Bookings are now open for the following Seasonal Yoga Retreats:
Spring: September 18 Sunday & 19 Monday, check-out Tuesday
Summer: November 13 Sunday & 14 Monday, check-out Tuesday
Late-Summer (2023): February 19 Sunday & 20 Monday, check-out Tuesday
The Spring Seasonal Yoga Retreat combines the ancient wisdom of seasonal living, yoga practice, delicious and healthy Japanese food, and shiatsu massage.
Spring is a time for emerging from our winter cocoons. One of the most potent ways to activate spring energy is to wake before sunrise. Aim to be outdoors at this time in the morning…walking, jogging, practising yoga or perhaps an invigorating swim. The morning light sets off a cascade of hormones and neurotransmitters that help you feel good.
Join us at Shizuka Ryokan for two days of yoga, seasonal Japanese meals, accommodation and fun. With Renee Willner as your guide, immerse yourself in the ancient practice of yoga. Explore physical postures, breath work, meditation and deep relaxation.
We have chosen practices which suit beginners and experienced alike. Furthermore, shiatsu, a type of traditional Japanese bodywork, is on offer. Along with the carefully curated menu, our intention is that you experience a restorative retreat to help you embody the spring season.
Shizuka Ryokan is Australia’s only traditional Japanese Ryokan Wellness Retreat. We are located in Hepburn, a place renowned for its healing waters. Simply being surrounded by the Japanese gardens and the quiet of a traditional ryokan is a grounding experience.
According to the five elements theory the seasons are governed by the five elements: fire, water, earth, wood and metal. Spring is ruled by the wood element and rising energy. Spring is about rejuvenation, growth and expansion.
During spring we turn to foods such as freshly-picked, organic vegetables, and bean sprouts, celery, sorrel, rocket, young beets, Dutch carrots, and asparagus. It is time to decongest the Liver from the heavier slow cooked comforting foods of winter. Cooking times are shorter, little salt and oil are used. Less of everything is the general principle as we need to shed from our Winter body. Do this as a gradual strategy that mirrors the weather shifts. On warmer days choose lighter veggie based stir fries and when the chill sets in, return to the slow cooking styles. Give the Liver a break by progressively phasing out rich and processed foods in preparation for the approaching hot summer weather. Using the seasonal citrus fruits in your water and cooking will support the Liver to decongest and enliven your skin.
Wood governs the joints, so yoga postures at this time focus on twisting, on promoting loosening and flexibility.
Sample retreat programme
3pm Tea tasting
3:30pm Welcome circle
3:45pm Session 1: Arriving in the body
5pm Free time
6pm Dinner – Ramen
7:30pm Session 2: Yin yoga & meditation
9pm Sacred silence until breakfast
7:30am Session 3: Rise and Shine Yoga
9:15 Traditional Japanese Breakfast
10am Free / Treatment time
11:30am Session 4: Breath exploration and philosophy
1:15pm Lunch – Teishoku style
2pm Free / Treatment time
6pm Dinner – Omakase banquet
8pm Session 5:Restorative yoga nidra
9pm Sacred silence until breakfast
7:30am Session 6: Rise and shine yoga
9:15am Traditional Japanese Breakfast
10am Check-out / free / treatment time
11:30am Session 7: Kinhin Zen walking meditation
1pm Lunch – Bento picnic in the Mineral Springs Reserve
2pm Closing Circle Satsang
“I loved participating in the retreat! I loved the yoga sessions and walking session and the tea ceremony at the start. Renee was very patient and kind and taught us a lot. And I loved the beautiful food and drinks! Thank you so much for this beautiful retreat. I hope to see you again soon.
– Aurelie – winter retreat
- Twin share $997 (bring a friend); or
- Private room $1,396
- all meals (2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners & refreshments)
- Seven yoga sessions (example schedule above)
- One massage; your choice of Shiatsu or Relaxation (subsequent treatments available at extra cost; see spa menu)
- All yoga props provided
About the instructor
Renee’s long interest in how the mind, body and spirit interact found its perfect expression in yoga, which she has practised for over 20 years. As a teacher she takes a holistic and fun approach that allows individuals to find what they need in the practice, in a safe, supportive and fun environment. Following the birth of her daughter, Renee sought a holistic approach to exercise that could integrate all her passions- healing, nature, embodiment, spirituality, music, empowerment & authentic expression- so she fell in love with yoga!
A Yoga Australia member, her extensive training includes: 500hr Purna at Byron Yoga Centre, Scaravelli, Feldenkrais, Donna Farhi, Yoga as Therapy- Doug Keller, Yoga of Birth- Anahata Giri and Rainbow Kids Yoga.
Renee is an experienced massage therapist with specialised training in pregnancy massage and deep tissue therapy. Her holistic massage treatments incorporate a range of clinical and energy healing techniques including shiatsu. Her background in luxury spa management and training ensure an exceptional client experience every time.
To book your place for a Seasonal Yoga retreat please call (03) 5348 2030 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org