Bawley Bush Cottages was lucky enough to have some of our favourite guests here recently, the team from the BodyMindLife Yoga Centre in Sydney. BodyMindLife teaches Power Vinyasa Yoga in a style they call ‘urban holistic’ - a practice designed for city-dwellers living a demanding urban lifestyle.
The Centre runs a well-regarded Yoga Teacher Training program and each year they begin this course by bringing their students to Bawley Bush Cottages for a week long retreat – about as far away from the noise and bustle of city life as you could imagine!
We love this group – not just because they are always lovely people - but because what they do here really fits with our vision of how we like to see our place used. The serenity and seclusion of our 40 acres makes Bawley Bush Cottages the perfect place to retreat and learn; yoga, corporate team-building, business brainstorming, writing workshops, craft workshops….the possibilities are endless.
The Yoga group used the Cockatoo Room for asana practice, quiet meditation, and for the more structured teaching of theory. We are fully set-up with audio equipment, data projecter, pull-down screen, desks and chairs, everything you need to teach. The wood-fire is pretty nice too!
All the students were able to stay on site in our 4 star accommodation, meaning the group really got the opportunity to bond and connect outside of class time.
As anyone who has ever done this kind of retreat knows, the incidental learning you get by sharing a conversation over a meal or a cup of tea is invaluable, and sometimes where the real gems are discovered.
And, luckily for the yoga group, the week they were here the south coast turned on some classic Autumn weather; spectacular sunshine laid onto crisp days, with wood fires warming the rooms and the sun warming your bones outside.
Because our function room and all our accommodation is fully self-catered – we want people to be able to chose the kind of meal plan that suits them - we have seen many delicious meals served up out of the commercial kitchen in the Cockatoo Room before, but we were totally impressed with the fare provided for the yoga students.
BodyMindLife came down from Sydney with their own caterer, and well, what can we say… have a look at the pictures!
BodyMindLife will be back with the same group of students in late Spring for another week long retreat – the final week in the course before this group is ready to go out and share their new knowledge as yoga teachers. We can’t wait to have them back, we’re looking forward to providing them with another dose of Bawley Bush Cottages serenity!