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3 Day Weekend Glamping Retreat in New South Wales

Higher Ground Permaculture, Clarence Valley, North Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Australia Weekend Yoga Retreat

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

If you are looking for your own private getaway at a time and pace that suits you then Salty Soul's weekend "glamping" yoga retreats are the perfect option! You are welcome to come and join in the yoga classes and permaculture projects over the weekend and experience Salty Soul's blossoming conscious community while still getting the time out that you need.

Highlights

  • 2 morning yoga sessions
  • 1 afternoon Yin yoga session
  • Enjoy a permaculture tour of Higher Ground
  • You will have full access to the outdoor kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Optional morning gardening/bush regeneration working bee
  • 2 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00

Facilities

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor shower

Higher Ground retreat is also an off-grid rustic "glamping" experience around 30 minutes' drive from both Yamba and Brooms Head. Higher Ground has two twin-share beautifully-styled Belle tents available, in their own private corner of this gorgeous property; this is "glamping" at its best. Higher Ground also has a Native American tipi with a firepit to experience an evening fire camping out in the elements. Outdoor hot showers and toilets are nearby and access the rustic camp kitchen.

Program

This personal retreat is available every weekend and is open to all levels of yogis, surfers, or gardeners, from absolute beginner to advanced. Numbers are limited to six guests on any given weekend so you are guaranteed plenty of space and also personal attention in the yoga class.

Arrival date is Friday evenings after 3 p.m. and if all guests arrive by 5 p.m., you will have the sunset farm tour. The retreat will finish on Sunday unless you arrange to tailor your own longer retreat.

Yoga

The yoga will consist of gentle yoga classes in the morning and afternoon Yin yoga with props. Salty Soul has a beautiful dedicated yoga space in the main house overlooking the garden, open to the sunrise and the sunset. On this retreat, the focus will be on re-connection in the morning to assist in grounding into your body and breath, primarily through a gentle flow sequence.

This more active yoga style will also be complemented with afternoon Yin yoga for deep release and relaxation, allowing you to assimilate the excitement of a day in the garden or at the beach. And don’t worry, the yoga is adapted to accommodate both complete beginners and experienced yogis, so you will be completely supported to progress at your own level over the two days.

Benefits

There are many benefits from taking the time out to experience a personal yoga retreat. Just some of these include:

  • Reconnection with yourself, the earth, and your place within
  • Increased awareness of sustainability practices and living in alignment with the elements
  • Greater environmental awareness and understanding the basic permaculture principles
  • Increase in mental clarity and overall well-being
  • Deeper mind-body awareness and mindfulness meditation techniques
  • Increased vitality, movement, and breath awareness through yoga
  • The experience of camping out with a supportive group of people that builds friendships to last a lifetime

Sample daily schedule

Friday

  • 15:00 - 17:00 Arrive and set up camp
  • 17:00 Sunset farm tour

Saturday

  • 07:00 - 08:00 Gentle morning yoga
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Optional permaculture garden/bush working bee
  • 12:00 - 16:00 Lunch and free time
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Yin yoga

Sunday

  • 19:00 - 20:00 Gentle morning yoga
  • 10:00 Check out; free time to explore the area or an optional private surf lesson in Yamba at 11 a.m.

Retreat location

Higher Ground is an off-grid sustainable living project set amongst 146 acres of protected coastal bushland adjacent to the amazing coastline of Yuragir National Park. A newly evolving permaculture venture, they welcome guests, friends, and willing workers into a unique and authentic experience.

Cultivating deeper connections with the earth, the cycles of nature, and the true sense of community. This is your opportunity to really get away from it all and learn about new ways of gardening and sustainable living. Higher Ground welcomes you to drop into a safe space to truly experience the healing power of nature and the magic of the Australian Bush.

Food

This retreat is self-catered and you will have access to the fridge and cooking facilities in the camp kitchen. During the retreat, Salty Soul encourages guests to enjoy a healthy vegetarian diet. Salty Soul believes a healthy diet enhances your energy and enthusiasm and will provide the basis for a healthier eating program once you return back home.

Please refer to the Higher Ground Vision and Commitment statement to understand the nature of your stay. Strictly no drinking, smoking, or substances are permitted and a vegetarian diet is followed by everyone who visits the land.

Things to do (optional)

Surfing

Optional private surf lessons are available on Sunday morning. The surf in Yamba is mostly sand bottom beaches with some of the best learn to surf waves you can find. For the more experienced surfers, you have a selection of many beaches within a 30-minute drive, from Brooms Head to Yamba. For the more adventurous, Iluka and Minnie Water have many uncrowded waves and are around a 45-minute drive.

Salty Soul's surf lessons are adapted for excited beginners taking the plunge for the first time and also the experienced surfer who wants specialized instruction to push their surfing to another level. The main focus is gaining water time, learning about a variety of new breaks, and using the support of your coach and the yoga to help you achieve a new level of confidence in the ocean!

You will receive personal attention from Belinda Wehner, a qualified Level 1 surf instructor with over 20 years of international coaching experience. All coaches are qualified lifeguards with advanced resuscitation and first aid. Let Salty Soul know if you would like to bring your own equipment, otherwise, they will supply you with a soft mini Malibu and rash shirt for your protection. Salty Soul Wllness suggests a lightweight wetsuit or surf top and leggings for the cooler days.

What's included

  • 2 morning yoga sessions
  • 1 afternoon Yin yoga session
  • Permaculture tour of Higher Ground
  • 2 nights Belle tent glamping accommodation
  • Full access to the outdoor kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Optional morning gardening/bush regeneration working bee

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport and any other transfers
  • All meals
  • Optional private professional surf lesson (equipment provided): 85 AUD per person

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

You will need to arrange your own domestic flights. If you are flying, Salty Soul Wellness advises you to fly into Ballina Byron Gateway Airport (BNK) and then organize a shuttle to Yamba or hire a car as it is only a 1.5-hour drive.

Driving directions

If you are driving, Yamba is 3 hours south of Brisbane, 2 hours from Gold Coast, or 7 hours north of Sydney. Salty Soul Wellness will provide the complete address upon booking confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

Arrival: Friday April 23, 2021
Departure: Sunday April 25, 2021

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