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Personal Transformation Retreat

3 Days and 3 Nights
Give yourself sacred time on this intimate personal transformation retreat nestled in nature on Victoria’s stunning Surf Coast. Embody the vision you have for yourself and learn how to bring that into your every day. Your host Emma will welcome you into her peaceful eco-retreat and nourish your body with her wholesome, delicious garden-to-plate meals. Meet other inspirational healers and educators during yoga classes and workshops and feel the intimacy of understanding during your one-on-one consultations with Emma. Topped off with a blissful warm oil massage, you’ll return home with your soul cup overflowing and the tools to bring true purpose and meaning back into your life.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights’ accommodation – private, twin or triple share options
  • Welcome Consultation Intention Setting – 30 minutes
  • Abhyanga Warm Oil Massage – 90 minutes
  • All meals Friday dinner to Monday breakfast
  • Nourishing Sounds live music yoga experience 
  • Private Bespoke Strategy Session – 90 minutes
  • Yoga each morning
  • Yoga each evening 
  • Therapeutic clay workshop – 2 hours
  • Nutrition workshop and seminar
  • Closing Consultation/Circle – 1 hour

Sacred moments 

  • Float in the clouds during an Abhyanga warm oil massage
  • Find your creativity during a fun and therapeutic clay workshop
  • Remember the truth of who you are during one-on-one strategy sessions
  • Unleash your true nature during a Kundalini yoga session 
  • Learn from a Holistic Nutritionist during a cooking masterclass
  • Go on a musical yoga adventure with a live sound master 
  • Take a coastal walk to world-renowned Bells Beach

Rates

Private Room
$ 2,995 per person

Twin Share
$2,470 per person

Triple Share
$2,300 per person

Optional Extras
Surf sessions – $150 per person per 1.5-hour session

Rates are based on a private room, with up to three people able to stay in the same room. So the more people in your party, the cheaper the price per person.

Upcoming retreats

Our Personal Transformation Retreats are complete for the 2023 season. Please get in touch if you’re interested in booking a private retreat with us.

Full program

Day 1 – Friday

After settling into your accommodation, take a tour of Deśa before your first one-on-one consultation with Emma, where you will set your intentions for the retreat. Feel your tensions begin to melt away during a blissful Abhyanga warm oil massage, then enjoy a delicious and nutritious two-course meal made with love.

This evening, calm the mind using sound during Kirtan led by Emma. Nada yoga is a powerful and fruitful meditation technique. Feeling balanced and grounded, it’s time to retreat for the night.

Day 2 – Saturday

Today we begin with a Nourishing Sounds Yoga experience led by Emma and musician and sound facilitator Demir Aliu. Submerged in the healing sounds of live music, use breath, voice and body to bring balance back into your life.  

After breakfast, spend some time with Emma in a bespoke strategy session. These sessions allow you to share any challenges and perceived limitations and learn embodied strategies that will support you in returning to a more empowered and grounded state. The intention is to provide practical tools that create profound energetic shifts, reconnecting mind and body and welcoming back a sense of agency and choice.

Nourished by another tasty lunch, wander down to the beach for a coastal walk. Dip your toes in the saltwater and feel connected to nature as you breathe deep and take it all in. Then, back at the retreat, enjoy some free time before our evening meal, where you will learn about mindful eating. Emma will lead tonight’s bedtime Nida yoga practice before you retreat for the day.

Day 3 – Sunday

Start the day with a Kundalini Yoga session with Emma. The word Kundalini translates to “coiled” and refers to the unconscious yet powerful sleeping serpent of energy that sits at the base of the spine. Use breath, body, and sound to awaken Kundalini shakti during this class. After breakfast, it’s time for another strategy session with Emma and some free time to reflect, relax and soak up the serenity. 

This afternoon, Kirsty from Yum Design Ceramics will join us for a fun and therapeutic clay play workshop. Feel the earth in your hands as you reawaken your creative side.

Later this afternoon, Holistic Nutritionist Elly McLean from Nutritionelly will join us for a fabulous nutrition seminar and cooking demonstration. Learn practical tips from an expert on everything from gut health to hormone balance. 

Emma will lead tonight’s bedtime yin yoga before you retreat for your final night of the retreat. 

Day 4 – Monday

As your transformative retreat draws towards the end, energise and balance yourself during one last yoga class with Emma. After breakfast, it’s time for our Closing Circle. Filled with love after a warm farewell hug from Emma, you now have the tools to bring true purpose and meaning back into your life. 

Namaste.

Know before you book

  • This retreat caters to all levels of yoga experience.
  • All food is primarily plant-based, and the occasional use of eggs from our chickens. If you have special dietary requirements outside of this scope, please let us know when booking. Dietary requirements must be confirmed 7 days before arrival. 
  • Accommodation is in a combination of our two Eco-villas and Tiny House.  
  • Please be aware occasionally, we need to modify the scheduling of the retreat due to Mother Nature or other unforeseen circumstances such as health reasons. If this happens, alternative arrangements will be made so you still receive the full value of the retreat.  
  • Be aware that a minimum of three people are required to run this retreat. In the unlikely case that places are unfilled, we will offer an alternative date. If this is not possible, we will give you a 100% refund. 
  • Please read our full Terms and Conditions before booking.

Hear from our guests

Anna H
Anna H
24/08/2023
Such a fabulous location, great treatments and nothing was to much trouble. So kind, understanding and caring. Such a nurturing retreat. Thank you.
Isabelle Cooper
Isabelle Cooper
26/07/2023
We enjoyed every second of our yoga class and lunch. Emma facilitated one of the best yoga sessions I’ve ever done and the lunch was beautiful. Can’t wait to return!
Robyn Ball
Robyn Ball
27/04/2023
What a treat was in store for us at our 3 day Desa surfing and yoga retreat. Every aspect was exceptional. All the instructors were so skilled at their craft. We were bathed in culture, rest, fun, play and the most amazing food prepared by Viv. Emma is the most amazing yoga teacher and her trauma centred yoga really was a very grounding and special experience. Thank you so much for a wonderful 3 days. I highly recommend this retreat, set amongst 2 very special gum trees, a lovely gathering area, fire pit area surrounded by native garden and veggie gardens, including chooks. We had a private deck outside our accommodation where we could relax and enjoy, either sitting on the deck or lounging in the hammock! A very special time.
Geoffrey Ball
Geoffrey Ball
27/04/2023
A wonderful 4 days of regeneration. Exceeded all expectations. The quality of the room and amenities is outstanding. All facilitators were accomplished, confident, open and engaged, leading us through some amazing new experiences. (Nidra Yoga, Soundscape Yoga, Hula dancing to name a few). Special mention to Viv the chef. We were treated to an abundance of delicious food, prepared on-site, with all meals including fresh harvest from the garden. Thanks, Emma, for your care and intention in creating a beautiful, recuperative retreat.
Peta Armstrong
Peta Armstrong
26/04/2023
Desa Retreat is a magical getaway. A very well considered space in a peaceful setting with so much more than accommodation. Do try the yoga, surfing, food ;-)
maya toebat
maya toebat
24/04/2023
As a backpacker I was at first hesitating about the retreat since it was a bit above my budget but it was so worth it! The yoga sessions, the location close to the beach, surfing, dancing, singing and delicious vegetarian food… I enjoyed every bit of the weekend!
James Delacorn
James Delacorn
03/04/2023
So happy that decided to take part in the yoga surfing retreat on the weekend. Em, Sally and Swiv thank you for the experience of a lifetime. The plant based fresh ingredients (meals) from the garden are so delicious, yoga was a absolute journey and the surfing lessons have given me a new healthy activity to take into life. This is experience for everyone no matter where you are in life. Guaranteed to feel free from a lot in life.
Dada Taylor
Dada Taylor
20/02/2023
Havenly retreat, I met a lot of genuine artists and amazing people who make me feel even more appriciate in life. Keep up Emma you are the best ❤
Tania Cowley
Tania Cowley
24/01/2023
The Yoga & Surf Retreat was beautiful. How wonderful to be surrounded by and immersed in nature, learning gentle ways to integrate it all into modern day living. The accommodation was perfect, the people were perfect, the activities were perfect, the food was perfect. I am so grateful. The space you hold, Em, is like a cocoon. It is nurturing, loving, raw, real, enlightening, and grounding. For me, it has felt like a transitional space - as I begin to emerge from the chrysalis, feeling like I am taking a breath for the first time in this life. Thank you for sharing your experience, love, compassion & knowledge with me.
Ray Nadeson
Ray Nadeson
19/01/2023
Emma was a wonderful guide and teacher and my wife and I had a fabulous yoga and sound healing experience Can’t recommend it enough