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.

For more information view ... a webpage here

 

Reclaiming Joy with Dr Ruth Gawler, Melissa Borich and Dr Ian Gawler

Yarra Valley Living Centre (Yarra Junction) ___ Victoria

7 Days | 6 nights from Friday 3rd April 11:30am to Thursday 9th April 2:00pm 2020 - PRE-EASTER

  • - Facilitated by Dr Ruth Gawler (Integrative GP), Melissa Borich (Registered Senior Yoga Teacher) with Dr Ian Gawler OAM
  • - Immerse in the ancient self-healing techniques of yoga, mindfulness and meditation to regain balance in your body, mind, emotions and spirit
  • - Learn reliable and practical evidence-based techniques to reduce anxiety and depression to reclaim your joy from within
  • - You'll be able to press the 'pause' button and re-set your nervous system by learning the rest and digest response. Reboot and review.
  • - Have help with detoxifying the body using a plant-based whole-food diet - the best of therapeutic nutrition.
  • - Develop an easier relationship with your thoughts and emotions and find more ease, kindness and joy with yourself.
  • - Learn evidence-based alternatives: mindfulness and meditation, complementary therapies for managing mental health - depression and anxiety.
  • - Access your own inner wisdom and understanding.
  • - Give yourself the opportunity to be supported and assisted by experienced facilitators and like-minded company whilst you find the time and space to re-set your compass. Working out what to leave behind and how to move forward.
  • - Participants will be further supported through this life-changing retreat by the calming and conducive natural forest environment, purpose-built retreat facilities, contemplative spaces, daily fresh juices, and deeply nourishing plant-based wholefoods at the Yarra Valley Living Centre. Everything is taken care of here, so you can truly immerse yourself, and re-emerge feeling empowered to create new possibilities for your life.

For more information view ... a webpage here

 

Guest Speaking & Seminars

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Public Events

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 7pm - 10pm) ___ 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 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)