Looking for a little R&R, pampering or a place to help you recoup some energy? We’ve selected our favourite places to enjoy some well deserved ‘you’ time on the Sunshine Coast.
Just under 15 minutes from Noosa Heads, ikatan exudes that Bali day spa experience. Staff are given ample time to care for their guests and visitors are encouraged to adopt the same unhurried pace and wander the lush tropical gardens before or after treatments. The eco-friendly destination spa features traditional Balinese recipes and body treatments that you usually cannot get at any other spa outside of Bali. For something truly special, our pick is the 8 hour Day Retreat package which includes personalised spa treatments, a customised yoga or meditation session, wellness consultation and meals (breakfast, lunch and snacks plus beverages). Transformational!
"Playing with clay has the power to draw you from your thoughts and fully immerse you in the present moment."
Playing with clay, be it hand building or on the wheel, is an incredibly mindful activity. It has the power to draw you from your thoughts and fully immerse you in the present moment. And the team at The Pottery Studio want to help you cultivate that. Choose from their range of one-off workshops or commit to a longer course for a deeper immersion in this creative practice.
Noosa and Maroochydore
Take a moment to find your inner zen with a yoga class at Zenko. Offering mainly Power Flow Yoga, a dynamic blend of Vinyasa and Hatha, classes are suitable for beginners as well as experienced yogis and will leave your whole body feeling limber, strong and relaxed. Looking for something slower? Opt for a Yin Yoga or Gentle Flow class.
As a small boutique spa that only welcomes eight guests per day, at Tank Bathhouse you can expect an intimate, carefully curated experience designed to help you fully unwind. This quiet haven’s spa menu exclusively offers a three hour all-inclusive package for either one or two. Focusing on just a few treatment options means that they do what they do with exceptional finesse. Surrender to a 60min massage (or 30min mini facial and 30min massage), spend an hour soaking in the bathhouse, and feast on a gourmet high tea lunch featuring an array of nourishing delicacies and gourmet appetisers. Leave feeling like you’ve spent an entire week on holiday.
Connecting to Country can help you to heal in a real and authentic way at an Ocher Bee Women’s Circle. These powerful sessions help you relax, rebalance, and ground yourself, leaving you feeling more attuned to your inner voice and deeply connected to Mother Earth. Held on the second Saturday of each month, they are culturally sensitive and all are welcome.
While breathing is, of course, something we do without conscious thought, many of us don’t breathe correctly. Your breath has a direct impact on your nervous system, communicating either a sense of calm or the presence of stress. Learning to breathe can quite literally change your life and that’s what Create Flow is here to help you do. Choose from their range of services and events depending on your current challenges and ideal goal.
"As a small boutique spa that only welcomes eight guests per day, at Tank Bathhouse you can expect an intimate, carefully curated experience."
Moon and Tide Gatherings
Throughout history, women have been gathering in circles to support and guide one another, yet in modern times this practice has been waylaid. Many women crave the connection, community and sisterhood that has been lost as a result, and Moon & Tide Gatherings exists to bring it back. Bringing women together to find sanctuary from the busyness of everyday living, their women’s circles are all about sharing stories, passing down wisdom and connecting with a group of like-minded women in a safe and sacred space.
For those looking to up the ante on their meditation practice or fast-track a quieter mind, a 10 day silent meditation Vipassana retreat is a highly effective way to achieve peace of mind and liberate yourself from suffering. The retreat is designed to remove all distractions so that you can truly observe the reality within. Once learned, the technique can be taken into your everyday practice to help you continue reaping the benefits of a harmonious mind.
Image credits: Visit Sunshine Coast, The Pottery Studio, Tank Bathhouse and Spa.