Lars Skalman in a yoga pose

Spring Seasonal Yoga Retreat at Shizuka Ryokan

5pm Friday, 6th September—2pm Sunday, 8th September

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The Spring Seasonal Yoga Treat combines the ancient oriental wisdom of seasonal living, yoga practice, macrobiotic cooking and Japanese shiatsu massage. Join Lars Skalman and Cate Peterson for a weekend retreat at Shizuka Ryokan.

“Envisage the growth from seed to sapling after the dormancy of winter; this is the time of rejuvenation and growing in previously unexplored directions. In yoga classes, we capture this pervasive feeling of new beginnings. The healthy expression of wood funnels and controls energy in its upward, twisting, movements of release.

Join us at Shizuka Ryokan for a delicious weekend of Spring yoga, delicious vegetarian food and fun. Shizuka Ryokan is in itself an experience of the peace and grounding of Japanese culture. Simply being surrounded by the manicured gardens and permeating quiet is a true treat. Shiatsu is on offer.

From Friday until Sunday afternoon we practice yoga, mindfulness and technique to fully embody the Spring Season. We have chosen practices that suit beginners and the experienced alike. Along with the carefully curated menu , our intention is that you leave bubbling with Spring energy for a refreshing, detoxing, energetic start to the season.

You will learn the principles that guide food preparation in this season of fresh green growth and techniques and practices to take your health into your own hands. Learn and work on your liver and gall bladder meridians to help you unblock and clear your pathway to pristine health and the excitement of the new.”


  • Twin share $890 (Early Bird) / $990
  • Private room $1,150 (Early Bird) / $1,350
  • Early Bird ends 21st July

About the instructors

Lars Skalman worked in top end restaurants in Sweden and Sydney for
 20 years until he became interested in macrobiotic and wholefood cooking. He has extensive experience cooking on yoga retreats, where his somewhat unorthodox approach to macrobiotics has made it easier for people to alter their attitudes toward healthy eating. He is also a yoga teacher and shiatsu therapist.

Cate Peterson has over three decades’ experience as a Japanese yoga teacher, meditation teacher, occupational therapist and masseuse. Her work with individuals and organisations through United Nations World Yoga Day, YogaHive and Get Off Your Asana is all about bringing yoga practice to full fruition in Australia, so that it can take its place in addressing our communal health.