Dunsborough Hills Art & Yoga Retreat Oct 2020
8 Day Art & Yoga Retreat around Dunsborough Hills, WA
For Creative and Adventurous Women
Sunday Oct 18th to Sunday October 25th, 2020
Join us for 8 magical days in hilly Quedjinup, just outside Dunsborough in SW Australia. This is a time for you to reconnect with yourself and nature through art, yoga and meditation. To come back into your gentle and powerful centre, to be nurtured and to have a lot of fun.
After 10 years of running retreats in Bali with yoga teacher Ashlea Wilken, we now have the pleasure of really connecting with our own land here in the South West of Australia.There is a point as we unwind through yoga and art, that the nature around us starts to become part of our heart centre and it easily expresses itself through our art and life. You will have eight wonderful days to unwind, connect and jump into your creative flow.
We will be exploring the wild pristine coastline of the Leeuwin- Naturaliste National Park and the Karri forests further south. We’ll hike, paint, play and meditate in nature and in our private sanctuary.
Many levels of art experience are welcome on the retreat. My goal and emphasis is to help you explore your creative expression, by giving you plenty of techniques to play with in representational, symbolic or abstract art. We’ll be exploring colour and light in nature, and your own inner worlds, with acrylic paint, pastels, charcoal, natural resins, impasto mediums and anything else we can get our hands on in nature to explore and have fun with.
Ashlea Wilken is our yoga teacher and runs Yoga West in Perth, WA. She has been teaching yoga for over 30 years, helping people with the many joys and pains that life presents. She is always very attentive to individual needs and is a wonderful teacher to our group of artists who often have little, or rusty yoga experience. Ashlea is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has been visiting Pune, India on a regular basis since 1995 to study with the Iyengar family, as well as attending yearly workshops with senior teachers here in Australia. She and I have previously run a good 16 retreats together and throughly enjoy working together.
Heartbeat Retreat will have a beautiful new yoga hall ready for our arrival.
Heartbeat Retreat is our peaceful sanctuary for 8 days. It is a huge family home and perfect for our small group. We have a maximum of ten guests and are more like a group of friends holidaying together. It is set in its own 7 acres of idyllic forrest and gardens up in the hills just 10 minutes from Dunsborough in Quedjinup, meaning Women’s place in Noongar.
Enjoy evenings by the fire or on the big outdoor lounge and watch kangaroos on the grass at sunset. Bird lovers will love the cockatoos, parrots, friendly magpies and beautiful blue fairy wrens that call this backyard home. Try a morning walk down the beautiful walking trails down the back of the property, taking you through picture perfect bushland.
Sunday October 18th We open our retreat on Sunday evening at 6pm at Heartbeat Retreat. You can arrive anytime from 2pm to settle in.
We start each day at 8am with an hour of yoga before breakfast. As Yoga has multiple mind, body and spirit benefits, it also affects your art practice. It opens you up and removes some of the blockages that may clog up your creative flow and is a wonderful way for us to start our day.
On Monday morning we will go for a hike in the Leeuwin National Park to blow away our busy lives and to start foraging for our art.
Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday until 4pm, the retreat offers a workshop. It leads to a piece of art that is derived from a series of guided meditations that enable you to connect more fully with your wisdom and heart. It is designed to help you create the life that is really in alignment with your soul. If you have found that you are feeling on uncertain ground from this great time of change during Covid, this will help align you with a sense of self and direction again.
Wednesday to Saturday is sketching and painting the magical places that we visit in the National Parks with art classes on location, and an emphasis on your work being an expression of you. You may want to continue working on your weekend workshop piece in your free time too. If the weather is fine we will take off after breakfast and either come back for lunch or take a picnic with us.
There will be a series of classes offered on location or at the retreat , depending on the weather.
Learn how to mix and layer colour with acrylics (with glazing too) and pastels.
How to express, capture light and mark make with charcoal.
How to source, make and paint with balsa resin from the Balga Tree.
Line making and expressing with clayboard.
There is a log fire in the main room where we will be practicing our art so if the weather does not permit outdoor sketching we will be cosy inside with our art practice.
The itinerary is very flexible as we want to make the most of the potential varying weather. This time of year offers dramatic skies and light with opportunities to work outside sketching nature, and inside, to really experiment with technique and further exploring your work.
You can choose to attend whatever you wish. You can have a day just chilling, or working on your own main workshop piece at the retreat.
Delicious healthy food
Healthy, fresh, modern and delicious – our caterer’s wonderful food will feed the soul. It is often organically sourced or grown locally. All breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas are provided, plus all but two evening meals, as we will eat out on a couple of occasions. The meals will be vegetarian with some fish and any special dietary needs can be catered for.
Tea and coffee will be supplied. Just bring any special extras that you like to have.
Your package includes a full body massage and you will have the option of booking in more massages if you wish. There are two spa rooms at Heartbeat Retreat which you will be able to book into before the retreat starts (between 4 and 7pm ).
Julian Silburn has been a balm to the soul for many years. He plays a huge array of instruments as he intuitively tunes into soul and takes you on a sound journey. Julian has been taught by a number of Yolngu elders in Arnhemland and Noongar elders in Western Australia. Having collaborated with them musically and culturally over many years, he has their blessing and approval for using the didjeridu in his healing, performance and teaching work. He will give us a group sound healing session. You will be able to book a one on one session with Julian too. Both experiences are very healing.
Sunday October 25th : After Yoga and breakfast we spend our last morning finishing off our art work.
12 pm Close of Retreat
Check out of Heartbeat by 1pm.
Costs per person
Master room with King sized bed with ensuite bath and shower and veranda x 1 room $3200 BOOKED
Queen sized bed x 1 $2970 BOOKED
Twin beds in private room x 2 rooms $2970 BOTH ROOMS BOOKED
Twin beds in shared room x 1 room $2750 both beds BOOKED
Twin beds in shared room x 1 room $2750 both beds BOOKED
There are two bathrooms in the main house. One in the master bedroom and one for the other bedrooms. Both have a bath and shower.
Ashlea and I will be staying in the studio in the garden.
$500 deposit. Balance to be paid by September 1st. All prices include GST.
Rooms will be reserved in order of paid deposit.
Please email to book a phone consult with me to talk about your stay at the retreat and how best we can care for you. All enquiries are welcome.
Inclusions and Exclusions
7 nights accommodation in either twin or single room.
Breakfast, morning and afternoon tea, lunch and 5 evening meals. We will dine out twice either at a vineyard or another restaurant of your choice.
All your art and yoga classes.
Group sound healing with Julian Silburn.
Full body massage.
Some art supplies.
Cold beverages and alcohol. Two of the evening meals when we dine out.
Transport to the retreat and during the retreat. We will be using my and Ashlea’s car for getting to locations but you may also need to use your own car too.
I am so looking forward to this time connecting with wonderful creative women and being immersed in so much pristine nature.
Please don’t hesitate to write with any questions.