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Yoga & Meditation Retreat

31 October, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 3 November, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

$400 – $1495

Thursday 31 Oct – Sunday 3 Nov 2019

4 days/3 nights At Tallows Beach Houses in Byron Bay

Single accommodation $1595

Share accommodation $1095

“It is spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want–oh, you don’t know quite what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

–Mark Twain

On this 4 day/3 night retreat we will restore mind, body and soul with Meditation Practices, Mindful Breathwork (Pranayama), Mindful Movement, Gentle Vinyasa and Yin Yoga. This retreat will focus on bringing awareness to the body and mind and bringing balance and harmony into your daily life, with the intention to also incorporate a period of silence, to provide the space to deepen your mindfulness practice without distraction or external stimulation.

Our practice each day will be enhanced by:

  • The sound of the ocean and beach nearby
  • Learn the Art and Science of Raja Yoga
  • Practice Hatha Yoga (postures), Karma Yoga (service), and Bhakti Yoga (heart)
  • Enjoy delicious organic vegan/vegetarian meals
  • Time for optional massage available by appointment
  • Connect to your body and breath
  • Restore your spirit
  • Soothe your mind with mindful meditation practices
  • The relaxed nature of the weekend – nothing is compulsory, do as little, or as much, as you please
  • A rare, golden chance to fully rest your mind
  • Periods of personal time for walks, reading, chatting, relaxing, retreating – it’s your choice
  • Tools to take home for meditation practice in a workshop setting

This is your opportunity to embark on four days of tranquillity aimed at helping you achieve inner peace, wellness and joy like you’ve never experienced before. Do something just for yourself this year, rediscover a new you!


Yoga is a philosophy and a practice which allows us to unite the body, mind and spirit. No matter what your background, body shape or level of fitness yoga can help you find a state of harmony as well as improve your physical condition.

“Vinyasa” means “linking” which in this context means that the poses are linked together in a flowing sequence. The movement is linked with the breath and the mind, body, and spirit are linked as a whole. It is a creative and intelligent flow style with an emphasis on alignment and safety.

The atmosphere created in class is focused, meditative and joyful. Vinyasa Flow is perfectly suited to all levels of practice so no matter where you start it is always possible to make your body feel and move better.

Yin Yoga the gentle path to inner balance. Experience deep immersion and letting go by holding a posture for 4-8 minutes. Direct your attention inward, observe your thoughts, and be present. Breath, meditation and posture merge into a deep, liberating, and wholesome yoga practice.



Meditation can be defined as a set of techniques that are intended to encourage a heightened state of awareness and focused attention.

Research has shown that meditation can have both physiological and psychological effects. Some of the positive physiological effects include a reduced respiration rate, decreased heart rate, changes in brain wave patterns and lowered stress. Some of the other psychological, emotional, and health-related benefits of meditation include:

  • Increased self-awareness
  • Better stress management skills
  • Improved emotional well-being
  • Better management of symptoms of conditions including anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disorders, pain issues, and high blood pressure
  • Improvement in working memory and fluid intelligence
  • Changes in different aspects of attention



We stay at Tallow Beach Houses, a private 30 acre sanctuary where the beach and the bush come together on the edge of the National Park. Situated halfway between the famous Byron Bay lighthouse and Broken Head with 630 meters of beachfront, uncrowded waves, the friendly wildlife, a tranquil lake and a bicycle track into Byron township complete the scene.

Byron Bay is situated on the most easterly point of Australia and is known for its deep connection to nature, culture and community. Tourists, travellers and yogis have been making their way to Byron Bay for decades, eager to soak in the golden sunshine, explore the pristine beaches and national parks and experience a taste of the cultural diversity and nomadic ‘free spirited’ culture that this region is so acclaimed for.

Byron Bay is two hours south of Brisbane Airport or one hour south of Gold Coast airport. Shuttle buses and regular buses make trips to and from these airports numerous times each day.



Accommodation is in 2 or 3-bedroom private beachfront cottages situated within a nature reserve and natural bush setting. Self-contained and secluded, each cottage has its own private kitchen/dining/living space and large undercover deck. Some cottages overlook the lake and the beach is just 60 meters away so you can enjoy a great night’s sleep to the hypnotic sound of the ocean. Each bedroom has its own bathroom and you can choose between single or share accommodation.



Our vegan meals are lovingly prepared by Veet’s Cuisine using fresh organic ingredients sourced from the local area. Each morning after yoga we enjoy a sumptuous brunch with dinner being served after our afternoon yoga session. Veet is an amazing chef whom puts her heart and soul into all her preparations, all meals  are delicious and substantial but please note we cut out meat, dairy, most wheat and sugar so our bodies are gently cleansing. Tea and fruits are available throughout the retreat as well as purified drinking water. By the end of the retreat you’ll be feeling energised, clear and nourished with recipes and ideas for continuing your healthy eating at home.



Arrive on Thursday 31 October anytime between 1-4 PM being mindful of NSW being one hour ahead of QLD times. We will have afternoon tea/introductions at 4.15 PM followed by a Yin Yoga class from 4.45 – 6.15 PM followed by dinner and finishing with a meditation before bed time.



We depart on Sunday 3 November at 10.30 AM after a morning yoga session and breakfast.



07.00 AM Morning Meditation
07.30 AM Vinyasa Yoga
08.30 AM Breakfast
09.30 AM 1 hour Workshop
11.00 AM Free time
12.30 PM Lunch
01.30PM Free time
04.00 PM 1 hour Workshop
05.00 PM Yin Yoga
06.30 PM Dinner
08.30 PM Evening meditation/Yoga Nidra/Kirtan/Free time



Single occupancy – enjoy the privacy of your own deluxe double bedroom in a 2 or 3 bedroom cottage with shared kitchen and living space.

Full price $1595
Pay upfront in full to receive $100 discount
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Double occupancy – share accommodation in double bedroom with 2 single king size beds or 1 king size shared bed. Either in a 2 or 3 bedroom cottage with shared kitchen and living space.

Full price $1095
Pay upfront in full to receive $75 discount
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Pay DEPOSIT of $400 now and pay balance before 1 August 2019 Book Now
  • Return students receive 15% discount from the full price. Please email Miriam separately if this is you to organise payment via direct bank transfer or credit card (2.5% surcharge added)
  • Price includes all organic vegan meals, workshops, yoga and meditation sessions
  • Regrettably we cannot accommodate part-time guests. We respectfully request that you attend the whole 4 days to ensure that everyone gets the most benefit from this retreat


Of course we understand that life happens so if you do need to cancel we will refund your retreat amount minus a $75 booking and admin fee as long as this is before 1 August 2019. Any cancellation after this date will incur a 50% fee or you may prefer to transfer to another retreat hosted by Miriam Van Doorn. Regrettably any cancellations two weeks prior before the retreat are non-refundable.


31 October, 2019 @ 8:00 am
3 November, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
$400 – $1495
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