In this retreat we will connect to the qualities of the 5 elements, namely wood, fire, earth, metal and water to explore and balance them. This will guide us to more Stability, Flexibility, Awareness, Lightness, Freedom and Joy of Life.
As with Yin and Yang, the five elements are constantly pursuing harmonious relationships with each other. They rely on each other for their existence and management. If one element is weak or dominant, then all the others will also be affected. All things in the universe such as seasons, climates, emotions and internal organs correspond to one of the elements.
You will learn about the 5 elements, the basics of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), the main meridians in the body, trigger points to release tension and stress, specific yoga poses for each meridian corresponding to an organ, and Chi Gung exercises to develop internal force also called Chi or Prana.
Miriam has developed these unique yoga practices to balance the 5 elements in the body, giving you a chance to gain a deeper understanding of each element, the functions and organs that are connected with it, as well as its emotional qualities. Specific movements that have balancing or reinforcing effects will also be woven into the practice.
Connect to your body and breath, restore your spirit, be in the beauty of nature, swim in the sea, eat delicious foods, practice yoga and sooth the mind with mindful meditation practices. Relax in the moment!
This is your opportunity to embark on four days of tranquility 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. This flow style is mostly a Yang practice, breath and movement flow in harmony. Ujjayi breathing is the soul of this flowing motion.
Yin Yoga the gentle path to inner balance. Experience deep immersion and letting go by holding a posture for 3-8 minutes. Direct your attention inward, observe your thoughts, and be present. Breath, meditation and posture merge into a deep, liberating, and wholesome yoga practice.
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.
ABOUT THE FOOD
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 Friday 2 November 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 an early bed time!
We depart on Monday 5 November at 10.30 AM after a morning yoga session and breakfast.
Single occupancy – enjoy the privacy of your own double bedroom in a 2 or 3 bedroom cottage with shared kitchen and living space. Choose from Standard or Deluxe beach house.
Deluxe Early bird $1395 (normally $1495) available until 1 July 2018
Standard Early bird $1095 (normally $1195) available until 1 July 2018
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. Choose from Standard or Deluxe beach house.
Deluxe Early bird $895 (normally $995) available until 1 July 2018
Standard Early bird $795 (normally $895) available until 1 July 2018
Pay your deposit of $300 now and pay balance before 1 October 2018.
- Members to my on-line yoga and meditation website and return students receive 10% discount from the full price. Please email Miriam separately if this is you to organise payment.
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Price includes all organic vegan meals, yoga & meditation sessions.
Book full package price to take availability of the early bird offer, otherwise a $300 deposit is required on booking to secure your place. Balance payable by 1 October 2018.
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 $100 booking and admin fee as long as this is before 1 September 2018. Any cancellation after this date will incur a 50% fee. Cancellations one week prior before the retreat are non-refundable.
07.00 Pranayama and morning meditation
07.30 Chi Gung + Vinyasa Yoga (Flow Style)
10.30 Theory Workshop on TCM
11.30 – 16.00 Free time/massage
16.30 Yin Yoga (Deep Stretch)
20.30 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
“one of the most relaxing & healing weekends of my life”
What a truly blissful experience this retreat was! I was a little nervous as I’d never been on a yoga retreat before and I was going on my own – however I was rewarded with one of the most relaxing & healing weekends of my life. It was such a gift to immerse myself in Miriam’s gentle, peaceful presence in such a beautiful, nature-filled location. Miriam’s expertise is second-to-none and her flowing, soothing approach seemed to guide us not only through the weekend’s meditation and yoga practice; it also set the tone for the entire retreat. The catering was incredible, the company of the other yogis was really joyful, and the rainforest surroundings so pristine. It really was heaven at Gymea! The Saturday schedule included morning meditation, breath work and yoga; an amazing and nourishing variety or organic vegan meals; a session in the steam room, sauna and spa & magnesium salt plunge pool; a one-hour relaxing remedial massage; a beautiful bushwalk; and an evening or Kirtan singing….I genuinely experienced the sensation of complete bliss as I dropped off to sleep. It was as though every layer of my body and brain had been permeated with the ingredients essential for pure relaxation and healing. The retreat was perfectly named – I couldn’t have asked for a more rejuvenating weekend. My heartfelt thanks go to Miriam for giving all of us such an amazing gift in facilitating this weekend. It won’t be forgotten!! I can’t wait for next time.