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. 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. There is no community contagion in Clarence Valley.
Australia has one of the lowest Covid19 cases in the world. We aim to keep it that way! And have lobbied politicians.
YOUR ECSTATIC STAY IN NATURE
You will be living and breathing life into your temple 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 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. 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.
DHYAN ABHAY - yoga instructor
I was brought up in a military family where discipline and hard work was valued, I became a tax lawyer but something was missing. My life was empty and purposeless. There was no unconditional love, it was all about work and money. Love is a gift of grace. I began soul searching in my mid twenties after reading Paramahansa Yogananda's book and spent two years in India. There I found 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.
I've been practicing yoga since my early 20s, taking classes with many teachers including Nicky Knoff and did my yoga teacher training recently 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.