The Heart of Yoga – Byron Bay Luxury Retreat

7 DAY BYRON BAY YOGA RETREAT

21-27 January 2022

Retreat for a week into the Heart of yoga – 7 days, 6 nights blissfully immersed in a luxury Yoga Retreat at SOMA in Byron Bay.

Enjoy 2 x daily Yoga Practices and Workshops in the stunning Geo-Dome surrounded by lush Bamboo forests.

Improve your technique, deepen your yoga practice and learn more about Svādhyāya, yoga philosophy & self enquiry.

Eat fresh, organic vegetarian cuisine that will nourish your mind, body and soul and leave you feeling healthy, clearer in your mind and inspired.

For Yoga Teachers 30 hrs continuing education credits will be available.

INCLUSIONS

  • 7 days / 6 nights Luxury King Accommodation in a premium luxury king room with ensuite at SOMA, Byron Bay
  • 2 x hour daily yoga practices – in the spectacular GeoDome nestled in a tranquil bamboo & lychee forest
  • 4 x Yoga Workshops to explore and embody yoga through a variety of yogic practices, asana technique & philosophy
  • Shared & Private – King bedrooms w/ ensuite and rainforest shower, A/C, featuring sweeping views of the Byron Hinterland
  • 100% linen bedspreads and organic bath products
  • Farm to Table: All Meals provided (3 x meals daily) and snacks made from fresh, organic vegetarian cuisine
  • A Special Sound Healing Workshop: Sound Shower in the GeoDome
  • Gift on Arrival
  • Experience Kirtan with guest teacher and learn more about the myths behind the asanas
  • Full access to the freshwater infinity pool & to stroll through 22 lush acres of bamboo forest
  • Complimentary wifi & Yoga Props available for use
  • Evening outdoor fire pit

NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare / Transportation
  • Massages on request (treatment rooms on site) *available for an additional fee

Who is this Retreat for?

This retreat is perfect for a yoga students who want to deepen their practice and to learn more about yoga – in a relaxed and inclusive environment.

Can I bring a friend / partner who is new to Yoga?

YES of course!

All asana practices can be modified to suit all levels, however a minimum of 4-6 months asana practice is highly recommended. And a general level of fitness is required.

Yoga Teachers – can I get continuing education credits?

YES for Yoga Teachers 30 hours of (contact) continuing education credits will be available. A certificate of completion will be issued to you upon request, provided you attend all sessions.

What kind of Yoga is on offer?

Daily morning practices include 2 hour Vinyasa guided asana sessions (flowing dynamic movement with breath). Other forms of yoga may also be offered (slow flow, yin, meditation, breath work, chanting, discussions about yoga philosophy).

Modifications will be offered as well as options to up-level your practice (i.e., arm balances and inversions).

All asana practices can be modified to suit all levels, however a minimum of 4-6 months asana practice is highly recommended. A general level of fitness is required.

Do I have to attend every Yoga session?

All sessions offered are optional.

You’ll probably want to try and come to everything anyways – but I completely get that you’re also on vacation. This isn’t yoga boot-camp 🙂 One day you may decide you want to enjoy a sleep in or indulge in a long afternoon nap – that’s completely fine – there’s no pressure to attend every session.

If you are a yoga teacher and want the 30 hours – continuing education credits you will need to attend all sessions.

Will I be sharing a bed in the shared accommodation?

There is 1 x King sized bed per room…. so if you’re sharing a room you’ll be sharing the same bed too. If you do not have someone to share with – you may email me separately and depending on availability we may be able to offer you a private room.

What if I live nearby in Byron? Are there non-residential options?

Yes, there are limited non-residential options available for locals who live in Byron Bay and want to join this Retreat. Please contact me directly for any queries.

 

Arrival Day (21 January 2022) – Check in between 2-3:30pm

4pm – Welcome refreshments & snacks – mix and mingle with other retreat guests.

Relaxed Flow (75 min) Yoga Practice – to stretch out and relax into vacation / retreat mode

Enjoy a delicious wholesome home-cooked vegetarian dinner as a group

Free Time – sit by the outdoor fire pit or enjoy a cuppa tea and watch the sunset

EXAMPLE DAILY SCHEDULE (22 – 26 January)

Early bird brekkie ~ healthy morning lemon & tumeric tonic, fruit & light snacks available

Morning Yoga Practice  (2 hours) – Vinyasa yoga which may include meditation and breath work (pranayama) with postures to nurture & challenge you

Enjoy a delicious home-cooked organic vegetarian breakfast

Free Time – enjoy the mid morning to relax & soak in the freshwater pool, read or book a massage

Take a stroll through the Bamboo Forest or enjoy a Walking Meditation

Afternoon

Lunch made with local & organic ingredients

Free Time to relax, nap or take a dip in the pool

Afternoon Workshop (2-2.5 hours)

Example Workshop Topics: Inversions: Learn to handstand/headstand, Sound Shower & YIN, Yoga Philosophy Discussion

One afternoon will be free – in case you want to pop into nearby Byron for an afternoon swim in the ocean or hike to a lush waterfall.

Evening 

For dinner savour a delicious vegetarian farm to table home-cooked organic dinner at our giant communal table (one of the beautiful feature pieces at SOMA).

Wind down and Relax as you sit by the outdoor fire pit to watch the sunset or you might choose do an evening guided meditation

We will also have some Special Guests join us for a Sound Bath / Chanting kirtan & Yoga Philosophy discussions

Final Day (27 January)

Early bird brekkie ~ healthy morning lemon & tumeric tonic, fruit & light snacks

Morning Yoga Practice  (2 hours) – Vinyasa yoga flow

Final Brunch – Enjoy a delicious feast of organic cuisine to leave you feeling healthy, happy and nourished

Closing Circle, Farewell and snacks

Departure (Check out – 12 Noon)

SOMA Retreat

This beautiful property is located in the rainforest in the Byron Bay hinterland. Our luxury yoga purpose-built retreat & oasis is set on 22 acres of lush rain forest surrounded by Bamboo and lychee forests.

Retreat accommodation and relaxing shared spaces are modern and beautifully designed. Soma’s grounds can be enjoyed through huge feature windows from most areas in the house, and are unquestionably the pride and joy. There’s a tangible healing energy that emanates from this land, not to mention the sweeping views of the lush hinterland.

One unique feature of this Retreat is the beautiful and unique Geo-dome (aka our “Yoga Bubble”) where we will practice yoga each day is nestled in a bamboo forest. It means it can look up and see the sky and towering Bamboo shoots as you ‘salute the sun’ or while in Downward Dog 🙂

Accommodation

Both private and shared room accommodation is available. Rooms are spacious with a King size bed, ensuite and rainforest shower. Views through expansive windows showcase the Byron hinterland and Soma rainforest.

  • 1 x King size bed in each of the rooms (shared for couples or friends or private accommodation options available)
  • 100% linen bedspreads
  • A/C and heating units in each room
  • Expansive feature windows with lush greenery views

Getting There

Only 15 minutes drive from Byron Bay and Mullumbimby.

Nearby airports: Ballina and Gold Coast Airport

You will receive more detailed arrival instructions once you’ve confirmed your booking.

ACTIVITIES &

RELAXATION

At the Heart of Yoga and within each of us a tranquil abode of peace, love and joy abounds. In the modern world, it’s easy to get tangled up in the constant busy-ness and to feel out of touch with this joyful natural essence.

This retreat is all about returning you back to this state of equanimity, bliss & yoga.

Unravel layers of tension and strengthen the body through asana, quieten the mind with meditation, open your heart with music, relax by the glowing open-air fire at sunset and bathe in the serenity of first rays at sunrise. Re-connect, soothe and balance your nervous system, healing mind, body & soul.

You’ll also have one free afternoon during the week so you’ll also have the chance to explore the gorgeous Byron Hinterland, walk among 22 acres of lush bamboo forest or visit nearby Byron Bay and enjoy a dip the ocean.

NATURE    YOGA    RELAXATION    BLISS

REFUND / CANCELLATION POLICY

A deposit or payment is required to secure your place. Payment plans are also available. Full payment is required 60 days prior to the retreat start date.

Deposits are 100% non-refundable. It may be possible to transfer your deposit to another retreat with appropriate notice given. No exceptions will be made for late cancellations (within 60 days) of the retreat start date. Please review retreat cancellation policy and Terms & Conditions here.