6 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Queensland, Australia

  • Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

6 Days Yoga & Meditation Retreat in Queensland, Australia

  • Cape Tribulation, Queensland, Australia

Yoga Retreat in Australia

The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat, is situated in the heart of the world's oldest rainforest, the magnificent World heritage Daintree rainforest in far North Queensland, Australia, where our program of yoga and meditation runs every day.

Other activities you can expect at Prema Shanti

At our yoga retreat centre you never miss out on your yoga and meditation practice, our yoga and meditation program runs 7 days a week, all year round.

The Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat provides you with the perfect ambience, for a unique rainforest yoga holiday. We offer you the complete holiday experience with a full range of spa treatments and massage available for you to enjoy and indulge.


  • Yoga sessions daily
  • Away from the hectic life of the city
  • Lots of activities to add at additional cost
  • Meditation sessions daily
  • Plenty of time to relax
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The advantage of our boutique accommodation is that our rooms are on site as part of the yoga and meditation temple complex. A walk upstairs and you are there for morning meditation, yoga, and meals. Providing it is outside of the daily schedule, you are very welcome to meditate or do yoga within the temple at any time.

On site accommodation means you stay within the sacred energy and ambiance of the Prema Shantis temple, living, breathing and absorbing it.

There is the option of a queen-size bed, private room, or twin share room with 2 single beds. All our boutique rooms are contained within the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre. Bathroom facilities are shared.

The daily program of this six-day yoga retreat with Prema Shanti is flexible so guests can have the rest time for themselves. The daily program of this yoga retreat, is meditation every morning at 7 a.m. Yoga classes are held at 6 p.m. every evening. Both of Prema Shanti's teaching styles are committed to the needs of their students, with awareness, compassion, and understanding. This will be one of the most relaxing meditation retreats in Australia and the most spiritually engaging yoga retreat in Australia.

  • Janardhan McInosh

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    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.

  • Mara Staffieri

    Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

    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.

The trip from Cairns to the Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditaion Retreat Centre takes between 2-3hours depending on traffic. Simply drive north from Cairns on the Cook Highway past Port Douglas.

A 15 minute drive past Port Douglas and you will reach the township of Mossman.

Approximately a half hours drive past Mossman you come to a turn off to the right towards the Cape Tribulation, Daintree Ferry. Watch for the signposts. From this turnoff, approx 4kms down the road, is the Daintree River where the ferry is waiting to take you deep into the heart of the worlds oldest rainforest.

Once across the ferry, stay on the main road north heading towards Cape Tribulation it's aprox 20 km drive over the Daintree range. You will cross over the one way Hutchinson Bridge; you should see a school on your right.

Keep driving straight ahead till you see a service station on your right hand side, we are the second road on the left hand side past the service station, Turpentine Rd. Signposts for the Heritage Lodge and Butterfly farm signs are on the corner of Turpentine Rd, turn left down this road.

Aprox 700 metres down Turpentine Rd you will see a sign on the right hand side, "Heritage Lodge". Prema Shanti Yoga and Meditation Retreat Centre is the first drive on the left past this sign, we are signposted.

Welcome, you have arrived, ready to begin your rainforest adventure.

  • 2 vegetarian meals
  • 5 nights boutique room accommodation
  • Daily evening yoga classes
  • Daily morning meditation practice
  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 13 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.

Verified BookMeditationRetreats.com reviews

  • Review by Mary Lou Ryan
    10 out of 10

    "Hi, Our yoga retreat was absolutely amazing on every level. Mara and Ganadan (not sure if spelling is correct) were the perfect hosts. Provided incredible wisdom and support but were also very real and grounded. I have walked away with a renewed sense of self that will last a lifetime. And, the food was amazing to top it off."

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  • Review by Adrianna & John from United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Prema Shanti is an amazing place for both mind and body. The program is extremely personalized and yoga practice on the highest level! My partner and I felt like we have escaped the world for few days and came back with new energy. Truly incredible experience!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Saudi Arabia
    10 out of 10

    "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."

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  • Review by MelaJoy from Australia
    10 out of 10

    "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!"

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  • Review by Traveler
    10 out of 10

    "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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  • Review by Tanya S

    "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."

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  • Review by Angela from Australia

    "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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  • Review by Craw from Australia

    "What can we say about this incredible place in middle of the Daintree rainforest from the moment we were greeted at our car by Janardan in the pouring rain till the moment we left we felt the positive energy flowing out of every pore of the place, words cannot explain the experience, but I'll endeavour to give it a go, the Yoga and meditation conducted by Mara and Janardan was was very professional organised and structured for beginners to advanced alike, the advice that these guy's supplied us has given us the tools to take on the challenges for next phase of our lives, we met some amazing people and experienced the beautiful Daintree rainforest, the meals were vegetarian, but so delicious. To wrap up if you are looking to take your Yoga and meditation to the next level you've found the right place. To Mara and Janardan God bless you both, truly earth angels."

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  • Review by Lora from Australia

    "A stand out feature of our stay at Prema Shanti was the care and consideration shown by Mara and Janardhan to tailor the meditation and yoga to the experience and needs of the guests, without compromising the integrity of these observances. Having undergone spinal surgery, I felt safe, guided and appropriately challenged by the yoga, and rejuvenated by the mediation. Moreover for people with curious minds, there is much at Prema Shanti feed the soul. Mara and Janardhan encouraged exploration of ideas and we found ourselves amongst the company of like minded people. Accommodation is basic, but with the backdrop of the rainforest and an emphasis on introspection, it suits the focus. Mara's cooking was delicious and the communal meals were a highlight each night with their warmth and stimulating discussions. My husband and I left with many reflections and have made some lifestyle changes in the week since we've returned from our retreat. A soul refreshing experience - thanks Janardhan and Mara"

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  • Review by Dr Kel from Australia

    "Mara and Janardhan have created a beautiful space at Prema Shanti. This is not a luxury hotel, but it is a luxury for body and mind. Each morning starts with 30 mins of meditation. Don't worry if you've never done it before - neither had I and I loved the experience! After breakfast, you have the day to yourself to explore the region, or swing in a hammock napping or reading. There's also a beautiful, safe waterhole nearby for swimming. Then yoga at 6 pm, followed by a yummy vegetarian dinner. Yoga is suitable for all levels. "

    "Meals are not suitable for those with dietary restrictions, other than vegetarian, as the meals are all hand made together, by Mara and Janardhan. After dinner and breakfast, we all wash up (which is very companionable and fun). I loved that I had plenty of time to myself, but then after dinner we would sit around and chat. It's great to not be distracted by technology, and really get to know people and discuss some great ideas. I made some great friends! Of course, you can have quiet time to yourself if you prefer. Lights out and quiet time are at 9.30 pm. Accommodation is basic, but clean and comfortable. Bathrooms are shared - but while I was there the accommodation was full, and it was never a problem."

    "The Daintree area is spectacular, and ideally you should have 4-7 days here, but any time is valuable. I will definitely stay at Prema Shanti again on my next visit to the Daintree."

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  • Review by Clare from Australia

    " My husband and I spent 4 nights at Prema Shanti yoga and meditation retreat. Neither of us had ever done yoga before but this did not matter as the yoga was great for beginners like us. Mara & Janardhan were very friendly, courteous, gracious hosts. Nothing was a bother for them, they happily booked excursions and trips at a moments notice. They both had a wealth of knowledge of the Daintree area and were very happy to share this with us. They recommended that we visit the local blue holes, a beautiful creek which is a small walk away from the retreat. This place was a perfect spot for a refreshing swim. I was shocked at some of the negative reviews on Trip advisor about Prema Shanti. Neither I or my husband experienced anything negative. Maybe these people were expecting a 5 star resort with servants waiting on them day & night. Prema Shanti does not pretend to be a 5 star resort. Prema Shanti is a very clean, well run Eco retreat. It is a lovely way to get back to basics & not worry about day to day life for a few days. We both really enjoyed spending time with the other guests at dinner time, chatting about the day's events. There is a little bit of washing up to do but if you all do it together it's over in a jiffy! I personally have never done meditation before but it was a lovely way to end our yoga class every evening. I would definitely recommend Prema Shanti to anyone who wants to get away from the stresses of the world for a little while. "

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  • Review by Ceren U

    " As two travelers from the other end of the world we had no idea where we were going, we just rented a car and hit the road from Cairns to the north and ended up in Daintree in Prema Shanti. Just when all you need is silence and warm, nourishing hearts around you, you'll find it. Prema Shanti was the pit stop for us this time, Mara and Janardhan -and the rain forest- helped us soothing and rejuvenating our tired minds, hearts and bodies and we left after 3 days totally recharged and shining in & out. They are warm, friendly, colorful and they see the humor in this life:) Food is healthy and yummy, yoga classes are exactly how they should be -neither forcing nor undermining one's limits-, the rooms are very clean, comfortable and neat. The words are not enough to describe the environment, it is beautiful beyond words. I cannot wait til next time i'll meet Mara&Janardhan and the rain forest! Hope the next time it will be the destination. "

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  • Review by Katrina B

    " My friend and I are both yoga teachers with a focus on spirituality. We wanted a holiday with like minded people but also to rejuvenate. Prema shanti gave a opportunity for all the parts of our personalities to be nourished. With times of stillness, introspection, connecting to self and nature thought to active adventure and discovery. The power of rainforest coupled with the wonderful hosts holding a caring, calm and warm space. I normally travel alone and I would love this place as a solo traveller It is a perfect holiday for singles, couples, friends and older families alike. Great yoga classes for beginners to advance modification given and self direct mediation (very thankful for that) "

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  • Review by a solo traveler from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "This is a magical place run by some special people who put a lot of love thought and effort into running a fabulous yoga meditation haven. Take some time for yourself, slow it down and step away from it all. At Prema Shanti, you won't want to leave! Just relax in a hammock, get a healing massage, meditate on the magic rock, and eat so well with Mara's delicious and healthy feasts. With a billabong within walking distance, there is no need to go far but with great horse rides and the reef to explore near by. Don't miss them. I will be back for sure. Thank u guys for an enlightening week out!!"

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  • Review by Rosemary from New South Wales, Australia
    9 out of 10

    "Just returned from a fantastic retreat with Nikola Ellis at Prema Shanti. Great location for a retreat right in the middle of the rain forest. I visited the local water hole and came face to face with Mr and Mrs Cassowary. I loved the small rat kangaroos that come to feed each night. Mara and Janardhan are caring and nurturing hosts as always. Mara's food is 10 out of 10. Looking forward to next September the next retreat with Nikola in the Daintree at Prema Shanti."

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  • Review by Jessie from Australia
    9 out of 10

    "This beautiful retreat is located in the heart of the Daintree. Being surrounded by the extraordinary beauty of this rainforest is just beginning of a truly unique and amazing experience at Prema Shanti. The daily meditation, yoga, great vegetarian food and the wonderful company of Mara and Janardhan made this retreat the perfect place to revive and rejuvenate. I'll definitely be returning!"

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Queensland 4873, Australia

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

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