3rd-9th July 2019, stunning South India

Earlybird: $2,300 Twin-Share (Earlybird ends 2 March)


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Step into an immersive meditation experience in Mother India


Journey to the spiritual home of meditation with Australia's leading Yoga Therapy and Meditation school. Experience a spiritual adventure in a beautiful Vedic Village, nestled on the edge of a tranquil nature reserve. You will deepen your personal practice and gain the skills and confidence to share the gift of meditation with others.


Program Highlights


  • Experience meditation teacher training in an authentic setting with senior teacher
  • Learn to teach several meditation techniques including mindfulness, mantra and moving meditation
  • Find peace in the foothills of the Western Ghat mountain range, surrounded by pristine nature
  • Includes private consultations with the Ayurvedic doctor
  • Price included daily Ayurvedic treatments for relaxation and enhanced meditation experience
  • Enjoy daily gentle yoga, pranayama and meditation
  • Optional activities including Ayurvedic cooking lessons, visits to local villages and temples and ethical organic sari factory
  • Daily organic Ayurvedic meals - fresh from the garden
  • Participate in an authentic Vedic Fire Ceremony
  • Receive your Meditation Facilitator Certification


"A fantastic way to escape, focus on yoga & meditation, meet new friends and enjoy a cultural experience, whilst discovering yourself in new ways." Rosalie Wilkie, Mosman NSW. 


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Immerse yourself in tranquility

This extraordinary program goes beyond meditation teacher training to give you an immersive experience of a holistic meditative lifestyle. Staying and studying in a sacred Vedic Village, you will make your dream of living a life of calm tranquility, health and wonderful, supportive friends a reality. 


As well as the meditation teacher training program, you will enjoy daily gentle yoga, a consultation with the Ayurvedic doctor and daily Ayurvedic treatments in the clinic. It's a recipe for total health and wellbeing. 



The Venue - Maitreyi Vedic Village


We will be studying and practicing meditation at Matreyi Vedic Village, a purpose-built meditation, yoga and ayurveda centre in a pristine natural setting at the foothills of the Western Ghats in Tamil Nadu, South India. Spread over 25 acres adjoining the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Maitreyi includes a completely organic farm and features an architectural layout based on the Vedic Science of architecture, Sthapatya Veda or Vastu Vidya.


Great care has been taken to use eco-friendly building materials for construction and maintenance and you will be staying in a beautiful, traditional cottage with a relaxing private veranda, views over lush fields and coconut palms (plus the odd cow, peacock and egret!) and a modern western-style ensuite. The Meditation Teacher Training program takes place in a cool and shady meditation hall where you will have the choice of sitting on cushions on the floor or in comfy chairs. 


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Learn more about Maitreyi Vedic Village in this video.

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What students are saying about this program: 


"I came from a totally different background in facilitation as a performing arts and public speaking coach. I was very interested in this particular meditation facilitation course, having practiced yoga for many years. I was so glad I enrolled. The philosophy and theory behind what we practiced was so helpful. I look forward to dedicating a whole course to meditation now and sharing this with our performing art and public speaking students! Thanks Adore Yoga."
Clare Cairns, Acting Out Drama School and Public Speaking Consultancy.



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Deepen your experience of meditation - and share it with others

This retreat is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in meditation in a peaceful, healing environment. You will develop the skills you need to practice and share meditation safely and effectively, including learning how to use the rituals of yoga and ayurveda to prepare for a profound experience of meditation. 


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 What students are saying about this program: 


"What a wonderful week we've had in this pocket of paradise in South India. The ayurvedic treatments, food, yoga and amazingly picturesque setting have all surpassed my expectations. Thank you Rosemary and Nik for the experience of a lifetime!" Julie Tod, Central Cost, Australia. 



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Your Itinerary


8am Wednesday 3 July 2019 

Meet at The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Kochi Airport, Kerala (we can arrange overnight accommodation at the hotel for you to make things easier in the morning). 


9am Wednesday 3 July

Drive in air-conditioned transport to Maitreyi Vedic Village in Tamil Nadu. Enjoy a delicious Ayurvedic lunch on arrival then spend time resting or exploring the stunning grounds of this gorgeous nature haven.


Wed 3 July –  Tues 9 July: Meditation Teacher Training Program

Each day will start with yoga, pranayama and meditation, followed by an organic Ayurvedic breakfast. We will then begin the Meditation Teacher Training, including the following highlights:


• A holistic approach to meditation that integrates movement, breathing techniques and chanting

• Learn to enhance meditation practice with gentle movement

• Explore the history and philosophy of meditation from the classical yoga tradition

• Learn multiple meditation styles and techniques, including mindfulness, mantra and moving meditation

• Learn to create and deliver meditation classes and courses 

• Experience practical, experiential learning

• Yoga teachers earn CPD points for Yoga Alliance and Yoga Australia


 There will be opportunities during the week to visit local temples, villages and shops, including an organic sari factory as well as time to relax.


1pm Tuesday 9 July

Transfer to Kochi international airport (arriving approximately 6pm).    


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What students are saying about this program:  

"Of the many Adore Yoga retreats I have attended, I think this was the most transformative. It was a life and yoga experience that I would never have experienced without Adore! Thanks Nikola and Rosemary." Alison Aitken, Sydney. 







EARLYBIRD: $2300 per person, twinshare. Single supplement $600 

After 2 March: $2600 per person, twinshare.


Included in the price:


  • 6 nights accommodation at Maitreyi Vedic Village
  • All tuition and comprehensive notes
  • Meditation Facilitator Certification (subject to successful completion of training)
  • Exquisite Ayurvedic breakfast, lunch and dinner each day at Maitreyi 
  • Consultation with Ayurvedic doctor
  • Daily Ayurvedic treatments in the clinic
  • Daily yoga, meditation and pranayama
  • Unlimited refreshments at the Maitreyi cafe – choose from fresh young coconuts, lime juice, herbal teas, chai and coffee.
  • WIFI access at Maitreyi reception area
  • Organic farm and herb garden tour
  • Ritual Fire Ceremony
  • Transfers from Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Kochi to Maitreyi on 3 July 2019 and from Maitreyi to Kochi International Airport on 9 July 2019). 


Not included in the price


  • Transport to Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, Kochi International Airport (the hotel is 5 mins from the airport and a free shuttle is available)
  • Transport to and from Kochi International Airport/Maitreyi Vedic Village at any times other than those specified.
  • Optional activities: Village/temple tour, Sari factory visit, Indian classical dance/music performance

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Do I need lots of experience in meditation or yoga to join this program?

No. Our programs are attended by people from many different backgrounds, including social workers, counsellors, psychologists, school teachers, yoga teachers, naturopaths, doctors and people looking to study meditation for their own personal development.


What kind of meditation will I learn?

You'll learn how to practice and teach a variety of meditation techniques including mindfulness, japa (mantra), walking and metta (loving kindness) meditation.


Do I get recognition for professional development/ CPD Points?

This program counts for 20 core contact hours and 20 non-contact hours of Continued Professional Development with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance for certified yoga teachers.


Do I get a Certification?

When you successfully complete all the training offered during this retreat, you will receive the Adore Meditation Facilitator Certificate. 



What students are saying about this program:  


“Adore Yoga’s Meditation Course gave me a platform from which to structure a meditation course for a range of people in a range of settings.  The course was well planned and enjoyable offering both the practical elements but also the philosophical underpinnings of meditation.  Both Sunita and Nikola were knowledgeable and approachable with an easy interactional style.  I would highly recommend this course.”

Prue Wright, Psychologist.



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Ready for the Experience of a Lifetime?


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What students are saying about this program:


"A life-changing experience for my personal growth and practice. I've never done movement meditation or chanting before, so the course has opened my eyes to a whole new world."  Kim, Newcastle NSW


Earlybird: $2,300 Twin-Share ($600 Single Supplement)

After 2 March 2019: $2,600 Twin-Share 



Get to Know Your Teacher



Nikola Ellis

Founder, Adore Yoga

Founder of Adore Yoga, Nikola has been immersed in meditation and yoga for over 25 years, studying with leading international teachers including TKV Desikachar, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Ganesh Mohan, and Saraswathi Vasudevan. Nikola has been training meditation facilitators and yoga teachers for 14 years and runs a successful private Yoga Therapy practice in Sydney. She develops, delivers and consults on Yoga Therapy programs for organisations including A Sound Life, Cancer Council NSW, The Butterfly Foundation and RSL Defence Care.



Booking Terms and Conditions
Retreat deposits are non refundable and we recommend you take out travel insurance. Earlybird discount is valid for bookings with payment made before stated Earlybird period ends. Bookings that are not confirmed with payment of balance prior to the end of the Earlybird period will revert to full price and Earlybird discount will be forfeited. For all bookings, balance of payment is due 4 weeks prior to retreat start date. Should you cancel your booking more than four weeks prior to retreat start date, 50% of the balance after non-refundable deposit will be given. No refunds will be made for cancellations made within 4 weeks of retreat start date. All bookings are transferrable and may be used by another person if you are unable to attend.