Meditation in the Daintree Rainforest

THE FIRST “om” was a little dubious, the sound pushed out through pursed lips, chins disappearing into chests. A collective deep breath and we were more focused, rounding out the sound to an A-U-M that vibrated in the chest, then the throat and finally the head. We were getting there.

If you’ve ever said “Give me a break!” and really meant it, then the Prema Shanti meditation and yoga retreat is for you. Surrounded by the ancient Daintree Rainforest and at the foot of Thornton’s Peak, the B&B-style retreat is relaxed, fulfilling and secluded – mobile phones don’t work this side of the river.

Every morning at the Prema Shanti started with the soft tinkling of bells from the temple above. Filtered blue light outlined the open window and, in noble silence, we each made our way upstairs and sat comfortably in a circle to meditate and welcome the day, starting with 21 resonant oms.

Peace in The Forest, The Sun-Herald, May 11, 2007

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