This post follows on from a previous review of the Billabong Retreat.
I’ve always had a fascination with yoga and mediation retreats…influenced heavily by Eat Pray Love and Holy Cow by Sarah McDonald. They have always seemed like the kind of place you go to “fix yourself”. I eventually grew out of that thought, but I am a stronger believer in thinking we all do need time away sometimes to switch off, recoup our thoughts and spend time with ourselves.
During my 2 night stay I squeezed in 6 yoga classes (I missed one) in the most gorgeous yoga studio I have ever been to.
The yoga was mostly gentle yoga and is suitable for beginners right through to more advanced yogis. For the first time mediation made a lot more sense with the simple breathing exercises we had.
Everything offered at the retreat is completely optional. There is no pressure to attend yoga sessions or to make small talk with others (phew). I found plenty of time to spend reading in the sunshine by the billabong. The property is beautiful, safe and perfectly serene.
On the last day, checkout is at 9am and you are then invited to stay til midday to enjoy one last yoga class and lunch.
The last yoga class is a lesson that you can take home with you. It is best to do yoga first thing in the morning so you can start the day on a positive note – by knowing you have done something good for yourself already before your day has even started.
Something one of the yoga teachers said stayed with – you can’t be angry at the world because the world owes you nothing. I left feeling rejuvenated, at peace with myself and the world.