About Ascension Yoga
About your retreat
Yoga, Food, Routine, Rules and Yoga Instructor
Due to the nature of the retreats we cannot socially distance here. This means you need a negative Covid test to come here. RAT test is acceptable done day before you arrive. (Dated photo showing selfie of yourself and the test result). After you do your test you must self isolate and use a mask in public before arriving here if you are coming from a capital city, Byron Bay or overseas. We are remote and protected from Covid.
Australia has one of the lowest Covid19 death rates in the world. We aim to keep it that way! And have lobbied politicians.
YOUR ECSTATIC STAY IN NATURE
This tiny yoga retreat is small and very secluded in nature pristine forest. It caters to the very most 20 guests and usually just 4 to 8 people get to call this place Nirvana and home for their retreat experience. You live in the yoga teacher's residence, so in this respect it is a true ashram. And will learn direct from Dhyan how to be a yogi.
If you want to get away from people and crowds then this is your place to meet just a few like minded yogis.
You will be living and breathing life into your temple that is your divine body with the yoga teacher in his forest Lodge deep in the wild Australian bush in a private remote valley surrounded by millions of hectares of gum forest. It was chosen to be in complete seclusion from outside interference to reconnect you to Nature.
There are many amazing bushwalking trails with views of sandstone cliffs in order for you to explore the native Eucalypt nature and forest to meditate and connect to the native flora and fauna. Rock wallabies, possums, Kookaburras, goannas, many birds, bats, lizards and frogs.
The Yamas and Niyamas are taught according to Patanjali. Asanas and Pranayama are Ashtanga and Sivananda Hatha mix. Meditation is Tantric Chakra focussed and Vipassana. We will teach to your level which includes yoga philosophy.
HEALTHY ORGANIC FOOD GROWN HERE
Your retreat needs healthy nutritious organic vegetables and fruits grown here at the retreat to nourish your body as a whole. We have mango, pecan, orange, grapefruit, custard apple trees in our own beautiful Orchard. Sadly 2019 bushfires took half the orchard which is being replanted. Cauliflower, broccoli, gourmet lettuce, mortgage lifter tomatoes, parsley, sweet potato, zucchini, pumpkin, bok choy, cabbage, spinach, capsicum, peppers, beans, herbs, dill, thyme, oregano, mint - all are grown here for you to eat. So you can experience food grown with yogic love and kindness in your vegan feast meals and juices. We pride ourselves on the praise we get for our meals.
Dawn - Hatha, Ashtanga and Pranayama starting at 5 am will recharge your body.
Morning - healthy breakfast of muesli and fruits will lead you into some Karma Yoga, helping out at the retreat.
Lunch - Yoga Nidra will relax your body before preparing for the main meal of lunch.
Afternoon - it is helping out on the farm or Zen art, holistic massage, or Tantra practices. Or more Yoga. Depending on your retreat.
Evening - A light meal, then meditation, kirtan or a lecture on Ascension system.
Finishes the day at 9 pm to rest in your own room, shared room, or tent under the stars in the deep forest of Eucalypts in Australia.
The health retreat is vegan and has much rawfoods including juices. You can do juice or water fasts here.
You must do the yoga and meditation classes here.
No alcohol is allowed nor meat, drugs, smokes not even coffee.
Do not bring any food at all including snacks here.
You MUST fill in a HEALTH CARE FORM.
You MUST help out with the running of the retreat. That can be gardening, cleaning, preparing food, dish washing or maintenance.
So you connect to NATURE computers, tablets and mobiles are not allowed here. This is your chance to take a break from them. Outside contact is only permitted in urgent situations. This is time to self reflect and take a break from the world. There is no TV here nor internet for guests.
Take pen and paper. Zen art is taught.
No books are allowed unless yoga related.
Strong emotions can arise from this spiritual place where you go deep into the Yoga to Ascend your soul. You need to be able to commit to that process for the full duration of the retreat.
The retreat is run by donation. You make a donation at the end of your stay. True spiritual teachings cannot be charged for. That means we run by volunteers helping out here. Please become one and you will gain much more https://www.yogaretreat.net.au/volunteer. If you are uncertain what to donate then a
sheet explaining suggested amounts is available here.
Unification Organisation of Collective Ascension is the spiritual organisation that the retreat follows. To find out more about this collective please go to the website for the Worldwide Network of Ascension (Australia) www.wna.org.au.
Some renovation work is going on at the house, a temple yoga hall is being built, bush tracks made, camping facilities and the dam is currently undergoing repairs and not available for swimming. There is a smaller dam to swim in. This should be completed in a few months.
DHYAN ABHAY - yoga instructor
I was brought up in a teaching and military family where discipline and hard work was valued, I became a tax lawyer in London but something was missing. My life was empty and purposeless. There was no unconditional love, it was all about laws, work and money. I had two relationship failures and in that heartbreak I quit my job in 1991 and began soul searching in my late twenties after reading Paramahansa Yogananda's book and spent three years in Ireland, the Middle East and finally India. There I found the grace of divine love that I had been unable to find in the guilt, judgement and hypocrisy of my Christian upbringing. I became a Sanyassin of Osho and was initiated as Dhyan Abhay. Since then I have been influenced by Devananda, Muktananda, Sri Prabhupad, Sivananda, Satyananda, Satya Sai Baba, Mother Teresa, Amma, Aurobindo, the Dali Lama, Pattabhi Jois, Iyengar, Goenke and many others spending time in India in their ashrams over the decades.
Due to Western lifestyle as a lawyer I had poor posture, a slight hunch back and was very inflexible. I have improved a lot, but some damage cannot be undone. I am not super flexible. I teach more for meditation, not advanced postures. I can teach yoga asanas to an intermediate level. But the goal has always been for me to meditate and seek internal happiness - not body beautiful and amazing handstands. I still cannot do them.
I first tried yoga in my early 20s and hated it. I found yoga again through a spiritual awakening at 27 which was far more real for me and had nothing to do with yoga postures. I remember I was in Vienna, in a uni girl's share house, in love with her and she was in love with some middle aged guy and had gone off to see him. I had just left another ex for the nth time in Prague. I felt like jumping out the window as I stood there wondering what the point of it all was. It was then I began hearing voices. Thought I was going crazy. Then through Yogananda's book began to understand. And an amazing journey opened up to me. A huge gratefulness to be ALIVE.
Taking classes with many teachers including Nicky Knoff, Susi Davies (Zurich Dynamic Yoga), Lance Schuler, Fee Zard, and did my yoga teacher training with Vipan in Rishikesh's Rishikul Yogashala. I've trained in holistic massage and reiki. And will guide you into Ascension Yoga. A system I developed after trying almost every style of yoga. I have taken the best from all of them. Then merge them back into the Classical Patanjali's 8 limbs with Tantra to get to the true essence of yoga. That is to attain spiritual truth, to become self realised and to be able to meditate in complete silence without thought, so experiencing ecstatic bliss. The Bhagavad Gita teaches that only through Krisnas' divine ecstatic love can spiritual grace enter the heart.
I am fully insured with AON against any injury to a student caused by doing yoga and I am registered with Yoga Australia.