Self vs selfish - the truth and power of retreats

With the end of the year rapidly approaching, many of us are feeling depleted, drained or completely overwhelmed.


Get with the BaliSpirit Festival Buzz

Written by Stacey Clarke, Maitri Yoga

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With so many inspirational personalities available to tap into, the BaliSpirit Festival 2013 promises yet another great year of total yoga immersion and sensory delight; for there is a whole lot more to this festival than yoga alone.

What is the BaliSpirit Festival?

This festival focuses on the spirit, through connecting with yoga – asana, meditation and pranayama - music and dance.  In addition to these main focuses there are art installations and various workshops and seminars on topics such as healing, nutrition, cleansing, massage and human potential.

Is it just another festival?

BaliSpirit Festival aims to stay away from being an intoxicating, raucous party festival.  With foundations in holistic wellbeing, it goes beyond the music, yoga and dance to “awaken and nourish each individual’s potential for positive change within, leading to positive change in our homes, in our communities, and around the world”(


Retreating to life


Byron Bay - lighthouse and main beach

Written by Gabrielle Tourelle

For one retreat participant battling health problems, the power of going on retreat to Byron Yoga Centre crept up on her, resulting in revolutionary decisions and life changes.



Rejuvenating by retreating

retreating.jpgWritten by Christine Lines

With the onset of winter bringing cooler temperatures and shorter days, we naturally begin to hibernate and develop more of an internal focus. Following the natural rhythm of nature, some animals retreat to a safe place offering protection and shelter. Their rate of breathing slows and they hibernate in very deep sleep, having nourished themselves to prepare for the long months ahead.


Stepping out in Saigon

Written by Brook McCarthy

The lucky bunch attending the upcoming Byron Yoga Centre teacher training and retreat in Vietnam will spend ten days in the salubrious Life Resort, set on a near-private beach twenty-five minutes drive from Quy Nhon town. Before arriving at Quy Nhon, students and teachers are most likely to fly into the thriving port of Ho Chi Minh city, otherwise known as Saigon.


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