Yogafest Retreat Somers: Mornington Peninsula, Victoria | Melbourne Cup Weekend & Queen's Birthday Weekend
Program 2018-03-19T08:53:12+00:00

Yogafest Retreat Somers offers 3 days of yoga, meditation, workshops, masterclasses, relaxation and time in nature for students of all levels and experience. Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend, 8-11 June 2018 download the June schedule here. 

Yoga Asana

Morning and afternoon yoga asana practices every day for students of all levels of experience, providing engaging, intelligent and genuine learning experiences. Yoga asana sessions are two hours and include movement, breath practices, focus and relaxation.

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Welcome Dynamic & Gentle

Johannes Mochayedi: Strong

A strengthening movement-based yoga practice to kick start a fantastic weekend of yoga ahead! With two classes held on the Friday night, this session will be more suited to those with yoga experience.

Janaki Forrest: Gentle

 Arrival yoga is a must after arriving through busy Friday traffic.  Let yourself feel refreshed with gentle moves and breathing.   Yoga revives your energies and your mind settles into a peaceful flow.  Everything is relaxed. The class will soothe your soul.
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Beginners Morning Asana Classes

Douglas (Vishal) Brook: Saturday

Vishal has been teaching beginners courses for years and he has distilled some simple techniques to help beginners understand the key yoga foundation poses. Once you get the basics right your yoga practice can quickly develop. It does not matter how strong or flexible you are – what matters is working the body correctly in the poses. We will learn some of the important elements about how the body moves as we work through a series of poses.

Michelle Giordmaina: Sunday

An asana class inspired by the Iyengar method, emphasising alignment and technical awareness, sequencing and steady holding of the postures. A fantastic approach to set a sound understanding of the basic, but essential, asana, upon which to build and develop your practise. Suitable for newcomers to yoga and people returning after some time.

Johannes Mochaeyadi: Monday

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 General Morning Asana classes

Phoebe Dougall: Saturday

A challenging strengthening asana practice covering preparatory salutations and standing postures moving into forward and back bends and considered inversions. Will be suitable with a minimum of 6 months yoga experience.

Douglas Brook: Sunday

A light flowing Vinyasa Yoga Class pitched at people who have some yoga experience through to intermediate students. There will be options so you can work in a pose the way that works best for you today. We will flow through the practice executing key poses to give you a thorough practice freeing up the body, stilling the mind and clearing the energy body. Bring a block and a strap. Blanket if your hips are tight.

Eugenie Knox: Monday

As each asana unfolds naturally into the next the sense of deepening is experienced. Non competitive in approach, working within the boundaries of our own body is very illuminating as Self discovery also unfolds. Balancing the weight bearing standing postures with softening and surrendering seated forward bending postures, learning about the squeeze/release in twisting and back bending postures is all part of the approach to Asana practice. As we dig beneath the surface we find the breath/mind relationship which transforms our practice and unfolds into our daily life.

participant learning how to use sound therapy and breathing techniques

Experienced Asana Classes

Michelle Giordmaina: Saturday

An asana class inspired by the Iyengar method, emphasising alignment and technical awareness, sequencing and steady holding of the postures. The class sequencing will prepare us for more challenging asana, suitable for more experienced practitioners.

Phoebe Dougall: Sunday

A minimally guided practice offered as a chance for students with experience to enjoy contemplation and deep mental focus through the asana. The challenge will come in having the efficiency and knowledge in moving into the asanas, supporting them, and transitioning out with minimal effort, focused strength and avoiding distraction. It will be suitable for students with a sound competency on the range of asanas from preparatory salutations and standing movements, through to the seats and inversions. The session is designed to bring students a step closer to a personal practice with less dependency on the teacher’s instructions and more opportunity to turn the gaze within.

Douglas (Vishal) Brook: Monday

A strong Vinyasa practice covering more challenging poses – suitable for those with stamina. We will fine tune how to work in some of the more complex poses. Bring a blanket or towel as a prop.

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Easy Moves Morning Classes

Eugenie Knox: Saturday

Joints, tightness, stiffness and ageing can make yoga practice rather challenging. With Easy Moves we seek to find ways to softening difficult areas in our body and find new and possibly alternative ways to enter and exit a posture.  The session hopes to be both fun and corrective.  Limited to 12 participants.

Janaki Forrest: Sunday

This class will focus on the movement of chi through the energy pathways.  It will be more like a moving meditation coming from the core,  often referred to as the ‘dan tien’.    It assists in softening the body which may feel a little sore after enthusiastically participating in many classes over the weekend.

Phoebe Dougall: Monday

A focused, uncomplicated session for any student, particularly people who are cultivating a slower, more even paced practice without too many physical demands on the body. This class will cater for a small number and will prove a good opportunity for newer and mature students to learn ways to safely practice yoga.

Workshops Saturday Morning

We’ll come together throughout the retreat to explore our retreat theme, share in new experiences and to delve into deep conversation and inquiry.

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Kundalini is a beautiful afternoon meditation. It involves shaking, dancing, moving into silence and relaxation. It is a highly effective way to let go at the end of the day.

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Saturday Afternoon Classes

Experienced Asana: Johannes Mochayedi: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

General Asana: Janaki Forrest: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Chakra/Nidra: Eugenie Knox: 4:00- 5:30 pm

Our Life’s purpose is to discover our purpose. Great Illumined sages and gurus constantly repeat the maxim’MANKIND WAKE !’ Yoga is a manifest practice in awakening our true potential by purifying and strengthening our physical and our metaphysical networks of nerves and nadis. The session will identify the chakra locations and their relationship to the glandular system. The Nidra will take you to the reality of Life’s purpose as your consciousness absorbs the subtle yet powerful experience.

Headstand Workshop: Bryan: 4:00- 5:30 pm

A basic headstand workshop for beginners and intermediate practitioners. This would involve upper back preparation, headstand preparation.This makes the connection between our bodies and our feelings especially around attachment and aversion and fear.Level: all levels.

Kundalini Meditation: Nirupa: 4:00 – 5:30 pm

Kundalini is a beautiful afternoon meditation. It involves shaking, dancing, moving into silence and relaxation. It is a highly effective way to let go at the end of the day.

Pranayama mornings 7:00 – 7:30 am

& afternoons 6:00 – 6:30 pm

Enjoy a number of specifically tailored relaxation sessions over the 3-days to ensure time to restore and explore inner peace.

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Guest International Teacher

Integrated Amrita Meditation (IAM) Technique


A meditation practice for modern times.

A simple combination of yoga, pranayama & meditation. A synthesis of traditional, time-tested methods suited for the modern times.

The IAM Integrated Amrita Meditation Technique® is a powerful way to reconnect with our real centre, our inner Self, and thereby experience true joy and peace in life. Born out of Amma’s Divine inspiration, the Technique, when practiced with dedication, is designed to bring about integration in our lives – an integration of body, mind, intellect and heart; an integration of our True Self with God.

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Philosophical and Spiritual Talks

1.  Retreat Theme – Compassion in action and Q & A

2. Yoga Sutras and Meditations

Br. Shraddhamrita (Shraddhaji)

Br. Shraddhamrita will be joining Yogafest for his fifth visit. Living as a monk for many years, his insight and clarity on any subject gives us a chance to witness the depths of the truth spoken by one who has journeyed beyond average daily life. Amma has again blessed us with his presence and we experience Amma’s Grace and love with Shraddhaji.

yogis exploring how yoga affects their joints
yogis exploring how yoga affects their joints
participant learning how to use sound therapy and breathing techniques
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participant learning how to use sound therapy and breathing techniques
Yogafest participant enjoying morning meditation
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Performance Night

Fun for all!  Bring your ideas to be as creative as you like! The joy of performance is ours for  the night.  You don’t have to be a professional, just someone who loves to show off.  Talent is hidden everywhere.  Bring it out and share it!
Song, dance, acting and comedy are all part of this evenings entertainment.  It comes together like magic over some spare time on Saturday.  It is amazing what comes out of the group.  You can sit and enjoy or you can get up and become the star you know you are!
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Nature Walk, Swimming & Meditation

Come rain or shine we will walk through and around the Somers property and beach. The Lord Somers Camp is surrounded by some of the most beautiful seaside nature with native bushland and wildlife on our doorstep. Experience silence, breath and nature as one.

attendants participate in our welcoming ceremony at the start of Yogafest Retreat Somers

Welcoming Ceremony

“Introducing Retreat Theme Peace – Compassion in Action”

Special welcoming event to explore our retreat theme from the first moments of our time together. A wonderful opportunity to connect as one and to consider, contemplate and harness heart-felt intentions for your own retreat experience.

photo from our chanting ceremony at Yogafest Retreat Somers


Dance Of Life Kirtan Ensemble & Group Participation

Beautiful melodies and simple sacred chants with call and response.  Everyone can sing and join with others to create harmonious sounds and vibrations.  With the musical orchestra of harmonium, guitar, drum and flute the songs shower us all with sweetness and bliss.  A beautiful way to end the Sundays sessions.

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Closing Circle

Each Yogafest Retreat will close with a meaningful and grounding practice to seal in the sacred work over the weekend.

The closing ceremony was magical! – Ornella

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Onsite Cafe

We have our own onsite cafe open morning and afternoon, led by the barista extraordinaire Chris from Plug Nickel Collingwood. Not only is there the sensational quality coffee, hot chocolate and chai to purchase, you’ll also be able to grab a number of sweet/healthy homemade treats for a pick up in between sessions! Supported by Plug Nickel

“The café is fabulous – creates an informal opportunity for people to mingle!”