David Christensen (Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer) an Australian Lama of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, completed his traditional training in a 4 year retreat in Dordogne France under the guidance of his main teachers, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo and Tulku Pema Wangyal. He has spent over 30 years studying and practicing Buddhism in Australia, Nepal, France and the USA under some of the most influential Tibetan teachers of this century.
The Odiyana Retreat Centre is located in Gippsland, Victoria. Set on 60 acres of spectacular hills surrounded by native bush and lush rainforest with panoramic views of the ocean and mountains, the centre provides a breathtaking and inspiring location for meditation and yoga.
The first retreats were held at the Odiyana Retreat Centre in the late 1990s. Since then our retreats have evolved to combine the traditional with the contemporary. Featuring Buddhist teachings, Meditation, Tibetan Yoga (Natural hot yoga) and other Tibetan exercises, bush walking through lush rainforest, windswept valleys and wide open hills as well as delicious vegetarian food. A variety of accommodation choices make our retreats available to all budgets.
In 2014 The Odiyana Retreat Centre was visited blessed by Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche. The event was celebrated with the release of thousands of crickets which were bought from Victorian petshops. The crickets, destined for snake food were instead set free on the land at Odiyana.
Various accommodation levels are available including a camping option. Please enquire for retreat prices.
Money tight? Ask us about our work exchange program. We all need a break sometimes. Be spontaneous! The Odiyana Retreat Centre is also available for Private Bookings. Meals can also be provided. Get in touch to discuss your needs
Retreat fees include all accommodation, food, refreshments, amenities and retreat materials. Since retreat fees cover basic costs, an additional donation (Dana) to the teacher is encouraged and kindly accepted at the time of the retreat.
The centre provides a breathtaking and inspiring location for meditation and yoga. Retreats are led by Lama David Christensen (Lama Urgyen Yeshe Ozer) an Australian Lama of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Various accommodation levels are available including a camping option. Please see links below for enquiries and bookings. More retreat pictures are available on our Facebook page here
Standard Retreat Fees
Main Building (Shared accommodation - main building) $390 External Buildings (Shared accommodation - external cabin and caravan) $300 Private Studio (self-contained for 2 people) $990 Camping (BYO Camper/Tent - Campsite on Retreat land with stunning views and bush toilet and shower) $250
The Odiyana Retreat Centre is also available for Private Group or Individual Retreat Bookings
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