Retreat

The Fit Way
Women’s Health Retreat

Thurs 22 Aug to Sun 25 Aug ’24
Wybalena Organic Farm, Byron Bay

“Step into a world of serenity and natural beauty at Wybalena.

The gorgeous farmstyle accommodations are a sanctuary for the soul; a space that invites you to unwind, reconnect and find inner peace.”

Located on 170 acres at The Pocket in the Byron Bay Hinterland, Wybalena is a purpose built retreat venue set amongst serene countryside and untouched bushland. Enjoy a three night retreat stay with daily activities. You can join all activities or pick and choose what you would like to do. We will be offering yoga, mat Pilates, fitness classes, a meditation & breathwork workshop and a nutrition seminar. In your free time you will be able to swim in the magnesium pool, enjoy the infrared sauna, experience an Odin ice bath, take nature walks around the farm, read by the pool, book a massage*, or just rest. See the agenda for the retreat itinerary.

*Massages booked at an additional cost, not included in the package price.

Food

Tash, Tom and their amazing team from Burbury Whole Foods will be feeding you at The Fit Way retreat! They are passionate about supporting a sustainable and regenerative food industry and inspiring people to create a more meaningful connection with their food. They do this through prioritising organic and local, connecting with their farmers and sharing recipes and wisdom. Food inspired by a Mediterranean way, you will have three buffet style meals on each of the full retreat days, afternoon tea, dessert plus a seasonal fruit bowl, tea (homemade tea blends), Byron Bay Coffee and a selection of milks always available. Learn more about what they do at www.burburywholefoods.com and/or @burburywholefoods. Food will be served in the large architecturally designed main house which features a stunning 22 seat timber dining table, cosy living room with library and a bean bag area to relax. You are welcome to bring your own wine to enjoy at the end of the day or with dinner.

THE YOGA STUDIO

Flooded with natural light and fresh air flow, this is the space we will use for yoga, pilates, fitness sessions, meditation & breathwork workshop and the nutrition seminar.

MAGNESIUM POOL

The magnesium pool is set amongst lush gardens and has beautiful, soft, clean water that doesn’t irritate the skin or eyes like traditional chlorine pools. Relax on the outdoor lounges or soak up the sunshine on the deck chairs.

INFRARED SAUNA & ODIN ICE BATH

Enjoy hot and cold therapy by jumping between the pool and sauna, or sauna to ice bath for the incredible health benefits and ultimate relaxation.

OUTDOOR FIREPIT

The outdoor firepit is surrounded by lush gardens and nestled underneath a beautiful poinciana tree at the side of The Main House. This will be lit on Friday and Saturday evenings after dinner. If it is wet, we will instead enjoy the indoor fireplace in the main living room.

SPRING FED DAM & NATURE TRAILS

The private nature trails are kept short for easy navigation and peace of mind, ranging from 10 – 40 minutes return. Cool off after a walk with a refreshing dip in the rainforest creek or spring fed dam.

Itinerary

Thursday 22nd August

3:00PM Welcome & afternoon tea

3:30PM Check into room

4:00PM Guided farm walk (60mins)

6:00PM Dinner

8:00PM Yoga for Sleep with Inge (60mins)

Friday 23rd August

6:00AM Coffee, tea and fruit bowl available in the main house

7:30AM Pilates with Emma (60mins)

8:30AM Breakfast

11:00AM Vinyasa Yoga with Inge (60mins)

1:00PM Lunch

3:00PM Meditation & Breathwork with Meredith (120mins)

6:30PM Dinner

7:30PM Outdoor fire – relax and catch up

Saturday 24th August

6:00AM Coffee, tea and fruit bowl available in the main house

7:30AM Fitness Session with Emma (45mins)

9:00AM Breakfast

10:00AM Women’s Nutrition Seminar with Chrissy (90mins)

1:00PM Lunch

4:00PM Slow Flow Yoga with Inge (90mins)

6:30PM Dinner

7:30PM Outdoor fire – relax and catch up

Sunday 25th August

6:00AM Coffee, tea and fruit bowl available in the main house

7:30AM Yoga with Inge (60mins)

8:30AM Breakfast

10:00AM Check-out

teachers & coaches

Emma Le Sueur, founder of The Fit Way

Emma lives in Skennars Head where she runs The Fit Way Women’s Fitness group classes and personal training studio. She has been in the health and wellness space for over 10 years, running a health food business, managing gyms and then starting The Fit Way in 2019.

She is passionate about keeping people active, strong and moving well and also creating a community for social connection and friendship. She believes in a holistic approach to health and loves connecting with other health professionals.

She has completed certifications for Personal Training, Group Fitness, Mat Pilates, Mat Work Programming and Progressions and Pilates for Pregnancy. She enjoys strength training, pilates, yoga, running and walking.

Inge Ruigrok, Yoga Teacher


Inge started practicing yoga 20 years ago when she was working full time. The job was stressful with many of hours sitting in front of the computer. With yoga she noticed a positive effect on both her physical and mental state of being.

She has completed 350 hours of teacher training in Sydney and in Chennai, India and was certified for Level 1 by The Yoga Institute in 2010.. Always keen to learn more she completed another 150 hours training with Flo Fenton in Suffolk Park (Intouch Yoga) and is currently a Level 2 teacher, registered with Yoga Australia (who encourage teachers to keep up yearly continued professional development).

Inge currently teaches mostly Slow Flow and Vinyasa Flow. ‘Vinyasa’ means ‘to place in an intelligent order’- in other words, in Vinyasa style classes, we string postures together in the right order so you move from one to another, seamlessly, with your breath. Slow Flow flow is pretty much the same in concept only a little gentler, and of course ‘slower’. She always offers options in her classes to suit different experience levels, ages and abilities, so that everyone can take part and feels included. The emphasis is on safety, not aesthetics.

Meredith Bryant, founder of Wellbeing Arc

Supporting others to discover empowering tools for inner nourishment and wellbeing has always been at the forefront of Meredith’s professional career and personal exploration. Even as a young girl, she was fascinated with learning about practices that cultivated stillness from the busyness of the mind.

It was her fifteen years as a primary school educator and assistant principal that allowed her to not only cultivate a love of teaching but also a passionate motivation to empower individuals with the tools to to thrive from within.

Several years ago, Meredith founded Wellbeing Arc Collective. Nestled in a beautiful property in Lennox Head, the Collective aims to empower the individual, both children and adults, by providing dynamic meditation and mindfulness workshops and treatments.

Chrissy Freer, Nutritionist

Chrissy Freer is a registered nutritionist RNutr (BAppSc Nutr, M HNutr), researcher, health author and recipe creator with over 20 year’s industry experience. A member of the Nutrition Society of Australia and Complementary Medicine Association, she initially studied nutrition as a way of combining her passion for nutrition, healthy eating and good food. She is currently completing her PhD at Deakin University to further her love of learning, research and evidence- based nutrition. Chrissy has also contributed to countless magazines and books as a nutritionist, food and health writer and recipe developer and is author of 4 nutrition-based cookbooks published by Murdoch Books. Chrissy is also passionate about helping others adopt eating habits that simply become a way of life and offers clients one-on-one nutrition consultations at the ‘Mindsight Centre’, an integrative health practice located at 239-241 River St Ballina.

Chrissy specialises in:

  • weight management
  • women’s health and menopause
  • the anti-inflammatory diet as a tool for reducing chronic inflammatory conditions
  • digestive health (fodmap implementation, SIBO)
  • dietary intolerances (implementing gluten and or dairy free diets)
  • plant-based eating

ACCOMmODATION

Different options including single studios, two bedroom cabins, twin share rooms and single rooms in the main house.

MAINHOUSE ACCOMMODATION

Four bedrooms down the hallway include two rooms with king beds and ensuites (one with a luxurious bath) and two rooms with double beds and shared bathroom. Large glass windows showcase beautiful country views and wrap around verandas that flow onto the magnesium pool, infrared sauna and outdoor firepit.

THE GARDEN ROOMS

Located in a separate building just a short walk from The Main House, The Garden Rooms are the perfect oasis for guests wanting a self contained and private space. Four identical bedrooms surrounded by lush gardens each with its own entrance, double bed, farmhouse style ensuite, plus reverse cycle air conditioning and ceiling fan for comfort. The Garden Rooms have a shared deck to enjoy the sunshine and fresh country air.

THE GUMNUT CABINS

Cabins 1, 2 & 3 have an identical layout with two bedrooms (one queen bed & one double bed) with built in wardrobes, a shared modern bathroom, living room with TV, kitchen, dining table and deck to enjoy the country views. With reverse cycle air conditioning in the main living spaces and pedestal fans in the bedrooms. The perfect accommodation for those wanting to share with a friend, utilise the kitchen for any dietary requirements or enjoy more privacy further away from The Main House activities. *Cabin 3 is custom built for disabled access.

THE BANKSIA ROOMS

The Banksia Rooms are only a few steps away from The Main House, with three large twin-share bedrooms that share two modern farmhouse bathrooms at either end of the hallway. With reverse cycle air-conditioning and ceiling fans in each room, as well as divider screens available to place between the beds.

Three bedrooms off the main hallway offer:
Room A twin-share with two double beds
Room B twin-share with two double beds
Room C twin-share with two single beds

RETREAT PRICES

Prices are inclusive of GST and include:
3 nights accommodation
All main meals, afternoon tea, dessert, tea, coffee and fruit. Dietary requirements can be catered for
All yoga, pilates and fitness classes
Meditation & Breathwork Workshop
Nutrition Seminar
Use of all retreat facilities: magnesium pool, infrared sauna, odin ice bath
To enquire or book, email [email protected]

Own Room with Ensuite
Beds
Room Occupancy
Package Price
Main House Room C (with bath)
King
Single
$1750
Main House Room D *SOLD
King
Single
$1690
Garden Room A *SOLD
Double Bed
Single
$1690
Garden Room B *SOLD
Double Bed
Single
$1690
Garden Room C *SOLD
Double Bed
Single
$1690
Garden Room D *SOLD
Double Bed
Single
$1690
Cabin 1 (two bedroom, share bathroom) *SOLD
Queen Bed
Double Bed
Twin Share Cabin
$1750
Cabin 2 (two bedroom, share bathroom) *SOLD
Queen Bed
Double Bed
Twin Share Cabin
$1750
Cabin 3 (two bedroom, share bathroom) *SOLD
Queen Bed
Double Bed
Twin Share Cabin
$1750
Own Room with Shared Bathroom
Beds
Room Occupancy
Package Price
Main House Room A (share bathroom with Room B)
Double Bed
Single
$1590
Main House Room B (share bathroom with Room A)
Double Bed
Single
$1590
Shared Room with Shared Bathroom
Beds
Room Occupancy
Package Price
Banksia Room A *SOLD
2x Double Beds
Twin Share
$1550
Banksia Room B
2x Double Beds
Twin Share
$1550
Banksia Room C
2x Single Beds
Twin Share
$1490

Payment

To enquire or book, email [email protected]
All prices are in AUD and include GST
Pay in full at time of booking OR with the payment plan below:
20% deposit paid on booking
40% paid by 30 May
40% remaining paid by 21 June
(If you need a personalised payment plan please email [email protected])

Cancellation Policy

Cancel between 1 June and 21 July 2024 and receive a 50% refund.
Strictly no refunds from 22 July 2024.
Travel insurance is highly recommended to support you in the event of injury, sickness, or other cancellation.

FAQs

GETTING TO WYBALENA:
Located at 789 The Pocket Road, The Pocket NSW 2483. You will see the “Wybalena” sign at the driveway entrance. Wybalena is a 35-40 min drive to Gold Coast Airport and Ballina Airport. There are transfer companies available online, car hire service, taxi or Uber. There are no public transport options to get here.

WYBALENA GUIDELINES:
There is strictly no smoking permitted on the property
All accommodations have a shoes off policy indoors
All screen doors must be kept closed to keep bugs out
No pets are permitted at Wybalena

WIFI & RECEPTION:
Mobile reception can be limited in The Pocket, however wifi is provided for the Main House space, which is also accessible from most buildings.

WATER:
Delicious bore water is sourced from the property, and is filtered via natural crushed marble for a balanced pH of 7.

NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE PRICING:
Travel to & from the retreat center
Travel Insurance
Massage Treatments