27-31 October, 2022

Its more important than ever for you to make joy, presence and healing a PRIORITY.

In order for you to be truly present with your life and loved ones, you need to acknowledge, relax and release the tensions that hold you back from living the more beautiful life your heart knows is possible.

Join us for a unique combination of gentle yoga, mindful enquiry, trauma-informed support, stillness, rest and inner connection.

The 4 day Retreat

We offer the 4 day retreat in 2 formats: Deconditioning and Awakening.

4-day Deconditioning retreats are designed for beginners and advanced meditators alike. The focus is on rest and repair of the nervous system. We cover awakening topics and meditations, however the emphasis is on healing mind and body systems.

4-day Awakening retreats are designed for experienced meditators. Healing, rest and repair of the nervous system are always a part of retreats. However, in the Awakening retreats, time is spent in longer meditations. You must have completed at least one retreat previously with Ava to join the Awakening retreat.

Deconditioning: More rest and guided meditations

Awakening: More and longer stillness practices

 Awakening retreats:

4- day Awakening retreats have a special emphasis on the awakening techniques and topics from the 3- part Functional Spirituality method.

You can expect advanced non-dual concepts and options for longer meditations. Completion of at least one retreat with Ava is required before attending these retreats.*

*If you are an experienced practitioner, we still strongly recommend attending the Deconditioning retreat first, but if you haven’t please apply for the Awakening retreat anyway.

Why Silence?

Silence gives us space. The nervous system unravels, without any effort, and we connect to our natural state of being.

The silent retreat is a delicious opportunity to take your meditation practice much deeper, in an incredible forest setting. This retreat brings both the gentle and strong parts of the practice together in a way that is simple yet profoundly effective.

Experience your transformation with a group of like-minded individuals in a  nurturing environment.


What to Expect

Arrive on the first evening for explanations, opening circle and dinner. After your orientation on the first evening, you will not talk for the entire retreat until the end. You can communicate via notes to the facilitators, and everything is organised for you to flow from one rest-stop to the next. If you feel unsettled at anytime you can chat with Ava or the coordinator. We are hear to support you. The daily sessions are held in a beautiful yoga hall.

You will not need to plan or worry about anything. Read the Guidelines carefully before applying.

This retreat is co-facilitated by Anaid, who will guide some of the yoga and meditation sessions perfectly spaced throughout the day. You will receive medicine for the physical, emotional, energetic and mental body, for all body types and shapes. Please indicate if you have injuries on your form.

Expect rich philosophy delivered by Ava in a meaningful and digestible way as well as a variety of meditation techniques.

This space will allow rest and a deep sense of bliss in your physical body. You will leave with a fresh perspective on your life, as well as a connection to your Heart and the infinite Reality.



Arrive: Thursday 27th October by 5:30pm latest.
Leave: Monday 31st October after 9am.

Booking Instructions

Private Room –   $1490

Shared Accommodation – $1090

Includes: 4 nights accommodation, 4 day retreat & all meals


Step 1: Fill out an APPLICATION form, providing as much detail as possible.
Step 2: Secure booking with a PAYMENT through credit card or bank deposit.

Step 3: That's it! Start to prepare using the checklist we send you.

Payment options

CREDIT CARDThe green buttons to the right allow you to pay via credit card.

BANK TRANSFERSubmit payment into the bank account below.
REPEATERS & MEMBERSGet $150 off paid in full. Email us for a discount code info@spandaschool.com

Bank deposit details:

  • Functional Spirituality
  • BSB 036-077
  • Account number: 538401
  • Westpac
  • Email receipt and name to info@spandaschool.com. 
  • Refund Policy

    50% refund, or 100% credit* can be granted for cancellations 30 days from start date.** Cancellations on a payment plan can cease remaining payments if necessary. Covid related cancellations recieve 100% credit to future retreat.*
    *Credit to be re-allocated within 30 days of being granted.
    **A $50 cancellation fee applies for credit or refunds.

    Limited to 22 places. Spaces fill quickly, book ahead to avoid disappointment.



    PRIVATE ROOM - Full payment

    shared ROOM - full payment



    Retreat Venue

    The Cove Chalets, Denmark W.A. Your cabin is set amongst twenty four hectares of native karri, tingle and jarrah forest on the edge of Wilson Inlet. Creative use of timber and glass features in the Cove’s choice of 5 craftsman-built, self-contained chalets. Glass-fronted log fires make for a cosy winter’s break. Listen to the sounds of over 50 species of birds, amongst the towering forest and incredible eucalyptus scents. Men and women shared dorms are separate. Private rooms include a queen bed and a shared bathroom between two people. All cabins have log fires.

    Who Can Attend?

    This retreat is suitable for beginners and advanced meditators alike. Everyone benefits from yoga, meditation, silence and nature. Please fill out the application form to get a better feel of the retreat and for us to evaluate if its the right time for you.

    What Is Included?

    All accommodation and food are included. Delicious, healthy and hearty, home cooked vegetarian meals will be served 3 times a day. Morning Hatha, evening Yin practices, silent sitting meditations supported by discourses and training from modern and traditional yoga technologies. Space limited to 22 people.

    Who Is Your Teacher?

    Ava is the main teacher and founder of Spanda School.

    She offers yoga classes at the studio as well as training programs and meditation retreats. She is skilled in a wide range of offerings, having dedicated herself wholly to awakening, service and the pursuit of knowledge.

    Ava’s “yoga path” started at the age of 19 with an intense physical asana practice. However, it was only after doing her first series of silent retreats & teacher trainings in 2011, that she and her teachers recognised her connection to the practice was unique.

    Her path of service began giving classes in various studios in the South-West, as well as teaching at the Agama Headquarters in Thailand, Rishikesh, Singapore and the Hridaya School in Mexico.

    It is Ava’s greatest joy to guide others and herself along the path of Spiritual transformation, aligning with life’s purpose and connecting to the Spanda or the innate enthusiasm of the heart. Besides the meditation, her greatest growths have come from living in Hridaya community itself, Hatha Yoga and conscious relationships.

    Ava has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. Considered as academic with a thirst for spiritual knowledge, she has an innate gift for teaching and a generous attitude that touches each of her students in a loving way. Your time spent with Ava will bring a new inspiration to your life!

    Co- facilitator

    Anaid is a yoga teacher, western herbalist and reiki practitioner with a passion for spirituality, heartfelt healing, complex trauma and nervous system regulation. She currently teaches Gentle Hatha, Yin yoga and offers Cacao ceremonies at Spanda School, Fremantle.

    Born and raised in Mexico, she started practicing yoga and meditation at the age of 16 and not long after became a Kundalini yoga instructor. After a period of practicing and teaching this type of yoga, she started to feel stuck and uninspired. In 2018 she enrolled Tara’s Triple Excellence; a 2 year online Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Program and in 2020 she studied the Functional Flow Teacher Training by Ava Irani. This, along with her studies in Buddhist philosophy and the Functional Spirituality method have deepened and inspired her spiritual path and allowed her teachings to flourish into a functional, embodied and heart- centered approach.

    Sample Retreat Schedule


    “I just returned from a 4 day silent meditation and yoga retreat, what an amazing experience! Words can’t describe the way Ava teaches  food for the soul ”

    ~ Katia

    “I have been with Spanda for 1 year now and done weekly yoga, a silent retreat and doing a yoga teacher training course atm. The most impressive experience was by far the silent retreat! What an transformation and eye opener that was! Def keen for one a year. For the rest I found Spanda good to relax it’s def a calm relax yoga style what’s ideal for me as a yang person to find that rest and come to yourself to connect to your being! Lots of gratitude for Spanda Ava and all the teachers and student to share this space and time with. Much love to you all Meggy”

    ~ Meggy

    “I recently completed the Mediation Teacher Training program with Ava and highly recommend it to anyone seeking to develop their practice. Ava is such a gentle, calm and knowledgeable facilitator – I honestly didn’t want the training to end.”

    ~ Annette