For over three decades, Byron Yoga Centre, led by John Ogilvie, has been on a dedicated journey to weave sustainability into the very fabric of our ethos. We recognise the profound interconnectedness between our well-being, the health of our planet, and the vitality of our shared communities. Our commitment to sustainability isn’t just a choice; it’s a way of life.


Our Sustainable Practices:

Our Yoga Retreats and Yoga Teacher Training programs not only offer a haven for personal growth but also provide a unique opportunity to connect with nature and cultivate mindfulness. As you embark on your yoga journey with us, rest assured that our commitment to sustainability extends to every aspect of your experience.

  • Solar Power: With 30 kilowatts of solar panels, we harness the power of the sun to fuel our operations, from providing energy to heating our mineral salt swimming pool. The majority of our hot water needs are met through a solar heating system, contributing to a reduced carbon footprint.
  • Rainwater Harvesting: We embrace the gift of rain, collecting and utilising 800,000 liters of rainwater for various purposes, minimising our reliance on external water sources.
  • Eco-Friendly Toilets: Our commitment extends to eco-friendly sanitation with Clivus Multrum composting toilets, ensuring responsible waste management.
  • Recycling Initiatives: We take recycling seriously, separating waste into clearly labeled bins for ‘organic’ and ‘recycling,’ diverting minimal waste to landfills.
  • Composting: Paper and organic materials are transformed into compost, enriching our on-site organic garden with nutrients.
  • Battery Recycling: Actively participating in battery recycling programs and local bottle collection initiatives to contribute to a circular economy.
  • Electric Vehicle Charging: We offer electric vehicle charging using our solar power for $20 per day. (Charging must occur between 10am- 3pm).
  • Organic Garden: Our menu is sourced from our organic garden, cultivated using the Syntropic system, free from herbicides and pesticides.
  • Vegetarian Organic Food: We embrace a fully vegetarian organic menu, aligning with our commitment to conscious and sustainable living.
  • Community Outreach: Leftover food is donated to the homeless through Liberation Larder, reflecting our dedication to community well-being.
  • Guest Education: We empower our guests to make sustainable choices, encouraging them to reduce their carbon footprint by adopting the principles of Reduce, Rethink, Recycle, and Reuse.
  • Global Perspective: We emphasise that we share one planet and advocate for treating Mother Nature with the utmost respect.

Continuous Improvement

At Byron Yoga Centre, sustainability isn’t a destination; it’s a dynamic journey. We are committed to continuously improving our sustainability practices. Join us on this transformative path towards a more sustainable and harmonious future.

The people who come to Byron Yoga Centre experience practicing mindfulness and yoga, a healthy vegetarian diet, and are introduced to the principles of our sustainability. They then go home and spread the sentiments of Byron Yoga Centre to their work colleagues, family and friends – creating a beautiful flow on effect. Together, let’s create positive ripples that extend far beyond our yoga mats.



Over the last 5-years I have returned 3-times for retreats. The first time I went I’d never done any yoga in my life – it doesn’t matter if you are a beginner have a lifetime of practice. The teachers help us all. The entire staff from the cleaners, gardeners, cooks, teachers and resort hosts are so lovely and nurturing. Always greeting you with a smile and and open heart. If you are worn out from life and need some nurturing then Byron Yoga will give you a recharge, love and laughter and let you get to know yourself a little better.

Duncan L

I stayed for a 7-day yoga retreat. It was an amazing week of learning, relaxation and new friendships. I would highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to deepen their yoga practice or even start one and learn in a supportive environment. The teachers were excellent at providing options for those like me with injuries and you are supported with amazing food, massages and magnesium salt pool. Equally as good were the friendships formed, and the conversations had. The location is beautiful and peaceful, and all the staff are lovely and knowledgeable

Heather G.

The staff at BYC were wonderful — friendly and helpful. My daughter and I enjoyed the classes, the food, massage treatments and the services/facilities. It may not be super flash like some high-end spa-retreats, but it was comfortable, clean, relaxing and exactly right for us. We had the freedom to come and go as we pleased, which allowed us time to visit Byron and other surrounding towns. All of the teachers are very attentive and caring in how they teach beginners as well as more advanced practitioners.

Jen B

Not being a proficient yoga practitioner, and being somewhat older, I initially felt some trepidation at the prospect of a 7-day yoga retreat, with 3 classes a day!
Yet, all of the staff and yoga teachers were amazing, in that they were not only congruent with what they were teaching, but they were also 100% supportive of each individual’s preferences and needs.
The rustic atmosphere was relaxing and the 3 massages included in my package were amazingly calming, which was exactly what I needed after such a busy year work-wise. I also really enjoyed learning and experiencing a truly authentic yoga lifestyle, great food, early nights, and simple amenities, all within a stunningly beautiful location.
Thanks so much for having me!

Janet S.

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