The Art of Self Care - with Erika Newberry

Clarity of Purpose: Setting Direction - with Erika Newberry

Creating Space in Body, Mind & Life - with Belinda Blackburn

Flow of Grace - with Robyn Jacobs

Yin & Yang: The Dance to Wholeness - with Cherie Rigby

The Dance of Duality - with Erika Newberry

Vast Mind, Rested Body - with Antonia Pont

Tuning in to Your True Nature - with Belinda Blackburn

Nourish the Heart - with Jaye Hayes

The Gentle Ease of Being - with Rachel Hanrahan

Aligned, Energised & Enabled - with Antonia Pont

Finding Comfort & Ease, in Yoga & Life - w Belinda Blackburn

Resonate with Healing Mantra - with Debby Badger

Rest, Release, Receive - with Jaye Hayes

The Art of Self Care - with Erika Newberry

Dropping into Deep, Clear Rest - with Antonia Pont

The retreats are held at Clearview Retreat, a residential retreat centre ninety minutes north of Melbourne in the King Parrot Valley in central Victoria. Clearview Retreat backs onto the Tallarook forest and ranges, with immense views 100 kilometres across to Mount Buller and other spectacular mountain ranges.

7-9 December 2018 (2-day retreat)

18-20 January 2019 (2-day retreat)

8-10 February 2019 (2-day retreat)

15-17 March 2019 (2-day retreat)

22-24 March 2019 (2-day retreat)

12-14 April 2019 (2-day retreat)

18-23 April 2019 (5-day retreat)

3-5 May 2019 (2-day retreat)

10-12 May 2019 (2-day retreat)

17-19 May 2019 (2-day retreat)

30 Aug-1 Sept 2019 (2-day retreat)

18-20 October 2019 (2-day retreat)

1-3 November 2019 (2-day retreat)

8-10 November 2019 (2-day retreat)

22-24 November 2019 (2-day retreat)

29 Nov-1 Dec 2019 (2-day retreat)

This is a range of workshops to expand and deepen our understanding of yoga. In a class situation we often only get to practice postures, yet yoga has an insightful, practical and fascinating body of knowledge regarding the workings of the mind and the soul, as relevant today as it was 4,000 years ago.

Each Weekend Mountain Yoga Retreat involves yoga classes, relaxation, meditation, some periods of silence, and guided walks. The structure of each workshop is the same, but different themes are focussed on each weekend.

Home-cooked, delicious, inspiring vegetarian meals are provided, beginning with Friday night dinner. Special diets are catered for.

More retreats will be scheduled for 2019 - check the website later for updates or ask to be put on our email list.


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2-day retreats

$ 450 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 515 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

3-day retreats

$ 670 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 770 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

4-day retreats

$ 900 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 1030 per person:  yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

5-day retreats

$ 1120 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 1285 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Two-day retreats have 5 yoga sessions. Three-day retreats have 7 yoga sessions. Five-day retreats have 12 or more yoga sessions. Free time between yoga sessions allows guests to rest and explore. Class sizes are kept small and students of all levels of experience are welcome. If there are areas of particular interest or special needs, i.e. injuries or pregnancy, please let us know in advance so we are able to better tailor the program to suit you.



2-day retreat: 7pm Fri until 3pm Sun

3-day retreat: 7pm Fri until 3pm Mon

4-day retreat: 7pm Fri until 3pm Tues

5-day retreat: 7pm Thurs until 3pm Tues

2-day retreat: $ 450 or $ 515

3-day retreat: $ 670 or $ 770

4-day retreat: $ 900 or $ 1030

5-day retreat: $ 1120 or $ 1285

Price includes yoga, accommodation & food and

varies with level of accommodation

For full range of price options, see below

Belinda Blackburn found yoga over 12 years ago and embraced it fully, loving the changes it brought to her life. Her training in the Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching at the CAE covered a variety of yoga styles which, along with ongoing study and practice, has given her the opportunity to be inspired by their combined wisdom as she develops her own unique blend. She currently teaches several weekly classes at Harvest Yoga in Kensington including open, beginners, kids, prenatal and mums & bubs. She has also taught yoga classes in prisons, workplaces and schools. Belinda has a nurturing teaching style which encourages students to explore and deepen their self knowledge through asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Beneath the pressures of everyday life we all have a calm and peaceful interior; Belinda works to guide her students towards this place and give them the tools to establish an ongoing connection to it.

  1. ~ Gift certificates are available, and are valid for 12 months from date of purchase

  2. ~ GST is included in these prices

  3. ~ Non-refundable and non-transferable deposit to secure booking: $ 150

  4. ~ Balance to be paid 3 weeks before retreat

  5. ~ Full fee is forfeited, & non-transferable, if booking is cancelled by guest less than 1 week before retreat

Antonia Pont has been practicing yoga for 16 years, and studying zen since 1996. She has trained and practiced with teachers in Australia, India and Europe, and has taught locally and internationally. She completed her first teacher training in Melbourne, with Paul Wooden of Gertrude Street Yoga in 2004. She then trained in the Vijnana tradition and received certification as a Vijnana teacher from the founder of the style, Orit Sen-Gupta, in 2011. She continues to study with Orit, and edited Orit’s recent book, The Heart of Yoga. Antonia has established Vijnana Yoga Australia in central Melbourne at the beautiful AYM studios. Her approach to teaching postures, breath and meditation is precise, steady, and sometimes irreverent. She encourages students to trust the strengthening and startling journey that practice can be, and to integrate this wisdom into their lives off the mat. She tweets about practice (@AntoniaPont) and yoga (@VijnanaYogaAust).

(*Clearview Retreat also offers nature meditation retreats, and food retreats.

See Nature Meditation Retreats and Food Retreats for details.)

Jaye Hayes is a Restorative Yoga and somatic movement teacher, and a writer, researcher, dance/media artist and creative facilitator. Her 20+ years of Yoga practice is in the Iyengar tradition and she has undertaken teacher training with Alan Goode & Peter Scott. However, her personal journey with chronic illness has led her to specialise in the restorative and remedial aspects of the practice. Jaye has developed a unique ‘somatic’ approach to teaching restorative yoga, informed by 10+ years Body-Mind Centering (BMC) practice with Alice Cummins; Jaye is currently undertaking BMC certification training at Moving Within (Oregon). She has also studied Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA) and in 2016 completed Honours research in Dance at Deakin University. Jaye is passionate about empowering others to live more fully embodied, integrated and balanced lives through yoga, movement, meditation and connection to nature. She currently teaches at Kundalini House and is writing a book about her somatic approach to restorative yoga.

This retreat is suited to practitioners who are keen to deepen their relationship with their practice, their physical and energetic awareness, and with the vast landscape of their heartmind. Using the balanced approaches from the Vijnana tradition of yoga (sitting, breathing, moving, and inquiry) along with relaxation techniques and self-massage practices, we will protect a space for exploring and discovering our innate capacity for spaciousness, stillness, joy and insight. In the stunning setting of Clearview Retreat, and enjoying several nature walks, we will dedicate 5 days to the elation that comes with quietness, contemplation and steady practising. Ideally students will have a history with committed yoga or meditation. This doesn’t mean virtuosic pose ability, but rather a sincere curiosity for working with all the layers of intelligence in the living being. Suitable for newer yoga teachers. Antonia Pont is a Senior Teacher with Yoga Australia, and this retreat can be credited as 36hrs of CPD points towards your YA registration.

The New Year is a great time for setting goals and resolutions, but how often do we lose sight of them as the year goes on? Change can be really exciting and challenging all rolled in to one. In this retreat we will look at setting intentions from a yogic perspective and how to integrate this into our lives in a sustainable and manageable way. Through a daily practice of yoga and meditation we explore how our intentions relate to our present moment experience and how we can explore basing our decisions on what we value the most. This retreat will offer us the time and space to re-establish purpose and direction through body-mind connection. Within these two days you can expect meditation to help establish self-awareness, slow flow to remind us of our inner strength; and yin, to connect us with the subtle flow of energy in and around us.

Ongoing demands on our time and energy can leave us feeling crowded, restricted and overwhelmed. Physical tension is stored in our bodies, busyness overwhelms our minds and our lives become cluttered and crowded with commitments until there seems to be no time left for leisure or pleasure. Over this weekend we will enjoy the spacious surrounds of Clearview Retreat while practicing slow, gentle asana to create physical space and openness, exploring ancient meditation techniques to expand our minds and hearts and guided relaxation to find ease and release. Through discussion and sharing we will identify our patterns and habits, release unnecessary holding, thoughts or activities and begin to create a more spacious sense of self. We will also explore the concept of time, how much we have and what we do with it and share methods of creating more time for reflection, yoga practice and whatever else brings you joy.

Erika Newberry has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 16 years and has been teaching since 2011. She completed her initial yoga teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne and then went on to study yogic philosophy, yin yoga, laughter yoga, trauma sensitive yoga and yoga therapy. Erika teaches at a number of yoga studio and gyms around Melbourne as well as offering private yoga therapy sessions, corporate yoga and specialised yoga sessions/programs for hospitals and schools. Erika loves the richness of yoga: how it can help bring the body and mind together and promote a wholeness of our experience of being in our body. Erika loves that yoga teaches us to breathe fully, to trust our own experience and to respond in a way that is appropriate, kind and sustainable for us. Her classes are deeply nourishing and nurturing for both the body and the mind.  

When you nourish your heart, you nourish your whole being. This retreat offers a space for heart-centred self-care. The heart is a source of great compassion and strength. Supporting the heart in turn supports and strengthens us in moving towards more compassionate and courageous ways of living and being. An embodied awareness of the heart awakens the intelligence that resides there, allowing compassion to flow throughout the body-mind. Restorative Yoga practice nourishes the physical and metaphysical aspects of the heart, to restore organ tone and recover the energy of loving-kindness. Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice of passive poses combined with Somatic Meditation to activate the processes that enable ‘rest’ to become ‘restorative’. Mindfully resting the heart reminds this hard-working organ of its capacity to receive nourishment from the breath. In this retreat you will explore the embodied anatomy and consciousness of your own heart through yoga, meditation, movement, bodywork, sound and writing/drawing.

The dance between the yin and the yang, the light and the shadow side, the sun and moon; these opposing forces are represented everywhere, not only around us but also within us. This 2 day retreat offers you the opportunity to use your yoga practice to explore the dance of duality within by bringing awareness to physical sensations, emotions and energetic flow. The integration of mindfulness practices within both dynamic and quieter yoga styles allows you to become more skilful in your own application of the practice in order to promote balance to your current state. This retreat will offer an exploration of Hatha and Yin yoga styles as well as meditation. You can expect some mantra (sound), mudra (hand gestures) and pranayama (breath practices) to be thrown into the mix so that you can explore the more subtle practices that are not always offered in regular classes, all woven together with some yogic philosophy.

We are all products of our environment, our upbringing, our work, social and family lives and our personality. All of these overlap to create the person we present to the world. What if there is more to it than this? What if all of these layers are covering a deeper self, our true nature that resides deep within beyond all of those outside influences and the masks that we wear to conform, to get by, to define ourselves? What if all of these masks are limiting our potential, our connection to our place in the universe, our sense of self? During this weekend, surrounded by nature, we will practice deep self-enquiry through yoga, pranayama, meditation and discussion. We will explore the possibilities of what lies beneath, beginning the process of unveiling the hidden depths of our true self and accessing the rich source of energy and inspiration that awaits us there.

As we enter the ‘silly season’, life can get pretty hectic. The end of the year can also be a challenging and sometimes triggering time for many people, and it becomes even more important to take good care of ourselves. This retreat is the perfect opportunity to create a pause, to observe how we really are, and tend to our needs. We will explore meditation practices to build body/mind awareness. Hatha/slow flow yoga will be practiced in the mornings to tap into our inner strength and to find focus, followed by nourishing yin yoga in the afternoon to balance energy. We’ll also take some time out to explore practices that we can integrate into daily life to help promote harmony and self-care. Expect some deep relaxation practices to be thrown into the mix to bring even more support for our system in those times when we really need it the most.

The principle of Yin and Yang builds the foundation for balance in the universe and in us. In this retreat you will cultivate balance, harmony and freedom in your life - on and off the yoga mat - as we explore both Yin and Yang asana practices. The Yang practice will increase our flexibility, strength and energy and support us to become more focused. We will also dive into the meditative stillness of our Yin practice. Surrendering into the slow pace and deep opening of Yin Yoga challenges you to be in the pure presence of awareness. As we experience deep passive stretches and letting go, we have the opportunity to listen to our inner voice and connect to our true nature. In both practices we bring our focus onto the breath, and experience the power of breathing - combining breath and movement into an effortless dance and allowing our energy to flow more freely.

Cherie Rigby: Yoga has been part of my life for over 13 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. I completed my 1000 hour Gold Diploma of Teaching Hatha Yoga at Gita International in 2007, and have since completed training in Yin Yoga, Meditation and also Health Coaching with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

In this retreat you will be guided to experience a sense of freedom in the body and mind, allowing for the gentle flow of grace to move through and with you. By being attentive to all that is in the present moment, we invite life to unfold naturally within us. We will explore letting go of expectations and attachments to how we should do life, and instead, to be in life. This retreat will give you the opportunity to step away from a daily routine and give you the space to be open to your natural state. Connecting the body through conscious movement breath awareness, we will energise in the morning through graceful flowing movements, contemplate our heartfelt desire and rest deeply midday through Yoga Nidra, and slowly release and surrender through a restorative practice in the evening.

Robyn Jacobs has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years. She was originally trained Gita style (back in the 80s) but has continued to train with different teachers and yoga modalities. Her approach to yoga is intuitive, introspective, and at times dynamic, with a touch of lightness and humour. Robyn continues to be a student of yoga and spends time exploring all aspects of yoga, whether in an ashram environment, through her children, in daily life, and from her students. Through her teachings, students experience improved flexibility and mobility, reduced tension and greater self-awareness. She gently guides her students to unfold their true nature and encourages them to be open to new possibilities and purpose. Robyn is a Senior member of Yoga Australia, holds a graduate certificate in Yoga Therapy through the Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy, is a Level 1 iRest instructor with Richard Miller and was Secretary for the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists for 4 years.

Each yoga retreat is limited to small numbers of people (8 max).

Restorative Yoga is a practice dedicated to constructive rest. This retreat offers a space to surrender into stillness & honour your body’s deep need for rejuvenation. Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice that supports you to soften & release habitual patterns of tension & receive nourishment from the breath. The practice includes passive, supine & seated poses as well fully supported inversions. The extensive use of yoga props allows you to sink into the soothing energy of the Restorative poses with ease & open the body to the flow of pranic energy. Mindfully resting the body is a deeply transformative process. Jaye incorporates Somatic Meditation into her teaching to activate the re-patterning processes that enable ‘rest’ to become ‘restorative’. Jaye’s approach emphasizes compassionate self-inquiry & intelligent self-care. You will be guided through the internal landscape of your body to discover the restorative potential that lies within you as you integrate mind, body, breath & earth.

As we enter the ‘silly season’, life can get pretty hectic. The end of the year can also be a challenging and sometimes triggering time for many people, and it becomes even more important to take good care of ourselves. This retreat is the perfect opportunity to create a pause, to observe how we really are, and tend to our needs. We will explore meditation practices to build body/mind awareness. Hatha/slow flow yoga will be practiced in the mornings to tap into our inner strength and to find focus, followed by nourishing yin yoga in the afternoon to balance energy. We’ll also take some time out to explore practices that we can integrate into daily life to help promote harmony and self-care. Expect some deep relaxation practices to be thrown into the mix to bring even more support for our system in those times when we really need it the most.

This two-day retreat will focus on yoga foundations - sitting, breathing, postures and inquiry - to bring us back to our secret natures that intimately know quietness, calmness and heartmind clarity. Practising listening to the beautiful surrounds, and to our own longings and felt experience, we will approach yoga for what it is: a trusted framework for deeply engaging with the life we have now, where our curiosity, softness and intelligence can unravel habitual programming - to open new capacities and ways forward. Eating clean, delicious food and working with yoga principles for movement and stillness, we will invite ourselves to find stability and fresh intention. Some experience of yoga helpful but not essential.

Patanjali, one of the most recognised ancient writers of yogic philosophy, wrote that we should seek sthira - comfort - and sukha - ease - in our asana. These two qualities allow us to find the right balance of effort and surrender required to allow us to achieve the maximum benefits from our practice. As well as being a wonderful guide to working effectively on the yoga mat, these qualities allow us to manage our lives beyond our practice. Finding them in yoga teaches us to find them in work, family, health, leisure and all other areas of our lives. Over this weekend we will explore the concepts of sthira and sukha through asana, pranayama and meditation practices as well as recognising them in the natural surroundings of Clearview Retreat and reflecting on how they could be applied in other aspects of our living and being.

Towards the end of the year, we can seek sustainable ways to reflect and recover in order to meet the holiday season with new insight and a calm centre. This retreat will take advantage of two full days in the fresh air and big skies of the King Parrot Valley to eat clean food, process our year so far and clarify new intentions. We will explore a range of relaxation and grounding techniques from the traditions of yoga, meditation and other healing modalities. Using the curriculum of Vijnana Yoga - a balanced and beautiful approach to practising with the body’s wisdom - we will drop into deep modes of rest, alignment and stability. There will be opportunity for silent practice, giving us space to hear the natural world, our own longings and the rhythms of our body.

Explore the gentle ease of being within and with others and the world around you. The invitation to awaken into your essential nature, to your own essence of well-being and authentic aliveness; truly meeting, greeting and being with yourself. Our daily program, designed to nourish you deeply, includes morning yoga and somatic movement as meditation in motion. We will also explore meditative self-enquiry with breath sensing/pranayama and yoga nidra. We will experience the ancient wisdom teachings of nondual (not separate) contemplative meditations through the Vijnana Bhairava. These ancient practices are designed to develop deep relaxation as we cultivate an inner resource to explore the realisation of divine embodiment, the mystery of being, our own sacred resonance. Allowing an embodied sense of gentle ease with every intense experience, every wonder and delight, every ordinary moment as a gateway to the divine moment. Experience the world at peace through restorative yoga, periods of silence and daily bush walks.

Rachel Hanrahan is a creative and innovative teacher of yoga and meditation. She is passionate about supporting individuals to find a sense of inner peace and stillness amidst the challenges and tensions of contemporary life. She teaches with compassion, clarity and a sense of humour. Rachel encourages you to awaken your own internal awareness and to be loyal to your own inner perceptions. For twenty years she has been deeply committed to the path of Yoga and ancient nondual wisdom, and has been studying many traditions and styles of yoga and meditation. Rachel has been teaching yoga since 2003. She has trained with Donna Farhi, Judith Hanson Lasater, Dr Richard Miller and Martha Peterson, who influence her current therapeutic yoga style. She completed her Advanced Diploma in Yoga teaching in 2004, and is a certified Hatha yoga teacher, a senior yoga teacher with Yoga Australia, an iRest yoga nidra certified teacher, and a Somatic Movement educator.

Chanting is a pathway to a calm and focused mind, and light, joyful emotions. When

chanting is combined with movement in a yoga practice it promotes a long exhale, releasing tension and increasing the life force of prana within. Chanting is one of the eight limbs of yoga and is a powerful tool for health and healing. It improves listening skills, aids concentration, and builds self-confidence. We will begin each day with gentle yoga practices, suitable for all levels, linking sound (mantra), visualisation (bhavana) and movement (āsana) to awaken and energise us. We will learn a healing mantra, invoking blessings for a long life, holistic health, clarity and stability, and experience the sound vibrations of mantra which will resonate long after the weekend. Finally we will bring each day to a close with a meditative practice with mantra, to nourish and promote good sleep. 

Debby Badger has been teaching Yoga and Vedic Chanting for ten years. She studied yoga and trained as a Vedic Chant Teacher in the lineage of Krishnamacharya. Debby continues to study with her teacher, Radha Sundararajan and has studied Sanskrit, the language of the Vedas, at Australian National University. This training has given her a strong technical foundation for sharing this powerful tool of yoga for healing. She is dedicated to gently encouraging others to connect with their voice and heart through chanting the mantras of the Vedas. Debby has established her own studio, Indi House Yoga & Vedic Chanting, in Melbourne. She offers yoga classes and chant classes, both online and in person, to students all around Australia. She also teaches workshops Australia-wide. Debby is committed to spreading the powerful benefits of this ancient tradition and runs a Vedic Chant Teacher Training program for students based throughout Australia and New Zealand.