About the Venue
Theosophical Education and Retreat Centre, 2184 Springbrook Road, Springbrook, Queensland 4213 (Phone 07 5533 5211).
The Springbrook plateau is on the northern lip of the caldera of the (extinct) Mt. Warning shield volcano. The plateau rises to a maximum height of over 900 metres, and its edge marks part of the Queensland / NSW bordder.
Accommodation: Four modern brick accommodation blocks each contain 6 single rooms. Rooms are equipped with:
- bed, pillow, doona, blanket and electric blanket
- small basin with hot and cold water
- small collapsible table with chair
- clothes hanging rail, small set of drawers and a wooden bench for luggage etc.
Each accommodation block has showers with gas hot water and toilets. Shower floor mats are replaced every three days. Hand soap and hand towels are supplied in the toilets. There is a laundry with hand tubs, one twin tub washing machine, washing power, a clothesline and an electric dryer.
Seated meditation will take place in the centre's main hall, and meals will be served in a separate dining hall.
Retreat Centre Rules: The Theosophical Education and Retreat Centre only permits vegetarian food. No consumption of alcohol or non-prescribed drugs is allowed. The Centre is a smoke-free area. No pets or animals are allowed. During our stay it will be our shared responsibility to keep rooms, toilets, showers, hall and kitchens clean and tidy. Observation of these rules is a condition of our stay there.
Air travel and pulic transport
For anyone flying in it is recommended to fly into Brisbane Airport rather than Coolangatta. The AirTrain service can be caught there and you can travel to Robina on the train (with a change at Central Station). Staff at the airport can advise you where to board the train service etc.
By prior arrangement we can do a pickup in the afternoon from Robina train station. We cannot guarantee any lifts from Brisbane / Coolangatta airports so the proceedure above is recommended for all air travellers.
You can also get the taxi from Robina to Springbrook which is about 25km away.
Coolangatta Airport is about 45 km from Springbrook. You will need to taxi or arrange alternative transport from there.
If you can offer a lift or would like a lift please let us know on your application form. We will pass on the contact details of those offering lifts to those needing lifts and they can co-ordinate the timing and pick-up locations between each other. As above Open Way Zen can only guarantee transport from Robina.
Please allow for the fact that the road between Mudgeeraba and Springbrook (Exit 79 / Route 99) may still be closed for repair – this means you will have to travel via Nerang on Route 97 (Exit 69 / Nerang-Murwillumbah Road), turning left onto Pine Creek Rd and right onto Springbrook Rd once up the hill.
There is a google interactive map below showing this route (you can zoom in and pan around for more detail):