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Imagine hiking up the Arakwal National Forest and finding a reflection of yourself in the beauty of the land. During this retreat, you will most definitely deepen your practices of yoga and meditation, and grow in ways you never would have imagined. You will surprise and inspire yourself each morning during sunrise yoga with the infamous lighthouse. Everything on this journey is taken care of, from the breathtaking beachfront cottages that will summon instant serenity to the nutritionally rich meals that will invigorate you physically, mentally, and energetically, so that you can bring out the best in you.
You will be staying at Tallow Beach Houses in Byron Bay, Australia in a single occupancy room or in a shared double room.
This is a rudimentary guideline schedule for you to view and gather the big picture of what to expect. The schedule will be modified and adapted according to the group's needs and encourage you to keep a flowing spirit about you during this healing process. The schedule is flexible and planned to maximize your experience of wellness and yoga whilst allowing free time to explore the surrounding area and engage with the local culture.
Please note that daily program may vary slightly depending on the group. Weekly bicycle rentals are available at a discounted rate for travel. Otherwise you can walk 20 minutes into town.
SUP forces you to engage your core constantly while developing strength through the ankles, knees, and hips. It’s the perfect way to tone and activate muscles that might perhaps snooze and take a nap when you’re on the mat. SUP yoga has heaps of postural benefits and pluses for your joints, but it’s also a lot of fun, and not to mention, how calming it is to be standing out on the ocean while doing your yoga practice.
This infamous light house has become an icon for Byron Bay as the most easterly point on the Australian mainland. It was constructed in 1901 by Charles Harding, and was renown for its towers having large ornate and easily distinguished crowns. Today, the Cape Byron Trust maintains and secures the site and it is used as a base for whale watching. Take a step back in history as you climb the tower to enjoy a bird’s eye view into the marine park below and the surrounding hinterland.
Arakwal National Park is a national park in New South Wales, Australia. The park protects an area of Wallum country, of coastal clay heaths behind Tallow Beach, providing habitat to numerous bird species and two native frog species, the Wallum Froglet (Crinia tinnula) and Wallum Sedge Frog (Litoria olongburensis), both of which are deemed vulnerable to extinction.
Traditionally the land of the Arakwal people, the park was proclaimed in 2001 after the Arakwal Indigenous community and the New South Wales state government reached a land use agreement. The Arakwal people are co-managers of the park. Created in 2001 as the result of an historic agreement with the Byron Bay Arakwal Aboriginal community, Arakwal National Park protects important natural and cultural heritage and is co-managed with the traditional owners. You will enjoy 3 kilometers of secluded unpatrolled beach backed by coastal habitat, or a tour of Cape Byron Lighthouse at the nearby Cape Byron State Conservation Area.
Ride through a range of fire trails and backcountry single tracks, exhilarating downhills and log jumps. This adventure takes place in amid lush, subtropical rainforests, complemented by ancient volcanic terrain in the World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park in the hinterland of Byron Bay. Start your ride by viewing beautiful Minyon Falls before commencing your two-wheel adventure listening to the sounds of parrots and kookaburras.
If you are lucky, you may see a scurrying goanna, a bush turkey or even a koala! The ride can change daily, but it includes a combination of fire trails and single tracks, weaving through the national park. You'll stop for a snack and photos, absorbing the beautiful scenery before a descent and a good climb. The ride finishes at a swimming hole at the crest of Minyon Falls, where you'll enjoy a locally sourced picnic lunch.
Johnson is a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, bodyworker, healer and light worker. He has had a blessed journey in meeting teachers and guides along his path who have illuminated his fullest potential in the ways of self-realization and self-mastery through the various traditions of movement and the healing arts. Johnson first discovered yoga and the art of movement exploration in Acting Conservatory. Since then, he has studied with yoga masters like Sri Dharma Mittra, David Life, Sharon Gannon, and Duncan Wong.
Lisa's strong practice is a true testament to her two plus decades of yoga practice. Her teachings inspire her students to develop a deeper connection with their own body, mind, breath, and wellness. Like most people, she started yoga to de-stress. At that point in her life, Lisa was looking for direction and read that yoga was like a 'happy pill'. She was under the impression that yoga was all about meditation until she met one of her first teachers in an Ashtanga class and hasn't looked back since.
This retreat will take place at Tallow Beach Houses in Byron Bay, Australia. Byron Bay has been a mecca for a diverse range of people from artists, to surfers and yogis. It is considered the spiritual home of Australia’s consciousness movement, and it’s outstanding natural beauty and simplicity has attracted people from all over the world. As the most easterly point in Australia, Byron Bay is the first city on the continent to receive light, making it a sacred city and a vortex of intense spiritual energy. Many people are drawn to the energy of this beautiful region and many light workers believe that the purpose of Byron Bay is to impart unconditional love across the land.
To summarize "Vegan", it means to eat a plant based diet and abstain from the use of animals (meat/fish) or animal products (dairy / eggs). Bree’s mission is to open up a whole new world of exciting foods and flavours to you via my cuisine.
A vegan / plant based diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, and pulse - all of which can be prepared in endless combinations that will ensure you're never bored. From curry to cake, pasties to pizzas, all your favourite things can be suitable for a vegan diet if they're made with plant-based ingredients. More and more people are turning to a vegan diet for the health benefits: increased energy, younger looking skin and eternal youth are just some of the claims from enthusiastic plant eaters. There are many scientifically proven benefits to vegan living.
Well-planned plant-based diets are rich in protein, iron, calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. The plant-based sources of these nutrients tend to be low in saturated fat, high in fibre and packed with antioxidants, helping mitigate some of the modern world's biggest health issues like obesity, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
Chef Bree is a long time Byron Bay resident, surfer, and stylist with an absolute passion and talent for vegan and vegetarian cooking. Having studied vegan cooking in one of Byron's premier schools out of personal interest, her natural talent was noticed and she was quickly recruited by her teacher. Bree's innovative and unique menus have earned her such a reputation, she now chooses to focus on cooking and teaching on her own at select retreats where she can customize her menus to suit the event facilitators requirements. Her focus is in providing diverse well balanced options to guests which satisfy nutrition requirements and energy intake for long days of yoga, exercise, concentration, and relaxation.
What better way to experience Byron Bay than kayaking among dolphins, whales, and turtles in the clear blue waters of the Cape Bryon Marine Park? Learn about local history and indigenous culture as our team of local surf life savers lead you around Australia’s most easterly point. Average prices begin at 69 AUD and up.
If you’re in the mood for the ultimate adrenaline rush, imagine freefalling over beautiful Byron Bay, an area surrounded with lush rainforest, mountains, and golden beaches. The views are incredible, and Byron Bay features the highest tandem skydives in Australia. Average prices begin at 300 AUD and up.
Byron Bay is home to Julian Rocks Marine Park which hosts an amazing diversity of fish life with over 1000 recorded species of tropical, temperate, and pelagic fish. It is the most prolific fish dives in the world where divers have sighted whales, dolphins, manta rays, leopard sharks, endangered grey nurse sharks, and three species of turtles. Snorkeling packages and Scuba Diving packages begin from 70 AUD and up (including wet suit, mask, snorkel, and fin rental).
Byron Bay is easily one of the most iconic places in the world to surf. It may not be pumping yearly but its right hand point breaks and winter swell keep it in the top. Many Australians live in Byron Bay to surf and although they may come from top breaks down the coast, the contrasting beauty of Byron Bay is a deciding factor in settling into the surfing lifestyle here rather than elsewhere. Average prices for half day surf lessons are 70 AUD and up.
You are suggested to book your flight from Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) at 22:25 - departure on Friday January 6, 2017 to arrival on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 08:15 at Gold Coast International Airport (OOL). Exodus Healing and Retreats will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.
Please note that the group airport pick up will be based on the above flight timings. You should decide to arrive earlier or leave later, you will need to provide your own transportation to and / or from the retreat center.
"Being a typical guy that loves sport but hates stretching, I have got to the point where yoga/Pilates is now a necessity unless I want to end up with back problems later in life. I have often found myself going to the odd yoga class, trying to hold a static pose and feeling the "delightful" pain in parts of the body which apparently shouldn't be feeling it, and ultimately I don't really feel the benefits. One session with Johnson though, doing "dynamic stretching" and the feeling is completely different. It really focuses on the intended muscles (hamstrings in my case) and not only he set everything up to facilitate a great one hour lesson, he also gave me really simple things I can do throughout the week when sat in the office or watching tv at home. This is great for me as, like most people, I don't often have a full hour that I can dedicate for stretching. Fully recommended and great guy!"
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"I've been attending Johnson's classes for a few months now and the experience has been great. Classes are well thought out with the individual's capability in mind. Intensive and challenging, he combines aspects of yoga, Pilates, and meditation and works with you to push your limits. It's well worth it!"
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"I've been Johnson's student during and post pregnancy and absolutely love his style. He is one of the few yoga teachers that combines his extensive knowledge of Pilates, yoga and meditation into one experience for the student. He pushes hard but also knows when to stop and focus on my weaknesses. He always assist and observe with a keen eye. Love him!"
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