Why is Functional Spirituality More Important than Ever?

Let’s face it, spirituality is filled with pitfalls and distractions.

We easily get trapped by unconscious patterns.

We struggle unnecessarily after ego-centred results.

We get disheartened by irrelevant dogmas that reinforce trauma.

We yearn for a community that is committed to healing and Self-realisation.

We want a community that is truly invested in our success.

We need a system that values the uniqueness of our path.

We seek a complete system that emphasises peace and contentment in daily living. A functional approach.

Anything less exacerbates exactly what we wish to heal.

The Functional Spirituality Retreat is a yoga, meditation, philosophy and self-enquiry program for you to study and embody the potent gifts of spiritual practice.

You will receive a harmonious blend of 1:1 accountability, yoga study & group exercises.

It includes weekly live trainings, meditations and yoga classes, the entire Functional Spirituality Curriculum and a prerecorded library of workshops, yoga and meditation sessions.

Regardless of how busy your life is, we will help you to find spaces where you can start to implement meaningful change.

Building habits for success, stability and peace is not instant. But luckily, it’s simple.

With the right effort, support, intention, love and education, you can succeed.

Do you feel like you’re working at it alone?

When was the last time someone asked you what you really want and need?

In TFSR, you will work directly with Ava and your mentor to create your own yoga and meditation practices, until they become a habit.

Apply today by clicking the button below.


Healing: Removing the tendencies that lead us to repeat experiences that cause us suffering.

Expression: Cultivating values of spirit, optimal living, and connection to purpose.

Mystical Self-Enquiry: Awakening to the Truth of “I am” and integrating that potent presence into life.







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Spiritual practice in modern life is more relevant than ever.


If this resonates, this retreat may be the next step for you. Apply today by clicking here.

The Ingredients for Success

♥ An individual approach – Functionality always starts with revisiting intentions and the deeper motivations behind your practice – that’s where the power is! After filling out your questionnaire, Ava will sit with you to make a plan for your retreat.

♥ Group relating – When we navigate relationships successfully, fresh energy and healing pours into our life. We will use simple and powerful trainings to be more present in relating. Everything in life is a relationship.

♥ Expert Support – Weekly teachings, 1:1 support and guidance. Drawing from experience in big yoga organisations, running a yoga school and practicing many systems in their depth, we want to share the lessons that have made a big impact for us and our community.

♥ Subconscious Reprogramming – Your experience of life is a habit. Yet, habits are rarely chosen consciously. Find out what deconditioning is and how to do it.

♥ Mindset – Yoga and meditation help to bring awareness to our thoughts, patterns, behaviours and outcomes; knowing how to control the mind and optimise your thinking is the key to experiencing life in FLOW.

♥ Yoga & Meditation – Do you know how important it is to keep the body and mind healthy? This is your opportunity to cement a practice you love for strength, clarity and rest. Bringing the depth of retreat into your home.

♥ Non-dual Tantric Philosophy – This ancient philosophy teaches us exquisite ways of connecting to the wisdom of the Heart. Deep meaning and connection to the Infinity is the cornerstone for fulfillment in our lives.

♥ Expression and Purpose – Fulfilment comes from being connected to the inner pulse that moves us – our purpose in each moment. We discuss at length how to live in this changing world, fully expressed. We form a network of support, love and opportunity around you, for you to rise up.

♥ Long Integration Period – You will be supported to try different practices and teachings to customise your results.

What to Expect in The Functional Spirituality Retreat

We’ve seen the pitfalls first hand…

Too often our practice is loaded with esoteric bells and whistles.

Too often we fail to move forward in a way that feels natural.

Too often we end up trading material distractions for subtle ones.

Our spiritual practice means nothing if our mind and body don’t transform. We have so much information about yoga and meditation at our fingertips, but without proper understanding and practice, it doesn’t guarantee liberation.

The Functional Spirituality Retreat is an online container to assist you in establishing a connection to grounded, effective spiritual practice in daily life. Apply Now.


Through attending The Functional Spirituality Retreat, I have gained so much confidence within myself and my ability to take the steps needed to achieve any goals I give myself.

I’ve benefited so much from the conscious conversations with my peers. I live in small rural town, so having the opportunity to have real genuine discussions with like minded people has filled me with so much joy and purpose.

Attending this program has not only opened doors for me as a small business owner, but also provided the steps and coaching to step through those doors and navigate an ever changing landscape.

~ Meg Packer


I have attended two 4 day silent retreats with Ava. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every peaceful moment. The location was stunning, cosy and uplifting. The food absolutely mouthwatering and nurturing. But Ava’s guidance and spiritual wisdom is what made a significantly transformational impact on my experience. I returned home feeling freshly rejuvenated and inspired. I am forever grateful for these experiences and for Ava’s calm confidence and loving energy. Please do not hesitate to experience it for yourself if you too feel called.

~ Beau Wilson


“I recently completed the Meditation Teacher Training at Spanda and cannot recommend it more highly to anyone wishing to undertake such training. I had travelled to India 12 months prior seeking traditional knowledge of meditation and yoga… little did I know that such an amazing yoga school was on my doorstep in Perth!! I finished the course with a thorough understanding of meditation in its traditional sense, and with a thorough understanding and confidence on how to effectively guide individuals into meditation.

I give my thanks to Ava for creating such a course & sharing her knowledge with the community. Ava is a truly amazing teacher who is genuine in heart and truthful in integrity – and Spanda Yoga School is a reflection of this. Spanda is the most grounded and authentic yoga school I have attended in Perth and it’s beautiful community of heart centred members is a testament to this. We are very blessed to have Spanda and such authentic teachings available to us. Love, light & happiness to all.”

~ Aahana Wellness

Rarely do we have a team of loving support curated for us in one community.

Ava Irani

Ava is the main teacher and curator of the Functional Spirituality Program.

Under her, a team of incredible support mentors and teachers are offer their inspiration and care into this space. Including Kathryn Grace, Rose Mascaro, Silvana Croft, Cheryl Collins and Meg Packer, the accountability team helps to guide participants through the program and along their individual journey.

"The Functional Spirituality Retreat is the program I've always wanted to create. A container for true transformation, that people can take home into their daily lives."

- Ava Irani

Ava first began practicing physical yoga practice in 2008, while studying philosophy at USYD.  She started attending long form spiritual retreats in 2011 in Australia, Thailand and India and completed her first 500 hour training that year. After over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training and countless retreats and study programs, she began guiding silent retreat in Australia and abroad in 2015. In 2016, she opened her studio Spanda School in South Fremantle, and since has taken 100’s of meditators into the deep silence and truth of the Heart, in both intensive and long form study retreats.

In 2020, she has launched her new program and podcast called “Functional Spirituality”, aimed at integrating profound yogic experience into daily living. She lives in White Gum Valley near Fremantle with her Fiancé Jarred of Kommunity Brew, and their pet Honey.

Ava brings a grounded approach to deep spiritual practice so students can find meaningful change quickly.


How does it work?

Start by filling out an application form. We want to make sure our offering is the right fit for you. Or speak to one of our mentors to gain more clarity/ Once you have been approved, you will be invited into the program. You are welcome to book a clarity call to begin with to ask any questions and help us decide together if this is the right program for you.

What happens first?

You will start with a ritual of filling out an in-depth questionnaire. This is the perfect time to reflect, refine and clarify. Not everyone has the same lifestyle, commitments or goals. Depending on where you are now, we will help you to customise a schedule, and hold you accountable! We will be supporting you, understanding you and connecting to you. The journey is not meant to be perfect, but its meant to be walked, with community, and now is the time to start. Right now.

What is included?

This program offers both study and practical components. You will receive access to a vault of yoga classes, workshops, study units and guided meditations, as well as your own schedule based on your unique goals and aspirations. On-going live teachings happen in the private Facebook group, where you have access to your mentors and teachers as well as the community. Monthly workshops and group heart circles are one of the simplest yet most potent way to develop presence and communication skills that will transform the way you show up in daily life.

How can I purchase?

Use your credit card to choose a 6 month payment plan, 12 month payment plan or one off payment option. On the monthly payment plan, your card will be debited once per month for 6 or 12 months. Or, receive a discount for paying upfront, all at once. Bank deposits are possible for pay in full option.

What if I want to start with 6 months?

We welcome members to start with 6 months and experience the results first hand. If you decide you want to upgrade to 12 months, we have discounted options for you to do so at any time.

Can I attend this program at another time?

Due to increasing demand of Ava’s programs, this will be the last time this course will be offered at this price. A common remark from retreaters is that they sincerely wished that they had come on retreat sooner, that the self-discovery was priceless and the motivation to live from the heart will never be lost.

I am so interested in this offering, but I cannot afford it at this time. Is there anyway for me to join?

We do have options available for unemployed or low-income earners. Please get in touch if this is your circumstance. Please note that if you are usually a mid-high income earner and are in between jobs, this option is for those who genuinely cannot afford it, and there are limited scholarship places.