Yogadventure Retreats

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About Your Guide: Shiva Rea

Shiva's retreats explore the art of yoga in practical, creative and life transforming ways. Her studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage, tantra, ayurveda, bhakti, kalaripayattu, world dance, yogic art and somatic movement infuse her approach to living yoga and embodying the flow. She is a leading teacher of Prana Flow yoga worldwide. Shiva is known for bringing the roots of yoga alive for modern practitioners in creative, dynamic and life-transforming ways and for offering the synthesis form of vinyasa flow out in the world.

As a global adventurer, she has lead over 80 retreats and pilgrimages nationally and internationally as well as served as a creative catalyst for conferences, festivals and actions for the environment, yoga and the arts including the third annual Yogini Conference of Kripalu and Omega. Shiva writes for Yoga Journal and is the author of award-winning CD's and DVD's to empower and transform yoga home practice.


 

 


Registration

THE SACRED RETREAT PACKAGE FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS

Chakra Mandala Vinyasa - Movement Alchemy in a Changing World - Byron Bay

Included in the Retreat Package For All:

  • Three delicious meals a day (vegan/vegetarian)
  • Morning meditation
  • Daily three hour Prana Flow® yoga with Shiva
  • Welcome to country ceremony with local Aboriginal elders of Arakwal Byron Bay
  • Local excursions
  • Evening Yoga Trance Dance on last night
  • Optional Teacher Immersion

Pricing: NOTE All prices in our registration are in USD at time of publication $1.00AUD = $.78USD

SAVE YOUR SPOT!  Please submit your required non refundable $300 deposit here to hold your spot for this dynamic retreat (sorry we are unable to secure your reservation until we receive this deposit)

You can view and reserve your accommodations type here - we will forward you your balance due via Paypal invoice

Optional Add On Items:

  • Teacher Training Fee: EARLY BIRD UNTIL DECEMBER 1ST $585 USD (Regularly $828 AUD = $650 USD)
  • Bus tour to Lighthouse for Sunrise: $10 AUD = $7.86 USD
  • Early Bird pricing ends December 1st, 2017

*We have limited practice space connected to the venues we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also booked with our accommodations listed.


YOGADVENTURES CANCELLATION/PAYMENT POLICY: Full balance due must be paid 30 days prior to event start date - if we do not receive full balance by this time we will automatically charge to the card we have on file from your initial registration. A non-refundable deposit of $500 PER person is required to hold your space for this retreat and is due at the time of registration.

In the event of cancellation:

  • 60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
  • 59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
  • 29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

*Proof of travel insurance is required in order for your registration to be considered complete


Travel Info

Byron Bay is accessible from three main airports:

Airport Transfers:

All three airports are serviced by frequent shuttle services, we recommend you book your transfer in advance for flights into Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Xcede Airport Transfer Airport Services:
Ballina – Byron – Gold Coast – Brisbane

Airport Express:
Ballina – Byron Bay

Byron Bay Shuttle:
Ballina – Byron – Gold Coast – Brisbane

Airlink Byron Bay:
Ballina – Byron – Lismore – Gold Coast

Byron – Gold Coast

Useful numbers for transport services:

Byron Bay Taxis
Ph: (02) 6685 5008

Brisbane Transit Centre
Ph: (07) 3211 2855

Greyhound Buses
Ph: 132 030

 

 


Teacher Training

 

Chakra Vinyasa - Liberating the Body Mandala

Experience an immersion to tend the inner fire through the transformative full-spectrum practice of Chakra Vinyasa integrated with sublime teachings and meditations of the earliest Tantras.

Each day you will explore Chakra Vinyasa sequences to balance and liberate your system integrating Chakra Mandala Namasakar, circular sequencing, chakra-based meditations, mantra, mudra and yoga nidra (deep relaxation).  We will also integrate movement meditations from Prana Vinyasa for exploration and embodiment. 

Through this practical and inspirational exploration of the chakra system and yogic body, we will develop a transformative approach to the body mandala and learn to assess our imbalances and translate this into practical vinyasa yoga sequences for our self, private students, group classes and living in the flow of yoga.

In a world where we can see the disconnecting effects of a "dim fire" or the burn out of the "excesssive fire", inner fire-keeping is an all encompassing metaphor for the yoga of householder life.  The chakra system brings together the alchemy for tending the fire of the many dimensions of ourselves - root to heart to crown, inner and outer.  Our mission is to emerge nourished and inspired with tools to deep your practice, teaching living yoga. 

You will be exploring history, science and integrated practice of the chakra system in a way you can experience and integrate into our practice, teaching and daily life.  Learn:

  • Four Chakra Mandala Namaskars - Circular Namaskars to Embody the "wheel" of the chakras
  • Four Chakra Prana Vinyasa Wae Sequences broken down and adapted to all levels; Principles of Prana Vinyasa Mandala Wave Sequences
  • Chakra Namaskar - Integrated Namakas for all levels
  • Subtle-Body Flow - Energetic embodiment and opening the central channel
  • Prana Vinyasa Movement Alchemy - Principles for Life Balance
  • Daily Tantric Chakra Mantra and Mudra based Meditation
  • Empowering Teaching Labs, online practice to integrate at home
  • Embodied prayer and Prana Danda Vinyasa - Yoga with a five foot staff and guest teacher Demetri Velisairus
(40 hours towards certification)
  
Required Reading:
  1. Encylopedia of the Subtle Body, by Cyndi Dale
  2. Tending the Heart Fire, by Shiva Rea
Required Online Courses:
  1. Chakra Pathway of Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea
  2. Optional for Advanced Study: Chakras Unveiled, Part One with Christopher Tompkins
  3. Optional for Advanced Study: Chakras Unveiled, Part Two with Christopher Tompkins

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FAQs

What can I expect on a Yogadventures retreat?

Fun, connection, transformational yoga, celebration, nourishment, relaxation, release, uncovering self discovery layers, embracing the prana of nature, sacred living, rituals, living flow....

Do I need yoga experience?

No, we welcome all! Depending on if you chose the teacher training portion there may be some prerequisites and required reading and prepatory online courses. See Teacher Training Tab

When will I receive trip details?

You will receive a welcome letter from us approximately two weeks before the retreat, you will also receive a confirmation letter upon registration and a prep letter about a month before the event.

Can I arrive early and stay late?

Unfortunately we are unable to book any additional stays outside our retreat dates. Any addition stays need to be arranged directly with the venue. 

What’s Included?

Please refer to the Welcome Tab/Retreat Flow Tab for more details, but typically we include all lodging, breakfasts/brunch and most dinner meals. Each event varies, but we often include 1-2 excursions and a few other special treats. Yoga and meditation classes are included, however the teacher training yoga portion is an additional fee. 

Can I go on a Yogadventure by myself?

Yes! Many of our Yogadventurers come alone and leave with lifelong friends. If you’re traveling alone, a yoga retreat is the best way to meet new people with similar interests in a safe and healthy environment.

How many people will be on the retreats?

Depending upon the retreat but we host typically ~50 yogis!

What type of food is offered?

We always enjoy delicious food on our retreats and strive to include organic, fresh ingredients, vegetarian/vegan options as often as possible.

What should I bring?

You will receive a more extensive list in your welcome letter, however some suggestions are yoga mat/props, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes, layers for all weather, sunglasses, headlamp, book, journal, reusable water bottle, and an openness to flow!

How much free time do we have?

We offer a healthy balance between our group time and solo free exploratory time. Depending on the Yogadventure we will be in nature, we may be inside some of the time, we always have long breaks mid- day ... staying open to the flow of all and needs of the group.

Do I need extra cash? How much?

 If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs and the retreat center can help you arrange for your needs. Please see Sanctuary Tab

How do I get from the airport to the retreat center?

For most of our retreats you will be responsible for your own airport transfer unless stated otherwise. Our facebook page for each retreat is a good place to connect with other to arrange shared travel.

Do I need to book my own flight?

Yes, you are responsible for your flights and travel arrangements and details. You can find helpful suggestions on our Travel Tab and itineraries can be found on our Retreat Flow Tab

When should I book?

We are big fans of "the sooner the better" - we also often have Early Bird Specials for those to register early - more often than not our retreats sell out!

Is travel insurance mandatory? How do I purchase it?

Yes! Travel insurance for all of our Yoadventure retreats is mandatory. We are unable to have your participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight. You can find many options at SquareMouth.com. Please send proof of travel insurance to retreats@yogadventures.com

Is my ticket refundable?

In the event of cancellation:
60 days or more prior to the retreat: your entire payment will be refunded, less $500 non-refundable deposit plus a $50 administration fee.
59-30 days prior to the retreat: less your $500 non-refundable deposit, your remaining balance can be applied to a future retreat only within 2 years.
29 days or less prior to the retreat: forfeit all retreat money rendered.

Do you have discounts available?

We offer a limited number of early-bird prices to make our trips as accessible as possible. We also offer occasional giveaways and specials on Shiva's facebook page and in our PULSE newsletter What is the teacher training portion? This is for those wishing to gain hours towards certification in our Samudra School of Living Yoga - you can find more details on our Teacher Training webpage and our Teacher Training Tab  


Sanctuary

 


VENUE: Byron Yoga Centre

Tranquil Eco Haven * Affordable and Authentic * Beautiful Byron Bay

  • Accommodation is simple, with small bedrooms, the focus is on the natural surroundings.
  • In easy walking distance from Byron Bay town centre and the beautiful beaches, with a 20 meter heated mineral salt swimming pool, three yoga studios, a relaxing dining area with indoor and outdoor seating and abundant organic gardens this is a paradise within paradise!
  • We have rainwater tanks, compost toilets, most of our hot water comes from a solar heating system and the mineral salt swimming pool is also heated by a solar system. We source much of the menu from our organic garden and work with local suppliers to ensure our food is fresh, locally produced and organic where possible.
  • The site is cigarette, alcohol and drug free and is a vegetarian site. Guests are asked to maintain social silence from 9.30pm until breakfast, being mindful that the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is a place of relaxation and reflection.
  • Please note Byron Yoga Retreat Centre is not a luxury resort! The centre is an eco community designed along the lines of an ashram rather than a holiday resort. We have created a peaceful haven reflecting the surrounding nature.

The town centre of Byron Bay and the beautiful beaches are just a short walk (20-25 minutes) away. You can choose to hire a cycle for your stay or utilise the local taxis. However, guests often experience a deep sense of calm on arrival and many don’t leave the eco haven until the end of their stay!

 

Please make arrangements on your own directly with the resort if you are needing additional time outside of our listed retreat dates.

*We have limited practice space connected to the hotels we reserve. Booking the Teacher Training portion of our program only is not an option unless you also booked with our accommodations listed.

Retreat Location: 50 Skinners Shoot Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481 (just past the Arts Factory)

Retreat Flow


Retreat Flow:

We request you stay open to the flow:

  • Morning Prana Vinyasa Yoga
  • Lunch Break/Integration/Free Time
  • Teaching Labs
  • Evening Prana Vinyasa
  • Yoga Trance Dance final evening
  • On sight massage, facials, body scrubs (additional cost)

Prana Vinyasa Includes:

  • Four Chakra Mandala Namaskars – Circular Namaskars to Embody the “wheel” of the chakras
  • Four Chakra Prana Vinyasa Wave Sequences broken down and adapted to all levels
  • Chakra Namaskar – Integrated Namaskar for all levels
  • Subtle-Body Flow– Embodying the solar, lunar and central channel
  • Prana Vinyasa Movement Alchemy –
  • Daily Tantric Chakra, Mantra and Mudra based Meditation
  • Empowering Teaching Labs, Online practice to integrate at home
  • Use of Aromatherapy and Self-Massage with oils to balance the chakras-elements

Local Adventures: Surf lessons, sea kayaking, SUP, horse riding on the beach, hang gliding, parachuting / sky diving, hiking and nature walks, snorkeling, diving, visit Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens with Tibetan stupa , sunrise at the lighthouse (most easterly point in Australia), sunset walk on the beach, mountain bike tours, a day trip to the hippy town of Nimbin, Minyon waterfalls / Protestors falls, lots of national parks to visit plus a variety of massage and spa places to chill out in and lots more https://www.byron-bay.com/things

Yogadventures Start/End Times:
Most of our programs begin approx 4-4:30pm local time and end the morning of the last day.

 

 

Yogadventures Reviews


"A heartfelt thanks for all the hard work you do to bring change to us all.  I feel reborn and the way I feel now after what was the most memorable of weeks I wish it could last forever.... the light in my smile is because of you...." - H.

"Much love to you all marvelous and meaningful yoginis who have inspired, charmed and filled my heart with joy"  -A.

"It has been nearly a year since my heart was cracked open with all you beautiful souls as witness and guides.  I am so humbled and honored" - K.

"A magical mysterious musical and marvelous moment where time stood still.  Every minute lasted three days, intensely meaningful and heartfilled "  - A.

"an experience soon to not be forgotten"  - G.

"An exhilirating experience, such a fascinating cross section of whole hearted folk"  -B.

"To be nourished by the healing art of Ayurveda, combined with deep daily prana flow practice is a precious gift every yogi should experience. Every layer of being being felt full of vitality and a deep peace that exudes from the swaying palm trees and the constant soundtrack of ocean waves. To experience the ritual and reverence of south India, with Shiva as our guide in the motherland of yoga has enriched my understanding of the teachings and of myself." - A.N.

"The experience shared with you all was such a cleanse for so many aspect of my life, lots of unwanted things were released from my being in those potent days that set me up for my amazing new experiences, I'm grateful" - L

"I had been waiting for years for just the "right" invitation to visit India, and the one from Shiva/Yogadventures was IT! I am so glad that I had my inaugural visit to India with Shiva and the tribe. They showed me parts and places of myself I was not aware of. I had a deep uncovering of layer upon layer each day of the retreat. Shedding so much, unraveling so much, day by day becoming more and more authentic with myself. In India it is hard not to unfurl your precious self, but with the guidance and experience of Shiva, it was truly a blessing and an experience I will always treasure" - K

"my time with you all was so transformative and the connections I made with the tribe were priceless" -N.

"an experience that will stay with me forever, a privilege for any yogi to behold.A wild ride into the heart of real shiva shakti worship!"- A.

"thank you so much shiva, this week i've felt like my cups is so full feeling of freedome it feels so good and i know its from the experience you gave at the the retreat"  -D.