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Contact me for all enquiries about Yoga Classes, Workshops and the 2019 Retreats.

Upcoming Retreats
Women's Spring Yoga Retreat
7 - 10 November, 2019
Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island
Price $695
Phone: 09 4290 322 or Contact Form (click here)

I invite you to join me for 3 nights on beautiful Great Barrier Island to Spring clean your body, mind and spirit and Awaken to the Wisdom of your Body.

Open a doorway to greater health and overall well-being.

How does a long weekend of yoga and self-care with a group of like-minded women sound? I'll share with you ways to cleanse your body, mind and heart to increase vitality, gain clarity in where life is taking you and live fully and whole-heartedly.

Discover ways to tap into your inner Wisdom with movement and stillness practices. Walk away at the end of our time together with lightness in your step, freshness in your body, calm in your mind and openness and warmth in your heart.

Our time together will be spent at Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island's premier beach. We'll be staying in a secluded, architecturally designed home, set amongst beautiful, park-like gardens of mature palms and native trees. It is an easy 200 metre stroll down a private lane to the beach.

Our Women's Spring Yoga Retreat includes

*3 nights twin or triple share accommodation at Medlands Hideaway

*3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners - home cooked, organic and locally sourced produce (where possible). Our nourishing food will be lovingly prepared for us by Aotea Taste

*All day teas, fruit

*6 yoga classes - including sunrise meditation, followed by a morning practice to awaken, cleanse and energize; afternoon yoga designed to relax, unwind and cleanse

*Nature Therapy Wellbeing Wanders with local certified Guide Vicky Kyan

*Nutritional Wellbeing chat with Anne Kernohan, local certified Health Coach and Wave Dance facilitator

*Intimate, motivated talks with Cait Davey, our locally-based counsellor


"Excellent retreat, restorative, powerful, amazing food. Some deep thinking required - although your choice to join in."

Suzanne - Medlands April 2019

Proposed Program


Arrive from 2pm

4.00 - 6.00pm – Welcome circle and Restorative/Yin Yoga class

6.30pm – Dinner

8.30pm – Yoga Nidra


Time to be confirmed – Sunrise Meditation on the beach (weather permitting)

7.30 – 9.00am – Morning Yoga -Slow Yang Yoga class

9.15am – Breakfast

10.30 -11.00am - Talk with Julie - Tapping into the Wisdom of your Body

Free time

1.00pm – Lunch

2.30 – 3.30pm – Talk with Cait or Anne

Free time

4.30 – 6.30pm – Restorative Yoga/Meditation

7.00pm – Dinner

8.15pm - Yoga movie


Time to be confirmed – Beach Walk Meditation (weather permitting)

7.30 – 9.00am – Morning Yoga - Slow Yang Yoga class

9.15am – Breakfast

10.30 - 11.30 - Talk with Cait or Anne

Free time

1.00pm – Lunch

2.00 - 4.00pm - Nature Therapy Wellbeing Walk with Vicky Kyan

5.00 - 6.30pm - Restorative Yoga ylass

7.00pm - Dinner

Gaze at the night sky, rest, read, chat


Time to be confirmed - Sunrise Meditation/Swim (weather permitting)

7.30 - 9.00am - Morning Yoga - Slow Yang Yoga class

9.15am - Breakfast

Free time

11.00am - Wave Dance

12.45 - closing circle

1.00pm - Lunch

Check out by 3pm


* noble silence everyday from wake-up until breakfast

* program may be subject to minor changes

To register, phone Julie on 09 4290 322 or contact via email (click here)

A deposit will be required at the time of booking to hold your space. Full payment due by 7October 2019.

More Information about the Four Night Yoga Retreat

Are you ready to rediscover who you truly are?

I would love to share with you how yoga has helped me to not only survive, but to thrive.

Yoga is my passion

Yoga can help take you into your next phase…..with an open heart.

Call 09 4290 322 or contact me via the form at the bottom of this page to find out more about the journey I offer.

Now is the time to begin the hero’s/heroine’s journey -

as popularized by American mythology expert and philosopher Joseph Campbell. The hero/heroine myth narrative begins when you are called to an adventure (usually not of your own making). You cross the threshold into the unknown, facing challenges and temptations which lead you toward the abyss where your greatest fears dwell. You have choices -acknowledge those fears, or not; move beyond them, or not; to a place where new ways of being are reborn. Transformation takes place. The hero returns.


The seed of our “hero’s” potential is within – we just have to awaken it.


Are you ready to step out of the familiarity into the unknown, less predictable, beckoning future?

Let me tell you about my heroine’s journey –


My life changed forever in November 2012. My husband, soul mate, lover and best friend of 33 years passed away after a short, intense illness. Bloody cancer.


Grief, despair, a broken heart, anger, fear, uncertainty, guilt, vulnerability, aloneness all jockeyed for space in my body, mind and soul.


They were suffocating me.


The abyss has called me, tempted me, challenged me. BUT, it didn’t claim me.


Yoga has been my saviour. It has been deeply healing. It has brought a vibrancy back to me and my life.


My mat is where I can escape the worries and concerns for a time. It’s where I have learned to feel compassion and kindness for myself. It’s where I’ve felt freedom and joy again. And I carry it with me now off the mat.


Yoga – the physical practice of asana, connecting with the breath and sitting in stillness has allowed me to live with my loss - to survive and to thrive.

Join me -

and come together with others who also want to experience yoga on a beautiful island, and rediscover themselves.


I am deeply passionate about sharing the essence of yoga with you – my heart is filled with quiet contentment even in the midst of chaos, confusion and doubt.

This Retreat is for you if -


you want to have some time away to slow down and rediscover what lights you up, and want to reclaim what is rightfully yours....a joyful, satisfying life overflowing with love and purpose through the power of Yoga.


“Julie's classes have become an essential part of my life. They have helped me both mentally and physically at a time when I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed with the challenges of where I live.  Her teaching style exudes kindness and caring and I leave her classes feeling taller, happier and so much more relaxed!"

—  Jo Leary

You'll be staying -

at Great Barrier Lodge in Whangaparapara, on the western side of the island.  The Lodge boasts the most impressive view of all accommodation houses on the Barrier (I may be biased!), with expansive views overlooking Whangaparapara Harbour.  Whangaparapara is a jewel – peaceful and tranquil.  The secluded bay has a colourful history and the Lodge has many reminders of the areas marine and milling past.


Studio units offer twin share or single occupancy with uninterrupted harbour views.  Each room is well-appointed and has its own private en-suite.  There is a large dining area, communal areas to relax in with a good book, as well as outdoor areas with spectacular bush and harbour views.


There will be lots of opportunities to view the prolific birdlife – enjoy the capers of the kereru and kaka, and the melodic tunes of the tui.  There is a good chance the resident island dolphins will cruise around the bay, delighting all with their antics.  During your free time explore the harbour by kayak and stand-up paddleboard, or venture off into the bush to discover more hidden gems.

Your day will look like this -

  • 7am – 9am meditation and pranayama, followed by our morning yoga asana designed to awaken and energize

  • 9am breakfast

  • Free time do something….or nothing. Consider a massage, walk along a beach or in the bush, soak in natural hot springs, read, journal or simply rest

  • 1pm lunch

  • Free time go for a swim, have a massage, enjoy art/craft therapy or simply rest

  • 4.30pm–6pm afternoon practice of yin or restorative yoga to relax and unwind

  • 6.30pm dinner

  • 7.30pm evening program or unwinding time

To express your interest and for further details, please call me on 09 4290 322 or use the contact form below to get in touch.