Mindfulness & Yoga Retreat- 8-13 May 2017 (arrive on Sunday 7 May)

Teagan Fea & Arlene Kaplan Newstadt will guide you into a deep experience of self-LOVE and self-compassion in this 5 day retreat in the oldest tropical rainforest in Australia. Practice yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Eat fabulous vegetarian food and sleep and rejuvenate in rain forest huts listening to the sounds of the forest. Also enjoy walks along Mission Beach and enjoy the fabulous wild life native to this area.



The Program

Are You Ready To Dive Deep?

This retreat is about LOVE. Loving you, loving life & loving others. Through yoga, meditation, mindfulness and by exploring a connection with nature you will dive deep into the experience of LOVE.

Most of us do not love who we are. We resist who we are. We think we have to fix ourselves & change who we are. When we develop deep compassion for the self, we relax into life. Anxious thoughts and feelings disappear & our relationships improve and strengthen. Self LOVE is the key to living a life of joy and contentment.

For 5 days this will be our focus, diving into LOVE.

Daily Schedule (Subject to change)

6.00-7.oo am Meditation

7.00-8.30 am Yoga Practice

8.30 am Breakfast

10.00-11.30 am Mindfulness Practice

Lunch 12.00 noon

5.00-6.oo pm Pranayama

6.00-6.30 pm Meditation

6.30 pm Dinner

8.00 pm Temple Time- Discourse.


Please note that the yoga practice will be suitable for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners.

Your Facilitators…

Teagan Fea


Yoga/Mindfulness Teacher, Therapist, Facilitator, lover of all things magical.

Teagan is a twice qualified International Yoga Teacher & Mindfulness Works NZ Facilitator with 16 years teaching experience. She is a qualified teacher in the lineage of Desikachar and Krishnamacharya and is a Radical Transformational therapist. She is passionate about helping people awaken to the untapped energy that is available to us all:

  • Our breath, the power that is breathing us all
  • Love – it regenerates, nourishes, heals and transforms us
  • The elemental power of nature – learning to flow as she does.
  • Listening to the earth, learning to converse with her.

She is gifted at guiding students into the deepest core of their being, to connect with the love in their heart.

Arlene Kaplan Newstadt




Arlene Kaplan Newstadt first fell in love with Yoga in her teens. Her yoga journey led to her graduating as a Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya in 2005. She then furthered her studies as a Yoga Therapist under the mentorship of Dr Kausthub Desikachar. Arlene has recently graduated as a Teacher Trainer.

With over 16 years teaching experience, she loves guiding students to establish a deep body-breath connection though asana, pranayama, meditation and art as therapy. 

Arlene’s philosophy is the belief that yoga is designed to cater for all levels of ability/age regardless of prior experience.

Arlene’s classes focus on

  • developing a deeper connection with self.
  • developing mindfulness
  • maintenance and restoration of health
  • adapted to suit the specific needs and capabilities of the each individual in their uniqueness.


Cost includes 6 nights accomodation, evening meal, & tuition. (flights and transport to Sanctuary are not included). Payment plans are available. If you would prefer to self cater all of your meals & not join us for the evening meal (there is a supermarket near by) there is a kitchen available.

Click here to view the accommodation options

Sanctuary Retreat Centre

Sanctuary is unique rainforest eco-lodge and yoga retreat in Mission Beach, North Queensland, Australia, half way between Townsville and Cairns. It is the perfect place to unwind and disconnect from the world. Going to bed and waking up to the sounds of the rainforest is a magical experience. One of the reasons we have chosen this venue for this retreat is because of its unique nature. It is truly stunning.  An important component of this retreat will be connecting with nature, allowing it to heal and nourish you. Sanctuary includes:

  • A secluded beach that meets the Great Barrier Reef
  • 50 acres of lush tropical private rainforest
  • Secluded rainforest cabins and huts
  • Adults only
  • Massage
  • Delicious cuisine (vegetarian and raw a specialty)
  • Swimming pool in the rainforest
  • Access to a near private secluded beach
  • Bird watching and creatures
  • Amazing views and an unspoilt paradise
  • Probably the best place in Australia to see a Cassowary in the wild
  • Free WiFi


Sanctuary can be found at 72 Holt Rd, Garners Beach, Mission Beach in tropical North Queensland, about 2 hours south of Cairns and 3 hours north of Townsville. A shuttle bus does run directly from the Cairns Airport.

For more information about Sanctuary, go to http://sanctuaryretreat.com.au/

Retreat Dates

Sunday 7 May- Saturday 13 May

We arrive on Sunday and take time to settle in. We will meet for a shared meal on Sunday night and after will spend time in the temple getting acquainted for each other and the program. The retreat will start on Monday & finish on Friday afternoon. Accommodation is booked until Saturday. You are welcome to stay a couple of days longer is you wish.


Getting There

Sanctuary is two hours south of Cairns. A Shuttle bus runs directly to the centre. Greyhound Coaches also stop at Misson Beach. 


This Retreat is Not Suitable For:

Because Sanctuary is in a rain forest this retreat is not suitable for people who are squirmish about insects. The retreat centre is also located on a hill which is a 15 minute walk from the beach. A level of fitness is required.

To register your interest, complete this Retreat Application Form or email Teagan info@teaganfea.com or Arlene: newyarls@yahoo.com.au


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