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7 Days Raw Foods and Luxury Yoga Retreat in Byron Bay

  • Tallow Beach Houses, 1 Alcorn Avenue, Suffolk Park, NSW 2480, Australia


Raw Food & Yoga Retreat in Byron Bay

Leisa Wheeler, founder of Embracing Health, is proud to announce the creation of a fresh, innovative style of luxury health retreat. Departing from the rigid ways of right and wrong which have pervaded the older mind-sets of healing, Leisa has brought to life a new approach to the concept of a healing retreat by designing a program that empowers participants with knowledge that opens them to a higher awareness of what healing really means.

Health retreat in Byron Bay

This is the health retreat experience you have been looking for. A chance to escape from the world; to rest and relax. To take time out; to learn about good food and what it means for your health. To connect with like-minded people and be inspired with new knowledge. And most importantly, to get back a sense of peace, a true sense of self, that can be lost in a busy life. This program focuses on health and yoga as a way to healing the self.


  • Daily gentle yoga
  • Daily health lectures and workshops
  • Food preparation classes with our raw food chef
  • Sound healing, transformational breathing
  • 1 colonics hydrotherapy session
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Gourmet raw meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Our retreats are held at Tallow Beach Houses. Set in a private 30-acre nature sanctuary, Tallow enjoys 630 meters of amazing beachfront, with cycling tracks, tennis court, sauna, and that refreshing dip in the ocean only steps away!

Accommodation will be in either newly renovated private rooms with ensuite for couples, and for singles, the older style two bedroom – one (shared) bathroom cottages with large outdoor decks, some overlooking a lake and all with the soothing sounds of the surf to fall to sleep by.

Tallow enjoys one of the most relaxed atmospheres of any of our retreats, being situated in the most beautiful natural setting. Please note that there is no swimming pool or spa at Tallows – swimming is in the magnificent ocean.

Byron Bay is a small coastal village in the far north east of New South Wales. The resident population swells by three or four times in the popular summer holidays and some other peak times during the year. Shop around for great deals during off-peak times!

Byron Bay is so popular for a number of reasons: the great surf breaks are some of the best in the world, and the beaches are some of the prettiest and cleanest on the east coast of Australia. Byron Bay is located near some of the best examples of sub-tropical rainforest on the east coast of Australia (parts of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia).

Byron Bay has also gained a reputation for fabulous Australian cuisine in its award-winning cafes and restaurants, and of course, it is well known as a place to buy a fabulous cafe latte!

It has one of the highest number of artists and artisans as residents in Australia, many festivals and events throughout the year, great shopping and entertainment, a thriving health and wellbeing industry with many day spas and healing and alternative health practitioners.

Not only that, the destination sits on the doorstep of the Northern Rivers region with its rainforest, many small towns and villages and picturesque countryside filled with smaller farms growing produce such as macadamia nuts, coffee, blueberries, lychees, stone fruit, dairying and cheese and many other interesting crops.

  • Accommodation for six nights
  • All food and drinks from arrival to departure
  • Juice and superfood smoothie fast
  • All activities including Yoga classes
  • One Colonics Hydrotherapy treatment
  • One Ka-huna Healing Massages
  • Two food preparation classes with our Raw Food Chef Extraordinaire
  • Sound Healing session with Soul Fire Music
  • Unlimited use of the Infrared Sauna
  • Unlimited use of resort facilities
  • All workbooks and lecture notes
  • A gift bag on arrival containing lots of free goodies valued at over 100 AUD

Daily program overview

You will start off each day with some movement, either a gentle yoga class with our experienced instructor, or a brisk walk in nature or on the beach. After our bodies are awake, we will all enjoy breakfast, and then move straight into the first lecture of the day.

Interwoven between lectures, food prep classes, meals and evening gatherings, will be free time for swimming in the pool, soaking up the sun, detoxing in the sauna, receiving your massage, sleeping, resting or reading, writing in your journal, meditating or enjoying a discussion with your fellow participants.

Our evening get-togethers will feature either a meditation, a group discussion or we will watch a DVD on an interesting aspect of health. The focus is on rest and rejuvenation, so no heavy exercise classes or vigorous activities are planned, but there is enough in the schedule to keep you from ever being bored!

Daily health lectures

Daily lectures on a range of health subjects cut through the confusion; yoga and meditative walks centre the mind; healing massage soothes the body; discussions on the role of emotional healing provides sustenance for the soul; and plenty of personal time gives you the space to really rest.

There will either be two lectures each day, or one lecture and one food preparation class, and we will cover subjects ranging from: food as medicine, stress and fatigue, thyroid, adrenal and hormonal issues, weight loss, the role of detoxification, orthodox versus alternative medicine, superfoods and antifoods, exercise, the emotional aspects of healing, healing philosophy, abundant vitality, non-toxic personal care and cleaning products, and much, much more.

Comprehensive notes and workbooks will accompany each lecture, with references, website links and further reading to encourage your own exploration of these areas. There will no doubt be discussions on a wide range of subjects outside of the lectures, and a lot of learning and knowledge will be shared during these times as well.

Detox and superfoods

Not bound by any one strict doctrine, Leisa has woven together the best of the natural medicine world, blending the fields of detoxification, the secrets of superfoods, the art of raw vegan gourmet cuisine, and the healing power of whole foods, into a delightful week-long or more, living experience of food as medicine. Healing with whole food is only one part of the Embracing Life! Retreat, where as much emphasis is placed on feeding the mind, understanding the emotions, and nurturing the soul, as in supporting the body.

Food preparation classes

Not only will you be sitting down to these imaginative and appetizing meals, but you will be participating in gourmet raw food preparation classes with Australia’s Leading Raw Food Chef - Cat Cannizzaro from WildRaw. These classes will take you step by step through the process of creating these simple, tasty dishes. You will be shown the ingredients, you will receive the recipes, and will be able to watch the process of putting the meals together and what kitchen tools are used.

This is an invaluable part of the program that equips you with a good knowledge of how to incorporate fresh whole foods into a variety of uncomplicated recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Along with the food preparation classes will be hand-outs of the recipes, information on sourcing the ingredients and the kitchen tools, and a pantry list to help you in preparing a healthy kitchen.

During the week Leisa will be presenting a lecture on Superfoods – those foods with powerful healing properties that can make an impressive impact on your health when included as a part of your daily diet. You will get to sample some of these foods, and learn about their individual benefits and qualities for both healing and enhancing your health.

We will also discuss food as medicine and different dietary healing regimes. We will discuss why people heal on a variety of diets – from macrobiotic to Ayurvedic, to Weston A. Price to raw vegan, and we will see what elements they have in common and what type of program has the most powerful healing benefits. Rather than laying down a doctrine for you to live by for life, we will explore our own body’s wisdom when it comes to food, we will look at the social, ritual, pleasure and nurturing aspects of food in our lives and what the marketing of food as a commodity rather than as life-giving sustenance, has done to the quality of our health.

Also on the theme of food, we will be screening the excellent and very relevant DVD “Food Matters” which will continue building on your knowledge of healing through food. By the end of the week, not only will you feel fabulous from your detox, but after separating the truth from the hype, you will also feel very comfortable in being able to make good food choices for yourself and your family, with no stress and confusion.

The detox program

A detox is simply an opportunity to give your body a break from the rigors of day to day life and to give it the space to do what it does best, which is to heal. By eliminating from the diet for a few days, foods that contains toxins, hard to digest elements, fats that overload the liver and removing you from the stresses of your everyday life; we allow the body to move into “repair and rejuvenate” mode.

Supporting this process with dense but easy to digest nutrition, and supporting the pathways of elimination, we need not make detoxification a miserable experience. One very pleasant way of ensuring that toxins are being excreted from the body is through the daily use of a far-infrared sauna. Many toxins and heavy metals can be excreted through the skin, and a far infrared sauna is the ideal way to support the detoxification process. A sauna will increase the core body temperature to induce a deeper sweat than just from the skin surface.

Sunlighten sauna

Sunlighten Sauna is a feature of our detox retreats, providing the very best in far infrared sauna technology for my guests. You will be able to enjoy the advantage of relaxing in one of their saunas during your Embracing Health retreat.

Sunlighten will be setting up a three-person cabin sauna for us to use, and they will also be providing an information pack on the health benefits of the far infrared sauna. During the retreat you will be encouraged to use the sauna daily to support your healing regime.

With all that detoxing, replacing fluid loss becomes a very important consideration. To ensure that you are able to rehydrate healthfully, Grander Water Technology are supplying us with a filter that will enable us all to drink beautiful quality water during the retreat.

You will also be able to learn about the importance of good quality water, and about the options for treating water that contains fluoride – which is a very real issue for those of us in Queensland who have not had to deal with this problem before.

Colon hydrotherapy

A series of two colonics is included as a part of the eight night retreat package. If you would to book extra colonics during the detox, treatments are at a rate of 100 AUD per session. All bookings and payments for colonics are organized through Leisa, so please advise by email as soon as you can, if you would like to book extra sessions.

Driving directions from Ballina Airport

Tallows Beach Houses is located at Byron Bay on the North Coast of NSW, about 30 minutes’ drive north from Ballina Airport.

Follow the Pacific Highway north and turn right into Broken Head Road after 18.5 kilometres.

Follow Broken Head Road for 9.5 kilometres.

Turn right into Clifford Street.

Take the 3rd left into Alcorn Avenue.

Tallows Beach Houses is at the very end of the street. Use code 1780# to enter the gates.

-Arrival by shuttle

The easiest way to get to Tallows Beach Houses from either Airport is via Byron Bay Shuttle Buses. They have regularly scheduled services that can drop you at the door of Tallows for between 30 - 40 AUD.

Check in

From 2 p.m.

Check out

Before 10 a.m.

Itinerary information

Our first group get-together will be at 5.30 p.m., so arrival prior to this time is imperative so that you don’t miss the essential introduction to the week’s events. Please allow enough time to get from the airport to the resort with a buffer zone for unexpected delays. If the only flight available from your area puts your arrival time after 5.00 p.m. on the start date, it is recommended that you fly in a day early and stay an extra night so that you are able to commence the retreat on time.

What to bring

Swimwear, hat, non-toxic sunscreen and insect repellent, a torch and an umbrella, an alarm clock, beach towel, comfortable clothes suitable for yoga, a yoga mat if you have one, sneakers for walking (although we prefer barefoot on the beach!), warm clothes for cool nights and mornings, something nice to wear on our last night celebration dinner, books or magazines for reading on the beach, hairdryer and non-toxic personal care products, and necessary medication.

Extension options

There is always the option of adding a few days on either side of the retreat and enjoying the beautiful weather in Byron Bay.

Additional information

For more information ask your questions directly to Embracing Health who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the send Inquiry button to send a message.

Leisa Wheeler

Leisa Wheeler, proven Health and Healing Mentor and Raw Food Coach, is the founder and director of Embracing Health, a business dedicated to bringing you health information that can change your life. Leisa knew from a very young age that her future was going to be in the healing profession, and her journey exploring the field of natural medicine in all its facets began in earnest as a teenager.

With personal excellence in all areas the ultimate goal (health, personal development, relationships and financial); a search began that encompassed learning in a variety of modalities and developed into a passion. From diet and nutrition, physical fitness and emotional release work; to hands-on healing, meditation, self-development, and metaphysics; ultimately lead Leisa to qualifications in Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Homoeopathy, Electrotherapy and Massage.

She achieved outstanding grades throughout her education and was awarded Student of the Year for earning the highest academic results among her peers. With a voracious appetite for reading and learning, the search continues as Leisa looks deeper into the healing process at not just a physical level, but at an emotional and spiritual level, with special interest in the mind / body connection in healing.

Leisa also has a diploma in Freelance Journalism and has written for health magazines. She writes a popular blog and offers a Membership Club for people wanting more detailed information on health, where she writes a monthly magazine and produces regular audio lectures and interviews. Leisa is also in the process of writing a book which she aims to complete in the second half of this year.

Leisa spent several years coaching people through an intensive detoxification program as the Naturopath at one of Australia’s leading health retreats, and from there went on to develop her own retreat program – the Embracing Life! Six Day Detox, Healing and Raw Food Retreat which she takes to different venues around Australia.

Leisa is currently developing her public speaking career, lecturing regularly to doctors and naturopaths as a speaker for Healthscope Functional Pathology, and is a guest speaker on health, nutrition and superfoods at various events. As a naturopath Leisa specializes in thyroid, adrenal and hormonal issues and will be developing a lecture series around these topics for later in 2011. She currently speaks at local Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia support groups.

Leisa’s goal is to empower and inspire people with knowledge to make change in their lives so that they can experience better physical, emotional and spiritual health. She enjoys mentoring people through their health challenges by educating them about raw food, food as medicine and the emotional aspects of healing.

  • Transport, phone calls, and extra services are at your own expense
  • Optional Emotional Release/Healing Sessions

The food will be magnificent! Yes, we will be doing some juice fasting for the first few days, but don’t be alarmed. We will be using the freshest organic ingredients to make a variety of healing and tasty juices that will be nourishing and surprisingly satisfying.

You will be amazed at how filling the juices can be – and they will be served several times a day to make sure that you are not going hungry! You will also learn about the art of juicing, and which combinations of ingredients can support particular areas and functions of the body – and you will be sampling and enjoying these different recipes and tastes.

On the other days we will be enjoying the finest in gourmet raw food – you won’t believe that raw food can taste so good! Continuing on with the detox and healing process, there will be no animal products, no dairy and the food will also be gluten free. We will also keep fats to a minimum to enhance the rejuvenating powers of the food.

However that doesn’t mean that the food will be without taste or flavor! Following on from a simple but nourishing breakfast and lunch, and a refreshing superfood tonic elixir drink for afternoon tea – we will be providing full three course dinners of an evening to showcase the range of creative dishes you can easily prepare from whole, healthful foods.

Paulie Harrold and Darby Centra, two very talented healers, on staff for the retreats, and they will be treating everyone to Hawaiian Ka 'Huna Massage therapy. They are also available to do a limited number of extra massage of various styles during the week, as listed below. Extra treatments are at a rate of 95 AUD per hour or 125 AUD per hour and a half.

  • Ka'Huna

Ka'Huna is the King of massages, based in the Hawaii'an temple style tradition, a flowing dance of full body. Long strokes that work with the breath and energy of the client for a thoroughly relaxing and relieving experience. Utilising only organic coconut oil, these sessions can be tailored to work with the needs of your body and spirit.

  • Bone and joint massage

Great for deep relaxation, old injuries, blood regeneration.

  • Polynesion floor massage

Excellent for a deep stretch, reinvigoration and alleviation of pain and energy blockages.

  • Ch'i net Tsiang and deep stomach massage

Superb for deep emotional and physical release - an extremely effective cleansing massage that complements a strong raw food-based cleanse. Best during the juice fasting.

There is a wide variety of options for things to do to immerse yourself in Byron Bay - see our tours and activities on offer. Things such as learn to surf, skydiving, micro-lighting or hang-gliding, kayaking with the dolphins, tours of the region, horse riding, golf, fishing, circus skills and art workshops or visiting one of the many attractions.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Embracing Health an inquiry.
  • Review by Erin C.

    "A detox is a very difficult thing to do at home without naturopathic support and while you are coping with your every day life and stress. This retreat was the most comprehensive I have ever attended and the material was interesting and generously provided and the support was amazing. The juices were delicious and you could feel they were doing you good. The raw vegan food was outstanding and the most tasty and nutritious meals ever served. They were five star quality and you would not believe they were raw. The retreat not only nourishes our bodies but it stimulates our minds and soothes our souls. Thank you all for an experience I will never forget. I am going home now to change my life for the better."

    September 2013. Embracing Health website, edited

  • Review by Lorraine M.

    "Dear Leisa, my gratitude and admiration are overwhelming. For all you and your team have taught and shared from the heart this week, my sincere thanks. I may have waited over 40 years to fulfill my dream to attend a health retreat, but feel I chose the very best and it was worth the wait! Although Ive experienced and learnt so much while here in this amazing group, I believe this is only the beginning, and that the impact from this week will reverberate through my future in so many positive ways.Saddened the retreat is drawing to a close, yet equally excited to be returning home rejuvenated and ready to incorporate the wealth of valuable information youve given us into our daily lives. Looking forward to your book with anticipation and to the results of your work with the informative (and highly entertaining!) Cat! The world will be a better place for your commitment and hard work. It already is! Wishing you and every member of your awesome team radiant health, endless abundance and much love and laughter. Love and hugs."

    September 2013. Embracing Health website, edited

  • Review by Teresa H.

    "Life changing and fun at the same time."

    September 2013. Embracing Health website, edited

Queensland, Australia

Dedicated to helping people improve their lives through naturopathy and emotional healing, Embracing Health runs detox, healing and raw food retreats.

from US$1,533

7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Sunday November 20, 2016
Departure: Saturday November 26, 2016



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