Yoga is a great way of strengthening your body, and finding your inner peace and tranquillity, in this hectic modern world of ours. It’s a perfect technique for when you need to slow down, come back into your body and learn to control some of those racing internal thoughts.

While individual classes are great, attending a Yoga retreat is often the perfect way of taking a little dedicated time out. Whether you’re a complete beginner who needs to calm an anxious mind and bring back a little more balance into your life, or if you’re wishing to embark on further training, you’re bound to discover new skills, strategies and techniques when you attend one of these amazing Yoga retreats across New South Wales. Many of which, aren’t too far away from Sydney CBD either.

Billabong Retreat – Freedom Through Yoga

Billabong Retreat offers a pretty impressive selection of Yoga focussed retreat programs, not far from Sydney. Their ‘Freedom Through Yoga’ program however is perfect for beginners, or for those wanting a refresher course.

The focus here is not just on practicing the physical yoga moves and positions, but also learning about breathwork and meditation, and all the ‘inner work’ too. You’ll enjoy twice-daily yoga flow sessions, meditation sessions, specialised workshops and incredibly healthy, organic meals.

This particular retreat is run every 4 weeks, but you might also like to check out some of their other Yoga inspired retreats as well.

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Byron Yoga Retreat Centre

Within walking distance of Byron Bay’s beautiful beaches and just a 10-minute bike ride to the town centre, the Byron Yoga Retreat Centre offers affordable yoga retreats in a tranquil setting. Their retreats run weekly, all year round and you can book 7-day, 5-day, 3-day retreats and special interest retreats. The yoga taught at the centre is called Purna, meaning integrated or complete. Purna Yoga represents a holistic approach to yoga integrating not just the physical postures but also philosophy, meditation, and pranayama breath control.

These retreats are suitable for yogis of all levels of experience, beginners are welcome.

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Swami’s Yoga Retreat

Swami’s is a little slice of heaven, set on 60 acres of tranquil bushland, just 55 minutes from Sydney CBD. A typical day at a Yoga retreat provides 2 – 4 yoga classes daily, plus meditation, daily walks, free time to use the gym or sauna, amazing vegetarian food and fresh, clean cabin-style accommodation.

You also have the option of adding on a massage, or a wellness program to assist with stress management, weight management, lifestyle modification or to stop smoking. The best bit? The beautiful facilities, and the fact that timetables are a suggestion, and not set in stone. If you need time out to relax and wish to skip a class – you can do just that.

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Heart & Soul Retreats

At Heart & Soul Retreats your stay is entirely flexible where everything is included. You simply choose the type of accommodation room you’d prefer; everything from cheaper dormitory style rooms with shared facilities through to Queen rooms with private ensuites – and then your basic daily activities and three vegetarian meals per day are all provided.

There is a real focus on nurturing beginners to Yoga, with the promise that more experienced attendees are provided with plenty of challenge too. Not only is there plenty of Yoga, but you’ll also have the opportunity to try ‘Kirtan’ which is a type of singing meditation as well as health and wellness workshops on mindfulness, meditation and lots more. Additional treatments, such as massage and Reiki are also available to enjoy at the onsite Healing Centre.

Without a set program, you can stay for as little or as long as you like, or you can even opt for a day pass for just $80, which allows you to sample a full day of activities.

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The Sanctuary Retreat – Home of Conscious Living

Set in Loftus, NSW, just 45 minutes from the Sydney CBD, The Sanctuary Retreat offers both retreats and a perfect location to hold a retreat. They offer small and personal retreats where only you and up to another 5 other guests join. The retreats run 365 days a year, so you can start your retreat at any time. They include the accommodation, linen & towels, all meals, drinks & snacks, workshops, facilities use, and the retreat program. You just need to choose your retreat option, there are twelve programs available.

After attending one of these retreats, you’ll receive the workshop recordings for lifetime access!

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Spoilt for choice…

While we’ve only managed to feature a few of NSW’s top Yoga retreats, you’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. There is an amazing array of yoga-inspired retreats to cater for just about any need. It’s the perfect way to take a break, prioritise your health and simply look after you.

Plus, if you’re more experienced, you may be inspired to go ‘pro’, with many Yoga retreats offering professional teacher training too.

You’ll find more yoga retreats on the Retreat Me Happy website.



The Retreat Lady
Author: The Retreat Lady

Sarah Willmott, founder of Retreat Me Happy is passionate about making Retreats accessible to everyone. She specialises in helping Retreats reach a wider audience by creating this online platform. By day Sarah sends care packages to help people feel better (she owns Feel Better Box) and by night she builds this website to help you find your perfect retreat.