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Active Inspirations: A yoga, health and creative writing retreat for women

November 10 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm


What is your dharma? How does 2019 look to you?

I think it is going to be A M A Z I N G! I

Imagine actively creating, planning and initiating some of those wonderful ideas that you have about all those incredible things you would like to do, but yet with no expectation or attachment to a particular outcome? No yearning, hoping, wishing or dreaming, no expectations….just taking action while staying present. Please join us and enjoy a full day of fun and laughter, food, nourishing movement, relaxation, special connections and thought-provoking creative activities. Beauties, all you need is to be able to hold a pen…

Do you sometimes find that certain ideas, tasks, projects and/or plans seem so daunting that you either don’t begin at all, or start and stop? Are you a procrastinator? Do you ever find yourself contemplating some kind of plan of action, but just as quickly then find yourself coming up with all sorts of reasons as to why that particular thing is just not possible at the moment?

Although we might use the word “karma” in a particular context, karma yoga is actually the yoga of action – unselfish action to be more specific. Our “dharma” is our spiritual path or again, more specifically, sticking to a particular path while upholding moral principles and being true to our nature. Together, karma and dharma mean that we never give up and continually work towards without being attached to the fruits of a particular, ongoing action.  Of course, dharma and karma is the yogic connection, but certainly it’s not necessary to be a yogini or even to practise yoga regularly to understand and to apply this philosophy in your daily life. 

Recently, I was in Europe and it occurred to me as I explored some of the beautiful ancient architectural landmarks that many of these works had not been completed in one lifetime. Those initial project managers and labourers knew they might not see their work finished, but still it did not stop them from starting something that one day promised to be awe inspiring. 

Sure, life can get in the way of being brilliant.  But that has never changed. Most of us have stuff to do and commitments to other people as well as a certain amount of energy. But on the other hand, on those rare occasions that we do have lots of time to spare, it’s often the case that we faff around and waste it! True?

As life is too short to waste just faffing, please, save the date and join us for a full day Just. For. You. What juicy possibilities do  you  imagine you might come up with? Is it possible to spend more time simply being, less time always doing and yet still be productive?

Self-care, fun, inspiration, love, inquiry, planning, visualisations and creative expression. (Oh, there will also be beautiful homemade yummy food and a few challenges, as well as wonderful female company..)

  • No creative writing experience necessary  – you just need to be able to hold a pen.
  • Accessible yoga – suitable for most, mindfulness & meditation practises
  • Fun and inspirational writing activities to get your creative juices flowing
  • Two main vegetarian meals, plus afternoon tea
  • All materials for all activities provided

You Can because You Are..

This is our SECOND creative writing and lifestyle retreat, and as such, we have a special introductory price of just $165 (early book-in)* This includes your awesome goody bag, two main meals, afternoon tea, all plus materials for all activities.

So lady, pretty much all you have to do is show up right?

However, we do have limited spaces so it’s important to scroll down and book in ASAP to reserve your spot.

Your facilitators: Port Stephens author and tutor, Joanna Atherfold-Finn (left) and Yoga and Health/Lifestyle Coach, Nikki Shilling (right). See Nikki Shilling’s bio on this website.

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Joanna Atherfold Finn’s debut book Watermark was published by international publishers Simon & Schuster in 2018. She was runner-up in the Carmel Bird Short Fiction Award and has had short stories and articles published in journals and anthologies including the Amanda Lohrey Selects series.  While working as a communications and contracts manager, she completed her communications degree and received the Herald University of Newcastle Journalism award. Changing her focus to creative writing, she completed English honours and was awarded the University Medal. She recently completed her PhD in English at the University of Newcastle
Joanna has presented papers on Australian literature at conferences including the International Conference on the Short Story in English in Vienna.  She lives with her family in Port Stephens, where she tutors primary and high school students in English and creative writing, and also works as a freelance journalist. She is currently working on a novel.

*This is a non-residential, long-day retreat, however we are more than happy to organise accomodation for you within your budget. Just contact us and we will get back to you with some local options. Early bird price for the entire package is $165 until 10th July when cost increases to $175.


November 10
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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YogaSphere Studio
18 Melaleuca Drive, Port Stephens NSW 2316,
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