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2024 Conscious Ageing Retreat ~ transitioning through the stages of life with awareness, ease and joy

Wybalena Organic Farm, Byron Bay Hinterland
Tuesday 2 April to Sunday 7 April

with Dr Tom Verghese and Fiona Hyde 


One cannot live the afternoon of life according to the program of life’s morning; for what was great in the morning will be of little importance in the evening, and what in the morning was true will at evening become a lie ~ C. G. Jung

Tom and Fiona are delighted to be offering this deep dive into the topic of ageing and how to make this a more conscious and empowering experience through conversation, self-inquiry, movement, breathwork and meditation.


During this five day residential retreat, we will explore various themes related to ageing, including challenges and joys of ageing, elderhood and wisdom, feelings around death, dying and loss, the importance of shedding old stories and limiting beliefs, self-compassion, as well as physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


Tom and Fiona have collaborated on various projects over the last three decades and both bring a wealth of experience, knowledge and extensive facilitation skills. Both are passionate about this topic and are keen to learn more themselves, as they are getting older!


Located on 170 acres within the Byron Bay Hinterland, Wybalena Organic Farm is a purpose built retreat centre with architecturally designed accommodation and facilities set amongst serene private countryside. During your stay, you will enjoy exclusive access to the entire farm, nature trails, yoga studio, infrared sauna and magnesium pool.


We will gather for conscious ageing sessions and meals in the cosy farm house which offers a stunning banquet style dining table, large caterer’s kitchen, spacious loungeroom, open fire, library and wrap around deck that opens onto tropical gardens.


For our morning yoga and meditation sessions, the beautiful light filled yoga studio is fitted with oak floors and is equipped with mats, bolsters, blankets, blocks and straps.

If you would an information pack sent out to you, please call Fiona on 0431 080 157 or e-mail:

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Stillness is vital to the world of the soul.

If as you age you become more still, you will discover that stillness can be a great companion. The fragments of your life will have time to unify, and the places where your soul-shelter is wounded or broken will have time to knit and heal.

You will be able to return to yourself. In this stillness, you will engage your soul.

Many people miss out on themselves completely

as they journey through life. They know others,

they know places, they know skills, they know their work, but tragically, they do not know themselves at all. Aging can be a lovely time of ripening when you actually meet yourself, indeed maybe for the first time. There are beautiful lines from

T. S. Eliot that say:

'And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.'

~ John O'Donohue


2024 Healesville Wellness Retreat:
Maitripa Buddhist Retreat Centre
Thursday 16 May to Sunday 19 May
with Larry Turnley, Fiona Hyde, Jenny Bozovic and Dianne Johnston 


This three day residential retreat at Maitripa Buddhist Retreat Centre offers an opportunity to enhance your awareness of, and connection to energy, largely through the modalities of Reiki, Yoga and Meditation.


The Japanese word Reiki, translates to mean Universal Life Energy, or Universal Life Force. Reiki is a simple, natural, healing technique that utilises the universal life force to improve health and wellbeing and enhance quality of life. The flow of life energy through us is what keeps us alive. Yet this flow is uneven for many. The stresses and tensions of daily living and our thought patterns, combine to create blocks and imbalances to the flow. These blocks are reflected in the body and can manifest as malfunctions or disease.


Reiki is Unconditional Love: when given from one person to another sometimes miracles occur  ~ Hawayo Takata, Reiki Master


Reiki accelerates the body’s ability to heal physical ailments and opens the mind to the causes of disease and pain, the necessity for taking responsibility for one’s life and the joys of balanced health. It can also ease tension and anxiety, raise the general level of energy and feeling of well-being, and promote positive personal growth.


The gift of Reiki is the feeling of being reconnected to your source, of ‘coming home’.


Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain ~ C G Jung


As well as experiencing three individual Reiki sessions during this retreat, Yoga and Meditation will be offered each morning between 7-8am. This will be followed by breakfast. When you are not scheduled to have a Reiki session, you will be free to enjoy a walk around the grounds of Maitripa, rest, read, journal or converse with others. Lunch will be offered at 12.30pm and each afternoon will include a ‘Debrief Circle’ to share what may have arisen for you during the Reiki/Yoga sessions. A Restorative Yoga session will also be offered one afternoon. Dinner will be served at 6.00pm, and on Saturday evening we will meet for a Chant/Relaxation session.


Retreat package includes:

•    Three night’s accomm in your own room (shared bathroom)

•    Three individual Reiki sessions

•    Three morning Yoga/Meditation sessions

•    One Restorative Yoga Session

•    One Chant/Relaxation Session

•    Philosophy Talks

•    Three Debrief Circles

•    Gourmet vegetarian and gluten-free meals – three breakfasts, three lunches, three dinners (all dietary requirements catered for)


Check-in is available from 5pm onwards on Thursday 16 May. Check-out will be at 5pm on Sunday 19 May.


If you are interested in coming along, or have any queries about the retreat, please call Fiona on 0431 080 157 or e-mail to:


In today’s rush

we all think too much,

seek too much,

want too much,

and forget about the joy of just being

~ Eckhart Tolle

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