Ancient Wisdom for Self-Care and Healing

Next available courses: 8 - 12 February 2019 or 5 - 9 July 2019

Save AU$100 if you book early

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Are you tired of running on ‘empty’, trying to balance daily commitments to family and career, always putting yourself last? Living the paradox of most modern women, who seem to have it all and yet are too exhausted to feel joyous and radiant? Do you crave a nurturing space of loving self care? The chance to delve into the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda while holding and sharing a uniquely feminine experience with a group of newly found sisters? Then this Ayurveda Sadhana Weekend might be just the ‘you time’ you need …

This training is also great for yoga teachers who would like to gain a deeper understanding of Ayurveda and use it in their yoga classes.

The wisdom of Ayurveda, applied to women’s healing and health

There is nothing as powerful as a group of women coming together to support one another. On this special 4-day-retreat, seasoned teacher Katie Manitsas will create a sacred space of trust, self care and holistic nourishment by women, for women. A place to rest, re-connect to ourselves and fill our cups, so that we can return home feeling replenished and giving from a place of abundance and joy. Let’s get together to transform our consciousness and tap into the wisdom of the ancients…

Meet your teacher


Katie Manitsas wears many hats including those of yoga teacher, activist, doula, vegetarian cook and mother-of-four.

In the field of Ayurveda, Katie has studied extensively with the Wise Earth School of Ayurveda under the guidance of Mother Maya and broadened her approach further by training with Katie Silcox from Shakti School.

She was the first certified Advanced Jivamukti Yoga teacher in Australia, is a qualified Kundalini Yoga teacher and completed her training as a doula (birthing companion) in 2009.

Katie is the founder of Jivamukti Yoga Sydney (formerly Samadhi Yoga). She regularly trains yoga teachers and specialises in running Ayurveda courses and pre-natal teacher training. She lives in Sydney's Inner West with her her four sons.

Curious? Find out more on Katie's website.

Example day

5:00am - Sunrise Yoga (optional)

8:30am - Breakfast

9:30am - Daily rituals and cleansing techniques for health (dinacharya kriyas) – lecture and practical

12:30pm - Lunch

14:00pm - Compress therapy (make and use herbal compresses on each other as part of a therapeutic sadhana which energises kidneys, bladder and reproductive systems)

18:00pm - Dinner

21:00pm - Quiet time

About this course

This training is presented in the format of a combination of lectures, demonstration, practices (such as gentle yoga and breathing exercises as well as chanting) and group interactive work.

Modules include

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  • Kitchen sadhana and your food habits (Please note this is not a cooking course. We offer a separate Ayurvedic cooking course at Krishna Village)

  • Pranayama

  • Five elements and three doshas

  • Daily rituals and cleansing techniques for health (dinacharya kriyas)

  • Women’s menstrual health, reawakening the moon cycles

  • Healing herbs, oils and teas

  • The six seasons according to Ayurveda and links to Indigenous Australian (Aboriginal) calendars and understanding of the Australian seasonal cycles.

  • Vibrational medicine in Ayurveda (flower remedies and herbs)

  • Treatments for specific women’s conditions such present as postnatal recovery, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause

  • Ojas (immunity), Agni (digestive fire) and Ama (detoxification)

  • Chakra balancing

  • Chanting, mantras for specific uses, and developing our meditation practice

  • Peace mandala flower ritual

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Please note: This training is not a fully accredited Ayurveda certification course. Certain modules can be used towards CPD points with Yoga Australia and Yoga Alliance.

Required course materials: Course workbook (included)

Recommended reading (not compulsory): ‘Everyday Ayurveda’ by Kate O’Donnell and ‘The Path of Practice’ by Maya Tiwari

Homework: There will be some optional home practice assignments which will include cooking, journaling and meditation. The focus on this training is in sadhana based practice rather than academic study.

Before booking, please have a look at our Code of Conduct. If you are dealing with any physical or mental health issues, please also check our Are you ready page.

Upcoming dates

8 - 12 February 2019 (early bird rate until 28 December 2018)

5 - 9 July 2019 (early bird rate until 24 May 2019) 

Cost & payment

The 2019 rates for the course incl. 3 meals/day, optional yoga classes and 4 nights accommodation are:

Camping: AU$1050 - early bird rate: AU$950

In double / twin share accommodation: AU$1190 - early bird rate: AU$1090

In a single room: AU$1270 - early bird rate: AU$1170

Without accommodation: AU$850 - early bird rate: AU$750


Before you book, please read our terms and conditions including our refund policy. 

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Booking steps

1) Click button to select your preferred start date on our booking page

2) On the booking page, select your accommodation type

3) If you prefer to pay in several rates, please select "Paying in instalments" in the additional options (+ $50) and pay a 20% deposit + 4 instalments (monthly or fortnightly, as required to complete payment before arrival).

Venue and Accommodation

Krishna Village is located on a beautiful organic farm in the scenic foothills of Mt. Warning, half way between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Closest town is Murwillumbah, and the nearest airport Coolangatta (the Gold Coast airport).

We can host up to 85 people in a combination of rooms, dorms and camping spots. There are usually around 30 full time volunteers who work in our organic gardens and maintain the grounds, 15-20 retreat guests or Karma Yogis and up to 40 course participants on a variety of courses that may run parallel in our different teaching venues.

All rooms have shared amenities. The amenities blocks include showers, toilets and a coin operated laundry (byo laundry powder).

Common areas include the kitchen & campfire area (the heart of the Krishna Village), the reading room (with Internet hotspot) and the yoga hall where we gather for classes. 

Single & double rooms in the ‘Lotus Pod’ House

The latest addition to the Krishna Village accommodation options is the Lotus Pod - a beautiful rustic Queenslander that has been fully renovated in 2018. Our newest yoga class room is on the first floor, while underneath we offer 7 retreat rooms with private verandahs. Each rooms is equipped with a double bed and available as single occupancy, or double occupancy for couples. Bedding is being provided. Shared toilet and shower facilities are on the same floor. 

Single, twin share & double rooms in our refurbished shipping containers

The Krishna Village offers 3 double rooms (1 big bed), 4 twin share rooms (bunk bed) and 11 single rooms in former shipping containers. They have been renovated and turned into simple but comfortable accommodation, each with a beautiful wooden verandah, shared by 3 or 4 adjacent rooms. Bedding is being provided. 


Set among beautiful mango and lychee trees in our eastern garden, our camp ground can host up to 20 tents and 5 camper vans. The area for the vans is equipped with electricity. The amenities block is only 50m away.

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Delicious Vegetarian Food

The Krishna Farm has been producing organic veggies since the 1980s and has therefore fantastic conditions to grow excellent produce. We grow as much of our own food as we can, and otherwise buy locally wherever possible. 

We provide 3 delicious vegetarian meals every day, with lunches taking place at the Krishna Village community kitchen, and breakfast and dinners - mostly Indian style - served at the prasadam hall, next to the temple. 

All our food is prasadam - sacred food prepared in a consciousness of loving service. Like in other cultures, we offer our food before we eat to say Grace and thank the Divine for the sun, the rain, and all the visible and invisible blessings necessary to co-create a delicious meal. Feel free to sing along with us, or just listen and enjoy...

The Krishna Farm

Nestled in the foothills of Mount Warning, in the heart of the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, the Krishna Farm “New Govardhana” is a 1000 acre property with orchards, certified organic veggie gardens, cows, horses, streams and swimming holes in abundance. 

New Govardhana serves as an ashram to a community of yogis who aspire to live according to their deepest vows and commitments on their path of service, spiritual contentment and happiness, Bhakti Yoga. Their service and dedication make this location a beautiful place of growth, healing and spiritual awakening. If you are interested, please come along and visit our beautiful Radha Govardhandhari temple. 


"One of the best trainings I’ve done"

“I wasn't sure what to expect from this training and really did not know much about Ayurveda at all. From this training, I developed a personal conscious (sadhana) spiritual practice, and met wonderful likeminded people. I am grateful to Katie for teaching and guiding us in Ayurvedic lifestyle and personal self-care. This was one of the best trainings I’ve done with true connections made and a real sense of community.” 

- Tracie, Sydney

"Amazing passion and knowledge"

“Katie has such an amazing passion and knowledge of Ayurveda. Her teachings not only share this wisdom but allow you to dive deeper into your own life and self. With simple to follow practices and lessons the course is also a complete nurture to self - coming together, sharing, growing.” 

- Felicia, Sydney

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