Discover Byron Yoga Retreat Centre in NSWCredit: Byron Yoga Retreat Centre
This tranquil eco-haven is just a 20-minute walk from Byron Bay’s beautiful beaches and vibrant town centre. Byron Bay has long held a reputation as a place of healing and of outstanding natural beauty. From the amazing beaches to the incredible hinterland, Byron Bay emanates a sense of peace and wellbeing. Byron Yoga Retreat Centre reflects this raw natural beauty and sense of healing and tranquillity. While it is not a luxury resort, it is comfortable, affordable and authentic in its sustainable approach, to both the environment and to your health. Take time to relax and recharge, kick-start healthy habits and enjoy an affordable all-inclusive yoga and health retreat.
Just a short walk or cycle from the town or beach, Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is situated in a large clearing surrounded by trees, providing a wonderful sense of seclusion. The single-storey buildings offer a variety of accommodation options to suit your budget, including budget four-share cabins, twin-share rooms with share bathrooms and private ensuite rooms. There are four yoga spaces, a 20m heated mineral salt swimming pool and a lovely dining area with a massive verandah overlooking the pool, organic gardens and natural forest.
Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is the home of Byron Yoga Centre. Founded more than 30 years ago by John Ogilvie, it has grown into Australia’s pre-eminent yoga teacher-training academy and retreat centre. Ogilvie developed the style of purna yoga, combining his many years of experience to create this classical alignment-focused variation of hatha yoga with intelligent sequencing. Purna, meaning integrated or complete in Sanskrit, represents the holistic approach to yoga — integrating the physical postures with philosophy, meditation and pranayama. This accessible and comprehensive style is suitable for beginners to more experienced students as variations are given for all levels. For some guests, the retreat is an introduction to starting yoga for the first time. Retreat programs include morning flow classes, purna yoga sessions and yin and restorative classes. All sessions are optional.
Retreats at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre are designed to give you space to relax and recharge and to increase your sense of wellbeing. Choose a signature eight-, five- or three-day all-inclusive retreat or perhaps join a Women’s Health Retreat or a Surf and Yoga Weekend. Nourish your body and spirit with a combination of yoga and meditation classes, massage treatments, holistic wellness sessions and fresh, organic, vegetarian meals.
The wellness sessions
Key features of the programs are the morning and evening wellness sessions. These include nutrition and cooking classes, yogic philosophy, guided meditations and workshops on the principles of alignment in yoga poses and the fundamentals of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science developed to achieve optimum health. To gain maximum benefits, it is recommended to sign up for the eight-day retreat. However, both the five- and three-day options offer a selection of these sessions and all retreats provide guests with the essential ongoing wellness advice to enable you to continue your wellbeing journey when you return home.
There is plenty of time to relax and reflect at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre. The afternoons offer free time to chill out by the pool, at the beach or to explore the local area. Included in the package prices are personal massage treatments and there is also the opportunity to select additional program options such as surfing, kayaking (with the opportunity to see dolphins or whales up close) or take a trip to the unique hinterland oasis Crystal Castle.
Prepared using the freshest ingredients, with much of the produce from the on-site organic gardens, meals at the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre follow the principles of SLOW food: Seasonal, Local, Organic and Without processed foods of any kind. Produce either comes from the organic gardens or is sourced where possible from local, organic suppliers. The meals are not only good for you, free of toxins and naturally detoxing, but they also taste amazing.
Retreat guests are offered a fresh juice in the morning break and coffee, chai, cold drinks and sugar-free sweet treats are available for purchase. There are gluten-free, vegan and dairy-free dining options available and allergies can be catered for. Meals are vegetarian (eggs available at breakfast) and, as well as following the principles of SLOW, menus are prepared according to Ayurvedic sattvic principles to promote healing and to lighten the body, mind and spirit.
Byron Bay is just a 20-minute drive from Ballina airport, 45 minutes from the Gold Coast airport or two hours from Brisbane. All three airports are serviced by frequent shuttle busses that can be booked in advance and will drop off at (and pick up from) Byron Yoga Retreat Centre. If you are coming from Byron Bay town, it is a five-minute taxi ride.
Things to remember
This is not a luxury resort and the sustainable policies include rainwater tanks and solar heating for the swimming pool. The retreat packages offer an incredibly affordable way to experience a holistically healthy and healing holiday in Byron Bay. There is also the option to book a few additional nights at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre either side of your package. Retreats and teacher-training courses at Byron Yoga Retreat Centre are affordable, comfortable and take place in a sustainable and tranquil environment.
Connect with Byron Yoga Retreat Centre
P: 02 6685 8327
A: 50 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay NSW 2481
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