Sanctuary Retreat, North Queensland
Yoga Retreat at Mission Beach
This well priced Yoga Retreat at Mission Beach will give you the rest and relaxation you need.
My retreats bring people together for a meaningful experience and provide a safe space for you to show up as you are – to move, breath, feel, ground, tune in, clear up and open up.
You will experience a light hearted space for movement, rest and processing for clarity and inner stability.
Drawing on 25 years of teaching experience and the potent practices of yoga asana, mindfulness and pranayama, my teaching approach will help you cultivate the deep inner ease required to heal, revitalise, and expand yourself.
Sanctuary Retreat is a beautiful rainforest ecolodge in Mission Beach, North Queensland. A spectacular drive 2 hours south of Cairns. Surrounded by pristine and quiet tropical beaches, you can swim, hike or just laze on the beach.
Twin share: $950 pp
DELUXE CANOPY CABINS
Twin share: $1150 pp
*see images of accommodation in drop down box below
- 3 night retreat accommodation in peace and quiet at Sanctuary Retreat
- Breakfast and Dinner. Nourishing, vegetarian and delicious.The Breakfast buffet each day consists of homemade muesli, fresh fruits, organic and vegan yoghurts, incredible porridge of the day, eggs of the day with breads, juices and smoothie will leave you feeling completely nourished. (vegan options available). Dinner is a daily choice of three incredible vegetarian options with salads and breads. These meals are fresh, creative and super tasty! The last night will include a delicious Indian feast.
- 3 x Morning Hatha/ Vinyasa & 3 x 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.
- Air fares and transfers to Mission Beach
After 25 years of learning, practicing and teaching Yoga, my focus is to offer Yoga practices that combine the rich traditions and tools of yoga with the latest science and understanding of the body and brain to support modern challenges of physical, mental and spiritual health within community.
My intention is to 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.
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 – 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. The parts make up the whole.
Conscious Movement – Our nervous systems need and love novel movement that challenges 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. My approach to movement integrates yoga asana (postures) with my understanding of the latest science in anatomy, biomechanics and therapeutics for greater functionality and healing.
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.
Total Awareness – Becoming present, aware of what you are doing and why. Examining patterns of thoughts, mental narratives and feelings, growing your capacity to understand and be with whatever arises: anger, rage, fear, joy, sadness etc. Positive Neuroplasticity tells us that each one of us has the power to use the mind to change the brain to change the mind for the better. With self awareness we can develop inner power to build more inner strengths such as grit, confidence, kindness, emotional balance, happiness and patience.
Laughter and Humour – Always a good dose!
Choose: 6am or 7.45am – Hatha or Vinyasa Flow
8am or 9.30am – Super Healthy Breakfast
9.30am to 3pm: Free Time
Choose: 3pm or 4.45pm – Restorative & Yin Yoga, Myofascial Release, Pranayama and Meditation.
6.30pm: Nutritious vegetarian dinner with Indian buffet on last night
** Times subject to change depending on retreat numbers.
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.
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.
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.
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)