Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Springbrook Rainforest Retreat

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October 2022


Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October 2022

Time to Retreat


A weekend of inner peace...

Escape the stress and busyness of life and enjoy the peace of meditation at a special mountain retreat. This special Springbrook retreat will be guided by our Resident Teacher Gen Ani.

Everybody needs to be good-natured with a good heart, because in this way we can solve our own problems as well as those of others, and we can make our human life meaningful. During this Retreat we will learn Buddha’s special methods to develop our good heart that cherishes others

Suitable for everyone, this retreat provides an excellent introduction to meditation, as well as an opportunity for those already familiar to re-inspire their practice. Enjoy this unique opportunity to experience stillness within in the tranquil setting of a mountainside retreat centre in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The retreat begins with dinner on Friday night and finishes with lunch on Sunday. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and unwind in the tranquil camp surroundings. The retreat is catered with delicious vegetarian food, and includes simple accommodation. All you need to do is to relax and enjoy yourself. Booking is essential – please book early to ensure a place.


Koonjewarre is a camp and retreat centre located on the borders of the World Heritage-listed Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland. There are a number of walks nearby where you can take in the natural mountain beauty of the National Park, with lush sub-tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls, and an abundance of native wildlife. Popular throughout Queensland and Australia as a must-see tourist destination, Springbrook is a perfect place for retreat.


A retreat is a time when we stop all forms of busyness and extraneous activities and spend time concentrating on a particular meditation practice. By observing silence on retreat, our mind will naturally become more calm and clear, and we will find it easier to clear away the distractions that interfere with our meditation practice. Through developing a clearer and more concentrated mind, we will be able to understand our meditation object more deeply and thereby gain a deeper experience of it.

From after breakfast until the end of the second session each day, we will refrain from verbal and physical interaction with others.


The retreat costs from $295 (camping) per person including all meals and accommodation. This an onsite-only retreat and booking will be taken for the whole retreat only . Accommodation options include basic single-sex dormitories or camping.

About The Retreat Leader

Gen Kelsang Ani
Resident Teacher Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre

Gen Kelsang Ani is the  Resident Teacher of Kadampa Meditation Centre Brisbane and Ganden Kadampa Buddhist Centre, Gold Coast.

Gen Ani has been studying and practising Modern Kadampa Buddhism with Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for over 15 years. Gen Ani teaches with warmth and compassion, making modern Buddhism accessible and applicable to all.


Koonjewarre complies with COVID-safe guidelines. All public areas are sanitised before our arrival and hand sanitiser will be available at all areas throughout the event. Social distancing measures will be in place and chairs may not be moved from their position. Shared tea and coffee stations will be operational, however it is vital that anyone using the shared catering, sanitise their hands prior to use.

Please note that social distancing and sanitising within the dormitories is the responsibility of dormitory occupants for the duration of the event.


  • If you are feeling unwell prior to arrival or have been in contact with anyone who is unwell, please do not attend the event – we will arrange a refund for you.
  • If you feel unwell at any time during the Retreat, you must present to the doctor on duty at the Retreat for assessment.
  • Please maintain social distancing at all times.
  • You will be required to sign in on arrival at the event and include your name, email address and phone number.

Our focus is to keep everyone safe and healthy and we appreciate your cooperation.

Registration from 4pm
on Friday 29 October

Koonjewarre 2806 Springbrook Road, Springbrook, Australia


If you have any questions, please contact us