“Get Your Happy On
Our signature program is back!!
Join us for a weekend of relaxation, rejuvenation, fun and connection. Enjoy the stunning surrounds of this mountain-top retreat with a small group of like-minded women and experience the true meaning of ‘Sanctuary’ – safe, private and peaceful. Not only will you come away with a whole new perspective, but you’ll also have a new set of skills and resources that you can draw on when the going gets tough back in the real world. Workshops and activities will include mindfulness, journaling, self-care, relaxation techniques and more.
As with all of our retreats, the focus will be to well and truly, to ‘Get Your Happy On.’ We do this by using scientifically proven, evidence-based techniques to promote the relaxation response. Some of the activities we will be doing include gentle yoga, meditations, visualisations and breathing techniques. These are all at an introductory level. There will also be enough free time to relax even more, read or tackle something a little more physical such as hiking one of the beautiful walking tracks in the area. These range from fresh to frightening!
Here’s what previous retreat guests had to say…..
….and if you think you’re going to let your anxiety stop you from coming, this is just for you.
Looking for more details?
I know that this retreat is not for everybody and numbers are very limited, so this might help you to decide.
What this retreat is not…
An extreme health and fitness retreat
A detox, cleanse or any other restriction
Serious yoga moves and strenuous exercise
5-star accommodation with heated towels and room service
A wireless hotspot with constant connectivity
A silent and solemn retreat
Riding unicorns and chanting ‘Om’
This retreat is for you if…
You sometimes have feelings of stress, anxiety and overwhelm
You have always wanted to try some gentle yoga, relaxation and meditation but didn’t know where to start
You know that you need to make some changes in your lifestyle but you just don’t have time
You might not be quite so young, slim, fit and perfect any more…hey, I tick all those boxes!
You need a complete break away
You think that ‘glamping’ with the girls sounds like fun
You don’t want to have to think about cooking dinner and whether the laundry is done. In fact, you just don’t want to think in general!
You’ve always thought that a genuine weekend retreat was too far out of your comfort zone, your budget, your league
This retreat is ESPECIALLY for you if you think you don’t deserve it and/or don’t have time for it
STEP 1 – Choose your pricing option
Early Bird options and 10 week payment plans expire 25 January.
Regular Price $620
Bring a Friend $558
Early Bird $558
Early Bird +
Bring a Friend $496
Here’s some answers to commonly asked questions
Do you have a program or schedule for the weekend?
Is it just going to be hippy, woo-woo stuff?
No. Actually all the information, advice and practices I deliver are very much evidence-based, using scientifically proven techniques…and good, old common sense.
Am I going to like the food?
Queen of the Kitchen will be the gorgeous Emma who owns and runs Garapine. She believes in real food, made with real ingredients and sources most of her produce from local Mary Valley farms. I can guarantee that you will enjoy her old-fashioned home cooking and the best part, you don’t even have to lift a finger.
What if I have special dietary requirements?
Emma uses real ingredients, such as real animal protein, wheat and dairy. However, she is a boss at catering to your particular dietary needs, as long as she is aware of it before the retreat.
Where is the retreat being held?
Garapine Retreat is a purpose-built, environmental education and recreation facility located 2 hours North of Brisbane. Set in natural beauty on a hilltop overlooking the Mary Valley and bordering the Mary River. Just beautiful! http://www.garapine.com.au/
What about the weather?
Garapine has both indoor and outdoor areas that are under cover. The location is renowned for cooler nights and warmer days so please pack accordingly.
Do you offer a payment plan?
Absolutely! Take advantage of our 8 week payment plan, but be quick. This offer expires 12 October 2018.
Will there be time to just chill out?
Absolutely! I have scheduled in free time throughout the weekend to chill out or explore the surrounds.
Where will we sleep?
Garapine has three separate accommodation buildings consisting of open plan group rooms each with their own ensuite. You will share a spacious and Eco Friendly dormitory with three friends…because if they’re not your friends already, they soon will be! Each ensuite has two showers, two basins and a separate toilet. Toilet facilities are also available at The Lodge.
What should I bring?
- Comfy clothes! I’m talking trackies, yoga pants…whatever you feel comfortable relaxing in.
- Basic toiletries
- Sleeping bag or bed linen and pillow
- A yoga mat
- Any cushions etc that you feel comfortable sitting on the floor with (if you choose to sit on the floor)
- A notebook if you like to take notes during the workshops
- A torch will be handy
Do I need to have a certain level of fitness?
The Lodge is set on the highest point of the retreat and is a short walk to your accommodation. There are paths and boardwalks the whole way but there are also some stairs. For those who really like a bit of a challenge, Garapine has a range of beautiful bushwalking tracks, ranging from leisurely to torturous!
What will we be covering in the workshops?
I am passionate about not only giving you a beautiful, relaxing weekend but also ensuring you have enough tools and tips to take with you back to the real world. Therefore, we will be covering some of the concepts of MindBody Wellness and Positive Psychology as is fitting to the particular theme of the retreat. We will also look at various techniques to empower you to take control of your own health and wellbeing by listening to your own inner wisdom. After all, you are the only expert on you!
What if I get anxious around people I don't know?
Well you’re definitely in the right place. Helping women with anxiety is exactly what I’m all about (see my video above).
Take the advice of a previous guest -“Isn’t that ironic? I might have missed the chance to attend a wellness weekend, specifically focusing on anxiety, because of my anxiety!”