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How much can a Yogi bear? Top yoga retreats in NSW

How much can a Yogi bear? Top yoga retreats in NSW

The yoga space at Billabong Retreat, in the Hawkesbury region northwest of Sydney.

Top 5 Yoga Retreats in NSW

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People enjoying a Yoga Room class.

Yoga retreats close to Sydney and beyond

​​​​​​Not long now for everyone to begin recharging as lockdown will hopefully be over soon. Yoga gurus and beginners should consider one of these five serene retreats to recuperate.

1. Heart and Soul Retreats, Otford 

Nestled in the hills bordering the Royal National Park, just a one-hour drive south of central SydneyHeart and Soul Retreats offer flexibility with room nights. They have a daily program (two yoga classes, a wellness workshop, and an evening activity), and three vegan meals included in their price. Or purchase a day pass that includes everything but a room. During your stay, explore the expanses of the national park, hike across sea cliffs, and swim at local beaches.  

2. Happy Buddha Retreats, Wentworth Falls 

In the Blue MountainsHappy Buddha Retreats is a yoga and mindfulness experience located in Wentworth Falls, a 90-minute drive west from Sydney. The all-inclusive retreat offers a range of two-night programs with vegetarian meals and twin-share accommodation, but you can also upgrade to have your own room. The core retreat program, named ‘Inner Joy’, features yoga and inspiring workshops designed to nourish the mind and body and ignite the spirit, with plenty of free time built in to laze by the pool, soak up the bush setting, and find your inner joy. 

The scenic Wentworth Falls, Leura in the Blue Mountains.
The scenic Wentworth Falls, Leura in the Blue Mountains.

3. Swami’s Yoga Retreat, Sydney 

Situated on 24 hectares of bushland and only an hour’s drive northwest from the centre of Sydney, Swami’s Yoga Retreat in Kenthurst offers a range of yoga and wellness classes in its all-inclusive daily program inspired by yoga expert Swami Sarasvati. Yoga classes are suited for all levels, and guests can set their own pace with plenty of time to enjoy the retreat’s facilities, including a tennis court, pool, gym, spa and sauna. Homemade vegetarian meals and herbal tea are provided throughout the day and the retreat is happy to provide recipes for dishes so you can continue your wellness journey at home. Book for as many nights as you like, with massage treatments available as an added extra.  

4. Billabong Retreat, Hawkesbury 

Discover inner wellness, increase your energy levels and improve your body’s balance with a stay at Billabong Retreat in the Hawkesbury region. Billabong Retreat runs a variety of programs, including the three-night Yoga Essentials Retreat that runs every four weeks. This retreat features workshops that explore how yoga practices and philosophy offer a path to freedom, plus twice-daily yoga classes and meditation sessions every other day. With a range of treehouses and deluxe cabins overlooking a beautiful billabong to bed down in, unwinding here is easy. 

5. Gaia Retreat and Spa, Brooklet 

Tucked up in the Byron Bay hinterland near Newrybar on the far North CoastGaia Retreat and Spa is a place to refocus, rebalance and restore your mind and body. Co-founded by Australian icon Olivia Newton-John, Gaia offers retreats from two days and up, which include stylish accommodation, gourmet organic meals, daily wellness activities including morning yoga and treatments at its lush spa, with private additional wellness services also available. Be sure to visit the spectacular Samira Yoga Lookout offering breathtaking views from the Pacific Ocean to the Nightcap Range.

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