Slowing Down, Tuning In - with Belinda Blackburn

Yin Yoga Inner Peace Retreat - with Hugh Lee

Strong Enough for Gentleness - with Antonia Pont

Nourish the Heart: A Restorative Retreat - with Jaye Hayes

Mother Nature, Mother Nurture - with Belinda Blackburn

Slowing Down, Reconnecting Within - with Erika Newberry

Deep Rest, Deep Renewal - with Claire Heywood

Resting, Renewing, Transforming - with Antonia Pont

Finding Your Natural Wisdom - with Lucy Broome

Rejuvenation Yin Yoga Spring Retreat - with Hugh Lee

Spring Garden: New Seeds, New Growth - with Claire Heywood

Release Stress, Embrace Rest - with Belinda Blackburn

Cultivating & Energising our ‘Centre’ - with Antonia Pont

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

Yin Yoga Nourishment Retreat - with Hugh Lee

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.

19-21 February 2016 (2-day retreat)

11-14 March 2016 (3-day retreat)

24-29 March 2016 (5-day retreat)

29 April-1 May 2016 (2-day retreat)

6-8 May 2016 (2-day retreat)

13-15 May 2016 (2-day retreat)

17-19 June 2016 (2-day retreat)

26-28 August 2016 (2-day retreat)

9-11 Sept 2016 (2-day retreat)

16-18 Sept 2016 (2-day retreat)

23-25 Sept 2016 (2-day retreat)

30 Sept-2 Oct 2016 (2-day retreat)

28-31 October 2016 (3-day retreat)

4-6 November 2016 (2-day retreat)

2-4 December 2016 (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 2016 - 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.)

Hugh Lee discovered Yoga after suffering the effects of living a stressful lifestyle and was profoundly amazed by the stillness, rejuvenating and healing effects of Yin Yoga. This lead him to train with Paul & Suzee Grilley and become a lifelong student of Taoist Yoga and internal martial arts. A dedicated Yogi since 2001, Hugh began teaching in 2008, assisting and co-teaching with Andrew Mournehis on Yoga retreats around the world. Hugh’s other influences include Sarah Powers and Bernie Clark, who, along with Paul and Suzee Grilley, were the first teachers to develop Yin Yoga. Hugh combines Chinese medicine meridian/organ theory and personal development in his teachings. He brings warmth, compassion and light-heartedness to his teaching, and encourages students to practice with self-awareness and mindfulness.

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.

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.

Jaye Hayes is a dance artist, yoga teacher, somatic movement teacher & creative facilitator. Her teaching is grounded in embodied knowledge & infused with a refined somatic sensitivity. In her classes she shares the curiosity, compassion, courage, dedication & humour that she has cultivated in her 20+ years of practice. She is passionate about empowering others to live more fully embodied, integrated & balanced lives through yoga, movement & meditation. Jaye holds a degree in Contemporary Dance from Deakin University, where she is currently pursuing Honours research in Dance. She has undertaken Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training courses with Alan Goode & Peter Scott & continues to train under Peter Scott. She has also studied Dance-Movement Therapy & is engaged in ongoing training in Body-Mind Centering with Alice Cummins. She currently teaches Restorative Yoga & Recovery Yoga at Kundalini House, as well as Somatic Movement & Embodied Ecology at workshops & retreats.

You are invited to leave your busy life behind and join us for a weekend-long, mindful pause. One of the most popular benefits of yoga is the opportunity to take a break from the everyday busy-ness and take some time to just be. Many students enjoy this aspect of a one-hour class; imagine being able to experience that slower pace for a whole weekend! In beautiful bushland surroundings we will practice slow, flowing yoga, enabling us to tune into and honour our individual bodies’ natural rhythms. Through meditation and stillness we will invite the mind to pause and connect to the inner wisdom and calm that lies beneath the everyday hustle and bustle of thoughts. Deep relaxation will restore and replenish both body and mind. You will be completely looked after and have nothing at all to do but slow down and tune in to your body, breath, mind and heart.

This is a retreat to cultivate inner serenity, to nourish the body and mind with a replenishing, slower, and more restorative Yin-style practice, one that allows us to explore the qualities of patience, gratitude and contentment. Take time out with a practice that requires less physical energy and more surrendering into poses that ease away deeply stored tension. With Yin Yoga we stay in poses longer and combine these with meditation. This allows us to reduce stress, increase self-awareness and improve our mental and emotional balance. In this retreat the Yin Yoga will be balanced with a very gentle fluid yang tai chi, to move stagnant energy, and enhance our sense of vitality. Throughout the weekend we will also learn ways to integrate and sustain the practice of Yin Yoga and meditation at home, giving us the tools, when needed, to heed our call for the peace within.

At the very beginning of Patanjali's yogic path lies the vital yama of ahimsa or non-harming. In the eight-limbed teachings, the commitment of the yogi to non-harming works like a lens through which we can see our behaviours and experiences in a fresh, insightful light. In the very practices of yoga - sitting meditation, breathing practices, postures and self-inquiry - ahimsa also proves to be a valuable guide that makes more possible. This retreat will explore how to act with more care and gentleness in our lives, on the cushion, and on the yoga mat, via the Vijnana tradition. We will explore the relation of ahimsa to the three-fold system of the yoga of action, which provides balanced ways to be steady and strong enough to practice non-harming in the real world. Rather than an ultimatum, ahimsa is both a devoted direction and a brilliant wisdom-teaching for an engaged life.

Yoga, Mother Love and Mother Nature have much in common – they all have the ability to nurture and support us, to challenge and teach us, to hold us close, guide us when we need it, and to let us go with encouragement to grow and move on when appropriate. This Mothers’ Day weekend retreat offers the opportunity to connect with Mother Nature through yoga - to receive her gifts, rise to her challenges and find our own growth and strength through the whole process. We will begin each day with a grounding yoga practice to tune into and surrender to the ongoing support the earth beneath us offers. Throughout the day, through yoga, personal reflection and meditation, we will explore our own maternal relationships, our connection to Mother Nature, our openness to heal and receive. Each evening we will finish our day with a long, deep, nurturing relaxation. All welcome…

This retreat coincides with the powerful energy of the winter solstice. The days are at their shortest and the moon energy, the yin/feminine/intuitive energy, is at its strongest. We tend to power on through the low energy months of winter and forget that as creatures of nature, we too are affected by the energetic ebb and flow of natural seasonal cycles. This powering on takes its toll, bringing exhaustion and discontent. The winter solstice is the perfect time to slow down and take stock, letting go of what no longer serves you and inviting in what you would like to grow afresh. The weekend’s yoga explorations will facilitate this process: we will work gently and slowly, combining breath work, simple asana practice (no powering-on asanas!), meditation and long, delicious relaxations. All the activities will be designed to give you time and space to settle, listen, inquire and rest deeply.

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.

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.

As we observe nature transition from the warmer, lighter, faster pace of summer, to the slower pace of autumn, we notice the same transition within us. You might notice your body needing to rest more deeply, your mind becoming more introspective and your energy levels lowering - just like the autumn trees drawing back into their roots. During this retreat we will allow ourselves to slow down and reconnect with our true nature and our true values. We will be guided through dynamic hatha in the morning, to boost immunity for winter, creating stability for moments of change. We will then practice some deeply nourishing yin yoga in the evening to soothe the nervous system and re-balance our energy. The inclusion of yoga nidra will also help to cultivate our inward journey….returning back to our roots!

Traditionally winter is a time to gather our energies inward, seeking out the places of mystery and rest, in order to be able to move with enthusiasm and direction into the coming months. In this retreat, we will find the beauty in winter in the inspiring surrounds of Clearview, exploring practices for recovery and restoration. We will move the energy surely and softly in the body and mind, in order to support an enjoyable transition from the quieter season into Spring's expansion, growth and new beginnings. Using the deep silence of meditation as a base, and supported by the clarification of the breathing practices, we will explore the repertoire of balanced and strengthening yoga poses and relaxation practices from the Vijnana tradition. With its motto ‘practising from inside’, this refined style of yoga encourages a commitment to listening deeply to the body’s language as a pathway towards transformation on all levels.

How can we know what our natural state is when we are so often hovering above the ground? This retreat, at the beginning of spring, is an opportunity to land - to reconnect to the deep wisdom that lives within you. Through asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and short meditations, this retreat is an opportunity for a spring clean to reveal and support your pure centre of divine light. To blossom, we need fertile soil: during the retreat you will experience nourishing food, scenic bush walks, periods of silence, and a variety of traditional hatha yoga practices in an intimate natural setting. This weekend offers the space to reconnect to your authenticity and to pay attention to that which is your deepest guiding wisdom, to move into a Presence where the doer and the action become one. From this state of unity - this state of authentic yoga - life becomes an effortless flow.

Take time on this retreat to cleanse and rejuvenate physically, mentally and emotionally. In traditional Chinese medicine the liver is most active in spring and is responsible for balancing our emotions. We will practice Yin Yoga, a slower, more restorative style of yoga, where we stay in poses longer, and focus on allowing the nourishment of the liver and gallbladder. By balancing the liver this way, we help support our emotional wellbeing. We will also follow an active yang-style practice, involving a gentle, meditative mixture of tai chi and qi gong. This will help our qi (energy) flow smoothly, invigorating us energetically and physically. This retreat will also be an opportunity to learn a wide range of meditation techniques, to cultivate self-awareness and help us recognise our mental habits. Through this we can live more mindful lives and create new attitudes and thought patterns that nurture personal growth and inner peace.

Like a garden we need regular maintenance to ensure health and fresh, new growth. Attending a retreat gives us the dedicated space and time to let go of our usual busyness and inquire deeply into the inner garden of our being. In springtime, nature is in full flight and the abundant explosion of new life is all around. It’s a great time to pause, breathe, immerse, and devote some care to your inner garden and emerging life. Yoga gives us practical tools to keep adapting to the ever-changing landscape of our lives. We learn to trust this natural process. We develop the flexibility to change, the steadfastness to weather storms, and the courage to let go of old, dead wood. We will spend the weekend doing yoga activities that connect us to our nature within: to settle in, water our roots, apply nourishment, and plant the seeds of new growth.

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. 

Yoga is a set of practices which stabilise and transform. These transformations are possible alongside daily life, feeding back into to our relationships and the way we move in the world. We will explore: the capacity to gather ourselves around a ‘centre’, to save energy and deploy it with discretion; the capacity to to see the deludedness of our perceptions with good humour and taking responsibility; and the capacity to function more steadily on all levels. With steadiness - in body, mind and heart - we build a firmer platform from which to step into the world. By exploring the centre that can accompany sitting meditation, the energetic balance and precision that comes from pranayama, and the energising and releasing effect of postures, we will allow practice to transform us a little, and dissolve our impatience with how we are….which is the most yogic thing of all.

Take time out to replenish, do less, and find stillness, through the practice of Yin Yoga. A retreat gives us the opportunity to slow down, a gift we can give ourselves after a year of being busy, expending our energy keeping up with modern living. The practice of Yin is a slower, less physically vigorous floor-based practice, which conserves energy and cultivates rejuvenation. We stimulate and open up our bodies in the Yin asanas (poses) enabling the un-blocking of stagnation, thus allowing qi (energy) and nutrients to flow freely to help nourish our organs. We will practice meditation while in the poses, to cultivate self-awareness and encourage mental and emotional balance. On this retreat we will explore different ways to develop a home yoga and meditation practice, in order for us to integrate practical life-tools into our daily lives, and continue to nourish our body, mind and soul.