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Living Your Sankalpa Retreat with Gina

  • Continental House 9 Lone Pine Ave Hepburn Springs Victoria 3461 Australia (map)

Living Your Sankalpa (Intention)

The start of the year is often the time we set intentions or resolutions for how we want our life to be for the coming year. This 5 day retreat with Gina Macauley will focus on setting and living your Sankalpa or heart felt intention, and will help you to get a great start to your year by having a clear intention.

Richard Miller defines Sankalpa as: ‘Born of the heart over a long period of time’ and Rod Stryker says: “By definition, a sankalpa should honour the deeper meaning of our life. A sankalpa speaks to the larger arc of our lives, our dharma—our overriding purpose for being here.” The sankalpa becomes a statement you can call upon to remind you of your true nature and guide your choices. — Kelly McGonigal.

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“The resolve comes from deep within us, directly out of the mystery of who we ultimately are. It then informs our mind of a particular direction that we need to take, or are taking in our life.” — Richard Miller

It will also be an opportunity to consolidate your practice and to get a taste of practicing every day. When we begin practicing yoga everyday, we begin to notice how our body and mind changes and the very tangible benefits of practicing yoga. 

This retreat, practicing everyday, will get you well and truely on the path to a home practice, and may even change your life.

During this retreat we will spend a bit of time assessing the year that’s been before clarifying our intention for the year to come.

We will start each day with an intention setting meditation followed by pranayama and general level asana. Mid morning will be iRest yoga nidra and the afternoon will comprise of some personal time (where you will be encouraged to complete some supporting exercises to that will help you to become even clearer with what you want from 2020) followed by some discussion and contemplative practices in the afternoon session.

In the past, I have run this as an early morning intensive and it has been very popular. This year, as a retreat, we will have the benefit of time to really establish clarity for the year ahead.

Here is a great article about Sankalpa by Kelly McGonigal quoting two of my favourite teachers on the topic, Richard Miller and Anne Douglas.

Below is some of the feedback I received in the past about the early morning intensive:

"What a wonderful, powerful, inspiring week. Thank you so much. I thought I would find it hard to get up each morning but I was so excited and motivated that I didn’t have trouble at all." -- SM

"This week has empowered me, and has changed me forever ... it has been an amazing experience for me." -- AB

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Saturday December 28th, 2019 - Wednesday January 1st, 2020
Retreat will begin at 4pm on the Saturday and finish at 12noon on the Wednesday

Retreat Price

Retreat price includes: accommodation, all teachings, all meals from Saturday dinner to Wednesday breakfast. Not included: lunch Wednesday, travel to/from Hepburn Springs, massages, spa treatments, hammam.

Single:  $1,300 (only 1 room left)
Double or Twin*:  $1,040 (only 1 room left)
Early Bird price: Save $100 off these prices if paid in full by October 28th, 2019.

*Note: If booking a double or twin room, please let us know who you are sharing with. If you are coming on your own we cannot guarantee there will be another person to share with, in which case you will be required to pay the single room fee. 


Accommodation at Continental House is either single, double or twin. All rooms have ensuites.

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A non refundable deposit of $250 is required at the time of booking to secure your place. Balance is due by December 1st, 2019. If balanced paid by October 28th, 2019 an early bird discount of $100 applies.

Please book using the form below.

There are limited spaces, so please book in early (and take advantage of the discount). We have had more expressions of interest than spaces available. For more information please call Gina on 0419 328 054.

Cancelation Policy

Your deposit is non refundable. If you cancel before October 28th, 2019 we can refund the fee less $250 deposit. If you cancel after October 28th a refund is only available if your space can be filled from the waiting list.

For more photos and info on Continental House visit their website or Facebook page.

About Gina

Gina has been practicing Yoga since the late 80s and teaching since 2009. She is passionate about Yoga and sharing her passion with those around her. She believes Yoga should be a fun exploration of your own body, breath and mind and encourages her students to find within themselves their own deep truth.

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