21 days to transition into a Healthy Vegetarian-Vegan Lifestyle 

Healthy Living, Integrative Detox, Gentle anti-diet Weightloss 

21 day (non-residential) Introductory offer: 
$1320 INITIAL 21 day PACKAGE which includes the following:
$120           1-to-1 Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation 
$  70           Education support. 2 Books by Shanti Gowans: Ayurvedic Cooking + Health and Wellbeing 
$777           21 days of meals, consists of: 21 Breakfasts, 42 Lunchbox meals for Lunch and Dinner, 21 Soups
$130           30-day pass for yoga (group classes)
$240           4 x 20 min infrared heat therapy inch-loss sessions  @ $60 per session
$360           3 x 60 minute Masssages @$120 each
$                 Medicines, as prescribed, and priced accordingly (see website)
                   This can only be sourced after the consultation and are not included in your quote.
1-to-1 Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation ($120). This service is Medibank Private rebated. It will include: 
  • Body type, pulse, tongue, skin and eye diagnosis
  • Ayurvedic nutritional, lifestyle and dietary advice
  • Natural medicine recommendations. 
  • Recommendations regarding treatments suitable for your body type.
Education support and learning aids
2 Books by Shanti Gowans, namely:
  • Ayurvedic Cooking $33
  • Health and Wellbeing $33
Ongoing, delicious, home-cooked, vegetarianaily meals  - To be collected one week at a time
Great tasting, healthy, balanced, vegetarian meals that make it easy to manage your weight and health. Based upon the Ayurvedic principles of six tastes, energetics in the food, special qualities and post digestive effects, these meals present a convenient solution for people who have a lot going on and are too busy to shop or cook every day. This approach represents great value for money. On a day to day basis, it's more cost effective than buying your lunch or eating out. And there's no waste and no extras to go stale in the pantry/fridge.
7 days of meals: $259. Collected weekly.
Consists of: 
7 Breakfasts @$5 each ($35)
14 Lunchbox meals for Lunch and Dinner @$12 each ($168)
7 Soups @ $8 each ($56)
10 session Vegetarian Cooking Course $600  
Fee for Students $300
• Spice tin $45
• Food for Life $60
residential weekend cooking retreat 2019
21-23 June 2019
26-28 July 2019
from $750 - accommodation in a single room with shared facilities
3-10 Jan 2019 - The Balanced Life. Summer detox
5-14 April 2019 - Mindful Living, Mindful Being. Autumn detox
5-14 July 2019 - Exceptional Wellbeing: Where science meets consciousness. Winter detox.
20-29 September 2019 - Exceptional Wellbeing: Where science meets the healing arts. Spring detox.
Integrative Detox & Gentle, anti-diet Weightloss 
The Venus Factor
Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? 
Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? I don't think so…
Your Complete Health Makeover
Transform your relationship with food and your body
Learn how to leat mindfully for your own unique constitution,
lose weight and maintain a healthy body naturally
Hard-line diets are extreme and not necessarily the right choice for everyone. Your body is always trying to find balance. I am not talking about standing upright…I'm referring to the balance between nutrition, weight, energy and health. Staying at a healthy weight is not just about the amount of food you eat i.e. your caloric intake. It's more about what type of food you do or do not eat. Your body is not a savings bank, or a calorimeter. It is nature's chemistry lab that decodes the universe in your food, via taste. When you train your body to eat fast- and processed-food, it will do it's best to make that the norm. Once your body is used to processing food that lacks nutrition, it won't know what to do with nutritional food. 
However, you can re-program your body and mind to accept better nutrition and create better health. Any and all steps towards a healthier, happier and more compassionate life are to be encouraged. Think about food holistically, in terms of personal and environmental health. 
In this Gentle Weightloss Program you will transform yourself through a combination of simple, yet practical mindful eating, lifestyle and spiritual guidelines that show the way towards a peaceful mind and a healthy body that makes sense for each individual to make sustainable change. These include:
Gentle and easy yoga practice which includes simple movement, stretching, breath work and meditation - all that are geared to transform your relationship with the mind. The practices are catered towards individual needs and are designed for all levels. No experience necessary.
Steady and guided effort focused on practical and beneficial lifestyle shifts that work for your specific needs and leave you feeling more positive and energised to meet your life purpose.
A step by step process to find your way of eating that will allow you to lose weight and keep it off forever.

We have three main teachers - body, breath and mind. These are our sat gurus - true teachers. Have you considered what the role of hunger, thirst, desire, sleep etc. is in life?


Many of us live hectic and fragmented lives and have lost our perspective on the essential role of healthy and mindful eating has on our wellbeing. Do you want to find a more peaceful state of mind? Do you need to lose weight? Have you tried to diet and ended up in the same place (or worse)? There is no need to sacrifice your health for the sake of being skinny, beat yourself up for not having enough will power or struggle through starvation and endless attempts at the gym. 


If you have been overwhelmed with unhelpful weight loss information and know that going on another diet isn’t the solution, you need a path that understands the whole picture. Come nurture yourself for just 10 days at Nirvana Wellness Retreat and invite changes that will continue to unfold long after you return home. Change your relationship with eating and your mind-body. Cleanse, de-toxify, repair your body from the inside out and learn new strategies to dealing with this common challenge. It's the secret to staying vigorous and full of life. It’s do-able, ultra-effective and it can improve the overall quality of your life in so many ways. You’re going to look and feel better both inside and out.

The Gentle Anti-Diet Weight Loss program will educate you:
• Why diets and skipping meals don’t work and how to naturally lose weight and keep it off
• Develop healthy life skills and learn how to maintain a healthy weight and a healthy life
• Understand the importance of metabolism and nutrition for healthy weight management
• Understand the role of healthy self esteem and experience a healthy body image
• Explore your stress and weight issues in a caring and supportive environment
• Learn the best strategies for your personal goals and lifestyle
• Leave feeling rejuvenated, motivated and full of hope.
• Aim to look good i.e. healthy and juicy, not emaciated and drained.
Health benefits of the program include:
• Weight loss 
• Relieves pain, chronic and acute
• Releases stress and its effects
• Increases the circulation of blood and lymph
• Boosts the immune system
• Relaxes tight muscles
• Relieves headaches and migraines
• Eases and balances the digestive system
• Eases anxiety and depression
• Balances hormones
• Increases energy, stamina and wellbeing
What have you got to lose?
Stress? Weight? Constipation and bloating? Discomfort, poor self esteem, fatigue? Unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits? You can break free. And the best part is, you can experience this life giving power and these great benefits in just 10 days. 
These ten days are going to drastically improve your overall health and wellbeing, super-charge your sex life and have you looking and feeling better almost overnight! And that’s without drastic diets or vigorous exercise routines and without the use of dangerous drugs or prescription medications. Even better, these potent gifts from Mother Nature could make many of the medicines you’re currently taking obsolete. Nirvana Healthy Living Integrative Anti-Diet Weight Loss program will help you to make the lifestyle changes you need. And current research confirms that lifestyle is one of the most important factors influencing health.
Healthy Living, Integrative Detox and Gentle, Anti-Diet Weight Loss
Immersion Program
Come to Nirvana Wellness Retreat and learn how to create a healthy lifestyle by actually living one. What this program will deliver to you:
Led by an expert faculty, you’ll take part in an exceptional immersion program that includes 
- personal consultation and guidance
- experiential workshops, meditation, calming yoga, walking and fun fitness classes to increase your capacity to burn calories and enjoy the process; 
- health, stress and life management lectures, ayurvedic education and nutritional guidance; 
- a private, community forum at retreat, with interaction between participants where you can ask questions and hear other thoughts and questions  
- three healthy, gourmet, weight loss meals a day
- Most importantly, you’ll take home the tools to continue these practices every day of your life.  
Nirvana’s peaceful weight loss program offers a comprehensive curriculum that supports a healthy, long term weight-reduction process. The way to permanently lose weight and get healthier is more than just dieting. You will learn how to shift into a natural, balanced relationship with your body to love your life. 
Components of the Healthy Living, Integrative Detox and Gentle, Anti-Diet Weight loss program 
for a lifetime of sustainable solutions. Here’s what you can expect:
- Ayurvedic consultation
- Education about your digestive health, mindful eating and lifestyle change to suit your constitution
- Herbal supplementation
- Ayurvedic treatments and healing therapies appropriate for your body type
- Thermal energy 
- Meditation, Stress management, Yoga.
Ayurvedic Consultation
i. Initial. 
ii. Follow up for personalised dietary and lifestyle advice
iii. Follow up every 3 months.
Ayurvedic Digestive Health: a holistic approach
Restore your digestive health naturally.  The principles are based on:
i. Increasing and enjoying warm, cooked, vegetarian and easy to digest foods. The traditional diet for an Ayurvedic cleanse includes plain basmati rice and yellow mung dal (lentils) or kitchari, steamed vegetables and rice, vegetable soup and oatmeal. Eat a healthy amount of sunflower oil or glee (clarified butter) to balance vata and pitta. Add herbs and spices that aid digestion and elimination, such as fresh ginger root, black pepper, a squeeze of lime, a pinch of salt.
ii. Reducing or removing: raw foods, frozen foods, cold foods, dairy products, animal products (meat, fish, eggs) and stimulants (alcohol, tobacco, chocolate and coffee) from the diet. 
Herbal supplementation 
Harmonising Ayurvedic herbal wisdom, modern nutritional science, natural foods, supplements and individual herbs that can help maintain vital energy and achieve wellbeing during weightloss.
Recommended Ayurvedic medicines for weightloss: 
  • Chandraprabha tablets
  • Triphala guggul tablets
  • Kumbhajatu tablets 
 Ayurvedic Massage Treatment and Healing Therapies 
A trained Ayurvedic practitioner can offer various hands-on therapies during your program. 
Heat up your Health: The application of thermal energy towards waste and inch-loss 
You already know that your body sweats to cool you down. Sweating is also one of your body’s best ways to get rid of waste and pollutants. It’s faster than any other natural method of detox because it opens pores, so you can flush out impurities more efficiently. Revitalise and detoxify the body. 
Saunas also improve circulation and oxygenate your tissues, too. And a sauna session can relieve stress, arthritis symptoms, and bring nutrients to the surface for younger-looking skin. In Ayurveda you may already be familiar with the “steam” type of sauna. But there’s another sauna you should know about. It’s called an infrared sauna. These use a different heat source that’s been proven in clinical trials to raise core temperature, lower blood pressure, and aid in weight-reduction by promoting circulation and sweating out toxic substances at the cellular level. This is your body metabolising calories and purging out toxins stored in fat cells
Superbody far infrared rays (FIR) that cannot be seen by the human eye vibrate the cells safely, producing heat from the inside out, detoxifying and promoting sweating for a deep cleansing, and furthermore promoting thermogenesis. Burns approximately 600+ calories in 30 minutes. Real instant and ongoing inch loss results that can contribute to material weight loss over a period of time. After the session your body will continue to be at an elevated metabolic state and continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours. Helps improve cardio vascular and immune systems. If you're trying to manage chronic back, neck or leg pain, Far Infrared Heat Therapy will likely be the best pain reliever you will ever come across. It is also suitable for arthritis, fibromyalgia and sports injuries. Tightens and rejuvenates skin, improves quality, cleanses impurities. 
In a study published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the Mayo Clinic study showed Far Infrared Heat Therapy:
  • Significantly lowers your blood pressure
  • Helps you lose weight faster
  • Significantly increases your blood flow and circulation
  • Lowers your cholesterol
  • And lowers your triglycerides (too much of this is linked with coronary artery disease)
 The Mayo Clinic study suggests that Far Infrared Heat Therapy even lowers your rish of getting arteriosclerosis! And that you can get all these benefits without diets, exercise or months of treatments - Not that those aren't god for you! we should all ear right and exercise. But most of us could use a little help too.
You just can't get the same fast and dramatic improvement of your circulation from regular heat (they fail to penetrate deep enough to provide lasting relief or promote healing) as a Far Infrared Heating Bed can deliver. Additionally Infrared Heating beds do not produce electro magnetic frequencies.
Transforming Stress 
Address the impact that stress is having on your life. 
i.  Mindfulness Meditation: Learn to meditate and watch your life improve.
ii. The art of slowing down to create more meaning, purpose and fulfillment: Practice yoga nidra, deep relaxation
iii. Practice pranayama, yoga breathing.
iv. Walk in nature.
v. Follow the Shanti Yoga stretching and detox program.
Mindfulness Meditation 
When conventional diet and exercise methods are not working to resolve modern struggles with weight and food, you need to look for more sustainable means of healthy eating and weight loss. The answer is mindfulness. Mindfulness is an approach to living that helps you be in the here and now - and to end your battle with weight once and for all. Learn to adopt the practice of mindfulness, and integrate it into your eating habits, physical activity and all other facets of your daily life to achieve the healthy weight and well-being you seek. Learn how to: identify the roots of your eating habits and weight issues; resolve typical eating problems such as emotional eating, skipping meals, speed-eating and eating at night; dissolve barriers and challenges that prevent physical activity, such as having no time, being too tired or feeling unconfident; eat and drink in a way that nourishes, energises and heals your body.  A mindfulness Meditation retreat will not only help you to improve your weight and maintain a healthy body, it will teach you how to make mindfulness a core part of your being so that you find peace and fulfilment in all areas of your life.

Exploring the Wanting Mind

'Wanting' is a universal experience that is so pervasive that is impact on our lives is rarely fully recognised. Who hasn't felt that attaining what you want will finally bring you the happiness you yearn for, only to find that when it is attained your dissatisfaction returns? If we can learn to recognise our wanting mind at its most basis and subtle levels, we can see how we get trapped in patterns of unhealthy behaviour. Once we do, we can then liberate ourselves to live a life marked by contentment and compassion rather than persistent struggle.
In this 10-day live-in retreat, you will be guided through practices to:
• illuminate the wanting mind
• recognise how you get stuck in addictive patterns
• negotiate habitual brain states that sabotage your good intentions
• apply awareness, self-kindness and compassion as antidotes to craving
• detox your system
• learn Ayurvedic principles of sound nutrition, digestion, metabolism and elimination for your body type.
• learn how to cook healthy, vegetarian meals that various needs
• explore lifestyle changes to ensure outstanding health for you
• get honest about who you are and why you treat yourself the way you do.
Re-imagine, Rejuvenate, Reclaim Your Life at
10-day Detox at Nirvana Wellness Retreat 
Craft a meaningful, passionate, healthy life for midlife and beyond. 
You’re just 10 days away from a vigorously strong and healthy body. And this is just the tip of the iceberg! These 10 days will just begin to scratch the surface and uncover the true therapeutic powers of your amazing body, mind and life force. You then have an entire year to prove to yourself exactly how important bolstering your health and life force really is. The results are spectacular. So many benefits over such a short period of time!
  • Enhance every aspect of your life with this revolutionary, detoxification process. 
  • Promote good digestion, increase nutritional absorption and improve lactose and wheat tolerance.
  • Eliminate toxic wastes from your body. Put an end to irritated bowels, gas and bloating. Banish painful constipation, diarrhoea and recapture your regularity. 
  • Get relief for urinary tract infections and reduce liver damage.
  • Say good bye to bad breath and body odour.
  • Reduce high blood pressure and lower 'bad' cholesterol levels.
  • Maintain strong healthy bones.
  • Build a healthy immune system that destroys everything in its path.
  • Rediscover the sexual fire and desire you thought you'd lost forever.
  • Wake up refreshed, full of vim and vigour and banish fatigue for good.
  • Clean and detoxify your body and feel better in every way
• Daily meals - one week at a time
Great tasting, healthy, balanced, vegetarian meals that make it easy to manage your weight and health. Based upon the Ayurvedic principles of six tastes, energetics in the food, special qualities and post digestive effects, these meals present a convenient solution for people who have a lot going on and are too busy to shop or cook every day. This approach represents great value for money. On a day to day basis, it's more cost effective than buying your lunch or eating out. And there's no waste and no extras to go stale in the pantry/fridge.
7 days: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner $155 (i.e. $22.15 per day)
5 days: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner $120 (i.e. $24 per day).
• Cooking workshop 
• Attend Shanti Yoga classes, weekly walk-and-talk, and Bollywood Dance classes


How does Yoga work in the program? 

The practices of yoga include asanas (postures), gentle stretching, together with practices in breath work and relaxation. Yoga stimulates specific points in the body which release endorphins, natural hormones which have a calming effect on the centres of the brain that relate to eating and send you messages that you have been elegantly satisfied. This decreases cravings and makes it easier to deal with and manage the stresses that cause overeating. Endorphins also affect the digestive and endocrine glands to help rebalance the organ systems. The calming benefits of Yoga decrease the irritability associated with weight loss. Yoga is an effective adjunct therapy for the treatment of weight control.

The role of Ayurveda in the program

Ayurveda, the science of life and health and the sister discipline of yoga, is more than a Vedic science that heals. It is a 5000 year old philosophy and way of life that was developed to perfection when human beings existed in harmony with the natural world. Ayurveda recognises the body's innate ability to heal itself and regain balance through the most natural, nontoxic and noninvasive methods. 
A complete and formal Ayurvedic cleanse is called panchakarma, which is done under the supervision of a trained Ayurvedic practitioner. The foundation of an Ayurvedic cleanse is a simple diet that helps remove the impurities that build when we are taking in more than we can process, and renews your body on all levels. The biggest benefit is their ability to transform your weak, exploitable, immune system into an indestructible healthy, functioning lifeforce.
Ayurvedic vegetarian weightloss meals provide a simple solution. The body can focus its energy on processing and releasing the impurities that have build up, and simultaneously new impurities don't build because you don't consume un healthy or difficult to digest food. 
Ayurvedic lifestyle education helps you understand your own personal constitution and manage your cravings (for sweets, fat, alcohol etc.).
Ayurvedic herbs stimulate the brain’s sensory systems, your digestive and metabolic fire, and assist your elimination. 
The role of food as medicine in the program
Today, more than ever, eating the right foods for health can be easy. Yet, so many places you turn to provide yet poor choices for what to put into your mouth. That’s why I have taken the time to create a program from the Ayurvedic Science of Health that outlines what it takes to maintain your body using healthy, eating principles that are easy to implement, and just as importantly, never leave you feeling like you are depriving yourself. 
If you want the vitality that promises health and a daily sense of well-being, then something needs to change. A careful selection of the foods that appear on your plate can really turn back the clock and give you extra years of life. Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived more than 2400 years ago, thought so. “Let food by thy medicine,” he said. And it turns out he was right. In the Ayurvedic system, anti-aging foods are the most nutritious foods that are available. While you could come across a few seemingly ‘new’ examples of foods that you may enjoy, but for the most part, you will be familiar with the foods that can help extend your lifespan. You may know of them, but you may not currently be preparing or eating them on any regular basis to suit your body type. 
Hopefully the books that accompany the program will help to change that. These books will help you navigate the minefield of not just junk food, but all the processed food types that are doing your body damage every day, and you will be shown how to reverse the trend and restore your nutritional health for the rest of your life. In short, if one of your goals is to live a healthy lifestyle, their education will prove invaluable. 

The role of Ayurvedic Weight Loss Massage

Ayurvedic massage is used in effective ways to help you lose weight. There are two vital sensory systems in the brain that control our eating habits. The feeding center is responsible for the feeling of hunger. The satiety center is responsible for the feeling of fullness. If the feeding center is overactive, you may always feel hungry; and if the satiety center is under active, you may not feel full so easily. Massage can help by increasing blood circulation and metabolic rate, thereby enabling your system to work more efficiently in digesting your food and eliminating its wastes.
Weight loss massage is a program of visceral (abdominal) massage and marma (energy points) pressure which is used to help clear the system of metabolic waste and encourage circulation. This improves digestion which can help you be successful in your weight loss program. Stimulation is not applied directly into the brain's areas but into corresponding meridian points on the arms, legs and abdomen which then affect the feeding centre in the brain. Stimulation at these points over a period of about 3 weeks can significantly reduce body weight. The effects are enhanced by combining it with weight loss herbal therapy and yoga.
Ayurvedic relaxation massage is a valuable adjunct therapy used in conjunction with yoga and herbs to maximise weight loss effects. A special weight loss herbal lotion from India is applied during the massage to effectively increase blood flow to the abdominal fat, increase the metabolism and assist in fat breakdown.  Massage has a number of other benefits that can directly influence your ability to control or lose weight: 
- Massage improves the circulation and the supply of nutrition to the muscles, and increases tissue metabolism, which helps the muscles to grow and burn more calories, thereby reducing fat.
- Massage directly aids in fat loss by bursting the fat capsule within the subcutaneous tissues, allowing the fat to exude and become digested.
- Massage helps prevent and heal injuries and shortens the recovery time needed between your exercise workouts. This means you can safely have more workouts over a given period of time, giving you the opportunity to burn more total calories in your effort to achieve your individual weight loss goals.
The Ayurvedic Massage Treatment Plan 
The number of Ayurveda treatments necessary depends on your goals for losing weight and your commitment to keeping the weight off. Usually, a full course consists of a 60-minute treatment every day for the first three days, followed by treatments every other day for a full course of 10 treatments. For the average person who wants to lose between ten to fifteen pounds, this is sufficient to help you reach and maintain your goal. Due to individual differences, weight loss results may vary.
Special opening offer: Try a 60 minute introductory massage combination session with yoga for $130, and receive a $15 discount on the purchase of any 10-session weight loss package.
Shanti Yoga™
Health Institute Australia
Australian Government Registered Training Organisation No. 30834
CRICOS Provider No. 03098E

About Shantiji

Shanti Gowans is the globally recognised author and founder of Shanti Yoga™, Meditation and Ayurveda for the self, family and community.

Shantiji has brought the concepts and practices of a healthy body and a still mind to thousands of Australians through her Yoga and Meditation programs on national television... Read more about Shantiji's biography

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