Why go on Retreat?

Retreat comes from the Latin verb “to pull back.”

So a retreat is a place where you pull back from the world.

Here are 10 reasons why retreats are important. They help you…

1. Pull Back

You withdraw from your regular life, pulling in all the energy that’s otherwise fanned out and thinned out in multiple directions.

You gather your forces to focus them on something you love.

From this place, you get a new perspective, you regroup and re-energize. You find inspiration.

Then you put inspiration into action. You bring that thing you love to fruition.

2. Become Spacious

You step out of your structured scheduled day-to-day and step into space and time.

Time on retreat is different, fluid. There’s no need to rush!

You find a space where you can give yourself time to connect with flow, genius and inspiration.

3. Get Inspired

Inspiration, translates as “to breathe into.”

So, you breathe life into your life.

Inspiration is a frame of mind that can come from a change of landscape and outlook.

We’re all creative. Creativity and inspiration happen when you take the time away from your day job to remember your day dream.

4. Listen

When you’re on a yoga retreat, you get to listen.

Why? Because there’s no kids, TV, co-workers. Time away from mobile devices is encouraged.

What do you hear? The sound of birds, the wind and life around you and maybe, just maybe, an inner calling and the quiet inside your heart.

5. Detox

Everyone needs to unplug, unload, clean out and empty their mental desktop.

You will leave a retreat lightened, clearer, recharged, refreshed, and more present.

This new perspective can guide you to make changes in your life that you know you need to make.

6. Lose the Fear

Retreat is a safe space, literally and figuratively.

An opportunity to really let go.

7. Remember Who You Are

Society wants you to be the mother, father, sister, wife, husband, friend, lover.

On retreat you can drop all the roles.

You can just be the exquisite and unique expression of life that you are!

8. Find Your People

It feels wonderful to be with people who get you. Sometimes your friends and family don’t really understand your love of yoga.

On retreat you have an opportunity to dive deep into your practice and to share this experience with like-minded people.

9. Help Others

When you take some space/time, those around you (your partner, children, co-workers) gets space/time too.

This brings appreciation.

They realise what it’s like when you’re not around, to work, clean, cook and love them.

Without you taking up your usual spot, people shift positions to fill that space.

Life takes on a new shape.

Life may be different when you return and you are free to take up a new space in it. This is growth.

People may see a new you, and they see that they’re new, too.

People are motivated to make more positive change.

10. Establish a Routine/Practice

Establishing a new routine, practice or mindset is easier to get started on retreat. These changes may then naturally flow into your life

Retreats are important because people leave retreats rested, happier and clearer.

Who doesn’t want some of that?

Inspired by this blog post…https://www.theodysseyonline.com/11-reasons-need-retreat

Yoga in paradise

Well it’s taken a few weeks to get back into the swing of things in Melbourne having recently returned from an amazing week long retreat in Fiji. I had not been to Daku resort before, however the place came highly recommended from two different sources; I was not disappointed.

Daku is the perfeP1050289ct place to unwind. The climate is warm, the people friendly and the atmosphere very relaxed. At Daku you are not just a guest but part of their family; we all came together not just in yoga but to share fresh delicious meals too.

The views from the yoga shala are spectacular. To practice in an open air platform with swaying palm trees, the ocean, sky and mountains is breathtaking.


The relaxed and quiet pace of Daku was just perfect for my style of yoga. Learning to slow down, to listen (to the breath, the ocean) and enjoy the simple things of life, what a gift. 

Here is a short clip from the yoga platform. Yoga in paradise

I cannot wait to return in August 2015.  Numbers are limited, so if you are interested in coming let me know.

Peninsula retreat – the afterglow

I would like to thank the eight wonderful woman who attended my recent Peninsula Yoga and Wellness retreat. We stayed in a wonderful house overlooking the bay, just minutes walk to the front beach. The weather was mild and the pace for the weekend, low key and relaxed.

We began each morning with pranayama and sun salutations then concluded the sessions with works of inspiration that conveyed feelings of gratitude and awareness.

There was a guided antar mouna (Inner Silence) meditation on the beach which was truly divine. A gentle rain fell on our upturned faces as we opened our hearts and minds to whatever the day would bring, in Prana Mudra.  Our OM chanting caused a passing dog to stop and look, though he/she kept a respectful distance from our group.


Our afternoon sessions explored kriya practices and sound, with a session on hip openers and restorative postures.


We enjoyed home cooked leftovers (from the previous evening meal) for lunch and most enjoyed a lazy afternoon nap before heading to the Peninsula Hot Springs for an evening meal and private bathing.

On the last morning we went back to the hot springs for a traditional turkish bath in the Hamam. What an amazing experience! We OM’d, exfoliated, massaged and generally nurtured each other. I highly recommend the experience – it was bliss.

To be away from our usual routine and daily demands can help to create a shift in priorities and allow us to enter back into our lives with a new sense of ourselves and who we want to be. Time away –  just for ourselves is so important or we become depleted and sometimes resentful. A retreat helps us to fill ourselves up so that when we give, we give from our overflow. See if you can think of other things that fill you up (time in the garden, a walk in nature, time at the beach) and bring a little more into your life. Remember giving to yourself, benefits all those around you.

Some testimonials from the weekend :

I just wanted to say thank you so much for hosting a lovely weekend. You are right, not often enough do we give ourselves permission to take time out and re-connect. Because of the retreat last weekend I realised how important this is and hope to be able to learn from this and do it more often! I had a wonderful time and came ‘back to reality’ feeling much more centred, calm and re-energised. I hope to be able to go on another one of your retreats in the future!     ~ Sarah

Took me a while to get back into the swing of reality! I had such a beautiful weekend, thank you again for your time, love and peaceful energy.
I absolutely loved our sitting on the beach. I also loved how we focussed on one mantra too which we were able to take away with us.  ~ Marie-Claire
Thanks so much Gaye, for the beautiful retreats you create. You seem so at ease in what could be a stressful position and I wonder how you do it. Maybe it’s part of your practice. Whatever, it works really well with you at the helm. You create a beautiful space for us to come to and be in and share in. You’re an exceptionally beautiful person to be around. That’s why it works so well.   ~ Kristen

Peninsula Yoga and Wellness retreat

You are warmly invited to attend a weekend yoga and wellness retreat in October on the Mornington Peninsula.I have booked a beautiful house in Rye which has wonderful oceans views, just a few minutes walk from the beach.The weekend will include yoga sessions, beach walks, time at the Peninsula Hot Springs thermal pools, accommodation and meals (excluding Saturday lunch).

Retreat Dates :

Fri Oct 21 – Sun Oct 23rd 2011

The accommodation is shared and as follows :

Room 1 – Double bed / Single bed

Room 2 – 2 x bunks (4 beds)

Room 3 – 2 x sofa beds

If you have a preference for a room or bed when booking please let me know.

I have also arranged a fun workshop in the Hamam (Turkish steam bath) at the Hot Springs for Sunday morning @ 10am (see the link below for details). This is optional. 

Hamam Workshop at Hot Springs 

Cost : $310 p/p (or $390 if you take up the Hamam workshop and unlimited public bathing on Sunday). 

A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking with balance due by 7th October. 

Places are limited to 8-10 guests, so book early to avoid disappointment.


“Rye Ocean Views” Accommodation

Peninsula Hot Springs Thermal Pools 

Silence is golden

At a time when life just seems to be getting busier and busier, it may be worth considering stepping out of the madness for a few days and entering into a place of quiet. I have decided that this December I am going to enjoy a 3 day silent retreat. The space will be created and held by Prem from Sacred Earth. I have been fortunate, having spent time with Prem before in devotional singing and it is a wonderful, uplifting experience. She is a beautiful soul with a magnificent voice and a generous heart.

More info : Sacred_Earth_Retreats_-_Music_For_Inner_Peace.html




Sanctuary Retreat – Mission Beach Qld – July 2012

I will be hosting a 7 day yoga retreat at Sanctuary retreat Mission Beach, Queensland from  8 – 14th July 2012.

Sanctuary Retreat Mission Beach, Far North Queensland

This will be a wonderful opportunity to deepen your yoga practice while nurturing and nourishing all that you are and can be.  The sanctuary is truly beautiful, set amidst tropical rainforest, secluded beaches and overlooks the Coral sea.

May you meet yourself along the way: welcome that which sits well and accurately reflects who  you are, change that which no longer serves you and open yourself to a deeper connection with the essence of who you are right now.

For more details, look under Yoga Retreat page (above).

Hepburn Springs Yoga Retreat March 2011

Dear friends,

You are warmly invited to attend a yoga retreat at the beautiful Shizuka Ryokan, a traditional japanese inn set amid tranquil bushland in Hepburn Springs. Shizuka offers a very personal level of service and represents quite a unique experience in Australia. The retreat offers traditional accommodation, delicious cuisine and luxurious spa treatments, together with extensive yoga tuition.

This retreat will run from Friday 25th March to Sunday 27th March 2011. The following is a short plan for the weekend.

Friday 25th March

2:00pm Arrive
3:00 − 4:30pm Welcome circle. Gentle yoga practice
6:30pm Izakaya evening featuring traditional Japanese style tapas
8:00 – 9:00pm Chanting and Yoga Nidra

Saturday 26th March

7:00am Wake up bell
7:30 − 8:30am Chanting, gentle yoga asana and meditation
9:00am Breakfast
11:30 − 12:30pm Pranayama

3:00 −5:00pm Group sharing of writings, poems, etc of Inspiration
Doubles yoga, including gentle thai yoga massage
6:30pm 4 course japanese banquet dinner

8:00 − 9:00pm Chanting and Yoga Nidra

Sunday 27th March

7:00am Wake up bell
7:30 − 8:30am Chanting, gentle yoga asana and meditation
9:00am Breakfast
11:00am CHECKOUT

As this is a small property, we will have exclusive use of the facilities. I have attached a link which contains comprehensive details of the retreat for you to browse.


There is plenty of time for spa treatments (which must be booked in advance, up to 5pm on Sunday), or simply to relax and enjoy the peace and beauty around you.

The cost for the weekend is $610 per person, twin share or the special early bird cost of $570 if paid in full by 14th January 2011.

Cost includes :
Extensive yoga tuition.
Two nights accommodation for 12 guests in six traditional japanese style guestrooms, each complete with a private japanese courtyard garden and an ensuite with a double-sized spa. Rooms will be set up as twin occupancy.
Individual guest choice of traditional japanese or full western cooked breakfasts.
Tapas style Izakaya dinner on Friday evening.
A superb four-course japanese banquet dinner on Saturday evening.

To register for this retreat please email or phone Gabrielle (see contact details below). To secure your place, a deposit of $100 is required. Full payment is required by 4th March 2011.

Refund Policy:
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is required to secure your place. If there is a cancellation before 25th February 2011 the full amount MINUS the non-refundable deposit of $100 will be refunded. For any cancellations after 25th February 2011, there will be no refund unless your place can be filled and/or except in extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the Yoga Retreat Organisers. If the retreat is cancelled by the organisers, then your full payment including your full deposit will be refunded.

For bookings and more information, please contact:

Gabrielle Boswell on 0413 939 530 or email anahearta@gmail.com

Like sugar stirred into tea, the potency of yoga spreads from body into mind and heart, revealing an ocean of energy that heals and opens, holds me close and sets me free all in the same moment.

Danna Faulds