Prema Shanti Yoga & Med­i­ta­tion Re­treat

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - WELLBEING QUEENSLAND -

THERE’S a spe­cial place in my heart for Prema Shanti; my hus­band and I spent five bliss­ful days here just be­fore we got mar­ried in Port Dou­glas.

How­ever, I sus­pect I would have found this place ex­tra­or­di­nary even if I wasn’t just about to tie the knot.

Prema Shanti has a mag­i­cal qual­ity, aided by its su­perb lo­ca­tion in Queens­land’s World Her­itage-listed trop­i­cal Dain­tree rain­for­est.

Each morn­ing you wake to the gen­tle ring­ing of bells, in­di­cat­ing that the group med­i­ta­tion ses­sion will soon be­gin in the lovely wooden tem­ple. This is fol­lowed by a com­mu­nal break­fast on the deep ve­randa that wraps around the tem­ple.

Come evening, there’s a med­i­ta­tion or yoga class blend­ing Vinyasa, Iyen­gar and Ash­tanga styles.

The rest of the day is free to spend how­ever you like – get­ting a mas­sage or spa treat­ment, or loung­ing on the ve­randa or lis­ten­ing to the birds.

Ev­ery­thing here is re­laxed, from the wel­com­ing hosts who make you feel like fam­ily, to the yoga and med­i­ta­tion teach­ing styles, to the meals shared with like-minded folk. It’s se­cluded, eco-friendly and in­ti­mate, and stands for love (prema) and peace (shanti). What more could you want be­fore get­ting hitched or, for that mat­ter, from any re­treat for the soul? Tur­pen­tine Rd, Cape Tribu­la­tion, Queens­land, ph 4098 9006 or see pre­ Fa­cil­i­ties: Four rooms at the tem­ple, plus off-site cab­ins avail­able. (Veg­e­tar­ian) break­fast and din­ner in­cluded in rates, plus yoga and med­i­ta­tion. Ac­tiv­i­ties: Cy­cling, horserid­ing, med­i­ta­tion, sea-kayak­ing, swim­ming holes, walking tracks, yoga. Rooms from $80 (a per­son, shared bath­room); 60-minute mas­sage $90.

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