Sanctuary Yoga Retreats - Mission Beach

A Haven of Tranquility in Tropical North Queensland

Property Description



WELCOME TO SANCTUARY YOGA RETREAT.

Sanctuary Retreat is an affordable accredited rainforest eco-lodge in Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia.
Half way between Townsville and Cairns.

Set on 50 acres of lush tropical rainforest overlooking the Coral Sea, Sanctuary is as much a refuge for travellers as it is for wildlife.

With its secluded beaches meeting the Great Barrier Reef, unique accommodation, yoga, massage and delicious cuisine,
Sanctuary Retreat is an unspoilt paradise you have been waiting to discover for your next holiday.

 

Upcoming Yoga Retreats

With a range of yoga retreats taught by skilled teachers from Australia and around the world, 
there are retreats to suit everyone, for seasoned yogis and for those whose path has just begun.


Upcoming Yoga Retreats

 

With a range of yoga retreats taught by skilled teachers from Australia and around the world, 
there are retreats to suit everyone, for seasoned yogis and for those whose path has just begun.

24 - 31 May 2013

 
 
  Hawaiian Healing and Yoga Retreat ... with Jaye Seal

A retreat that guides you through a healing process with Ritual, Chant, Dance, Yoga and Massage much more.  On this retreat we work to bring the mind body and spirit into alignment.  The backbone of the process is based on the Native Teachings of Hawaii.  Learn how these teachings guide you to eradicate your baggage allowing you to live freely and with aloha (unconditional love).

read more

 

   

3 - 6 June 2013

 
   

Soul Kitchen Yoga Foodie Retreat - Cook, Eat, Learn! 

Take your yoga off the mat and into the spice perfumed soul kitchen.  Learn to prepare food from the yogic perspective, ‘hands-on’, with twice daily cooking sessions and interactive workshops exploring the connections between yoga and nutritious delicious energising sattvic cuisine. This is a very special retreat for those looking to blend the love of great food with great yoga in a great location.  Limited places available.
read more

   

9 - 13 June 2013

 
 
  Yoga Practise Holiday....with Paula Cross 

Your body: your yoga.  Adapt and learn techniques to deepen your practice and modify postures to suit your needs. Take a break from routine to focus on perfect well-being, Paula will guide you to find a deeper awareness and ease to experience the true benefits of yoga both physically and mentally. A highly trained and dedicated teacher, she runs her own studio & teaches a hatha vinyasa style: an easy to follow way to help free your spine and your mind.
info coming soon

 

   

15 -21 June 2013

 
   

Restorative Yoga Chi Gung and Meditation Retreat 
with Susan Whiting


Come and join me and treat yourself to the gift of a restorative yoga and meditation retreat in warm, energising North Queensland, this winter. We will spend six nights and seven days nurturing and recharging the mind ,body and soul with optional gentle,restorative yoga, meditation and I-Rest Yoga Nidra, playful meditative art and Yoga Therapy. 
read more

   

23 - 29 June 2013

 
  Sunshine Coast Yoga  

Moving Meditation & Being .....with Glenda Hartley 

Use the tools of yoga to create a space to connect more deeply with that which is within. You are invited to share a unique experience with a small group of like-minded souls with Glenda Hartley from the Suncoast Yoga Centre in Queensland. Glenda’s passion is to reach ones potential on all levels with yoga as the vehicle, her teaching is in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and in keeping with his principles of  “respecting the individual”, working deeply with the breath, maintaining the integrity of the spine and flowing into meditation..
For details email suncoastyogacentre@gmail.com

   

29 June - 6 July 2013

 
  Mark Robberds   Ashtanga Yoga Retreat .... with Mark Robberds 

Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Mark Robberds presents a workshop to inspire a love for the practice. Explore the deeper aspects of this ancient yoga tradition through Led and Mysore style classes, the exploration of techniques, breath and alignment, yoga philosophy, meditation and devotional chanting. 
info coming soon
   

6 - 11 July 2013

 
   

Yoga Retreat ...... with Rebecca, Amy & Marissa

Enjoy 5 wonderful nights to Refresh and Rejuvenate! Explore yoga in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment, suitable for beginners and experienced yogis and yoginis alike.  Partake in as little or as many activities as you want, or simply enjoy the beautiful surround of Sanctuary and Mission Beach.

read more 
 

   

13 - 21 July 2013

 
 
 

Classical Yoga & Meditation Retreat 
with Swami Shantananda & Sally Dawson


When have you experienced nature and self as one? Allow distractions to melt away as you explore a blend of meditation and dynamic style asana along with slower work, all at your own level. While unwinding and tuning into the rhythms of nature, drop your conditioning and allow the authentic self, your true nature, to shine.
read more 

 

   

21 - 28 July 2013

 
 
 

Journey Within Yoga Retreat .... with Julie Dixon


Come and enjoy a week of self inquiry through the art, philosophy and science of Yoga. Be inspired as you are taken on a journey into and through the self.  Julie Dixon has explored, experienced and practiced Iyengar Yoga for more than 3 decades and is passionate about her craft. You are invited to share  this wonderful opportunity to  look into your mirror in a week of nurturing, guided self inquiry. 
read more 

 

   

28 July - 3 August 2013

 
 
  Inner Reflection Yoga Retreat .....with Gaye Boswell 

Deepen your yoga practice while nurturing and nourishing all that you are and can be. Explore the balance between ease and effort within your practice, with a focus on inner reflection, observation and mindfulness. 
read more

 

   

17 - 25 August 2013

 
 
Peter Scott
  A Week with Peter Scott
Annual Iyengar Yoga Retreat, 7 days - 8 nights 

Having devoted 30 years to the art and science of yoga, Peter's teaching is distinguished by his extensive knowledge of the body and yogic wisdom, the clarity he creates when teaching, and his quiet ability to inspire & guide the practitioner along the path of yoga. Transform your yoga, with morning asana and afternoon pranayama practise with the guidance of a Senior Iyengar Teacher 
read more

 

   

31 August - 6 September 2013

 
  Opening the Heart  

Opening the Heart Yoga Retreat ... with Holistic Yoga & Meditation

 

Experienced teachers Anthony O’Flynn and Nina Hansen will lead this retreat. They have both walked the spiritual path for over 13 years. This retreat is dedicated to the opening of the heart chakra. The program is a combination of yoga, meditations, seminars, poetry, music and group exercises all designed to amplify the power of love, inner peace and harmony of the heart. Invest in your soul!
read more

   

20 - 22 September 2013

 
 
beat lehmann
 

African Singing, Drumming and Dance Weekend Retreat

Treat yourself to something very special. This year multi-award winning Choir Director, Beat Lehmann, is teaming with Tara Tucker, master drummer and Asheya Bangoura, African Dance teacher. Arrive Friday afternoon/evening to for a weekend of African singing, drumming and dance workshops. Geared for beginners, while advanced musicians are easily catered for. 
For details email beatlehmann@iprimus.com.au

   

22 - 28 September 2013

 
 
  Ashtanga Yoga Retreat .... with Greg and Tracy Cooper 

5 day, 6 night Yoga Retreat with teachers and founders of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne. Mysore style and led Ashtanga yoga practise, chanting, pranayama and meditation with ample time for beaching and snoozing.
read more

 

   

30 September - 6 October 2013

 
 
  Spring Iyengar Yoga Retreat ...with Jan Smith & Lisa Bianco 

Very much the epitome of ying and yang, certified Iyengar yoga teachers Jan and Lisa will guide you in daily pranayama, active asana and restorative practise. A wonderful opportunity to deepen your practise and understanding of yoga, in the beautiful space of Sanctuary. Come and experience the multitude of benefits a retreat can bring to your mind, body and spirit - an essential gift for yourself.
For details e-mail lisa@yogaorigins.com.au

 

   

 


Accommodation



 Sleeping in the rainforest is a unique experience

 

because it's at night when the rainforest comes alive…

The gentle trilling from an orchestra of insects interspersed with the croaking of frogs and the occasional haunting cries of owls is a soothing and entirely natural symphony to fall asleep to.

 

In keeping with the Sanctuary low impact philosophy, buildings are designed and constructed to ensure that the vegetation and birdlife is disturbed as little as possible.  Additionally to minimize ongoing greenhouse gas emissions, the natural cooling effect of the rainforest was incorporated into the designs so that air-conditioning is not required and more than adequate cooling is produced from cross ventilation and ceiling fans.  Two unique and contrasting styles of accommodation are offered at Sanctuary to suit all tastes and budgets.

Rainforest Huts

Capturing the cool, green light of the rainforest, accommodation is in secluded forest huts nestled in the rainforest canopy.  A minimalist design maximises the sights, sounds and smells of the rainforest whilst giving some personal space to those creatures you may prefer not to sleep with.

    



Accessed by a boardwalk to protect the forest floor, the rainforest huts have no solid walls, instead the timber structure is screened on all four sides with weather proof curtains able to be drawn for privacy and protection from adverse weather.  Each hut has a small verandah, simple furnishings and sleeps two in either double or twin occupancy.

  • Single / Twin / Double
  • Share Bathroom (10 – 70 metres away)
  • Fans / Light
  • Natural Drinking Water
  • Linen Provided
  • Towels available for hire from Reception
  • Powerpoints available for use in communal area

Deluxe Canopy Cabins



For those interested in more creature comforts, then the deluxe canopy cabins may be for you.

Of solid wooden construction, with ample, screened glass windows, the canopy cabins offer maximum protection from the elements, while still offering a close connection to the sights and sounds of the forest.

Larger than the rainforest huts, these cabins are stylishly appointed with polished wooden floors, handmade natural timber furniture and spectacular glass-walled bathrooms looking out high in the trees. 

With a studio-style lounge and bedroom and a private, furnished verandah, the canopy cabins offer superior accommodation in an entirely natural environment.

  • Single / Twin / Double / Triple
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Mini Bar / Fridge
  • Lights / Fans
  • Powerpoints
  • Ensuite with glass walled shower
  • Linen & Towels

Facilities


 

Map of Sanctuary

 

This map gives a great sense of life at Sanctuary.

 

Just as a guide to the lack of scale…. it takes at least 10 minutes to walk from the car park to the longhouse, while less than two minutes to walk from the longhouse to the pool.

 

map


Retreat Centre
yoga studio

A treat for all the senses

Apart from the natural beauty of the rainforest, Sanctuary also offers massage therapy and yoga classes.

Nestled in the shade and shelter of a nearby rainforest gully, the Retreat Centre provides a therapeutic haven in a setting of breathtaking beauty.   The perfect place to relax with a massage or rejuvenate in a yoga class to the natural rhythm of the forest.

 


Massage

Sanctuary's experienced masseur and masseuse provide a range of massage styles from the vigorous Deep Tissue Massage with no muscular knot unattended to a relaxing Swedish massage. Or treat yourself to the ultimate in bodily pampering with an Aromatherapy massage using pure essential oils leaving you floating and totally relaxed..

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Sanctuary Yoga

The purpose-built yoga room with its polished timber floors, exposed beams and high ceilings combine to provide a wonderful space for yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation to the natural rhythm of the forest. With regular classes and private classes available for beginners to advanced students you have the perfect opportunity to improve your body and mind's strength and flexibility in the ideal environment.

 

If you wish to make yoga the main focus of your holiday then a yoga retreat may be for you. A variety of yoga retreats with teachers from all round Australia and the rest of the world, are scheduled throughout the year. With an option to bring your partner for a small extra fee (with no yoga) you can find a relaxing, affordable holiday to suit you both.


yoga studio

 

 

Venue for hire

The Sanctuary Retreat Centre is an ideal space for group workshops and conferences for a huge range of topics and also, of course, for hosting your own yoga retreat.

 

 

 



In the Forest

 

A new dawn, a new day

 

Greet the sunrise over the sparkling ocean, experience the many moods of the forest as the light changes throughout the day, until the sun disappears from view over the distant hills to the west from this magical ridge-top location.

 

In a terraced garden surrounded by towering trees awaits a tranquil pool for that refreshing plunge or sunbathe on the timber deck.  Relax in the shade or sun all day, hidden deep in the forest, though only a stone’s throw away from theLonghouseaccommodation and Retreat Centre

 


Seeing the forest as well as the trees

forest path

 

Step underneath the canopy of majestic rainforest trees and rare ferns and experience the timeless wonder of this ancient forest.  Extensive walking trails weave through the rainforest, across a trickling creek and through a sheltered gully. Of course there is always the chance of a real-life encounter as the trails are also popular short cuts for the resident Cassowaries.

 

Jungle Pool

 

Emerge from the canopy to discover the beautiful forest lined, Brooks Beach so secluded that, more than likely, you will be enjoying it on your own.  Brooks Beach

 

 

Rates

Upcoming Yoga Retreats

 

With a range of yoga retreats taught by skilled teachers from Australia and around the world, 
there are retreats to suit everyone, for seasoned yogis and for those whose path has just begun.

24 - 31 May 2013

 
 
  Hawaiian Healing and Yoga Retreat ... with Jaye Seal

A retreat that guides you through a healing process with Ritual, Chant, Dance, Yoga and Massage much more.  On this retreat we work to bring the mind body and spirit into alignment.  The backbone of the process is based on the Native Teachings of Hawaii.  Learn how these teachings guide you to eradicate your baggage allowing you to live freely and with aloha (unconditional love).

read more

 

   

3 - 6 June 2013

 
   

Soul Kitchen Yoga Foodie Retreat - Cook, Eat, Learn! 

Take your yoga off the mat and into the spice perfumed soul kitchen.  Learn to prepare food from the yogic perspective, ‘hands-on’, with twice daily cooking sessions and interactive workshops exploring the connections between yoga and nutritious delicious energising sattvic cuisine. This is a very special retreat for those looking to blend the love of great food with great yoga in a great location.  Limited places available.
read more

   

9 - 13 June 2013

 
 
  Yoga Practise Holiday....with Paula Cross 

Your body: your yoga.  Adapt and learn techniques to deepen your practice and modify postures to suit your needs. Take a break from routine to focus on perfect well-being, Paula will guide you to find a deeper awareness and ease to experience the true benefits of yoga both physically and mentally. A highly trained and dedicated teacher, she runs her own studio & teaches a hatha vinyasa style: an easy to follow way to help free your spine and your mind.
info coming soon

 

   

15 -21 June 2013

 
   

Restorative Yoga Chi Gung and Meditation Retreat 
with Susan Whiting


Come and join me and treat yourself to the gift of a restorative yoga and meditation retreat in warm, energising North Queensland, this winter. We will spend six nights and seven days nurturing and recharging the mind ,body and soul with optional gentle,restorative yoga, meditation and I-Rest Yoga Nidra, playful meditative art and Yoga Therapy. 
read more

   

23 - 29 June 2013

 
  Sunshine Coast Yoga  

Moving Meditation & Being .....with Glenda Hartley 

Use the tools of yoga to create a space to connect more deeply with that which is within. You are invited to share a unique experience with a small group of like-minded souls with Glenda Hartley from the Suncoast Yoga Centre in Queensland. Glenda’s passion is to reach ones potential on all levels with yoga as the vehicle, her teaching is in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and in keeping with his principles of  “respecting the individual”, working deeply with the breath, maintaining the integrity of the spine and flowing into meditation..
For details email suncoastyogacentre@gmail.com

   

29 June - 6 July 2013

 
  Mark Robberds   Ashtanga Yoga Retreat .... with Mark Robberds 

Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher, Mark Robberds presents a workshop to inspire a love for the practice. Explore the deeper aspects of this ancient yoga tradition through Led and Mysore style classes, the exploration of techniques, breath and alignment, yoga philosophy, meditation and devotional chanting. 
info coming soon
   

6 - 11 July 2013

 
   

Yoga Retreat ...... with Rebecca, Amy & Marissa

Enjoy 5 wonderful nights to Refresh and Rejuvenate! Explore yoga in a friendly, relaxed and supportive environment, suitable for beginners and experienced yogis and yoginis alike.  Partake in as little or as many activities as you want, or simply enjoy the beautiful surround of Sanctuary and Mission Beach.

read more 
 

   

13 - 21 July 2013

 
 
 

Classical Yoga & Meditation Retreat 
with Swami Shantananda & Sally Dawson


When have you experienced nature and self as one? Allow distractions to melt away as you explore a blend of meditation and dynamic style asana along with slower work, all at your own level. While unwinding and tuning into the rhythms of nature, drop your conditioning and allow the authentic self, your true nature, to shine.
read more 

 

   

21 - 28 July 2013

 
 
 

Journey Within Yoga Retreat .... with Julie Dixon


Come and enjoy a week of self inquiry through the art, philosophy and science of Yoga. Be inspired as you are taken on a journey into and through the self.  Julie Dixon has explored, experienced and practiced Iyengar Yoga for more than 3 decades and is passionate about her craft. You are invited to share  this wonderful opportunity to  look into your mirror in a week of nurturing, guided self inquiry. 
read more 

 

   

28 July - 3 August 2013

 
 
  Inner Reflection Yoga Retreat .....with Gaye Boswell 

Deepen your yoga practice while nurturing and nourishing all that you are and can be. Explore the balance between ease and effort within your practice, with a focus on inner reflection, observation and mindfulness. 
read more

 

   

17 - 25 August 2013

 
 
Peter Scott
  A Week with Peter Scott
Annual Iyengar Yoga Retreat, 7 days - 8 nights 

Having devoted 30 years to the art and science of yoga, Peter's teaching is distinguished by his extensive knowledge of the body and yogic wisdom, the clarity he creates when teaching, and his quiet ability to inspire & guide the practitioner along the path of yoga. Transform your yoga, with morning asana and afternoon pranayama practise with the guidance of a Senior Iyengar Teacher 
read more

 

   

31 August - 6 September 2013

 
  Opening the Heart  

Opening the Heart Yoga Retreat ... with Holistic Yoga & Meditation

 

Experienced teachers Anthony O’Flynn and Nina Hansen will lead this retreat. They have both walked the spiritual path for over 13 years. This retreat is dedicated to the opening of the heart chakra. The program is a combination of yoga, meditations, seminars, poetry, music and group exercises all designed to amplify the power of love, inner peace and harmony of the heart. Invest in your soul!
read more

   

20 - 22 September 2013

 
 
beat lehmann
 

African Singing, Drumming and Dance Weekend Retreat

Treat yourself to something very special. This year multi-award winning Choir Director, Beat Lehmann, is teaming with Tara Tucker, master drummer and Asheya Bangoura, African Dance teacher. Arrive Friday afternoon/evening to for a weekend of African singing, drumming and dance workshops. Geared for beginners, while advanced musicians are easily catered for. 
For details email beatlehmann@iprimus.com.au

   

22 - 28 September 2013

 
 
  Ashtanga Yoga Retreat .... with Greg and Tracy Cooper 

5 day, 6 night Yoga Retreat with teachers and founders of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Melbourne. Mysore style and led Ashtanga yoga practise, chanting, pranayama and meditation with ample time for beaching and snoozing.
read more

 

   

30 September - 6 October 2013

 
 
  Spring Iyengar Yoga Retreat ...with Jan Smith & Lisa Bianco 

Very much the epitome of ying and yang, certified Iyengar yoga teachers Jan and Lisa will guide you in daily pranayama, active asana and restorative practise. A wonderful opportunity to deepen your practise and understanding of yoga, in the beautiful space of Sanctuary. Come and experience the multitude of benefits a retreat can bring to your mind, body and spirit - an essential gift for yourself.
For details e-mail lisa@yogaorigins.com.au

 

   

 


 

 

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How to get there

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Location

 

Sanctuary can be found at Bingil Bay, Mission Beach in tropical North Queensland, about 2 hours south of Cairns and 3 hours north of Townsville.

 

 

Arrival

 

To help ensure the serenity of Sanctuary is preserved, no private vehicles are allowed beyond the carpark. 

 


The Sanctuary 4WD vehicle transports guests on arrival with their luggage from the car park to the main building between 8am and 9 pm.

 

Exemplar Coaches & Limousines operate a direct shuttle from Cairns and Cairns Airport at 1.30pm daily. It is important to book at least 48 hours in advance.

 

Alternatively the Greyhound or Premier coaches will arrive at Wongaling Beach (also know as Mission Beach Central) from here you will need to take a taxi to Sanctuary.


Those travelling by coach should advise Sanctuary of their coach time at least 24 hours prior to arrival.


For a detailed street map and detailed information for both bus and self-drive travellers click on MAKE AN ENQUIRY

 


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