If you’re a woman who’s ready to slow down, calm your nervous system, re-energise your body and soul, and learn how to move through life with confidence, joy and ease, then join me for this peaceful retreat at Paradise Beach, one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets!
Stepping through the stunning Owl Door to meander down through the lush bamboo, past the edible garden and native plants, you are immediately transported to Paradise.
You pause a moment to take in the sparkling views of Pittwater, listening to the laughs of the kookaburras and the symphony of the cicadas.
Before you have even arrived at the studio, your senses are alive - the scent of the gum trees, the warmth on your skin, the sounds of nature everywhere.
Sipping on a fresh juice, gazing out at the magnificent view, you breathe out deeply as you realise that today is your day, a day curated just for you, a day to unleash the vibrant being inside that’s bursting to shine.
* How would it feel to be calm, centred and able to easily navigate the challenges of day-to-day life?
Incredible, of course! On this retreat you'll learn simple techniques to calm the nervous system and increase your ability to deal with stress, not just for the day but every day for the rest of your life!
* Wouldn't it be luxurious to stop for a while and slow your thoughts down?
- For sure! While we're together in one of Sydney's most peaceful spots, you'll spend a whole day surrounded by nature, where you'l learn how to soothe your busy mind, leaving you more present and able to enjoy every aspect of your life!
* What would it be like to spend an entire day just on yourself, without worrying or feeling guilty?
- Gorgeously liberating, right? During this day you'll absorb the ancient secrets of yoga that will allow your natural self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth to blossom so you'll be luxuriating in life's little pleasures for years to come!
PLUS you’ll discover how:
Slow and gentle yoga will soon have you feeling comfortable and confident in your body, for now and forever
Yin yoga will help your body to heal old injuries, and relieve aches and pains, so you’ll be moving through the rest of your life with joy and ease
Learning to move with your body as it is right now, increasing circulation and releasing emotions as you go, will have you not only connecting to your body at a deeper level but starting to respect and even love it as you never have before!
And don’t forget, the medicine of simply being in the forest (forest bathing) will rejuvenate and restore you for years to come!
At Sparkling Pittwater, you'll find yourself nestled between Australia’s second oldest national park and the charming Northern Beaches peninsula. Here, draped in bushland featuring an ancient spotted gum forest and peppered with the sounds of laughing kookaburras, you'll revel in all the sights, sounds and sensations of one of the most stunning places on earth, nestled just an hour north of Sydney’s CBD.
Your day in Paradise, on the eastern foreshore of Pittwatter, will see you luxuriating under the sub-tropical canopy of blue gums, jacarandas and figs.You’ll drink in the sweeping views of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, from Scotland Island in the south to Portuguese Beach in the north.
The studio itself is a hidden gem, tucked away from the world behind a secret door. Stepping through the door, you are instantly transported to another world. Meander slowly through the lush bamboo, edible garden and aromatic plants before pausing to take in the 180 degree views of Pittwater that open up in front of you. Just a few more steps and you’re at the studio, a cleverly-designed space that blends contemporary style with a relaxed atmosphere - the ultimate place for exploring yoga in peaceful surroundings.
Wandering further down the garden and you may discover a quiet meditation spot, a busy beehive, a sensory garden or even a secret path to a secluded beach (one of Sydney’s best-kept secrets, shhhh don’t tell anyone else!).
Pittwater features a number of steep landscapes, and so access to Paradise Yoga is down around 50 steps - just so you know!
You’ll swoon over the scrumptiously delicious plant-based delights on offer at this retreat! Rediscover the taste of real food, most of it picked that morning from our very own chemical-free permaculture garden or locally sourced from the nearby organic market.
Our official retreat chef, Matt Pellett, designs each menu from scratch, focussing on seasonal availability, nutritional value and - most importantly - mouthwatering flavours. (Plus, he’s a whizz at accommodating all sorts of dietary requirements, so no need to worry that there’ll be something you can’t eat!).
On arrival, you will be presented with a steaming cup of freshly picked lemon balm tea, along with a miniature seasonal fruit plate.
Later, you’ll feast on a delectable lunch either seated amongst the edible gardens, gazing at the sparkling view or perhaps even taken down to our secret little beach… Indulge yourself with our spicy sweet potato and green rice burrito bowls, or dip into our lush roasted vegetables. And try resisting our ever-popular French lentil salad (trust me, you’ll be asking for the recipe!).
Mid-way through the afternoon, you’ll enjoy some more warming tea (perhaps you even helped to pick the leaves!) along with a hand-made date and coconut truffle to see you through the day.
Mmm it’s enough to make you want to come back for more!
Perched on rare convict sandstone, seated around our fire pit, with a warming cup of tea in hand, the delights of the day ahead will be revealed to you.
Basking in quiet moments of meditation. Listening as the sound of rustling bamboo tickles your ears. Relishing the time and space to sigh out all your worries. Gazing peacefully across at the unmissable views. Bathing your soul in the healing vibrations of the ancient gum trees as we go forest bathing. Tempting yourself with a stroll down a secret path to a secluded beach. Feeding your soul as you meander through the veggie patch, breathing in the scent of lemon balm, rosemary and thyme. Feeling your inner being flourish as you discover a sense of kinship and connection with others on a similar journey.
All of this will be yours (not to mention an entire day just for yourself!), and that’s before we even get started on the yoga…
What is Forest Bathing?
Go to a Forest. Walk Slowly. Breathe. Open all your senses. This is the healing way of Shinrin-yoku Forest Therapy, the medicine of simply being in the forest.
Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, was developed in Japan in the 1980s, and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine. Researchers have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
The idea is simple: You visit a natural area, walk through it in a relaxed way, and you will soon discover the calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits of being surrounded by living nature.
You have always known this intuitively, I’m sure you have felt this in your body at some point. But in the past several decades there have been many scientific studies that support what you already know, and demonstrate the mechanisms behind the healing effects of simply being in wild and natural areas. For example, many trees give off organic compounds that support your “NK” (natural killer) cells that are part of your immune system's way of fighting cancer.
The scientifically-proven benefits of Shinrin-yoku include:
Boosted immune system functioning, with an increase in the count of the body's Natural Killer (NK) cells.
Reduced blood pressure
Increased ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
Accelerated recovery from surgery or illness
Increased energy level
As a result, you will experience
Deeper and clearer intuition
Increased flow of energy
Increased capacity to communicate with the land and its species
Increased flow of prana/life force
Deepening of friendships
Overall increase in your sense of happiness
By the end of this retreat in Paradise, you’ll be feeling not only calm and centred, but more vibrant and alive than you’ve ever imagined possible! You’ll be equipped with the tools to easily calm your nervous system, and re-energise yourself body and soul, not just for the day but every day for the rest of your life!
WHAT A DAY IN PARADISE WILL DO FOR YOU
At this retreat to Paradise you will reclaim the calm, confident and vibrant person within. You’ll get ever more deeply in touch with your own true nature, revealing a woman who’s alive, and in love with herself and her own beautiful body.
Not only that, you’ll leave with life-changing tools to:
Learn how to calm the nervous system and increase your ability to deal with stress for decades to come
Discover how to feel energised and alive, approaching each new challenge with a spring in your step
Finally begin to feel comfortable and confident in your body, for now and forever, learning how to respect and even love it as you never have before
Understand that your body can heal from old injuries and relieve aches and pains, so that you can move more easily through your life
Restore your body’s natural ability to sleep like a baby, waking up refreshed, energised and with a new-found zest for life
Revel in me-time, delighting in the pleasures of slowing down and focussing entirely on yourself
Take pleasure in allowing your natural self-esteem, self-confidence and self-worth to blossom
AND on the way you’ll have learned:
How to soothe your busy mind and stay present to enjoy every aspect of life
How to move your body in a way that honours how it is right now
How the simple act of breathing can reinvigorate you instantly
Paradise Yoga is located in Avalon Beach on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, which is about an hour’s drive north of Sydney’s CBD (outside of peak hour).
Avalon is cherished by locals and visitors alike. It’s set on a peninsula, so we’re lucky enough to have the ocean beach and pool on one side, (great for surfing, swimming and sun-bathing) and the gentler Pittwater on the other (a superb location for, swimming, sailing, kayaking, fishing and paddle-boarding). The village has some lovely eclectic shops, a cinema and a bar, as well as some outstanding restaurants. Palm Beach, home to many of Sydney’s rich and famous, is just a stone’s throw away, and well-worth a visit.
If you’re coming from outside the area, I highly recommend you consider the option of staying overnight or longer - there’s plenty around here to keep you occupied. The area is rich in Airbnbs - I can provide a list of recommended accommodations upon request. We also have a guide to all the secret spots in the area (but you have to promise not to tell anyone else about them!).
Paradise Yoga is set on the Western side of the Peninsula, overlooking Pittwater. Be mindful that the studio is in the garden of my home, although you will hardly notice that as you soak up the expansive views! It is set on a steep site, and there are around 50 steps to get to the studio, so it’s not suitable for wheelchairs or people who struggle with steps.
Catch the B1 bus from the city to Mona Vale (last stop) and then book yourself a Keoride to get dropped off at Paradise Yoga. Or, if you’re driving, there is street parking available (please don't park in our drive and be considerate of the neighbours - oh, and if you park parallell to or within 3m of the double white lines in the centre of the road, you will get a ticket!)
An entire uninterrupted day to yourself in Paradise
Two juicy yoga sessions - Hatha and Yin
Lots of deep breathing and sighing out
Deliciously deep relaxations that touch the deepest parts of your soul
A sleep-based meditation (Yoga Nidra) that will have you floating on air
A backdrop of yogic philosophy and theory
Rejuvenation and restoration through Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing
Contemplative listening and vibrational healing through a sound bath
A scrumptiously delicious plant-based lunch, as well as tea and hand-made snacks through the day
Free time / beach time
Lots of relaxation, some laughter and an opportunity to experience a lasting transformation in your life
Take-home resources to help you implement these practices in your daily life
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Transport to and from Avalon or Paradise Yoga
I am Claire Lane, the founder of Paradise Yoga, although many say I am an unlikely yoga teacher. Why unlikely? Well, ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you... I've never been sporty, and at school I was always the 'last picked girl' for netball and basketball, any kind of ball actually. Combine that with being fairly inflexible, not very strong and certainly less than graceful - and you can see why it took me a while to figure out that yoga is my true path in life!
And that's why I'm so passionate about it - because if I can do yoga, love yoga, live yoga - then anyone can. My goal is to open up the world of yoga to people who think they can't do it, to share with them that yoga is so much more than flexibility and strength.
My journey into yoga began slowly, in 2009, when I was working in the city and suffering from the aches and pains that come with sitting all day at a desk.
I started with one class a week and, despite my lack of flexibility and strength, I immediately noticed a physical improvement in my symptoms. Gradually, I started to take more classes, and over time, started to notice other benefits, both on and off the mat, particularly in my energy and stress levels and in my ability to manage stressful situations. So I kept going to class and learning more.
It was at this point that I discovered something remarkable: that the 'yoga' that most of us are familiar with (the poses or asana, the flexibility and movement, followed by some nice lying down and relaxing) is actually just a teeny-tiny part of what it's all about, and that being inflexible doesn't matter a jot. (Imagine that!)
Instead, I learned that yoga is an incredible body of ancient wisdom (backed up by contemporary science) that encompasses all areas of human life - anatomy and physiology, food and health, ethical questions, lifestyle choices, philosophy and more.
This discovery led me to make some small yet transformational life changes, and eventually I found myself studying to be a yoga teacher. I had no real intention of teaching; I was still fairly inflexible, and I just wanted to learn more.
But before long, I couldn't wait to start sharing this great knowledge with the world. I knew that if I could do yoga, love yoga, live yoga - me, with my tight hamstrings and tendency to be 'last picked girl' - then anyone could. I wanted to tell all those people who felt too stiff, too tired, too old, too embarrassed or too injured to do yoga that "you can do it too!”.
But more than that, more than just getting people 'on the mat', I wanted to share the wisdom of the ancient yogis and the transformational life changes that had so impacted me.
At around the same time that this part of my life was unfolding, my husband and I were planning to build a house and so we were able to design in a space dedicated to yoga. That little seed of an idea grew and grew, and now the Paradise Yoga studio is a stunning little hideaway, set in an edible permaculture garden with unrivalled views of Pittwater, offering a retreat for those looking for rest and tranquility.
It's my absolute pleasure to be sharing the wisdom of yoga with you, direct from Paradise. I especially love helping my students learn how to reduce their levels of stress, restore balance to the body, and bring calm and quiet to the mind - not just through the practice of yoga, but by providing a tranquil haven for people to retreat to.