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Permaculture, Surf, and Yoga Retreat Australia

If you are looking for a getaway to complete your year in a relaxed atmosphere connecting with yourself and with nature, then this eco-adventure yoga retreat is the perfect option. There will be daily yoga classes and permaculture projects complemented with optional beach surf lessons and an easy bushwalk of the beautiful Clarence peak. This is your opportunity to really get away from it all, settle into a daily yoga practice, and learn about new ways of gardening and sustainable living.


  • Morning yoga sessions
  • Afternoon Yin yoga sessions
  • Yoga Nidra/meditation/sound healing sessions
  • Morning gardening/bush regeneration working bees
  • Enjoy a permaculture tour of Higher Ground
  • Optional private professional surf lesson
  • 5 nights of glamping accommodation
  • All vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

5 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
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  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor shower

There are four twin-share beautifully styled Belle tents available, in their own private corner of this gorgeous property. There is a native American Tipi with a fire pit to experience an evening fire camping out in the elements. Outdoor hot showers and composting toilets are nearby and access to the rustic camp kitchen.

Higher Ground Permaculture has a strong sustainability ethos and encourages minimal waste living with many sustainability practices you will learn by staying completely off-grid for five days. This is rustic wilderness living however you will be very comfortable and safe during your stay.


Come and experience a mindfulness retreat with a difference while still getting the time out you need. A newly evolving permaculture venture, Salty Soul Wellness welcomes 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. You are welcome to drop into a safe space to truly experience the healing power of nature and the magic of the Australian Bush.

All welcome to attend

This eco-adventure yoga retreat is open to all levels of yogis, surfers, or gardeners from absolute beginner to advanced. Numbers are limited to 9 guests on any given weekend so you are guaranteed plenty of space and also personal attention in the yoga class.

Program overview


The yoga will consist of gentle yoga classes in the morning and afternoon Yin yoga with props. There is a beautiful dedicated yoga space in the main house overlooking the garden open to the sunrise and the sunset. On this retreat, your 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 six days.


Optional private surf lessons are available three of the mornings in the four full days you have available to stay. This is included in the price however if you prefer to just swim and relax by the ocean while the others surf that is totally welcome. You will leave before the sunrise on the ‘beach days’ in the 4WD on the amazing secret bush track down to some uncrowded beaches in the national park.

You will then practice yoga on the beach, watch the sunrise over the ocean, and enjoy a few hours of surfing or ocean time, followed by a fresh picnic hamper breakfast. You will then head home in time to enjoy your lunch and free time. If you would like to surf in your free time in the afternoons over the week, independent of the group there are plenty of waves to choose from.

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.

The 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 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 Wellness 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. They suggest a lightweight wetsuit or surf top and leggings for the cooler days.


There are many benefits from taking the time out to experience an eco-adventure 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 of 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 schedule

Arrival date is Sunday afternoon April 24 after 3 p.m. and if all guests arrive by 5 p.m. you will have your sunset farm tour. The retreat will finish on Friday, April 29 after breakfast to give you plenty of time to venture out into the world to celebrate your new year however you choose.

  • 06:30 - 07:30 Gentle morning yoga or sunrise surf and yoga
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:00 - 12:00 Bushwalk or permaculture garden working bee
  • 12:00 - 16:00 Lunch and free time
  • 16:30 - 17:30 Yin yoga
  • 18:30 Dinner
  • 20:00 Yoga Nidra/sound healing

Retreat location

Higher Ground Permaculture is an off-grid rustic ‘glamping’ experience around 30 minutes of drive from both Yamba and Brooms Head in Northern Rivers, New South Wales, Australia. It is a sustainable living project set amongst 146 acres of protected coastal bushland, adjacent to the amazing coastline of Yuragir National Park.

Unique features


  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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This retreat is fully catered with gourmet vegetarian meals and you will also have access to the fridge and cooking facilities in the camp kitchen. During the retreat, it is encouraged that guests enjoy a healthy vegetarian diet.

Salty Soul Wellness believes a healthy diet enhances your energy and enthusiasm and will provide the basis for a healthier eating program once you return back home. Strictly no drinking, smoking, or substances are permitted, and a vegetarian diet is followed for everyone who visits the land.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

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

What's included

  • 5 morning yoga sessions
  • 4 afternoon Yin yoga sessions
  • 5 yoga Nidra/meditation/sound healing sessions
  • 2 morning gardening/bush regeneration working bees
  • 5 nights Belle Tent ‘glamping’ accommodation with access to outdoor kitchen and bathroom facilities
  • Permaculture tour of Higher Ground
  • All vegetarian meals
  • 3 optional private professional surf lessons (equipment provided)
  • 1 optional eco-psychology bushwalk/‘vision quest’

What's not included

  • Transfer from and to the airport
  • Flights

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by car

If you are driving, Yamba is three hours south of Brisbane, two hours from Gold Coast, or seven hours north of Sydney.

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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Arrival: Monday May 23, 2022
Departure: Saturday May 28, 2022

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