Being a Mumma can be tough....right? The late nights, early mornings, juggling part-time or full-time work, kids homework, grocery shopping, after school activities, cooking, cleaning and washing (just to name a few of our roles) can wear us out. The time that we factor into this mix of chaos for ourselves is never usually enough to sustain the intense workload long term. Early last week after a particularly hard day I recognised that I needed a couple of days to get away and reconnect with myself to recharge the batteries. How could I take care of my family if I’m not taking care of myself?
After discussions with hubby about the logistics of getting the children looked after and to/from school while I was away for a couple of days to recharge, I decided to book into Billabong Retreat in Maraylya for a 2 night Mindfulness Retreat. I looked forward to eating delicious organic vegetarian food, sleeping all night, reconnecting with myself, relaxing in a hammock beside the billabong while reading a book and enjoying daily doses of yoga/meditation.
I’m a big believer that first impressions last and Billabong Retreat did not disappoint on my arrival. I was blown away by the natural beauty of the landscape and retreat facilities. After checking into my room in the lodge I enjoyed a raw cacao ball and herbal tea on the magnificent tree top communal deck while listening to the chef preparing dinner, before joining the afternoon yoga class. Dinner was served shortly after the restorative yoga class, which included a plethora of nutritious organic dishes: roasted vegetable salad (beetroot, zucchini and kale), sweet potato egg bake, garden salad, corn cobs drizzled with a divine lemon tahini dressing. The avocado and chocolate sauce with roasted plums and almonds that was served for dessert afterwards satisfied my sweet tooth before we all met in the yoga room to watch the documentary “Happy” (which compared people from different countries around the world to discover the true feeling of happiness and how we can achieve it).
The next day after a morning yoga class I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious breakfast of activated buckwheat porridge with a choice of either sweet or savoury accompaniments (I chose to try both in smaller quantities). Afterwards we were treated to a Mindfulness workshop with Paul von Bergen (founder and director of the retreat) which was not only informative but also entertaining. “Mindfulness is about changing how you respond to your internal and external environment, so that you can direct your life in line with your true values and goals”. Lunch afterwards was a vegetable curry, chickpea dhal, garden salad and black sesame raita. Before heading to my hot stone massage I enjoyed reading my book from a hammock in the sun next to the billabong while listening to the live music being played from the communal treehouse deck. Meditation was held after another delicious dinner and I struggled to stop myself from falling asleep.
Believe it or not I set my alarm the next morning so that I could enjoy a sunrise bike ride (it’s funny because all I have wanted the past few months was a sleep in however the combination of nutritious food and relaxation while at the retreat had given me a new lease on life). A detoxification infra red sauna followed a nourishing breakfast of oat porridge, rhubarb compote, trail mix, cinnamon yoghurt and diced banana. It had been almost 3 full days since I had seen my little family so check out was reasonably easy as I knew that I would be back to visit again very soon.
Billabong Retreat has options and prices to suit everyone:
- Day Retreats ($200pp) including a massage/facial or private yoga/meditation class. Your lunch, afternoon tea and drinks are included as well as wellness workshops, yoga classes and podcasts. Day retreats are a perfect mini break available on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
- Retreat Programs are available for longer stays which include your choice of yoga, wellness, meditation, mindfulness or stress management - see the website for prices and more details.
- Inclusions - retreat prices include accommodation (except day retreats), eco-downunder linen, all meals, drinks, snacks, twice daily yoga, meditation plus retreat programs.
- Extras - you have the option of adding private yoga or treatments to your stay including massages, facials, reiki, hypnotherapy or kinesiology (I can’t recommend the hot stone massage enough).
Billabong Retreat is a thirty-bed eco yoga retreat offering amazing organic locally-sourced whole food, an incredible nature setting, stunning resort-style magnesium swimming pool and health/mindfulness/yoga and meditation retreats. It is a place to find peace of mind, contentment and discover inner wellness. Billabong Retreat offers a haven for people of all ages to reconnect to the nature and life within them and around them.
Location: 41 McClymonts Road, Marayla, NSW 2765
Contact: (P) 02 4573 6080 (E) firstname.lastname@example.org
Give the gift of wellness: A gift voucher to Billabong Retreat would make an amazing gift. Gift vouchers are available for any amounts over the phone and fixed amounts over the internet. If you purchase a voucher you will be emailed a certificate and have the option to print a full colour voucher (great for a last minute gift idea).
Mumma C xx