Weekend Retreat on the Hawkesbury River


An Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Nadia & Gabriel Stinga Rihani

18-20 October 2019

Hawkesbury River Yoga Retreat | 18 – 20 October 2019

Join Nadia & Gabriel Stinga Rihani for a weekend of Yoga & Meditation, only 90 minutes from Sydney, by the beautiful Hawkesbury River.

This property is set on 38 acres in Darkinjung country, nestled between the McDonald River and the Yengo Mountains. Located 2km outside the historic village of St Albans and 17km from Wisemans Ferry and the Hawkesbury River. The setting is remote and idyllic with complete privacy assured; you will unwind as soon as you enter the driveway.

+ The Program

Arriving Friday afternoon we will start the weekend with a Restorative Yoga Class to get you ready for a weekend of relaxation. After this you will have a nourishing and delicious vegetarian dinner followed up a Yoga Nidra to help you sleep soundly through the night.

Saturday will begin with meditation and pranayama practice, followed up an Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style class (all levels welcome, including complete beginners). After this you will enjoy breakfast and some free time until the afternoon yoga technique workshop that will be specifically designed to address certain needs within the group.

After Dinner, we will enjoy a movie before settling in for another sound sleep through the night.

Sunday will begin with meditation and pranayama practice, followed up an Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style class and breakfast after which we can relax until midday when we check out of the Guest House.

+ Free Time Activities

Relax on Balinese day beds on the cool verandahs or pool pavilion
Birdwatching: listen to the sound of birds, watch the Kookaburras and Kangaroos
Enjoy the swimming pool; perfect for lap swimming or just chilling out in the water seat. It is a good distance from the house to ensure privacy with beautiful views over the valley.
Take one of the bush walks possible on the property; around the cleared lands, up to a flat rock peak in the Yengo National Park.
Swimming or Kayaking in the River
Drive or Cycle to the historical village of St Albans

+ Accommodation

Accommodation is comfortable and in shared rooms (not dorm style). There are also some ‘glamping’ tents available.

For any single bookings please contact us to arrange a price as this option would be extremely limited.

+ Getting There

The retreat will be held a 90-minute drive from Sydney and a 2.5 hours drive from Newcastle.

We will try to arrange a carpool for anyone who needs a ride or wants to share the drive for a more environmentally friendly option.

+ Nourishment

All meals are provided and will be vegetarian using 90% organic ingredients, many sourced from the properties veggie garden.

We can accommodate special diets if you give us notice when you book.

+ What is Included

2 Nights Shared Accommodation with private bathrooms and stunning views for each room
All Meals
One Restorative Yoga Class
Two Mysore Yoga Classes
Two Pranayama & Meditation Classes
One Yoga Workshop


  • Early Bird Pricing: AU$ 740 (must be fully paid by May 30) 2019
  • Regular Pricing: AU$ 800 (must be paid in full before September 20)

Please note that all bookings include a AU$ 340 non-refundable deposit.
All bookings are final but can be transferred to another name if you change your mind and can find a replacement.

About the Teachers, Nadia & Gabriel

Nadia Stinga Rihani

KPJAYI Level 2 Authorised

Nadia is honoured to be a Level 2 Authorised Ashtanga teacher, and was given her blessing to teach this method by Sharath Jois in 2014.

Nadia first found the yoga mat whilst studying at university and really felt changed by the practice when she began daily practice in her first job after completing her studies.

After living in the USA, Italy, and Portugal Nadia returned home and discovered the Ashtanga method which she found life-changing. After many years of study, Nadia left her corporate career to focus on teaching and in 2011 founded Yoga Village with the intention of creating an authentic and non-competitive space in which students could practice and teachers could facilitate their learnings.

Since 2010 Nadia has travelled to India each year for intensive self-study and practice, from which she sources inspiration for her teaching and life.

Nadia is extremely grateful to be walking on this path and to be able to share the joy and pain of a sincere yoga practice with her students.

Gabriel Stinga Rihani

KPJAYI Level 2 Authorised

Gabriel began practicing yoga in its various forms in 2003 and in 2008 he began a dedicated Ashtanga Yoga practice. He has a background in Buddhist meditation that together with Ashtanga yoga, forms part of his sadhana.

Since his first trip to India in 2007, Gabriel has spent a large portion of time in India learning directly from his teachers. In 2009 Gabriel began studying under the guidance of Sharath Jois at KPJAYI in Mysore and after four extended study trips, he has been authorised Level 2 to teach the full Intermediate Series. Gabriel also spent extended periods of study over several years learning from certified teachers Rolf Naujokat and Louise Ellis. He was first introduced to the art of adjusting by Anand Zorzo when assisting him in his native Las Palmas, Spain and later assisting under the guidance of Natalia Paisano in Stockholm, Sweden.

Teaching Ashtanga Yoga has previously taken Gabriel to Sweden, Portugal, Spain, France and Germany. He is currently teaching a Morning Mysore program for Woke Yoga in Sydney, Australia


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