Australia Travel: Weekend Yoga Retreats to Soothe the Soul
Gaia Retreat and Spa
Billabong Retreat, Maraylya
Billabong Retreat, Maraylya
Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
When life gets the better of you, there are few things more satisfying than finding yourself curled in a child’s pose after a deliciously comforting class of yoga. When it comes to retreats, take that level of calm and multiply it tenfold to imagine just how fabulous you’ll feel at the other end of a yogic retreat. These soothing escapes across New South Wales range from the more basic to the downright lavish, and there is undoubtedly a place for you to find your inner zen amongst our calming compilation below.
Well-versed in the art of the yoga retreat, Radiance Retreats facilitate retreats across the globe - New Zealand, Bali and Italy, but their Byron Bay escapes are always hugely popular. Held in the Sangsurya Retreat, 3 kilometres from the beaches of Byron Bay, this idyllic location is the perfect place to decompress and reset with five invigorating days of yoga and wholesome eating. Also, included in the retreat is a massage or Reiki healing, cooking demonstration, guided beach and nature walks, meditation and chanting sessions.
95 Old Bangalow Road, Byron Bay
Just 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD in the Hawkesbury, Billabong Retreat works to create a place where you can reconnect to nature and find peace of mind amid picturesque bushland. A range of retreats are available with all food and accommodation included in the price. Locally sourced, seasonal, organic meals are a huge bonus, and with yoga classes available for people of any level everything has been looked after so that you can truly disconnect and recharge. Billabong also offers Meditation, Mindfulness, Wellness and Self Care.
41 McClymonts Road, Maraylya
If you’re looking for a relaxing weekend away from the city’s chaotic buzz, then an escape to Daylesford’s spa country seems perfectly fitting. Samadhi Retreat Daylesford is an Oriental-style retreat offering heavenly spa treatments and rejuvenating holistic therapies. Friendly alpacas roam the magnificent grounds, whilst ancient Chinese statues ensure complete serenity. Yoga sessions run daily, so you can combine spa indulgence with body and mind balance, for a blissfully healing and health-affirming weekend getaway.
A non-profit, volunteer-based project based on the Illawarra coastline, The Govinda Valley operates as a place of retreat; aiming to provide a clean, safe a nurturing space for all events. The yoga retreats held at Govinda Valley are just one of many retreat options for those looking for a break from urban life. There are three and five-day options available throughout the year, the prices vary depending on accommodation and teacher training. With an array of activities nearby, you won’t be left wanting something to occupy any spare moments.
51 Lady Carrington Road, Otford
This retreat is held amongst the stunning scenery of the Hawkesbury River, where the 21 guests of the intimate retreat are encouraged to unwind and immerse themselves in various yoga practices, relaxation classes, meditation and workshops over two nights. All meals are included and are centred on home-grown vegetables and locally sourced produce. Be sure to book in early as these retreats only come around a couple of times each year.
1741 St Albans Road, St Albans
With crashing surf swells and buzzing nightlife, Byron is a hotbed of buzzing activity. But amid the bustling eateries and swarms of surfers, the breathtaking vistas provide pure tranquility. Sitting at the top of the highest point in the Ballina Shire, The Samira Yoga Lookout at Gaia Retreat and Spa Byron Bay scores top points for yoga with spectacular views. Soak up the stunning scenery (that stretches from the Pacific Ocean to the Nightcap Range) while you perfect your tree pose with your personal yoga instructor. Be sure to work in an early morning session to catch at least one breathtaking sunrise.
933 Fernleigh Road, Byron Bay
Hugh Jackman’s personal wellness abode, Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat is the epitome of luxury spa cool. Now co-owned by Hugh himself (if you’re lucky you might spot him lounging by the pool), this sumptuous Gold Coast hideaway is tucked away in a verdant valley overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Surrounded by a carpet of lush greenery, the surrounding bushland is as tranquil as it is beautiful, and provides a gorgeous backdrop for hikes and outdoor yoga. Start your morning practicing the ancient art of Qi Gong – a restorative moving meditation – whilst watching the majestic sun rise over the ocean, followed by yin and yang yoga and a refreshing dip in the pool. There are various wellness packages to choose from which include yoga and meditation, fitness and curated nutrition programs.
192 Syndicate Rd, Tallebudgera Valley Queensland
Just 50 minutes from the city, Swami's Yoga Retreat is positioned on an impressive 60 acres of tranquil bushland. Yoga, Qi gong and meditation classes are inspired by Yoga expert Swami Saravati. Massage, weight loss and stress management sessions are available upon request. Just book ahead to be sure you don’t miss out, as places are strictly limited. With access to all of the retreat’s facilities including a pool, spa, sauna, gym and tennis/basketball court, you’ll be spoilt for choice during downtime.
183-185 Pitt Town Road, Kenthurst
While it may feel as if it is hundreds of miles away, Happy Buddha Retreats in the Blue Mountains is only 90 minutes from Sydney CBD. Located in the stunning suburb of Wentworth Falls, the nearby Blue Mountain National Park is perfect for high or low-intensity hikes while taking in breathtaking mountain scenery. All meals are included in the two-night retreat, as well as two guided meditation sessions and five yoga classes – Dynamic, Gentle and Yin Yoga.
50 Railway Parade, Wentworth Falls
This retreat on the beautiful South Coast is the best option for those who are wanting to focus on health, wellbeing, fitness and adventure. With retreats in Bali and the Maldives, IN2URLIFE are experts in balancing group interaction with personalised attention. Over three nights and two days, you will enjoy all-inclusive meals, yoga, group training, massage, wellness workshops, health and life coaching with a side of outdoor, adventure activities; think hiking and stand-up paddleboarding.