Family Friendly Free Grace Day Retreat

The Valley and Eagle Nest Loop with Yoga Meditation and Relaxation

(special needs friendly pace)

 Pack you lunch, blanket and hiking boots for Yoga and Adventure in the Dandenong Ranges National Park. This retreat is one for the whole family and we will be taking things at a special needs friendly pace.

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The Valley and Eagle Nest Loop starts at the Valley picnic Ground parking area near Olinda.  This  3km walk takes you through lush forest and is pram accessible. Our Free Day Retreats  include Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation and are not for profit events. Simply meet us at the starting point, and breath out for bliss.

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Meeting Point: 11am sharp at the Valley Picnic Ground, Olinda 

Yoga stop:  11.45 – 12.15pm gentle yoga movement at Eagle Nest Picnic Ground

Relaxation:  1.15 – 1.30pm  Yoga Nidra relaxation at Vally Picnic Ground

Picnic Lunch: 1.30 – 2.30pm at Vally Picnic Ground


Go to get there: Head in to the Dandenong ranges towards Olinda. At Olinda, turn into Olinda-Monbulk Rd (C406). Pass the National Rhododendron Gardens and the Golf Course. Turn right into Chalet Rd (If you miss Chalet Rd, turn right into Woolwich Rd). Stop at RT Hamer Arboretum if you need the toilet (last access to public toilets – from then on it’s bush style peeing only!). Drive on a little way then turn left at Silvan Rd, keep driving for a couple of kms then take another left onto Boundary Rd until you reach Valley Picnic Ground parking area.

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Please note these are community days and all participants are responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Participants must acknowledge that Grace Touring is not liable for any accident or injury. We advise that participants pack sunscreen, a small first aid kit, wear suitable hiking shoes, comfortable clothes and have adequate supplies of water and food. We also suggest to pack a towel, sarong or light blanket to sit on for yoga and lunch. This day retreat is suitable for the whole family and will be paced slowly for those with special needs.

For more information or to register your interest please contact us

Your Guides for the day are Rebecca Sullivan and Brett Gili

Rebecca is trained extensively in Yoga and Mindfulness and Brett is a master at keeping a serene pace

Testimonial from prior retreat:

“Was such a great day! Bec and Brett created a perfectly balanced combination of an energetic walk in a beautiful location, with a yoga practice under a tree canopy and a meditation. There is something quite special about yoga under tall trees with a bird song soundtrack. The yoga nidra, gratefully appreciated after the walk, giving us a chance to appreciate and connect with nature in a unique, peaceful way. A great concept that we are lucky to have offered. And a chance to meet some lovely like-minded souls. Will be at the next one!” – Charlotte Aberhart

Guided Grace Adventures

Canyon Loop walk and Phantom Falls with Mindfulness and Yoga

Pack you lunch, blanket and hiking boots for Yoga and Adventure in the Otway National Park. The Canyon Loop starts at Allenvale Mill Site parking area near Lorne on Victoria’s West Coast. The loop winds through Won Wonda Falls, Henderson Falls, through the Canyon to Phantom Falls then along the Cora Lynn creek back to Allenvale road. This 8.6km walk is truly beautiful to stroll. Our Free Day Retreats include Yoga and Mindfulness and are not for profit events. Simply meet us at the starting point, and breath out for bliss.


Meeting Point:  11.30am sharp Allenvale Mill Site parking area

Yoga stop:  12-12.30pm – gentle yoga movement and meditation at Sheoak Picnic Ground

Picnic Lunch:1.30-2pmpm at the base of Phantom Falls

Mindfulness: 3.15 3.30 pm short meditation to seal the serenity before heading home

 

 

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For those who want to make a night of it, free camping is available at Allenvale Mill Site. Breakfast, art gallery, outdoor sculpture and 5 star accommodation can also be found close by at Qdos

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Please note these are community days and all participants are responsibility for their own safety and well-being. Participants must acknowledge that Grace Touring is not liable for any accident or injury. We advise that participants pack sunscreen, a small first aid kit, wear suitable hiking shoes, comfortable clothes and have adequate supplies of water and food. We also suggest to pack a towel, sarong or light blanket to sit on for yoga and lunch. This day retreat is suitable for those of a medium fitness level.

For more information or to register your interest please contact us

 

 

Your Guides for the day is Rebecca Sullivan

 

Testimonial

“Was such a great day! Bec created a perfectly balanced combination of an energetic walk in a beautiful location, with a yoga practice under a tree canopy and a meditation. There is something quite special about yoga under tall trees with a bird song soundtrack. The yoga nidra, gratefully appreciated after the walk, giving us a chance to appreciate and connect with nature in a unique, peaceful way. A great concept that we are lucky to have offered. And a chance to meet some lovely like minded souls. Will be at the next one!” – Charlotte Aberhart

Lanjanuc – Mount Alexander Regional Park

With respect to Elders past and present we acknowledge that we walk on Jaara Jaara Country

IMG_3669Only a 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne – Walking Lanjanuc (Mount Alexander) has been a highlight of our winter. In Dja Dja Wurrung Language the mountain is Lanjanuc named by the Jaara Jaara people. Lanjanuc has many recreational walking tracks, ranging in degree of difficulty from easy to challenging. It took us 3 hours to walk the track from Leanganook Picnic Ground to Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road, and the walk was not as steep as we expected but the path is rocky. There are spectacular views along the trail, but the highlight for us by far was ‘Dogs Rocks’. IMG_3776Early Europeans named the area in homage to the dingoes that used it as their lair. IMG_3673Lanjanuc is sacred ceremonial ground, which is food for thought and feeling when walking the trail. We certainly felt a sense of spirit in the ancient granite rocks. Some history of the Jaara Jaara people can be found here. An interview with a Jaara Elder can be found here.IMG_3775Ballantine antipoda (southern shepherd’s purse), is a unique tiny plant that grows in patches of moss and decorates the rocks of Lanjanuc. It is only found in this part of Victoria.IMG_3774Walking in winter is invigorating and certainly helps to beat off any seasonal blues, but it is chilly! If you head out this way we recommend wearing layers; pack your gloves, wooly hats, and a thermos of soup! IMG_3660We made a one way walk of it by having our friends park their car at Harcourt-Sutton Grange Road; we then car pooled back to Leanganook Picnic Ground along Joseph Young Drive. The map below is available from the  Castlemaine Visitor Centre – 44 Mostyn St. We always recommend a visit to the local information centre before any walk – It’s a great way to check on the conditions of tracks and call on local knowledge for other adventures. For more information from Parks Vic press here.IMG_3779For intrepid adventurers wanting a longer trail, it is possible to bike ride or walk the Goldfields Track (formally known as The Great Diving Trail) from Ballarat to Bendigo. Mount Alexander is part of the Leanganook leg of the trail. The Leanganook track stretches 60kms from Castlemaine to Bendigo. Find more information on the Goldfields Track here.IMG_3651After the Leanganook track passes over Joseph Young Drive, be sure to check out the views at Langs Lookout. On the way down, watch out for big Leaping creatures on the path.IMG_3761 (2)For those interested in a shorter walk or picnic outing with the kids, try the loop walk from Leanganook Picnic Ground which includes veiws from the South Lookout. We suggest diverging from the loop to include Dogs Rocks on the walking menu, or driving down the road after the loop and parking to picnic at the rocks. IMG_3655To get to Lanjanuc from Melbourne, take the Calder Freeway towards Caslemaine. For a yummy breakkie and a decent coffee by an open fire, try Toggs Place Cafe on Lyttleton Street, Castlemaine. Happy Adventuring!