A delicious weekend of meditation, asana, yin yoga, philosophy and amazing food.

September 14th – 16th at Bawley Point Bush Retreat

Welcome to Bawley Point Bush Retreat a secluded, coastal, lake-side, bush-set venue that provides the perfect setting for diving into an immersive weekend of inspired and rejuvenating yoga and meditation practice.

We could not be more excited to invite you to come away on Yoga Vidya’s very first weekend yoga and meditation retreat on the mid NSW South Coast.

The weekend consists of morning meditation, two daily asana practices (hatha and yin), yoga philosophy and it’s practical application in your life and lovingly prepared, delicious whole food meals. It is the perfect opportunity to get a sense of the cumulative effects of regular yoga practice in a distraction free environment.

The perfect reset to clear out the cobwebs of winter, restore and energise your body, sending you home feeling calm and vibrant ready to Spring into the later part of the year.


Are you a Bawley Point and surrounds local and feel like joining us on retreat but happy to return home each evening? Think of it as a three day yoga immersion where all your needs are taken care of.

We cater, you can hang out and read a book in between classes and get all the benefits of retreat, with the added bonus of sleeping in your own bed!

Locals can register for just $395, includes all meals, all yoga and meditation sessions as well as use of the venues kayaks and canoes. Only 3 spaces available.


Dates: Friday 14th September – Sunday 16th September

Time: Arrive from 3:00pm onwards. Ready for opening circle at 4pm (Yoga practice starts at 5pm). Retreat finishes at 3pm on Sunday.

Venue: Bawley Point Bush Retreat, 101 Willinga Rd Bawley Point NSW 2539

Investment: $650 per person or $395 for Bawley Point locals who don’t require accommodation

Teachers: Kelly Ryan, Shell Whitbread and catered by Lina Mbirkou

You can also contact Kelly on 0428 433 650 to arrange a direct bank transfer especially if only making part payment to reserve your space.


This weekend has been carefully designed to help you get away from the busyness of life, throw away your to-do list and cultivate a sense of peaceful homecoming that fills you from the inside out.

Who is this weekend for?

Wether you are are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner our yoga and meditation retreat will be a satisfying getaway in the beautiful bush and beach surrounds of Bawley Point. This is the perfect opportunity to experience what yoga has to offer beyond the standard 1-1.5hr studio class with plenty of time to rest and digest the practices, teachings and beautiful food.

We know many of you often spends most of your time taking care of others due to work and family commitments. Our intention for you is  to spend this retreat weekend dedicated to self-care, self-reflection and most importantly let someone else take care of the details (like the food) – so you can spend some quality time filling your cup!

Wether you have practiced with us at the studio before or not, our warm and welcoming community of yogis and teachers will help this feel just like a deliciously relaxing and restoring home away from home.

What will the yoga & meditation practices be like?

Friday evening we commence with a very easy going and accessible practice to prepare us for the rest of the weekend. After dinner we wind down from the week with a beautiful Yoga Nidra practice, ensuring a good nights sleep for all.

The mornings start with powerful yet accessible meditation techniques, with the option for a light snack, tea or coffee and/or shower before Yoga. An extended Hatha yoga practice each morning will give us plenty of time to play and workshop different aspects of the practice we don’t always get to explore in the studio.

Options for both beginners and experienced yogis will ensure the practice is accessible to all. The classes are gently paced and carefully sequenced to allow you to feel cared for and challenged simultaneously!

Our afternoons consist of a small philosophy talk with Kelly and Yin Yoga with the lovely Shell Whitbread. The Yin will provide the perfect conditions for you to digest our rich discussion of post lunch yoga philosophy.

Our practice space at Bawley Point is just the right combination of warm enclosed and cosy, and big windows for us to take in the beautiful bush surrounds. The room is heated to ensure we are practicing in comfort on the fresh (barely) Spring mornings and evenings of mid-September.

Lina Mindful Cooking Retreat Catering

Tell me about the food!

For many, one of the biggest draw cards for going away on a weekend yoga retreat is having someone else lovingly prepare your food for you. Enjoy slowing down, preparing your body and mind to savour delicious vegetarian whole foods that will nurture and nourish your body from the inside out (and you don’t have to do a thing!).

Lina Mbirkou of Mindful Cooking will be your whole food chef for the duration of the weekend. Lina runs mindful cooking and eating workshops and events all over the Sydney area and passionately caters health and wellness retreats. She uses fresh, organic and colourful ingredients to prepare delicious, mouth-watering meals that satisfy on every level.

Her vibrant, gregarious and infectious personality means that the whole food experience becomes a delicious celebration of food and community. By the end of the retreat you will be wishing you could take Lina home with you!


$650 per person for onsite residential retreat and $395 for Bawley Point Locals who don't require accommodation.

You investment includes accommodation in twin/quad share rooms, all bedding, delicious wholefood vegetarian meals, two Hatha Yoga sessions, one Yoga Nidra session, two morning Meditation sessions, two Philosophy sessions and two Yin Yoga sessions. The payment plan is an initial deposit of $205, and four weekly instalments of $105 to follow.



Kelly Ryan

Kelly practices and teaches yoga for the seemingly magic way it manages to align her with a fuller, richer and more vibrant way of being in the world. Through a dynamic hatha yoga practice, as well as meditation, mantra & pranayama – she aims to help her students feel more aligned with their own sense of potency and purpose.

Kelly is hatha and vinyasa trained, has been practicing yoga regularly for over 14 years, teaching for 6 and studied with inspirational teachers both locally and oversees. Her teachers have included Nicole Walsh of InYoga and Noah Maze and she passionately teaches alignment based hatha through the tantric lineage.

Shell Whitbread

Shell is Yoga Vidya’s resident Yin Yogi and it’s a beautiful thing to see her students walk out of a session with her looking and well and truly “yoga stoned”. Shell trained in Ashtanga, Power Vinyasa and Yin and Yoga has become the tool Shell uses to connect with her true self. Along with Vipassana Meditation, Essential oils and Reiki Shell discovered that together, they enhance her over all well being and happiness.

Shell has an infectious life-loving, laughter-inducing, personality and her deep care for her students and her passionate love of yin are palpable when you attend her classes. Shell’s beautifully nurturing adjusts are a talking point among her regular students. She prepares and delivers her classes with great care and knowledge of the slow and meditative practice of Yin Yoga and combines them artfully with her love of essential oils.


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Got any questions about the retreat?

Still got some burning questions left unanswered about the retreat? Please send us a detailed inquiry and we will give you any further information required. We look forward to hearing from you.

Yoga Vidya Wollongong


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