Escape the City (of Sydney) for a retreat in nature

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Last Updated on November 18, 2020 by Editor

When the soul is craving nature and respite from hectic city life, it’s time to take a break and escape into nature. Switch off, decompress and allow yourself to go into full relaxation mode on one of these healing retreats, not so far away from Sydney but a world away.

Happy Buddha Retreats

Happy Buddha Retreat offer a retreat experience in the healing Blue Mountains – just 90-minutes from Sydney and nestled in the stunning Wentworth Falls landscape.

These two, four and six night retreats allow you to connect with a soulful, heartfelt retreat community, unwind, gain clarity and feel grounded. This is your chance to re-balance, reconnect and reset and surrender to the pause that resets, and to take the rest you deserve so that you can live the rich, full life you deserve.

Immersed in sacred bushland there are several walks offering breathtaking views and a chance to commune with nature at its most raw and elemental form – by sitting with nature, being mindful, and slowing down.

Choose from a selection of retreat programs including Inner Joy, Women’s Re-Wilding, Inner Rhythm or Journey Into Stillness.

More than a yoga retreat! Happy Buddha Retreats are a reboot to your physical, emotional and spiritual needs. You’ll leave feeling more grounded and connected back to who you are and what you want from this amazing life.

Happy Buddha Retreats are for everyone. From seasoned yogis to complete beginners, you’ll feel totally welcome, guided and supported whilst on your retreat. Starting from just $299 per person! Details & booking.

Billabong Retreat

Located only 45 minutes away from Sydney, Billabong provides yoga, meditation, mindfulness & wellness retreat programs are inspired by ancient wisdom and grounded in modern science. They can assist with stress management, physical strength and flexibility, addictions, mindful leadership, gut health, emotional intelligence, increased longevity, successful relationships, disease avoidance but perhaps most of all, cultivating peace of mind and happiness.

Your stay is packed with value and everything you need for a relaxing retreat. You’ll get your accommodation, linen and towels, daily themed workshops, twice daily yoga, evening meditations, all delicious organic whole-food meals, all drinks and snacks.

Indulge, refresh & transform yourself with our optional extras. Choose private yoga or meditation consults, relaxing massages, hot stone, facials, reiki, kinesiology or hypnotherapy – there is something for everyone.

As a fully certified eco-retreat we do our best to minimise our impact on the environment through rain water usage, water recycling, solar hot water and electricity. We can always do better and are continually improving. We are financed ethically and operate a social outreach program for those in need. We offer kindness and compassion with our staff, suppliers and customers. Details & booking.

The Quantum 3 Night Retreat

Leave 2020 stresses behind you and create a year with massive impact by leaving all that no long servers you at the door. Enjoy a weekend of Mind, Body Soul nourishment like never before on this three night Quantum Retreat hosted at Yoga In The Vines.

The weekend will be focused on all aspects of Whole Wellness like you have not experienced before. The retreat takes place from Friday 22nd January 2021 2pm until Monday 25th January 2021 10am.

This is weekend of wellness and transformation is designed to support you in getting UNSTUCK on where you are right now and help you get to your more aligned enlightened self.

Helping you to move through 2021 with clear visions and milestones that are easy to achieve and manifest through creating daily rituals.

The retreat includes delicious plant based food served by on-site chef Nathan Cooper, yoga & meditation classes with Shane Blackett, free dance with Shane Metcalfe, a healing session with Christophe Blackwell, a group session with Kineziologist Angela Scibberas, NLP, mind limitations and goal setting with Laira Wentworth; journaling, mini facials, Nails & Angel Readings; Equine Learning and Development with Lynn Jenkin from Horsanity and much more! Details & booking.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat

Aptly named after the Zulu word for healer, Spicers Sangoma Retreat is a place where you’ll discover complete rejuvenation and true reconnection. It’s best for a romantic spa weekend and retreat with your loved one. With just eight intimate suites, it offers guests a truly boutique set-up.

Cocooned by the natural serenity of the Blue Mountains of New South Wales it’s located just an 80-minute drive from Sydney (but oh, how far away it feels). The eco-certified luxury escape is also a decent distance from regional hub Katoomba’s tourist-flocked trails, so you’ll enjoy a tranquil getaway, surrounded by lofty views of verdant bush and Bowen Mountain.

And the retreat is a hiker’s paradise, with trails crisscrossing the forest and the nearby National Parks. They’ll arrange for more vigorous outdoor activities as well, if that’s what you’re after.

Spicers Sangoma Retreat provides an exclusive travel experience and excellent, attentive service which has recently been recognised by Hotels Combined honouring the retreat with an Excellence Award for 2020. There are also excellent five star reviews on Tripadvisor if you are not already sold.

Unwind with a sauna or meditation session at Spa Anise, or relax with one of the heavenly treatments that embody the essence of the Australian bush-land and artistry of restorative massage techniques.  Details & booking.

Crystal Creek Meadows

Crystal Creek Meadows located in the beautiful Kangaroo Valley is perfect for a girly getaway spa break. Wellness has been incorporated into the core of this retreat – tranquil gardens offer places for spiritual connection and the peaceful settings help guests to reconnect with and enjoy deeper relaxation.

Wellness themes are interwoven into everything, from the eco-friendly ethos and fresh local and homemade food to the beautiful gardens, nature walking track and yoga. Enjoy exhilarating outdoor nature activities such as free bikes to feel the wind in your hair down country lanes.

The Divine Girls Getaway Pamper Package – A hugely successful package for a wonderful girls’ weekend away with Deluxe Tariff, includes a one hour spa treatment (massage or facial) of each guest’s choice, a gift bag of aromatherapy products and a box of handmade chocolates each, light lunch on one day, a three course dinner of your choice in Kangaroo Valley on one evening at either Jing Jo Thai or The Mango Tree Indian and a bottle of sparkling wine per cottage.

Day spa services are offered exclusively to onsite guests and treatments are provided in the privacy of your own cottage, so you can rejuvenate and keep the mood in your own tranquil world for as long as you wish. Soak in your deep freestanding bathtub before or after your treatment, enjoy a real wood fire, and savour the beautiful natural surrounding. Details & booking.

Kurrara Guest House

​We think Kurrara in the Blue Mountains is a special place! Imagine a boutique guest house in Katoomba surrounded by cold-climate gardens, eight guest rooms, and a history dating back to 1902, and now with a beautiful yoga studio!

Choose your favourite room from three large spa suites with four-poster beds, and five upstairs rooms with queen beds and private en suites. All individually decorated and recently refurbished.

An ambient, light-filled space, crafted with recycled timbers invites you to ‘find your inner calm’ under the guidance of their experienced and qualified yoga teachers. Aside from a weekly timetable of yoga classes, Kurrara will curate a retreat for your group, with a range of complimentary activities to suit your needs. Be present on your yoga mat and stretch out your hamstrings and quads after a long walk!

​Kurrara is the original house of the Coomonderry Estate, nestled on a quiet corner between Katoomba and Leura, and surrounded by cold-climate gardens.

This is the perfect retreat venue for retreats groups. They cater for whole-house bookings – perfect for yoga/meditation teachers and their students, small conferences, family or friends reunions and couples can enjoy a two night minimum stay. Details & booking.

Nu Leaf Retreat

For a day retreat package we highly recommend Nu Leaf Retreat located in the Hunter Valley. Enjoy the incredible experiences that are normally reserved for in house guests with these all inclusive one-day packages.

Choose from Yogalates & Spa Day or if you are big cheese fan there is a unique cheese making day retreat. Wondering what this might look like? After a light morning tea and wine tasting, you’ll learn the art of cheese making. Try your hand at ricotta, fetta, haloumi, mascarpone and yoghurt at this 4-hour workshop in our own commercial kitchen. Later enjoy lunch on the pool deck overlooking the vineyards.

Nu Leaf is the ultimate, exclusive and luxury retreat with fabulous reviews to boot, providing world class facilities set amidst the vineyards of the Hunter Valley, just two hours from Sydney. Details & booking.

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