Yarra Valley Meditation
& Mindfulness Retreat.
Imagine a quiet, nurturing weekend where you can relax deeply, learn to meditate, (or deepen your existing practice), and enjoy mindful movement, lesiurely walks and nourishing food.
7:00pm, Friday 15th — 11:00am, Tuesday 19th March.
The retreat is held at Casa Pallotti, just a few minutes out of Millgrove, a small town near Warburton, in the Yarra Valley.
It takes a little over 90 minutes to travel by car from the Melbourne CBD.
What’s It Like On Retreat
The retreat provides an opportunity to unplug from your busy day-to-day life and have well deserved time away from the constant demands and obligations of work and home.
More than a holiday, the retreat environment offers ideal conditions for self-care, reflection and deep rest.
Rest, relax, reset: experience a day on retreat in 60 seconds…
Teachers & Approach
They’ve designed the retreat to be a perfect place for you to rest, relax and restore your wellbeing.
Whilst on retreat you won’t have to worry about a thing. All your needs will be taken care of and you’ll get to enjoy a simple, slower pace of life. Your meals will be lovingly prepared by our expert chefs and you’ll be able to take time out to sleep, read or enjoy the beautiful natural location.
The atmosphere on retreat is friendly and laid-back. You don’t have to get up before dawn, or sit in silence for hours on end. Nor will you have to endure long talks, a demanding schedule or bland food.
In fact, chocolate chip cookies and coffee are available all day (and night), and you’ll be able to lie down or enjoy the comfort of a couch, even in the meditation hall.
Matt and Deb will be able to offer you valuable insights into your meditation practice. They’ll share unique an innovative approaches to meditation, introduce you to helpful concepts and techniques, and facilitate discussions in which you’ll be able to hear and learn from your fellow retreat participants.
Three hearty vegetarian meals are provided each day, along with a variety of teas, coffee and snacks. We can cater for those with special dietary needs, including those requiring vegan or gluten, wheat and dairy-free meals.
What To Expect
On retreat there will be meditation and deep relaxation sessions, mindful movement practices, as well as talks and group discussion. Free time will be available for you to walk, read or do as you please.
Note that outside of the talks and group discussions the retreat is conducted in silence. This doesn’t mean that you can’t talk; but it does mean that you are encouraged to respect the wishes of other participants for quiet (especially in and around the dorm rooms, within the meditation hall and in the dining area and kitchen).
Accommodation at Casa Pallotti is in a variety of shared dorm-style rooms. Most rooms sleep nine people but we rarely put more than three or four people in each room, and we usually make several of these rooms available for one person, for those wanting their own space.
As our private rooms book out fast, you may also elect to stay offsite, at Pallotti College or a nearby hotel or B&B.
You may also camp in the field adjacent to the retreat centre. (BYO tent).
There are shared toilet and shower facilities. The venue is smoke and alcohol free.
“The retreat was exactly what I needed — a place to relax and switch off my ‘doing’ brain. The meditations taught me to make space in my head from all the constant thought and left me much more refreshed than just a weekend away.”
— Rebecca Hale
By car it takes roughly 75 minutes to get to Casa Pallotti from the start of the Eastern Freeway.
You may need to allow extra time if traveling through peak hour / long-weekend traffic.
We will make every effort to arrange lifts for those who do not have their own car.
If lifts aren’t available then you will need to take the train to Lilydale and then catch the Route 683 bus towards Warburton. Alight at Dee Rd, Millgrove and once you have arrived call Matt on 0410 562 843 and we will come and pick you up. The train trip from Flinders St to Lilydale takes roughly 1hr, and the bus trip from Lilydale to Millgrove takes about 45 minutes.
If all our private rooms are booked out you may elect to stay offsite, at Pallotti College (which is just 500 metres away) or at a nearby hotel or B&B. You will need to arrange and pay for your own accommodation, but can enjoy our meals and meditation program for $550.
“Thanks to Matt and Debbie for the incredible four-day retreat. It was my first one but most definitely not my last.
Matt was great in helping build a meaningful practice, combining thought-provoking discussions on the practice of meditation with varied sessions to help build my practice. I’ve gone from sitting frustrated for 10 minutes to enjoying calmness and tranquillity for half an hour in 4 days. Magic!”
— Nick H.
“Matt and Debbie provided us with an incredible experience. Their expertise in meditation and mindfulness was invaluable in deepening my own meditation practice and allowing myself to grow more personally.
There’s also plenty of time for you to enjoy the natural scenery, delicious meals and your own company.”
— April G.