Retreats

with Emily Toner

Creating A Safe World Within

True Nature Retreat

Saturday 4th May – Tuesday 7th May 2024

A three night wellbeing retreat on 170 acres of stunning Byron hinterland with leading mindfulness expert and clinical psychologist Emily Toner.

Relax and unwind as you enter a warm, supportive heart-led retreat away from the busyness and responsibilities of day-to-day life. This retreat is an opportunity to rejuvenate, centre and connect, both to yourself as well as others, building friendships within a wonderful caring and non-judgmental community.

What to Expect on Retreat 

This is a retreat with a difference, with all of the usual retreat offerings: including daily yoga and meditation, delicious food from Burbury Wholefoods, free time to explore private nature trails or enjoy the pool and infrared sauna, and evening sound healing sessions with live music, as well as participation in Emily’s ‘True Nature’ workshop series delivered over the course of three days. A 50 min Ayurvedic massage treatment for all guests is also included in the package this year.

The ‘True Nature’ sessions are an invitation to connect with who you are and what you stand for, while practising skills of mindfulness, self-compassion and acceptance for relating more skilfully to self-limiting beliefs and creating deeper connection to self. It is based on the premise that change starts within, and that we must take time out of our busy lives to tend to our inner nature if we want to create a happy and peaceful outer world. 

The Location

Wybalena Organic Farm is a purpose built retreat venue set on 170 acres amongst serene countryside and untouched bushland in the Byron Hinterland – in an area known as ‘The Pocket’ – 40 minutes south of the Gold Coast airport. Enjoy exclusive access to the main house, a large architecturally designed farm house with kitchen, stunning 22 seat timber dining table, cosy loungeroom with a fireplace and bean bag area to relax, plus air conditioning for comfort. Large glass windows showcase beautiful country views and wrap around verandas that flow onto the magnesium pool, infrared sauna and outdoor firepit. There is a purpose-build yoga studio for group sessions, yoga and meditation, as well as access to your very own private nature trails that take your through rainforest and rolling hinterland. Enjoy exploring the trails in your afternoon free time, or take a refreshing swim in the creek or dam and pick the fresh fruit growing on the trees around the farm as you explore. 

The Accomodation

There are four types of beautiful farm style accommodation at Wybalena Farm with a combination of private and shared rooms, and private and shared bathrooms. There is the main house which has three deluxe king and queen bedrooms; four Scandinavian-inspired, oak floored cabins with two bedrooms in each and stunning views from your own private balcony, as well as four private garden rooms surrounded by lush gardens each with own entrance, double bed and ensuite. Finally, there are also three twin-share rooms with shared bathrooms in the guest suite adjoining the house for a more economical option.  

 

What’s Included

  • Three nights and four day stay at this stunningly peaceful and private 170 acre hinterland property
  • A 50 minute Aryuvedic massage treatment for all guests  
  • Accomodation in either the main house, banksia rooms, private cabins or garden suites
  • Luxury bedding, towels and toiletries supplied 
  • Group yoga studio for workshops and classes (air conditioned / heated)
  • Main house – cosy communal lounge room with fireplace and dining area that seats 22 people
  • Outdoor fire circle
  • Mineral pool and 24 hour infrared sauna access (capacity four people at a time)
  • Morning yoga
  • Daily meditation and wisdom talks
  • Evening yoga nidra / live music and sound healings
  • Emily’s 3-Part ‘True Nature’ psychology workshop series
  • Private rainforest and bush trails to explore
  • Dam and creek to relax by or jump in for some cold therapy!
  • Free time to relax and reflect on your own, or connect with others in the community
  • Delicious gourmet, organic, vegetarian food, including welcome platter, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, as well as homemade organic herbal teas always available. 

What’s Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • Airfares
  • Transfers to and from the retreat venue
  • We recommend a shared Uber from the airport to the venue. These are approx. $80 or $20 shared between four.

Getting to and from the retreat

For options for getting there and away please see the Retreat Transportation Recommendations page

Meet the team

Emily Toner

Retreat Host

Emily Toner is clinical psychologist, mindfulness teacher and speaker based in Byron Bay, Australia. Emily loves guiding people on retreat. She has discovered that putting a group of kind-hearted individuals in stunning nature with nourishing food and a safe space to connect with themselves and each other, provides for a profound opportunity for healing. 

Ross Adams

Retreat Host

Ross is a Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher and a qualified Yoga Therapist. He is inspired by the inherent healing capabilities of nature and our own human bodies, minds and spirits. Ross seeks to collaborate in nurturing healing, connection, focus, clarity and growth by guiding weekly mindfulness meditations with the ‘Creating a Safe World Within’ group.

Mariana Castro

Massage and Yoga Facilitator

Mariana is an Aryuvedic massage therapist, yoga teacher and chef based in Byron Bay. Mariana graduated with a Diploma in Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Consultation from the Ayurveda College in Byron Bay. She is also a Yoga Teacher and Retreat Host with Byron Yoga Centre.

Julian Cheney

Retreat Coordinator

Julian is a jack of all trades with a love of all things meditation and creativity. As retreat coordinator, he prides himself on ensuring everything on retreat runs smoothly and with ease. He also loves a good philosophical discussion on consciousness over the campfire! 

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The ultra-stylish cabins are a very special addition to the property. You’ll have everything you need in your own private, self-contained, two-bedroom Scandinavian-inspired studio, shared with just one other. Make yourself a cuppa in your own kitchenette and relax with unrivalled hinterland views from your own private balcony.

Featuring:

  • Shared bathroom (between 2)
  • Private Deck with mountain views
  • Loungeroom
  • Kitchenette
  • Air Conditioning / heating
  • Modern Suite
  • Queen or double bed

Price is per person. The cabin is shared with one other person, if you have someone you would like to share with then please email us their name.

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Payment will be automatically debited from your credit or Paypal account in four monthly instalments

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Banksia Room A

Welcome to the peaceful banksia rooms. Comfortable, spacious and excellent value for money as our most affordable accommodation option. You are in a seperate quiet building near to all the main activities at the retreat centre with easy access to the yoga shala, main house & kitchen/lounge areas.

Featuring:

  • Two shared bathrooms for three rooms
  • Air conditioning / heating
  • Two comfy king single beds per room
  • Classes, workshops and all meals included

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Welcome to the peaceful banksia rooms. Comfortable, spacious and excellent value for money as our most affordable accommodation option. You are in a seperate quiet building near to all the main activities at the retreat centre with easy access to the yoga shala, main house & kitchen/lounge areas.

Featuring:

  •  2 x shared bathrooms (between 3 rooms).
  • Air conditioning / heating
  • 2 x comfy double beds per room
  • Classes, workshops and all meals included

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Enjoy chilling in this stunning, newly renovated farm house with wrap around verandahs and views over the valley. With four bedrooms in the back wing of the main house you’ll have direct access to all the luxuries of the house including lounge, fireplace and dining area, yet complete privacy in the accomodation wing. With large built in wardrobes, tropical views from your window & large modern bathroom shared with just one other guest, you’ll feel part of the community in this lovely relaxing house. 

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A special treat – this enormous modern king bedroom is spacious and luxurious with lots of wardrobe space and comes with it’s own sparkling private ensuite. You’ll love the direct access to the lush greenery outside on your private deck.

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GARDEN ROOMS

The cosy garden rooms are compact and comfortable with easy access to the 24 hour infrared sauna & magnesium pool. Surrounded by gardens, you’ll have your own peaceful haven to enjoy. These rooms have an ensuite bathroom and are ideal for you if you value your own privacy and comfort whilst on retreat.

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  • Private bedroom & ensuite bathroom
  • Plenty of storage space
  • Double bed and air conditioning / heating
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PRIVATE CABIN

Take a stroll down to the macadamia plantation and there you’ll find your own private sanctuary nestled in to the glorious trees. Your complete hidden oasis – this is the only private cabin on the whole acreage and you will have your own kitchen, lounge and private deck. Price is for a couple. Please note this is cabin 4 in the property map above.

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Booking Information

  • There are limited places available.
  • Full payment is required to reserve your place. Payment plans are available by using the the ‘sign up now’ option above.
  • There are no refunds unfortunately. Please see full terms and conditions for more information.
  • Retreat Bookings for members of Emily’s Creating a Safe World Within community are open from 8am Monday 16th October.
  • Booking for non-members commences Thursday 19th October from 5pm.

If you have any questions or need any assistance, please contact us at [email protected].