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Holidays for Body & Soul

Body & Soul Escapes: where to retreat and replenish around the globe.

I was involved in the research for this book, submitting 11 reviews and editing submissions for the Australia chapter. In the acknowledgments, editor Caroline Slyge thanked me for “fearless exploration” and for being “a dream to work with”.

Reviews included:

Budawang Yoga Retreat
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Daintree EcoLodge & Spa
Blue Spirit surf and adventure retreats
Fountainhead health retreat
Gaia Retreat & Spa
Byron Bay
Hopewood health retreat
Gunya Titkikala
Prema Shanti meditation retreat
Well-Awareness meditation retreats


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Meditation in the Daintree Rainforest

THE FIRST “om” was a little dubious, the sound pushed out through pursed lips, chins disappearing into chests. A collective deep breath and we were more focused, rounding out the sound to an A-U-M that vibrated in the chest, then the throat and finally the head. We were getting there.

If you’ve ever said “Give me a break!” and really meant it, then the Prema Shanti meditation and yoga retreat is for you. Surrounded by the ancient Daintree Rainforest and at the foot of Thornton’s Peak, the B&B-style retreat is relaxed, fulfilling and secluded – mobile phones don’t work this side of the river.

Every morning at the Prema Shanti started with the soft tinkling of bells from the temple above. Filtered blue light outlined the open window and, in noble silence, we each made our way upstairs and sat comfortably in a circle to meditate and welcome the day, starting with 21 resonant oms.

Peace in The Forest, The Sun-Herald, May 11, 2007

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