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Stillness and Ceramics Retreat

Padma Retreat Centre - Youngs Siding - Western Australia

Pottery and meditation retreat with Melaney and Yolanda – relax into creativity and inner stillness

Youngs Siding, Western Australia

We invite you to join us for a two day pottery and meditation retreat at the beautiful Padma Retreat Centre near Denmark, Western Australia, allowing you to connect in a relaxed way with your creativity and inner stillness.

This retreat will take you on a tranquil journey of self-discovery as you create hand-built pottery and share simple guided meditations, gentle body movement and breathwork, all of it suitable for wherever you are right now.

Padma’s grounds sit among the karri trees within the wetlands that face the Nenamup Inlet, alive with abundant wildlife and fresh air coming off the Great Southern Ocean. You will have plenty of time to enjoy nature with walks or visits to local places, or just kick back and listen to the birds.

Our intention is to help you relax and feel an easy connection with one another through the shared soulful practices led by founder of Padma and the Melaney Ryan Insitute of Applied Consciousness, Melaney Ryan; getting your hands delightfully dirty with pottery-enthusiast Yolanda Rojas; and sharing wholesome meals cooked with love by Melaney’s daughter, Jenna Ryan.

Pottery and meditation align beautifully, offering complementary approaches to finding more inner joy and peace. The serenity we find in meditation helps us tap into our creativity, just as feeling warm clay in our hands brings a depth of grounded mindfulness. What a team!

You can learn some free form ceramics techniques with Yolanda's guidance, or feel free to shape your creations just as you wish, to make three unique pieces to take home. You will glaze your plates, bowls or whatever forms you create which we will take away for firing.

The retreat opens with a long table dinner in celebration of the Spanish heritage shared by Melaney and Yolanda, and the Padma fire pit will burn every night (weather permitting) if you feel like sitting under starry skies.

We are excited to share this piece of Heaven on Earth with you if you feel called to revivify your body, mind and spirit with the delightful combination of pottery and meditation!

Retreat details

2 days

Next retreat date: 

Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 April 2024

Meet your facilitators

Melaney Ryan

Melaney is the founder of MRIAC and the developer of Mahat Meditation and Integrated Therapeutic Alignment (ITA) energy medicine.
As a fourth-generation energy worker with 38 years of clinical experience, Melaney discerned repeating patterns in psychological, emotional and physical imbalances which led to the development of the ITA modality that’s now shared globally. This realises a vision she’s held since 19 years of age.

After years of sharing her truth, it’s a wonderful breakthrough to see Mahat Meditation researched by a prominent university in Western Australia, cataloguing many benefits experienced by practitioners.

Melaney’s focus is now on building a legacy to support the delivery of education based on unity consciousness, and to continue to positively influence the way our bodies, minds, spirits and emotions interplay.

Today Melaney lives in Denmark, Western Australia, at Padma Retreat Centre with her partner Matthew and dog Alice. She has two adult children, Jenna and Rhys, both part of the MRIAC team bringing ITA and Mahat Meditation to people across the globe. 

In 2021, a dream came true with the establishment of Padma Retreat Centre as a nature haven where people can enjoy meditation and other nourishing retreats and higher studies. Denmark holds sacred memories for Melaney and her family, and to share this beautiful part of the world with like-minded community is deeply humbling.

Yolanda Rojas

Spanish-born Yolanda is a passionate creative, especially through pottery and ceramics, with a post graduate in art and experience in running her own art gallery in Granada, Spain. Yolanda also loves sports and is a former ski instructor. 

She believes no one has to formally study ceramics or other art forms to be able to create them, as we can translate our creative essence into any material. Yolanda says an alchemy occurs in this process, where through connecting to our inner core we can channel our essence and bring some of that magic into form. She knows every person can do this in alignment with our true nature as creative beings.

Yolanda has been living in Western Australia’s beautiful Great Southern town of Denmark for the last six years and owns Bar Tarifa with her husband Michael. Here they cook up a tapas storm and provide a welcoming space for the local community and visitors, including musicians and artists, to come together.

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