Heart of Yoga Retreat: October 2023

Bookings for October 2023 now closed

Come relax in the healing surrounds of nature, and open your heart to feeling nourished as we journey into the Heart of Yoga!

Dates: Weekend of October 27th – 29th, 2023

Location: Watagan Eco Retreat, Martinsville, NSW (1.5 hour from Sydney CBD)

Open to everyone!

Are you ready to bring your heart to life?

This will be a heart-centred journey, deepening into a transformational exploration of living a heart-centred life.

We will create a safe and supportive environment, inviting each person to open and immerse themselves  into the transformative experience. Come make new friends, feel revived and fall in love with your personal journey all over again, all in a beautiful setting surrounded by mother nature.

Each day will be filled with a variety of practices, including asana, pranayama, meditation and workshops of self-discovery. You will also have the time and opportunity to enjoy private Q&A time, read, bushwalk,  or simply sit, be and soak up the stunning surrounds.

All levels of yoga experience/knowledge and physical capabilities are welcome.  Wherever you are at in your yoga journey, come together with like-minded people who also want to deepen their personal practice and enjoy the support and connection of community (sanga).

Read more about the many benefits of going on retreat here!  

Retreat Details

Arrival: from 4:00 pm Friday October 27th. Welcome session at 5:30pm

Departure: 3:00 pm Sunday October 29th

Cost: $750 (incl GST)  

What To Bring:  Yoga mat, linens (bedsheets for a single bed & a bath-towel), suitable clothing for cool weather, shoes for bushwalking (if desired).

Special dietary requirements?   With advance notice, the chef can easily cater to your needs (medical or chosen restrictions). Make sure to let us know in the enrolment process.

Feel free to invite a loved one and help the healing power of yoga reach as many people as possible.


Join us on retreat to find peace of mind, contentment and discover inner wellness. Come and rediscover the magic of life and find meaning, connection and purpose.

Price includes shared room accommodation, all meals, drinks & snacks and specialised Heart of Yoga retreat program

We will keep the retreat small and intimate. If you’re keen to join us, please don’t delay! 

Tranquil Venue  

Watagan Eco Retreat, Watagan Road, Martinsville, NSW. 

Watagan Eco Retreat is set amongst 40 acres of private wilderness, 90 minutes north of Sydney CBD. A completely private retreat, the weekend is devoted only to the Heart of Yoga experience.  


   Features include:  

  • Beautifully appointed cabins
  • Pristine rainforest gullies and forest trails
  • Large dining area with fireplace
  • Magnificent 80 sqm yoga studio with uninterrupted nature views
  • Heated outdoor spa
  • Quality kitchen and bathroom facilities

Click on the video below to explore the soothing Watagan Eco Retreat and its majestic forest surrounds

Look inside your heart…. What do you need in this moment?

What is it that you are seeking?

Give yourself the gift of true self-care to harmonise body, mind and spirit.

“Your spirit will never be fully nourished by anyone’s love but your own” 


Watagan Road, Martinsville, NSW


What Previous Retreat Guests Say…  

“A big thank you to the team at the Yoga Institute for a beautiful couple of days connecting with the heart through yoga and meditation sessions. Whilst only a 3 day retreat, I returned back home completely recharged and rested. I would totally recommend joining in one of their retreats regardless of level of yoga and cannot wait to join the next one” Alex


“What a special retreat this was! Surrounded by nature with delicious food and lovely accommodation, we were led by highly experienced teachers who shared their wisdom on all things connected to the heart.  I learnt so much in such a short period of time ranging from different yoga poses, breathing and meditation techniques and theories about the mind and the body. I would highly recommend this team of teachers and the retreats they organise to anyone!”  Penny


“The Heart of Yoga Retreat was such an insightful and powerful experience. Not only did I connect more to my own heart but also to the hearts of others through listening openly to each other’s stories and embracing our shared humanness in circles. Michael did a wonderful job holding space to feel safe, respected and heard. The schedule provided the perfect balance between time for self- reflection, time for group gatherings and time spent in the beautiful surroundings.  I left with my heart wide open, feeling truly connected to myself, others and nature’s magic.” Dani

Meet Your Heart of Yoga Retreat Hosts 

  • Dr Michael de Manincor – Founder & Director of The Yoga Institute, Yoga Therapist, Psychologist and Retreat Host

Common Questions

1. What if I can’t get to Martinsville by 5:30pm on the Friday? 

No problem, please let us know in advance if you think you are unavoidably arriving a bit later. 

2. Can I pay extra to have my own room? 

Our Watagan retreat premises cannot accomodate private bedrooms.  All beautiful bedrooms are a number of single beds. But we will keep the retreat small and intimate, so everyone can relax into the supportive feeling of true community (sanga). Depending on final numbers, we may be able to spread people out across different bedrooms, but please be prepared to share a room. 

3. What if I’m still quite new to yoga? 

No problem! We are passionate about removing misconceptions about who yoga is for. Yoga is for everybody.  If you can breathe, you can do yoga.  Whatever your physical capabilities are, wherever you are at in your knowledge of what yoga is beyond physical postures, and whether you have ever had experience with the philosophical wisdom of yoga, all are welcome!   

4. What if I have certain food allergies and/or chosen food restrictions? 

The sign-up process allows you to tell us about any medical or chosen restrictions, and we will let the chef know. 


Feeling Excited & Ready? 

We would love you to join us!


About The Yoga Institute

The Yoga Institute provides extraordinary education and training, and guides sustainable personal transformative experiences, through the lens of Yoga, connection and community.

We offer inspiration, education and support in applying the ancient wisdom of yoga to modern, everyday lives. Passionate about yoga and the benefits it brings to peoples’ lives, our team is committed to providing you with a highly engaging, practical learning experience.

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Full payment for this event is required to secure your registration. Cancellations received more than 60 days prior to the event will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received after that time will not be eligible for any refund, including no-shows to the retreat. You may transfer your registration to another person at no cost, but please notify the program host in writing prior to the event date if transfer is required.
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