1 - 3 Sept 2017 Weekend Retreat

Weekend Meditation Retreat: Shangri La

The perfect place of inner peace and happiness may not be too difficult to reach if we 'know' how to get there. Let's use the Dhamma GPS and mindful navigation to help us to search for Shagri La.


Please click here for more photos in google drive

Dear Everyone,

Thank you for your enthusiastic and co-operative participation in the Shangri La retreat.

Venerable Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat the volunteers and I hope you have had a wonderful weekend at the monastery,

and have returned home with new skills and a more peaceful vibration. Please apply your mindful breathing to enhance your speedy daily activities, and enjoy Shangri La within.

Don’t slow down your creativity and responsibilities, unless you need to take a breakJJ Coffee time is your deep breathing exercise time.

We hope you will return for another retreat or join us for lunch at 11am any Sunday.

Attached is the group photo and we love to hear your comments and feedback.

If anyone would like me to email them a copy of the chanting or would like to clarify any of the teachings please let me know.

We will have more photos on the website for you to see during the week.

Thank you all for your help to keep the monastery beautiful and welcoming, for everyone to enjoy.

With metta,



I arrived home 6.30pm lastnight back into Griffith so not so bad.

Thanking you kindly for the lovely weekend and making it all so easy for my first experience at a retreat. I enjoyed the time and the intense programme was well delivered.

I plan to return within 3 to 6 months and I am sure the bulbs I helped plant along the 16 steps will add to the beauty of the Monastery grounds.

Best Wishes



HI Kim

Thank you all for another wonderful retreat.

I would like to attend the October long weekend retreat.




Hi Kim,

Great to see you on the weekend. Thanks so much for these photos and a wonderful retreat.

Thanks so much,



Hi Kim.

Thank you so much for your kind email and the group photo. :)

It was a very valuable weekend and it was very nice meeting everyone although we didn't get to talk to each other.

 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. and I hope to see you again soon in future.

 Thank you.



Hi everyone

The weekend was very special and we all created a great energy.

Smile and remember the breath.

See you all again soon.





Hi Kim,

Thanks so much for helping to make the retreat such a wonderful experience. Even though we didn’t get to formally meet and talk to one another, I can’t help feeling a certain kinship with all who shared the weekend. 

With best wishes to you, Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat and the volunteers who all helped to helped make it truly memorable. I hope to be a part of another one soon.



Beautiful weekend with amazing people. Thank you to all of you. May the virtues of the weekend stay with us.

Warm Regards



Hi Kim, Venerable Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat, the volunteers and to all of you that were there,

Thank you.

I wish I could have told you all how much I truly appreciated the opportunity to be in that beautiful place with you this past weekend.

It was an experience I could not have anticipated. I hope to honour this precious gift by being more mindful in everything I do. At least that is my intention…

May you all remain in Shangri La on your journeys.



Hi Kim

I would also like to echo my sincere thanks for the wonderful experience and learning provided by the Sunnataram Monastery retreat. The support, wisdom and collegiate atmosphere provided by the Venerable Phra Mana, LuongPo Sawat,  the volunteers and participants created an environment that allowed me to comfortably find my inner calm.  It is a truly stunning location and the hard work to maintain and share those beautiful surroundings is greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards



Thank you to all of you at the Monastery. I could not have imagined a better experience. Absolutely enlightening for me personally and you have created the most beautiful space. I look forward to returning. Thank you, thank you :)

 Kind Regards,


Hi Kim 

 What a great email! Thank you to all for such a wonderful weekend. Stephen and I absolutely love visiting Sunnataram!

All the best