Thala Beach Lodge, North Queensland
This Thala Beach Yoga Retreat is the perfect opportunity to immerse in nature and yoga.
My retreats bring people together for a meaningful experience and connection. I provide a safe space to show up as you are, to immerse in simple yet powerful practices that allow us to be more at ease with ourselves, more present, and more open-hearted.
Drawing on 25 years of teaching experience and the potent practices of yoga asana, mindfulness and pranayama, my light-hearted approach will help you cultivate the deep inner ease required to heal, restore, and revitalise.
Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an hour north of Cairns and ten minutes’ drive from Port Douglas. Accommodation is in eco bungalows spread through the natural forest of a private beachfront headland. Enjoy panoramic views of the Coral Sea from the restaurant, private-access sandy beaches, fringed with palms and dotted with hammocks.
- Twin Share – $2200 per person
- Single Occupancy – $3100 per person
KingFisher Suite ( 2 bedrooms, 4 x King Single Beds)
- 4 person Occupancy – $1880 per person
- 3 nights’ boutique accommodation – spacious tropical bungalows at Thala Beach Nature Nature reserve.
- 3 delicious buffet breakfasts at Thala’s Osprey’s Restaurant in the treetops with spectacular views.
- 3 dinners at the spectacular Osprey’s Restaurant
- 3 x Early Morning Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga and 3 x Early Evening Restorative Yoga/Meditation
- Guided nature and bird walks
- A unique Coconut Odyssey (Australia’s only coconut tour!)
- One Aboriginal Talk
- One guided Star Gazing experience
- Unlimited self-guided walks around 58ha of beachfront native forest
- Lots of free time between Yoga sessions
- Lunches are not included to allow for free time. You can order pool or room service or dine in the restaurant.
- Beverages are not included, and will be charged directly to you.
- Airport transfers are $52pp one way for scheduled seat in coach, or private transfer from $195 for up to 3 pax one way.
- Bus to Port Douglas is $10pp one way scheduled 4 times during the day, first bus 9.30 last bus back 9:30pm
- Spa services are not included, however you can book your spa treatment by contacting: Thala Beach Health Spa.
I have been practicing yoga since I was 16 and teaching yoga for over 25 years. I draw from extensive training both in the Yoga and Fitness Industries where I have had a full time career for 30 years, both teaching and training teachers.
I provide innovative, purpose-driven Yoga sessions based on science, research and the rich traditions of Yoga along with many years of experience with groups and individuals.
My intention is to help build awareness, empowerment, resilience and positive outcomes for health.
My skill lies in being able to translate anatomical knowledge into somatic ‘felt’ experiences providing the necessary self awareness for beneficial change. Through inner sensing, deep listening and responding we can provide the conditions within the body & mind for releasing tensions, healing and thriving.
You can expect slow, breath centred, anatomically focused classes that offer an exploration of movement where you can investigate, adapt and evolve your practice to honour your individual needs and anatomy.
MIND-BODY INTEGRATION : The Pillars of my 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 and all of the parts of ourselves.
Conscious Movement – Our nervous systems need and love novel movement that challenge the mind and body. My classes aim to ground and move the body in different planes and patterns with variety in fluidity and form. This variation and freedom in asana extends our movement capacities stimulating the brain and body for better function as well as opens blocked mental, emotional, and physical energetic pathways.
You will increase stability, mobility, strength, self awareness and mental/emotional balance.
Conscious Breathing – One of the fundamental teachings of yoga is that our breath mirrors our nervous system and emotional state and by changing our breath patterns we can at a deep level change the way we feel. Classes include conscious and deliberate awareness of breathing to soothe (or stimulate) the nervous system, inducing a complete physiological and psychological shift.
Self Inquiry – Yoga’s purpose is to bring us ‘home’ of our natural undivided state. By becoming conscious of our thoughts and feelings and embracing our entire ‘messy’ human experience we come to accept ourselves.
I believe humour and laughter is good medicine, stillness and silence is so very necessary and yoga is a sacred refuge for our busy lives. I look forward to sharing the practice with you.
7am to 9am: Hatha/ Vinyasa Yoga Practice
9am – Delicious buffet breakfast
4pm to 5.30pm: Restorative Yoga Practice – includes Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga
6.30pm – Dinner
Jungle Walk Bungalow
2 x King Singles or 1x King Bed
Experience the unique woodland forest from Thala’s Jungle Walk Bungalows.
Located within the forest, Jungle Walk Bungalows combine comfort with the deep green, earthy beauty of the jungle.
2 x King Singles or 1x King Bed
Thala’s Eucalypt Bungalows allow you to intimately experience the unique tropical forest in supreme comfort and privacy.
Eucalypt Bungalows are individually positioned and border Thala’s pathways as they gently rise up the headland through the lush Eucalypt forest.
Kingfisher Suite – 4 person
The Kingfisher Suite is a 2 bedroom bungalow suitable for a maximum of 4 people. It is a popular choice for friends retreating together. The room includes 2 x bedrooms, outdoor and indoor living areas, a simple kitchenette (microwave, full size fridge & sink) and an open plan outlook through the forest.
Arrival time on the first day is from 2pm. The first yoga class and formal group welcome is will be between 4pm. A schedule will be sent to you closer to date.
Check-out of the resort and retreat end is 10am on the last day.
A deposit of $500 is required at the time of booking.
Final payment is due 60+ days from event start date. Guests can cancel 60+ days from event start date with no penalty.
Any cancellations made 60 – 30 days prior to arrival; $250 cancellation fee applies.
Any cancellation made 29 – 0 days prior to arrival; 100% cancellation fee applies.
For any guests whose travel is affected by COVID-19 as a result of Government imposed restrictions, the retreat package value will be placed into credit for use on any other Core Life Retreat within a 12 month period.
No refunds will be made for no-shows or any other unused services.
MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND RISKS
Each participant must complete Medical/Covid Disclosure Form that will be sent to you via email and must be returned no later than seven 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.
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!
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 practicesmet 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.Sally
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.Sari
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)