Are you ready to re-enter the wild? This is an invitation to immerse yourself into nature. Wander with new eyes and immerse yourself in the wildness. This is an opportunity to allow the tendrils of wildness to re-enter you after our period of confinement in isolation. Allow yourself permission to be filled with awe again.
Our intention for all who participate is to soften into our bodies and minds as we get ready for the inward breathe of winter, returning into the deep heart of Nature, connecting, receiving and offering our selves to create a kinship with the land.
Think hiking, women's circles, shamanic journeying and the local Japanese bath house.
Let's shed the stuff that builds up in the monotony of our daily lives. The stuff in the form of energy - from actions, thoughts and within our awareness.
As we move from this clearing we will be questing to remember the pure awareness of our nature, while being held and surrounded by nature herself.
•Accomodation: 2 nights stay located in the heart of the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, 'Glen Isla' is one of the area's finest historic houses. Offering luxury furnishings, and 1/2 acre of private gardens, Glen Isla is the perfect escape. Only 200m to famous bushwalks, a short 5 minute drive to Leura, Katooma and the 3 Sisters. For a 3D Virtual Guided tour of the house visit: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=zBupXDtdj7v • In house guided kundalini yoga session guided with certified and multi discipline yoga instructor and teacher trainer. • Guided shamanic journey facilitated by experienced Shamanic facilitator • I'll take you hiking on two of my favourite trails in these majestic mountains over Saturday and Sunday • Daily womens circle and nature based connection activities • 3 hours at the beautiful Zen Japanese Bath House • All delicious vegetarian meals provided, (vegetarians, gluten free, allergy options available) •Permits and licensing •National Park fees •Experienced female guide, shamanic, shinrin yoku and womens circle facilitator •Wilderness First aid •Insurance
Our weekend itinerary
4pm: Arrival, greeting and settling into our fabulous accommodation. 4:30pm: Greeting sacred circle and intention setting for the weekend ahead. 5:15pm: Gentle kundalini yoga session to drop into the weekend ahead. Led by the beautiful Jana Matic 6:45pm: Dinner and free time
7:30am: Breakfast. 9:00am Guided drum journey connecting to your spirit allies led by facilitator Sophie Orwin 11:00am We will immerse ourselves in the beautiful blackheath mountains for our first hike, expanding our circle connection, listen to the offerings from nature and enjoy a delicious packed lunch along the way. 3:30pm: A well deserved rest to soak our bones at the gorgeous Japanese Bath house includes use of Herbal Steam Bath, Hot & Cold Spring Baths and Japanese Zen Garden for up to 3 hours. (optional to add in house massage) 6:30pm: Return to accomodation for dinner and free time 8:30pm: Evening fire ceremony
8am: Breakfast 9am: Circle and guided shamanic journey, connection with the land and each other through nature based and women's circle activities with Sophie Orwin. 11:00pm: check out 11:30am: Our Sunday hike will take us to the back to the mountains were we will share in circle and explore one of my favourite hikes in the region. Enjoy a packed lunch and possibly a fresh water swim if the pool is full Closing circle at the end of the hike and Shinrin Yoku nature connection.
Sophie's deep love for the natural world was born in 2001 when she backpacked throughout California for 12 weeks and her depth of growth has been guided in the arms of Mother Nature ever since. Inspiring her to prepare and integrate her own 8 day solo fast/hike through the Ventana and Los Padros wilderness.
She has studied Shamanic Studies at the Awareness Institute Sydney, Shinrin Yoku Japanese forest bathing with the Centre of Excellence, small business owner facilitating cross cultural music and movement to children and is a Certified Womens Circle Facilitator. She is a recent mother and step mother of two.
Nature is her teacher and sanctuary, and she is honored to guide others in the magical unfolding of their own inner wilderness.
Jana was born and raised in Zenica, a town 1 hour from Sarajevo, a city from the former Yugoslavia. Growing up her grandmother provided a constant rich spiritual presence and an experience of nature’s ability to heal. Jana eventually migrated to Australia with her family in 1995 after living through the Bosnian war.
Jana is certified as a multi discipline yoga instructor and teacher trainer who has been practising since 2009. It was an amazing yoga experience with a friend that opened her eyes to the world of Kundalini yoga. It transformed her life and started her on a journey of discovery and service.
Jana is passionate about supporting her community and the community of Kundalini Yoga instructors to reach their full potential while living fulfilling happy lives. She brings compassion with a grounded practicality to empower students to follow their hearts and live their truth.
Price Option 1 • Own room with queen bed Investment: $889 • Option to bring a friend (share the bed and room) with 20% off
Option 2 • Sharing room with single bed with 3 others Investment: $700
Option 3 • Own room with queen bed and ensuite Investment: $950
Limited to 11 participants. To secure your space a 50% non- refundable deposit is required upon booking. To book please contact us directly.
What to bring: • 2 sacred objects, this will be placed on our women's circle during your stay. ie: stone, crystal. •Day pack (large enough to carry 2L water, rain jacket, personal belongings and provided lunch) •Rain jacket •Hat & sunscreen •Waterbottle at least 2 litres •Swimmers •Comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots •Sunglasses •Camera •Personal medication • Comfortable clothing for hiking and day wear (enough for 3 days) spares in case it rains or any spontaneous swimming •Hiking poles (optional) •Warm clothing such as beanies/gloves. It can get cold in the mountains during the evening. • Yoga mat, if you have one. Please let us know if you need one and we will provide this. • We do not provide travel to and from the hikes, Leura town and Zen hot pools. If you travel to the event by train please let us know so we can arrange transport with another attendee or hosts. • This is a drug and alcohol free event.
We are all thrilled to be offering our first retreat in the mountains together and bringing this magical event to share with you all.