Explore how to create space for each other with Daniel & Shiho in Yarra Valley 14-16 Feb 2020




 Come and join us for a 2-day Art of Relating Retreat exploring how to to create a relationship where you can grow together and choose consciously how you want to treat others?

A perfect balance yoga, workshop sessions, nourishing meals, fun and relaxation


Victoria, Australia

14-16 February 2020


Would you like to create a relationship where you can grow together and choose consciously how you want to treat others?


This Weekend Retreat Fri 14 – Sun 16 February 2020| 2 nights | Fri 5pm to Sun 2pm, will give you opportunity to do that. 

Facilitated by holistic health practitioner, counsellor and mindfulness expert, Daniel Cerny and Shiho Mafune Naturopath and mindfulness facilitator.

Strengthen your relationships with practical mindfulness practices

Become aware of the beliefs and feelings that separate us from each other, and learn how to cultivate genuine bonds of trust, understanding, intimacy and love.


Retreat Overview

Our relationships with others can have so many layers, on one hand they can be deeply nourishing – generating feelings of togetherness, understanding and belonging; yet on the other hand they can also be a source of insecurity, hurt and betrayal.

In this deeply transformational retreat program, holistic health practitioner and mindfulness expert, Daniel Cerny, will take you on a personal journey of exploration, studying the beliefs and feelings that separate us from each other, and the meditative practices that – when practiced regularly – enable us to cultivate genuine bonds of trust, understanding, intimacy and love.

Together, we will explore the importance and power of:

  • Being authentic in our relationships
  • Staying present in exchanges, and really learning to listen
  • Speaking our truth, but also staying open-minded to understand other people’s experiences, perspectives and needs
  • Shared vulnerability
  • Holding ‘space’ for others and explore the possibility of ‘healthy conflict’
  • The art of compromise – we are in this together
  • Accepting that challenges are a natural part of the ‘growing together’ process, and learning to navigate through challenges in a loving way
  • Acknowledging the many gifts that come with our relationships 
  • Recognising the inherent goodness or real essence that lives through us all

Everyone is welcome. Teachings are suitable to singles or couples – come on your own, with a friend, or with a partner.

This is an excellent retreat for first time meditators, or for experienced practitioners looking to deepen their relationships with others 

Gift yourself, or someone you care about, a richer, fuller and more meaningful life.

  • Eating a delicious meals and snacks prepared on site with local, organic produce – any special dietary requirements catered for, please scroll through our previous retreats photos 
  • Lots of optional fun –Forest walk and massage 

“We were all born with one note destined to sing, this retreat is about trusting that note” 

About Daniel and Shiho

Daniel is a clinical naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist. He is also an experienced restorative yoga teacher, and a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), acceptance commitment (ACT) and mindfulness-integration cognitive behavioural (MiCBT) therapist.

Daniel’s diverse skill set, along with his commitment to an evidence-based approach, imparts a profound therapeutic formula for optimal health and wellbeing, which includes therapeutic nutrition, mindful living strategies and lifestyle counselling.

Daniel has taught a variety of mindfulness strategies in private practice, corporate settings, community classes, workshops and retreat programs over the past 10 years. As a retreat facilitator, he brings a gentle and compassionate approach – creating a sacred, relaxed and caring space for participants to explore deep personal transformation and healing.

To learn more about Daniel and his work you can visit his website.

Shiho Mafune MOTPrac, BHSc (Nat)

Shiho is a qualified clinical Naturopath, Massage Therapist, Meditation teacher and Occupational Therapist. Shiho has also furthered her training in Mindfulness Based Stillness Meditation (MBSM) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Shiho has worked with many different cognitive, physical and mental health conditions in a range of settings including public hospitals, private practices and community settings. Shiho’s belief lies in The mind is everything. What you think, you become”. She integrates mindfulness, and a compassionate approach to provide gentle and warm care and creating space for enabling each individuals connect to their unique true selves. 




Cost starts from $650 per person (including GST), depending on your choice of accommodation, and covers all elements of the program, including delicious organic plant-based wholefood meals, snacks, freshly squeezed juices, herbal teas and dandelion coffee.

Please note: members receive 5% discount on second and subsequent retreat bookings.

Optional extras include transport, massage therapies, and purchases from our resource centre.


Retreat Enquiry

To find out more or to register for our next Art of Relating retreat, call 1300 651 211 or email info@gawler.org. Alternatively you can submit your booking request here using the form below and one of our friendly client services team members will be in touch within 24 hours.

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Thank you for this time to nurture me!
Retreat venue was warm, soothing and comforting to be able to unwind. 
I loved Daniel’s thoughtful touches: the flowers, the candles, soothing music, essential oil perfume (which I totally love). 
Food was delicious and totally nourishing – and lots of it!!
Daniel’s workshop teachings on mindfulness and learnings were very insightful.
Shiho’s deep tissue massage was sensational.
Overall the retreat was very well balanced with time to relax, learn, eat, chat and just be!

I had a  time to fully be immersed in mindfulness – from Daniel’s knowledge, meditation, mindful rainbow eating & quiet time to reflect – it was a perfect balance. Shiho’s massage was the icing on the cake with her beautiful healing energy and care. There is nothing I would of change itv was perfect. 

Thank you Daniel and Shiho. Thank you for making space to reflect and for your support when some difficult thoughts arose. I loved the ambiance – candles, flowers, music. All elements were taken care of and it was such a nurturing environment. Even though I have worked with Daniel in meditation at a studio & seen him as a naturopath at his clinic, i felt truly privileged to have 2.5 days to learn even more from him, about him and get even more knowledge under my belt. An awakening experience. Thank you.


“In my experience it was perfect, I received what i needed to make a shift, needed to include mindfulness in my everyday life to enhance experience. I like to extend wholehearted gratitude to you Daniel and Shiho, for amazing weekend that was delivered with love and devotion. Your passion to educate and deliver mindfulness in a sacred experience was achieved and appreciated with love Soula”


“The most positive aspect of  this retreat are how comfortable Daniel made us feel, so homy and warm, I was able to unplug and reset have time to myself and meeting a new people. Being around nature. Group discussions and talks providing practical tools hoe to be mindful and compassionate towards myself. Delicious food and massage was divine”


“I knew the weekend would be good but it far surpassed that and was really amazing. The level of warmth that the two of you generate is incredible. The depth of your knowledge passed over in such a caring and loving way, not making anyone feel inferior for not getting it straight away was exceptional. It makes me very happy that you two are out there in the world passing on your wonderful karma to people in such a beautiful way. I will never forget my first retreat thankyou and my aim hopefully will be to attend 2 a year if possible.  Anyway take care God Bless” 

Happy heart happy life, Thank you 


The difference now is, I feel I have the fuel, patience & presence to attend & engage & enjoy the slow moments in between the rush that is life of a working mum. I wanted to thank you both for the nurturing, patience, warmth & heart that was shared this weekend. No detail was left unturned & it was these small touches that made the retreat so unique, so moving & has helped me shift! Everything from the accommodation, to personalized welcome notes, recipe books, perfumes, green smoothies on waking & impressive banquets!  I think I am noticing myself more & have an acute awareness around moments of mindfulness & moments of ‘autopilot’. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your teachings, your attitude & passion with me. It was a real treat to be looked after (especially when feeling unwell).  It was such a privilege to have met you both & to have had 2 days of time to nurture me. 

With warmth & kindness 


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