Wellbeing Retreats & Events

Relax, unwind, get inspired and discover new ways of living, at one of our workshops or retreats.

To see the full catalogue of the workshops and retreats we hold throughout the year, scroll down to see events for the general public and the workplace.

View the calendar button below to find dates for our upcoming events.

Holding better boundaries.

Holding Better Boundaries

About the day

As empaths & carers, we feel what others are going through and all too often, the lines between their stress and ours becomes blurred.  In a whirlwind of love, care & duty, we find ourselves feeling empty & depleted. Anger & resentment can make guest appearances too.

Take a day for yourself to relax and unwind, without needing to think about anyone or anything else.

Gain clarity on what is & is not your responsibility & how to better manage your boundaries reducing defensiveness, reactivity & exhaustion. 

Just one day, time out for you. 

During this blissful day of chill, you will discover how to...

  •  Draw the lines of yours & others' responsibilities, 
  • Set boundaries & hold them, 
  • Create accountability, 
  • Allow others to step up,
  • Break the co-dependancy cycle;
  • Say "no thank you"

This is a day to develop new skills insights & understanding, so you can reduce your stress & experience more energy & freedom.

What you will experience on the day:

  •  Yoga; 
  • Morning tea;  
  • Women's circle. 
  • Meditation; 
  • Gourmet Vegetarian lunch; 
  • Afternoon Chill session.
Fran

Fran

How to look After Myself

During this one day retreat, I acknowledged that I don't have good boundaries with my family or work.  And without those boundaries, it's much harder to look after myself.

I learned what I can actually control and how to communicate for better relationship dynamics.


Kristy

Kristy

Take Time for Me

Taking time for myself doesn't have to be booking an actual event.  At this retreat, I developed a deep understanding of how to be present, embrace my life and take time for myself, even in the face of others.


Holding better boundaries

The Day in Detail

8am Welcome & Mindfulness Yoga:

Start the day with a dynamic yoga class to release muscle tension and soothe your mind.   Suitable for all levels and abilities.

9.30am Morning Tea

Freshly brewed coffee &  a selection of organic herbal teas.

Enjoy a delicious home made morsel to go with your drink of choice..

Chat with other participants or chill in one of our rest areas.

10am Women's Circle

In this session, ancient teachings & neuroscience meet the experience of each participant as we explore the purpose of boundaries, why we hold them and why we dont.

You will become clear on the 4 powers of control and how to define your boundaries.

You can expect a new perspective, sharing, discussion and connection within the women's circle.  

12.30pm Vegetarian Lunch

Savour a gourmet vegetarian lunch with fresh seasonal produce and delicious flavours.

Special dietary requirements catered to upon request (at time of booking).

1.30pm Afternoon session

Reflecting on the insights of the morning session, you will integrate new ways of managing your boundaries.

3pm Afternoon Tea

Take a break with a cup of tea and something yummy from the kitchen.

3.15pm Reflection, insights & meditation

Farewells, celebrations and ongoing support.

4pm Farewell and goodbye


Where, When & How Much?

Unless indicated otherwise, all our One Day Retreats are held at our Wellbeing Centre, tucked away in the leafy suburb of Killara on Sydney's North shore.

The day begins at 8am with yoga and concludes at 4pm.

Address & confirmation details are sent out at the time of booking.

The cost includes all meals, classes & workshop sessions.

Gabby

Gabby

I Loved Everything

I loved everything about the day - the yoga, meditation, the food, the discussion, the new understandings.

Most valuable, is the reassurance that it's OK to have boundaries.

Thank you Tania for your clarity & inspiration.


What Do I Need to Bring?

Bring your own yoga mat, drink bottle, blanket & note book with pen for any notes you may wish to capture.  Everything else will be provided. 

I've Never Done Yoga Before...

These classes are tailored to suit the fitness and abilities of everyone in the class.  Come with an open mind and be guided through your first yoga experience.

Can I Bring A Friend?

We love friends to come together.  Whether its a relative or a friend, we welcome everyone over the age of 16 years.

I Have An Injury

If you are nursing an injury or condition, please let us know at the time of booking, so we can modify the yoga practice and the meditation to suit you.

I Can't Make the Date

If you cant make the date of this retreat, then join our list below and we will keep you updated about when this retreat returns to the schedule.  Alternatively you can host your own retreat with a minimum group size of six participants.

I Have Special Dietary Needs...

All our foods are home cooked, using the freshest and where possible organic ingredients.  For the most part our meals are gluten, egg & dairy free.  If you have allergies or special dietary requirements, just let us know at the time of booking.

Is there a religious content?

Whilst some of our practices draw on Hindu & Buddhist traditions, our retreats are religious neutral, free from preaching & dogma.  All perspectives are encouraged and welcome.

What Is A Women's Circle

Women have gathered in circles to share their stories and wisdom for millenia.  The Women's circle is a way of honouring the innate wisdom of each & every women through deep listening.

Dance with Anger

Dance with Anger

The Goddess Kali isn't afraid of her anger, in fact she knows that it's a form of power that keeps her connected to truth, integrity & wholeness.
At this gathering, we explore the taboos around anger that keep us trying to suppress, it only to find it comes out in ways that can be destructive, upsetting & shameful.
Discover how to release anger keeping yourself & others safe.
Inspired by the ancient feminine yogini tradition, Dance with Anger empowers women to connect with anger & power.

Ayurveda Workshop

Ayurveda Workshop

Ayurveda is often called the sister science of yoga, but it’s more like the Mother of yoga, because yoga is just one part of this holistic philosophy that brings you back into a natural state of balance, harmonising your mental, emotional & physical being through diet and lifestyle.  It teaches you how to eat, rather than what to eat, so you feel happier and healthier.

If you struggle with energy, headaches, constipation, aching joints, anxiety, depression, fatigue or any digestion issues, this workshop is a must to sort out your diet.

Modern diets separate foods into good and bad, with an over-emphasis on weight and appearance, which can be confusing and overwhelming, not to mention frustrating if they involve complicated regimes and the sale of expensive powders and supplements. These diets don’t take into account the different life stages we go through, nor the subtle nuances that makes your body’s different to 2/3 of the population.

Eating for your type – The Ayurveda Way, is a 4 hour workshop that introduces you to the yogic way of eating, with a focus on understanding your body constitution and how to use food as medicine, not just fuel, keeping you in balance by starting first with the gut.

Eating for your type – The Ayurveda Way Tania Burgess
Tania Burgess is wellbeing coach and yoga teacher with over ten years experience in supporting clients to optimise their mental, emotional and physical wellbeing through diet and lifestyle.

During this 4 hour workshop, you can expect to:

  • Discover your Dosha (body type)
  • Understand your energy & recognise when you are out of balance
  • Identify the foods, activities and exercise that are best for your constitution
  • Understand your digestion style and which foods support the health of your gut
  • Understand the different energetic qualities of foods
  • Discover why your family members eat differently
  • Learn about the 6 medicinal qualities of foods
  • Learn how to create balanced meals
  • Discover what to eat for your emotions and digestive issues
  • Learn how to listen to your cravings and become a more intuitive eater
Melida

Melida


“Tania helped me balance my meals and snacks, so that I was eating for my mental health and my body and not just convenience.  I eat different food at work now and I know what spices and vegetables to cook with when I get anxious and stressed.  It feels good to know. I am a single mum, so my life is very busy.  I also feel like I’m a better Mother, modelling good habits to my boys."

What’s Included:

  • The test to discover your dosha/body type
  • A cooking class & delicious vegetarian lunch
  • 7 day online cleanse following the workshop to integrate what you learn, rebalancing your gut, boosting your immune system & digestion.
  • Recipes & recommendations.
  • Online support in the following 7 days

Format of the workshop:

  • What is Ayurveda
  • Discover Your dosha or body constitution - strengths, vulnerabilities & body parts to nourish
  • Cooking class
  • Discover the medicinal properties of foods
  • Delicious lunch
  • Goal setting & planning your week of integration
  • Discussion, final questions & farewell

By attending this workshop you can expect to gain a clear understanding of why you are drawn to particular foods and not others, and how to nourish yourself with best choices.  You will be able to develop a more intuitive relationship to eating.  You will gain more clarity around how to create meals that suit you and your family. You will discover what your cravings are telling you and how to satisfy them naturally. And you will discover how to optimise your metabolism.

What do I bring: Bring yourself and a note book and pen, apron & coloured pencils if you wish
What do I wear:  Wear comfortable clothes for sitting on a chair or the floor.

Right now, I want to see you empowered with an understanding of how your dosha, determines your energy and how eating for your type, can help you feel more balanced, clear and relaxed.

Book now, to secure your spot for the next session.

I found out my dosha once, but it didn’t seem right to me?

During our lifespan, we go through cycles and phases when our energy changes and so our dosha may present itself differently.  The most important thing we will be exploring in the workshop is how to recognise imbalance and how to create balance, so regardless of whether your dosha aligns or not, you will discover how to eat more mindfully.  

 What if I have special dietary requirements:

Chance is your dietary requirements will be consistent with your dosha (body type ) and you may discover more foods to support your body.  You may also discover why the energy of what you are intolerant of is not suited to you.

I don’t cook, does that matter?

You don’t need to cook to do this workshop.  Knowing what different foods contain and how they are made will help you make better choices when buying food prepared by others.

I want to lose weight, will this help?

Discovering your dosha and eating for your type is a big step away from the diet culture that has become part of modern life.  Eating for your type will bring your body into balance, so the systems of digestion, metabolism etc are less taxed and more supported.  This process of coming into balance naturally tends to shed excess fluid and weight because your energy returns and you feel better.  When you feel better, you are more likely to make better choices.

Self Care essentials workshop

Self Care Essentials Retreat

About the day

It's easy to put everyone else first when you are a proud Mum, business owner, carer, high achiever, or over thinker.

All too often, your time and energy are supporting the needs of others and you forget about your own needs.

In attempts to stay on top of everything and keep everyone happy you cut corners on your own self care, skipping meals, getting to bed late, cancelling appointments for yourself and before too long, you find your energy waining and tolerance diminished.  You feel numb, resentful, burnt out.

Self care essentials is a day to relax and unwind, without thinking about anyone or anything else.

Reset your nervous system, fill up your cup and regain your sense of self.

Just one day, time out for you. 

During this blissful day of chill, you will discover how to...

  •  Redefine self care, 
  • Identify your triggers;
  • Reconnect with your needs
  • Establish boundaries 
  • Take care of yourself

This is a day to develop new skills insights & understanding, so you can reduce your stress & experience more energy & freedom.

What you will experience on the day:

  • Yoga; 
  • Morning tea; 
  • Women's circle;
  • Meditation; 
  • Gourmet Vegetarian lunch; 
  • Afternoon integration session;
  • Yoga Nidra - deep relaxation.

The Day in Detail

8am Welcome & Mindfulness Yoga

Start the day with a rejuvenating yoga class to release muscle tension and soothe your mind.   Suitable for all levels and abilities.


9.30am Morning Tea

Freshly brewed coffee &  a selection of organic herbal teas. Enjoy a delicious home made morsel to go with your drink of choice.. Chat with other participants or chill in one of our rest areas.


10am Women's Circle

In this session, we explore the challenges of taking care of everyone else and remembering your own needs. Discover the 3 tiers of self care and recognise the patterns that lead to self forgetting. Expect new perspectives to arise from discussion with other women in the circle. 


12.30pm Vegetarian Lunch

Savour a gourmet vegetarian lunch with fresh seasonal produce and delicious flavours.Special dietary requirements catered to upon request (at time of booking).


1.30pm Afternoon session

Reflecting on the insights of the morning session, you will integrate new ways of caring for yourself at the 3 tiers of self care, in the mix of caring for everyone and everything else.


3pm Afternoon Tea
Take a break with a cup of tea and something yummy from the kitchen.

3.15pm Reflection, insights & meditation
Farewells, celebrations and ongoing support.

4pm Farewell and goodbye

What Do I Need to Bring?

Bring your own yoga mat, drink bottle, blanket & note book with pen for any notes you may wish to capture.  Everything else will be provided. 

I've Never Done Yoga Before...

These classes are tailored to suit the fitness and abilities of everyone in the class.  Come with an open mind and be guided through your first yoga experience.

Can I Bring A Friend?

We love friends to come together.  Whether its a relative or a friend, we welcome everyone over the age of 16 years.

I Have An Injury

If you are nursing an injury or condition, please let us know at the time of booking, so we can modify the yoga practice and the meditation to suit you.

I Can't Make the Date

If you cant make the date of this retreat, then join our list below and we will keep you updated about when this retreat returns to the schedule.  Alternatively you can host your own retreat with a minimum group size of six participants.

I Have Special Dietary Needs...

All our foods are home cooked, using the freshest and where possible organic ingredients.  For the most part our meals are gluten, egg & dairy free.  If you have allergies or special dietary requirements, just let us know at the time of booking.

Is there a religious content?

Whilst some of our practices draw on Hindu & Buddhist traditions, our retreats are religious neutral, free from preaching & dogma.  All perspectives are encouraged and welcome.

What Is A Women's Circle

Women have gathered in circles to share their stories and wisdom for millenia.  The Women's circle is a way of honouring the innate wisdom of each & every women through deep listening.


This retreat is fully booked, to join our cancellation list or be updated when the next one is offered, please share your name & email below

Find Your Zen

Find Your Zen Weekend Retreat

Take a well-deserved break from the day-to-day, in an idyllic location away from the busyness of every day life.  During the weekend, you will practice yoga and meditation, developing the skills to quieten your mind, regulate your emotions & release tension. Life can be full on and this weekend is a chance to hit the reset button and refill your cup.

During this 2 day retreat, you will experience: 

  • Morning yoga, suitable for all levels and abilities; 
  • Morning tea (and coffee); 
  • Philosophical discussion & reflection;
  • Gourmet vegetarian lunch; 
  • Afternoon integration session, including meditation.;
  • Gourmet vegetarian dinner;
  • Women’s circle; and 
  • Yoga Nidra - deep relaxation.

Experience for yourself, the benefits of ancient practices, integrated with modern science at this dynamic, secular, weekend retreat.  

You can expect to progressively release accumulated tensions and move into deeper states of relaxation, awareness and connection over the course of the weekend.

Click here to find dates for our next Find Your Zen weekend retreat and click here to be kept up in the loop when new dates are released.

This event is not currently scheduled, please leave your name and email, so we can advise you when it will be offered next.

Turn UP YOur Zen Retreat

Who Are You? Who Am I?

Kinder Respectful Relationships with the Enneagram

A 3-day weekend Retreat

Anita

Anita


I came to the Retreat to sit with some big decisions. I hoped to gain clarity and find some peace around my purpose and which way to move forward.

The experience and the insights I gained from the weekend has allowed me to discover an authentic sense of self. I can accept the way I feel, knowing I have the tools to choose how I respond. This means greater calm, clarity and purpose for me.

It was lovely to meet new people and share wonderful food during our meal breaks.

I don’t usually do yoga, but this yoga was different, more holistic and meditative…bringing me into the present.

Because of the design of the course, there is literally something for everyone to connect to, learn about themselves and grow from over this weekend.  Just do it!

What’s my potential?
Why do I sabotage myself?  What is my life’s purpose?
How can I create the changes that I dream of in myself and my life?
Why do others think, feel & behave so differently and how do I relate when we seem so different?

Millions of individuals are grappling with these questions, in the face of conflicting messages about who we should be, how to behave and what’s important in life.  We know we need to grow and evolve, but often the journey takes us away from where we want to go and it’s difficult to know when to go with it, and when to take control.

Enneagram retreat

At this 3 day retreat, you will explore body, mind and soul with daily yoga, meditation, and insightful exploration of the enneagram.

The enneagram - meaning map of 9 - is a spiritual & psychological tool, that offers deep insight into personality, including our motivations, fears & defence mechanisms that often lay buried in the unconscious layers of our personality.

It helps you to understand why & how it is that you are as you are,  supporting both emotional & spiritual growth.

As you deepen your awareness of what drives you, so too you deepen your understanding of others, cultivating kinder, respectful relationships built on peaceful connection & belonging.

What to expect Enneagram retreat

At this 3-day retreat, you will discover the wisdom of this ancient map, to better understand yourself and others. You will gain insight into the 9 different personality traits, delving into the core motivations, defence mechanisms & fears that lie in the unconscious layers of the psyche. You will discover how to recognise the qualities of each type and develop greater respect and appreciation for their gifts.

This retreat brings together the practice of yoga and meditation with the wisdom of the enneagram, so you can better understand your ‘self’, your colleagues, peers & loved ones; enhancing communication, understanding & connection to enjoy kinder, respectful and collaborative relationships.

It is a non-residential retreat, giving you the opportunity to split your time between home & the retreat space, enjoying the best of both during the long weekend, without the expense of travel & accommodation. 

During this 3 day retreat, you will gain:

  • Insight into the 9 personality types of the enneagram.
  • Recognise the passions & virtues of each type, including your "self".
  • Develop appreciation & empathy for yourself & others
  • Recognise blind spots & patterns that lead to self sabotage
  • Better boundaries
  • Understanding of yours & others fears & passions.
  • Development strategies for your emotional & spiritual growth.

Here’s how it will run:

After registration, you will receive a link to complete the enneagram questionnaire.  Upon completion, you will receive your  comprehensive 25-page personalised report, valued at $250 detailing your:

  •  Fears & defence mechanisms.
  • Dominant ways of expressing yourself.
  •  Primal motivations. 
  • Interaction style and conflict style.
  • What creates stress & drains your energy.
  • How to broaden your perspective.
  •   Developing empathy & compassion.

My name is Tania, I’m a certified enneagram coach, supporting people who are looking for answers to reduce conflict, overcome your obstacles, improve your relationships and create more joy, peace & happiness in their lives.

Retreat

Retreat Details

  • Daily yoga &meditation
  • Full 25-page report of your enneagram profile, including recommendations for growth and development. Value $250, with invaluable content for a life of learning.
  • Daily delicious vegetarian lunch
  • Tea, coffee & Refreshments
5-7pm Friday Welcome and introduction
8am till 5pm Saturday:
8am Yoga & Relaxation 
9.30am Morning tea & coffee
10am till 1pm Exploration & discussion: The Enneagram – The 9 personality types explained – the core motivation of each revealed.
1pm Delicious Vegetarian Lunch 
2pm till 4pm: Exploration & discussion: The Enneagram –Subtypes and primal drivers – unlock that which creates self-sabotage.
4pm Meditation
5pm Retreat Day ends.
8am till 5pm Sunday:
8am Yoga & relaxation 
9.30am Morning tea & coffee
10am till 1pm Exploration & discussion: The Enneagram type wings - a new perspective.
1pm Delicious Vegetarian Lunch 
2pm till 4pm Conflict styles & how to get what you want
4pm Meditation
5pm Retreat Day ends.
8am till 3pm Monday:
8am Yoga & relaxation 
9.30am Morning tea & coffee
10am till 1pm Exploration & discussion: Recognising lines of stress for each type and pathways for growth and evolution
1pm Delicious Vegetarian Lunch 
2pm Closing comments & discussion
3pm finish.

The enneagram retreat is only offered once per year: A rare opportunity to discover what makes your and others tick. This is a non-residential retreat, giving you the opportunity to split your time between home & the retreat space, enjoying the best of both during the long weekend, without the expense of travel & accommodation. 

If joining with a partner, please view the bookings page for the special couple’s price, including discount code.

Places are strictly limited, so book now to avoid disappointment.

View the calendar below to find dates for the next retreat. 

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Bronwyn


I joined Tania’s Kinder Relationships workshop because I wanted to transition to a more balanced lifestyle for my long-term health. After attending the Kinder Relationships retreat, I feel empowered to make better choices. Tania gave me a workable framework to understand myself and achieve the best outcomes, without needing people around me to make that change. It has improved my confidence to start making relationship choices and I feel very lucky to have chanced upon this kind of guidance!

This event is not currently scheduled, please leave your name and email, so we can advise you when it will be offered next.

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Peaceful Communication Workshop 

Most people know that when there’s a problem in a relationship, arguing, ignoring the issue, or avoiding it doesn't help...

You need to talk it through and work it out. 

This can be really challenging, especially if you feel anxious in the face of conflict. Maybe your conflict style is reactive and you get easily fired up? Or perhaps you prefer to focus on the facts, which can come across as insensitive?

Whatever your conflict style, avoiding difficult conversations because you dont want to hurt other people’s feelings - or risk your own feelings getting hurt - doesn't resolve the issue. In fact it can lead to resentment and apathy, which can be the end of trust and connection.

The non-violent communication technique was created by Marshal Rosenthal.  It offers a peaceful way to communicate, bringing individuals, couples and families together, allowing each person to be seen and heard in a  safe, respectful way.

Whether your conflict style is anxious, reactive, avoidant or fact-focused, each has its limitations when difficult feelings are in play.  

The peaceful communication model allows individuals to share their thoughts, feelings and needs without blame or judgement.

Bypassing triggers like defensiveness, the model invites participants to be responsible for communicating their needs and stopping the drama associated co-dependant communication. 

Join me for a playful introduction to this mindful technique in an interactive workshop that will change the way you deal with difficult conversations.

Everyone is welcome.  

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Anne


Tania’s peaceful communication workshop went well beyond my expectations. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn how to respond in difficult conversations. I now know how to back myself in a non-confrontational way and build better relationships. To anyone considering this workshop, just do it!

Turn UP Your Zen

Andrea


I loved the flow, format and generosity of information at this workshop.

I was wishing to learn better communication habits, particularly with family members. There are many handy communication hints in addition to the main technique taught. I’m now feeling inspired and more confident about communicating with less confrontation, especially when asking for change. The quality, appropriateness and enjoyability of this course and others I have attended with Tania is amazing.

A Good Night’s Sleep Workshop

A Good Night's Sleep Workshop

There’s lots of advice about sleep out there, but much of it rarely works, especially if your sleep problems are triggered my established habits. At this 2 hour workshop, you will discover the latest science that supports timeless wisdom, to help you discover how to get a good night’s sleep?

You will discover how to:

  • Establish new habits
  • Create a good sleep routine;
  • Recognise what’s preventing sleep;
  • Tweak your diet to support better sleep;
  • Discover techniques to get to sleep & get back to sleep if you wake.
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Dorothe


Tania’s [A Goodnight’s Sleep] course gave me so many ideas to improve my sleep health, as well as being immensely enjoyable. The content was easy to understand and apply and I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve their sleep routine and enjoy the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

This event is not currently scheduled, please leave your name and email, so we can advise you when it will be offered next.

Green leaves

Mindfulness Walks

This event is not currently scheduled, please leave your name and email, so we can advise you when it will be offered next.

Meet Tania

Tania Burgess, Certified Wellness Coach, Yoga & Meditation Facilitator, and Founder of Turn UP Your Zen, has more than a decade of experience  working in the wellbeing industry.  

She is driven to visibly creating community change  through the delivery of her relevant, scientifically proven Mindfulness and Meditation programs to individuals, corporates, learning and caring communities.  

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