Coming Home: Dwellingup Winter Retreat

Come home to yourself this Winter. This weekend retreat is a time for community, connection, delving deep into practice and communing with nature. Think morning chai by the fire, Intuitive Flow, Yoga Nidra, Meditations and nurturing vegetarian food made with love. Spiritual practice when undertaken in nature with community is powerful medicine. Allow the trees and rocks to ground you, support each other in celebration of life, practice and love. Get to know people on a deeper level, explore what it means for you to come home to yourself, with kindness and compassion. This retreat is off grid, bells will announce the timings of our activities so you can settle into and yield to the rhythm. Nature, practice and connection is an amazing medicine, we are excited to co teach this retreat and share with you all this June in Dwellingup. All levels of experience are welcome and celebrated.

Delivered by Jean Byrne PhD, Rob Schutze PhD and guests (Saam Renton & Sam Briatico)



We are staying at Noble River Estate just outside of Dwellingup. Dwellingup is approximately 75 mins from Perth CBD and a peaceful location for a retreat immersed in nature. This retreat is off grid. There is an office landline phone for emergencies, some providers now and then have signal. There is no wifi. If you need to check in with your loved ones, town is just a 6 minute drive away.

About Jean & Rob

Between them Jean and Rob have over 50 years experience in contemplative traditions. Both began their journey with Buddhist meditation and then found a love for asana as a therapeutic tool of healing which beautifully intertwined with their meditation practice. They have practiced meditation extensively in both Zen and Vipassana traditions and their practice evolved from Vinyasa to Ashtanga Yoga which they were deeply committed to for 17 years. In the last ten years they have found joy in connecting to the natural world and their approach to teaching and practice has deepened as they integrate their research, experiences of family life and changes that have occurred in practice due to life transitions. Both are qualified Yoga Therapists, Senior Yoga teachers and have PhDs in their respective fields (Rob: Psychology, Jean: Philosophy). Jean and Rob seek to meet people where they are, with love and compassion and cultivate a community of like minded people who support each other on the journey of life. They co founded Yoga Space in 2005 which is Australasias largest provider of charity yoga programs (through the Wisdom Yoga Institute trainings).


Food will be vegetarian with vegan and gluten free options all made with love. Think samosas, dhal, soups and heart warming foods. Lunch will be simple salad wraps and chai will be in abundance throughout! Coffee and tea always available. Breakfasts includes home made chia puddings, fruit, toast and spreads.


Sample Schedule:


Arrive from 3pm

5:30pm Slow Flow

6:30pm Dinner

8:30pm Yoga Nidra



7am Chai & Quiet time

7:30am Movement & Meditation

8:15am Intuitive Flow

9:30am Breakfast

10:30am Dialogue, Inquiry & Reflection

1pm Lunch

2:30pm Optional Bushwalk (park entry not included)


5:30pm Yin & Restore

6:30pm Dinner & Fire

8:3opm Meditation



7am Chai & Quiet time

7:30am Movement & Meditation

8:15am Intuitive Flow

9:30am Breakfast

11am Checkout – explore the national park before you drive home


Noble River is a boutique and charming wedding venue in Dwellingup. Surrounded by trees, down a long gravel road nature abounds. To secure a space on the retreat please pay a $125 deposit for the room you would like. The remainder can be paid in full by direct debit, or log into your Mind Body account and split the remaining in half over 2 more payments at your leisure – but before May 15. OR email us and we can sort it all out for you!

Main House:
Upstairs from our practice space, lovely spacious Queen rooms with ensuite & access to mini kitchen and sitting area: $900 / $850 Members

Cute, rustic chalets with mini kitchen area, log fire and porch. Shared bathroom, double rooms usually upstairs on a mezzanine (private but partially open on one wall).

Shared Room: $650 / $625 Members (most rooms twin, some triple one quad)  SOLD OUT

Single (double bed): $750 / $725 Members SOLD OUT

*Members those with direct debit practice memberships.

Refunds, Transfers, Payment Plans, Covid & Further Info

Retreat bookings are non refundable. In case of cancellation due to Covid an alternative will be arranged. Bookings can be transferred to another person. All payment plans must be finalised by May 15th. We will try our best to place you according to your preferences, although chalet allocation can not be confirmed until closer to the date. Please nominate who you would like to share a room with or we can match you with someone of the same gender.