Building the Foundations - with Antonia Pont

The Heart of Listening - with Claire Heywood

Igniting Your Inner Vitality - with Erika Newberry

Tuning in to Your True Nature - with Belinda Blackburn

Grace and Gravity - with Lucy Broome

Unwinding the Year - with Antonia Pont

Rest, Release, Receive - with Jaye Hayes

Yin & Yang: The Dance to Wholeness - with Cherie Rigby

The Art of Self Care - with Erika Newberry

Clarity of Purpose: Setting Direction - with Erika Newberry

Creating Space in Body, Mind & Life - with Belinda Blackburn

The Dance of Duality - with Erika Newberry

Vast Mind, Rested Body - with Antonia Pont

Nourish the Heart - with Jaye Hayes

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.

31 Aug-2 Sept 2018 (2-day retreat)

21-23 September 2018 (2-day retreat)

5-7 October 2018 (2-day retreat)

12-14 October 2018 (2-day retreat)

19-21 October 2018 (2-day retreat)

2-5 November 2018 (3-day retreat)

9-11 November 2018 (2-day retreat)

23-25 November 2018 (2-day retreat)

7-9 December 2018 (2-day retreat)

18-20 January 2019 (2-day retreat)

8-10 February 2019 (2-day retreat)

12-14 April 2019 (2-day retreat)

18-23 April 2019 (5-day retreat)

26-28 April 2019 (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 2018-2019 - 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. ~ Gift certificates are available, and are valid for 12 months from date of purchase

  2. ~ GST is included in these prices

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

  4. ~ Balance to be paid 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.

This retreat is suited to practitioners who are keen to deepen their relationship with their practice, their physical and energetic awareness, and with the vast landscape of their heartmind. Using the balanced approaches from the Vijnana tradition of yoga (sitting, breathing, moving, and inquiry) along with relaxation techniques and self-massage practices, we will protect a space for exploring and discovering our innate capacity for spaciousness, stillness, joy and insight. In the stunning setting of Clearview Retreat, and enjoying several nature walks, we will dedicate 5 days to the elation that comes with quietness, contemplation and steady practising. Ideally students will have a history with committed yoga or meditation. This doesn’t mean virtuosic pose ability, but rather a sincere curiosity for working with all the layers of intelligence in the living being.

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.

Ongoing demands on our time and energy can leave us feeling crowded, restricted and overwhelmed. Physical tension is stored in our bodies, busyness overwhelms our minds and our lives become cluttered and crowded with commitments until there seems to be no time left for leisure or pleasure. Over this weekend we will enjoy the spacious surrounds of Clearview Retreat while practicing slow, gentle asana to create physical space and openness, exploring ancient meditation techniques to expand our minds and hearts and guided relaxation to find ease and release. Through discussion and sharing we will identify our patterns and habits, release unnecessary holding, thoughts or activities and begin to create a more spacious sense of self. We will also explore the concept of time, how much we have and what we do with it and share methods of creating more time for reflection, yoga practice and whatever else brings you joy.

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 dance between the yin and the yang, the light and the shadow side, the sun and moon; these opposing forces are represented everywhere, not only around us but also within us. This 2 day retreat offers you the opportunity to use your yoga practice to explore the dance of duality within by bringing awareness to physical sensations, emotions and energetic flow. The integration of mindfulness practices within both dynamic and quieter yoga styles allows you to become more skilful in your own application of the practice in order to promote balance to your current state. This retreat will offer an exploration of Hatha and Yin yoga styles as well as meditation. You can expect some mantra (sound), mudra (hand gestures) and pranayama (breath practices) to be thrown into the mix so that you can explore the more subtle practices that are not always offered in regular classes, all woven together with some yogic philosophy.

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.

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.

During this weekend retreat you will get the chance to work closely on the foundational aspects of your yoga practice. We will find comfortable ways to practice meditation, and revisit some pranayama (breathing) basics, as well as taking plenty of time to understand those aspects of poses that may have become baffling. The 7 Principles of Vijnana Practice will support our explorations, allowing us to establish a respectful and cooperative relation with the bodymind. Sometimes we all get stuck in a rut with our thinking, movement and lives. This weekend will be a safe time to tease out difficulties and rediscover the ease and joy of practising. Eating delicious food, walking lightly in the forest and opening up the silence within which insight dwells, we will commit to the intelligence of practising, and welcome the beginner’s mind and its doorways into transformation.

Taking some time out for some well-deserved ‘you’ time is essential to our busy, hectic and over stimulated lives. In the busy-ness of 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 and move into the flow of strength and vitality. Create a reset in the body and the mind. Throughout this retreat we will explore a number of traditional yoga cleansing practices, perfect for an internal ‘spring clean’. We explore letting go of old patterns that no longer serve us and open up to 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.

We are all products of our environment, our upbringing, our work, social and family lives and our personality. All of these overlap to create the person we present to the world. What if there is more to it than this? What if all of these layers are covering a deeper self, our true nature that resides deep within beyond all of those outside influences and the masks that we wear to conform, to get by, to define ourselves? What if all of these masks are limiting our potential, our connection to our place in the universe, our sense of self? During this weekend, surrounded by nature, we will practice deep self-enquiry through yoga, pranayama, meditation and discussion. We will explore the possibilities of what lies beneath, beginning the process of unveiling the hidden depths of our true self and accessing the rich source of energy and inspiration that awaits us there.

This weekend mountain yoga retreat is a precious opportunity to nurture yourself and rest deeply into embodied presence. The restoration of balance between our body, mind and spirit allows us to reconnect to the natural state of grace that is our birthright. We will engage in embodied practices including hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama, yoga nidra and mindful nature walks. During our practice we will be paying attention to the way in which we might allow ourselves to feel the support of the earth and ‘let go’ to the force of gravity whilst remaining receptive to grace. This steady, balancing practice can help us tune in to and be nourished by a deep well of peace within. There will be intentional periods of silence during this retreat in order to deepen our practice and to notice the ways in which we might ordinarily reach outwards instead of within, towards this inner resource.

Over three long days, we will take our bodies into deeply restful, relaxed and intelligent spaces. We will listen closely to its stories and invite it to unwind all the tensions of the year, using delicious and welcoming yoga practices. With generous amounts of time for restoratives, savasana, yoga nidra and meditation, along with self-massage and mobility techniques to shake out fatigue and stagnation, this retreat will allow you to reset and find new threads of meaning and motivation. We will also work from the traditional repertoire of yoga asana by applying the 7 Vijnana Practice principles to find our way without strain or force. We will also learn some practical and nourishing pranayama methods. Be surprised at what your body will express when you meet it with patience, curiosity and kindness.

As we enter the ‘silly season’, life can get pretty hectic. The end of the year can also be a challenging and sometimes triggering time for many people, and it becomes even more important to take good care of ourselves. This retreat is the perfect opportunity to create a pause, to observe how we really are, and tend to our needs. We will explore meditation practices to build body/mind awareness. Hatha/slow flow yoga will be practiced in the mornings to tap into our inner strength and to find focus, followed by nourishing yin yoga in the afternoon to balance energy. We’ll also take some time out to explore practices that we can integrate into daily life to help promote harmony and self-care. Expect some deep relaxation practices to be thrown into the mix to bring even more support for our system in those times when we really need it the most.

Amidst Nature’s spring bounty we will spend our weekend retreat listening; listening to the explosion of life amongst the beautiful surrounds of Clearview, and listening to the rich cacophony of life within. One of the great gifts of yoga is refining this art of listening. We learn to be receptive and responsive to the stream of information within us. The more clearly we feel and sense our inner life, the easier it becomes to walk a path of intelligence, compassion and truth. What is my true nature? What is the right course of action? How can I live compassionately, within and without, allowing love to flow freely? When we live flowing in the stream of our truth, we are free. Retreat activities will be simple yoga practices - gentle asana, breath work, yoga massage, meditation and deliciously long relaxations - all designed to support the process of befriending ourselves and refining the Heart of Listening.

The principle of Yin and Yang builds the foundation for balance in the universe and in us. In this retreat you will cultivate balance, harmony and freedom in your life - on and off the yoga mat - as we explore both Yin and Yang asana practices. The Yang practice will increase our flexibility, strength and energy and support us to become more focused. We will also dive into the meditative stillness of our Yin practice. Surrendering into the slow pace and deep opening of Yin Yoga challenges you to be in the pure presence of awareness. As we experience deep passive stretches and letting go, we have the opportunity to listen to our inner voice and connect to our true nature. In both practices we bring our focus onto the breath, and experience the power of breathing - combining breath and movement into an effortless dance and allowing our energy to flow more freely.

Cherie Rigby: Yoga has been part of my life for over 13 years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully. I completed my 1000 hour Gold Diploma of Teaching Hatha Yoga at Gita International in 2007, and have since completed training in Yin Yoga, Meditation and also Health Coaching with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me. In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.