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Yoga Retreats

Invigorate Being You with our Personal Transformation Retreat

Return to your true nature as you step into a place lovingly created to support you to remember your true values and what really matters. Warm oil massage to drop into deep healing, energising Kundalini yoga classes to transcend the mundane and awaken your soul purpose, meditation and sound based practices to calm and settle, and creative clay workshops to spark the inner artist. Infuse your cells with nutrient dense delicious vegan food and enjoy our boutique eco-friendly accomodation.

3 Day/3 Night Personal Transformation Retreat


  • 3 nights’ accommodation – private or twin options
  • Welcome Consultation Intention Setting 30 minutes
  • Abhyanga Warm Oil Massage 90 minutes with Hannah from Inner Ground
  • All meals Friday dinner to Monday Breakfast
  • Nourishing Sounds live music/yoga experience with Demir Aliu
  • 1 Private Bespoke Strategy Session 90 minutes with Emma Retreat Founder and Host
  • Yoga every morning
  • 1 evening Yoga Nidra
  • 1 evening Nada Yoga (Kirtan)
  • 1 evening Yin Yoga
  • Therapeutic Clay workshop – 2 hours Kirsty Manger from Yum Design
  • Nutrition workshop and seminar nutritionelly
  • Closing Consultation/Circle – 1 hour

Flexible Transformation Retreat Schedule


2:00 pm – Check-in

3:00 pm – Welcome Consultation Intention Setting

4:00 pm – Abhyanga massage

6:30 pm – 2 Course Dinner

8:00 pm – Nada Yoga (Kirtan)

9:00 pm – Bedtime


7:00 am – Nourishing Sounds interactive live music experience

9:00 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Bespoke Strategy Session or Free time or Abhyanga Massage

12:30 pm – Lunch

2:00 pm – Coastal Walk/Beach Clean up

4:00pm – Bespoke Strategy Session or Free time or Abhyanga Massage

6:30 pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – Yoga Nidra

9:00 pm – Bedtime


7:00 am –Yoga

9:00 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Free time or Bespoke Strategy Session

12:30 pm – Lunch

2:00pm – Therapeutic Clay Workshop with Kirsty Manger from Yum Design

5:00pm – Interactive nutrition seminar/ Cooking Workshop with Nutritionelly

6:30pm – Dinner

8:00pm – Yin Yoga

9:00pm – Bedtime


7:00 am – Yoga

9:00 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Closing Circle/ Consultation and Farewell

Join our Personal Transformation Retreat

New Retreat dates

August 2022

Friday 19th – check out Monday 22nd

September 2022

Friday 2nd – check out Monday 4th

October 2022

Friday 28th – check out Monday 31st

November 22

Friday 25th – check out Monday 27th

Join our Surf & Yoga Retreat

New Retreat dates

December 2022

Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th

January 2023

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th

February 2023

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th

March 2023

Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th

Friday 17th – Sunday 19th

Friday 31st – Sunday 2nd April

April 2023

Friday 21st – Sunday 23rd

Surfing – Plunge into life…

Conquering a new activity gives you the strength to conquer all activities.

Surfing as an activity ticks all the boxes.  Immerses you in nature, cleanses the mind and body, stimulates all the senses, and most of all is so much FUN! Our surf sessions will meet you where you are at with your surfing.  We cater for both beginner and intermediate surfers and love to see you experience the rush even a small wave can give.

Experience the 5 health benefits: cardiovascular health, stress relief, improved flexibility, muscle tone & self gratification (Source)

Yoga – Invest in you…

Kuṇḍalinī Yoga

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.  The practice of Kuṇḍalinī yoga utilizes movement of breath, body and sound to awaken Kuṇḍalinī shakti, and ultimately aims to liberate the participant from all that is not their true nature. Interestingly this form of yoga was reserved for a rare and privileged sector, given its potential to optimize an individual’s person power and creativity.

Delicious, Healthy Dining for vegetarians and vegans…

Emma will create magnificent vegan and vegetarian fare from her extensive knowledge of plant-based ingredients and herbs & spices from her permaculture garden. Charge up your cells with lovingly home grown and home made, nutrient dense meals.

Retreat – Relax & Unwind..

Enjoy our boutique accommodation near Torquay and give yourself time to reflect and connect with nature. Surrounded by beautiful Australian natives, fruit trees, and landscaped gardens, Deśa Retreat Eco Villas can accommodate from two people, up to groups of twelve.

Learn more.Eco Villas

Reawaken your personal power on a fully inclusive surf and yoga retreat on the doorstep of Victoria’s iconic Great Ocean Road.  Be welcomed by your host Emma and nurtured by her delicious and wholesome plant-based food picked straight from her permaculture garden.  Be inspired in the presence of local healers, musicians and teachers, and immerse yourself in activities that will energise your path. Then, at the end of each day, unwind in your beautiful eco-accommodation.  Combining movement, music and nature, this retreat is enlightening and fun, but it will also give you practical tools for living a balanced life.

Retreat includes:-

  • 3 nights Private, twin or triple accommodation (reduced per person price for twin and triple share – contact us for twin and triple bookings)
  • All your delicious meals from 2pm Friday to dinner Sunday
  • welcome circle/fire ceremony intention setting (whether permitting)
  • 2 kundalini Yoga sessions
  • 2 Surf sessions equipment included
  • 1 Massage
  • Drumming workshop
  • Hawaiian dance class
  • Nutrition seminar and cooking workshop with Nutritionelly
  • 2 Surf sessions

Total Package: Twin Share – $1,920 Triple Share – $1,750 Quad Share – $1,195

Surf and Yoga Retreat Flexible Agenda


1:00 pm Check-in and tour of Deśa

2:00 pm – Coastal walk to Bells Beach

6:30 pm Welcome Dinner – intention setting Fire Ceremony (weather permitting)

8:00 pm – Nada Yoga (Kirtan)

9:00 pm – Bedtime


7:00 am – Nourishing Sounds Yoga

9:00 am – Breakfast

10:00 am – Surf lesson

12:00 pm – Lunch and free time

4:30pm – Hula Hawaiian Dance

6:30 pm Dinner – Mindful Eating then shared discussion

8:00 pm – Yoga Nidra

9:00 pm – Bedtime

7:00 am – Sunrise Surf

9:00 am – Breakfast

11:00 am – Kundalini Yoga

12:30 pm – Lunch

4:00 pm – Nutrition Seminar/cooking demo

6:30pm – Dinner

8:00 pm – Drumming Circle Closing Circle/celebration

9:30pm – Bedtime

  • Students in child pose at Teen Yoga Class at Desa Retreat
Yoga class instructor at Deśa Retreat

About our resident teacher  

Emma is a warm and genuine yoga teacher focused on empowering others through sharing the ancient yogic teachings and philosophies that have supported her in her wellbeing and her quest to live a meaningful life.

Passionate about continued learning, Emma’s teaching experience is extensive with 1500 hours plus teacher training. She is qualified to facilitate Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga facilitator (TCTSY-F), Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini and Nada Yoga – sound based yoga utilising the unique healing tool that is resonance of your own voice.

What our guests say…

I had the most wonderful self care couple of nights here. Emma and team were extremely welcoming, and the accommodation is beautiful. Such a gorgeous bed! The food was clearly made with love, and beautifully nourishing. I had a private yoga session with Emma and would highly recommend the experience. Really beautiful.
I loved my stay here and cannot wait to return for the surf weekend.

Tara Barker

I love the retreats at Desa. Em is a warm and nurturing host and wonderful yoga teacher. I felt that I was in very safe and caring hands here, allowing me to really relax. The rooms are lovely – very quiet, modern and the bed is super comfy . I loved the surf lessons, the beautiful grounds and surrounds and the food was delicious and nourishing. Highly recommend.

Melanie Schleiger

We had a great time in Emma’s… she had great energy and we loved the yoga on the deck. …..We would definitely recommend and hope to return soon. Thanks!


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