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immersion into inversion

 26 - 28 January  2024


LOCATION: Swami Yoga Retreat

Kenthurst, NSW 2156


26 - 28 January  2024



Rise & Rebalance - Handstand Retreat

Nestled in the tranquil setting of the Australian bush, come and reset your body and mind while delving into a 3-day deep immersion, focusing on mastering the art of handstands and other inversions. This serene and secluded environment provides the perfect backdrop for a transformative experience, allowing you to fully concentrate on developing your skills, finding balance, and unlocking a new level of physical and mental strength.


The gentle rustle of leaves, the soft chirping of birds, and the fresh, crisp air create a soothing atmosphere, facilitating a sense of peace and calm as you embark on your journey of self-discovery and skill acquisition. Under the guidance of experienced instructors, you’ll explore the nuances of handstand techniques, learning to harness your inner strength and achieve a harmonious balance.


This retreat is not just about physical prowess; it’s a holistic experience designed to enrich your soul, clear your mind, and elevate your spirit. Embrace the opportunity to disconnect from the daily hustle, reconnect with nature and a like minded community, and reignite your passion for movement and balance.

The retreat welcomes participants of every skill level, ranging from total beginners to advanced hand balancers. During the retreat, we will be exploring and teaching a unique blend of handstand methodologies, incorporating hand balancing techniques from around the world.

Join us in the heart of the Australian bush, and take the first step towards mastering handstands, rejuvenating your being, and transforming your life.



SOLD OUT - If you missed out don't worry! register your details and we will send you and email with the dates of our next retreat.
Only 14 spots available for our transformative January  26-28th handstand immersion 
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Turn your world upside down: Your transformational and wholistic approach to handstand 

  • Overview
    8/05 - Arrival and settle into your hotel in Labuan Bajo (Theory of freediving) 9/05 - Early start for a full-day exploration of Cunca waterfall, mirror cave house & Ranko Caves. Back to hotel dinner and early night sleep 10/05 - Transfer to boat Labouan to Sebayur Besar 11/05 - Sebayur besar - Gili Lawa Darat 12/05 - Gili Lawa Darat - Makassar Reef - Pink beach - komodo village 13/05 - Komodo Island - Long Beach - Padar Island 14/05 - Padar - Rinca island - Kalong Rinca 15/05 - Kalong rinca - Manjerite - Kelor Island - Labuan Bajo 16/05 - Breakfast and checkout ( airport transfer)
  • DAY 1
    Arrival & Introduction to Freediving Location: Settle in at the Hotel room, Labuan Bajo after your airport transfer. Activity: Engage in a thorough freediving theory session. Dining: Enjoy a communal dinner and gear up for the following day's exploration. Upon landing at Labuan Bajo Airport, a transfer will escort you to the Hotel. Use this day to unwind. At 3 pm, we'll convene ( WhatsApp group will highlight the meetup point) for an introductory free diving theory lesson. This is followed by a group dinner out in the town and an early bedtime in preparation for tomorrow’s escapades.
  • DAY 2
    Immersing in Nature's Beauty & Captivating Sunsets Morning: Delve into the pristine waters of Cunca Wulang Waterfall after a scenic trek. Mid-Day: Admire the radiant interplay of light at the Mirror Cave House and relish a meal at a local restaurant. Afternoon: Experience the serene Rangko Cave with its enchanting natural pool. Evening: End the day at Sylvia Hill, capturing the mesmerizing golden sunset. We leave the hotel at 8:30 am for Cunca Wulang Waterfall, a picturesque 45-minute trek from Wersawe village. The vivid blue waters set amidst majestic rocks are a sight to behold. Dive in, or even jump! Next, we head to Mirror Cave House, where sunlight bounces around like a dream. Lunch is at a local eatery. Rangko Cave, accessed via a 1-hour drive and a boat ride, boasts a serene natural cave pool. Lastly, Sylvia Hill promises a breathtaking sunset - a perfect finale.
  • DAY 3
    Beginning the Sebayur Besar Adventure Onboard Experience: Make the traditional Phinisi boat, Natural 001, your home for the coming days. Sebayur Besar: Dive into its calming waters and, later, witness a panoramic sunset after a short trek. Relaxation: Wind down with a rejuvenating Yin yoga class beneath the vast expanse of the starry sky. Our new abode awaits! Named Natural 001, this traditional Phinisi boat will be our home for six days. Our journey starts with Sebayur Besar, showcasing Komodo's pristine waters. Its shallow reefs and gentle currents offer a soothing introduction. A hike reveals Sebayur Besar’s unmatched sunset panoramas. After descending, relax with Yin yoga on the boat, and savor the view.
  • DAY 4
    Encounters with Turtles & Breathtaking Landscapes Siaba Besar: Engage with the resident green turtles in the waters of the "Turtle City." Evening Trek: Head to Gili Lawa Darat and immerse yourself in the bay's panoramic vistas and awe-inspiring landscapes. ​ Kickstart the day with yoga and breakfast. We then sail to Siaba Besar, also known as "Turtle City", home to many green turtles. The crystalline waters are perfect for honing our freediving techniques. By afternoon, we're anchored at Gili Lawa Darat, near Komodo Island, with a trek that promises magnificent bay views. ​
  • DAY 5
    Manta Rays, Unique Beaches & Local Culture Taka Makasar Reef: Dive and possibly swim alongside the graceful manta rays. Pink Beach: Relax on the world-renowned Pink Beach of Komodo Island, known for its unique hue. Komodo Village Visit: Immerse yourself in local culture, home to both fishermen and the iconic Komodo dragons. We set course for Makassar Reef, famous as Manta Point. The sands of Gili Makasar beckon before we venture to Komodo Island's unique Pink Beach. We anchor for the night at Komodo Village, a mix of local life and dragon lore.
  • DAY 6
    Exploring the Legendary Komodo & Mesmerizing Landscapes Komodo Island: Kick start your day with a morning yoga session, followed by an encounter with the legendary Komodo dragons. A team of rangers will ensure your safety. Long Beach: Bask in the sun on a pristine white sandy beach. Padar Island: Often referred to as the 'Jurassic Park', this island is a visual treat. Don't miss the trek that offers a panoramic view of one of the most breathtaking landscapes. After yoga and breakfast, we meet the fabled Komodo dragons. The day continues at Long Beach’s untouched sands. Later, Padar Island awaits, evoking visions of Jurassic Park. A trek here unveils a surreal panorama. Sunset, dinner, and rest cap off the day.
  • DAY 7
    Wildlife Adventures & Sunset Delights Morning Yoga: Start with a refreshing yoga session and a hearty breakfast. Rinca Island: A short boat ride will take you to the ranger station on Rinca, followed by a trek to witness more of the famed Komodo dragons. Kalong: Named after the Indonesian word for 'bat', experience the magic as thousands of flying foxes take to the sky at dusk. Following our yoga routine and breakfast, we set sail for Rinca, home to more Komodo dragons. A ranger-led trek offers three duration options. Later, we cruise to Kalong, hoping to catch the spectacle of flying foxes emerging at dusk.
  • DAY 8
    Final Freediving & Farewell to Natural 001 Morning Routine: Engage in your daily yoga session and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Manjerite: Dive into crystal-clear waters, marveling at the vibrant coral reefs. Kelor Island: Your last freediving destination and viewpoint trek. Labuan Bajo: Bid farewell to the Natural 001 and transfer back to Kalton Hotel for one last evening of shared memories. The day begins with yoga and breakfast. At Majerite, immerse in the last of our freediving experiences amidst vibrant corals. We then proceed to Kelor Island for diving and a scenic hike. As evening falls, we bid farewell to Natural 001 and return to our Hotel.
  • DAY 9
    Day 09 - Labuan Bajo (Breakfast) Congratulations! You are now a certified freediver. This moring, we will have our last yoga class together followed by breakfast. Hotel checkout & airport transfer are provided. Our journey concludes here - Safe travels! ​
  • More info
    About this retreat: FREEDIVING CERTIFICATION / YOGA / MEDITATION / BREATHWORK / TREKKING This transformational experience helps you to explore your inner and outer environment and reconnect with yourself, nature and the flow of life. Our trips are small boutique getaways that are customised according to the group's desire. ​ YAMA brings this nine-day experience to life through the raw elements of dance, play and connection with your inner child. Meet the world's last dragons connect with nature. Daily yoga and breathwork classes, and become a certified freediver. Share: We encourage you to bring your unique gift and share it at this gathering. YAMA Is a space to express yourself through what brings you joy. Radical self-expression, music, flow toys, games, arts, singing, or dance. Our community is about learning, sharing, caring and connecting with the natural world while discovering some of the world's most exotic locations. Together, on this experience, on a stunning traditional Phinisi boat, we dive deep, "literally" into the ocean and into the most humbling and rich local culture. We celebrate Mother Nature and her unique landscape, visit the last dragons, swim with mata rays and other incredible land and sea life inhabitants. ​ ​​ ​ Dress-ups: Dress-ups are fun!!! YAMA explores dressing up by setting a theme for every trip. This time we are attempting to embody the merging of aliens with sea creatures… and so the title is “Alien And The Sea Creature Create a Love Child”. Be bold, be fun and feel free to embody through costume. ​ Check out past trips for inspiration on our Instagram @yamamovement ​​ ​ Yoga and Movement: Each day, there will be one yoga or movement class, including pranayama breathwork and meditation guided and taught by Elissa. We will explore yoga asana, acro-yoga, primal movement, handstands and more. The class is for anyone from beginners to advanced levels. Elissa will tailor the class based on the energy and level of the group and will provide variations to accommodate all fitness levels. Explore breathwork techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, box breath, introduction into breath retention, tummo breathing, and Kapalbhati and Sitali. This is followed by a guided meditation. Please note: All classes take place outdoors. Hiking: There will be daily low-impact hikes on this trip. ​ Freediving: The freediving certification is included in this package deal. However, it is optional and does require medical clearance. If you choose not to participate, you can use the time to snorkel and enjoy the sea or relax on the deck or in the jacuzzi :) This Free Diving certification will turn you into an OFFICIAL PADI CERTIFIED FREE DIVER by the end of the trip! Learning from the best in the industry and exploring the most incredible free diving sites in the reef! Medical Clearance:​ There are some medical conditions which can be considered dangerous for freediving, so if you have any of these medical conditions, you must obtain a clearance certificate from a doctor approving your participation in the freediving course. The medical conditions requiring doctors clearance are: ​ Asthma Heart/lung conditions Blood pressure Epilepsy Pregnancy ​ Your respiratory and circulatory systems must be in good health. All body air spaces must be normal and healthy. ​ All guests will need to fill out a waiver to be able to participate. ​​ Please be aware that if you have one of the above medical conditions and are not able to provide clearance from a doctor, you will not be able to participate in the freediving component of this trip, so you should check with a doctor before booking.


Trip Highlights:

  • 3 days and Two nights' accommodation in luxurioius glamping tents

  • Wholesome and delicious vegetarian daily meals

  • Opportunities to explore the surrounding bushland

  • Daily yoga, breathwork, and meditation sessions with a certified instructor

  • In-depth, handstand-specific training

  • Mobility and conditioning classes

  • Take advantage of spa, gym and sauna to relax and unwind. 


Cute and comfortable, twin share rooms tramping tents. set in the tranquil Aussie bush. 

Prices and dates 


26 - 28 January 2024

3 day hand balance retreat 


Early-bird offer: SAVE $100 

use code: Handstand 

in checkout before 30th November 2023



  • All meals while you are on retreat 

  • 2 nights accomodation twin share 

  • 3 days of intensive hand balancing and movement workshops 

  • Daily breath work, meditation and mindfulness 


  • Transport to swami yoga retreat center 

  • Massage at swami yoga retreat center 



Throughout our retreat, we'll be diving into a comprehensive range of topics tailored to different skill levels. Here’s what you can expect:



  • Exercises focused on achieving proper alignment

  • Tailored physical preparation activities for mastering handstands, including jumping into a free handstand

  • Introduction to various handstand positions 

  • Progressions and regressions tailored to the individual

  • Opportunities to experiment with movement while in a handstand

  • Learning the press up technique

  • Exploring diverse methods to enter into and exit out of a handstand

  • Strategies to improve your endurance, strength and joint health in handstands

  • Techniques for spotting



  • Advanced strategies for perfecting your alignment

  • Specialized physical preparation for advanced handstand techniques

  • A range of exercises designed to challenge your two-arm handstand, with a focus on isolation techniques

  • Mastery of the press up

  • Advanced techniques for building resistance and strength

  • Various spotting techniques

  • Transitioning to one-arm handstands

  • Building resistance and balance for one-arm handstand variations, including side bends and figas


No matter your current level, there's something for everyone to learn and explore during the retreat!

Getting There:​ Self drive Located in North West Sydney one hour from Sydney city 

Swami's Yoga Retreat

183-185 Pitt Town Road
Kenthurst, NSW 2156


Healthy Meals


We prioritize a healthy lifestyle, and a key part of that is our nutritious, homemade vegan and vegetarian meals, complemented by herbal teas. These meals are designed to energize and sustain you throughout the day. We accommodate dietary preferences and food allergies, ensuring every guest is taken care of.



  • Pool for relaxation and rejuvenation

  • Spa to unwind and de-stress

  • Sauna for a soothing experience

  • Fully-equipped gym

  • Private practice space for focused activities

  • Reading room with a cozy fireplace for tranquility

  • Tennis court 

  • Numerous hammocks and chairs scattered throughout the property, perfect for soaking up the sunshine and relaxing

Optional add on


For an added touch of luxury, consider booking a massage treatment with a skilled therapists, ensuring complete relaxation and rejuvenation during your stay.

More Info: still have questions? No worries! Please feel free to contact us.