A natural haven for peace and reflection in the
Byron Bay Hinterland, Northern NSW
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.
Welcome to Sacred Hearth Sanctuary - Byron Hinterland Retreat & Venue.
Sacred Hearth Sanctuary is a private, natural haven set on 35 acres of stunning, undulating grounds. Our position tucked at the back of Blindmouth Valley, bordered by 500 acres of old-growth rainforest creates a particular rare, still embrace, like being held in the loving arms of Mother.
Overlooked by the beauty of Mount Boogarem ('Lore' Mountain), we are situated only 10 mins from Mullumbimby, beautiful swimming holes, the Byron hinterland and markets, 20 mins from the beach and 25 mins from Byron Bay. At the Sanctuary you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. We feel deeply humbled to share this piece of paradise with you!
To experience the stillness, sanctity and healing vibration that emanates from this land, you simply have to visit.
Join us on retreat or hire the venue. Share communal meals in the dining-lounge room with magnificent views to Mount Boogarem, gather in the Yoga Temple to receive teaching and guidance, participate in sacred ceremony on the land, commune with nature, enjoy healing and massage from one of our experienced therapists, share stories around the fire pit, swim in the freshwater dam, take in the scenery from one of the many decks, walk through the old growth rainforest to the Sacred Spring or wander around the grounds. Pay a visit to the grandfather camphor tree, the 'elephant' fig in the paddock or sit with the majestic cedar tree in the fairy glen - there are many hidden spots where you can take time to be with yourself and immerse in silence.
Our home is your home for the time you are here.
The Sanctuary offers a pure, inspiring atmosphere – a calm haven in which to rest, be nourished and recharge; participate in retreats and events for spiritual nourishment, purification, healing, upliftment and the remembrance of Truth. Our yoga and meditation retreats are not overly demanding, allowing space for stillness, contemplation, deep rest and coming together in the heart.
Discover the simplicity of Being and deep connection with yourself, with others and with nature.
Welcome to Sacred Hearth Sanctuary, into our Home and into our Heart. We look forward to meeting you and inspiring you to Dive in, Let Love and Let Life!
With love and deep gratitude
Emma & Mark
"The clue to attaining purity of the heart lies in the three words, ‘serve’, ‘love’, ‘give’. Reflect deeply on these wonderful words. Remember that the salt of life is selfless service, the bread of life is universal love, the water of life is purity. Hence, serve, love, give and become pure."
Last Sunday of the Month
Community gathering to open, awaken, inspire and uplift. We collaborate with visionary musicians, artists, speakers and performers to create Sunday Sangha for the community. Hosted by Love Cake & Chai, our pop-up cafe. Coming up:
5 Jun - Ben Jansz
26 June - Murray Kyle
Sanctuary Nourish Day
1 Oct 2022
A Day Retreat. Immerse in yoga, relaxation, meditation, silence, movement meditation and guided nature ritual to deeply nourish, relax and restore. Swim in the natural freshwater dam, rest in nature. Includes delicious veg lunch.
Spring Dates tbc
Sanctuary Restore is designed to reset your whole system, offering a balanced program of yoga, breath-work, relaxation, meditation, ceremony, nature connection, stillness, contemplation and seva (selfless service) to balance head, heart and hand.
16 - 19 Jun 2022 (3 night retreat)
Over this 4 day experience, you will learn to sit in meditation, relax into the fire of Truth and to meet yourself directly through the vast intelligence of the body. You will be invited to relax, allow and soften in your experience. A complete reset and unwinding for the body- mind. Welcome.
15 - 18 Sept 2022 (3 night retreat)
What is it to be truly woman?
To rest in our Feminine essence - free, wild, cyclical, flowing, natural, intuitive and loving. Over the 4 days we give space for this discovery, deepen into the Ground of our Being, exploring sacred feminine practices to awaken and embody our Feminine essence.
'Nourish' Easter Gathering (4 day camp)
Spring date TBC
Camp on beautiful land only 10 mins from Mullumbimby, immerse in yoga, meditation, silence, satsang, movement, dance, kirtan and music held in the loving arms of Mother Nature. Slow down, rest, receive and recalibrate your whole system. The ultimate mother hug for the body, mind and soul. Be Nourished - Be inspired - Be yourself
Sacred Hearth Sanctuary proudly rests on the land of the Arakwal people of the Bundjalung Nation. We acknowledge the Arakwal as its Traditional Custodians. We also pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging of the Bundjalung Country, and we extend that respect to other Indigenous people who are present.
SLOW DOWN - REST - RELAX - BE STILL
T E S T I M O N I A L S
Following your Meeting in the Heart retreat I'm still experiencing an opening of the heart and within a deep tenderness and connection to my Truth. It feels so timely to have met you and to sit in the space with you where your presence, your words, your stillness and authenticity spoke to me in a profound way.
I would like to thank you once more for the retreat. It was so good to find that space where I can just be and breathe no matter what happens on an emotional level. I enjoyed the gentle flow of the exercises that enabled me to surrender to what was present at every moment.
Abhijeeta is the best Yoga teacher I have had. What she does is subtle but effective.
She really made me feel at home as a beginner.
Had the most beautiful Thai yoga massage today with Abhijeeta ... first full body nurturing session since pregnancy and gosh did my body need it! I felt the intense holding in my muscles and bones which began to soften half way through the massage until I felt a warm glow and a sense of whole-bodyness and I feel absolutely comfy in my body and in balance once again.
Abhijeeta held such a loving safe space as she massaged and stretched me allowing tears to flow and insights to surface. I could dive deep into what my body needed me to know and I am so grateful to feel so aligned again ... I highly recommend treating yourself to a nourishing
session with my lovely friend and sister xxx
Words limit the depth of experience I have encountered sitting in circle with sisters of the ‘Shakti Women's Temple’ at Zu Studios. Each session is carved out of sharing the remarkable individual sister’s journeys, underpinned by the collective journey that resonates deep within each one of us. These are extraordinary times and to share how individuals respond to their journeys is profound, to say the least. I am deeply grateful to have found this space to support my journey with my 21 year old son who is currently exploring an integrated treatment approach to cancer. What a gift, to be blessed with a space to find meaning, to connect and feel supported, to talk, listen, laugh, cry, touch, hug, sing, dance, move and to find stillness. Thank you Abhijeeta for you abundant love and facilitating this extraordinary Shakti Temple!