After packing the car I drove down to Byron Bay and arrived at Tallows Beach Houses a little after lunch. Immediately the tranquil surroundings and the sounds of the waves gently crashing down onto the beach soothed me. I came across this location over a year ago now and instantly knew I would like to hold a retreat here someday.
I have been very fortunate to also meet Rebecca Bornstein from Earthsong Ayurveda.
I was keen to catch up with her before the participants arrived so we could go through our schedule. Rebecca was going to hold the Ayurvedic Workshop on the Friday and would be doing the Abhyanga massages.
Also Todd Cameron from True Nature Cuisine was to arrive shortly. We had only conversed via email and phone previously as we had to organise our menu way in advance to make sure that all the vegetarian Ayurvedic meals would synchronise with all the aspects of the retreat.
So it was with real excitement that I unpacked and set up the yoga shala and awaited the arrival of the participants.
Tallows Beach Houses are all unique individual standing houses with 2 bedrooms each, a bathroom, kitchen, living room and veranda. So each participant was either sharing the house with another participant or some were very lucky to have the whole house to themselves.
Our first arrivals got absolutely lost and it took them 3 ½ hours from Brisbane. Somehow they ended up at a remote caravan park and realised they were not at the right place! Luckily they arrived full of laughs and happy to have found the right place after all.
A typical day at the retreat started with 6.30 AM meditation and yoga practice followed by a delicious warm breakfast and of course lots of yummy chai tea. The morning was free to go for a walk on the beach, relax in the house or have an Abhyanga Massage with Rebecca. We had lunch around 1 PM and another yoga practice at 4 PM, dinner at 6.30 and Yoga Nidra at 8.30PM.
When you are on retreat everything tends to slow down, you become aware again of the small beautiful things like a butterfly twittering in the sunlight, the sounds of the birds, your breath, how good you feel to be here and to pause and really reflect on your life and how crazy we make our lifestyle- every minute has to count towards being productive. You realise its okay to just sit and be in the moment. I absolutely love this quote, “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Buddha
For me when I teach a at a retreat I am able to go deeper into myself and truly be present in my teachings and allow that energy to flow out into each participant. It becomes a form of deep devotion from the heart space and I feel that I can give more without depleting my energy levels. This also depends on the space and where I am in nature. That’s why it’s so important for me to have a connection with the place itself and know that Mother Earth provides. For some of you this may seem like a lot of ‘hogwash’ but trust me come along to one of my retreats and you will know what I mean!
Each yoga routine we practised I based upon the Ayuvedic principles of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, helping to balance each dosha by practicing certain breathing techniques and yoga postures as well as the correct length and form of meditation and relaxation.
If you would like to get a copy of one or all of the routines please go to the website and you can download from there or email me. Make sure you understand what each dosha means and also what predominant dosha you are so that the yoga routines can truly benefit you. A good quiz can be found at http://www.planetayurveda.co.nz/know-your-body-type
My next retreat is coming up end Oct/beginning of Nov at Gymea Eco Resort and Spa. It’s all about Spring Detox and more information can be found on my website.
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