Around the World...Around the Wuurld...Around the World... Around the Wuuuuuurrrrrlllllllld!
Published February 20th 2016
Abode of Peace Ashram, Shanti Mission Retreats and Workshops
Shanti means peace.
Those of you reading who have been through a stressful time in your life may be interested to know that it was a devastating divorce over 20 years ago that sent Kim Fraser (former barrister and single mother of two), now known as living guru, Shakti Durga, on the path of spiritual enlightenment.
Shanti Mission Guru Shakti Durga (formerly Kim Fraser)
Heart bruised and stressed at work, Kim's search began. Starting with a meditation class where she "felt a natural affinity and warmth..." her spiritual journey unfolded. However, it was a recurring bout of bronchitis and weeks of failing antibiotics which led her to an energy healing session that changed the course of her life from barrister to guru over many years of devotion and study.
After attending the healing session she was well within days and "simply fascinated". Feeling compelled to try to understand the positive experience Kim began to study healing and spirituality.
Years later along her path of awakening, Shakti Durga vividly and emotionally recounts experiencing an entire room as a vortex of white energy, akin to a spiritual tornado, full of light, people and spiritual messages. There was a shift of consciousness and energy and she knew she had perceived divine guidance.
After a period of intense study spanning years, fasting, meditating and gratefulness she was given a blessing to become a guru from her teacher and given the spiritual name of Shakti Durga. People may find it confronting to address others using a 'non conformist, spiritual name' but the people given spiritual names feel it reveals a true path for their soul.
Fast forward to 2016: Now Shakti Durga is the founder, spiritual head and inspirational leader of Shanti Mission (Peace Mission), with the head office based in Australia. The not-for-profit charity operates a wide-variety of projects and programs with the sole aim of creating an age of peace on earth: inner peace and peace between people.
"Deep transformative inner changes & realisations that will last forever, so grateful." – J.D.
"I've never felt safer and more loved for an entire week than I have been during this retreat." - N.S.
"An incredible experience of transformation, insight, fun, love, laughter & tears. Thank you so much for creating such a safe & loving environment for me to go within & free myself. Namaste, much love." - G.K.
"I loved this retreat. There was a spirit of community and deep love. It transmitted all barriers in age, colour, religion, race or creed. There was healing on all levels."
Accommodation is available at the retreat centre. It's quiet, very clean and serene, only 2 minutes drive from the Abode of Peace Ashram. Choose from twin, triple and five share rooms. Bookings are per person, per bed from $35.
Kitchen facilities and communal dining areas offer a good chance to meet and talk to other people on a spiritual path. Guests from all walks of life and religious beliefs are welcome to stay. Seminars include: 'Ignite Your Spirit', 'Empowering Relationships' and 'Dimensions of Wealth.' There are Locations in: Cooranbong, Sydney, Byron Shire, and Southern Highlands. Refer to the website for more.
The Shanti Mission website reads:
'Retreats with Shakti Durga are powerful and mystical journeys into the world of the extraordinary. The retreats last anywhere from a weekend to a few weeks and are held in Australia and around the world. These intensive spiritual escapes truly allow you to retreat and explore your true inner self.'
Shanti Mission is based upon 8 pillars that, if implemented consistently are reputed to ignite the spirit, create enlightened consciousness and divine self realisation. The objective of Shanti Mission Harmony Centre is to create shanti (peace) on earth. The retreats call together a community, offering music and a joyous way to practice spiritual awareness and enlightenment.
Shanti Mission therapist training have more than 60 participants currently studying for IYS (Ignite Your Spirit Energy Healing) and they also run healing clinics where you can experience an IYS healing for yourself.
Wear comfortable clothing. No singlet tops, revealing short shorts or skirts. (jeans are fine). Don't wear shoes inside. At the Ashram there are shoe racks inside to store shoes.
There are also meditation groups held in and around Sydney (Vaucluse and Henley) for something closer to home.