Yoga Ashram

2018 January

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"Step away for a few days to relax and enjoy a daily yoga program of self nurturing in a forest location" 

If a weekend retreat is not possible a Personal Retreat can be taken at any time for as many days as required. 

A Gift Voucher is a wonderful gift for your yoga friend or friend.  

Arrival & Departure for Weekend Retreats  
Fri between 2pm & 5pm to Sun 2pm
Sat 8.45am to Sun 2pm
Day Options Sat 8.45am to 9pm

Course fees include: standard accommodation, all food and yoga classes as per the daily timetable

The Art of Mindful Living Retreat - with Melli O’Brien, aka Australia's “Mrs. Mindfulness,”  Melli O'Brien 

05 - 09 January


The art of mindful living retreat is a life-changing, five-day, deep immersion into mindfulness. On this popular retreat, you will learn the practice of mindfulness and discover powerful strategies to live a more conscious and connected life when you go back home.

More details can be found here:

The Art of Mindful Living Retreat

New Beginnings Yoga Retreat

Watering the roots of wellness

12 - 14 Jan     $300 Enrol
13 - 14 Jan     $240 Enrol
12 - 14 Jan     $540 Satya Enrol (10% discount for 2)

Just like we water the roots of a tree to keep it alive and vibrant, to sustain ourselves we need to go deep within and nurture our spiritual essence, our spiritual awareness.  To create wealth and wellness, we need to cultivate inner peace. In this way we are able to live in peace and harmony with the world.
Yogic science achieves inner peace by utilising yogic tools in a systematic way. 

During this weekend we will explore some of the essential techniques which bring out our inner peace.  

These include:
  • Yoga capsules of asana and pranayama to keep our energy vibrant in a demanding world
  • Yoga Nidra or deep relaxation         
  • The strength of resolve or sankalpa to harness our will       
  • Living with meditative awareness       
  • Ways to uplift our consciousness by keeping a spiritual diary and        
  • Utilising the SWAN principle, a way of examining our interaction in the world for the upliftment of ourselves and others. 

More intuitive practices such as havans, fire ceremonies and kirtan, the chanting of mantras are also a normal part of the weekend. 

This is an opportunity to use the strength of will to set your sankalpa for the year and to explore tools to keep it vibrant to sustain wellness. 

Summer Yoga Retreat - Hatha Yoga, Meditation & Relaxation


Yoga, Practical Yoga Psychology & Lifestyle 

14 - 21 Jan     $800 Enrol
14 - 21 Jan     $750 Enrol (early bird full paid by 01 Jan) 
Includes the book Practical Yoga Psychology 

The Summer Yoga Retreat week of Practical Yoga Psychology begins with the “definitions of yoga” referencing the text Practial Yoga Psychology by Dr. Rishi Vivekananda and will systematically unfold as a way of life enhancing ones understanding of the whole personality.

Summer Yoga Retreat Timetable
Summer Yoga Retreat Overview

Knowledge of practical yoga psychology from the wisdom traditions systematically harmonise the entire personality on a deep internal level and external expression reflected in everyday life by living a life inspired by a yogic culture. 

The Summer Yoga Retreat is based on the practices & theory as described in the text Practical Yoga Psychology – Dr. Rishi Vivekananda to bring about a comprehensive understanding of the multi-faceted layers of the total being. With a deeper understanding of the self and self-observation of repeated patterns, automatic habits and reactions we can then decide how to rebuild or redirect our awareness in developing new pathways to connect and align with our inherent positive qualities. 

By committing to a sankalpa (firm intention) and dedication to the practices of the world’s wisdom traditions that offer valuable secrets for self-transformation, self-understanding, one is taken to another level of awareness and expression in life. 

The daily practices, group discussions and applied theory combined with ashram life of regularity, simplicity, personal disciple and self-motivation leads to connection with our inherent positive qualities. Conscious application in everyday life is summarized as living a more harmonious, fulfilling existence less affected or defeated by demands, duties and distractions. 

Volunteer Yoga Weekend

Heart in the Hands & Hands in the Moment

12 - 14 Jan Enrol
13 - 14 Jan Enrol

No Fee (full participation)

Please arrive before 5pm on the 12th or by 8.45am on the 13th and depart after lunch clean up - 1.30pm on the 14th.

"It was pure joy to be involved in the Ashram lifestyle"

"Fantastic, thank you so much for the lovely opportunity to lend a hand. Rocklyn changed my life a few years ago, so I’m thrilled to give back in some little way."  Penny

Heart in the Hands & Hands in the Moment Weekend - learning to be present: dynamic participation in the lifestyle of the Ashram as Karma Yoga – the yoga of mindful service and sharing of skills.  Participation in either the organic veggie garden or other interesting environmental projects is an exchange for all yoga classes, yummy garden produce food and standard accommodation. 

Dimensions of Yoga Series

Module 1: Body, Breath, Energy & Mind 
Clarity and Vitality from the Hatha Yoga tradition

A 12 week new study course offered at Rocklyn Ashram only 

19 Jan - 22 Apr     $1750 Enrol
19 Jan - 22 Apr     $1650 Enrol (Early Bird Fee up to 7 Jan 2018)  

7 day live in residential at Rocklyn Ashram
19 – 26 Jan    

Supported home practice and theory
26 Jan - 20 Apr

Concluding residential weekend at Rocklyn Ashram
20 - 22 Apr

Fulltime immersion option 

Includes additional twelve weeks living at Rocklyn Ashram
19 Jan - 22 Apr
Fees     $1750 + $1008

The first module of the Dimensions of Yoga Series will look at hatha yoga in a systematic in-depth way that is closely aligned with yoga’s rich tradition but also takes into account the pressures and distractions of living in today’s world.

With a straightforward light touch to both theory and practice, the course will unfold in a balanced way, according to the Satyananda system of yoga. It will closely follow classic practices and texts such as Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita (rarely taught in Australia).

The course will carefully explore hatha yoga as a systematic progression, working with body, breath, energy and mind. Starting simply with practices according to the capacity of each participant, this course will provide an overview of hatha yoga practices including: shatkarmas (cleansing practices), asanas, mudras and bandhas, pranayama, as well as pratyahara and techniques for creating a quieter mind (from a hatha yoga perspective).

There will be an emphasis on how hatha yoga provides an essential set of tools for any serious yoga practitioner. After completing this course you will have a toolkit to take with you throughout your yogic life.

More detailed information is available from:

Yoga Retreat - The Power of Positive Thinking 

How to Break the Worry Habit

19 - 21 Jan     $300 Enrol
20 - 21 Jan     $240 Enrol
19 - 21 Jan     $540 Satya Enrol (10% discount for 2)

Worry is an unhealthy mental and emotional habit pattern that we have let unconsciously creep into our lives. It is a habit we have acquired, disconnecting us from our natural state of being and awareness of the here and now.

Yoga proposes that habitual patterns can be altered through the practices of:
  • Deep rhythmic breathing
  • Yoga Nidra – consciously turning off the stress response and eliciting the relaxation response
  • Yoga postures & Meditation
  • Sankalpa – personal intention
  • Living more consciously
  • Attention to what nurtures and refreshes us
  • Renewed awareness
  • Emptying the mind daily and pausing from the relentless busy-ness we find ourselves in 
  • Cultivating healthy sleep patterns
  • Understanding how external overload creates worry and drains our energy for clear thinking and better decision making

Yoga, Meditation & Relaxation Long Weekend Retreat

Renewed Awareness can Remake and Refresh You

25 - 28 Jan     $400 Enrol
26 - 28 Jan     $350 Enrol
25 - 28 Jan     $720 Satya Enrol (10% discount for 2) 

"As you think, so shall you be."  

Flush out old, tired worn-out thoughts and emotions and fill your mind with refreshed new creative thoughts, actions and responses, with Yoga Nidra & pranayama.   Learn to turn off the stress response button and elicit the relaxation response.



  • Develop inner calmness, and nourish every aspect of your life through the practice of Yoga Nidra - conscious relaxation 
  • Prananyama for cultivating a balanced approach in life - conscious breathing practices develop optimal breathing patterns and correct poor breathing habits that negatively impact on the mind and emotions in the form of stress related disorders
  • Meditation - awaken and develop your inner awareness as the one who can observe with equanimity 

By utilising these simple practices, develop deep peace by gradually training the mind to release tensions that may be held in the body, the muscles and breath. Release impressions from the past and anxieties about the future.  These tools will assist in developing a quieter mind which will gradually lead to inner calmness and a clearer outer perception of oneself. 

Through these practices you can:

  • Manage emotions & expectations with balance
  • Reduce stress & improve health & wellness
  • Increase relaxation by releasing physical, mental and emotional tensions
  • Develop equanimity by balancing the nervous system
  • Develop awareness and presence of mind
  • Strengthen your resolve and develop your willpower
  • Self care & nurturing yourself
  • Periods of silence to quieten the mind

Living Consciously Retreat 

1 week     $250 Enrol
1 week to 1 month
15% discount for Health Care Card Holders
No further discounts apply
Sun 2pm – Sun 2pm

Intakes all year

Course Overview
Daily Timetable

This retreat is for those who wish to sustain and cultivate a positive attitude towards life.

Included are twice daily group sessions discussing the subject of focus for the day, a review at the end of the day before meditation, and the experience of regular yoga classes.

During the Living Consciously program participants will discover, experience and analyse the methods by which yogic principles and practices can be applied in their daily lives.

What was beneficial about the retreat?

"A great opportunity to rest my mind, reset patterns and to further commit to living consciously"

"Karma Yoga gave me the opportunity to observe and witness ones actions and reactions positively"

"Regular yoga practices both on and off the mat.  Beautiful, peaceful and natural environment for yoga and lifestyle"

"Just perfect - timeout, yoga, lifestyle, reviving, refreshing and an inspiring experience in a beautiful ashram setting"

"Format - open, flexible, well balanced with practical & theory based sessions.  Creative approach to developing a yogic lifestyle"​

"Karma Yoga - participation in the duties of the ashram life gave me a point of focus" 

A Yoga Mindful Lifestyle Retreat 

5 nights     $495 Enrol
Mon 10.30am – Sat 2pm

7 nights     $595 Enrol
Sun 2pm – Sun 2pm

Intakes all year

Daily Timetable
Course Overview

A Yoga Mindful Lifestyle Retreat differs a little from the Living Consciously program in that extra time is allocated after lunch to deepen relaxation and reclaim inner balance and direction during your personal retreat. Course material and group meetings are consistent with the Living Consciously concept of awareness.

What was beneficial about the retreat?

  • Yoga Nidra, the daily topic to witness and reflect on and the balance of all the yogas including Karma Yoga were highlights in my life changing experience. 
  • Wonderful. It is one of the most peaceful settings I've had the privilege to be in. I am inspired.  
  • Location, affordability & ethos
  • Group sessions. Complete toolkit to help re-assess your mind/lifestyle

During A Yoga Mindful Lifestyle Retreats program participants will discover, experience and analyse the methods by which yogic principles and practices can be applied in their daily lives.

Feel Great Breaks Yoga Retreat


A 4 day Yoga Retreat

Fee  $400

01 - 04 Jan Enrol
08 - 11 Jan Enrol
15 - 18 Jan Enrol
22 - 25 Jan Enrol
29 Jan - 01 Feb Enrol

Arrive 10.30am in time for Yoga Nidra - relaxation

This 4 day Yoga Retreat is part of a 1 month course of living consciously. 


On completion of week 1, weeks 2, 3 & 4 can be undertaken at your own leisure.  

The retreat supports personal time and space to re assess if we are focusing on what is important to us in life, and if we are creatively balancing our spiritual and worldly health and wellbeing effectively. 

This special Yoga Retreat program includes: yoga postures, breathing techniques, yoga nidra – relaxation, meditation, focused action in the lifestyle, and twice daily group discussions on subjects of awareness from the text
eBook Yoga With Attitude

One is encouraged to make notes or keep a spiritual diary throughout the retreat.  At the end of your retreat take some time to re assess in the following way:

  • What insights have been gained throughout the retreat to support health & wellbeing effectively
  • How do you intend to apply and consolidate in a practical ongoing way the benefits and insights gained during your retreat 
  • What challenges were met and how did you respond to them - responses and reactions 

Day Visits 


Saturday Yoga Day & Kirtan 

Sat 06 Jan     $70   Enrol

Sat 27 Jan     $70  Enrol    
10.30am - 8.30pm



Open Day 

14 Jan   (No Fee for the Open Day program)

"It's an excellent place for relaxation and to spend a day here is worthwhile" - from Barbara



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Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, operated by Yoga Association of Victoria Inc. as an autonomous entity,
remains committed to the tradition of Satyananda Yoga and continues the teachings under
the banner of Satyananda Yoga by arrangement with the IYFM.