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 AshramBook Here

Arrival & Departure

Fri between 2pm & 4.30pm to Sun 2pm
Sat 8.45am to Sun 2pm

Fees includes all food, standard accommodation, daily 7 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. 

Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma - with Helen Cushing - Swami Ahimsadhara

11 - 13 Oct     $405 Book Here Early Bird 29 Sep
11 - 13 Oct     $455 Book Here

Yoga offers a holistic system for healing the body and mind from post-trauma suffering, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the healing environment of Rocklyn Yoga Ashram you will learn how simple yoga practices can be used to bring both short and long-term relief from the symptoms of extreme stress and PTSD.

Find out more about Helen's work

Having tools to manage stressful moments in daily life is essential for confidence and recovery. Being able to relax is fundamental. Knowing how to breathe fully is life changing.

Being able to observe the mind and emotions gives you power over them. Trauma can be resolved. With guidance, yoga can heal PTSD. 

No prior yoga experience is needed. The retreat is suitable for trauma survivors, yoga teachers, health practitioners – anyone with a sincere interest in this application of yoga. Whatever your background, you will gain an insight into the possibilities of using yoga for recovery from stress and trauma. You will also take away practical tools that bring immediate relief and you’ll know how to move forward using yoga to heal the scars of trauma. 

Ahimsa’s award-winning film, Heroes of Peace, will be shown. Her book, Hope: How Yoga Heals the Scars of Trauma is highly recommended to participants. Available at Rocklyn Yoga Ashram on the retreat.

First Time Yoga Relax Retreat 

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

12 - 13 Oct     $275 Book Here

"It takes courage to say yes to Rest & Play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol." Brene Brown

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


You may have noticed the Yoga Ashram sign on the Daylesford Ballan Rd and wondered what it would be like to experience a yoga retreat in an authentic yoga setting. 

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.  The practice of Yoga Nidra done regularly unburdens the mind, body and emotions of tensions and sustain balance to 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 ongoing experience in daily life

through a practical program of

  • yoga postures,
  • yoga nidra - deep relaxation,
  • introduction to mantras - sound,
  • meditative walks in the forest
  • appreciative awareness of the breath

Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Focused Change - Clarity of Purpose 

18 - 20 Oct     $395 Book Here Early Bird 13 Oct
18 - 20 Oct     $450 Book Here
19 - 20 Oct     $325 Book Here

The yoga of awareness, is about developing skills in self-observation.

It is about being open enough to allow life to be experienced in a richer more fulfilling way. Often we override our experience with our thoughts and conditioning, or we simply block it out through saturating our experience in the television and muzak of life.

The first step in this progression is to recognise what is happening in our lives. It is not about judgement. It is simply finding out what is happening.

In turn, there are several stages to this process of developing awareness:

  • including developing the capacity to impartially observe,
  • and learning to accept what is happening

Out of the skills in observation and acceptance comes the ability to discriminate, to see clearly. Once we have assessed our strengths and weaknesses and the needs of the world around us, we are then able to act according to this Clarity of Purpose and Vision. 

From the text book of Living Consciously - Yoga with Attitude - compiled by Sw. Vimalratna

Yoga & Volunteer Weekend

Heart in the Hands & Hands in the Moment

18 - 20 Oct     $30 Book Here
19 - 20 Oct     $20 Book Here

(full participation)

Please arrive before 5pm on the 18th or by 8.45am on the 19th and depart after lunch clean up - 1.30pm on the 20th. 

"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

The Healing Power of Meditation and Living Mindfully - Dr. Craig Hassed OAM

25 - 27 Oct     $400 Book Here Early Bird 20 Oct
25 - 27 Oct     $475 Book Here
26 - 27 Oct     $400 Book Here
26 Oct Day Only     $200 Book Here 

About Dr. Craig Hassed
Mindfulness is both a form of meditation and a way of living. It is a generic skill with an infinite number of applications from the most mundane to the most profound. Being able to effectively engage attention is a pre-requisite for virtually anything else we want to do and for that reason is the single most important life-skill we ever learn.

This practical and experiential weekend will explore the science, philosophy and practice of mindfulness across a wide variety of settings including enhancing our mental and physical health, slowing ageing, improving relationships, reducing stress and facilitating better performance and learning. 

Simplicity & Silent Retreat in Nature

25 - 27 Oct     $395  Book Here Early Bird 20 Oct
25 - 27 Oct     $450  Book Here 

With systematic practice of noble silence, you will be able to give a new orientation to your feelings. 
Calm the bubbling emotions, instincts and impulses through noble silence.  

Swami Sivananda 

The seclusion and simplicity of 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. 

The practice of noble silence coupled with simplicity, yoga and meditation is an opportunity to become still, to consciously turn the mind inwardness, to experience enhanced inner connection revealing the quieter self.  

By committing to a short silent retreat with the practice of self-awareness and remaining the witness to the mind, the mind itself naturally becomes less busy, more focused and clear without effort, revealing deeper understanding and inner contentment.

The retreat includes:

  • yoga asanas & pranayama become the basis for stillness
  • pranayama practices to enhance meditation and inner silence
  • pratyahara - turning the attention inwards 
  • Yoga Nidra – deep relaxation for body/mind/emotions
  • review of the day
  • practical yoga psychology on the 3 gunas - states of existence 
  • sitting meditation:  Antar Mouna – attitude of a witness to cultivate equanimity and inner silence
  • walking meditation using the senses to be present 
  • encouraged to keep a personal diary 

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 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     $750 Book Here
Mon 10.30am – Sat 2pm

7 nights     $850 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 Mon - Thur

Fee  $550

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.

07 - 10 Oct Book Here
14 - 17 Oct Book Here
21 - 24 Oct Book Here
28 - 31 Oct 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 12 Oct     $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.