Byron Bay ‘Creating Happiness’ Yoga Retreat
”From the purification of one’s essence cheerfulness arises, and with it, one-pointed concentration, mastery of the senses, and the capacity for sustaining the vision of the True Self” - Yoga Sutras of Patanjali
“Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, the very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” –H.H. the Dalai Lama
Yoga Health Retreats offer the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. For anyone desiring to touch base with the self, explore new and inspiring ways to create a happier life and experience a healing week of yoga, gourmet vegetarian organic meals and fresh juices, spa and detox treatments, relaxation therapies and more, we guarantee you will leave with your spirit uplifted feeling invigorated and balanced.
When you enter into this retreat you will embark on a journey of feeling happier in mind and spirit. The retreat is designed to keep the body cleansed, with simple effective tools to create on going happiness in your life.
Tallows Beach Cottages are peaceful and serene, set in 30 acres of secluded bushland right next to beautiful Tallows Beach facing Byron Bay’s Lighthouse. Each cottage has 2 bedrooms with shared bathroom, open kitchen, dining and lounge room with large verandah. All are air conditioned, are light and airy with nice decor. A Single booking is 2 people per cottage. Twin share booking is 2 people in one bedroom, sharing with one other in other bedroom. (3 people sharing cottage) Double twin is 4 people sharing one cottage and bathroom.
If there is a group of 3 guests we can accommodate in a new cottage which offers individual bathrooms with each bedroom and guests share living area of the cottage.
Dates & Pricing
|Date||Duration||Single own en-suite||Single share bathroom||Twin Share|
|Jan 27-1 Feb, 2014||6 days/5 nights||N/A||N/A||N/A|
*All pricing in AUD. Pricing is quoted per person, subject to change without notice. Check availability to confirm prices
- Twin share or single accommodation in private cottages
- 4 x Conscious Living and meditation talks with Swami Pujan
- 5 Morning meditation and Pranayama
- 5 x Morning vinyasa yoga sessions
- 5 x Afternoon restorative practice sessions
- Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation
- Guided chakra clearing visualisations
- Kirtan with musicians
- 1hr complimentary massage
- Delicious organic vegetarian meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner
- Close to the centre of Byron Bay for great shopping, cafes, restaurants and affordable day spas afterwards
- All dietary requirements are catered for
- Orientation and closing session
- Optional Detox sessions, Colonic Hydrotherapy sessions, Aromatherapy treatments, Cleansing, Pampering treatments, Naturopathic consultations
- Optional Reiki Healing and Intuitive readings on request
Morning Yoga is taught in a Vinyasa flow style that encourages students to move with the breath creating strength and flexibility while focusing on alignment in the body. Afternoons are more restorative to balance the body from the days activities. Props are used to help open the body to relax at a deeper level. Yoga Nidra (guided deep relaxation) is integrated in the afternoons to completely rest the body and mind. The yoga retreat program is designed for all levels of experience with age, health and lifestyle fully considered.
Yoga Postures and breathing techniques that are taught on our retreats improve digestion, circulation and respiration.
Here are some of benefits:
- More body awareness and being grounded in your body.
- A deeper level of self awareness, that once experienced brings a sense of calm and clarity.
- Brings strength and flexibility to the joints and muscles.
- Relives depression, anxiety and lowers stress levels.
- Improves digestion, respiratory and circulation disorders.
- A renewed sense of well being and confidence.
A 30 minute guided Meditation and Pranayama session is taught every morning before yoga to help quieten the mind and relieve stress.
The Creating Happiness Yoga Retreat activities range from catching a breathtaking sunrise along Tallow Beach, surfing, cycling on the bike trails through the rain forest, tennis or simply relaxing and soaking up the serenity of the environment. CBD of Byron is only 10mins drive to shopping, cafes and galleries plus the local organic food market on Thursday mornings.
About the Yoga and other activities: Mornings are Vinyasa style yoga, guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, In the afternoons we focus on a more restorative practice including Yoga Nidra for deep relaxation. We provide plenty of individual attention and assistance during classes, particularly if you have any injuries or special needs.There is plenty of free time to relax or enjoy a range of healing and spa treatments, swimming, beach walks, bike rides, tennis or you choose your own leisure activity.
Retreat Food: Delicious, organic vegan meals in the Ayurveda Tradition of proper food preparation and combination as well as raw food dishes, fresh organic juices and herbal teas. A buffet style of interesting and tasty dishes which are a feast for the senses! If you are not used to eating vegetarian we can guarantee you won’t miss animal protein! The chef is out of this world!
Sue Hawkins DVD 1hr Yoga for Beginners to General levels. $35
CD Yoga Nidra 20min deep relaxation technique equivalent to 3hrs sleep. $25
Teachers & Facilitators
Sue Hawkins, is a Senior Qualified Yoga Instructor who has been practicing for over 26 years and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest level E-RYT500. Sue has studied Iyengar Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra Yoga, Therapy and Partner Yoga. She furthered her studies travelling to India to deepen her knowledge of yoga asanas, pranayama, Ayurveda and yoga philosophy. She is the founder and director of Byron Bay Yoga, now Yoga Health Retreats and has been running retreats for over 11 years. Sue has instructed on teacher trainings, run workshops and is passionate about providing holistic and invigorating retreat environments that offer healthy and invigorating programs that have long lasting effects which in turn create positive life changing experiences.
Christine Campeau is French Canadian. She grew up in Montreal and has been living and teaching in Australia since
1993. Health and holistic therapies have been a constant theme throughout her career, being a certified fitness instructor, and trained in LA to become the first “Spinning” instructor in Australia in 1994. She is a Massage and Reiki (Level 1, 2) therapist and has worked in the Corporate world offering stress management.
Her real passion is nurturing others. In 1997 after completing an intensive 2 year Iyengar study in Bondi and Sivandana teacher training in the Bahamas and has dedicated herself to Yoga teaching and massage. Christine is currently working at Gaia retreat and the Sanctuary and facilitates on retreats in Byron Bay. Christine has a clear and concise style but also lighthearted and joyful.
David English, Massage Therapist, “Sugata” is a very experienced massage therapist who has been practicing for over 20 years. His style is deeply nurturing, offering remedial and relaxation sessions using a highly intuitive method which is deeply relaxing and soothing from his many years of experience. He seems to intuitively know how to unblock and release built up tension in the body. Yoga Health Retreats provides a 1hr complimentary remedial massage session with Sugata and he is available for additional bookings during the retreat. Bookings in advance are recommended!
B. S. Rajneesh’s words to him: “I want you to become a declaration of bliss. Your very being has to pulsate with joy, because joy is prayer. Your very climate has to be that of celebration, because celebration is your worship.” -B. S. Rajneesh
After Sri Rajneesh’s death in 1990 he moved more and more into Theravada Buddhism and was teaching Vipassana Retreats in Australia and NZ. After a few years he was attracted by Soto Zen and and became a student of Roshi Hogen Daido Yamahato.
After many visits to India he experienced an intense Kundalini experience that culminated in to Sarvikalpha Samadhi that lasted for many weeks and a return into “normal” life was very difficult for him. In looking for an explanation of what was happening he looked into all the scriptures that he could find and finally he found what he was looking for in the teachings of Ramana Maharishi and even more strongly with Nisargardata Maharaj. This opened the way Swami Pujan to explore the whole Yogic path.
Judy Leane is a Senior qualified Pilates instructor and Sports Scientist. Judy has a vast depth of knowledge and and has trained many professional athletes in her own studio on the North Coast. She lectures anatomy at Tafe on the Gold Coast and gives advice on diet and exercise. Judy brings a light hearted approach to her teaching and has a wonderful way with her students. She has worked with Sue on many retreats in Byron Bay and Bali sharing her wonderful insights and knowlege.
|7.00 - 9.00 am||Meditation/Pranayama|
|9.00 - 10.00am||BREAKFAST||BREAKFAST||BREAKFAST||BREAKFAST||Closing Circle|
|10.00 - 11.30am||Conscious Living Talk|
with Swami Pujan
|Conscious Living Talk|
with Swami Pujan
|Conscious Living Talk|
with Swami Pujan
|Conscious Living Talk|
with Swami Pujan
|10.00 - 11.00 BRUNCH|
|2.00 - 4.30 pm||FREE TIME OR SELECTED ACTIVITY||FREE TIME||FREE TIME||FREE TIME|
|4.30 - 6.00 pm||Restorative Yoga||Restorative Yoga||Kirtan session||Restorative Yoga/Yoga Nidra|
|6.30 - 7.30 pm||DINNER||DINNER||DINNER||DINNER|
*Activities may vary slightly on some days. A detailed schedule will be sent to you before retreat begins.
Arrival & Departure
Arrive from 2.00pm onwards and settle into your accommodation, enjoy a refreshing swim in the ocean or just relax in a hammock on your veranda. We meet at 3.30pm for an informal introduction and yoga class. Check out time on the last day is 10am from your cabin. The retreat closes at 11.30am. Transport and direction details will be sent to you at time of registration. Transfers can be arranged to and from the retreat.
Directions & Transfers
Transport and direction details will be sent to you at time of registration.
Please book directly for these services.
Check out: www.goingplaces.org.au – a great local website listing all these shuttle services.
From Coolangatta to Byron Bay (40 minutes) OR Ballina to Byron Bay (30 minutes)
BBI: on (02) 6685 7447 or Mobile 0421 606 509
BYRON EASY BUS – www.byronbayshuttle.com.au
AIRLINK AIRBUS on: (02) 66843 232
NB. Check daylight saving time difference
From Brisbane to Byron Bay (approx. 2 hours). NB. Check daylight saving time difference
BBI (02) 6685 7447 or Mobile 0421 606 509 (airport and city pickup)
Kirkland’s Coaches (02) 6622 1499 (pick up Brisbane City only)
Payment & Details
National Australia Bank (NAB)
33 Jonson Street, Byron Bay, NSW 2481
BSB 082 489
Swift Code: NATAAU3302S
3% surcharge applicable
Visa and MasterCard only
2% surcharge applicable
Terms & Conditions
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to reserve your booking. The full balance is due one month prior to the retreat, otherwise your booking may be cancelled. Requests for changing retreat dates are at the discretion of Yoga Health Retreats and incur a fee of $100.
We provide a nurturing and safe environment and our program is thoughtfully planned, but no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat. Medical history forms are to be completed before each retreat, however we also advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions. Modifications are given to students with special needs.