Vedic meditation retreats
Australia Rounding Retreat with Thom Knoles
Gerringong, New South Wales28 June – 2 July 2023
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.
OUR Australia rounding RETREAT DESTINATION
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
1500m from Werri Beach
WHAT YOU’LL EXPERIENCE ON RETREAT
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
WHAT IS ROUNDING?
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.
SAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE
|7:00 am – 8:00 am||Group Round|
|8:00 am – 9:30 am||Breakfast|
|9:30 am – 12:00 pm||Free Time / Rounding|
|12:00 pm – 1:00 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 pm – 3:00 pm||Lecture with Thom|
|3:00 pm – 5:00 pm||Free Time / Rounding|
|5:00 pm – 6:00 pm||Group Round|
|6:00 pm – 7:30 pm||Dinner|
|8:00 pm – 10:00 pm||Lecture with Thom|
|10:00 pm – 10:30 pm||Sama Veda|
JOIN THOM IN AUSTRALIA FOR A TRANSFORMATIONAL IN-PERSON EXPERIENCE.
Early registration prices end on April 1st.
Rounding Retreat investment
AUD 4900 AUD 4,400
- Climate-controlled private room
- King-sized bed, private bath
- Early Registration ends 1 April
AUD 3,900 AUD 3,400
- Climate-controlled shared room
- Twin-sized bed, shared bath
- Early Registration ends 1 April
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.
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.
WHAT ARE YOUR VACCINATION AND TESTING REQUIREMENTS ON RETREAT?
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.