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.

Australian Retreats


Mind and Heart - reconnect with the essence. 7 days of Mindfulness and Meditation

Yarra Valley Living Centre (Yarra Junction) ___ Victoria

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.

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Meditation - Pure and Simple

Yarra Valley Living Centre ___ Victoria

This retreat will use the techniques for healing meditations taught by Ainslie Meares and Ian Gawler. Having been taught these methods over 20 years Ruth and Julia are bringing them to you to find a new level of clarity, contentment, and health. All this is possible when we immerse ourselves in the deep inner peace of our own stillness. This process will be enhanced by being in the majestic forests of the Upper Yarra Valley, along with support from the staff and amenities at the Gawler Foundation’s Living Centre.

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Reconnecting to Ourselves

Yarra Valley Living Centre ___ Victoria

This is an opportunity to take time out and deeply re-connect with yourself through a nourishing and rejuvenating week of meditation and self-compassion practice. Enjoy gentle movement, delicious vegetarian food made with love, and time and space to relax in a beautiful natural environment.

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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 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

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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

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Guest Speaking & Seminars




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.


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