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Prema Shanti

Prema Shanti is a yoga and meditation retreat centre in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest in far North Queensland, Australia.

Instructors 2

Janardhan McInosh

Janardhan McInosh is the founder and the vision behind the creation of the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat, he first began his yoga and meditation practice in Auckland, New Zealand in 1983. He has never limited his yoga training by aligning himself with any particular style of yoga, embracing all styles (i.e. Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Yin, etc.) and taking from each what works for his students, over a 30-year period has developed his own unique teaching methodologies, being influenced by all his teachers and mentors, and their love for yoga.

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

Mara Staffieri

Mara Staffieri is the co-founder and director of the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre. Mara began her yoga practice in 1986 and has been teaching yoga since 1996, holding yoga retreats, Ayurvedic workshops, in Europe, Zurich, Australia, and New Zealand. Mara has also being teaching in teacher trainings in Zurich and New Zealand. Her yoga philosophy and style has been influenced by Iyengar, Astanga and Satyananda yoga traditions. Mara has accreditation with Yoga Alliance 200.

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

Reviews 2

Testimonials 5

a traveler Saudi Arabia

Trip Advisor website

The experience was 5 star, however, if it's a 5 star pamper package you are after, this is not it. The facilities are basic, solar power, tank water, outside toilet and shower, undercover though and friendly frogs:)) Being kind to the environment is wonderful. Starting the day with Meditation and ending with Yoga, dinner and laughs. Great time to be at one with nature, peace and quiet and the beautiful Daintree. Janardyn and Mara are lovely and boy can they cook. Worth a trip to get away from everything.

MelaJoy Australia

Trip Advisor website

I recently spent 6 nights at Prema Shanti Yoga Retreat and just loved it. Mara and Janardhan take very good care of their guests, providing wonderful yoga classes and delicious home cooked meals. The rooms are very comfortable and the ambiance of the beautiful rain forest setting is fabulous. A piece of paradise!


Trip Advisor website

I came to Prema Shanti to sooth my soul, relax my mind and recharge my body feeling physically burnt out and mentally exhausted I wanted start a new discipline and a way to re-balance my life, I have come away with so much more. It's been over 20 years since I did a yoga class and although I've been meditating for over 30 years I have never really had a strict routine. My body has loved the last week and my mind is calm and collected. I am practicing catching thoughts at every moment and being the constant detached observer. Thank you both for reminding me what is really important. You are a Great team and I have loved every minute of my week with you. I am carrying what I have learnt this week into my life and starting every day as if its the first day of my life with renewed enthusiasm, vigor and purpose. For those of you that have a calling to go here listen to it! You will not be disappointed, When the student is read the teacher appears.

Tanya S

Trip Advisor website

I visited Prema Shanti with my partner, and we both felt nothing short of enlightened. Mara and Janardhan are radiant beings and amazing teachers, and we both feel blessed to have met them. Gained so much insight into both the practices of yoga and meditation, but also into ourselves and our relationship. Would recommend everyone a stay at Prema Shanti! Thank you again Mara and Janardhan, lots of love.

Angela Australia

Trip Advisor website

Prema Shanti offered me so many levels of therapeutic bliss. I desperately needed to escape from the Sydney rat race and this was the perfect way to do so. Some of the highlights were …. waking up to the birds in the Daintree Rainforest, sharing the experience with some amazing people who I will cherish forever, no phone or internet service was medicine, wholesome dinners made with love and sooooo much more….. Thank you Mara and Janardhan for all the love and support you offered me during my stay, I had such an amazing experience that i will remember forever. Little Angela xo

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