Sacred Sound: Connect & Inspire - with Angela Robb

Wellness at Every Level - with Antonia Pont

Igniting Your Inner Vitality - with Erika Newberry

Release Stress, Embrace Rest - with Belinda Blackburn

Rest, Release, Receive: A Restorative Retreat - with Jaye Hayes

New Landscapes of Relaxation and Rest - with Antonia Pont

Embracing opposites, finding harmony - with Lucy Broome

Sankalpa for Sustainable Self-Care - with Jaye Hayes

Freedom and release: iRest Yoga Nidra - with Angela Robb

Getting to Know Your Chakras - with Belinda Blackburn

Coming Home - with Claire Heywood

Clarity of purpose; Setting direction - with Erika Newberry

Study the Self to Forget the Self - with Antonia Pont

Nourish the Heart: A Restorative Retreat - with Jaye Hayes

Rest, Restore, Reset - with Lucy Broome

The retreats are held at Clearview Retreat, a residential retreat centre ninety minutes north of Melbourne in the King Parrot Valley in central Victoria. Clearview Retreat backs onto the Tallarook forest and ranges, with immense views 100 kilometres across to Mount Buller and other spectacular mountain ranges.

18-20 August 2017 (2-day retreat)

25-27 August 2017 (2-day retreat)

1-3 Sept 2017 (2-day retreat)

20-22 October 2017 (2-day retreat)

27-29 October 2017 (2-day retreat)

3-6 November 2017 (3-day retreat)

17-19 November 2017 (2-day retreat)

25-28 January 2018 (3-day retreat)

9-11 February 2018 (2-day retreat)

16-18 February 2018 (2-day retreat)

23-25 February 2018 (2-day retreat)

2-4 March 2018 (2-day retreat)

29 Mar-3 Apr 2018 (5-day retreat)

27-29 Aprll 2018 (2-day retreat)

18-20 May 2018 (2-day retreat)

This is a range of workshops to expand and deepen our understanding of yoga. In a class situation we often only get to practice postures, yet yoga has an insightful, practical and fascinating body of knowledge regarding the workings of the mind and the soul, as relevant today as it was 4,000 years ago.

Each Weekend Mountain Yoga Retreat involves yoga classes, relaxation, meditation, some periods of silence, and guided walks. The structure of each workshop is the same, but different themes are focussed on each weekend.

Home-cooked, delicious, inspiring vegetarian meals are provided, beginning with Friday night dinner. Special diets are catered for.

More retreats will be scheduled for 2018 - check the website later for updates or ask to be put on our email list.


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2-day retreats

$ 375 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 415 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

3-day retreats

$ 560 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 620 per person: yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

5-day retreats

$ 940 per person:    yoga tuition + all meals + sharing bedroom (2 or 3 people in a room)

$ 1040 per person:   yoga tuition + all meals + one person to a bedroom

Meals include: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Two-day retreats have 5 yoga sessions. Three-day retreats have 7 yoga sessions. Five-day retreats have 12 or more yoga sessions. Free time between yoga sessions allows guests to rest and explore. Class sizes are kept small and students of all levels of experience are welcome. If there are areas of particular interest or special needs, i.e. injuries or pregnancy, please let us know in advance so we are able to better tailor the program to suit you.



2-day retreat: 7pm Fri until 3pm Sun

3-day retreat: 7pm Fri until 3pm Mon

5-day retreat: 7pm Thurs until 3pm Tues

2-day retreat: $ 375 or $ 415

3-day retreat: $ 560 or $ 620

5-day retreat: $ 940 or $ 1040

Price includes yoga, accommodation & food and

varies with level of accommodation

For full range of price options, see below

Belinda Blackburn found yoga over 12 years ago and embraced it fully, loving the changes it brought to her life. Her training in the Advanced Diploma in Yoga Teaching at the CAE covered a variety of yoga styles which, along with ongoing study and practice, has given her the opportunity to be inspired by their combined wisdom as she develops her own unique blend. She currently teaches several weekly classes at Harvest Yoga in Kensington including open, beginners, kids, prenatal and mums & bubs. She has also taught yoga classes in prisons, workplaces and schools. Belinda has a nurturing teaching style which encourages students to explore and deepen their self knowledge through asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation. Beneath the pressures of everyday life we all have a calm and peaceful interior; Belinda works to guide her students towards this place and give them the tools to establish an ongoing connection to it.

  1. ~ GST is included in these prices

  2. ~ Deposit to secure booking: $ 100 for 2-day retreats, $ 150 for 3-day and 5-day retreats

  3. ~ Balance to be paid 3 weeks before yoga retreat

  4. ~ Deposit will not be refunded if booking is cancelled by guest less than 3 weeks before yoga retreat

  5. ~ Full fee is forfeited if booking is cancelled by guest less than 1 week before yoga retreat

Antonia Pont has been practicing yoga for 16 years, and studying zen since 1996. She has trained and practiced with teachers in Australia, India and Europe, and has taught locally and internationally. She completed her first teacher training in Melbourne, with Paul Wooden of Gertrude Street Yoga in 2004. She then trained in the Vijnana tradition and received certification as a Vijnana teacher from the founder of the style, Orit Sen-Gupta, in 2011. She continues to study with Orit, and edited Orit’s recent book, The Heart of Yoga. Antonia has established Vijnana Yoga Australia in central Melbourne at the beautiful AYM studios. Her approach to teaching postures, breath and meditation is precise, steady, and sometimes irreverent. She encourages students to trust the strengthening and startling journey that practice can be, and to integrate this wisdom into their lives off the mat. She tweets about practice (@AntoniaPont) and yoga (@VijnanaYogaAust).

(*Clearview Retreat also offers nature meditation retreats, and food retreats.

See Nature Meditation Retreats and Food Retreats for details.)

Claire Heywood has been a student of yoga since 1985, teaching yoga since 1996, and leading retreats at Clearview since 2009. Underpinning her teaching is her lifelong passion for working through the physical realm; an interest that ignited through dance as a child, led her to an early career as a dancer and performer, and continues currently with her ongoing yogic and movement studies. As a non-traditionalist, her gentle Hatha Yoga classes are a combination of simple Hatha Yoga and other complementary practices, that guide the student to slow down, listen in and develop awareness of the unique needs of their body, mind and heart. The content, a creative mix of moving, breathing, sounding and sitting, aims to facilitate a more truthful acceptance of who we are, so we may wholeheartedly embrace our bespoke path through life with greater ease and contentment.

Jaye Hayes is a Restorative Yoga and somatic movement teacher, and a writer, researcher, dance/media artist and creative facilitator. Her 20+ years of Yoga practice is in the Iyengar tradition and she has undertaken teacher training with Alan Goode & Peter Scott. However, her personal journey with chronic illness has led her to specialise in the restorative and remedial aspects of the practice. Jaye has developed a unique ‘somatic’ approach to teaching restorative yoga, informed by 10+ years Body-Mind Centering (BMC) practice with Alice Cummins; Jaye is currently undertaking BMC certification training at Moving Within (Oregon). She has also studied Dance Movement Therapy (IDTIA) and in 2016 completed Honours research in Dance at Deakin University. Jaye is passionate about empowering others to live more fully embodied, integrated and balanced lives through yoga, movement, meditation and connection to nature. She currently teaches at Kundalini House and is writing a book about her somatic approach to restorative yoga.

When we practice asana (poses) and pranayama (breathing), we might find ourselves encountering the paradox of forgetting the body, even while we study it. In a similar spirit, the famous Zen teacher, Dogen, wrote that to study the self involves forgetting the self. On this retreat, we will learn how to move and be with less strain and effort, as well as studying techniques for settling the mind. Thus, by studying the self, we will also forget it. When we practice yoga, we find ourselves with more life, a sense of greater ease and space, and a clearer perspective on many things. This takes time, but it also gives us back time. Over five days, we will eat well, practice intelligently, rest deeply, and explore the forest and land. This retreat is for students wishing to deepen their understanding of yoga and practice the balanced curriculum of the Vijnana tradition.

Most of us have heard of the chakras but to many people they remain mysterious and inaccessible. This weekend we will learn where the seven main chakras are located, what they relate to and how we can work with them using a variety of yoga practices to clear blockages and enhance the flow of energy in each chakra. Each of the seven main chakras is connected to different aspects of our life, systems within the physical body, emotions and personality traits as well as elements in the world around us. By delving into them one at a time you will discover what each one means for you personally and how it connects you to the people and the world around you. Practices will include asana, pranayama, meditation, relaxation, discussion and self-discovery with an aim to deepen your self-awareness and tune into your chakras.

Unplug and pause from the relentless busy-ness of life and spend a whole weekend nourishing, resting and connecting deeply. When we stop and pay attention to our inner life it feels like coming home. We come home to our heart, our body and our mind with fresh, clear eyes; cultivating deep respect, kind compassion and honest acceptance of this unique organic being that is Me. We realise that there is nothing we need to do, or be, or become. Retreat activities will be simple yoga practices - gentle asana, breath work, yoga massage, meditation and deliciously long relaxations - to support this process of befriending ourselves, refining our listening skills, and coming home to rest and reflect in the ever abundant river of life. Claire’s style is gentle and playful. She has an integrated approach, aiming to guide you within; developing deeper awareness and bringing a richer experience of the subtleties of heart, body and mind.

Angela Robb: Nineteen years of enjoying the transformative benefits of yoga led Angela to start teaching what she loves. Extensively trained both locally and in India, Angela teaches an array of group and private classes and workshops, weekly, across some of Melbourne’s best yoga studios. Angela’s nurturing and intelligent style arouses deep connection with one’s own energy, inspiration and wisdom. Angela’s creative ,well-paced classes allow students to discover the joy of extending themselves through yoga; physically, mentally, energetically and spiritually. Angela has an Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching - a 2 year, 1300+ hour course, from the Academy of Yoga Learning Australia. Following her passion for learning and continuous improvement, Angela has since completed teacher training with some of the world’s most renowned yoga teachers: Shiva Rae, Judith Lasater and Donna Farhi, and also completed training in Restorative Yoga, Pre-natal Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Nada Yoga (the yoga of sound) and Chakra Vinyasa Flow.

Erika Newberry has been a dedicated yoga practitioner for over 16 years and has been teaching since 2011. She completed her initial yoga teacher training at the Australian Yoga Academy in Melbourne and then went on to study yogic philosophy, yin yoga, laughter yoga, trauma sensitive yoga and yoga therapy. Erika teaches at a number of yoga studio and gyms around Melbourne as well as offering private yoga therapy sessions, corporate yoga and specialised yoga sessions/programs for hospitals and schools. Erika loves the richness of yoga: how it can help bring the body and mind together and promote a wholeness of our experience of being in our body. Erika loves that yoga teaches us to breathe fully, to trust our own experience and to respond in a way that is appropriate, kind and sustainable for us. Her classes are deeply nourishing and nurturing for both the body and the mind.  

When you nourish your heart, you nourish your whole being. This retreat offers a space for heart-centred self-care. The heart is a source of great compassion and strength. Supporting the heart in turn supports and strengthens us in moving towards more compassionate and courageous ways of living and being. An embodied awareness of the heart awakens the intelligence that resides there, allowing compassion to flow throughout the body-mind. Restorative Yoga practice nourishes the physical and metaphysical aspects of the heart, to restore organ tone and recover the energy of loving-kindness. Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice of passive poses combined with Somatic Meditation to activate the processes that enable ‘rest’ to become ‘restorative’. Mindfully resting the heart reminds this hard-working organ of its capacity to receive nourishment from the breath. In this retreat you will explore the embodied anatomy and consciousness of your own heart through yoga, meditation, movement, bodywork, sound and writing/drawing.

The New Year is a great time for setting goals and resolutions, but how often do we lose sight of them as the year goes on? Change can be really exciting and challenging all rolled in to one. In this retreat we will look at setting intentions from a yogic perspective and how to integrate this into our lives in a sustainable and manageable way. Through a daily practice of yoga and meditation we explore how our intentions relate to our present moment experience and how we can explore basing our decisions on what we value the most. This retreat will offer us the time and space to re-establish purpose and direction through body-mind connection. Within these two days you can expect meditation to help establish self-awareness, slow flow to remind us of our inner strength; and yin, to connect us with the subtle flow of energy in and around us.

Lucy Broome has been practicing yoga since 1996 and teaching since 2003. Her teaching style is a graceful integration of personal experience within a range of hatha yoga traditions. Lucy teaches from her own authentic experience and is not affiliated with a particular lineage. Her current influences include Krishnamacharya, Donna Farhi, Diane Long (Scaravelli Yoga), Prahlad (Sakshin Ghatashta Yoga), Paul Wooden, Clive Sheridan, and Mark Whitwell. In 2002 Lucy undertook four months of advanced yogic studies with Swami Venkatesh of the Atma Vikasa School in Mysore, giving her a foundation from which to develop her own practice and her own style. Later on, Lucy undertook a year’s teacher training from 2012-2013 in the Amrit yoga style, often described as ‘meditation in motion’ and a means to integrate action and non-action. Lucy teaches in Melbourne (Kew & Alphington) during the year and in Point Lonsdale over January.

On this yoga retreat we offer ourselves a precious and rare gift of time and space from busy-ness, to turn our attention and our energy inwards in order to reset our inner compass. The momentum of our lives often means that we are challenged to pause. It takes courage and strength to stand against the tide. Our mornings will consist of two-hour yoga sessions in which we will practice slow and steady hatha yoga sequences, some strength work, meditation and pranayama. In the afternoons we will practice yoga nidra and restorative postures. Each day there will be a mindful nature walk, inviting stillness and enquiry, and building our connection between the inner and outer landscape. Supported by the group intention, by the exquisite landscape, nutritious food and the physically cleansing and fortifying yoga practice, this autumn retreat offers you a deeply nourishing reset on all levels.

One understanding of yoga is that it seeks to develop our intelligence and insight at every level of the person. When practised with sincerity, yoga in the Vijnana tradition affirms the wisdom of the body, the vastness of the heart, and the steadiness of the mind. Working with the 7 Principles of Practice, we can extend our realisations on the mat and cushion to our lives beyond, cultivating relationships that care for us and our shared worlds. This retreat will focus on how to practise yoga for wellness in mind and body, in other words: for sanity, strength, and discernment in all circumstances. Through posture work, sitting meditation, and all that breathing enables, we will coax our bodies to find their best expressions and kindest pathways. When the body is cared for, the mind follows suit, and the heart relaxes.

Taking time out for some well-deserved ‘me’ time is essential for our busy, hectic and over stimulated lives. In our daily living we can often feel overwhelmed and detached from the vitality within us. Spring is the perfect time to shake off the stagnation from winter, move into the flow of strength and vitality, and create a reset in the body and the mind. In this retreat we will explore a number of traditional yoga cleansing practices, perfect for an internal ‘spring clean’, letting go of old patterns that no longer serve us, and opening up to a new beginnings and opportunity. We will practice dynamic slow flow to build strength within the body and mind, and then move into earthbound yin practices to nourish our organs and balance energy. Indulge in some deep relaxation, meditation and mantra, and allow yourself to be nurtured from the inside out.

It seems that being stressed has become almost normal in our society. Our busy days are often spent moving from one event to the next without time to take a breath in between. As we approach the busy end of year period this is a good time to stop and prepare by learning more about stress and how to manage it effectively. Over this weekend we will take a break from our hectic schedules to let go of both physical and mental stress and move to a more rested and relaxed state. Practices will include flowing sequences of yoga postures to release and work through tension, and restorative yoga, meditation and relaxation to fully relax and restore body and mind. We will also discuss how and why stress affects us and learn simple yet effective stress relief techniques to manage ongoing stress for permanent life changes and improved physical and mental health.

Restorative Yoga is a practice dedicated to constructive rest. This retreat offers a space to surrender into stillness & honour your body’s deep need for rejuvenation. Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice that supports you to soften & release habitual patterns of tension & receive nourishment from the breath. The practice includes passive, supine & seated poses as well fully supported inversions. The extensive use of yoga props allows you to sink into the soothing energy of the Restorative poses with ease & open the body to the flow of pranic energy. Mindfully resting the body is a deeply transformative process. Jaye incorporates Somatic Meditation into her teaching to activate the re-patterning processes that enable ‘rest’ to become ‘restorative’. Jaye’s approach emphasizes compassionate self-inquiry & intelligent self-care. You will be guided through the internal landscape of your body to discover the restorative potential that lies within you as you integrate mind, body, breath & earth.

This retreat is dedicated to relaxation at a level you may not have experienced before. We will put to use the supportive schedule of three days in order to drop ourselves down through the layers of habitual holding and hardness, in order to offer our bodies and minds some simple space and a chance to fall into resting and recovery. The schedule will involve more active yoga in the mornings, with the rest of the day dedicated to quietness, delicious restorative work, relaxation practices, and deep rest. Along with the good, nourishing food, break times for napping and meandering walks, you will be addressing in yourself problems of our times: overwork, pushing beyond healthy limits, living off adrenalin, exhaustion and anxiety. A relaxation retreat is a precious opportunity to align oneself with more sustainable body rhythms in order that the joy, which is always in us, can surface and find expression.

On retreat we have the opportunity to view ourselves and our lives from a fresh perspective. This precious space and time away from our usual obligations allows us to refocus and reset, on all levels - to experience the natural harmony of our being. When we consciously move into opposing states through yoga (i.e. fast versus slow, strong versus gentle) we can release unconscious holding patterns from body and mind. This can reveal a wider appreciation of our lives, and help us to experience the gentle harmony of our natural state - to welcome and embrace polarities as an enquiry and as a pathway towards balance. Using the solid ground of our body as the medium for this enquiry, Lucy will offer a variety of practices including: flowing hatha yoga (asana), strengthening postures, restorative yoga, breathing (pranayama), yoga nidra and meditation. Through these we will honour both the small and vast aspects of our lives.

Re-connect and re-inspire through this immersion in yoga practice and sacred sound. We’ll cleanse and strengthen the body and the mind, with dynamic yoga practice and pranayama. We’ll dissolve into a deep state of rest with nurturing restorative yoga and guided relaxation (Yoga Nidra). All the while we will be integrating sacred sound and mantra to create a powerful heart-felt connection, entering into an empowered state of flow where we’re inspired to thrive in life, on and off the mat. We’ll learn sacred mantras that have phenomenal effects on the body, energy and mind; bringing greater balance, vibrancy and health; grounding and inspiring creativity; and connecting you with your own wisdom and direction in life. “The repetition of sacred sound, in the form of mantra, energises and transforms the vibrational level of the body, the brain and the nervous system. The sounds purify and dissolve the unconscious habits and blockages driving our behaviour” - Layne Redmond

Do you begin your year with grand plans and then get stressed or exhausted trying to fulfill them? What if you created an embodied intention for living sustainably that was in harmony with your whole being? This retreat will guide you to align with an embodied sankalpa (intention) for sustainable self-care, to support you to reclaim a sense of balance in the way you live your life. Over three days you will explore your own embodied consciousness through Restorative Yoga, somatic meditation, embodied anatomy, nature walks, bodywork, sound, writing & drawing. Restorative Yoga is a gentle practice of passive poses that promotes a state of deep rest. In this space of surrender & stillness we are able to attune to the internal landscape of the body & listen to its guidance. Discover the rich potential of your embodied intelligence to guide you towards a greater sense of wholeness, creativity, compassion & connection in the year ahead.

‘iRest Yoga Nidra is an evidence-based ancient transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry that releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops an inner sanctuary of well-being and equanimity that underlies all circumstance you may encounter in your life.’ - Richard Millar. This retreat offers the enjoyment of mindful movement (asana), breath work and mantra, to enhance the focus practice of iRest Yoga Nidra, a powerful mind-body therapy and guided meditation. This meditation is practiced lying down to deeply relax and restore the energy, body and mind. The practice is a healing journey through the layers of one’s being, that uncovers the unconscious beliefs that structure our expression in the world and experience of life. Ultimately this practice leads to the experienced bliss of spacious oneness, with a profound sense of joy and well-being that is the essence of who we are.