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8 Days Yoga, Meditation and Cleanse Retreat in Margaret River, Australia

Gilgara Reteat, 3 Old Ellen Brook Road, Margaret River, Western Australia, 6285

Yoga and Cleanse Retreats Australia

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Australia.

Come and enjoy the peaceful paradise of Gilgara Retreat in the heart of the picturesque Margaret River region of Western Australia for 8 days of yoga, meditation, healing foods, and an inspiring program amongst the trees which will leave you feeling rejuvenated and cleansed. During this wonderful retreat with Kookaburra teachers, Robert and Mandy, you will discover the holistic, cleansing, and ultimately healing potential of yoga to enhance your health and wellbeing.

Meet the instructors

Mandy & Robert
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Yogi's kitchen workshop
  • Meditation and relaxation
  • Bushwalks to sacred places of natural beauty
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Sunset Vedic fire rituals
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Gilgara retreat has 2 onsite accommodation options that include shared rooms and luxury single apartments. The country-style shared accommodation are located in a traditional farmhouse. Each bedroom has 2 single beds and en-suite private bathroom The Garden Apartments offer spacious self-contained accommodation, in a modern, split level, loft-style apartment with native garden views. Each suite comes with a spa bath, king bed, lounge area, TV, DVD player, and a fully equipped kitchenette.

Program

Why attend this retreat?

During a single day, humans take in millions of impressions through the senses - all of which imprint upon and become embedded in the body, mind, and soul. Their accumulation leads to sensory overload, stress, and a reduced capacity to cope physically, mentally, and emotionally. When stressed, they can become less mindful of what they eat, what they do, and where their thoughts lead them. They make reactionary and sometimes poor choices, which often lead to more stress with a negative impact on their mental and emotional wellbeing and physical health.

The focus of this weekend retreat is to consciously retreat from the sources of all those impressions through cleansing yoga, meditation, and pranayama, a gentle, introductory 'soft' fast which includes teas, tonics, juices, and then the introduction of nourishing, healing foods.

Holistic yoga

Traditional Hatha yoga is comprised of five distinct points, which together comprise a balanced and holistic system of self-care and self-awareness. These include proper exercise (yoga asana, walking in nature), proper breathing (pranayama), proper relaxation (yoga Nidra), proper thinking (meditation), proper diet and lifestyle (sattvic or peaceful food, time in nature). On this retreat, you will be guided and supported to fully experience the five points of yoga and the yogic lifestyle. The Hatha yoga sessions will be therapeutic in cleansing, healing, and rebalancing.

When practiced with sincerity and integrated into everyday life and everyday thinking, traditional yoga perfectly and effortlessly brings balance and harmony to the five aspects of self: the body, breath, mind or emotions, wisdom, and soul. Kookaburra Creek Yoga shares the teachings of yoga 'philosophy', which relate to the cleansing practices offered on this retreat and increase your understanding of the 'self', the causes and sources of stress and tension, and the rationale behind the methods.

Cleanse and build

On this retreat, Kookaburra Creek Yoga takes a 'soft' approach to fast with the inclusion of Ayurvedic herbal teas, broths, tonics, juices, and an abundance of filtered pure spring water which rises from the ground upstream. They prepare for and break the fast with nourishing, easily digested foods such as soft fruits, kitchari (rice, mung bean, spices, vegetable dish), lassi (yogurt, rose water, cardamom, salt, jaggery), halwa (sweet carrot dessert cooked in nut milk), and then reintroduce broader, nourishing and delicious foods.

In some cultures and traditions, fasting is a regular practice, but for many people fasting of any form is rare. Ekadashi (the 11th day after the full and new moon) is the given day for fasting on the Vedic Lunar calendar. When you restrain from your usual eating habits, the body is allowed to rest internally, with no energy being spent on digestion, you literally create an inner space, an emptiness from which subtle and profound yoga experiences are given the space to emerge. You may experiences depths in your practice, which are not normally accessible to you. Physically your body feels lighter and refreshed. Given its brevity and the fact you will consume pure water, herbal teas, tonics, broths and juices, this fast should be suitable for most people.

Lightness and joy

Your diet and lifestyles are comprised of highly addictive foods and behavior, so refraining from usual eating can be challenging, but is ultimately empowering and transformational! With the support of your retreat facilitators, a grounding in yoga and meditation practices, the knowledge you gain through your experiences and the information imparted, you will leave this retreat profoundly lighter, freer, and revitalized.

Kookaburra Creek Yoga invites you to experience the depths possible in yoga during fasting. This is truly a powerful combination which can help transform your relationship with food, help overcome deep-seated fears which may influence your thinking and choices (you won't starve!), increase your willpower, resolve mental focus and clarity of thought, understand and reduce anxiety, tension and stress, and deepen your appreciation of life and sense of purpose.

Fire ceremony

Agni Hotra is a purifying Vedic fire ceremony performed exactly at sunset and sunrise. The ceremony is purifying and cleansing to both the environment and to participants. The Havan is a longer ceremony, which uses Vedic mantras and is powerfully protective and transformative.

Sample daily schedule

Friday

  • 16:00 Hatha yoga
  • 17:30 Welcome circle
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Candlelight meditation
  • 21:00 Mouna (silence) and rest

Saturday

  • 06:00 Rise
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:30 Tea
  • 08:00 Hatha yoga
  • 09:30 Chanting and meditation
  • 10:00 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Bush Walk
  • 12:30 Satsang
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Rest and reflection
  • 16:00 Hatha yoga
  • 17:30 Sunset walk and meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Candlelight Meditation and chant
  • 21:30 Mouna and rest

Sunday to Thursday

  • 06:00 Rise
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:30 Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Bush Walk
  • 11:30 Masterclass/Satsang (yogic healing or yogic diet theme)
  • 13:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 Rest and reflection
  • (Optional massages and coaching sessions scheduled)
  • 16:30 Hatha yoga
  • 17:30 Sunset Walk
  • 16:00 Agni Hotra meditation
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 19:30 Candlelight Meditation and chant (final night Havan)
  • 21:30 Mouna and rest

Friday

  • 06:00 Rise
  • 06:30 Meditation
  • 07:30 Hatha yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Bushwalk
  • 11:30 Masterclass/Satsang (yogic healing or yogic diet theme)
  • 13:30 Lunch

Included excursions

This retreat includes bush walks to places of natural beauty.

Instructors

Mandy BeckerKnox

Robert Becker

Retreat location

Gilgara is nestled on a hillside near the corner of Caves Road and Carters Road, just five minutes by car from Margaret River town, Gracetown, and Prevelly beaches, the Cape to Cape trail and the famous Margaret River vineyards.

The Homestead and surrounds are very quiet offering you as much peace and quiet as possible. Surrounded by well-kept cottage style and native gardens, rolling lawns in a beautiful country environment, Gilgara retreat is the perfect escape from your everyday life!

Unique features

Activities

  • Stargazing

General

  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • River
  • Yoga shala

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

The price includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You will spend 24-hour fasting with the inclusion of Ayurvedic herbal teas, pure spring water, juices, and tonics. Kookaburra Creek Yoga prepares for and break the fast with nourishing, easily digested foods such as soft fruits, kitchari (rice, mung bean, spices, vegetable dish), lassi (yoghurt, rose water, cardamom, salt, jaggery), halwa (sweet carrot dessert cooked in nut milk) and then reintroduce broader, nourishing and delicious foods.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Many people come to a retreat for rest and respite. You will have allowed time in the program for the rest you need and reflection.

What's included

  • 24-hour fasting with teas, juices, and tonics
  • Bushwalks to sacred places of natural beauty
  • 7 nights accommodation with en-suite bathrooms
  • Cleansing and nourishing Hatha yoga
  • Daily meals with healing and replenishing foods
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Early morning healing meditations
  • Meditation, relaxation, and yoga breathing sessions
  • Sun and stargazing, forest meditation
  • Sunset Vedic fire rituals
  • Time for rest and reflection
  • Yogi's kitchen sattvic healing food workshops

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Perth Airport (PER).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.

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Arrival: Saturday September 5, 2020
Departure: Saturday September 12, 2020

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