Yoga and Meditation Weekend Retreat

    Gunnebah Retreat, Nobbys Creek,
    Murwillumbah, Northern New South Wales

    Friday 9th – Sunday 11th of September 2011

    gunnebah entrance

    Topic for the weekend: The five points of Yoga

    1. Proper Exercise (Asana)
      Proper exercise should be pleasant to the practitioner while beneficial to the body, mind and spiritual life.
    2. Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
      Proper breathing should be deep, slow and rhythmical. This increases vitality and mental clarity.
    3. Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
      By relaxing deeply all the muscles the Yogi can thoroughly rejuvenate his nervous system and attain a deep sense of inner peace.
    4. Proper Diet (Vegetarian)
      A lacto-vegetarian diet. This is an integral part of the Yogic lifestyle.
    5. Positive Thinking and Meditation(Dhyana)
      Here is the most important point of all, we become what we think. A positive outlook on life can be developed by learning and practicing the teachings of the philosophy of Vedanta. The mind will be brought under perfect control by regular practice of meditation.

    gunnebah yoga hall
    Entrance to yoga hall

    During the weekend we practise these five points of yoga.

    The retreat is suitable for beginners to learn about the basics of yoga and for more advanced yoga students to deepen their practice.

    In this retreat we observe the yogic vegetarian diet. NO garlic, onion, mushrooms, meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, cigarettes or narcotics.

    gunnebah eating area
    Dining area

    Schedule / daily program

    Some changes and adjustment might be done to this schedule during the weekend.

    All classes and programs are optional, but highly recommended to attend to get the most benefit from this intensive yoga and meditation weekend. We will be surrounded by beautiful nature and there is enough time for walks, reading a good book or just simply relax and recharge.

    gunnebah pool
    Pool on premises

    Before and after the meals I'll ask you to help with some of the preparations as well as cleaning up the kitchen and doing the dishes. This is the Yoga path of Karma-Yoga (selfless service), doing something for the community without expecting anything back in return.

    What to bring

    This list might be updated closer to the date.

    Accommodation, Cost and Registration

    The Retreat is limited to about 20 students. The accommodation is comfortable and simple. 2 – 6 persons share a room or cabin (some bunk beds). We all share six showers and separate toilets. Please let me know your preference (if you like to share a room with a friend or family member) with your reservation.

    gunnebah cabins
    View of some of the cabins

    There is a big kitchen with lounge area. The main eating area is under cover or outside. The property offers nice walks, quiet places and corners to relax. It also has a swimming pool. The Yoga Hall is in an individual building, with a wooden floor, ceiling fans and wood fire stove.

    gunnebah twin room
    Twin room accommodations

    To see more photos of the beautiful location please go to the Gunnebah Retreat website.

    Cost for the weekend


    Included in this price is the complete yoga program, accommodation and meals.

    A non refundable deposit of AUS-$70.- is required to reserve your space.

    The final payment is due one week before the Retreat.

    Payment in cash, money order or direct bank deposit. Cheques payable to Maria Steiner. No credit card facilities.

    For registration please email me at


    If you need any special diet such as gluten free or vegan, please let me know with your reservation. All our meals are vegetarian according to the yogic diet, including milk products. Please provide your own special diet, such as soya or skimmed milk.

    Any kind of insurance is your own responsibility.

    Carpooling from Ipswich. I'll try to connect you with other students, so you can travel together.

    I'll provide you with the map on how to get there.

    Looking forward to an intensive weekend of yoga and meditation.

    gunnebah view of mount warning
    View of Mount Warning

    Testimonials - Comments of Previous Retreat Students

    The yoga retreat with Maria was a great opportunity to stretch the body and still the mind, exactly what I was hoping for. The cooking lessons and lectures about the yogic lifestyle were an added bonus and got me thinking about daily changes I can make to bring peace and health into my life. The location was peaceful (except for the night-time frog song), the food delicious and the company great! I’ll be signing up for the next one for sure. Margaret N., August 2008
    I really enjoyed the retreat…but it is a problem…because now I just want to give up work and do yoga all the time and eat good food…and walk…and eventually learn to meditate properly!!! Rebecca M., August 2008
    My friend Marg invited me to come to the yoga retreat so I was unsure of what to expect, not having done any yoga for many years (in the very early 1970’s) was the last time I had been to a yoga class, but I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed very much the whole experience.

    I loved your classes and although I am very much a beginner I felt very comfortable with you as the teacher, no pressure what so ever.

    Overall the whole weekend was really fabulous; venue, food, classes and to top it all off the other people that attended were great and yes you have converted me to doing yoga. Maria count me in for next year’s Yoga Retreat – you did a wonderful job – you’re so inspiring. The retreat was fantastic. Barbara T., August 2008