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

Why Travel?

Jonah Lehrer wrote in an article for The Observer (2010),

“It has long been said that travel ‘broadens the mind’. Now new evidence proves that jumping on a plane will not only make you smarter, but more open-minded and creative.
Several new science papers suggest that getting away – and it doesn’t even matter where you’re going – is an essential habit of effective thinking. It’s not about a holiday, or relaxation, or sitting crossed legged in an ashram in India: it’s about the process itself, putting some space between home and wherever you happen to spend the night. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next, to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again — to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more. The beauty of this whole process was best described, perhaps, before people even took to frequent flying, by George Santayana in his essay, ‘The Philosophy of Travel.’ We ‘need sometimes,’ the Harvard philosopher wrote, ‘to escape into open solitudes, into aimlessness, into the moral holiday of running some pure hazard, in order to sharpen the edge of life, to taste hardship, and to be compelled to work desperately for a moment at no matter what.'”

Here are some other great reasons to travel:

1. Travel gives us a sense of accomplishment: exposure to different languages and culture. Moving out of our comfort zone can be frightening but also invigorating. We are flexing our inner strength and sense of self.

2. We learn more about ourselves – we may open our palate to new tastes and our mind to new experiences. We may find that what we like and dislike has changed as we experience new activities and people. In learning more about ourselves we also open ourselves better understand others.

3. We become more interesting – as we travel, we learn more about new places and people of the world and have great stories to share with others.

4. Travel gives us perspective – we can easily become consumed in our own small world; our friends and families, our triumphs and challenges. When we travel, we open to something much larger and may realise that we often worry about the small stuff and may find more gratefulness for what we do have and have taken for granted.

As George Santayana wrote in his essay, The Philosophy of Travel, “There is wisdom in turning as often as possible from the familiar to the unfamiliar; it keeps the mind nimble; it kills prejudice, and it fosters humor. Romantic poets inaugurated an era of travel because they were the great apostles of open eyes. Buddhist monks are often vagabonds, in part because they believe in wakefulness. And if travel is like love, it is, in the end, mostly because it’s a heightened state of awareness, in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity and ready to be transformed. That is why the best trips, like the best love affairs, never really end”. 

I am leading a small group to North India in October 2013. If you are interested in travelling or finding out more about the tour contact Zoe at Peregrine Travel .

Zoe Rees – Private Groups and Charity Groups Consultant
Peregrine & Gecko’s AdventuresLevel 4/380 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC, 3000
t.1300 854 439  |  f. +61 3 8601 4300


Jonah Lehrer in an article for The Observer (2010)

Pico Iyer, Why We Travel (http://www.cmi-gear.com/tim/travels/chapter12-travel.as

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