Posts belonging to Category 'Down South'

Getaway Goals: Gift Mum a Road-Trip for Mother’s Day This Year!


Did somebody say ROAD TRIP? After being cooped up for literal years, the thought of hitting the open road (jack) to check out some of the stunning forests, beaches & mountains that WA has to offer has our wanderlust desires tingling.

With restrictions easing across the state just in time for Mother’s Day, there’s never been a better time to treat yourself, and mum, by indulging in some crisp, autumn air, idyllic scenery & of course our world-class eats and drinks – and a road trip in a campervan is the perfect gift to make these intra-state travel dreams a reality!

We’ve rounded up our 5 fave, cute vans from campervan hire company, Camplify, that the fam will love (and even better news, they offer gift vouchers which are perfect for Mother’s Day!) – check them out and let us know your favourites in the comments!

Craigie, WA

Frankie has everything mum needs to embark on the ultimate glamping experience. With the ability to sleep two as well as bring a furry companion along, Frankie is also solar powered & has the option for going completely off grid. This super boujee van is available for pick up just north of Perth in the coastal suburb of Craigie. So what are you waiting for? Gift mum an unforgettable experience in the beautiful van, Frankie.

North Beach, WA

Zaidee was created from the inspiration of the ocean and nature, giving her a “coastal boho” interior design. Her neutral and fresh appearance creates the perfect home on wheels, making you feel comfortable and relaxed wherever you park up. Zaidee is perfect for mum to bring along one other or simply have some time to herself featuring a queen sized bed, power for appliances and a TV.

Harry the Hiace
Innaloo, WA

Meet Harry the Hiace, he’s a fully equipped van with all your basic pantry essentials, pots and pans, an ‘everything you need’ kitchen with cooker, fridge and sink. Harry even has a prime sunset spot called ‘the lawn’ which is a fully functional roof rack with ladder, covered in fake grass so you and mum can enjoy the stunning sunset or sunrise. Harry also provides a few other essential items including camping chairs, a portable blender, projector and charging station to charge your phone. He’s thought of everything!

Art Vandelay
Exmouth, WA

Sleeping two, Art Vandelay is super cute van that has been renovated to include everything you need for a perfect coastal holiday. He’s located in Exmouth, which is situated in the stunning North West Cape area of WA, and what better way to explore the famous coastline & beaches that this area has to offer? Venture to the outskirts of Exmouth, or Coral Bay, and go on one of the best snorkelling trips in Australia around the Ningaloo reef. Art Vandelay is available for pick up in Exmouth or delivery within 50km of the town.

Tilly The Tourister
Neerabup, WA

Tilly the Tourister is a hard-floor camper trailer sleeping four, allowing mum to go away on a girls trip with friends or, if you’re lucky enough to get invited along, family. Tilly exudes a luxe coastal vibe which fits perfectly for a beach holiday. This clean and fresh van has all the indulgences including aircon and heating, coffee machine, shower and toilet plus solar panels to go totally off grid.

So, which one of these beauties will you and mum be off adventuring in? Our pick is… all of them!

Be well,


5 Perth Yoga & Wellness Retreats That Might Just Change Your Life in 2022.

Okay, so who else is glad that 2022 is FINALLY here? Let it be said, we’ve got high hopes for the ushering out of 2021 and welcoming in 2022… and we thought 2020 was bad! But there’s good news, there’s now 365 days to get a fresh new beginning, and there is no better way to get the new year off to a perfect start than by booking in a blissfully relaxing local wellness retreat.

Do not underestimate the power of having something to look forward to, to help motivate you and get you through the inevitable tricky times that come with this beautiful, messy thing called life.

That’s why we have put together this list of some of our favourite wellness retreats you can enjoy in 2022, all within WA (just in case!) 😉

Denmark Women’s Retreat – Denmark, WA

31st March-5th April, 2022

Holistic Health Coach, Kelly Dalby, is running her Autumn Edition retreat in beautiful Denmark. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you take part in activities like Pilates, yoga, trail walks, delicious and wholesome food, healing treatments, and a few other surprises to help you fully immerse yourself in the experience and reconnect with your inner self.

Register your interest now to receive first room preferences for this 6 day / 5 night experience in nature. This retreat is perfect for those looking to re-set, be inspired, enjoy your own space, make connections, and have fun!

Register your interest & book in by emailing for more information.

Bare & Wilde Rottnest Wellness Retreat – Rottnest Island, WA
13th-15th May, 2022.

This luxurious retreat is all about embracing self-love and enhancing your wellbeing through movement, wholesome food and igniting creativity. Run by the Bare and Wilde team, this retreat includes everything you need for the ultimate bliss-cation at the gorgeous Samphire Resort on Rottnest Island.

This retreat features delicious plant-based meals prepared by Samphire Resort’s in-house chef, fitness activities like yoga, Pilates, HIIT, and a group cycling tour, and other outdoor adventures and fun-filled creative activities that will inspire you to live your best life! Plus, like all Bare and Wilde retreats, you’ll also get to enjoy their seasonal Wellness Box featuring gifts and samples from their non-toxic e-boutique.

Learn more about this luxurious retreat and book your place here.

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Soul Glow Retreat – Ningaloo, WA
4th-9th June, 2022

For those looking to escape Winter, this retreat offers the chance to embrace not only the glorious Ningaloo sand and sun, but also to embrace and celebrate all that is you!

The Soul Glow Retreat is run every year by Caryn at Soul Sparkle, who specialises in embodiment coaching, meditation and yoga, as well as running Venus in Gemini (an incredible sparkling rosewater drink biz!), & amazing retreats.

This retreat incorporates different elements of wellness practices, including meditation and visualisation sessions, soul coaching, breathwork, connection sessions and pilates and yoga classes, but also includes some unique activities that take advantage of the stunning location like snorkeling the stunning reefs, sunset hikes and stargazing.

Optional extras include swimming with whale sharks and relaxing massages, to ensure a completely unforgettable experience!

Find out more & book in for this magical experience here.

Reconnect to your Body, Mind & Soul – Margaret River
June (exact dates TBC), 2022

Immerse yourself in nature at this stunning retreat, located within WA’s beautiful South West. This retreat is perfect for those who want to enhance and improve their yoga and movement practice.

Just imagine, waking up with Sun salutations, enjoying creative activities, eating delicious plant-based meals from @anotherhungrytaurus, exploring the outdoors and connecting with nature, and of course getting some much needed downtime to reset and relax. Enjoy a variety of yoga classes including Yin, Flow, Hatha, Restorative and Nidra, and quiet your mind with guided meditation sessions.

For pricing and availability please email or visit the website to learn more about this invigorating retreat.

♥ Tamara Yoga Kimberley Eco Retreat – South of Broome, WA

6th-11th August, 2022
11th-16th August, 2022

Just imagine waking up in your very own safari tent, before meeting for meditation on a stunning beach. Sounds like the perfect way to start your day, right? Well that’s just the beginning of what is in store for you when you sign up for the Kimberly Eco Retreat, with Tamara Yoga. Why not add in some yoga with gorgeous views out to the red cliffs set against the Indian Ocean, delicious food, and maybe humpback whale-watching to top it all off! These tours are so popular that they are running two sessions, or you can even book both sessions to take even more time for yourself. After all, you deserve it!

The retreat includes accommodation, all meals, daily yoga and meditation sessions, as well as use of kayaks and SUP boards, if you have a little extra energy to expend! Lock in your spot on this epic retreat here.

Whether or not you decide to embark on one of these gorgeous retreats, or decide to take other steps to ensure next year is blissful, we hope that 2022 is your best year yet!

We’d love to hear if you decide to indulge in any of these retreats or if there are any you have been to and would recommend – leave a comment below or come say hi on Instagram at @wellnesswa.

Be well,


Leah is a freelance content creator from Perth who loves her dog, trying weird fitness trends, beach days and avocado toast. Follow her Instagram @leahonthedoor

WA Retreat Review: Samudra, Autumn Detox Retreat.

Samudra is the home of raw food and yoga in WA. I’d visited their awesome Dunsborough café many times before, so when the opportunity came up to experience one of their weekend detox retreats you could say I was pretty darn excited 😀


Arriving at the café on Friday afternoon, I was greeted by the lovely retreat organiser Erin and filled out a quick questionnaire while sipping away on a fresh green juice. I then met the gorgeous group of 10 other ladies each on their own health and wellbeing journey.

Samudra has won a heap of awards for their vegetarian café (Open 7 days a week) and upon eating there it's easy to see why.

A delicious live food dinner was consumed (the BEST zucchini ‘pasta’ I have ever had!), followed by a 45 minute yoga nidra session (which is equivalent to 2-3 hours of sleep, winning!) before bedtime.


I practically bounced out of bed I was that excited! 7am was our morning yoga class with the down to earth and witty Lisa. Every morning we practiced in a beautiful yoga space located within the Samudra grounds. Complete with calming music and the BEST smelling sandalwood essence, it was a great environment to practice in. Lisa was like a walking yoga encyclopedia (her knowledge was amazing) and modified the class to suit everyone. We were taught various breathing techniques and some basic Ashtanga yoga sequences.

After breakfast (Granola and fruit, warm almond milk and beetroot juice, YUM!), we headed back to the yoga room where Erin took an informative workshop on Ayurvedic cleansing and eating. Lunch then followed and was a delightful affair of raw dips, dehydrated crackers and veggie wraps. Even though we were ‘detoxing’, at no point during the retreat did I feel starved or deprived. In fact every meal was so filling that I almost had to force myself to eat the next one (it’s a hard life, I know). The dessert cabinet (yes dessert and coffee are all still available at the cafe) had been calling my name since arriving on Friday, and after lunch I conceded defeat, sharing a raw carrot cake with one of my fellow retreaters. It was deeeeeeeeeelish 😀

After 2 hours of free time for treatments, beach time, browsing in the eco-store, relaxation and reflection, Erin gave a fun demo on green smoothie making with some interesting flavour combinations! In the evening we practiced yin yoga with Lisa before a nutritious dinner and then bedtime.

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Day 3

After morning yoga, we had a satisfying breakfast of berry buckwheat porridge, fruit, and green juice. The rest of the morning consisted of activities including a kitchen tour (a behind the scenes look at where all the delicious Samudra goodies are made), a sprouting demonstration and a quick demo on how to make nut ‘cheese’ (because all of us were obsessed with the cashew cheese they had been serving us!).

Before lunch we were guided through an hour of mediation practice with Mike. This was absolute bliss and I know I wasn’t the only one who fell asleep to the sound of Mikes calming voice! The afternoon yin yoga session was a great way to end the retreat and was full of fun and laughs. One thing I really loved about the retreat was how personal it all was. Erin and Lisa would join us for every meal, and were always on hand to talk and answer questions. All the staff at Samudra were so welcoming and were always willing to share their expertise and knowledge.

You can do the retreat by yourself (you'll make friends in about 3 seconds anyway) or with a friend. Accommodation isn’t included in the price but if you’re heading down with a friend or partner sharing the price of a hotel room would save money. Another bonus- if you sign up with a friend you each get $100 off the cost of the retreat!

These retreats aren’t just about detoxing your body. They’re about detoxing your mind, clearing out negative thoughts and beliefs, recognizing what triggers bad habits and learning strategies to deal with them. If you want to do something nice for yourself, be surrounded by beautiful people, eat good food, learn more about yoga, meditation and all round health, I’d definitely recommend you book yourself in for one of these awesome weekends away!

**Note to future Samudra visitors. You MUST try their AMAZING choco mint ‘ice cream’. It’s dairy free and made from a base of almond milk and cashews. This flavour was truly out of this world! It includes the superfoods spirulina and chlorella, which are great for detoxification. My mini tub actually melted on the way home (which wasn’t so bad) because I ended up drinking it like a smoothie. OHMYGOD YUM!

Have you ever been to a retreat, detox or otherwise? Heard of Samudra before? I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below!

Review by Kavisha, who’s already making plans for a trip back and wishes they’d extend the train line down to Dunsborough…

Disclaimer: I was a guest of Samudra's, all thoughts & opinions are 100% honest and my own!


Share the Gift of an Inspiring and Restoring Weekend Retreat at Samudra!

Samudra, the Wellness jewel of the South West region, is offering a holiday special on all of its weekend retreats for 2013: Receive 20% off if you book you and a friend or loved one by 31 December 2012!

These transformative weekend retreats are the perfect opportunity for a quick get away to refresh and restore your body, mind and heart – and who doesn’t need that at this time of year?! All whilst gaining insights into making healthy changes in your life. You will participate in daily yoga classes, where Samudra’s highly qualified yoga teachers will help you develop a practice to take home.

You will also learn meditation and yogic breathing techniques to help calm the mind, discover how to use nature’s seasonal elements to enhance your diet and lifestyle regime, and take part in live-food demonstrations and other retreat specific talks. All this whilst being nourished with fresh and flavourful organic plant-based meals served from Samudra’s award winning café. You can choose from an array of holistic and inspiring retreat themes, including Yoga & Vitality, Women’s Wellness, Seasonal Detoxing, Yoga & Surfing, Yoga & Ayurveda and Yoga & Sustainable Living.

Located in the heart of Dunsborough, Samudra is only a two and a half hour drive from Perth… but in just two days your life as you know it will be changed!

You will feel renewed and inspired, and will re-enter your day-to-day routine with more enthusiasm, joy and vitality. What a perfect gift to share with a friend or loved one this holiday season!! Visit or call 08 9779 9977 for more details and bookings.

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Be well,



Dream Getaway: An 8 Day Embracing Life Health Detox, Healing & Raw Food Retreat in Busselton, 23 Nov-1 Dec 2012. Because You’re Worth It!

Picture a leisurely getaway, the gorgeous late spring warmth and sunshine on your skin as you take part in a beachside morning yoga class before revelling in the delicious heat of a detoxifying sauna, drinking a fresh green juice and then sinking into massage heaven and relaxing by the indoor or outdoor pool for the rest of the afternoon. Sound like much needed bliss?

Infrared Sauna = ultimate relaxation

You’d be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about a Balinese retreat. Thankfully this one is closer than you think! We are incredibly lucky to have Leisa from Embracing Health Retreats making the trip over to WA to host one of her world renowned 8 day ultimate wellness and relaxation retreats in Busselton from the 23rd of November til the 1st of December.

Leisa is a leading Australian naturopath, live and whole (raw) foods expert, fatigue specialist and detoxification expert who is dedicated to making you feel vibrantly alive and renewed during her retreats.

The retreat is being held at the local Grand Mercure Apartments at Geographe Bay, Busselton in November, and offers a week of fun, relaxation and world class health education.

An example of the amazing raw food that will be giving you loads of energy!

“My passion”, says Leisa, “is to bring together groups of people and teach them how they can use everyday foods to improve their health. With the rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, there has never been a more important message than how what you eat can change your life.”

And changing lives is what the Embracing Life! Retreat is all about.

So what does this amazing oh-my-god-book-me-in-right-now retreat include?

♥ Luxury accommodation for eight nights
♥ All food and drinks from Friday evening to Saturday morning
♥ All activities including Yoga classes
♥ Two x one hour healing therapeutic massages
♥ Two food preparation classes with our Raw Food Chef Extraordinaire
♥ One magical Art Therapy or Sound Healing Class
♥ A Wu Tao Dance Class
♥ Unlimited use of Sunlight Sauna (bliss!)
♥ Unlimited use of resort facilities
♥ Options for booking extra Day Spa treatments and Colonic Irrigation where applicable
♥ All workbooks and lecture notes
♥ A gift bag on arrival containing lots of free goodies valued at over $100!

Check out the Embracing Health website for more details, including cost and how to book in!!

And tell me…

Have you ever been on a retreat before or wanted to? Did it change you in any way?

I’d love to hear from you! 🙂

Be well,



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