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Byron Bay, NSW

Upcoming retreat dates

12th-15th October, 2024
Sold Out
18th-21st July, 2024
Sold Out
21st-24th March, 2024
Sold Out

The retreat

Soma is a purpose-built oasis where you can escape from the hustle of the modern world. This 22 acre sanctuary is one of the jewels of this magnificent region and Byron Bay has always been regarded by the Indigenous Australians as a powerful place for healing and transformation. While all Whole Hearted Medicine retreats focus heavily on guiding you towards mindful and sustainable self care in the busy world of medicine, this particular retreat does this with an emphasis on immersing yourself in nature.

Educational talks are held in the stunning geodesic dome flanked by towering giant bamboo creating a rich sensory experience and beautiful natural backdrop for meditations and reflections. Stimulating yoga, relaxing bodywork sessions and gentle moving meditations are also all included in the timetable to help you to slow down and tune into what your body and mind need.

The location

SOMA features a main living and dining area for shared meals and deep conversations that opens onto an expansive deck and pool area for lounging and relaxation. The 22 acres of unspoilt natural beauty serve as the perfect hideaway for you to explore and wander mindfully. With many quiet spots for contemplation you’re sure to find a place to encourage your body and mind to slow and soften. Nourishing vegetarian foods and delicious snacks and drinks guarantees an uplifting and sustainable getaway.

Upcoming retreat dates

12th-15th October, 2024
Sold Out
18th-21st July, 2024
Sold Out
21st-24th March, 2024
Sold Out


4 Days / 3 Night Accommodation at the stunning SOMA Estate

  • King or twin room with bespoke designs
  • All Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner + morning & afternoon tea)
  • Expertly curated and delivered, CPD approved educational program (*see below)
  • Comprehensive and nurturing workbook to help guide your learning
  • Gorgeous luxury gift bag featuring sumptuous gifts from women-led small businesses
  • Meditation master classes
  • Guided yoga nidra relaxation
  • Relaxing massage treatment
  • Full access to onsite bathhouse including ice bath and infrared sauna
  • Guided mindful movement
  • Yoga asana
  • Stunning private pool and 22 acres of lush green environment to explore
  • Exclusive lifetime access to closed, supportive online community

​Accomodation details

Byron Bay is a beautiful and unique region with expansive rolling green hills flanked by both unspoilt beaches and stunning hinterland. SOMA is nestled between these amazing vistas and surrounded by 22 acres of private land for you to explore. Each room in the main house faces the sunset valley giving you stunning evening views as well as luxurious ensuite bathrooms stocked with beautiful Mukti organic amenities for your use.

Outside, a freshwater infinity pool, zen garden and communal fire pit provide the perfect space to relax and unwind. The geodesic yoga dome is perfectly placed for quiet meditations and yoga classes and the onsite bathhouse provides a serene space for massage treatments as well as access to an ice bath and infrared sauna..

Accommodation options include:
Single room with ensuite ($6950 + gst per person)
Twin share room with ensuite ($4950 + gst per person)

All rooms have their own ensuite with tea and coffee making facilities available in the main living area. Wi-Fi and swimming towels are provided and there are many cleared paths around the 22 acre property that are perfect for you to wander allowing you to see and hear the sounds of nature, creating an unforgettable hinterland encounter.

Getting there

SOMA is located in Ewingsdale, 40 minutes south of the Gold Coast, following a beautiful coastal drive. Departing Coolangatta on the Gold Coast Highway, follow the signs to merge onto the M1 Pacific Motorway heading south. SOMA is nestled in the beautiful hinterland to the west of the motorway. Conversely, you can fly into Ballina airport and arrange transport for the 30 minute drive north on the Pacific Motorway to SOMA.

Transport in the Byron Bay area can be difficult so we suggest that you either arrange transport via a private transfer company or hire car before your arrival to the area.


3:00pm    Arrive & check in
3:30pm    Welcome
4:00pm    Educational talks: Behaviour Change Psychology & Burn out
6:30pm    Dinner
8:00pm    Guided mindfulness masterclass
7:00am    Morning Mindfulness masterclass
8:00am   Breakfast
9:00am   Educational talks: Self Compassion
11:00am   Morning tea
11:15am    Educational talks: Imposter Syndrome & Self Reflection
1:15pm      Lunch
2:00pm    Free time
6:30pm    Dinner
8:00pm    Guided yoga nidra
7:00am    Morning Mindfulness masterclass
8:00am    Breakfast
9:00am    Educational talks: Values, Reducing Reactivity & Holding Space
11:00am   Morning tea
11:15am    Educational talks: Boundaries & Communication Skills
1:15pm      Lunch
2:00pm    Workshop: Stress Management Strategies
4:00pm    Free time
6:30pm    Dinner
7:30pm    Screening of My Year of Living Mindfully
7:00am    Morning mindfulness masterclass
8:00am    Breakfast
9:00am    Educational talks: Mindfulness in Medicine & Nurturing Resilience
10:30am   Conclusion
* Please note, timetable may be subject to minor changes at our discretion.

Book with confidence

We support you in the following ways if you need to make changes after booking one of our retreats:
  • 90 days or more from start of retreat: we are happy to transfer your booking to another available retreat (with any difference in price paid by you or refunded by us).
  • Outside of this policy:
    • We maintain cancellation lists for all sold out retreats and where possible will do our best to share your place with those on the waitlist. If we are able to replace your booking then you will be entitled to a refund minus $200 administration fee.
  • We strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance in case of injury, illness (including COVID-19) or cancellation by you. Unfortunately we cannot refund you for these occurrences outside of our Book with Confidence guarantee. Please make sure you have read our Terms and Conditions before purchase.

  • We strongly encourage you to take out travel insurance for your trip to cover you in the event of contracting COVID-19 prior to travel and not being able to attend the retreat.
  • If the retreat is unable to be held due to COVID related restrictions or border closures, the retreat date will be postponed and all bookings will automatically transfer to the new date. If you are unable to attend the new date, please get in touch for alternative dates and options.

Payment information

Thank you for choosing Whole Hearted Medicine retreats!
All prices listed are plus GST.
If you require a payment plan please get in touch with us via including ‘payment plan’ in the subject heading to discuss available options.
  • We suggest you take out travel insurance in case of injury, illness or cancellation by you. Unfortunately we cannot refund you for these occurrences outside of our Book with Confidence guarantee (above). Please make sure you have read our Terms and Conditions before purchase.