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Join Yuga for a week of divine nurturing in Byron Bay, Hinterland, Australia. Chaandra encourages all guests to step out of their constant state of 'doing' and settle into a natural state of 'being', your chaandra self. Through the daily practice of yoga and meditation, the Yuga team will guide you towards your soft, receptive, and peaceful self. Surrender and let go, and allow the team to nurture and nourish your every need.
Gymea Eco Retreat Center and Day Spa is a sustainable eco-retreat venue and healing spa positioned at the base of majestic Wollumbin and Mount Warning in the northern rivers region of New South Wales.
The property and facilities provide a rejuvenating and re-energizing environment that supports retreats of transformation including health, spiritual, yoga, meditation, and energetic retreats. The retreat center is a purpose-built residential retreat center and as such, offers retreat hosts and guests with complete retreat experience.
Accommodation at Gymea Eco Retreat is luxurious. There are single and twin share accommodation for 40 through 20 beautifully appointed eco en-suite double rooms, full day spa with therapists and facilities, commercial kitchen and dining, large multi-purpose hall, resort style magnesium pool, beautiful grounds, settings and rainforest walks, and more.
The retreat venue has 20 eco deluxe double rooms, which are all equipped with luxury five-star eco inner sprung latex topped single or king beds. All bedding, manchester, and room furnishings have been carefully selected to meet biodynamic or organic certification standards. Each room includes its own shower and toilet. All retreat venue rooms comfortably accommodate two singles or a couple.
The Octagon is a beautiful space and offers retreat venue hosts and guests with a large (220 square meters) and versatile room with amazing acoustics perfect for a range of uses from teachings, mediation, yoga, creative workshops, and performances.
Outside, the Octagon has covered verandas, providing retreat venue organizers and guests with additional undercover options. The Octagon’s elevated position also offers wonderful views of Wollumbin or Mount Warning and a great feeling of space.
The retreat venue also includes a 20 meter long resort style swimming pool which enjoys incredible views of Mount Warning and the valley. The magnesium swimming pool is up to 12 meters wide and three meters deep. The pool offers a mixture of shallow and deep zones, providing swimmers with a range of paddling, sitting, and swimming options.
Benefits of the magnesium mineral pool include feeling and tasting like fresh water and environmental friendliness. Research suggests that 65% of the world’s population is ,magnesium deficient and studies have proven that absorbing magnesium through the skin (transdermally) is one of the most effective ways for the body to maintain healthy levels of this important mineral.
The retreat venue is complimented by a generous (40 square meters), well-equipped commercial kitchen. The kitchen is well-organized and has proven to provide ample space and amenity to support the preparation of wonderful food for large groups.
The equipment provided in the kitchen includes two commercial stoves, large hotplate, two large ovens, many stainless steel benches, sinks, and industrial dishwasher. The kitchen is well ventilated and also offers plenty of refrigeration capacity.
All classes are tailored to be enjoyed by beginner and experienced yogis. Candice specializes in Yin yoga and yoga Nidra (yogic sleep). Yin yoga incorporates long, slow, and delicious holds aimed to realign the deepest structures of the body and release all that you no longer need to carry.
Kate’s classes incorporate vibrant and energizing Vinyasa, designed to enliven and awaken the body, mind, and soul. All classes are designed to connect you to your chaandra state.
A sample daily ritual at chaandra will look like this:
You will move into silence after yoga Nidra and lift the silence after the morning yoga flow. The schedule is subject to change.
A rainforest walk is included in the price.
This retreat will be held at the stunning Gymea Eco Retreat near Uki and Mount Warning in the hinterland of New South Wales, Australia. It is set right in the heart of Australia’s Green Cauldron, one of Australia’s iconic landscapes identified as the creative and spiritual heartland of Australia.
This part of Australia is being described as a mysterious melting pot of rich volcanic earth, deep green rainforest, breathtaking scenery, shining blue waters, rare Gondwana (prehistoric) rainforest, and powerful land and mountains.
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Your food will be lovingly created on site by chef Kate Edwards (Camp Eden) and Candice Hooper (Yuga). Both have a love for healthy whole foods and will share this knowledge with you through the two healthy cooking workshops. All meals will be plant-based, wholesome, nourishing, and of course delicious! All meals will be vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free. You will also have two healthy cooking workshops.
Included for all guests is a one-hour massage in the Gymea Day Spa and an afternoon zen session in their spa, enjoying the spa, sauna, and steam room. Diamond guests will receive an extra hour massage and a naturopathic consultation with Grace Hawkins. Extra spa treatments and naturopathic consultations are available to all guests at an extra cost.
Set in lush surroundings, the day spa compliments the retreat center, offering guests with a sauna, steam-room, plunge pool, and contemporary hydrotherapy spa experience. It also offers a range of certified organic facial, body treatments, and massages.
Please book your flight to arrive at Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yuga will pick you up from the airport. To be eligible for this transfer, please ensure your flight arrives before 12:00 p.m. on February 13, 2017. Otherwise, Gymea Eco Retreat is accessible by car if living close by.