Yoga Retreats

with Jen Hamilton

Mission Beach, North Queensland


Wednesday 25th August to Saturday 28th August

3 nights


Thursday 9th September to Sunday 12th September

3 nights


These retreats are the perfect opportunity to center, restore and reflect on your health and wellness in body, mind and spirit.
Drawing of the rich practices of yoga asana, mindfulness and pranayama you will cultivate the deep inner ease required for restoration, recalibration and revitalisation.
This is a chance to be completely present to your whole self.

Jen’s retreats offer a light hearted space for movement, rest, processing, and practice to gain clarity and inner stability.

Sanctuary Retreat is a ecolodge in Mission Beach, North Queensland. A spectacular drive 2 hours south of Cairns, set in 50 acres of lush private rainforest. Surrounded by pristine and quiet tropical beaches, you can swim, hike or just laze on the beach.

These retreats are suitable for all levels of yoga experience.  Moderate fitness is required.

Pricing & Location

Sanctuary Retreat, Mission Beach, North Queensland

Costs per person



Twin share: $850 pp

Single: $1050


Twin share: $1050 pp

Single: $1250


  • 3 nights retreat accommodation at Sanctuary Retreat
  • Breakfast & Dinner. Amazing organic vegetarian meals, morning juices & smoothies. The last night will include a delicious Indian feast.
  • Morning Flow & Afternoon Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation.
  • Yoga mats and props are provided.
  • Lunches are self -catered. There is a kitchen to prepare you own food OR alternatively you can eat at Mission Beach OR order off the Sanctuary menu.


More Info

After 25 years of learning, practicing and teaching Yoga, Jen’s focus is to offer Yoga practices that combine the rich traditions of yoga with a western understanding of the body and brain to support modern challenges of physical, mental and spiritual health within community.

The Pillars of Jen’s teaching:

Self Compassion and Self Acceptance – the foundation to any inner work and all yoga practice. This is a ‘soft’ process of accepting our actual, present-moment experience, embracing all of who we are.

Conscious  Movement –  Our bodies need and love movement.  Through the felt sense of one’s own anatomy, Jen skillfully crafts her classes to optimise the effects of your yoga practice for increased mobility, strength, self awareness and mental/emotional stability.  Jen’s approach integrates traditional yoga practices with the latest research in anatomy, bio-mechanics and therapeutics for greater functionality and healing.

Conscious Breathing –One of the fundamental teachings of yoga is that our breath mirrors our emotional state and by changing our breath we can at a deep level change the way we feel. Jen guides you through conscious and deliberate awareness of breathing to soothe (or stimulate) the nervous system, inducing a complete physiological and psychological shift.

Mental Patterns –  Becoming aware of our patterns of thoughts, mental narratives and feelings to uncover how they can cause stress is the beginning of change. The science of neuroplasticity reveals that we can change mental patterns, change our brains and the way we think, feel and be. We can transform our entire Way of Being.

Through the interplay of self awareness, movement, breath and mental patterns, Jen skillfully guides you to a felt sense of Wholeness – balanced, steady, present and open.


Daily Routine 

Choose: 6am or 7.45am – Hatha or Vinyasa Flow


9.30am to 3pm: Free Time

Choose: 3pm or 4.45pm –  Restorative Practice – Restorative & Yin Yoga, Self Myofascial Release, Pranayama and Meditation.

6.30pm: Nutritious vegetarian dinner with Indian buffet on last night

** Times and content subject to change

Arrival time on the first day is from 2pm.  The first yoga class and formal group welcome is will be between 3pm and 5pm – this will be confirmed in a schedule that will be sent to you.  Due to flights people arrive at all different times in the day but aim to be there as early as possible so you have time to unwind and relax before our first session.

Check-out of the resort and retreat end is 10am on the last day.


Deluxe Cabins

For those interested in more creature comforts, then the deluxe canopy cabins may be for you.

Of solid wooden construction, with ample, screened glass windows, the canopy cabins offer maximum protection from the elements, while still offering a close connection to the sights and sounds of the forest.
Larger than the rainforest huts, these cabins are stylishly appointed with polished wooden floors, handmade natural timber furniture and spectacular glass-walled bathrooms looking out high in the trees.

Rainforest Huts

Elegant and yet rustic at the same time. Accessed by a boardwalk to protect the forest floor, the rainforest huts are designed to be like a bubble in the rainforest and can be opened on three sides by sliding timber and glass panels giving a beautiful close rainforest experience.

Each hut has a small verandah, simple furnishings and sleeps up to two in either double or twin bed occupancy. A simple deck extends from the hut, while privacy is created by the natural foliage of the forest. Gravity fed with fresh, cold water collected onsite, the outside ensuites are appointed with a shower, toilet and hand wash basin so that you can shower in the forest, naturally.



3 nights retreat accommodation at Sanctuary Retreat

Breakfast & Dinner. Starting with dinner the first night and ending with breakfast the last day. Amazing organic vegetarian meals, morning juices & smoothies. The last night will include a delicious Indian feast.

Morning Flow Practice & Afternoon Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pranayama & Meditation.

Yoga mats and props are provided, however your own mat is recommended

Lunches are self -catered. There is a kitchen to prepare you own food OR alternatively you can eat at Mission Beach OR order off the Sanctuary menu.


Transport to and from the retreat.




You will be emailed booking confirmation with payment details.

Payment is required IN FULL to hold your spot.

If the participant withdraws or transfers from the retreat, the following refund

  • 100% refund for cancellation 30+ days before retreat start date.
  • 50% refund for cancellation 15-29 days before retreat start date.
  • 0% refund for cancellation 0-14 days before retreat start date.

Should the minimum number of participants not be reached, Core Life Yoga reserves the right to cancel a retreat.  Core Life Yoga will notify you in advance and give a full refund within 10 days of cancellation.

No refunds will be made for no-shows or any other unused services.

Each participant must complete Medical Disclosure Form that will be sent to you via email and must be returned no later than thirty (30) days before retreat commencement. Each participant must hereby acknowledge that the yoga retreat will include physical activity that may present personal risks to himself/herself and other members of the group.

Core Life Yoga reserves the right to change or amend this policy at anytime. The current policy is always applicable.


My first ever yoga retreat was way better that I could have imagined. It’s the perfect balance between effort and ease with amazingly varied classes and quiet time away. The resort is gorgeous, and I loved everything about it. Excellent food and coffee and more luxury than I expected. Jen is an incredible teacher, and each class is beautifully curated. This retreat is the perfect antidote for a busy, highly pressured life.

Mandy Ford, Hotel General Manager

Thank you Jen for supporting a dive into a rejuvenating experience in the rainforest to explore making some inner space healing. It was like an internal massage from the inside out!

Michelle, GP

This retreat was a nourishing, rejuvenating, and unforgettable experience. I attended in my third trimester of pregnancy, as I have been consistently practicing with Jen throughout.
It was the perfect time to set aside for myself and connect to my body and the upcoming, life shifting experience of bringing a new member into our family. Jen’s practices
met me exactly where I am physically and mentally. She graciously modified the practice as needed to adjust for everyone’s body.
She is a gifted and experienced yoga instructor. Her practices are genuine, unique and facilitated with a warm heart. She has excellent knowledge of anatomy and clearly explains each pose with ease.
In addition to the beautiful yoga practices, the sanctuary retreat setting was stunning. We experienced the lush rainforest trails, frequent cassowary sightings, and  beautiful meals provided the sanctuary that far exceeded expectations.
I felt completely rejuvenated by the end of the weekend. I  highly recommend this retreat and hope to return again in the future.


Dear Jen, thanks so much for sharing your love of Yoga with us.
Each session I thought ” this is the best session so far” until the next session got even better.
I think you have designed the program very skillfully, which is probably something that is not so apparent.
Alex, GP

The Mission Beach Yoga Retreat with Jen at Core Life Yoga was AMAZING!  Jen is a fabulous Yoga teacher and the main reason I went on the retreat. Her style of teaching and energy is so welcoming and empowering, as she gives purely from her heart. I highly recommend anyone thinking about doing a retreat to invest in yourself and joining Jen for the next one. Everything was perfect – the quietness of the resort, the yoga sessions, the amount of alone time, the connection to nature, and of course the food.

I am an official “retreat junkie!” I went to Jen’s first retreat back in 2014 because I knew how much I enjoyed her yoga classes, and figured a weekend of yoga, would be just as much fun. What I didn’t expect was that it would become an annual thing. Retreats with Jen are about so much more than just yoga (although, that part is awesome!). They are about nurturing yourself and giving yourself permission to stop what you think you “should be doing”, and just do what your body feels it needs and wants to do. That may mean going for a hike, or hanging out at the beach, drinking wine, or taking a nap! The beauty of Jen’s retreats is the choice is yours.

What you know for certain is that you will get to spend the weekend in a beautiful location, with AMAZING food, a lovely group of people, and of course, yoga with Jen.

Oh what a weekend we had together! After finishing the retreat I feel so inspired and I cannot describe how grateful I am for having had the possibility to join your retreat in this beautiful cassowary environment.It really was such an absolute pleasure to get to know you and spend the weekend with you. I want to thank you Jen and all these lovely and inspiring ladies for sharing your time and your beautiful selves with myself, I personally had such a great time.I think the retreat it a great starting point for developing healthy (physically and mentally) habits. I am certainly taking home a lot from this retreat. KATHRYN ( Germany)

Kathryn ( Germany)