"Be still, look within, rest into the core of your being. Peace and contentment is your essence"

Meditation Retreats

A Meditation Retreat is a wonderful opportunity to quietly look within. When we retreat from the world of our normal everyday lives, the workings of the mind can be more easily seen. Identification with conceptual belief patterns that create stress and tension can be released, revealing a silence and stillness that is full of love and peace, the essence of our being.

Retreats bring together like-minded individuals, creating an energy and community where one's meditation practice and inquiry into Life can further deepen and become firmly established.

Aruna's retreats are suitable for both the beginner and the experienced. The retreats are conducted in silence. There are evening talks and discussions, guided instructions and times to ask questions. There is time for having conversations with each other on arrival and during the first and last meals of the retreat. Instructions and guidance in different meditation techniques will be given. These will involve awareness and mindfulness using breath, body sensations, self-enquiry and walking meditation. Aruna will give some talks with discussion and question time. Private one on one interviews will also be offered to help clear any doubts that might arise for participants. There is an optional 90 minute Yoga Asana session each morning.

Aruna has been running Meditation Retreats since 2009.

Dates and Location


  • 18 - 20 October 2019 (Weekend Retreat), Healesville, Victoria ($460 or $420 concession). BOOKED OUT - Register to be put on wait list.

  • 18 - 22 October 2019 (4 Day Retreat), Healesville, Victoria ($690 or $650 concession). BOOKED OUT - Register to be put on wait list.

  • 27 December 2019 - 1 January 2020 (6 Day New Year Retreat), Healesville, Victoria ($890 or $840 concession).

  • 21 - 23 February 2020 (Weekend Retreat), Healesville ($460 or $420 concession).

  • 21 - 25 February 2020 (4 Day Retreat), Healesville ($690 or $650 concession).

  • 24 - 26 April 2020 (Weekend Retreat), Healesville ($460 or $420 concession).

  • 24 - 28 April 2020 (4 Day Retreat), Healesville ($690 or $650 concession).

  • 5 - 8 June 2020 (Queen's Birthday Long Weekend Retreat), Healesville, Victoria ($580 or $540 concession).

  • 5 - 10 June 2020 (5 Day Retreat), Healesville, Victoria ($840 or $790 concession).


Weekend Retreats

Weekend Retreats are a great introduction to meditation for beginners and are a convenient way for those experienced in meditation to do some intensive practice.

4 & 5 Day Meditation Retreats

Both 4 and 5 Day Extended Retreats will give the opportunity for participants to do an extended Meditation Retreat in silence. The 4 Day Extended Retreat continues on from the Weekend Retreat, finishing on the Tuesday afternoon. The 5 Day Extended Retreat continues on for an extra 2 days from a long weekend retreat. The daily program is basically the same as the weekend. 

Doing a longer retreat with silence allows one to very deeply inquire within. Deep unconscious patterns of mental and emotional past can be met and dissolved with the Light of Awareness. There is enormous potential for inner transformation and healing, and a deep resting into the essence of Life, an eternal peace of moment to moment being.

Weekend Meditation Retreat Program

Start: 5.30pm Friday
Finish: 3.00pm Sunday

Friday Program

5.30pm Check into rooms, Practical Information and Orientation
6.30pm Dinner
7.30pm- 9pm Opening Circle and Meditation

Saturday Program

6.00am Wake-up Bell
6.30-7.30am Meditation- Silent Sitting
7.30-9.00am Yoga Asana (or your own practice)
9.00am Breakfast
9.00-11.00am Free Time
11.00am-12.30pm Meditation - Sitting & Walking
1.00pm Lunch
12.30-3.30pm Free Time and Optional Teacher Interviews
3.30-5.00pm Meditation - Sitting & Walking
6.00pm Dinner
5.00- 7.30pm Free Time
7.30- 9.00pm Meditation with Talk, Discussion & Chanting

Sunday Program

6.00am Wake-up Bell
6.30- 7.30am Meditation- Silent Sitting
7.30- 9.00am Yoga Asana (or your own practice)
9.00- 9.30am Breakfast
9.30-11.00am Free Time
11.00am- 12.30pm Meditation - Sitting & Walking
1.00pm Lunch
12.30- 2.30pm Clean Up/ Free Time
2.30- 3.00pm Final Meditation and Closing Circle

Venue & Accommodation & Meals

On all the Retreats delicious and healthy vegetarian meals, beverages, fruit and snacks will be provided. We are happy to cater for any special dietary requirements.

The Healesville Retreats are held at the beautiful and peaceful Maitripa Contemplative Centre near Healesville, Victoria. The centre is set on 50 acres and is surrounded by State Park forests. All participants will have their own room with shared toilet and shower facilities. Participants are asked to contribute a small amount of time helping in the kitchen. Healesville is an easy 90 minute drive from Melbourne. 
See some photos of the venue at the bottom of this page.


What to Bring:

Note: Maitripa Centre, Healesville now supplies full bedding- linen, pillow, blanket and doona.

  • Yoga Mat

  • Meditation cushion or stool- if you have one- if not we can provide this or a chair

  • Meditation & Yoga blanket(s) or shawl- to keep warm

  • Warm clothes

  • Towel & Toiletries

  • Walking shoes to enjoy the surrounding bush

  • Sunscreen and sun hat

  • Water bottle

  • Insect repellant

  • Torch


The Weekend Retreats are $460 or $420 concession.

The 3 Day/ 3 Night Retreats are $580 or $540 concession.

The 4 Day Retreats are $690 or $650 concession.

The 5 Day/ 5 Night Retreats are $840 or $790 concession.

The 6 Day New Year Retreat is $890 or $840 concession.

The cost of all Retreats include all sessions (meditation & yoga), delicious and healthy meals and accommodation.


To secure your place, please register online and deposit $100 by direct deposit to below account.

Account name: One Heart Yoga and Meditation. Bankwest BSB: 302 162 Account #: 047 4120

Or post cheque or money order made out to: Aruna Giri.  Please email (info@arunagiri.com.au) or call (0424 401 583) to obtain the postal address.

Full payment is due one week before the start of the retreat.

Refund Policy: A non-refundable and non-transferable deposit of $100 is required to secure your place. If there is a cancellation one week or more before the start of the retreat the full amount MINUS the non-refundable deposit of $100 will be refunded. For any cancellations less than one week before the start of the retreat there will be no refund. If the retreat is cancelled by the organisers, then your full payment including your full deposit will be refunded.

ContaCt Details:

For bookings and more information, please Contact Aruna Giri