SunYoga Holiday Retreat
Mission Beach, North Queensland
Sunday September 17th to Saturday September 23rd, 2017
with Claire Heywood


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  Join us for a wonderful week of yoga and pure holiday pleasure... the pristine tropical paradise of Sanctuary Retreat

"After doing SunYoga classes for many, many years and watching others go off on retreat,  I finally took the plunge and came along to this lovely, relaxing, yet energising 6 days of yoga, swimming, laughter and joy. Sanctuary Retreat is a lovely environment and Claire's classes are so well taliored to the group and the environment.  I just loved it!" Sarah H

Bookings & Info?  Claire - 0448 074 204


Longhouse croppedSurrounded by the calming green of nature, with no cars and little intrusion from the outside world, Sanctuary is the perfect place to relax and unwind, be soothed by the lush tropical environs and settle into a rejuvenating daily routine of 3 sessions of yoga, (early morning, late afternoon & before bed), delicious healthy food, and oodles of free time for swimming, walking, resting, sleeping, chatting, reading...

Sanctuary Retreat, a 50 acre privately owned property is located at Mission Beach in far North Queensland. Set high on a hill, catching ocean breezes, this accredited and unique Eco-lodge looks out across the canopy of the rainforest to the Coral Sea.  The quiet and secluded Brook's Beach is 700m from Sanctuary, and is accessed via a rainforest walking track down the hill.  95% of the property is dedicated in perpetuity to Cassowary habitat and rainforest conservation. The resident cassowaries are regularly sighted as they amble around the property. This is a truly beautiful, unique and incredible place!


dappled path night webSanctuary facilities include:

  • Purpose built Yoga Studio
  • 50 acres of lush tropical private rainforest
  • Secluded Rainforest Cabins and Huts
  • Longhouse Restaurant & Bar
  • Self-Catering Kitchen
  • Swimming Pool
  • In house Massage
  • Access to Brooks Beach
  • Walking Tracks
  • Courtesy Bus to Mission Beach daily
  • Broadband Internet Access



 "I find it hard to put in words the beautiful, blissful, joyous experience. The week has flowed peacefully along
and I feel unwound and refreshed. The rainforest is so beautiful, the beach divine and healing,
and what a privilege to see a Cassowary! Plus, my body feels a bit SPUNKY now! Love it."
Caroline H


Our Schedule

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Arrival Day - Sunday September 17th
6 pm - After settling in we meet for mocktails & dips in the Long House then dinner.

Daily Rhythm - Monday to Friday

6.30 - 8.30 am       Rise with the sun for early morning yoga.
8.30 am - 4 pm  Free time...the day is yours. 
4 - 5.30 pm             Taking you deeper... afternoon yoga.
6.30 pm             Dinner - daily choice of delicious vegetarian meals.
8 - 8.30 pm          Meditation/relaxation wind down...

Departure Day
- Saturday September 23rd
Retreat ends after our final morning practice and cooked buffet breakfast. (Breakfast at 8.30 am)


"Let's go slow,  let's not stress, strain or push,
let's invite genuine inquiry into who we are
and foster a compassionate and friendly approach to life"


About Claire & her approach to yoga?
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Claire has been teaching yoga for 20 years and leading retreats for 7.

As a non-traditionalist, her gentle, slow-paced Yoga classes are a combination of simple Hatha Yoga and other complementary practices that guide the student to slow down, listen in, and develop awareness of the unique needs of their body, mind and heart. The content, a creative mix of moving, breathing, sounding and sitting, aims to facilitate best health and happiness, so we may wholeheartedly embrace our path through life with greater ease and contentment.  Claire uses friendly humour and a splash of irreverence to help students to relax, soften and transform.  Read more about Claire

"Coming on this retreat has been one of the best presents I ever gave myself!
Thanks to Claire, a wonderful group of yogis and a beautiful location.
I've had one of the most relaxing, peaceful and refreshing holidays ever."
Kathryn B

2017 Costs

Rainforest Hut

Single   $1,275/ $1,175 *Early Bird
Twin Share/Doubleseaview deck  $1,095/ $995 *Early Bird

Rainforest Hut with Alfresco Ensuite

Single   $1,395/ $1,295 *Early Bird   
Twin Share/Double   $1,155/ $1,055 *Early Bird

Deluxe Canopy Cabin

Single   $1,750/ $1,650 *Early Bird
Twin Share/Double   $1,375/ $1,275 *Early Bird

* Early Bird Price?  Be eliglible for your $100 Early Bird discount by paying in full no later than Friday, August 18th.

Prices include - accommodation, all yoga tuition and evening vegetarian meals, 2 buffet breakfasts (first and last morning) and greeting dips & mocktails on Sunday evening.

Not included? Transport costs and meals not listed above.  Meals not included can be self-catered in the well equipped kitchen, or purchased from the café/restaurant onsite in the Longhouse. There’s a supermarket and health food shop close by in the Mission Beach township.

A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your booking.

Claire - 0448 074 204

Note - Places limited to 14 participants. 


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"Sleeping in the rainforest is a unique's at night when the rainforest comes alive"

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Rainforest Huts

Beautiful and simple - the huts are nestled in the forest and offer a wonderfully intimate experience of nature. Built on stilts with a boardwalk seating area, they are equipped with a bed(s), ceiling fan and insect screened walls. The huts have shared showers and toilets in the Longhouse, which is between 10 and 70 metres away.



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Rainforest Huts with Al fresco Ensuites

All of the above plus the added convenience of an elegant, rustic, outdoor bathroom. A deck extends from the hut and your privacy is created by the natural foliage of the forest. The outdoor bathrooms of shower, toilet and basin are gravity fed with fresh, cold water collected onsite.

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Deluxe Canopy Cabins

A more luxurious option for those who like their creature comforts. The Eco-cabins are also on stilts and set in the forest, but with solid walls and glass and a private verandah. They have queen beds in the studio style bedroom and lounge, polished wooden floors, hand-crafted furniture and en-suite bathroom.


Getting there?

Sanctuary is 110 kms south of Cairns airport, about 2 hours drive from Cairns. To get to the retreat from Cairns airport there are airport transfers, buses and car hire options available, you will find more info on the Sanctuary website, FAQ page (link below).  The retreat commences on Sunday evening at 6pm with our welcoming juice & dips on the deck and concludes on Saturday morning at 10 am after breakfast. You are welcome to arrive anytime from 12 noon on Sunday but your room may not be ready until 2pm.

There's loads of useful info on the Sanctuary website:

Sanctuary Home Page

Sanctuary FAQ Page

 Please don't hesitate to call or email if you have questions.
I am more than happy to chat.

0448 074 204


Brooks Beach 

 Brooks Beach - See you there!