Yoga Classes

Deśa provides a variety of both private and group classes.

Classes recommence on Monday 1st November

Current Maximum Participants 10 Bookings essential.

Our weekly yoga classes cater for those starting their yoga journey and those who are continuing to develop their practise. We offer a supportive and safe environment a special place where you can take time to nourish your mind and body.

Evening classes

Yoga – Monday  & Wednesday 7.30 pm – 8:45pm

Kirtan – the first Friday of the month 7.30pm – 8:15pm

Morning Classes

Yoga – Tuesday 9:30am

Sound Based Classes

Kirtan – 1st Friday of the month

Experience the release of tension from your body and a deep sense of connection to self and community through coming together and chanting ancient mantra. Let your body be soothed, cleansed and energised by your own resonance, as it becomes as your sound instrument.  No prior singing experience necessary, the chanting of mantra is not a performance, rather a gift to all aspects of your being.

Nourishing Sounds – 1st Saturday of the month

All ages/experience levels welcome. Experience the Deśa garden or studio and utilise breath, voice & body to bring balance, energy & clarity to your weekend.  Submerged in the healing sounds of live music, being guided through a nourishing yoga adventure with Demir Aliu and Deśa founder Em.

Our private yoga classes are tailored to suit your needs and can be a perfect fit for groups and couples staying at Deśa Retreat or Visitors to the Surf Coast. Please send us an email or call us if you would like to find out more or phone 040 082 0279

Spring Women’s Circle

Every Thursday night in November we’ll be running a 90-minute spring women’s circle at our yoga studio.

Each session will include breath work, meditation and shared discussion to cultivate connection, community and support through the challenges of modern day living.

Join our 4 sessions in November for $120.

Maximum participants – 10

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.

Yoga class instructor at Deśa Retreat

Our COVID-19 Response

  • We had a great time in Emma's accommodation. She had great energy and we loved the yoga on the deck. It was a lovely night away from the city and allowed us to recharge in the midst of a constantly hectic schedule. The food prepared was delish. We would definitely recommend and hope to return soon. Thanks!  


Desa Retreat Philosophy


From a young age Emma (Deśa Retreat Owner) has felt a deep connection to nature. Nature provides the solace and soothing that we as humans generically desire. Connecting with nature whether in her garden or at the beach makes Emma feel grateful to be living where she does on the Surf Coast in Jan Juc, and she loves to share this sanctuary with others.

Deśa Retreat is home to a substantial vegetable patch which provides nutritious food for Emma’s growing family and retreat guests. The bee hives help support the prolific supply of fruit and veggies as the busy bees do their bit to keep the garden growing. Eating freshly prepared plant based food, freshly picked from the garden is a deeply nourishing experience.

Sustainable Living

At Deśa we are always looking for new ideas on how we can work more harmoniously with our natural environment.  We have set up the retreat with sustainability front of mind, and use solar powered electricity to run most of the retreats day to day operations. We can capture around 90,000 litres of rainwater and use this to keep our permaculture garden thriving, and use rain water in our laundries and toilets.  The tiny house is entirely serviced by rainwater.

Deśa Retreat is a working sustainable business and believes living and working with a commitment to sustainability really does impact the day to day enjoyment and experience of life.  When we remember who we truly are, natural beings created by nature, we realise we are not separate to nature.  We are nature. Looking after yourself therefor means looking after nature.

The way home

When you stay at Deśa Retreat you become more than a guest, you are warmly welcomed into Emma’s way of living. Emma’s hope, is that showcasing a sustainable lifestyle will inspire others to make small or large adjustments to their own lives that help bring collective balance back to the way human beings live on earth. For Emma “Health” is her highest value, as without it what do we really have?  True health honours mental, physical, emotional, spiritual and environmental components. In this modern world we live in, it takes intention, focus and effort to stay grounded and connected to our true nature.

Deśa Retreat’s Yoga and meditation classes offer a pathway back to the truth of who we all are. Yoga literally means “oneness” and when we join with this truth we can rest into love and feel all fear dissolve, as we are no longer separate from anything, we are no longer incomplete or not enough.

Emma’s classes are warm and welcoming, and regardless of where you are in your life or the level of experience you have with yoga/meditation you are certain to find a thread or two that helps lead you back home. To the peaceful place within yourself that Deśa has been designed to help you access.  Deśa Yoga classes are enjoyed by a variety of clients from all different backgrounds and travel from Geelong, Lorne, Anglesea, Torquay and Ocean Grove.

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