We acknowledge the Dharawal People as the traditional custodians of the land on which Heart and Soul Retreats proudly rests. We acknowledge the elders of the past, present and emerging.
Dharawal people are distinguished as fresh water, bitter water or salt water people depending on whether they occupied the coastal regions, the swamps, or the plateaus and inland river valleys. Traditional stories tell of their arrival at the mouth of Lake Illawarra in canoes. They brought the dharawal (cabbage tree palm) with them from the north and are given their name from this sacred tree. At Heart and Soul Retreats, we extend a warm welcome to all First Nations people, and we pay our respect to their ongoing connection to land and community.
We feel blessed to use this sacred land to live in and inspire people to connect to nature and therefore, to connect to themselves.
In our fast-paced world, we are all experiencing disconnection – from our sense of self, community, spirituality, and nature. As our society becomes more fragmented, people are increasingly asking: ‘How can I re-establish my sense of connection, and identify with something larger than myself?’
Heart & Soul Retreats was born from the desire to nurture an alternative way of experiencing life, one that transcends the material world dominated by egoism, loneliness, and disconnect, and establishes an authentic experience underpinned by mindfulness towards the self, each other, and the environment.
As a long-established yoga retreat center, Heart & Soul operates on the practice of yoga-seva – or voluntary service – with people coming together to collaborate and create a nurturing and nourishing yogic community. Offering wellness getaways all year round, the community facilitates restorative healing, supporting guests to access a higher level of self-awareness and personal alignment, and inspiring them to integrate elements of mindfulness, sustainability, and spiritual practice into their own lives.
Heart & Soul role models a practical balance between the material and spiritual worlds, providing an inclusive space for people to grow and deepen their experience of health, wellbeing, and happiness. Striking this balance supports not only us as individuals, but helps to build a better world that celebrates individual differences, knowing that – if recognized as strengths and nurtured properly – we can come together to enrich and bring out the best in each other.
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