Join Australian yoga teachers and retreat guides, Fiona Galloway & Sue Byrne for a journey to the Wild West… of New Zealand! Nestled in the Waitakere Ranges laying to the West of Auckland, this event offers your classic retreat experience. Immerse in nourishing yoga, meditation, healing therapies, rejuvenating river swims & sauna sessions, hiking nearby trails and swimming at the beautiful black sand beaches the West Coast is famous for, the closest being the most beautiful Te Henga, also known as Bethells Beach.
This retreat will have you shedding the stress and resetting your system from the ground up. So if time out immersed in nature’s medicine is calling you – don’t hesitate to hit the booking link and join us. The beauty and energy of New Zealand will not disappoint. (Spaces limited to 15 people)
You can learn more about your highly experienced retreat guides Fiona & Sue here
Oh New Zealand! Aotearoa – the land of the long white cloud. Situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, ‘En-Zed’ offers such an unforgettable diversity of natural environments spread throughout both the North and South Islands. It’s a country that will not fail to take your breath away.
Located on the North Island, our beautiful healing destination is set on four hectares of native bush in the stunningly rugged Waitakere Ranges on the western outskirts of Auckland City. Bordered by the Waitakere Stream on one side and bush reserves on the other, there are some gorgeous bush walks right at home base and in the nearby Cascade Kauri Park. Also close by is the breathtaking Te Henga, or Bethells Beach, known for it’s rich black sand and dramatic West Coast scenery.
Our secluded retreat venue is situated just 40 minutes drive from Auckland City, or one hour by train. A group transfer from Auckland City will be arranged for those wishing to travel there together and depart Auckland City late morning of Day 1. Finer details of that will be shared closer to our retreat time. Transport will then return to Auckland on the final day arriving around midday.
Just a forty minute drive from Auckland, our home for 9 days will be at a lovely rustic retreat centre nestled in the forest. We are bordered by a small river on one side, thick native bushland all around and located only a short drive from the wild and stunningly beautiful West Coast beach of Te Henga.
Enjoy vast garden surrounds, trails into the bush, freshwater running, unpolluted fresh air , starry skies and saltwater a short distance away. This little gem is a paradise found, embedded deeply in natures elements. In the garden you can enjoy the wood-fired sauna and outdoor spa.
Rooms are on a twin share basis, with limited single supplements available. Shared bathrooms only. Simple, clean and comfortable with a selection of communal relaxing areas, both inside and out.
*One lunch and one dinner will be enjoyed off-site
Two sessions of yoga will be shared per day. Depending on our program of side trips, on some days this may revert to one. A full rest day will be enjoyed on day 4. We have a lovely yoga room to practice in, a mediation shala tucked away in the bush and we will also take the opportunity for some practices in our natural, stunning surrounds. Sessions will be lead by Fiona Galloway, founder of Wild Awake and Yoga Blu Australia, together with Sue Byrne of Yoga Byrne, Perth.
With a wealth of knowledge and experience between them, you can rest assured you are in safe hands. Learn more about Fiona and Sue on the ‘About Us’ page here.
MASSAGE AND NATURAL THERAPIES
To deepen and enhance your retreating experience, local therapists will be on hand to support you with healing and rejuvenating treatments including massage, energy work and natural beauty. One complimentary massage (1hr) is included in the retreat package. Other treatments are at the expense of guests. Details and prices of treatments available will be available closer to the retreat in order to support you in planning your therapy experience.
Nourish yourself with wholesome, vegetarian meals prepared in our retreat kitchen by experienced wholefoods cooks and created from local, fresh organic ingredients. Tea, coffee & fruits will also be available daily.
One lunch and one dinner will be enjoyed together off-site. Venues to be decided when we arrive.
Meet in Auckland City late morning (time & location TBC) to travel together to our retreat venue. We will stop for lunch and a cuppa along the way (cost is guest responsibility) before arriving at our home base at 2pm for check-in. Time to settle in and enjoy a juice or herbal tea, get to know the property before a late afternoon yoga session. Dinner together will be followed by a yoga nidra practice before drifting off into dreamland t rest our travelling bodies in preparation for the days of adventures ahead.
6:45-9am – morning yoga, pranayama, meditation (led by Sue)
9:15am – breakfast
10am – a variety of choices will be schedules (including complete relaxation!) Please check the list below.
1pm – wholesome, vegetarian lunch (One lunch will be enjoyed together off-site).
2pm – free range or afternoon excursion to get the blood flowing
4:30-6:30pm – afternoon yin or restorative yoga (led by Fiona)
7pm – dinner* (On the evening of Day 4 we will enjoy this at an outside venue)
Evening – time to connect, rest, share a movie on occasion, or simply ‘just be’.
Following our evening out, Day 5 is a ‘free range’ day to organise and do as you wish. A group excursion can be organised or you may choose to simply relax and enjoy the tranquil surrounds. We will discuss this together and make a suitable plan for everyone.
6:45-8:30am – morning yoga
8:45am – breakfast
10am – Check-out
10:30am – Depart for our journey back to Auckland City.
– a selection of short hikes of varying degrees of difficulty, length… and stunning-ness!!
– group excursions to nearby natural ‘hot spots’
– regular trips to Te Henga/Bethells Beach for some sandy toes, salty dips and beach combing. We can also enjoy a yoga or meditation session or two here in ‘nature’s studio’.
– massages, healing & beauty treatments will be available to book onsite
– enjoy the creek for a refreshing dip then jump in the sizzling sauna (feel alive!)
– soak in the garden spa in the sunshine or eve under the stars
A final retreat program will be sent out closer to our journey and incorporate all these goodies and offerings. Timing will be subject to change with weather and necessary adjustments.
Please arrange flights from your home country to Auckland. A group transfer departing and returning to Auckland City will be arranged and details provided closer to departure.
A moderate level of fitness is recommended in order to get the most out of this experience, as there will be opportunities for hiking, exploring the local outdoors and being significantly active – in addition to the restoration benefits of yoga. However, ultimately what you would like to get out of the retreat and how you approach this is entirely up to you.
What a soulful and incredible experience I have had with you, Fiona. Off grid challenges where I have seen things that I will never forget with a warm and caring fearless leader has filled me with gratitude. Thank you so much beautiful Sri Lanka, and Fiona. I will return.
Thank you for showing me the way, Fiona. I wandered and wondered. Five senses were touched every day of this adventure; sometimes a sixth of some kind seemed present. I was guided to and learnt how to give myself permission - couldn't have done it without you.
Bohoma Istutu, Lorisse.
First time travelling without my babies - big step!! Thank you for a beautiful experience. You are a generous and passionate teacher! I feel truly…
– Deeply centred
Fiona went above and beyond with her retreat in Sri Lanka. She thoughtfully planned delightful and surprising experiences and treats in addition to the yoga, so we got a gorgeous taste of Sri Lanka that I wouldn't have otherwise had! Fiona is totally committed to her environmental causes and this added a wonderful dimension to the retreat experience. Her yin yoga teaching is wonderful and my hips have been opened like never before. Thanks Fiona, my hips love you and so do I!
Fiona's attention to detail, thoughtfulness and inclusivity will make me sign up for other retreats she offers in a heartbeat!