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a sweet Sunday of embodiment and connection

Are you feeling busy and prone to mood swings and pain and a disconnection from your body? Are you interested in the powerful ways the science of yoga can be healing for you? Imagine having a safe and stable internal anchor to regain control, whilst you learn to ride the waves of life with clarity and understanding. If this is you, then this retreat is for you!


Jindii Ecospa, National Botanic Gardens


Stay for the day $352 or leave after lunch $242 

these popular retreats will be run for a third time soon.

Please express your interest below.

too little too late

too much to often

sound like you?

can leave you feeling run down, hyper tired or wired, tense in your body and sick in the stomach. 


and lost friendships, missed job opportunities, fear of travel, loss of self. 

and if not understood or regulated, can leave you feeling lost and burned out.

but there is a way to come back into balance.

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the feeling of safety and clarity

it's not a thinking thing!

when the feeling of safety is missing, your systems is remarkably adaptable, but you may notice the signs and symptoms that things are not right.

by understanding the science of safety in your body and practice the Three Rhythms.

you may then see changes in your blood pressure, reduced inflammation, better mood, improved sleep, better relationships, job opportunities, more travel, knowing your Self. 

What are the 3 rhythms?


on retreat we'll practice identifying and

feeling into the three natural survival rhythms

rest or shutdown    

 we'll practice safety


flight and fight    

we'll practice support


play and connection   

we'll practice connection

unresolved trauma

can feel like




not safe

not supported

no choice


Anxiety and depression, are often the result of unresolved trauma. 

As a human being your highest need is to survive and to bring your mind, body and heart space into union and harmony.

Let's try this together?

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we all know our body keeps the score

so what then?

you'll practice trauma sensitive yoga - trauma lives in the mind body disconnection.

You'll experience the wisdom of your body by;

  • embodied choice making

  • creating body rhythms

  • controlling breathing patterns

  • body shapes for mind balancing

  • emotional mindful flow

Your mind can't think back those safe feelings. But your body can.

be nourished inside and out

it affects your mood too

you'll enjoy a warming, nourishing, winter soup with food that has been sourced from local wholefood ingredients, and made with love.

Got special dietary requirements? I'd love to cater for you. 

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and resting and digesting, we'll practice that too

it's the best part!

after lunch, your body will go into a healing state

iRest meditation is simple, trauma sensitive guided meditation that renews energy, heals pain and takes you into  deeper states of awakening or sleep 

what will be your intention on the day?

What's included on the day?

9am Welcome Circle, gifts and 3 Rhythms Workbook


9.30am Trauma sensitive yoga/meditation class


10.30am Yarn circle with elder Aunty Glenda

12 noon scrumptious winter vegetarian lunch

 Mindful walk in the National Botanic Garden


For full day program from 1.30pm add -


1.30pm Guided iRest meditation


2.15pm Chai afternoon tea


2.30pm Biodanza with Kate Clement


4pm Closing circle

Biodanza with Kate 

the dance of life is an invitation to dance with life, to progressively awaken your 'joie de vivre' - joy of living

an invitation to experience the pleasure and enjoyment of moving with music, playfulness and connection with others

you could join in, watch, or regulate in a way that suits your energy.

you don’t need to be a dancer to enjoy this, it is natural human potential everyone can access.

Biodanza offers ‘structuring moments’ that can help create a new baseline in our nervous, immune and endocrine systems.


I came back more reintegrated as we are already integrated beings as Mohan says ... we just get stuck in our heads more than our bodies.  

Being a highly sensitive person I take in a lot of energy from
Others in my work and personal life
This gave me a chance to reintegrate my body and mind through the breath and movement

We are naturally social animals,

so lets get social, safely.


Some facts.

ill health due to loneliness costs Australia $2.7bn each year

lonely people had worse general and mental health outcomes

more likely to smoke

more likely to drink more

and exercise less

they see their GP more frequently

as well as visit hospitals more frequently

About your retreat leader Kendra

Yoga, particularly meditation, has offered me a continuous, sustainable pathway towards self awakening, compassion and wellness. As a Trauma Sensitive Yoga Therapist, I am aware of the mental health crisis we are in, and offer retreats as a way of immersing ourselves in the 'inner calling and connection' quite often left behind in the busyness of the world.

I acknowledge and am grateful for my trauma aware teachers; Dr Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Dr Gabor Mate, Sarah Ball, Dave Emerson, Jenn Turner, Thomas Hubel and Kathy Kain.


I invite you to join me on this sweet experiential, safe and nurturing day retreat within the peaceful haven of the National Botanic Gardens.

Use your initials only then

email Kendra after completion

the science of polyvagal theory

You've maybe heard of your vagus nerve? Or perhaps vagal breaking?


On retreat, you'll;


Get to know how your biology can effect your psychology and the power of your survival system - your autonomic nervous system.

Learn how to identify the three survival states and the practices to befriend your nervous system.


Attune to what’s going on in your body by developing your 'interoception'.


Through Biodanza you'll practice 'Connection and Protection' and learn to recognize your Social Engagement System

The trauma sensitive approach helped me feel comfortable and calm which helped clear my mind. Retreating from the everyday was a real bonus with time to reflect, to think and be still. Heartspace Retreat participant

you’ll go home with


yoga tools to use throughout our day to live more regulated


the feeling of being cared for and well rested

the feeling of connection with other like minded souls that value healing

a workbook with notes, and blank pages to continue your journey

more empowerment to do something for yourself and others


We have only 15 places available on the day.

Register with full payment to secure your spot.

This retreat is totally for you if

You are pressed for time to go to a weekend retreat

Feeling safe is your priority

You seek natural, scientific ways to heal anxiety depression and trauma


You support our 'stay local and sustainable' philosophy

You are inspired to move your body and explore the latest in trauma sensitive yoga 

You appreciate a trauma sensitive space that encourages choice making and empowerment

You’d like to establish new yoga based tools to help your stress responses 


This retreat journey is not for you if

You are actively suicidal or compromised by drug and alcohol processing

You are uncomfortable being around new people and new experiences

You prefer a silent retreat where no one talks

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