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Rhythm of Joy Weekend Escape

October 14th – 16th, 2022

A weekend escape of yoga bliss, a break from the mundane and a space to re-imagine – rest and refresh your body, mind and spirit and feel fully alive! 

Country Place in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges is the perfect place to connect with nature, cultivate joy and find stillness. A weekend of great food, great people, daily yoga and meditation and a heap of laughs. You won’t have to lift a finger, everything is ready for your summer wellness yoga retreat.

There will be long luxurious yoga classes, guided meditation, down time for relaxing poolside or exploring nature, time for contemplation and delicious vegetarian cuisine.

Each room at Country Place is simple, clean and fresh and can be configured to a single or double/twin share. Come on your own or bring a friend to share with.

The food is all locally sourced seasonal vegetarian.

The retreat aims to nourish you body, mind and spirit. A contemplative space for you to reflect, breathe and rejuvenate. At Asha Yoga we love children, but on this retreat, it will be a no children zone. Our prayer is that you will take time away from the kids to focus on YOU and return refreshed and refocused ready to take on the parenting mantle with an increased mental capacity, more peace, more love and more self control.

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CLASSES

The daily yoga classes will be in the Silvan yoga studio or outside on the grass weather permitting! A 2-hour vinyasa flow and yoga class and meditation suitable for any level of experience.

In the afternoon experience a 2 hour yin yoga class focusing on joint health, contemplation and deep stretching.

A few hours will be dedicated to reflection and contemplation. Silence and unplugging from everything will offer you a chance to journal, reflect and seek stillness.

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ABOUT THIS RETREAT

  • Two nights at the Country Place venue, Kalorama
  • Six delicious vegetarian meals
  • Two 2-hr Vinyasa Yoga classes
  • Two 1-2hr Yin Yoga classes
  • All transformational teachings & ceremonies
  • A welcome gift!
  • We are not responsible for your transport to and from the retreat venue in Kalorama
  • Alcoholic beverages, non-included drinks and food
  • Any other activities/tours not included in our package

Payment

A deposit of $200.00 with your trip registration form and room request is needed to hold your spot. Final payment is due by July 10th.

CANCELLATION POLICY

A cancellation received in writing up till 90 days from the retreat date will result in a loss of 50% of the trip price. Any cancellation less than 90 days out from the retreat will result in a total loss of funds. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we do so your deposit is refunded in full). We reserve the right to determine if you are not a good fit for this trip (if we do so your deposit will be refunded in full). All cancellations must be made to Michelle Jorna in writing.
COVID UPDATE: If the COVID-19 restriction change and there is a lock down during retreat dates, we will change the date to later in the year. You will have the opportunity to request a full refund, or switch to the new dates.

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About Michelle

I noticed the connection between my mental health and my physical body when I injured my back in a rugby accident when I was 17. During the months of recovery I noticed my pain levels were a reflection of how stressed I was. This started a journey of self discovery: what did I need to do to cope with stress? How should I manage my naturally overactive mind?

I have grown up being part of a local church, and have seen people improve their health through different spiritual disciplines. After injuring my spine, I searched for new physical disciplines that would have less impact on my body, and would keep me strong and fit.

When I discovered yoga as an adult it rocked my world. By then I had a special needs child and the demands of a growing family. The connection I experienced in yoga’s practice of movement with breath, and of meditation, gave me a strong connection to God. I experienced peace, and a deep sense of being whole.

I noticed a gentle but gradual recovery from my rugby injury. Yoga became the one hour of the week I could not live without! As a result, I am a better wife, mother, and friend!

I am now passionate about sharing this powerful practice. I transitioned from working in exercise science and personal training to teaching yoga. I love Vinyasa yoga, its fluid movement and its strength gains. I also love Yin yoga; the space it creates for contemplative practice and mindfulness.

I teach from a Christian frame of reference. I have a passion for the environment, for ethical living, and for empowering others to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health. My classes aim to seek greater peace, connection and imagination, together with mindful movement and breath. You can find me in Croydon, Melbourne, Australia.

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My Self-compassion practice

Taking regular classes remind me that it’s ok to be who I am and how I am today. I’m stronger I cope with stress better, my back injury is recovering, and I no longer have daily pain.