small things

 

Point Nepean
on the path to Gunner’s Cottage
echidna buries its head

Fort Nepean
on the cliff’s edge
admiral butterfly follows dragonfly

Sandringham Village
at the cafe entrance
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Sandringham Beach
ladybird walks internal bind
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Lake Elizabeth and the Californian Redwoods

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With respect to Elders past and present, we acknowledge that we walk on Gadubanud Country.

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2.5 hours from Melbourne find Awesome forest, lakes fit for the Loch ness, towering redwoods, plus a sweet township that makes a coffee to rival the best of Lygon Street. This stretch of the Great Otway National park should not go missed. Pack a picnic and head out early on the Princess Hwy (M1) towards Geelong. Stay on the Princess Hwy then after Mount Moriac turn left onto Cape Otway Rd. Stop when you get to the town of Forrest. For a great Coffee go to the Forrest Brewing Company (they serve a pretty decent brekky too). After coffee/brekky, follows the signs to Lake Elizabeth 

Lake Elizabeth is a great place to camp or visit for the day. It’s about a 1-1.5 hour walk around the lake and it’s worth it! it feels like a…

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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

Croajingolong National Park – Shipwreck Creek to Seal Creek Hike

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We acknowledge that we walk on Bidawal and Nindi-Ngudjam Ngarigu Monero Country, and offer our respect to Elders past and present.

The sound of the rolling waves makes for a good night sleep at Shipwreck camping ground. We woke refreshed and ready to walk. Down to the beach, through the creek and across the heathlands. The three hour return walk saw us nearly stumble on two snake, beautiful creatures. Be sure to bush walk with a first aid kit. Mobile reception is dodgy in this part of the land. FYI first aid procedures for snake bites can be found here. The isolation of the wide open beach at Seal Creek calls for a skinny dip, but take care – the water is wild! For details on how to get to Shipwreck Creek press here

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Cape Schack and The Peninsula Hot Springs

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We acknowledge that we walk on Boonwurrang Country and offer our respect to Elders past and present.IMG_4744.jpg

The contrast between the ancient volcanic cliffy landscape with the pristine wild beaches makes Cape Schanck a dramatically beautiful place to visit at any time of the year. Cape Schack is only a 1.5 hours drive from Melbourne. To avoid tollways, From Melbourne, take the Nepean Hwy, turn left at White St, right at Boundary Rd, Left at Springvale Rd, then right onto the Mornington Peninsular Fwy. When the Freeway ends go left at Boneo Rd, continue till you reach Cape Schanck Rd, turn right and continue to the car park. For a short but spectacular walk take the circuit from the car park kiosk that leads towards the cape. Enjoy inspiring views of Pulpit Rock and Devils Desk, and meander over the black rocky beach.

For a longer walk and some more of…

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Maits Rest

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

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2.5 hours from Melbourne, along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, just past Apollo Bay, there is spectacular ancient wonder to be explored at Maits Rest. An easy self-guided 800m circuit takes you through cool green temperate rainforest thick with grandfather gums. A wooden boardwalk built over the tree-fern gullies and moss-covered roots, makes the forest available for young and old.

For more adventures in this area press here

Alpine National Park

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Bushwalking with the snow falling – magic – near Falls Creek snow walk.jpg

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snow coat over greensnow fern.jpgFor detail on Adventures in Victoria’s Alpine National Park press here

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