yoga retreat sydney are increasing in popularity and provide a relaxing break from daily life. They are a great way to recharge and connect with nature.
Retreats set amidst Australia’s awe-inspiring landscapes combine rejuvenating yoga and wellness practices with natural beauty. Some also curate experiences beyond yoga sessions.
The first step is to clarify your goals. This will help you select the right group accommodation.
1. Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat
Designed to help you realign, recharge and restore, Gwinganna is a secluded gem. The retreat is a low-tech oasis set on 200 hectares of high-altitude bushland with breathtaking views over the Tallebudgera Valley in Queensland, Australia. There’s no television in the rooms or mobile phone signal, and a strict ‘switch off’ mantra encourages guests to fully immerse themselves in the experience.
The personalised wellness programs and packages last anywhere from two to seven days. A typical day starts with sunrise Qi Gong (a holistic system of coordinated body posture and movement, breathing and meditation – not dissimilar to Tai Chi), followed by super-healthy shared meals, group activities and key wellness seminars.
The menu is designed in conjunction with a nutritionist and includes ingredients that improve digestion, reduce inflammation and improve gut bacteria. You’ll also be encouraged to learn how to manage lifestyle stress – the ‘hurry sickness’ that causes so many health problems. Leaving the technology behind will help you to evaluate your own routines and identify any that aren’t helping you to feel healthy, energetic or calm.
2. The Treetops
The Treetops offers a wide variety of yoga focussed retreats, not far from Sydney CBD. They are suitable for all levels and offer a wonderful way to recharge the mind and body, as well as improve mindfulness.
Whether you are a beginner who is looking to calm an anxious mind or are wishing to embark on further training, you will learn new skills and strategies at these retreats. These can be transferred into everyday life to help you manage stress and feel more balanced.
If you are a couple, you can experience some incredible romance at the 3-Day Couples “Pathways to Love” Therapy Retreat. This retreat includes daily meditation and mindfulness sessions, yin yoga, and spa treatments. It’s the perfect way to reconnect with your partner and create a healthy and happy relationship. The retreat also provides a wealth of opportunities to explore the beautiful natural surroundings, including waterfall hikes and gorgeous beaches. During these excursions, you will build strength, endurance, and confidence in the practice of yoga.
Located in Maraylya, just under an hour from Sydney, Billabong Retreat is an eco-certified bush haven where honking car horns are replaced by the hum of cicadas and rigid brick buildings by towering eucalypts. It’s the perfect place to discover inner wellness and reconnect with nature.
The property is anchored by an ethereal natural billabong and dotted with charming treehouse and deluxe cabins overlooking the waterhole. The retreat offers a variety of programs including the three-night Yoga Essentials Retreat.
Whether you’re a business exec looking for a digital detox or a stay-at-home parent wanting to learn more about mindfulness and self-care, Billabong has something for everyone. The all-inclusive program includes accommodation, organic vegetarian meals and two to four daily yoga classes.
4. Blue Mountains
For a retreat that gets back to basics, look no further than the pristine mountaintop grounds of Hopewood. Whether you’re feeling a bit naughty and need to detox or are simply in need of some rejuvenation, the center’s huge range of packages will have something for you.
The program here includes everything from a simple three-night stay to a more intensive 19-night retreat, and is led by certified wellness specialists. The retreat also has a plethora of activities, from walking the meditative labyrinth to exploring the grounds on foot with an onsite fitness expert.
Stay in one of the retreat’s luxe heritage rooms, where king-size beds and two-person Philippe Starck tubs are just some of the highlights. You’ll feel fully rejuvenated by the time you check out. Guests at Brightlands can enjoy the soft morning breeze, bird song and lush gardens from their room and are treated to healthy meals prepared by an onsite chef.