Yoga Ashram

General Information

Course Times

You are welcome to arrive any time after 2pm to relax and settle into your room before meditation/havan (fire ceremony) at 5.30pm and dinner at 6.30pm.

Generally weekend retreats begin with dinner at 6.30pm and conclude after lunch on the last day of the course.

Reception Hours

9.00am - 5.00pm daily. If you are arriving later than 5.00pm please make arrangements when booking and inform us of any changes.

Daily Routine

Enjoy an early morning yoga posture class and vedic chanting followed by breakfast.
You are invited to share in the karma yoga lifestyle activities (yoga of focused attention) in the morning between 7.45am to 8.15am and in the lifestyle activities between 9.00am to 11.00am.

The lifestyle activities of the centre can include gardening, picking vegetables and helping to cook a vegetarian lunch or making bread or goodies, office work and maintenance, sustainable building projects, environmental developments, library and other interesting creative projects and aspects of the ashram.

Relax with Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) at 11.30am followed by a healthy and tasty lunch.

According to the retreat you have chosen time in the afternoon is allocated to personal rest, relaxation and reflection, walking or bike riding on the forest tracks, reading from the library, or using any of the (heated in winter) practice rooms for personal practices. To gain the best benefits from your retreat it is recommended you spend your time in the Ashram's peaceful and natural environment.  

Evening meditation is at 5.30pm, followed by dinner and evening program which may include chanting, havan (fire ceremony with chanting), spiritual video of a discourse by a Master, satsang by senior teachers, group discussion, interesting documentaries, plays and readings or creative crafts.

During weekend retreats additional yoga sessions are held in the morning and afternoon.

Enrolment

Please book by using the electronic enrolment form along with full payment.  If you prefer not to use your payment details on the enrolment form please make your payment by phoning the ashram or by direct deposit.  Meals, accommodation, classes and GST, where applicable, are included in the fees.

Meals

We serve balanced vegetarian food, with lots of grains and fresh vegetables mostly from our ashram organic garden or sourced from organic local farmers in the neighbourhood.   Fresh fruits are provided at morning and afternoon tea. 

Dairy products such as cheese, butter, milk and yoghurt are served separately. 

Gluten free bread and pasta is available. 

Please Note: Fructose intolerant meals of steamed vegetables and rice can be requested with a surcharge of $5 per day.

The Ashram is not able to provide low carb, paleo or fully raw vegan meals.  Fresh salads are served with the evening meal. 

Prior to your arrival please discuss your dietary needs with us. It is important to note your needs in the comment box included in the enrolment form.  

If we are not able to supply all or part of your special dietary needs please be prepared to assist by bringing your own requirements with you. On arrival please ask at reception where your personal food can be stored, as no food is to be stored in the accommodation.

Please inform us prior to your arrival of any medical considerations we may need to know about.

Accommodation Options

General rates are for shared rooms.  Single rooms, twin rooms, single and twin ensuites, 3 to 4 share and 3 to 4 share with ensuite accommodation and camping have a separate fee structure.
Accommodation & fees
Private rooms are limited. Please book early.

Respecting others: snorers please reserve a single room, bring a tent or bring an understanding room mate for a twin share. If someone is relocated due to your snoring, you will be charged a single room fee.

Families and Children

Children are welcome and are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who takes full responsibility for their care whilst in the ashram.  (Please note the Ashram does not provide child minding facilities)

Children must be accommodated with a parent or guardian.  In line with our policies it is mandatory to take a private room with your child or children.  (The definition of a child as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is anyone under the age of 18yrs)

Facilities

Meditation rooms, forest walking and bike riding tracks, yogic library, reading rooms, internet access only for absolutely essential usage, ashram environment provides opportunity for ‘digital detox’, well stocked shop with yogic books, accessories & yoga style clothing.

All practice rooms, reading rooms and accommodation rooms are heated during winter. 

A public coin and card phone is available.  Please supply your own phone card ("Aussie Card" or "Go Talk" recommended).

Mobile Phones

Rocklyn is a declared mobile free zone in all residential and sitting areas, however they can be used in the car park.  Note that there is no Vodafone network coverage.

Drugs, Alcohol and Cigarettes

No alcohol or illegal drugs are permitted on the premises or arriving or returning to the ashram under the influence of drugs or alcohol.  

Smokers are requested to smoke outside the grounds and be absolutely responsible for the proper disposal of cigarette butts and packets.

Cancellations/Refunds

Cancellations with more than 48 hours notice: 30% of the full fee paid is forfeited and the balance will be refunded, or 100% of the fee paid is transferable within six (6) months of the original booking for another course or for product purchases.

Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice:
(a)  For up to 3 nights bookings - the full fee paid for the booking is forfeited:

(b)  For longer bookings - 30% of the full fee paid is forfeited, or the total fee paid, less 30%    administration fee is transferable within six (6) months of the original booking for another course or for product purchases; and

(c)  For private room bookings; 100% of the additional surcharge paid in respect of the private room booking is forfeited.

No shows, early departure or late commencement: 100% of the full fee paid for the lost days is forfeited.

 

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