The Studio Yarra Valley and its breathtaking environs may be only an hour long drive from Melbourne's bustle, but they are surely as pristine, restful, beautiful and inspiring as the mythical Shangri-La. The hosts - Ann and Ted - are awesome too. So, the difference is persuasive - The Studio is real, tangible and reachable while the Himalayan/Hindukush retreat, alas, is merely an intriguing poetic vision.
We'll endeavour to return. Matthew C. & Irena G. of Melbourne, 17-18 Nov. 2020