Bringing ‘The Retreat’ to life has been a labour of love and a dream come true for owner and teacher Pru.
A passionate Yogi, Pru set out to create a special place where the local community could come together to share in the experience, and benefit from the magic, of yoga. A place where everyone would feel welcome. A warm and inviting sanctuary to support each student as they discover and explore their own personal journey and ‘Sanctuary Within’. Pru made this dream a reality ~ The Retreat is a place where people feel they truly belong.
Pru can’t wait to share the magic of Yoga with you in her fun yet powerful alignment-focused flows and to share her deep passion for more therapeutic, restorative and healing mind-body practices. Her classes are trauma conscious and always a journey weaving traditional yoga with functional movement and embodied, mindful, somatic, therapeutic, energy aware and psychotherapeutic practices.
Self-study and transformation are her passion, her classes and her retreats provide a safe place to slow down and journey deeply into both.
An eternal student, Pru has studied in person with many inspirational teachers including Donna Farhi, Tara Brach, Anodea Judith, Bessel van der Kolk, Simon Borg Olivier, Jillian Pransky, Gena Kenny, Jenni Morrison-Jack, Chris Knight and Jen Crescenzo to name a few. Pru received her Advance Diploma in Yoga Teaching from the Australian Yoga Academy and her Post-Grad from Ihana Yoga. Her work is also influenced by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Peter Levine, Richard Millar and Trauma conscious approaches (TCYM and TCTSY). She loves sharing her learnings through experiential, mind-body practices allowing students to feel and embrace the benefits of these life-changing practices for themselves.
Pru has 3 boys, her husband Rob, and their 2 teenage sons Harry and Tom. They love travel and have travelled the world. Prior to The Retreat, Pru graduated with a degree in Advanced Mathematics and computing and worked as a senior project manager, she had a successful Photography Studio for 10 years and now has arrived home to The Retreat.
Nadege discovered Buddhist meditation as a teenager and took her first Hatha Yoga class 14 years ago. Experiencing deep peace and a connection with something greater resulted in a practice that has been part of her life ever since.
She enjoys the mental and physical strength and flexibility entwined within yoga, and cherishes its self-discovery possibilities. Her realisation that the challenges faced on the mat were actually the lessons she needed to apply to her daily life was a game changer.
Nadege honours a safe and welcoming space for her students to slow down, let go and simply be. Her gentle and compassionate style encourages students to turn within to tap into their inner wisdom. Nadege’s classes are nurturing and an invitation to explore your inner space to connect with your soul.
Nadege has a background in Foreign Language Education and is trained in Hatha Yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa. After suffering a back injury, she was guided to explore slower and more supportive practices and went on to study formally Yin and Supported Restorative Yoga. She is also a Mindfulness Meditation Teacher and an Intuitive Life Coach.
Years spent suffering with chronic back pain, acquired from an early obsession with body building combined with the physical strain of working in his family’s orchard, eventually forced Nigel to seek out alternative solutions.
This prompted Nigel to view life from a different perspective leading to interest in metaphysics, meditation and Yoga philosophy. After a lot of soul searching and plenty of reading a chain reaction had begun which started to affect other areas of his life including giving up drinking, becoming vegetarian and even switching up careers from real estate into something more aligned with his soul’s purpose. Discovering the holistic benefits and healing properties of daily yoga, has ultimately led Nigel to becoming a yoga teacher and to support others on their own journey of self-discovery.
Ling’s yoga classes are particularly grounding. Her approach is to empower personal practice, making deep connections and coming to yoga with enjoyment from the heart.
Ling teaches intuitively and adapts various styles to suit the students and energy at the present moment. Movements are deliberate, mindful and pulsate with subtle refinement.
She weaves life lessons and stories into yoga practice and is known to be cheeky yet nurturing. At present, her biggest yoga teacher is life with a toddler (!).
Ling teaches because she loves sharing what she loves.
I’m an earlybird (first out of bed and firstborn), an elephant (I don’t often forget) and have expected the unexpected (twins didn’t run in my family but they do now). I’ve down dogged as a teenager, as a corporate marketer, with babies on board and in the world, as a student (still) and as a teacher. I am amazed by our bodies in all their shapes and variations.
Yoga is when I get un-busy, it’s where I reboot, it’s a quietness and a sense of space for me. Bare feet on boards, Sanskrit sounds, that first deeper breath as you move out of Savasana… Yoga feels like a big breath out.
I love to explore sensation, to find space and to play with what’s possible – on and off the mat.
I began my yoga journey over 20 years ago, at a small gym in the Melbourne suburbs. Continuing to dabble in and out of the practice whilst living and working overseas in London for 10 years, it was only upon return to Melbourne in 2009 that I found a true connection.
My passion for yoga comes from a unique place of self-healing. Having been immersed in the corporate world for a decade and a half, the daily practice of asana helped immensely in my recovery from a serious stress related illness. It was this experience and my regular teacher/mentor at the time that encouraged me to complete a 200hr yoga teacher training, so I could delve deeper and share my discovery with others.
Since completing my first teacher training over 5 years ago with YogaWorks in Dubai, I have also completed a 150hr Post Grad, numerous workshops & trainings, and 2 anatomy and fascia immersions based around Yoga Tune Up®.
I teach yoga part-time in Melbourne, and “off the mat” work as a full-time Session Coach with a company called OsteoStrong. I also love to share my passion for health & wellbeing, and at the beginning of 2018 finished a 1-year Wellness Coaching course with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN). I now integrate a more holistic wellbeing approach when working with any of my clients, be it in teaching or coaching. I am a dog & nature lover, sun-worshipper, and love to stay active.
What to expect from a class with me:
With a clear focus on good alignment, anatomy and building strength, my teaching incorporates slow mindful & dynamic movement, which should feel good and right in your body. I am also known to add functional movements, focusing on strengthening and conditioning, into my sequences. Expect to feel nurtured in my classes, but also encouraged to go beyond your expectations, all whilst feeling safe and having fun.
Having practiced Yoga for many years experiencing its many and varied benefits, Alida embarked on a Teacher Training course and life has never been the same. Coming from a corporate background, running her own business, a family with three teenage children, she lives and breathes yoga, mindfulness and loves to share the holistic benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness with those around her. Always continuing her enthusiasm with ongoing education and professional development, she has studied with many inspiring teachers in styles including Vinyasa, Yin and Hatha. Alida believes no one is immune to the gifts Yoga has to offer and she teaches from the heart, practicing unconditional love, acceptance and inner strength in us all.
Amanda took up her first yoga class 10 years ago and knew that it would never be her last. Amanda fell in love with how she felt after a yoga practice, so strong, flexible, confident and compassionate towards herself. Amanda has completed a 1000 hour advanced yoga teacher training program in 2013 at VIYETT (Victorian Institute Yoga Education Teacher Training). She is certified a yoga instructor and has been teaching full time for over 6 years, Amanda enjoys teaching an energetic Vinyasa flow, blissful Yin practice and engaging teen / kids yoga classes.
Amanda see’s her yoga practice as an essential part of life. Through yoga, you develop an intimate relationship with our body, mind and spirit. Her wish is to encourage everyone to begin their practice and open themselves up to the possibility of change in their lives on and off the mat. Amanda brings a sense of humor to her classes to let students know that a yoga practice is a fun and a valuable experience while exploring the possibilities of yoga to improve your health and well being of mind, body and spirit.
Off the mat, Amanda enjoys travelling the world, exploring new beaches, cultures and people, plus sourcing out tropical locations for upcoming yoga retreats. While at home is a friend, sister, aunt & alchemist, blending organic essential oils for self healing, positive vibes & being a divine goddess.
Passionate about health and well-being, I was first introduced to the practice of yoga in 2016. Not long after that I completed my 200 hour YTT in Goa, India, with Tara Judelle from Embodied Flow. My love of dance, creativity and free movement, and reverential respect for the sophisticated and expressive organism that is the human body, assists me in curating classes which are both nourishing and dynamic, connecting movement with breath, in an effort to still the mind. Forever a student, I am in constant awe of the ever-changing nature of this practice, both on and off the mat.