4 Days New Year Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Australia

  • Yoga White Lotus, 2a Castle Drive, Lennox Head, New South Wales 2478, Australia


Australian Yoga Retreat

  • 4 days with instruction
  • This New Year yoga retreat in Lennox Head and Byron Bay, Australia, is a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in pure and traditional yoga practices. You will spend a few days in a unique yoga retreat nestled in the beauty of the surrounding nature of this area offering quality time out, space to nurture the frazzled mind and nervous system, and most of all, shed the obligations of work without using up all of your holiday time.


    • Daily yoga classes
    • Daily sunrise beach and evening meditation
    • Ayurvedic cooking workshop and life coaching sessions
    • Meditative nature walks and New Year celebration
    • Daily vegetarian Ayurvedic meals
    • 3 nights of accommodation

    Skill level

    • Beginner

    • Intermediate

    • Advanced


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    The all-inclusive accommodation is at the peaceful abode of the Yoga White Lotus center. Elevated on the hills of Lennox Head, 15 minutes south of Byron Bay, this beautiful location overlooks the valley and expansive views of the coastline and natural parks. Amongst tranquil surrounds, in a space with natural light filtered through bamboos, it offers a natural and peaceful surrounding for the practice of yoga.

    This luxurious sanctuary provides light-filled rooms in the twin share or dorm style shared for the maximum of up to three people. The rooms include a shared bathroom facility. During your stay, you can enjoy a rejuvenating dip in the divine mineral salt water pool and relax on the extensive balcony that wraps around the center to give a perfect view of the green valley below and the glorious ocean beyond. The open kitchen and dining area provide space for you to relax and enjoy the expansive views.

    This weekend yoga retreat is offered for you to enjoy and fully immerse in the experience of yoga, meditation, wholesome food, and all the facets of yoga daily. During three days, you will live yoga as a lifestyle. You will receive instructions so that your yoga practice can continue at home.

    Daily schedule

    Day 1 - Arrival day

    • 14:00 Arrival
    • 14:30 Refreshment
    • 15:30 Introduction
    • 16:00 Yoga class
    • 18:00 Dinner
    • 20:00 Group meditation and kirtan

    Day 2

    • 06:00 Sunrise beach meditation and kirtan
    • 07:30 Ayurvedic power drink
    • 08:00 Yoga class
    • 10:00 Brunch
    • 12:00 Meditative beach walk and visit to sacred nature
    • 13:30 Snack
    • 14:00 Workshop
    • 16:00 Yoga class
    • 18:00 Dinner
    • 20:00 Group meditation and kirtan

    Day 3

    • 06:00 Sunrise beach meditation and kirtan
    • 07:30 Ayurvedic power drink
    • 08:00 Yoga class
    • 10:00 Brunch
    • 12:00 Meditative beach walk and visit to sacred nature
    • 13:30 Snack
    • 14:00 Workshop
    • 16:00 Yoga class
    • 18:00 Dinner
    • 20:00 Group meditation and kirtan

    Day 4 - Departure day

    • 06:00 Sunrise beach meditation and kirtan
    • 07:30 Ayurvedic power drink
    • 08:00 Yoga class
    • 10:00 Brunch
    • 12:00 Closing ceremony
    • 12:30 Departure

    You will have daily excursions to some of the most beautiful beaches and sacred sites in Byron Bay.

    • Madhava

      Madhava lived six years at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in London. He has taught in several of International Sivananda yoga teachers' training courses (TTC) in Europe. At the London ashram, he taught week-long residential courses in yoga anatomy and regular courses in meditation, vegetarian cooking, yoga philosophy, and daily yoga classes and workshops. He teaches with dynamism, precision, and care. His classes are meticulously prepared, intelligently executed, and engaging.

    • Shyamala

      Shyamala lived as full-time voluntary staff in the Sivananda Ashram in London for two years. With the blessings of her master and yoga guru, she is very happy to return to Australia and be able to offer her experience through the yoga classes in Byron Bay. Whilst working to deepen her yoga practice in all aspects, she taught once or twice daily yoga classes, pregnancy yoga, yoga courses, meditation, and yoga philosophy.

    The weekend yoga retreat takes place in two of the most beautiful and spiritually uplifting parts of Australia, Byron Bay and Lennox Head. A mystical sacred land charged with uplifting spiritual vibrations used in the past by Aboriginals for rituals that still continue to draw an eclectic mix of modern day spiritual seekers. Accommodation, yoga classes, and workshops will take place at Yoga White Lotus center in Lennox Head. Daily excursions to some of the most beautiful and sacred spots in Byron Bay are usually a highlight of the retreats.

    Nearby places

    • Byron Bay, 21.5 kilometers
    • Massage
    • Swimming nearby
    • Swimming pool
    • Balcony
    • Beach nearby
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Kitchen
    • Library

    As an important part of the yogic lifestyle, a yogic vegetarian diet also supports the yoga practice. The meals are specifically scheduled and prepared to support the body's natural rhythm for the digestion of food. The meals provide complete nutritional requirements for the healthy functioning of body and mind.

    Prepared with loving awareness, the meals are always wholesome, unexpectedly tantalizing to the eyes, and especially the taste buds, it is full of flavor and color. The retreaters have found meal times to be particularly something to look forward to. Special dietary requirements are catered for.

    The following meals are included:

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    • Snacks
    • Drinks

    The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

    • Ayurvedic
    • Other dietary requirements on request
    • Vegetarian
    (If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

    Massage is available at additional costs.

    • 2 meditative nature walks on the most beautiful beaches of Byron Bay and visits to sacred sites
    • 2 workshops on different yoga topics
    • 3 nights accommodation
    • 4 classes of traditional yoga
    • 4 group meditations and spiritual discussions
    • 4 mantra chanting and kirtan sessions
    • All vegetarian Ayurvedic meals or snacks
    • Individual coaching question and answer session
    • Kriyas yogic cleansing exercises practice
    • Morning Ayurvedic power drink
    • Airfare to Sydney Airport (SYD)
    • Massage
    • Private yoga sessions
    • Transport to and from Sydney Airport (SYD)
    • Travel insurance

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Sydney Airport (SYD). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

    • 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 42 days before arrival.


    • Review by Ruth Jackson

      "I can't say how much I enjoyed the new years' retreat at White Lotus. I came home feeling rested, happy and positive. Madhava and shyamala have created a wonderful environment for the retreat, they gently brought us along on the yoga journey through the weekend and I picked up so many great ideas for living and feeling better! Also I couldn't have asked for a nicer, more interesting group to 'retreat with', we had a lot of fun, laughter, and cameraderie, not to mention the beautiful meals we enjoyed together."

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    • Review by Nora Pui

      "Loved the New Year's yoga retreat! No better way to spend New Year's than being at this retreat. The program was well-structured, yet relaxed, fun and definitely an eye opening experience for me. Particularly enjoyed the Kirtans, loved the Bansuri, loved the delicious yogic food, loved the group's energy. Madhava and Shyamala, you're both such experienced Sivananda Teachers I wish I live in Byron so I could take regular classes at White lotus. Nevertheless, I have experienced a wonderful and inspiring spectrum of yogic lifestyle which I intend to bring in to my daily life. Thank you Madhava and Shyamala for sharing your lifestyle, home, and all your wisdom with us. Hope to join you again soon! Om Shanti."

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    • Review by Hanabeth Luke from NSW, Australia

      "Madhava & Chamelas teachings and guided practice in the 5 points of yoga helped me immeasurably to overcome some great life challenges, and to step forwards into the life I'd always dreamed of. Our mind can be our greatest enemy, or our best friend. Thanks guys, we have to find the time to go surfing again soon, Madhava! "

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    • Review by Francesca Wezel from UK

      "Thank you Madhava for the fantastic program you gave in London and Snowdonia. Your classes are like a journey within ourselves, you make us aware of each cell of our body. Your devotion and attention to details are incredible. I feel recharged and full of prana. It has been a real joy to see you, Shyamala and meet the gorgeous Jai. Thank you and Om Namah Sivaya Shyamala."

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    • Review by Sangeeta Lee Jones

      "I participated in the positive thinking course and it was most enjoyable and inspiring. The teacher communicates the content very well and is very passionate about creating positive change in people's lives. I am looking forward to doing other courses with white lotus in the future."

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    • Review by Julia Sillitoe

      "I have just returned home from a 5 day retreat with Mathava and Shyamala at Tallows Beach, Byron Bay. I can not speak highly enough of the retreat and of our teachers. I recommend White Lotus Yoga retreats to anyone who is seeking the truth within. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced Yogi, I believe you will find the experience life changing. I thank you both from the bottom of my heart. Sharing such a sacred space for 5 days has brought about such profound changes in me. Mathava and Shyamala live and breath the yogic lifestyle. They teach in a relaxed and welcoming manner, all the while knowing how to have fun and laugh with pure joy. I thank you! Can't wait to come back for another retreat soon. xx"

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    • Review by Laura McCarthy

      "I have just returned from a 5day retreat with Yoga White Lotus and it has been life-changing! I have a whole new positive perspective on life thanks to my teachers Madhava & Shymala. They are passionate and devoted to the Sivananda Yoga Tradition, and they share their lives as they teach you about how their practice nourishes the mind, body and the soul. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the practice, including the meditation, asanas and chanting. The week was a lot of fun and has given me increased energy and helpful tips that I can implement into my daily life at home. I can't thank both of you enough for what you have taught me. I will see you again soon. Om Shanti, Laura"

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    • Review by Andrew Holt

      "Thanks so much for the 3 day retreat last weekend Madhava. Super...Super!! Super. I feel so much more alive and inspired with my practice that has continued since. The food totally 5 star- Thanks Hanuman. Loved the energy centre and all the beautiful souls who attended. Look forward to visiting again. Om Shanti."

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    • Review by Erin Stalenberg

      "I had the great pleasure of participating in the Prenatal Yoga classes at Yoga White Lotus. I had done a little yoga on and off in the past but had never been a committed Yogi. Regular yoga during pregnancy has helped me immensely; both to gain strength and flexibility in my body but also to find a centred, peaceful and relaxed place in my mind to treasure during this special time of life. The yoga taught by Shyamala and Madhava also links beautifully with the antenatal teachings of Calmbirth. Yoga White Lotus has been the perfect place to be (re-)introduced to the benefits of yoga. I hope to continue my practice after baby arrives!"

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    • Review by Stefan Barbieri

      "I recently completed the one week retreat at sacred Mt. Warning, what a spectacular place! Madhava and Shymala bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and most importantly compassion and love to their practice and were always there for guidance and support. I really enjoyed hearing and learning about the true meaning of Yoga and understanding more deeply the spiritual path, this was a big part of the retreat and really grounds you on, why you are doing the physical part of yoga and how it is all connected to the ultimate goal of conciousness and the divine. I would recommend the Retreat to anyone who wants to understand Yoga on a deeper level or enhance their current practice of Yoga. Thank You once again Madhava and Shymala :) "

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    Yoga White Lotus practices and teaches yoga in a traditional way as taught in a beautiful yoga center located in Lennox Head.

    Speaks English

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    4 days / 3 nights


    Arrival: Friday December 29, 2017
    Departure: Monday January 1, 2018

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