Australia Rounding Retreat

Vedic meditation retreats

Australia Rounding Retreat with Thom Knoles

Gerringong, New South Wales June 2024

join thom for a long weekend of deep rest and supreme knowledge

In his first Australia Rounding Retreat in nearly a decade, Thom invites you to a rare opportunity to retreat with him in the South Coast.

Give yourself the gift of a meditation retreat in Gerringong. Enjoy deep meditations, inspiring lectures, and elevate your state of consciousness.

You’ll emerge refreshed with courage, invincibility, and staying power to effectively meet the need of the time. You’ll bring about greater happiness for yourself and all surrounding you.

Thom answers every question

In addition to your Rounding program, you’ll have the opportunity to dive deeply into knowledge discussions with Thom.

Having gained greater depths of Vedic knowledge and its practical application in everyday life, meditators will return to their lives with clarity of thinking, expanded happiness, and greater purpose.


Mercure Gerringong is an award winning boutique hotel situated just two hours drive from Sydney.

Stillness BY THE BEACH

Walks on tree-lined paths

Sun-drenched garden courtyard

Two swimming pools

Rejuvenating Bella Spa

Accommodation and Meals

Charming boutique hotel

Amazing views of the surrounding wetlands and hinterland

Farm-to-table cuisine sourced from local farms

surrounding nature

Picturesque coastline

Beachside walks

1500m from Werri Beach

Rainforest reserve


Retreat with Thom and return home refreshed, renewed and restored.

Enjoy Shared Experience

Meet and create friendships with other meditators from around the world

Enjoy profound group meditations, meaningful conversation, and nourishing meals with the Vedic Meditation community

Enhance Your Knowledge

Learn how to round

Enjoy lectures and Q&A sessions with Thom, a living master of Vedic knowledge

Receive personal instruction and a tailored going-home program

Rapidly Release Stress

Release up to 6 months’ worth of accumulated stress in 5 days of rounding

Experience how extended periods of Rounding and rest will allow the deepest-rooted stresses to dissolve and naturally

Accelerate Your Personal and Spiritual Growth

Experience restored creative intelligence

Gain clarity of mind and a sense of purpose

Step fearlessly into being an agent of progressive change with an expansive state of awareness


A ‘Round’ is an advanced technique incorporating yoga and breathwork into your current meditation program to relax the body and mind for more profound meditation experiences.

When performed several times in a row, under the supervision of a trained Initiator on retreat, meditators experience deeper levels of rest and stress release than can be achieved in regular meditation at home.

“The effect of Rounding while on retreat is to systematically lower the body’s excitation level for prolonged periods of time in a way that we couldn’t at home… like an industrial-strength meditation program. The accelerated dissolution of stress is the greatest long-term advantage of attending a Rounding Retreat.”

THOM knoles


7:00 am – 8:00 amGroup Round
8:00 am – 9:30 amBreakfast
9:30 am – 12:00 pmFree Time / Rounding
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pmLecture with Thom
3:00 pm – 5:00 pmGroup Round
5:00 pm – 6:00 pmFree Time / Rounding
6:00 pm – 7:30 pmDinner
8:00 pm – 10:00 pmLecture with Thom
10:00 pm – 10:30 pmSama Veda


Registrations will open in December 2023. Join our interest list to be the first to be notified.

Rounding Retreat investment

Single occupancy

AUD 4,900

  • Climate-controlled private room
  • King-sized bed, private bath
  • Registrations open December 2023

shared occupancy

AUD 3,900

  • Climate-controlled shared room
  • Twin-sized bed, shared bath
  • Registrations open December 2023

Included in your experience:

  • 5 days, 4 nights residential retreat
  • Vegetarian meals and snacks
  • Morning led sun salutations and chanting
  • Twice-daily knowledge talks with Thom
  • Rounding instructions and group rounding sessions
  • Personalized going home program

health & safety

  • Each participant will submit a lab-administered negative COVID PCR test taken 24 hours before the retreat begins (at an additional cost to the participants, typically AUD 200-300)
  • We will administer one additional test on day 3 of the retreat.
  • We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and adjust our health and safety guidelines accordingly.

“My favorite moments of the retreat were the nightly group knowledge sessions, sunset walks after dinner, shared experience with meditators from around the world, and of course, hearing Thom share his wealth of knowledge, wisdom, and personal stories.”

Ryan t.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Can attend this retreat?

All graduates of an in-person, Vedic Meditation course are welcome to join our meditation retreat in Gerringong, NSW.

if i don’t yet practice vedic meditation, can i still register?

You may register for the retreat now and make arrangements to learn Vedic Meditation before joining us on retreat. Thom is teaching Vedic meditation in Syndey from 19 June – 22 June. Please visit this page to learn more and register to learn with Thom.

What’s not included with registration?

-Transportation to and from Gerringong

-Lab administered PCR tests, taken 24 hours before arrival (required for our retreat, AUD 200-300)

-Advanced Technique training with Thom

-Private consultations with Thom

Can you cater to dietary restrictions?

The culinary team at Mercure creates delicious meals that cater to all dietary preferences. There are many gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options to choose from. Once you have completed registration, we will be in touch to discuss with you any dietary preferences you have, if any.

Will I have any 1-on-1 time with Thom?

Thom is available for a limited number of paid private consults on retreat. Please send us an email if you’d like to reserve an appointment in advance.

Will there be any other instructors on the retreat?

Thom will have a team of qualified Initiators who will be guiding you through the process of rounding. They will be available to answer any questions.

When does the retreat start? When does it end?

Our retreat with Thom begins at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 28th. Check-in starts at 2:00 pm.

Our retreat officially ends after lunch on Sunday, July 2nd.

What happens if I release stress physically or emotionally during retreat?

Stress release is a normal and natural process of participating in a residential rounding retreat. While most experiences on retreat are blissful and joyous, one may experience some fatigue or emotional release as layers of stress are released from the physiology. We have an expert team of Initiators who will be personally overseeing the rounding experiences of all meditators on retreat and gently guide you through the process of release. You will also be able to share your experiences with Thom directly at lecture.


While proof of vaccination is not mandatory for retreat attendance, each participant must submit a lab-administered negative PCR test taken 24 hours before the retreat begins. A lab-administered test typically costs between AUD 200-300 and will be at an additional cost to the retreat participant. We will also administer additional testing upon arrival to the retreat and on day 3, at no additional cost to the participant.

Are payment plans available?

A non-refundable AUD 1,000 deposit is required to hold your space for our retreat. If you are paying in installments, the second payment (50% of the remaining balance) is due by May 1st. The final balance is due by June 1st.

What if I need to cancel or can’t make the trip?

All payments are non-refundable and non-transferable.

We strongly encourage the purchase of trip cancellation insurance for protection against any potential loss of fees.

Does this retreat count toward my ‘high rounding’ prerequisite for initiator training?

Yes, this retreat satisfies the rounding pre-requisite for Thom’s Initiator Training program.

Experience a life-changing 5 days of Vedic wisdom, deep and blissful rest, and new connections with other meditators.

Join Thom for an Australia Rounding Retreat for one of the most nourishing experiences available to meditators: one that will enliven you for years to come.


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