Workshops & Retreats

Yoga Capsules: the Complete Guide

October 17, 2020

A two-part workshop integrating practices for the body, mind, heart and spirit. Drawing on traditional teachings from the different branches of yoga - hatha, raja, mantra, gyana and bhakti yoga - you’ll learn how to include simple, balanced practice routines - capsules of yoga -  into everyday life. Don't worry if these words are unfamiliar - they simply encompass the breadth of yoga.

The program is spread across two retreat days, two weeks apart. Day 1 will be held at SHYAM, Day 2 will be held on a beautiful waterfront property at Murdunna, an hour out of Hobart. SHYAM teachers Ahimsa and Sangita will share the teaching, guiding you with their combined knowledge and experience. It promises to be a truly special program.

We strongly recommend attending both days as they combine to give you a complete sadhana (spiritual practice) for health, happiness and harmony. Developing friendships with others who share your interest in yogic living is also a vital part of these retreat days.

Fee: Earlybird: pay by 9th October $285; after that it’s $325. The fee includes a copy of Yoga Day by Day by Swami Ahimsadhara, a book describing the yoga capsules. Morning and afternoon tea included.

You’ll also need a neti pot. They’re available for $10 - please pre-order if you need one.
Attendance for one day only will be by request. Those booking on for both days will be given priority. Numbers are limited due to social distancing regulations.


Here’s what we’ll do… all other details will be provided when you book on.. note that the timetable may change!


Day 1 | Sunday 18th October | at SHYAM

 9.00 – 10.00     Welcome and intro to the Yoga Capsules

10.00 – 11.00      Asana/pranayama principles and practices

11.00 – 11.30       Morning tea | provided

11.30 – 1.00        SWAN analysis & Sankalpa

1.00 – 2.00        Lunch | bring a vegetarian plate to share

2.00 – 3.00       Three mantras for morning chanting

3.00 – 3.30       Yoga Nidra relaxation

3.30 – 4.00       Questions & Discussion


Day 2 | Sunday 1st November | at Murdunna

9.30 – 10.00     Neti (nasal cleansing)

10.00 – 11.00   Meditation principles and practice

11.00 – 11.30     Morning tea | provided

11.30 – 12.30     The Yamas (guidelines for harmony in social interactions)

12.30 – 1.00      Yoga Nidra Relaxation

1.00 – 2.00      Lunch | bring a vegetarian plate to share

2.00 – 3.00     The Niyamas (guidelines for harmony within)

3.00 – 4.00     Tree planting and tree puja

4.00 – 4.30     Afternoon tea | provided

4.30 – 5.30     Havan fire ceremony with Healing Mantra

Kirtan Workshop with Sangita

October 09, 2020

Discover your own inner musical yogi with this practical kirtan workshop. Learn to play the harmonium and sing, all at the same time! Suitable for beginners who know nothing and others who want to improve and develop their skills.


Stay on for the Chanting, Chai & Kirtan night. Put your skills into action and sing your heart out.


Sangita is a music teacher who loves bringing together the joys of music and yoga. She sings like and angel, plays the guitar, ukele, harmonium and other things. 


Come along and be uplifted by the joyous vibration of mantra.

Yoga & Meditation in Nature | Maria Island National Park

November 26, 2020

FULLY BOOKED - there is a waiting list, so contact Suzie and try your luck!

Deepen Your Connection with Nature and Your Peaceful Self


Join Ahimsa for this special retreat in Tasmania's beautiful Maria Island National Park. You'll step off the ferry and into nature's rhythms, with yoga to help you align with the forces of the universe. Yes, the universe!


We'll practice yoga and meditations based on the 5 elements (tattwas) in the peace of the chapel.


Vegetarian food will be lovingly prepared by Suzie Donkers (also known as Samadhi).


Accommodation is in the Penitentiary, a part of Tasmania's World Heritage listed convict days. Forget luxury, this is not a yoga pamper weekend, real yoga is about simplicity of lifestyle. The Penitentiary is a bit like camping inside, bunk rooms wrapped around with a good old Australian verandah and birds and wildlife curious to see what those funny human animals are up to. 

Take the chance for a digital detox - live in the present moment, be where you are. There's no electricity in the Penitentiary. The days will be long, treasure them deep inside, put the phone away.

Enjoy free time bushwalking, beachwalking, watching wildlife, swimming/snorkling and exploring Maria's rich history. Be with others who love yoga, nature and friendship.

Fee $395 / $380 conc. includes ferry ticket, 2 nights accommodation, nourishing food and health-giving yoga. 

Bookings: Suzie | 0429 238 956 | | Facebook Yoga & Art Retreats Tasmania

By Appointment

Neti is a method of gently cleansing the nasal passages with luke warm saline water. 

$40 | includes a plastic neti pot 

Simple and effective, jala neti is a traditional hatha yoga nasal cleasing technique using lukewarm saline water. Once you know how, it only takes 5 minutes. You don't need fancy, expensive salt or distilled water. There is no stinging sensation if the solution is correct. It's totally painless and you will immediately feel clearer in the head, reduce or eliminate allergies such as hayfever, prevent the build up of germs that cause colds, flu and sinusitis, remove mucus and dirt accumulation and more. It can be a life changer and is easy to make part of your morning bathroom routine. 

I've practised neti for 40 years and taught it to hundreds of students in Australia and India. The workshop will explain everything you need to know to make neti as easy as brushing your teeth. It's essential to understand how to make the solution, use the neti pot and dry out your nose.

Life is better with neti!

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