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8 Days Elemental Healing Yoga Retreat in Australia

  • Tallows Beach, 2 Alcorn Street, Suffolk Park, Byron Bay, Australia

Overview

Detox Yoga Retreat Australia

Join this retreat specially designed for you to deepen your yoga and meditation practice and grow in ways you never would have imagined. You will surprise and inspire yourself each morning during sunrise yoga with views of the infamous lighthouse. Relax in a breathtaking beachfront venue that will summon instant serenity and healthy rich meals that will invigorate you physically, mentally, and energetically, so that you can bring out the best in you!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation practices
  • 1 stand up paddle yoga workshop
  • Arakwal National Forest cultural bush walk
  • 1 mountain biking trek tour
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily organic meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a shared or a private room. You will stay in a secluded, two bedroom beach house in a private 30 acre sanctuary with 630 meters of beachfront, halfway between the lighthouse and Broken Head. You will enjoy uncrowded waves, friendly wildlife, a tranquil lake, and a bicycle track waking up each morning to the sound of waves crashing on the shore with the iconic Byron Bay lighthouse on the horizon.

During this retreat, you will spend a week slowing down and existing outside of time instead of being compressed by it with amazing yoga sessions, meditation practices, and wonderful group activities. You will hike up the Arakwal National Forest and find a reflection of yourself in the beauty of the land.

You will open yourself to new experiences as you participate in the Arakwal people’s dolphin dreaming ceremony (a program that integrates aboriginal storytelling, didgeridoo healing, and dance).

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. The daily program may vary slightly depending on the group.

Stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga lessons

SUP Paddle boards force 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 are 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.

Sample daily schedule

Day 1 - Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • 08:15 - 10:00 Airport transfer from Gold Coast to Byron Bay
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Welcome circle, Yin yoga, and meditation
  • 12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga workshop; grounding the root chakra (first chakra)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner and early evening rest

Day 2 - Sunday, January 8, 2017

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Sunrise yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 11:00 Byron lighthouse trail
  • 11:00 - 12:30 Free time
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga workshop; opening the creativity channel through the sacred (second chakra)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Blissful movement meditation with the Ajna Light

Day 3 - Monday, January 9, 2017

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Sunrise yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 11:30 Stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga workshop; manifesting your own strength (third chakra)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Tratak Meditation for Focus and Concentration

Day 4 - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Sunrise yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Free time
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga workshop; compassion and joy through the heart (fourth chakra)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Loving kindness meditation with Ajna Light

Day 5 - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Sunrise yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 15:30 Rainforest mountain bike tour (packed lunch)
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga workshop; honoring your truth and authenticity (fifth chakra)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sound healing circle

Day 6 - Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Sunrise yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Arakal National Park bush walk
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Picnic lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 18:00 Yoga workshop; connecting to your Intuition (sixth chakra)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Third eye meditation with the Ajna Light

Day 7 Friday Jan 13, 2017

  • 06:00 - 07:30 Sunrise yoga and meditation
  • 08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:30 Free time
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 16:00 Free time
  • 16:00 - 18:00 yoga workshop: embracing your divine nature (seventh)
  • 18:30 - 19:30 Dinner
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Energy healing circle

Day 8 - Saturday, Jan 14, 2017

  • 05:30 - 06:30 Sunrise yoga and beach meditation
  • 06:45 - 07:45 Transfer to the airport

Arakwal bush walk

Arakwal National Park is a national park in New South Wales, Australia. You will enjoy a three-kilometer walk around the secluded, unpatrolled beach backed by coastal habitat or a tour of Cape Byron lighthouse at the nearby Cape Byron State conservation area.

Light house trail

The infamous lighthouse 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 renowned 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. You will 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.

Mountain biking rainforest adventure

You will ride through a range of fire trails and backcountry single tracks, exhilarating downhills, and log jumps. This adventure takes place amid lush, subtropical rainforests, complemented by ancient volcanic terrain in the world heritage listed Nightcap National Park in the hinterland of Byron Bay.

You will start your ride by viewing the beautiful Minyon falls before commencing your two-wheel adventure listening to the sounds of parrots and kookaburras. The ride can change daily but it includes a combination of fire trails and single tracks weaving through the national park.

You will 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 will enjoy a locally sourced picnic lunch.

  • Johnson Chong

    Johnson is a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, bodyworker, healer, and light worker. He has studied with yoga masters like Sri Dharma Mittra, David Life, Sharon Gannon, and Duncan Wong. He received his initial 200-hour Vinyasa yoga training from Joschi Yoga Institute in New York, a 500-hour training in Akhanda yoga, classical Kundalini, and Hatha Raja with Yogirishi Vishvaketu in India, and has completed over a 1000 hours of continuing education with his lifelong teacher and mentor, Courtney Bauer of the ANYA method (applied neo yogic awareness) in New York.

  • Lisa Low

    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'.

  • Bree Avalon

    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 that 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.

This retreat will take place at Tallows Beach 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. Byron Bay beachfront accommodation are located where the beach and the bush come together on the edge of the National Park.

Arakwal National Park

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.

Activities
  • Cycling nearby
  • Diving nearby
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming
General
  • Beach
  • Dining area
  • Lake nearby
  • Yoga deck
Services
  • Bicycle rental
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served three daily organic meals prepared by Bree Avalon, who is a very creative vegan and vegetarian chef. A vegan, plant-based diet is richly diverse and comprises all kinds of fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, beans, and pulses, all of which can be prepared in endless combinations that will ensure that you never get bored.

Dolphin Sea kayak tour

Experience Byron Bay by 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 the team of local surf life-savers led you around Australia’s most easterly point. The price for this activity is approximately 69 AUD.

Sky diving

Imagine free falling 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. The price for this activity is approximately 300 AUD.

Snorkeling and scuba diving

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 with equipment included.

Surfing

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 go from top breaks down the coast, the contrasting beauty of Byron Bay is a deciding factor in settling into the surfing lifestyle there rather than elsewhere. The average prices for a half-day surf lesson is about 70 AUD per person.

A massage therapists can be arranged upon request for an additional cost.

  • 1 cultural bush walk in Arakwal National Forest
  • 1 daily yoga workshop
  • 1 light house led trail trip
  • 1 mountain bike trek tour
  • 1 stand up paddle board yoga workshop
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 organic meals prepared by a private chef
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Healing circle ceremonies
  • Meditation workshops
  • Transfers from and to Gold Coast International Airport (OOL)
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Additional transportation
  • Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Yoga mat

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Gold Coast International Airport (OOL). Jasananda will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price. Please make sure to arrive at the airport on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 8:15 AM

The return will be on Saturday January 14, 2017 at 9:25 AM The group airport pick up will be based on these flight timings. If you decide to arrive earlier or leave later, you will need to provide your own transportation from and to the retreat center.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Jasananda an inquiry.
  • Review by Liz Eustace from Alignyo Yoga NY & LA Review
    10 out of 10

    "Johnson teaches Anya’s signature class, which is part meditation, alignment, Kinesiology, core and enough Vinyasa flow to remind me it is yoga. Johnson is a fierce teacher with a Zen presence and the class itself brings a keen awareness to your movement."

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  • Review by Ivan Lin
    10 out of 10

    "I just had a 2 hour session of Thai Yoga Massage yesterday with Johnson. His gentle soul provided a healing environment, and I felt safe in his hands. His touch was precise, and his manoeuvres were deliberate and purposeful. Johnson's integrated approach gives the individual customised therapy according to their needs. He also provided timely feedback on his observations after the massage session with regards to physical posture, psychological manifestations as well as energetic interpretations. His kind and genuine personality has touched me, and I feel that he sincerely wants to help. Thank you for being an inspiration, Johnson. I am happy to have cross paths with you! :-D"

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  • Review by Jonathan Stratton
    10 out of 10

    "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 did 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 to stretching. Fully recommended and great guy!"

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  • Review by Andy Ballentine
    10 out of 10

    "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 did 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 to stretching....Fully recommended and great guy!"

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  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Johnson is a very spiritual healer. His touch is very connected to the body during treatment. He is a very intuitive in his work, always (and somehow) manages to find the main restriction or tension in the body. And to add on to that, his treatments always leave me wanting more! His friendly and warm personality makes him a delight and joy to look forward to in every meeting. I recommend that you arrange a treatment session with him."

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  • Review by Rachel from Singapore
    10 out of 10

    "Johnson Chong's classes and retreats are awesome and amazing. They changed my perception of yoga. He helps us yogis approach yoga in a very holistic way, with focus on both body and mind."

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  • Review by Coreen from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Do not miss an opportunity to experience Johnson. He is a highly skilled and knowledgeable yoga teacher and energy healer. I have been one of Johnson's yoga students and undergone extensive energy healing sessions for several years. I have also attended many of Johnsons workshops and retreats in the United States and abroad. I recommend him with all my heart. Johnson's presence is ethereal. He also has a divine ability to download everything there is to know about your body and use this information to teach and treat you. I traveled to India during 110 degree temperatures and monsoons just so I could receive the healing and transformational benefits of Johnson's skills. Be prepared to work hard. Johnson does not mess around and your life will change. You will also have a great time. Hanging out with Johnson is so much fun!"

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  • Review by Ed from Ohio, USA
    10 out of 10

    "Johnson put me in a state of relaxation and comfort that is impossible to really explain. The care he gave me was truly quite extraordinary. In truth, I did not know how much I needed the care and comfort Johnson gave me. I can recommend him without any reservation. He truly is special."

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  • Review by Jaqueline from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "When I had my first Thai bodywork session with Johnson, I felt the difference in my body and mind. Johnson treated me with compassion and care. His love for his practice shows through his gentleness and respect for your aches and pain. I highly recommend Johnson to anyone who has never experienced a Thai massage."

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  • Review by Hilel from New York, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I had always wanted to try yoga and at the same time I felt like I was in need of massage to loosen and stretch my body. I could never get out to a class so I wanted someone that could come to me and work with my schedule. Johnson combines the best of both into our now regular sessions which i look forward to every week. It really does great things for the mind and body and it makes a difference I can actually feel. I really recommend it!"

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Jasananda is a yoga service provider offering group classes, retreats, and private sessions in yoga, Pilates, Thai bodywork, and Reiki.

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Arrival: Saturday January 7, 2017
Departure: Saturday January 14, 2017

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