A tranquil hideaway tucked deep into the Daintree Rainforest, the Prema Shanti Yoga & Meditation Retreat is designed for those looking to “get away from it all” while immersing in something greater and deeper than thyself. I recognize that this description may sound torturous to some, and positively delightful to others. To be honest, I’m not sure I would’ve gone if it hadn’t been for my work. The retreat was part of a month-long excursion to Australia, where I was leading American students on a gap-year program.
While I was a bit skeptical of what a yoga and mediation retreat could offer me, I chose to keep an open mind and participate to the fullest extent possible. Ultimately, I’m glad I did! For five full days, I practiced yoga and meditation for several hours each day. We were guided by the resident instructor at the time on meditation techniques, and had yoga classes each evening before dinner. There were meals and entire evenings spent in silence, as we were being taught to learn the art of introspective thinking. The silent sessions were particularly interesting, as this is something our society does not always appreciate (or understand).
After five days, I left feeling relaxed and calm. Perhaps this can be attributed to the sessions, themselves, or the overall aesthetic and location of the place. Located in the heart of two world heritage ecosystems (the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park), the location in the middle of the jungle is superb.
If you’re interested in what such a retreat can offer you, I highly recommend this place! Check out the website listed above for specifics including rates, classes offered and availability. There are only a few rooms on the premises, so book ahead. At the time of writing, prices were $90/night for a boutique room.