ReTreat Yourself!… Yoga Retreats 2014

Are you ready to retreat from the hustle and bustle? Escaping for a yoga retreat is the perfect way to find yourself, or lose yourself!  Immersing in all things health, relaxation, flexibility and general wellbeing is something I highly recommend. It holds untold benefits for the wellness of your brain, your body and the nourishment of your soul.

Here are a few yoga retreats coming up that are hosted by Western Australian instructors, with the retreats held both locally and overseas.

There’s a few notable benefits in road-testing the services of a local instructor before you head off on your retreat. Firstly, you get to ‘try before you buy‘. Your preferred choice in instructor can be a deeply personal thing. When you find the right fit, your practice will benefit immensely from a week or two of complete immersion in a beautiful location.

Secondly, you may get to meet the other participants, prior to embarking on your trip. While you will make friends quickly the minute you step on retreat, it might also be nice to make a connection before you travel, particularly if you have a fear of travelling solo.

Here’s some handpicked retreats for your consideration.

The Yoga Vine’s Morrocco Retreat

Kate & Donna of The Yoga Vine will guide yogi’s on a week of powerful Vinyasa-inspired Yoga in Morocco. Retreat price includes daily yoga, accommodation, breakfast, dinner, day trip to Agafay Desert, camel ride, moroccan cooking class and airport pickups with chauffeur.

Nurtured by their own committed Yoga practices over many years, the teaching style is described as “light hearted yet powerful”. Whether you are a beginner to Yoga or an advanced practitioner, Kate & Donna are committed to supporting you to deepen your practice… “be prepared to laugh, play, be challenged, and deeply rewarded”.

Where: Marrakech (Morocco)
When:  31 May – 6 June 2014
Why: You will not only have time to explore and deepen your yoga practice with 2 experienced yoga instructors, teaching all levels, but you will also step back in time and explore mysterious Morocco. Meals, accommodation, yoga and transfers included plus a special cooking class and amazing camel ride in desert with lunch included. Staying at the luxurious spa retreat the Kasbah Al Mendili at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, approximately 30 mins from the bustling centre of Marrakech.

Try before you buy: The Yoga Vine, 140 William Street (mezzanine level opposite the Aviary Bar) Perth. $10 casual classes.
Cost:  On enquiry
Contact Details:  More information available on Yoga Vine’s Retreat, or email info@theyogavine.com.au

Turning Darkness into Light – A Winter Solstice Weekend Retreat

Lara Dwyer from Sukha Yoga is planning a retreat in beautiful Margaret River, aimed to “stoke the internal fire to keep it burning bright as we head into the colder months of the year“. The weekend includes Vinyasa Yoga to stoke the internal fire and Meditation Practice & Restorative Yoga to nurture energy levels for the colder months ahead. The weekend also includes a warming massage from local massage therapists, a talk on replenishing energy for winter with super foods (by well renowned Perth Naturopath Sarah Durack) and delicious locally sourced, sustainable and mostly organic meals catered by Guilt Free Foodie.

Where: Honeyeater Ridge Retreat, Margaret River. A peaceful rural property situated on 7 acres of natural bushland with extensive gardens to appreciate, with a Yoga Studio which overlooks the tranquil surrounds.
When: 20 – 22 June 2014
Why: Because a weekend of massage, delicious healthy and locally sourced foods, warming superfood smoothies and reinvigorating Yoga practice is a wonderful way to welcome the cooler, quieter months. All of these modalities emphasise the importance of self care to replenish energy for Winter.
Try before you buy: North Perth, South Perth or Ardross locations listed here.
Cost: $495 pp {Retreat open for registration soon}
Contact: 0408 290 987 or lara@sukhayogaaustralia.com.au

Nepal Yoga Trek with Amanda Noga of Yoga Alchemy

Join Amanda Noga for a journey of self-discovery, supporting education in Nepal. The Great Yoga Adventure will have you in a variety of stunning locations from Buddhist Stupas to remote rural villages, with the beautiful backdrop of the majestic Himalayan Mountains. The yoga adventure starts in the ancient city of Kathmandu, then to the lakeside town of Pokhara (the starting point for a 5 night trek in the stunning Annapurna mountains). You will travel far off the beaten tourist track, to beautiful foothills at the First Steps Himalaya Project Villages, before spending 2 nights at an adventure resort close to the Tibet border.

Where: Anna Puna Mountain Trek, starting in Kathmandu, finishing in Pokhara, Nepal.
When: 26th October-15th November 2014
Why: a unique opportunity to combine your love of yoga, travel and service with an experienced charity organisation.
Cost:  On enquiry
Try before you buy:  Yoga Alchemy, Northbridge
Contact Details:  Amanda on 0422129 943 or info@yogaalchemy.com.au

Bliss out in Bali with Tamara

The ‘Bliss-Out In Bali Retreat‘ offers the wonderful possibility for you to take time out from all the urgent demands on your time, and devote yourself to yoga, rest, enjoyment and the chance to study yoga with Tamara in Ubud. Tamara Graham will be leading the retreat. “Tamara is a truly inspirational teacher and her classes are dynamically uplifting experiences“. Treat yourself to The Bliss out in Bali with Tamara Retreat. Set in a tranquil place where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the loveliness of the Balinese culture whilst soaking up the benefits of sustained yoga practice.

Where:  Ananda Cottages, Ubud
When: 21-27 July 2014
Why: A unique opportunity to experience yoga adventures in idyllic surroundings with wonderful people, and the chance to study yoga with Tamara.
Try before you buy:  Claremont and Bibra Lake (over 40 classes a week so plenty of opportunity to try)
Cost:  On enquiry
Contact Details:  Tamara Yoga Website, email info@tamarayoga.com or phone 08 9385 2242

2014 Margaret River Yoga & Walking Retreat

Escape to Margaret River for a few days of yoga and two half-day walks along the stunning Cape to Cape coastal track.  Your retreat will include luxury accommodation, beautiful food and wine, yoga to start and end your day and two long walks to soak up the stunning scenery.
Where: Margaret River
When: 24 – 27 April 2014
Try before you buy: The Yoga Practice in the Perth Hills
Cost: starts at $440 pp (varies according to accommodation options)
Contact:  Please contact Josephine on 0478 559 413 or josephine@theyogapractice.net.au

Do you offer retreats?  Yoga, pilates, wellness, nutrition, mindfulness, organic gardening, community, or needs-focused retreats?  We don’t really care what they are, as long as they are great opportunities for our readers to get away from the hustle and bustle and focus on some personal development or total immersion!  Tell us what is happening in your world and make it onto our regular retreat focused posts.

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