Near Daylesford, Victoria
At Yogabout we believe that every once in a while it’s good for everyone to disconnect from technology and autopilot take some time out, get back to nature, relax, unwind.
On a Yogabout Getaway you will learn the skills and benefits of being present, focusing your energy, and reconnecting with yourself. Slow down your mind, bring clarity to your thoughts, and experience personal growth.
Open your heart, unleash your spirit, and join our next Bush, Walk, Yoga Getaway.
Walks to suit your fitness level
The guided walks explore the historic Goldfields Track, local springs, lakes, state forests, regional and national parks.
Short walks are slower paced and less than 4km in length. These retreats are focused on nurturing yourself, they encourage you to slow down, to be kind to yourself, to find some stillness and quieten the forever busy mind.
Medium walks are between 4 and 10km, providing just the right balance between outdoor physical activities and relaxation. A reasonable fitness level is required.
Long walks are at least 10km in length and are suited to those who have a good level of fitness and like to step out into the great outdoors. On these forest hikes you don't mind walking up or down a hill, across stepping stones and on rough surfaces.
As walks are in the natural environment, mainly along forest tracks, encounters with uneven and slippery surfaces are to be expected.
Please respect others and yourself and choose a Yogabout Getaway that suits your fitness level.
BENEFITS OF A BUSHWALKING &
Good for the Body, Mind and Soul
Treat your Body
Regular yoga and walking improve your physical health. Combined they tone and strengthen muscles and the cardiovascular system, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic disease, improve mood and concentration, alleviate depression and fatigue.
A massage (offered as an optional extra on a limited number of retreats) reduces stress in the body, and loosen muscles and tendons thereby allowing increased blood flow. A massage can also lower blood pressure, relieve headaches, and improve sleep through an increase in serotonin levels.
Nourishing, vegetarian, mostly organic food and no alcohol allows you to cleanse your body of toxins.
Calm the Mind
Escape from the business of daily life, disconnect from technology and surround yourself with positive energy by getting outdoors in the fresh air.
Experience sound therapy which has been used in various forms by cultures the world over. Australian aboriginal tribes used the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument. Ancient instruments such as the Tibetan/Himalayan singing bowls are still used in religious and spiritual ceremonies. On a Yogabout Getaway you will lie down and immerse yourself in the sounds of evocative relaxing piano.
All Yogabout Getaways include Yoga Nidra a form of guided deep relaxation that is said to be more efficient and effective as a psychic and physiological rest and rejuvenation than conventional sleep. It is said a single hour of Yoga Nidra is as restful as four hours of sleep.
Listen to your Soul
Throughout life we undertake many different journeys. Sometimes we travel for purely for pleasure, sometimes we face challenges that make us stronger, sometimes we travel to explore and learn, and sometimes we explore our spiritual nature. In all of our journeys, whatever form they take, we grow and become wiser.
An ancient aboriginal initiation ritual involved male aboriginal teenagers devoting time to discovering themselves by undertaking a long spiritual hike across indigenous land where they would get in touch with their spiritual guides for guidance. Whiteman named it a “walkabout”.
There is a lot we can learn from the land that surrounds us and the best way to acquire that knowledge is by traveling and experiencing. (Walkabout Magazine)
an intimate group of 8 or less
picturesque guided bushwalks exploring the historic Goldfields Track, mineral springs, Lake Daylesford, Hepburn Regional Park, Wombat State Forest, Mt Franklin and/or a Chocolate Mill. Please note walk locations vary for each getaway, read the program for each Getaway for more information.
a nurturing forest therapy session (a mindful walk being aware of the senses, also referred to as forest bathing or Japanese Shinrin Yoku)
hatha yoga classes including asana (postures) pranyama (breathing) and meditation taught in the authentic Satyandanda tradition by an experienced yoga instructor
yoga nidra (lying down relaxation)
sound therapy with relaxing piano
all nutritious vegetarian meals and accommodation
a visit to an authentic yoga ashram (if not on a Getaway that is staying at the Ashram!)
What's Not Included:
A BIT ABOUT YOGABOUT
Yogabout Getaways are a unique opportunity to explore the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer, with a hint of guidance and inspiration.
We understand that the time and space to escape from the hustle and bustle of life can be in limited supply, which is why we provide short weekend getaways around Daylesford, in close proximity to Melbourne, Geelong and Ballarat. We have spent time finding a variety of different length interesting walks in close proximity to comfortable accommodation where yoga can be practiced.
All walks and yoga are guided by Yogabout founder Annie Warmbrunn who is an experienced bushwalker and yoga instructor. Annie has walked many of Australia's remote trails including the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail (SA), the Overlander (TAS), Carnarvon Gorge (Qld), Jatbula Trail (NT), and the Thorsborne Trail on Hinchinbrook Island (Qld). She has also completed the Annapurna Circuit and Langtang Valley treks in Nepal.
Her passion for walking resulted in her being involved in the planning of the 160km Grampians Peaks Trail and the 106km Noosa Trail Network in Queensland.
Annie went to her first yoga class 30 years ago which was the beginning of a lifelong journey of self-discovery. She has practiced in India and teaches in the Satyananda yoga tradition. In mid-2018 Anne was diagnosed with Stage IV Lymphoma, and thus is well aware of how important it is to take care of both your body and mind, to take time out to heal and be present. Exploring the many tracks winding through the Wombat Forest helped Annie in her recovery and provided the inspiration to develop Yogabout which was established in late 2020.
Annie looks forward to sharing her passion for walking and yoga with you.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to give Annie a call or send her an email.
Thank you Annie for a great weekend. Although I had stepped out of my comfort zone I felt completely at ease the whole time. Our walks through the forest, clean healthy food and gentle yoga left me feeling rejuvenated and inspired to incorporate some new healthy habits into my life. I was very impressed with my first experience of life in an Ashram and your thoughtful touches added an extra layer of comfort. I will definitely be visiting you again
You have a beautiful presence Annie, Friendly, warm & flexible. You guided whilst giving people some choice. Listening to your voice, particularly with eyes closed and following your instructions felt safe and liberating. I LOVED the piano. There were so many different ways of grounding yourself in the present and calming the mind and body offered.
Fantastic opportunity to experience the Ashram life, slow down reconnect and still the mind. Daily yoga and bush walks in the peaceful wombat state forest with others in your group was fabulous. Annie and Alicja are very friendly and accommodating guides. The daily yoga nidra was a highlight and Annie’s nightly piano playing accompanied by sound healing singing bowls was a real treat. The food was delicious, the environment very peaceful and accommodation comfortable. I definitely recommend this retreat and I look forward to returning for another yogabout experience. Thankyou so much