Billabong Retreat Accomodation

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Billabong retreat’s vision was to create somewhere where people could come and reconnect to nature and the life within them and around them.

Billabong Retreat is a place to find peace of mind, contentment and discover inner wellness. It is somewhere to rediscover the magic of life and find meaning, connection and purpose. It is a place of heart and kindness.

Includes accommodation, ecodownunder linen, all meals, drinks & snacks, twice daily yoga, meditation plus retreat program.

All prices are per person, unless stated otherwise.

Check in  or out available on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday only.


Location: Billabong Retreat, 41 Mcclymonts Rd, Maraylya NSW 2765


 

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150sImmersion in nature is an important part of Billabong’s holistic approach to health and well-being. Centred around an ethereal, lotus-filled natural billabong, the  4.8 hectare resort sleeps 30 in a series of treetop cabins, with shared accommodation also available in the original homestead overlooking a magnesium-infused swimming pool. The main pavilion consists of two yurt-inspired structures linked by an open-air living space, plus a stunning glass-walled yoga room with a bird’s-eye outlook into the treetops.

Billabong Retreat a stunning purpose built thirty bed nature retreat & training venue just forty-five minutes North West of Sydney towards Windsor, and just 50 minutes on the train from Central station.

 

The resort can accommodate a maximum of 38 guests.

Check in  or out available on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday or Friday only.

 

  • One night- Sunday only
  • Two nights- Monday and Tuesday or Wednesday and Thursday or Friday and Saturday
  • Three nights- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday or Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Four nights- Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Five nights- Sunday through to Thursday or Friday through Tuesday

 

Room Features

All of our rooms are clean and simply with beautiful bush views. All rooms have fans, insect screens, heaters and are well insulated.

Beds have doonas, pillows, linen, blankets, towels and hot water bottles.

All bathrooms have complimentary biodegradable shampoo, hand wash, body wash and conditioner for you to use (but not to take away!).

There are no TV’s or WIFI access.

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On the day

Arrive after 2pm, Depart by 1pm.

If you wish to participate in a particular retreat program, please contact the retreat upon purchase of accommodation to choose the dates pertaining to when your specific retreat program is being held.

Retreat programs

Yoga Essentials

Sun to Wed or Fri to Sun – Every 4 weeks

Daily workshops exploring the philosophy and practice of yoga plus twice daily general yoga classes and meditation. Pleases note that these workshops are run every four weeks every day, excluding Thursday’s.

Mindfulness Essentials

Sun to Wed – Every 8 weeks
Daily workshops exploring the history, science and practical application of mindfulness plus twice daily general yoga & meditation.

Meditation Essentials

Sun to Wed every 4 weeks, Fri to Sun every 8 weeks
Daily workshops exploring the theory, types and benefits of mediation plus twice daily general yoga class & meditations.

Wellness Essentials

Wed to Fri every week
Daily workshops exploring nutrition, gut health and mind-body connection plus twice daily general yoga classes and meditation.

Advanced Yoga

Fri to Sun every 4 weeks
Daily workshops exploring advanced yoga postures and techniques plus twice daily general yoga classes and meditation.

Mindful Intelligence

Sun to Wed every 8 weeks
Daily workshops exploring the different types of intelligence we have through mindfulness plus twice daily general yoga & meditation.

Mindfulness for Stress

Fri to Sun every 8 weeks
Daily workshops on mindfulness tools to reduce stress levels in busy lives plus twice daily general yoga & meditation.

 

Check workshops availability with retreat upon purchase of voucher. 

 

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What to Bring

Linen & room towels are now provided in all all rooms.

Water-bottle – no packaged water is allowed. Please bring a reusable water bottle.

Pool towel

Comfortable Clothes – loose fitting clothes for yoga practice

Shoes – enclosed shoes are best for some of the paths around the property

Please do not bring any food, alcohol, packaged drinks, drugs, tobacco.

 

Laptops and mobile phones should only be used in consideration and in bedrooms.

There is no wifi.

 

Nature Retreats

billabong-retreat-5The trees are full of birds including King parrots, Lorikeets, Rosellas, Kookaburras, Wagtails, Cockatoos, Bell Birds & Whip Birds and during the day it is a chorus of nature.

Huge sandstone rocks rise up from around the Billabong and the cabins and retreat centre perch on the escarpment, nesting in the trees overlooking the lotus garden.

If you are up early you will spot Black Wallabies, Blue Tongue & Monitor Lizards and if you are up late you can see Ring tail Possums, Sugar Gliders and micro bats.

At night the bush hums gently to the sound of Cicadas & frogs until the sun rises gently over the property, the lotus flowers blossom and the cycle starts again.

Billabong Retreat is an eco nature Tourism retreat certified by Eco Tourism Australia and is also a TAAl accredited Australian Quality Tourism Business and holder of a Department of Environment Eco-pass for running guided tours into the Wollemi National Park.

Getting there

Located less than an hour’s drive from Sydney at Maraylya, near Windsor, Billabong Retreat is an eco-certified bush haven that offers yoga, meditation and mindfulness retreats (two to six days). The all-inclusive programme includes accommodation, organic vegetarian meals and a gentle, meditative style of yoga that links the body, breath and mind.

From Sydney, follow the M2 north of the Harbour Bridge, continuing onto the M7. Turn off at Old Windsor Road and travel towards Windsor for 15km. Take the Boundary Road turnoff towards Maraylya; the retreat is located on McClymont Road, off Maguire Road.

 

Environmental Credentials

We are a fully certified eco-retreat so we take our impact on the environment very seriously. We are self-sufficient for water and waste disposal and operate a bio-pod worm farm waste water system. It is very important that only biodegradable waste is put down the toilets and sinks. Water is restricted to 50 litres of rain water per person per day. With short showers this amount is ample. We also have a solar hot water heating system and a grid connected photovoltaic electricity generating system. We aim to minimise recycling and landfill waste and we compost all our food waste.

 

Restrictions and guidelines

Use of devices is not permitted in public areas. We do not offer WIFI on purpose. Mobile 3G internet signal is available but variable for Optus / Telstra and does not always work in the rooms. There is always Optus / Telstra signal in the car park.

Consumption of alcohol is not permitted in public areas and is not recommended. Due to bush fire risk smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property except the smoking area in car park.

Our retreats are very suitable for pregnant ladies.

Our retreats are not suitable for children under 12 years or pets.

Spa treatments are extra.

Billabong Retreat is situated on a rock escarpment and many buildings are only accessible by stairs. We have one accessible cabin and the main retreat centre is accessible. Please note the wellness centre (where individual treatments occur) is not accessible as there is stair access only.

Swimming in Billabong is done at your own risk as it is a natural waterway. Our magnesium aqua therapy pool is open all year but can be chilly in the winter as it is only heated by an eco-friendly solar hot water system.

Yoga is suitable for all persons of all ages and all levels of health. Yoga is all about the individual so there is always a yoga practice that is right for you. The question is understanding what that practice is. One size does not fit all. You will learn to do a yoga practice that is suitable for you.

Not all workshops are available every day. Please check with retreat when booking dates.

Spa treatments are at an additional cost.

If you suffer from epilepsy you must obtain a doctor’s certificate prior to booking a session.

People suffering from epilepsy, diabetes, heart problems and kidney disease should consult their doctor prior to booking.


 

Cancellation

Once this experience is confirmed, changes are at the discretion of the experience provider and arranged directly with them.

In the unlikely event that we cancelled a retreat you would get a full refund.

All payments are non-refundable.

 

Rescheduling

If you need to reschedule under 14 days notice then we will try and resell the room. If successful you will be issued with a credit voucher for the full value of your deposit to use anytime within 12 months. If we do not resell the room then we can offer you a future replacement ‘standby booking’ which can only be booked 24 hour before arrival.

We recommend travel insurance for all bookings. Participants are advised to make their own insurance provisions in case of unforeseen circumstances.

 


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Paul designed and built the retreat centre and is director of all the retreat programs.

After a fifteen year stint in corporate world promoting fizzy drinks, toys, cigarettes and alcohol, Paul experienced a business failure and found himself sitting on a Thai island licking his wounds and pondering what life was all about. By fate, there was a health retreat one hundred metres down the beach and Paul found himself absorbed within its energy, ideas and people, particularly with regard to yoga.

On return to Australia Paul was trained by Michael de Manicor, Director at the Yoga Institute, previous President of Yoga Australia and psychologist. This followed the teachings of Krishnamacharya, one of the most authentic sources of classical yoga teachings this century and source of ancient wisdom about the mind & body connection. Paul completed a two-tear advanced teacher training qualification and has since been inspired by many other brilliant teachers including Jon Kabatt-Zinn Phd, Daniel Siegel MD, Bruce Lipton Phd, Stephen Hawking Phd, Sir David Attenborough, Jane Goodhall, Brian Cox, Mark Whitwell, Eckhart Tolle, the Buddah, Jesus, S.N. Goenka, his three young children, wife and the thousands of amazing human beings that come to Billabong Retreat.

Paul’s teachings at Billabong Retreat combine ancient wisdom with modern scientific thinking. They are not affiliated with any particular organisation or religion but instead a summary of the experiences and knowledge that Paul has acquired in his varied life. They explore how changes such as language, the agricultural and industrial revolutions and the very recent informational and technological mega-revolutions are reshaping modern human experience like never before.

Ancient fields of study include the Yoga Sutras, the Yamas (Universal moralities), Niyamas (personal observances), Asana (postures), Pranayama (breathing), Pratyahara (senses), Dharana (focus), Dhyana (absorption) & Samadhi (bliss) and modern areas include mindfulness, breath and body work, the mind body connection, meditation, consciousness, neuro-plasticity, epigenetics, meta-cognition, emotional intelligence, the stress response and energetic fields.

Understandably, Paul is not a world leader in any of these fields of study and does not have formal qualifications in them, but instead has distilled that the message from all these teachings is fundamentally the same and can be learnt by anyone with a little effort, an appropriate teacher and some fun.

Some of the simple techniques that Paul teaches, if practised daily for 15 minutes, will help any human being life a longer and happier life. All Paul’s programs teach to connect body, mind and breath, and how to avoid being dazzled by the many senses of modern human consciousness, especially thought.

Paul’s programs involve physical movement, attention & awareness, breath exercises many types of seated meditation, summary’s of the peer reviewed modern science and presentations on the application of these skills at home and in the workplace. Everyone is welcome to contribute as we all have something to learn from everyone else.

 

BIOGRAPHY

1971 – Born UK

1991 – BSc (Maths & Mangement) – Manchester University, UK

1991 – 2004 – Corporate Brand Marketing Consultant

2004 – Launched retail business & suffered large financial loss – moved to Thailand

2005 – 2008 – Yoga Teacher Studies

2008 – Mum dies after struggle with alcoholism – decide to create wellness centre

2009 – Get married, have twins, start Billabong Retreat

2009 – now – Learning, teaching & building

Current – Living with wife Tory and three kids, Oscar, Archie & Jade

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Our vision was to create somewhere where people could come and reconnect to the nature and life within them and around them. We respect the ancient wisdom and are excited by the modern science. We do not promote any religion and are open to all people of any belief or background.

Billabong Retreat is a place to find peace of mind, contentment and discover inner wellness. It is somewhere to rediscover the magic of life and find meaning, connection and purpose. It is a place of heart and kindness.

 

Namaste

Paul & Tory & family x

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