Learning Circles Yoga Retreat

 I will be on holiday in England until 25th September with no phone or internet..if you are interested in joining the October Retreat please email me your details and I will get back to you then.                          Namaste  Julie


 Midweek 2 nights. Tuesday to Thursday

The next retreat will be October 24th - 26th    2017

Two Rooms still available  

Queen with own bathroom $499

1 Twin share   $299


A small fishing village surrounded by National Park on the Central Coast of NSW

Only one and a half hours drive from Sydney.

The house is owned by an interior designer. It is spacious and perfect for running retreats. It has lots of decks and lots of views of water or lush vegetation. A large lounge area with wood burning stove. Dining inside and out and a separate yoga studio with white polished floors and soaring ceilings. 

The reviews describe the retreat so much better than I can.

An amazing, healthy and calming birthday present to myself. Don't know where to begin....Julie is a fabulous host and yoga teacher, very calm and friendly. The house is so beautiful, open and airy. I loved the comfy bed upstairs and restful nights sleep listening to the waves. This retreat with luxury accommodation, healthy veggo meals, 3 yoga classes per day along with workshops in a gorgeous coastal town is second to none. Very well priced. I will be back.
Namaste Maria    October 2016

Thank you for such a nurturing yoga retreat! The accommodation is perfect; everything from the comfy beds, the amazing view to the beautiful energy in the yoga room! The meals were delicious and so lovingly prepared. The practice you offered was wonderful and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to attend. Keeping these retreats running is a very special gift that you share!!!
Thanks again Denise xxx              October 2016
More reviews are at the bottom of the page.

 Back to details:

Home cooked vegetarian meals are included in the price.

Soups, casseroles, veggie chilli, crusty breads, homemade garlic bread

Creamy herb mushroom and eggs for breakfast, yoghurt and fruit, La tartine fruit sour dough. 

Try a smoothie or Indian Kitcheri

Cakes including gluten free made by Lisa - Lordes of Pour Cafe


I love to cook and will make sure the food is plentiful and delicious.

I have been eating mainly vegetarian food for 25 years and in the last 10 have been running workshops. I have a Diploma in Food Therapy and can easily adapt menus having tried and taste tested lots of natural wholesome foods. 

Let me know if you have any dietary requirements.

My husband Dave and daughter Rosie help me cook and prepare our favourite family recipes.


The price includes 6 yoga classes as well as a workshop.

- 2 Morning Yoga Classes.

- 2 Afternoon Relaxation/Restorative Classes.

- 2 Evening Yoga Nidra Meditation Classes.

- Ayurvedic Workshop

- Ayurvedic Face and Hands Self Massage.

- Exploring Mindfulness.


The Retreat

The house is large, lovely and spacious. It has 3 floors and lots of decks.

The lower floor has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Recent landscaping has opened up the views from the bedrooms. Three have waterviews. 

The middle floor has a fabulous deck that runs along the length of the house, a lounge area with open fire an open plan dining area and a kitchen and another side deck.

The top floor is pretty special too. It has a lounge area that I turn into the yoga studio. It has white wooden floors. soaring ceilings and views in all directions of either water or lush vegetation. There is a double bedroom which looks out onto the deck you can see in the last photos and the loft room. The top floor also has a bathroom and kitchenette.

  There will be a maximum of 7 people at the retreat.


CHOOSE YOUR ROOM:   October 24th - 26th 2017


King Room with own bathroom. Located on the lower floor.

This room is opulent and spacious with French Doors and water views.

 $499 one person or $950 two.


Queen Room with own bathroom. Located on the lower floor.

This room is large and lovely with French Doors and water views.

$499 one person or $950 two.


Double Room with a shared bathroom. Located on the lower floor.

This room is slightly smaller with French Doors and views of lush vegetation.

$399 one person 

Twin Share with shared bathroom. Located on the lower floor.

This room is also large and lovely with a double bed and a single. It has filtered water views.

$299 one person.


Double with own bathroom. Located at the top of the house.

This is a gorgeous small room with its own deck that has the most lovely of views. It is very private and it opens onto the yoga studio. 

$499 one person. Couple $950

Mezzanine loft room with double bed - share bathroom. A lovley space at the very top of the house. 

$299 one person 

* To book your room a deposit of $200 is required. Paid via direct debit.

The amount must be paid in full 1 month before the retreat



 *All classes and activities are included in the price.

Attend as many as you wish. Patonga is a lovely place to explore. You may prefer to walk or swim or simply laze in the sun lounger.


Arrive about 4 pm

Restorative/Relaxation Class  5 - 6 pm

Dinner  6.30 - 7.30 pm

Yoga Nidra Meditation 8 - 8.30 pm


Breakfast 7.30 - 8.30 am

Yoga Class All Levels 9.30 - 10.30 am

Morning Tea

Introduction to Ayurveda  11.00 am - 12.00 am


Lunch 1 - 2 pm


Relaxation/Restorative Class 5 - 6 pm

Dinner  6.30 - 7.30 pm

Exploring Meditation 8 - 8.30 pm


Yoga Class  All Levels  7.30 - 8.30 am

Leisurely Breakfast 8.30 onwards.


Checkout before 10 am 


 More reviews

Thank you so much for this opportunity for a delightful reprieve. The workshops and yoga/meditation sessions were perfectly spaced; the venue delightful too. It was a pleasure to have your gentle guidance and I especially appreciated the effort you went to around lymphatic drainage. Lovely to meet the other participants too. Very much look forward to a repeat – please keep on keeping going !  Namaste Marney.   August 2016
A relaxing and restorative retreat – thankyou Julie. Yvonne    August 2016
Peaceful, relaxing environment. No words to describe the benefit gained !
Namaste   Mary    August 2016
This retreat was restorative for all the senses! Julie has an amazing ability to enable each of us as individuals to engage and participate at just the appropriate level for need. The location was wonderful – really appreciated the open fire ! I also have to mention the food – It was delicious and as a none vegetarian so impressed I had to leave with recipes !! Thankyou so much Julie.
Jane      August 2016
 Dear Julie

Thank you for a great retreat. Good food and company a gentle nurturing approach to yoga that also allows so much space for learning new things. The sesame oil self massage was a great experience and savasana on a bolster was also a revelation. I hope we can come again.
xx Charlotte.   October 2016

Dear Julie
Thank you so much for a lovely relaxing retreat.
This time has given me an opportunity to reconnect with yoga and myself. I would love to come back again to continue the journey.
Thanks again Emily      October 2016

Thank you Julie for a beautiful retreat.
It was perfect.
Delicious nourishing food.
The yoga was amazing calming and restorative.
The venue was awesome. A beautiful place.
You are such a beautiful person and I enjoyed the whole experience. It was what I needed - to take time out in a safe, supportive, nurturing environment.
Thank you, Lovely Lady              Rosie      October 2016


Thanks Julie for a wonderful retreat. One hour is good for me for a class time and your gentle manner and helpfulness really appreciated. The Patonga House is ideal and we had some good sunrise walks each morning. The whistling kites were a great welcome in the high trees, later we saw their nests.
Susan xx    October 2016
Dear Julie & Dave

Thank you so much for this special time. I feel soooo looked after & nurtured, which was priceless. Many Thanks   Alice xoxo         February  2017

Thanks again for a relaxing midweek. Came home with great ideas, resolutions and reminders of the benefits of a calm and mindful life. Hi to chief Dave and thank you both for inspiring me with your gorgeous food. Was so nice to meet you.
Fond Regards Lynne.    February 2017
I emersed myself in the yoga retreat feeling grounded, balanced and more emotionally stable and the location was so relaxing with a stunning view of the beach. The home cooked meals were nourishing and delicious, I came away a different person.
February   2017
Thanks Julie- such a rejuvinating time for me, the food, the environment, and the yoga. I will be definitely telling my friends about this and I hope it continues as I'd love to come a few times a year.
Namaste - Clara  April 2017
Thanks for a lovely retreat, really relaxing - nice balance of yoga, nice food and space. Ready to tackle the world again.
Om shanti   Sharon   April 2107
A lovely and relaxing yoga retreat ! Gorgeous location emersed in all the best of nature- the sea, the hills & a peaceful quainttown; & all supported by the soothing yoga and meditation sessions. I'd love to come a few times a year. A couple of days truly felt like 10. The perfect mini-break.
Thankyou Julie & Dave for your hospitality. I look forward to seeing you next time.
Tanya   April 2017