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 4

Kribo Ackerman

from Australia, April 2018

"Yoga in rainforest paradise"

The beautiful location (rainforest and building) was the perfect setting for a yoga retreat, and the hosts welcomed me and all others with warmth, and understanding. I arrived with intense lower back pain, and lost of work stress, I left with neither, due to the self care and attention that I spent time developing under the care of Janardhan and Mara. The communal breakfasts and dinners were also a lovely chance to get to know my fellow yogis, and added to the overall experience. Highly recommended.

Becky Grindley

from Australia, April 2018

"Amazing place "

Relaxed environment, perfect to unwind.

Excellent yoga and meditation and perfect environment for this.

Great food.

Testimonials 3

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.

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