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Our itinerary and the programs we offer have been thoughtfully organized to make your time on the Murray as relaxing, easy and enjoyable as possible.
This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to immerse deeply in the beautiful natural environment we will be connecting with as we cruise the Murray River. The healing presence of Mother Nature will bring about a deeper connection with our own nature. The elemental powers present will re-balance those elements within us: the flow of water beneath us reminding us to flow with life. The pristine beauty of the earth through which we travel, the clean fresh air we breathe, the warmth of the sun and the spirit of Mother nature will soothe our souls, open our hearts, strengthen our bodies and ignite the joy within us.
Some of the things we have planned are gentle walks in silence, easy meditation practices, healing ceremonies, making music together, fire ceremony, sharing from the heart, time alone for inner exploration, time on the land for outer exploration, times of doing and times of being.
This houseboat is limited to eight participants.
5 days / 4 nights of luxury houseboat accommodation (shared). All linen inclusive. See accommodation details below
All meals will be vegetarian
All breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, unlimited drinking water
4 lunches and dinners – beginning with 1st dinner on arrival and ending with last lunch on departure
See the food/meals section for details
Daily cruise, talks, meditation, ceremonies, walking and exploration, campfire on land, support and guidance.
Return airfare to / from Adelaide
Road travel to / from houseboat location in the Riverland
Health and travel insurance
Meals or food not listed in inclusions (food/snacks that you wish to bring – must be vegetarian)
The Murray River is Australia’s largest waterway and the fifth longest river system in the world, after the Amazon and Nile! It is also part of the third largest water catchment on earth.
The Murray is an ancient river, with a history spanning more than 60 million years and it has the world’s largest red gum forest and ibis rockery on its banks.
Indigenous Australians have lived in the Murray River valley for at least 40,000 years.
We will be cruising (weather permitting) to the northern-most point of the Murray in Australia and will experience the region’s amazing flora and fauna.
Murtho Forest Reserve has examples of spectacular limestone cliff formations, with swallows nesting under ledges, kingfishers burrowing into tunnels and Peregrine falcons perching on ledges.
Chowilla creek as part of the Chowilla Game Reserve. “Chowilla’ is an Aboriginal name meaning ‘place of good spirits’.
The bunyip is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology. To the local Ngarrinderi, the bunyip is known as the Mulgewanki. The story of the bunyip was and still is an important cultural way of teaching us to respect the river.
Once you register as a participant, we will send you a map and directions on how to get to the houseboat.
Please allow approximately 3 and a bit hours road travel time from Adelaide to Renmark and Paringa, South Australia.
There will be plenty of secure car parking space for your vehicle.
Please note for travel to Riverland there is a Fruit Fly Quarantine Zone
You cannot bring fruit or vegetables (e.g tomatoes, chillies, etc) over the state border into South Australia
You must not take fruit or fruiting vegetables into the Riverland or South Australian areas of the Fruit Fly Quaratine Zone (including Loxton, Morgan, Waikerie and Renmark), unless they were purchased within South Australia and are accompanied by an itemised shop receipt, Plant Health Certification (contact PIRSA for details). Produce with receipts cannot be carried across state borders.
We are not responsible for any changes or alterations to Government regulations, laws and agreements regarding the quarantine programs.
Please arrive at houseboat location between 1 and 2pm on Thursday 20th September, 2018. This will allow you time to set up and settle in your accommodation. Have a cup of tea, rest, and meet other fellow participants, as the houseboat retreat will begin at 3pm (with everybody on board) cruising down the river to moor for sunset dinner.
The retreat cruise will end after farewell lunch and participants disembark approximately 2pm on Monday 24th September to embark on the road trip back home.
Comfortable and luxury houseboat in spectacular location on the Murray river.
Shared twin room (sleeps 2 people – separate men and women)
If couples – we can convert twin room to queen room.
All linen included (sheets, doonas, extra blankets, towels, pillows)
Small inbuilt storage per room
All rooms have window to river views
Shared bathroom, shower and toilet facility
Ducted evaporative cooling throughout (when generator is running)
Large undercover top deck with outdoor furniture for use.
Although we have planned our itinerary carefully, we are also open to flow with whatever nature presents. There will be flexibility and spontaneity especially around some ceremonies and riverside activities.
The power generator will not be running during session times, nor will it be running overnight. It will be switched on in the morning in time to prepare breakfast and to cruise down the river.
So you are joining us on this river cruise retreat – Wonderful!
Please remember that storage space is limited.
We recommend you bring the following:
Small blanket, shawl or wrap for relaxation and meditation
Comfortable clothing. Suitable layers for unpredictable weather. Beanies, gloves, socks, scarf, warm jacket.
Rain/Sun protection. Hat, raincoat, boots or outdoor shoes. Long sleeved for mosquito protection. Umbrella. Sunscreen.
Comfortable shoes. For walking (optional) and slippers for inside houseboat. We ask that you do not use your outside shoes when you are inside the houseboat, so please bring separate footwear for this purpose. We suggest you bring shoes that slip on and off easily.
Personal Toiletries – soap, shampoo, toothbrush etc. As our senses become heightened on retreat wherever possible please bring unscented personal products like deodorant and lotions.
Also consider the environment and river habitat, so where possible please use biodegradable and non-chemical shampoo and soap.
Ear plugs (optional) if you have sensitive hearing during sleeping.
Linen is provided but it would be a good idea to bring a beach towel and face washer.
Notebook, journal or sketchpad to use for writing or drawing. Pens or pencils.
Water bottle – refillable
Mini torch – may be required for moving around at night
Hot water bottle – the nights might be cool. A hot water urn will be available.
A watch or clock (so that you can keep track of when sessions are on) or your phone switched to flight mode. No alarm clocks please.
Any necessary prescribed medication
Whilst we ensure participants enjoy the menu, if you have special requirements you may like to pack yourself some favourite snacks.
We have found it best, both for yourself and the comfort of your cruise companions, if you do not use your mp3 players, alarm clocks, incense & candles or read books, newspapers, magazines etc while on retreat. We have found that people can get much more out of their retreat time by leaving these things at home.
To get the most out of your retreat, we also suggest that you give yourself a ‘smart-phone-free’ time – either turning it off or putting it to flight mode for the duration of the retreat. As we may only have intermittent reception whilst on the river, it will be difficult to make or receive calls. There is also limited power and power points available for use.
If you wish, we will give you the direct phone number for the Houseboat owners and you can give this number to family or friends as an emergency contact only. The owners will contact us via a satellite phone on the houseboat which we check regularly during the retreat.
If you do wish to use your phone, we ask that you refrain from using it on or near the houseboat so as to not create any disturbance for those who wish to enjoy a complete retreat from the outside world.
There is limited reception if any and in some areas the mobile coverage is unreliable. We will be isolated and cruising to remote locations. There will also be no wi-fi and internet available for the entire 5 days retreat.
A satellite phone is on the houseboat for emergency use only.
First welcome meal together is Dinner on Wednesday and last farewell meal is Lunch on Sunday
All meals, teas and drinking water (filtered rainwater) is included.
Delicious gourmet vegetarian food that is fresh, seasonal, organic as much as possible, wholefood, light and nourishing.
Our menus include soups, curries, dhals, stir fries, bakes, salads, dips and sauces.
Most food restrictions are catered for. Please advise us upon registration.
Some assistance in meal preparation and community housekeeping will be welcomed.
Bring your refillable drinking water bottle and note that refrigeration space is limited, however, you might like to pack yourself some favourite snacks (optional)
Please note that there are no shops in the area and no access for the five days on the houseboat cruise.
Our retreat will be a non-smoking and alcohol free environment.
We will provide a nurturing and safe environment and the retreat is thoughtfully planned, however, no responsibility will be taken for any injuries incurred during the retreat.
Please advise us of any health concerns or medical history upon registration. We advise you to consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.
The best way to cover yourself in unforeseen circumstances is to purchase TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE and ensure it covers medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured.
If you are travelling some distance your travel arrangements may require that you need accommodation either prior to or after the retreat. Extended accommodation is not available on the houseboat but here are some links you might find useful in the Renmark and Paringa areas.
We aim to create a comfortable, clear and open-hearted space where every participant feels respected, safe and supported. Ultimately, we hope that there is mutual respect, acceptance and understanding amongst all those who will be attending this retreat.
All your personal information will remain private and confidential and will not be shared without your permission.
If you wish to take photos or videos, please ensure that you ask permission and receive approval from the people involved.
As places are strictly limited on our retreats, we have adopted a cancellations and refunds policy. See our Cancellations and Refunds page for full details.
Payment methods and payment plan option, deadlines
Full fee for this retreat is $1950.
The Deposit to secure your place is $500 (non refundable – see cancellation policy)
We accept payments via Direct Transfer, Paypal
For the final payment is due by 4th August 2017
Earlybird is $1750 to be paid by 30th May 2017
Please contact us prior to booking into a retreat if you have concerns about any of the points above. We have adopted these guidelines as we have found they help everyone to gain the maximum benefit from the time spent in retreat.