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Get back to nature at our upcoming retreats

Connect with nature, your inner self and new friends.

Back to Nature Retreats

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Testimonials

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Upcoming Events

  • Wangat Wellness Week Retreat 2024
    Wangat Wellness Week Retreat 2024
    Fri, 01 Nov
    Wangat Lodge Dungog
    01 Nov 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT – 03 Nov 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT
    Wangat Lodge Dungog, 1938 Chichester Dam Rd, Dungog NSW 2420, Australia
    A week long retreat chock full of workshops and healthy activities to give you the tools and new habits to take back into regular life with you. Join us as we explore our bodies, nutrition, wellness activities and make new friends.
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  • Week in the Blue Mountains at Yoga & Hiking Retreat 2024
    Week in the Blue Mountains at Yoga & Hiking Retreat 2024
    Mon, 20 May
    Glenella Heritage Guest House
    20 May 2024, 3:00 pm – 24 May 2024, 12:00 pm
    Glenella Heritage Guest House, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785, Australia
    5 days in the fresh mountain air to rejuvenate and nourish your body and soul.
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  • Women in Medicine Retreat
    Women in Medicine Retreat
    Fri, 05 Apr
    Wangat Lodge
    05 Apr 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT – 07 Apr 2024, 2:00 pm AEST
    Wangat Lodge, 1938 Chichester Dam Rd, Dungog NSW 2420, Australia
    A retreat for, and by, women in medicine. This is a chance to escape the intense demands of looking after everyone else and let us look after you instead!
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  • Weekend Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Wangat Lodge 2024
    Weekend Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Wangat Lodge 2024
    Fri, 01 Mar
    Wangat Lodge Dungog
    01 Mar 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT – 03 Mar 2024, 2:00 pm AEDT
    Wangat Lodge Dungog, 1938 Chichester Dam Rd, Dungog NSW 2420, Australia
    A soulful retreat that brings together yoga, hiking, and a sourdough making workshop during a weekend of swimming in crystal clear mountain streams, hiking to waterfalls, fireside chats, delicious & nourishing vegetarian food, meditation and plenty of time to do your own thing.
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  • Stroud Monastery Art & Yoga Retreat
    Stroud Monastery Art & Yoga Retreat
    Sold Out
    Fri, 27 Oct
    The Old Monastery at Stroud
    27 Oct 2023, 2:00 pm AEDT – 29 Oct 2023, 2:00 pm AEDT
    The Old Monastery at Stroud, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud NSW 2425, Australia
    Yoga, Meditation, Art Workshops, Self-care, Grounding, Sangha Circle (supported community sharings), Healing, and Vegetarian meals and snacks lovingly prepared on-site.
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  • Yoga & Hiking Retreat in the Blue Mountains
    Yoga & Hiking Retreat in the Blue Mountains
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    Mon, 15 May
    Glenella Heritage Guest House
    15 May 2023, 2:00 pm – 19 May 2023, 11:00 am
    Glenella Heritage Guest House, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath NSW 2785, Australia
    5 days in the fresh mountain air to rejuvenate and nourish your body and soul.
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  • Stroud Monastery Yoga & Meditation Retreat
    Stroud Monastery Yoga & Meditation Retreat
    Sold Out
    Fri, 24 Mar
    The Old Monastery at Stroud
    24 Mar 2023, 2:00 pm AEDT – 26 Mar 2023, 2:00 pm AEDT
    The Old Monastery at Stroud, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud NSW 2425, Australia
    Yoga, Meditation, Walking Meditation, Self-care, Grounding, Sangha Circle (supported community sharings), Healing, and Vegetarian meals and snacks lovingly prepared on-site.
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  • Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Wangat Lodge 2023
    Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Wangat Lodge 2023
    Sold Out
    Fri, 03 Mar
    Wangat Lodge Dungog
    03 Mar 2023, 2:00 pm AEDT – 05 Mar 2023, 2:00 pm AEDT
    Wangat Lodge Dungog, 1938 Chichester Dam Rd, Dungog NSW 2420, Australia
    A soulful retreat that brings together yoga, hiking, live music and a sourdough making workshop during a weekend of swimming in crystal clear mountain streams, hiking to waterfalls, fireside chats, delicious & nourishing vegetarian food, meditation and plenty of time to do your own thing.
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  • Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Wangat Lodge
    Yoga & Hiking Retreat at Wangat Lodge
    Sold Out
    Fri, 11 Nov
    Wangat Lodge Dungog
    11 Nov 2022, 2:00 pm – 13 Nov 2022, 2:00 pm
    Wangat Lodge Dungog, 1938 Chichester Dam Rd, Dungog NSW 2420, Australia
    SOLD OUT A soulful retreat that brings together yoga, hiking, live music and a sourdough making workshop during a weekend of swimming in crystal clear mountain streams, hiking to waterfalls, fireside chats, delicious & nourishing vegetarian food, meditation and plenty of time to do your own thing.
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  • Re-wilding Retreat at Yanada, St Albans
    Re-wilding Retreat at Yanada, St Albans
    Fri, 20 May
    Yanada Retreat - St Albans
    20 May 2022, 2:00 pm – 22 May 2022, 2:00 pm
    Yanada Retreat - St Albans, 1741 St Albans Rd, St Albans NSW 2775, Australia
    Re-wilding is a process of taking time out from the world, to reconnect with your true essence & restore your mind, body & soul. Delicious & nutritious vegetarian meals and snacks lovingly prepared by our on-site chef. See Gallery for pics of the beautiful Yanada Retreat
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  • Stroud Monastery Meditation and Yoga Retreat (Autumn 2022)
    Stroud Monastery Meditation and Yoga Retreat (Autumn 2022)
    Fri, 01 Apr
    The Old Monastery
    01 Apr 2022, 2:00 pm – 03 Apr 2022, 2:00 pm
    The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud NSW 2425, Australia
    Yoga, Meditation, Walking Meditation, Self-care, Grounding, Art Session, Sangha Circle (supported community sharings), Healing, and Vegetarian meals and snacks lovingly prepared on-site.
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  • Like Mother Like Daughter Back to Nature Retreat
    Like Mother Like Daughter Back to Nature Retreat
    Fri, 28 Jan
    Wangat Lodge Dungog
    28 Jan 2022, 3:00 pm – 30 Jan 2022, 3:00 pm
    Wangat Lodge Dungog, 1938 Chichester Dam Rd, Dungog NSW 2420, Australia
    A weekend of swimming in crystal clear mountain streams, hiking to waterfalls, fireside chats, delicious, nourishing vegetarian meals and , snacks, Yoga, meditation and plenty of time to do your own thing or connect with your special Mother/daughter.
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  • Pelvic Floor Workshop: the science & the shakti
    Pelvic Floor Workshop: the science & the shakti
    Sun, 21 Nov
    The Base Health
    21 Nov 2021, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    The Base Health, 3 Tudor St, Newcastle West NSW 2302, Australia
    A masterclass learning about the anatomy of the Pelvic Floor muscles and how to incorporate these important muscles into your Yoga practice.
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  • Stroud Monastery Art and Yoga Retreat
    Stroud Monastery Art and Yoga Retreat
    Sold Out
    Fri, 08 Oct
    The Old Monastery
    08 Oct 2021, 2:00 pm – 10 Oct 2021, 2:00 pm
    The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud NSW 2425, Australia
    SOLD OUT Waiting list open.
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  • Stroud Monastery Meditation and Yoga Retreat
    Stroud Monastery Meditation and Yoga Retreat
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    Fri, 28 May
    The Old Monastery
    28 May 2021, 2:00 pm – 30 May 2021, 2:00 pm
    The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud NSW 2425, Australia
    Yoga, Meditation, Walking Meditation, Self-care, Grounding, Art Session, Sangha Circle (supported community sharings), Healing, and Vegan meals and snacks lovingly prepared by Dominque.
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  • Glenrock Lagoon Getaway - Weekend Retreat in the National Park
    Glenrock Lagoon Getaway - Weekend Retreat in the National Park
    Fri, 07 May
    Glenrock Scout Camp
    07 May 2021, 2:00 pm – 09 May 2021, 6:00 pm
    Glenrock Scout Camp, Scout Camp Rd, Whitebridge NSW 2290, Australia
    Yoga, Meditation, Walking Meditation, Self-care, Hiking, Human Sundial Group Grounding, Art Session, Bliss. Beautiful, nutritious meals and snacks prepared on-site by Melita. Live performance by Sol Heartman and unique art experience.
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  • 4 Week Beginner Yoga Course
    4 Week Beginner Yoga Course
    Wed, 21 Oct
    3 Tudor St
    21 Oct 2020, 5:15 pm – 6:45 pm
    3 Tudor St, 3 Tudor St, Newcastle West NSW 2302, Australia
    Learn to calm your nervous system, promote healthy sleep & wellbeing
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  • Stroud Monastery Meditation and Yoga Retreat - sold out
    Stroud Monastery Meditation and Yoga Retreat - sold out
    Fri, 07 Aug
    The Old Monastery
    07 Aug 2020, 2:00 pm – 09 Aug 2020, 2:00 pm
    The Old Monastery, 47 St Clairs Rd, Stroud NSW 2425, Australia
    Yoga, Meditation, Walking Meditation, Self-care, Grounding, Art Session, Sangha Circle (supported community sharings), Healing, and Vegan meals and snacks lovingly prepared by Dominque.
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Upcoming retreats

Previous Retreats

Meet the team

meet the team

About Francesca

Francesca loves going on Yoga retreats and over the years has enjoyed many, both locally and over seas. 

She has picked the best bits of all these, to bring you  .....

Back to Nature Retreats.

Francesca believes in creating a safe, nurturing space, in nature, where guests can reevaluate their life and perhaps the future direction of their life. 

All this happens organically and in good time over the weekend.  Guests may not realise changes that have taken place until long after the retreat. After running Back To Nature Retreats for the past 4 years, Francesca has seen many positive changes in people's lives.

Francesca is proud her retreats are close to Newcastle, affordable and very welcoming to all. 

Often people attend her retreats, worried about not knowing anyone else at the retreat.  Francesca loves hearing all the chit chat and swapping of phone numbers as new friendships are formed.

Francesca partners with others to deliver a variety of retreats each year.  

Francesca is also passionate that the food at the retreats is awesome. 

“ To my mind the food at the retreat is one of the most important things.  It has to be healthy, tasty, locally sourced, where possible, restaurant quality and most importantly made with love. 

Both Dominique and Kristin have owned their own restaurants and definitely put a lot of love into their cooking"

About Kristin

Kristin and her chef partner, Scott own Mayfields in the Northern Rivers, NSW.  They have breakfast stalls at various markets in the area.  They often cater for film crews, who are filming in the area.

Kristin is a lot of fun and people at the retreats tend to gravitate to the kitchen to hang out with her.  Much laughter and banter is heard from the kitchen as Kristin makes use of all offers of help.  She passes on a lot of her cooking secrets in the processs.

About Kate

Kate is a Naturopathic Nutritionist based in sunny Sawtell.

 

Kate's clients include those who are proactive in staving off inflammation and illness and  those with complex gut/digestive/bowel issues.

For the past 20 plus years, Kate has had a strong interest in the area of Gut Health. 

She has done extensive study and research into this emerging area of health. 

With Kate's charisma and excellent communication skills she is able to relay complex scientific research into layman's terms and share her vast knowledge in the area of Gut health and nutrition.  

At our retreats Kate gives an excellent presentation on living well and is available for individual consultations.

After the retreat she  is available for ongoing consultations via skype and periodic visits to Newcastle.

About Melita

Melita, a former graphic designer for fashion magazines and record companies, took up Yoga in her 30’s. Mel is now happy teaching Yoga and cooking up gorgeous meals and healthy snacks for Yoga retreats.

 

One of Mel’s claims to fame is cooking, with the catering team, for the rock band U2 on one of their Australian tours!

"Teaching Yoga grounds Me. Guiding students through movement and breath facilitates self-connection, and gives the practitioner an appreciation for the magic of the human body”. “It’s a delight to see this happen”, says Mel. 

Most importantly, Mel encourages her students have fun!

Having recently completed the Milford Track in New Zealand with her family, Mel is inspired to practice more Yoga outdoors in the beauty of nature.

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About Sol

Sol Heartman - well-known Sydney singer/songwriter/guitarist and meditation facilitator. He leads us in a guided meditation followed by a blissed-out session of his original music. You can check out his stuff at https://solheartman.com/

Sol Heartman is a Sydney based singer/ songwriter/ guitarist in a style that could be best described as new age adult contemporary. With lyrical themes of surrender, self-love, forgiveness and letting go, Sol’s warm vocals weave melodies over intricate acoustic fingerstyle guitar music, creating a soothing aural landscape of Self-discovery and Awakening. His songs are experienced as deeply personal and at the same time transcendent, embracing the inner child and hinting of the vast oneness of the Greater Self.

 "My intention is that my music be an instrument of discovery of the source of Unconditional Love that is ever-present within. In my songs I try to encapsulate that feeling of oneness and love while acknowledging the struggles of the personal self on its journey of awakening and surrender."

Sol currently performs weekly at Billabong Retreat and Swami’s Yoga Retreat in the leafy outskirts of North west Sydney and has recently completed a 5 song EP entitled “the Song of Life”.

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About Dan

Dan is our host at Wangat Lodge and a regular guide at a range of our retreats across NSW.

 

As an outdoor educator and practitioner of Bush Adventure Therapy, Dan has worked with schools, universities and the youth sector (with disadvantaged and at-risk young people) over the past 20 years.

 

Drawing on his own wild adventures that have been formative in creating his passion for educating in and about nature, he focuses on programmes that are hands on, inclusive and laden with adventure.

 

Dan holds a BA in Environmental History and is also qualified in Adventure Based Youth Work and Outdoor Recreation. Additionally he is the NSW representative for the Australian Association for Bush Adventure Therapy (AABAT).

 

He passionately believes in the power of story-telling and creating your own personal story through adventures had. His mottos include, but are by no means limited to, never say no to fruit and you never regret a swim!

Testimonials

What do our yogis say?

"Wow wow wow :) had the best weekend <3 Thankyou to all involved in organising this retreat, I have to say it’s one of the best I’ve been on. Yoga, food, accommodation and all the activities were fabulous. Thanks <3 Vonnie xoxo"

"I have greatly appreciated this weekend with Frances, Elizabeth and Dom. Yoga is something I will now continue on with in my life, I have enjoyed it greatly. The food was amazing and has taught me so much more about vegan and how versatile and healthy and tasty it is! Thank you so much :) Sonya"

 

"Francesca, Elizabeth and Dom, what a wonderful experience I have had this weekend. Thank you for being the gorgeous people you are. I know because of this weekend I have started a new spiritual journey in life! Love to you all. x Fiona"

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