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Join this amazing yoga retreat to take your yoga practice to the next level as you delve deep into yoga immersed in an amazing natural setting. You will meet like minded new friends on a pathway of healing and expansion. This retreat will be about a special time for reflection, renewal, and affirmation that you are on a positive path. You will leave this retreat refreshed, revitalized, and feeling wonderful!
During this retreat, you can stay in private or shared accommodations. The buildings are designed and constructed to ensure that the vegetation and birdlife is disturbed as little as possible. Additionally, to minimize ongoing greenhouse gas emissions, the natural cooling effect of the rainforest was incorporated into the designs so that air-conditioning is not required and more than adequate cooling is produced from cross ventilation and ceiling fans.
If you are interested in more creature comforts, then the deluxe canopy cabins may be for you. Of solid wooden construction, with ample, screened glass windows, the canopy cabins offer maximum protection from the elements, while still offering a close connection to the sights and sounds of the forest. Larger than the rainforest huts, these cabins are stylishly appointed with polished wooden floors, handmade natural timber furniture, and spectacular glass-walled bathrooms looking out high in the trees.
With a studio-style lounge and bedroom and a private, furnished veranda, the canopy cabins offer superior accommodation in an entirely natural environment.
Capturing the cool, green light of the rainforest, this accommodation is in secluded forest huts nestled in the rainforest canopy. A minimalist design maximizes the sights, sounds, and smells of the rainforest whilst giving some personal space to those creatures you may prefer not to sleep with.
Accessed by a boardwalk to protect the forest floor, the rainforest huts have no solid walls; instead the timber structure is screened on all four sides with weatherproof curtains able to be drawn for privacy and protection from adverse weather. Each hut has a small veranda, simple furnishings, and sleeps two in either double or twin occupancy.
Elegant and rustic at the same time, these outside ensuites offer a convenient addition to the rainforest guts. A simple deck extends from the hut, while the natural foliage of the forest creates privacy. Gravity fed with fresh, cold water collected onsite, the ensuites are appointed with a shower, toilet, and basin fittings of quality and style.
Over the course of the week, you will experience morning meditation and pranayama, mid morning asana, free time in the afternoon, a late afternoon yoga practice, and an evening satsang or philosophical discussion.
This retreat will take place at the Sanctuary Retreat at Mission Beach in Queensland, Australia. Sanctuary Retreat is a unique rainforest eco-lodge and yoga retreat. It’s an adventurous destination for the physically active that seek a natural environment as well as the creature comforts of life.
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The price of this retreat includes all daily fully catered vegetarian meals. The food at Sanctuary is an interesting blend of worldwide cuisines. It is made with the freshest possible ingredients and the care of their dedicated kitchen.
The Sanctuary Longhouse restaurant and bar captures the essence of the tropics with polished hardwood floors, high ceilings with fans lazily shifting the balmy air, and a balcony situated perfectly to watch the sunrise heralded by a dawn chorus or a full moon appear out of the sea at sunset.
Specializing in locally grown fresh foods and excellent coffee to satisfy your base desires, Sanctuary cuisine caters to all taste buds, carnivores and vegetarians alike. With the juice bar, fresh muffins, and bar snacks available in addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the relaxed atmosphere and homemade, delicious flavors can be enjoyed all day.
At Sanctuary you can do as much or as little as you please. There are excellent local bush and beach walks. There are beautiful beaches for swimming or you might prefer to just lounge by the pool or in a hammock and read that book you’ve been meaning to get round to for months.
This is a true Australian style trip. Take a boat up the Hull River at sunset and enjoy a light barbecue meal on the boat while spotting crocodiles and other creatures of the night.
The Sanctuary guided night walk is a unique way to experience the rainforest and those creatures that you hear but rarely see. Book on the day before 17:00. Walks require a minimum number of participants to run, so to speak.
A range of ocean and river trips are available in the surrounding areas of beauty. Full equipment and helpful hints are provided.
Sea kayaking is a great way to visit Dunk Island. Enjoy an hour and a half paddle, snorkel, and picnic on the island’s quiet Coconut beach, and then allow one of the friendly guides to take you on an interpretive walk through the rainforest before you paddle back.
Skydive and land on the beach. Experience free-fall and parachuting with stunning ocean and beach views, spot turtles, jumping fish, and rays.
Snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef is just over an hours’ boat ride away. There are a number of operators in Mission Beach and you can be advised on the trip most appropriate for your requirements and be helped with booking and transport if required.
Dunk Island is a national park with island style coves and bays, fringing reef, and walking trails just three kilometers from Mission Beach. A water taxi makes regular crossings to Dunk Island.
There are many beautiful walks and national park trails in the area. Walking track maps of the whole Mission Beach area are available at reception for 40 AUD cents, while the getting around in Mission Beach information displayed near the entrance explains all of the walks close by.
Rafting on the grade four Tully River is a refreshing and exciting way to see the stunning Tully Gorge.
For an additional cost, the Sanctuary's massage therapists can provide you a range of relaxing massages from Swedish to deep tissue at the dedicated massage room. The cost is 75 AUD for 1 hour and 105 AUD for 90 minutes. You can also treat yourself to the ultimate in bodily pampering with an aromatherapy massage using pure essential oils leaving you floating and totally relaxed.
When you arrive in the car park, you will notice a shelter with a telephone in it, lift the handset and a 4WD vehicle will come down to transport you and your luggage to the reception. If you just have light things, then the sign that says “Forest Walk” will lead you via a beautiful rainforest walk to the reception. The distance is 600 meters and will take about 10 minutes, but please don’t attempt it in the dark or if you have heavy luggage. Many car rental agencies operate in both Cairns and Townsville. Sugarland Car Rentals also has a depot in Mission Beach.
Please book your flight to arrive at Cairns Airport (CNS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Greyhound coaches stop at the Mission Beach central (also known as Wongaling Beach) terminal. Sanctuary is about 15 kilometers north of the coach terminal.
The Mission Beach taxi can transfer you to Sanctuary at a cost of approximately 50 AUD. It is generally advisable to call them beforehand so they can meet you when the bus arrives.
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