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Spirit Earth Walks take you on a journey of deep reconnection with nature, the elements and soul through yoga, meditation and re-earthing activities in the bush and at the beach. This guided three day physical and spiritual journey is a chance to get back in touch with your inner self and wild nature. Ground with the earth, flow with the tides, breath with the breeze, salute to the sun, open to the spaciousness.
Re-centre your world among magnificent beaches, intricate geological patterns and amazing forests of Murramarang National Park on the breathtaking South Coast of NSW just north of Batemans Bay – Australia
The physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing powers and wellness benefits of connection with nature are boundless. Come experience them for yourself on one of the World’s Great Walks interspersed with yoga, contemplation, silence, deep ecology and re-earthing practices.
Reconnect with Spirit
Yoga means to connect. We connect body, mind, breath and spirit through the practice of yoga. We connect nature and consciousness, body and soul, through physical poses and breath awareness.
Breath – “inspiration” = “to be in spirit”– makes our yoga “in-spired”, spiritual. Yoga is a dance, a play, between body, nature, breath and spirit, earth and sky.
Practising yoga in nature takes us deeper into connection with earth, sky, water, air, sun and ether. We connect our energetic bodies to the elements through connection with prana or chi, the universal life force vital energy.
The Spirit Earth Walk includes active and contemplative yoga practices to guide deep connection to body and soul:
Reconnect with Earth
Spirit Earth Walks facilitate experiential reconnection to the earth and spirit through re-earthing, deep ecology and re-grounding practices and activities in the bush and at the beach . Deep ecology is a philosophy of nature based on our connection to and interdependence with the earth; that we are of the earth, not separate from it, made of the very stuff as the oceans, birds and the cosmos itself. This view aligns with the yogic view that we are one with and interconnected with all creation and the universe.
Through sitting, standing and walking barefoot we improve health and wellbeing through energetic connection with the earth. Through silence, deepening sensory awareness, visualisations, breathwork, meditation and movement we connect to nature and the elements (earth, water, fire, air and ether), our inner selves and the sacred.
The beaches, headlands and forests of Murramarang National Park creates an uplifting setting for this spiritual journey as you slip into easy Walking, Meditation, Silence, Yoga and Re-Earthing practices and learn new techniques to guide your own journey beyond the usual tour experience.
The South Coast of NSW is famous for its temperate climate and amazing beaches, the area of Murramarang National Park is no exception. The park creates an uplifting setting for this Spiritual Journey as you slip into easy Walking, Meditation, Yoga, Re-Earthing and learn new techniques to guide your own journey beyond the tour experience.
Based close to the town of Batemans Bay the park oozes charm with coastal ranges, dense forest, color rich sandstone layers and crystal blue waters awaiting discovery. Experience a truly supported, guided journey as you walk with only a day pack. Your walking time with be interspersed with planned and impromptu yoga and meditation as you enjoy yummy lunches, impromptu beach swims and walk into your comfortable lodge style accommodation where your overnight bags await.
Spend afternoons engaging in Yoga practices and explorations including gentle movement, stillness, breath, relaxations and philosophy, self-discovery led by our guide Catherine Potter, we then gather together for wholesome dinners.
We hope to make ample time for you to enjoy time by yourself or tuck into that book you bring along.
We recommend you arrive to Batemans Bay the day prior to your adventure, we can offer Airport Pickups in Sydney or Canberra. You will be transferred via comfortable air conditioned transport, journey includes a few stops to check out the local sites and grab some lunch. The area surrounding Canberra has a rich Pastoral Settlement history before the Great Dividing Range – Australia’s Longest mountain range steeply falls away to the East Coast. The temperate forest here showcases various waterways prior to arrival in Batemans Bay, a historic timber village now a popular seaside holiday destination.
You can choose any number of hotels for your first night, we are happy to make a booking for your.
8am – Hotel or Home Pickups commence
Be greeted at your hotel by our team, we load your overnight baggage into the van, the journey will take you into the southern end of the park. With only your day packs (BYO or available for use from Region X) we commence the hike along forested trails with some incredible cliff top vantage points where wildlife viewing such as whale watching is very special treat anytime from June – November.
Beaches such as North Head beach, Honeysuckle, Myrtle, Oakey and Richmond all connect through forested trails that rise over headlands and emerge as subtle paths onto sandy shores. Any of these form great resting, swimming, lunch or yoga stops. Along the way there will also be guided re-earthing and meditative practices including times of silent walking.
After lunch, the conglomerate rock ends and gives way to the most southern point of the Sydney Sandstone basin, here we walk the varied layers of time among sandstone cracks and coves and find our first night accommodation.
Check in to your twin share garden villa and enjoy the comfort of afternoon tea and dinner at the onsite restaurant.
Enjoy an early morning salute the sun yoga session on the beach in front of your resort, followed by breakfast in your cabin.
Post breakfast we load your cabin baggage into our vehicle transfer and walkers set off along the beach. Cookies beach ends in a short rock scramble prior to setting off on the long open stretch of Durras Main beach. If we are lucky we can spot dolphins in the surf and daily new flotsam on the beach. Durras Lake enters the ocean half way along the sand where a river wade ensures we reach the other side. Here you will cross the border from 1 shire to another.
The Lake is an Intermittent Closed or Open Lake System (ICOL) your guides will have advice on whether to expect a river crossing at the entrance or you may find the lake system closed, meaning the long stretch of unbroken beach remains. The northern end of the beach is a great spot to stop for lunch, meditation or stretching prior to the uphill rainforest hike over Point Upright, a dominant sea cliff where a side hike with views into the pacific is recommended.
We arrive at Depot beach cottages in time for lunch, one of the coasts remnant logging camps, now an exclusive holiday destination. Here kangaroos are tame and incredible birdlife enjoys the climate.
After lunch enjoy an afternoon of gentle yoga and guided deep relaxation techniques.
Prior to dinner, you can request to try a snorkel session or some beach fishing with your guides.
Dinner is served on the deck of your cabin.
Morning greet the sun sunrise yoga – followed by breakfast on the deck. After breakfast leave the comfort of your cabin and stroll off along the trail to iconic Pebbly Beach where resident Kangaroos and found fame as visitors come to photograph them lazing on the beach in true Australian style. The beach is also a popular surf spot and one of the prettiest beaches on the South Coast.
The trail winds over ridges and down to beaches, creeks meet the ocean here as the dominant Durras Mountain (the largest mountain in the area) provides a watershed and pockets of rainforest relish with the moisture. The views to the ocean are amazing and the rock platforms are all individually striking. Spend time discovering the beauty of the landscape.
Along the trail there will be guided re-earthing and contemplative practices including times of group silence, all of which help deepen connection to nature, spirit and self.
With an optional steep hike to the mountain summit, and lunch along the way, you spend the day discovering an almost different National Park as compared to the first days. As the afternoon continues here is little wonder why the end location is called Pretty Beach, a striking white sand and rainforest location you end your hike at the National Parks office.
Transport will collect you and take you back to your Batemans Bay Hotel of Choice at approximately 3pm.
We also encourage our groups to meet up for a post tour dinner in town at any number of local restaurants.
Or email us for more info: Info@regionx.com.au
Your guide on the walk will be ecologist, deep ecologist, yoga teacher and retreat facilitator Catherine Potter. Catherine runs the Broulee Yoga Shed on the NSW south coast and yoga earth retreats around Australia. She lives between her beach house at Broulee and her wild rural farm on the Deua River.
Catherine has a Degree in Ecology and a Masters in Leadership. She spent many years working in nature conservation, environmental management, horticulture, communications, ecotourism and Indigenous fields. She is also a permaculture designer and civil marriage celebrant.
Catherine has a great love for the Australian environment, the bush, the beach, wildness. She has worked, travelled, camped, walked and adventured in many remote and regional parts of Australia. She has lived on the beautiful NSW South Coast for the last decade and is passionate about the unspoilt nature of this place.
Catherine started yoga some 40 years ago and has been teaching since 2007. She is happy to share the holistic spiritual, mental, emotional, philosophical and physical wonders and benefits of yoga with others. Catherine’s yoga draws on many influences and incorporates conscious breath, energetics, inner focus, balance, fluidity, flow, strength, active movement, restorative practices, guided relaxations, meditations, nature, silence, stillness, spirit, oneness, connection and wellbeing.
Catherine’s experience as a yogini, ecologist, deep ecologist, conservationist, permaculturist, activist, facilitator, director, celebrant, mother, grandmother, writer, walker and wanderer means that her walks are unique and profound.