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SIBA Retreat Centre

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· W Tree, Victoria
240 acres
8 sites
4 Glamping
4 Vehicle/Tent
SIBA Retreat Centre is a beautiful and friendly Buddhist retreat centre in the Snowy River country of East Gippsland, Victoria. Formerly ONTOS, it was founded by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and formally opened and consecrated by His Eminence Chogye Trichen Rinpoche in 2006. During this time His Eminence gave the centre the dharma name 'Tsarchen Choeling'. SIBA has all the conditions for the perfect retreat. Simply being at SIBA calms the senses and heals the mind. SIBA is a welcoming and peaceful refuge and its unique atmosphere is well known to visitors. There is a year-round varied programme of retreats, mostly led by Lama Choedak Rinpoche and some by SIBA residents or visitng teachers. These include: - Calm Abiding Meditation – each year Lama Choedak Rinpoche leads a four-day retreat during the March Labour Day holiday (VIC) and a ten-day retreat late September/early October which is the most popular retreat of the year. - White Tara (with Lama Choedak Rinpoche) – a beautiful meditation for developing kindness and compassion, increasing spiritual vitality and overcoming fears. Australia Day holiday, January. - Health and Wellness – revitalise your mind and body through yoga, meditation and alternative health practitioner consultations. Easter holiday. - Medicine Buddha (with Lama Choedak Rinpoche) – discover the connection between wholesome thoughts, your health and happiness. August. - Tai Chi and Meditation – Tai Chi Academy of Canberra present the teachings and practice of moving and sitting meditation. Mid-April. - One-month Ngondro (with Lama Choedak Rinpoche) – intensive group and individual practice sessions on the preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism. End of the year. - Nyung-ne – devotional meditation practices combining the Eight Buddhist Precepts. - Yoga – several times each year yoga retreats are held by visiting teachers. SIBA is run and maintained by a group of friendly residents dedicated to the principles of peacefulness, service and kindness.
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W Tree, Victoria, AustraliaTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by George P.Joined in February 2021
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18 Ratings · 25 reviews
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Dilpreet T.recommends
January 18, 2023
SIBA Camp #1
Camping in Retreat
Stayed Jan 2023. The campgrounds are beautiful but do note that they are really secluded. The location is about 1Km off the main road through a dirt track. Cabins look well, did not use them. The kitchen is fully stocked with cutlery, cooking equipment, large freezer etc. The place is a retreat and is designed to respect life and silence. People generally come here to observe silence / retreat. No signal around the place, there is free wifi around the reception area. This campsite is different from other campsites we have seen where there is a lot of human activity - you will not see any here and that's the intent of the place. Its a Tibetan buddhist inspired temple for meditation and silence. Shower facilities are fine. About 30 Kangaroos stay around the campgrounds and roam about the whole place in the day. The winds were high the first night we stayed and our tent was nearly crashing - so not having a cell signal or anyone closeby did scare us for a bit, but it passed fine.
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Linda F.recommends
January 1, 2023
Retreat Cabin 3
Perfect escape from
The perfect escape - our cabin gave us the ideal space switch off, slow down and totally unwind Can’t wait to start my next retreat
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India K.recommends
January 1, 2023
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
10/10
George was so accomodating and the location is breathtaking. Would definitely recommend. The kitchen facilities and showers were great.
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Phil B.recommends
December 30, 2022
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
Definitely want to return
Awesome place, actually not really a campsite but a wilderness community based around the Buddhist retreat centre. Be quiet to enjoy the peace, the nature. Don’t disturb the wildlife least if all snakes and lizards!
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Dipin M.recommends
December 29, 2022
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
Nice and quiet. You can tent camp, have a hot shower and use their kitchen.
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Hieu N.recommends
December 25, 2022
Retreat Cabin 4
The area is extremely nice. You can see the Milky Way at night if the sky is clear. There are also lots of stuffs to use in the shared kitchen as well. Also the people there are very friendly.
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Kerrie W.recommends
October 23, 2022
Retreat Cabin 4
SIBA wild life retreat
Fantastic quite stay, the best place ever
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Carolynne C.recommends
September 26, 2022
Jambala Cottage
Jamabala cottage was incredibly peaceful - super well equipped, cosy and with great accessories and loads of thoughtful touches! George was incredibly helpful and unobtrusive as a camp and we felt privileged to be his guests!
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Niamh W.recommends
September 2, 2022
SIBA Retreat Cabin 1
Essence of Nepal
Our stay was so peaceful. We sipped on coffee by the fire, visited the temple for yoga, and mediated in the Shrine. The vastness of the space allows for the mind to quieten, and the body to return to stillness. Thank you George! We will definitely be back again soon.
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Jacob R.recommends
August 10, 2022
Retreat Cabin 2
Beautiful cabin in the hills south of Kosciuszko national park. The cabin is really cosy and the fire is more than enough to heat the room. The area is stunning and the retreat is incredible. I will definately be back for a longer time.
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Eva L.recommends
August 9, 2022
Retreat Cabin 4
A peaceful retreat & amazing views
We will definitely recommend to anyone to spend at least a couple of days in this amazing retreat. The cabin has everything you need to just slow down, disconnect, enjoy some family time away from the buzzing city, cook delicious meals, befriend the goats, warm up around the woodfire, and just soak in the mountain views. George is a generous and welcoming host who made us feel at home.
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Bianca M.recommends
June 14, 2022
SIBA Retreat Cabin 1
The cabin was exactly as promised, simplistic , yet perfectly suited to living more intentionally for a few days. The fireplace was adequate to heat the whole cabin and provided an added enjoyment in the solitude and weather. The location was beautiful with views of the neighbouring paddocks and wildlife. The host George was welcoming, warm and approachable with requests over the stay.
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Jerome S.recommends
April 23, 2022
Jambala Cottage
Exactly what I wanted for retreat
I went on retreat here for 6 days and it was perfect. The house had everything I needed; not too small, not too big, really cosy, good kitchen and bathroom, a little fire, a space to sit outdoors and watch the kangaroos jump around - loved it! Thanks George and team
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Kathryn E.recommends
April 1, 2022
Retreat Cabin 3
I loved my stay at SIBA. The bush setting is quiet, and my cabin was cosy and clean. The nights were chilly but I was kept warm by the little stove inside the cabin (which was easy to light and get going). Sandra and George made me feel very welcome, including putting hand-picked flowers in my cabin, and making sure I was warm and dry. The retreat is full of kangaroos and wallabies, birds are everywhere and there was even a gecko on my first day. It is quiet and peaceful and a great place to unwind. I highly recommend.
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Silla K.recommends
January 3, 2022
SIBA Retreat Cabin 1
Cabin 1 is clean, neat and basic but has everything you need (pot belly fire, gas camper stove, tap rainwater, great armchair and nice deck). Toilet/shower is 50m away but you can pick wild raspberries on your way. Pretty views across the hills and dam from deck, property is quiet and peaceful and dog friendly for responsible owners. Hosts are very helpful, wifi available at main house with communal kitchen facilities and large lounge and deck area. Come here if you like no frills peace and quiet and genuine time out
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Jorge I.recommends
January 2, 2022
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
Everything was perfect!
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Kaz C.recommends
December 30, 2021
SIBA Retreat Cabin 6
digital detox
We enjoyed quite time (no digital devices). Cosy room. Thank you George for your hospitality and always willing to help.
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Min W.recommends
October 3, 2021
SIBA Retreat Cabin 6
Secial place to retreat in nature
I’ve been staying here for 20 years. It’s a very special place that is very well taken care of. If you’re looking for a simple and charming cabin where you can have peace and quiet in nature and reset, for a very affordable price, then this is it. The people who manage it are lovely.
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Edwina H.
July 14, 2021
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SIBA is a beautiful, peaceful property however our allocated spot didn’t match the options or descriptions in the properties write up. We were led to an area about 1200 sqm in size and told “This is the camping area”. The area was right above the car park and amongst it all. There was also no spot for a campfire despite the listing saying campfires allowed. We ended up utilising a fire pit in an adjacent paddock well away from our tents. Despite the above we were kindly offered the use of the commercial kitchen for food prep and the toilets and showers were clean and a welcome luxury.
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Karen E.recommends
July 11, 2021
Retreat Cabin 4
Blissfully peaceful.
What a delightfully peaceful, idyllic spot! So pleased we made the effort to drive into the hills. The frosty early morning drive back to Buchan was stunning. We were given clear instructions on how to find everything. The place was clean and exactly what we needed. It’s very basic but not at all uncomfortable.
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Anna M.recommends
June 23, 2021
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
The setting is beautiful and the centre has a great vibe. Staff were helpful and really welcoming. I arrived late and left early as I’d just booked it as a place to sleep, but after having visited, not only wish I’d had more time there, but have also recommended it to friends as a destination.
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Sosheel G.recommends
June 14, 2021
Retreat Cabin 4
Good stay. Enjoyed it with my famil
Good stay. Enjoyed it with my family of four. Will come back. Not too far from Lakes
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Olivia D.recommends
May 11, 2021
Retreat Cabin 4
Mother and daughter retreat
Such a beautiful and peaceful location. Really enjoyed our drive there. On arrival, the caretaker , Paul was warm and welcoming. Special thanks to you Paul and to Monica who bought us flowers 🥰Quaint and cozy cabinthqt was very tidy, the woodfired stove packed a punch and kept us warm through the evenings. Thank you for an incredible stay 💜 We will be back!!!
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Alexia I.recommends
April 11, 2021
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
Beautiful experience
This place was amazingly peaceful and we've been welcomed warmly. The scenery is beautiful and we were lucky to camp next to the nice lake. I couldn't recommend this place more.
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Fleur G.recommends
April 8, 2021
SIBA Retreat Camping unpowered site
Beautiful, tranquil location
Lovely retreat with friendly hosts. If you have a larger tent / group recommend camping below the buildings (flat grassed area near the cricket pitch) although it is a bit more of a hike to the conveniences (might be an issue for some campers). This area has some lovely views with kangaroos appearing early morning. Lots of birds and very peaceful location, it was lovely to hear the monks chanting in the mornings/evenings. 1/2 hr drive to Buchan and the drive to the retreat is really beautiful.
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