Yoga Ashram


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

Rocklyn Ashram Gallery
Yoga @ the Ashram

Arrival & Departure

Fri between 2pm & 5pm to Sun 2pm
Sat 8.45am to Sun 2pm

Fees include all food, standard accommodation, daily 6 yoga related classes + yoga philosophy

If a weekend retreat is not possible a Personal Retreat

can be taken at any time for as many days as required. 

Yoga & Meditation 

The Power of the Breath to Increase the Relaxation Response for Yogic Management of Stress

03 - 05 May     $375 Book Here Early Bird 28 Apr
03 - 05 May     $400 Book Here
04 - 05 May     $315 Book Here

The Language of the Breath - Inhaling Harmony, Exhaling Discord

“Breathing is the most important thing we do. We breathe day and night, ceaselessly, our whole life through – nothing is more critical to our survival. What is less widely appreciated is that breathing is also important to our quality of life. But how much do you know about your own breathing?”

Swami Ahimsadhara – from the book “Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma”
The yogis say that we breathe 15 times each minute, or 21,600 times per day. How many of these breaths (or inspirations and expirations) are we truly aware of? Inspiration brings a natural sense of joy and creativity into life, and expiration recognises a natural completion or ending of a process.

If breath is the singular force which sustains life, it correlates that optimal quality of breathing promotes the highest quality of life, whilst poor awareness of breathing is related with poor quality of life. It follows therefore that to change your breath is to change your life.

Give yourself some breathing space amidst the peaceful nature and nurturing atmosphere of Rocklyn Ashram. Enjoy the harmony created by the regularity and simplicity of yogic lifestyle, and

  • Develop simple yet profound techniques to become aware of and reshape habitual breathing patterns
  • Understand how the breath reflects our state of mind and emotions
  • Come to learn the language of your breath

The Essence of Health: the seven pillars of wellbeing - Prof. Dr. Craig Hassed

Education, Stress Management, Spirituality, Exercise, Nutrition, Connectedness and Environment

10 - 12 May     $400 Book Here Early Bird 5 May 
10 - 12 May     $475 Book Here 
11 - 12 May     $400 Book Here 

About Prof. Dr. Craig Hassed

Essence is an acronym standing for Education, Stress management, Spirituality, Exercise, Nutrition, Connectedness and Environment. It's a mindfulness-based lifestyle program that can be applied to the prevention or management of chronic illnesses as well as enhancing wellness. This experiential and interactive weekend program will explore the evidence and application for mindfulness and healthy lifestyle change all the while exploring how we can apply it to our own lives.

Silent Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Seek Joy in Silence

17 - 19 May     $375 Book Here Early Bird 12 May
17 - 19 May     $400 Book Here 
18 - 19 May     $315 Book Here 

Train yourself to enter a state of silence.  Calm the bubbling emotions, instincts and impulses through silence.  With systematic practice, you will be able to give a new orientation to your feelings.  You will be able to transmute your nature.  You will be able to exercise supreme control over the nerves, muscles, emotions and instincts.  Swami Sivananda 

The ashram situated on the edge of the Wombat State Forest is a perfect silent retreat environment.  A short silent retreat offers precious time and space, not always available in other forms of living, for quieter and deeper self-reflection and self-enquiry. 

Being silent is an opportunity to be with yourself, to be still, here and now and experience enhanced connection with yourself and your surroundings. 

A short silent retreat embracing the practice of self-awareness and the attitude of a witness naturally renders the mind less busy, more focused and clear, thus revealing deeper discernment and inner contentment. 

The retreat includes:

  • yoga asanas & pranayama become the basis for stillnes
  • review of the day
  • sitting meditation:  Antar Mouna – attitude of a witness to cultivate equanimity and inner silence
  • Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation for body, mind & emotions 
  • walking meditation using the senses to be present 
  • encouraged to keep a personal diary (optional) 

Yoga Relax Retreat

18 - 19 May     $295 Book Here  Early Bird 12 May
18 - 19 May     $315 Book Here 

Escape from the fuss and busyness of city living and enter into an environment of peace, yoga and nature.  

No rush: Arrive at 10.30am in time to settle into your room and the ashram environment. 

A short time of separation from the world can quickly reconnect us to our deeper levels of ourselves.  

Yoga Nidra – relaxation is more than just overcoming everyday levels of tiredness. Yoga Nidra is an essential tool for reducing fatigue and maintaining good health.  Done regularly the practice unburdens the mind, body and emotions of tensions and sustains emotional balance in the nervous system.

This Retreat offers you a supportive space to unravel accumulated stress and truly re-align with your inner quieter self.  Take home a group of simple practices to sustain and support change and wellness as an experience on a daily basis:  

Through a practical program of

  • yoga postures,
  • yoga nidra - deep relaxation,
  • meditative walks in the forest,
  • awareness of the breath for relaxation

Yoga & Volunteer Weekend

Heart in the Hands & Hands in the Moment

10 - 12 May     $30  Book Here 
11 - 12 May     $20  Book Here 

(full participation)

Please arrive before 5pm on the 17th or by 8.45am on the 18th and depart after lunch clean up - 1.30pm on the 19th. 

"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

Volunteer Weekend Information

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. 

"You have to see a practical way to understand and apply the principles of Karma Yoga, and our focus is on the application and use of Karma Yoga for conscious evolution."  Sw. Niranjanananda

Yoga & Meditation Retreat


Yoga with Attitude 
 A practical handbook for developing awareness in everyday living
(Included in the course fee)

24 - 26 May     $395  Book Here  Early Bird 19 May
24 - 26 May     $420  Book Here 
25 - 26 May     $335  Book Here 

Most people are familiar with the idea that yoga involves physical postures. Many people have undertaken a weekly class at their gym or with a yoga teacher in their community. Others have heard of yoga in relation to breathing practices, relaxation, and meditation. Yoga does involve these things and they are fundamental to the way yoga works. 

Yet this isn’t all there is. There is much more to yoga. It is a complete system for managing our situation in life. It provides a comprehensive set of tools for managing change and for living to our full potential. When yoga overflows out of the weekly class and into our lives it starts to become part of a process of personal transformation. When yoga practices become part of our daily routine, something begins to shift in our bodies, our minds, emotions and energy. 

Introduction to Kriya Yoga - Sw. Premshakti 

31 May - 02 Jun     $375 Book Here Early Bird 26 May
31 May - 02 Jun     $400 Book Here

Swami Premshakti is a senior swami in the Satyananda Yoga Tradition with over 35 years teaching experience. She has a grounded practical approach to teaching the Kriya Yoga practices, which she conveys with wisdom and intuition according to the needs of the students. 

“Kriya yoga caters to the dimension of consciousness, to sensitise one to experience consciousness, going deep into the realisation of what it is, and to realise the state of pure bliss in consciousness, which is the spirit. Kriya yoga takes you to the vijnanamaya and anandamaya kosha levels.”  Swami Niranjan

KRIYA means ‘activity’ or ‘movement’ and refers to the activity or movement of consciousness. 

Kriya Yoga is a powerful practice which is suitable for all yoga practitioners. The ultimate purpose of Kriya Yoga is to create an awakening in the Chakras (energy centres in the body), purify the Nadis (energy channels) and to awaken Kundalini Shakti. This harmonises and expands consciousness and leads to a deeper understanding of our true nature. 

The weekend includes What is Kriya Yoga and an introduction and practice of the Kriya Yoga practices 1, 2 and 3. For each Kriya there will be teachings of appropriate asana, pranayama, mudras, bandhas, psychic passage and chakra awareness. 

"The practices of kriya yoga will go a long way towards awakening our spiritual potential. There are many yogic techniques, and all have their place, but the practices of kriya yoga are far superior, far better planned, and they are easily accessible to the people of our age." Swami Satyananda

Living Consciously Retreat 


1 week     $250 Book Here
1 week to 1 month
10% discount for Health Care Card Holders
No further discounts apply
Sun 2pm – Sun 2pm

Intakes all year

Course Overview
Daily Timetable

This retreat sustains and cultivates 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     $600 Book Here
Mon 10.30am – Sat 2pm

7 nights     $750 Book Here
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  $495

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.

06 - 09 May  Book Here 
13 - 16 May  Book Here 
20 - 23 May  Book Here 
27 - 30 May  Book Here 

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
10.30am - 8.30pm 

Sat 11 May     $90 Book Here  


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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.