Ever dream of spending a weekend away doing nothing but relaxing and practicing yoga? It sounds like a luxury that’s reserved for the rich and famous, but yoga retreats are actually designed for people of all budgets and experience levels.
There’s a reason yoga is synonymous with wellness. The practice comes with a whole host of benefits, like improving your sleep, strengthening your bones, and even fighting heart disease.
Still not convinced? Check out a NSW yoga retreat near you and find out for yourself.
- Billabong Retreat
Billabong’s biggest surprise could be its location: it’s tough to believe a place this magical exists only 45 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. Yoga retreat packages cater to every budget, from dorm-style accommodation to your own luxury clifftop cabin. Flexible scheduling lets you choose your retreat based on the day of the week or program type. Don’t want it to end? You can combine programs to extend your stay.
Short on time but craving a wellness break? Book in for a Day Retreat package (starts at $200), where you’ll get a full day of restoration. In the morning, start with your choice of massage, facial, or private yoga session. Follow that with a gorgeous lunch and afternoon yoga session for a rejuvenating mini-break.
- Happy Buddha Retreats
Get out of the city and into the mountains, where the stunning views will delight your soul. Yoga retreats are held on the weekends, and there’s no shortage of things to do. Activities include yoga, meditation, drumming circle, bush walks, and cooking tips. What you do is totally up to you—the goal is to find your inner place of joy and peace, no matter your level of yoga experience.
All retreats include two nights’ accommodation, seven yoga classes of varying styles, the other activities mentioned, and tasty, nutritious vegetarian meals. Prices start at $449 per person twin share.
- Health Retreats NSW at Mangrove Yoga
Achieve physical and spiritual balance through practicing the major branches of yoga at this popular Central Coast retreat centre. Participants are 15 kilometers from the nearest shop and there’s no alcohol, smoking, or mobile phone reception within the grounds.
Experience the foundations of yoga in a unique way by participating in a traditional fire ceremony called a havan, and prepare for the period of silence observed between 8.15pm and 7.30am. For a little extra relaxation, book an appointment with a massage therapist before your arrival.
- Pariah Yoga
Check out of work on Friday afternoon and head to the hills of Gloucester Tops, where you’ll spend the weekend immersing yourself in ashtanga yoga. Instructor Josh Pryor is passionate about yoga and his aim is to bring you deeper into the traditional aspects of the practice. Spend the day soaking up your pristine riverfront location, and enjoy getting to know the other attendees around the evening fire pit.
Packages include organic food and accommodation, as well as your yoga and meditation classes. Weekend prices are $300 for camping, or $400 for a private room with a double bed. Discounts are available for repeat customers.
- Byron Yoga Retreat
No list of NSW yoga retreats is complete without Byron Bay, a town famous for its laid-back, spiritual vibe. Byron Yoga Retreat runs flexible programs each week of the year, ranging from three to eight days in length. Retreats generally include yoga classes twice a day, wellness sessions, and massage.
Options are available for beginners through to advanced yogis. The average age of participants is 30, though people of all ages attend the retreats. Prices for the three-day retreat start at $725 per person for a twin share, with early bird discounts available. Accommodation, meals, and treatments are included.
- Yoga and Wellness Retreats Jervis Bay
Yoga teacher Ali Taylor encourages participants to go slow, focusing on your chakras and alignment as you practice. Retreats involve four core yoga sessions to calm and centre you, including a sunrise session on the edge of Jervis Bay. You’ll also experiment with various types of meditation and connect with your self-expression through creative arts sessions.
Tailor-made retreats are available to groups of eight or more, with a focus of your choosing. Luxury accommodation options vary depending on your preference, and prices are available on request.
- The Long Weekend Retreat
Lake Conjola, NSW South Coast
Have a long weekend that leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed, not dreading the work week. This retreat is ideal for people who are craving time on their own. Arrange your ‘pamper partners’ prior to your arrival so your schedule is entirely up to you. Practice personal yoga outside on the expansive deck, or inside on the heated floor, depending on weather.
Prices start at $350 per night for accommodation only, and you will have full use of the three-acre property. Pamper partner prices available on request.
Book in a NSW yoga retreat for a refreshing, relaxing weekend that’s all about you. Whichever one you choose, you can’t go wrong!