The Good Index Visits: A Wilde Life Sailing & Yoga Retreat
The Good Index team visited A Wilde Life Yoga & Sailing Retreat in the Whitsundays, Queensland. We have put together a visit recap which breaks down the retreat into certain areas, includes real photos and a detailed overview of our day to day experience on A Wilde Life Yoga & Sailing Retreat without spoiling anything for when you attend yourself.
Men & Women who are interested in sailing, are comfortable living at sea on a sailing boat and eager to practise daily yoga.
A Wilde Life Retreat was hosted by Ayla & her mother Fran which was a beautiful combination of knowledge, experience and sense of nurturing throughout the retreat. The mother daughter duo worked together to create, host and guide the attendees through daily yoga practises in breathtaking locations such as Whitehaven Beach and other secluded islands around the Whitsundays. With every activity being optional everyone had the opportunity to do as little or as much as they liked with the physical activity, cooking demonstrations, meditation and more.
The hosts of the retreat have a combined international teaching experience of 17 years and brought a very calming presence which creative a lovely environment. To welcome everyone aboard the retreat they gifted each attendee with a cute box of relaxation oils, calming sprays and other things to help heighten the experience during retreat and to take home. The captain and sailing crew were also very experienced with sailing, ocean and Whitsunday specific knowledge which was important for weather and smooth sailing (literally). The boat crew were very organised with the structure of each day and great at communicating and adapting to changes throughout the retreat. The boat crew were always helpful and available to transport attendees from the sailing boat to land via a dingi for different activities.
The whole course of this retreat was based on a 80 foot Sailing boat which has 3 cabins throughout the lower deck of the boat where the retreat attendees sleep. One large cabin at the front is made up of bedding that sleeps 8-10 guests, another at the back right side of the boat that sleep 4-6 guests and the middle cabin is another 4-6 guests with the crew sleeping in the back left side of the boat. The bedding is provided which is a pillow and sheet set that each attendee is given to spread across each selected bed. Sleeping on a boat can be a great experience with the opportunity to sleep under the stars on the top deck or in a hammock while you watch the stars and the boat rocks you to sleep.
Three healthy meals a day are prepared by the boat crew with afternoon tea ready for the guests to enjoy after a hike, yoga session, snorkel or day activity. The retreat hosts were also involved in some of the meals, with cooking demonstrations and question and answers, with Fran hosting a night session on Ayurvedic Cooking while preparing the dinner. Each meal provided was vegetarian and they catered to other dietary requirements for all guests.
Offerings & Activities
Each day was filled with a mix of activities, with daily yoga at least 2 times a day and meditation incorporated throughout the program – making the zen process easy. Attendees were taken to snorkel and free dive some of the most beautiful reefs in Australia bustling with wild life and picturesque coral. Each day the schedule would be carefully adapted to the wind, rain and all weather elements ensuring the retreat guests could make the most of each day and visit the best places. Hikes were incorporated in the itinerary to help break up the sea legs and a good addition of cardio, hiking to the peak of an island and enjoying 360 degree views of the Whitsundays. At the peak of the hike the group enjoyed a moment of reflection, meditation and movement together.
The Sailing boat was an 80 foot maxi Yacht with 22 metres of deck space for sun-baking, reading, chatting, eating etc. With other conveniences such as an outdoor shower off the back of the boat, a BBQ, esky’s and Hammocks. The personal amenities included 2 toilets and 1 shower on the lower deck with another outdoor shower on the upper deck for you to rinse off the salt from the day.
A Wilde Life Retreat attracts a mix of men and women with the heart for adventure, who love the ocean, yoga and happy to leave luxuries behind to reconnect with nature. Attending this retreat you are in close quarters with other attendees which presents the perfect opportunity to connect with others and form close bonds.
One of the joys of sailing at sea is the limited phone service and no WIFI on the boat, therefore perfect reading opportunity and you can really relax. For those needing to keep in touch with loved ones or in the case of an emergency, the boat crew have emergency contact devices plus you may get intermittent service in certain spots while sailing.
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