enriched to face life’s daily challenges. And a break from cooking is always a treat! At each program I meet amazing people who all have their own stories to tell. On many occasions, it’s hard to say goodbye.

Linda Rocke

Read the full article from Living Well Magazine.

This from a Life & Living Cancer Retreat participant.

Vana Minelle

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Read more inspiring stories at The Gawler Cancer Foundation

Contact


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