The Winter Wisdom Retreat

When: Friday 2 - Sunday 4, September 2022


Where: Strathean Retreat Centre, 212 Old Hautere Rd. Te Horo


Cost: $385 shared acc., $415 single room or shared cottage with ensuite, $375 camping.

Contact us for more info or to sign up for the The Wisdom Winter Retreat.

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Strathean Retreat Centre

Join Shikhaa and Mayank at the Winter Wisdom Retreat
to experience the uplifting and life-giving atmosphere of satsang, meditation, movement and kirtan.

Satsang with Shikhaa

Satsang ignites the inquiry into life’s deeper purpose, based on non-dual teachings (Advaita Vedanta) by way of spontaneous discourse, discussion, contemplation and meditation. Shikhaa bases the satsang on the essential wisdom teachings, which addresses the source of the doubting mind to answer our true potential to live at peace with ourselves and thereby with each other.

  • Take a guided tour to the immensity of your inner Being.

  • Discover the depth of this great non-dual wisdom tradition - Advaita Vedanta.

  • Realise freedom from the limitations of your personal story.

  • Allow joy to naturally bubble-up from within.

  • Witness the upliftment in your sense of well-being.

Meditation with Shikhaa

  • Witness the transformation of consciousness through meditation.

  • Dispel the myths of meditation.

  • Reveal the direction to your inner Self.

  • Expand your Consciousness beyond unhelpful mind patterns.

  • Practise simple techniques to deepen your meditation practice.

  • Establish a regular meditation practice.

  • Realise how meditation is beneficial in your every-day live.

Qigong and Somatic Movement with Mayank

When our vital force, Qi or praan, flows freely we are able to remain buoyant and fluid amidst all life’s changing tides. Qigong practices and Somatic Movement flows are tools we can employ to remain grounded in awareness and free in spirit.

  • QiGong in the morning sessions and Somatic Movement in the afternoon.

  • Qigong flows:

  • Explore the relationship between chakra energy & Qigong

  • Enhances your breathing capacity.

  • Opens and moves fresh energy.

  • Activate & replenish energy reserves.

  • Release & realign E-motions (energy in motion).

  • Somatic Movement flows:

  • Discover the power of pandiculation, nature’s power to reset.

  • Relax your muscles by engaging your brain

  • Let go of accumulated tension

  • Improve your coordination & balance.

  • Extend your range of motion.

  • Find space & ease in your body & mind

Spirit of Kirtan

Music is a great power of connection. Kirtan is the ancient, devotional singing tradition of India. It is sung in a call-and-response style. The vibration and rhythm of simple Sanskrit mantras resonate in harmony with our divine source. In the evenings, we come together, to connect with ourselves and with each other, in the Spirit of Kirtan.

The Winter Wisdom Retreat Program

Friday 2 Sept:


Arrive any time after 12:00 noon to settle in to your room, relax and enjoy the peaceful Strathean setting.
2:15 pm Satsang with Shikhaa (75 min)
3:30 pm Somatic Movement with Mayank. (60 min)
4:30 pm Afternoon tea
5:15 pm Meditation with Shikhaa (60 min)
6:30 pm Dinner

7:30 pm Spirit of Kirtan (Sanskrit mantra singing & meditation)

Saturday 3 Sept:


7:00 am Guided Meditation with Shikhaa (45 min)
8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Satsang with Shikhaa (75 min)
11:00 am Qigong with Mayank (75 min)
1:00 pm Lunch
2:30 pm Silent meditation with Shikhaa (30 min)
3:00 pm Somatic Movement with Mayank (75 min)
4:15 pm Afternoon tea
4:45 pm Meditation Mandala (Q&A) with Shikhaa (60 min)
6:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Spirit of Kirtan

Sunday 4 Sept:


7:00 am Guided Meditation with Shikhaa (45 min)
8:00 am Breakfast
9:30 am Satsang with Shikhaa (60 min)
10:30 am Qigong with Mayank (60 min)
11:30 am  Concluding session to share & review
1:00 pm Lunch
After lunch – pack up & clean up.