Six of the best yoga retreats – Traveller

Pinetrees Lord Howe Island

Yogi to the stars Charlotte Dodson leads retreats at Pinetrees Lodge on the World Heritage listed Lord Howe Island – far from traffic jams, emails and mobile phones (no phone reception here). The historic guesthouse offers a daily program of yoga taught by Dodson, Ayurvedic and spa treatments, massage, aerobic fitness, low calorie cooking classes and organic gardening classes. Swimming, snorkelling, surfing, kayaking, walking and biking is on offer along with three gourmet meals, organic wine tasting and a chance to digitally disconnect. Yoga classes are held at the Pinetrees Boat Shed facing Lagoon Beach which Dodson describes as; “One of the most beautiful and natural locations to practise yoga”. Six night packages from $2130 twin share (flights not included).

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Weekend NOTES – Wellness with Charlotte Dodson

Wellness Retreat with Charlotte Dodson

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Join celebrity yoga instructor Charlotte Dodson for a four day wellness retreat at Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa.

Retreat includes:

  • Four nights accommodation in a Garden View Studio
  • Two group yoga sessions daily with Charlotte Dodson
  • One group fitness session daily
  • Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane 2 hour treatment package
  • Chahoya Spa by L’Occitane 1 hour treatment
  • Breakfast, lunch and healthy treats daily (Meal plan designed by Nikki Heyder of NOOD)
  • Dinner at each signature restaurant
  • Cooking classes
  • Return Broome Airport transfers

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This is a great opportunity to rejuvenate and revitalise your body and mind under the guidance of Charlotte, whose clients include Miranda Kerr, Orlando Bloom, Gerard Butler, Lara Bingle, Stephanie Rice, Kit Willow, Camilla Franks and Leah Wood.

Born in London, Charlotte studied and practiced yoga for over 15 years in London, India, New York and Sydney. Her sessions are described as “dynamic yet elegant and simplistic with a unique focus on bold creativity and grounded energy.”

The wellness retreat is limited to just 12 people and bookings are subject to availability. For more information please email wellness@cablebeachclub.com or call (08) 9426 8865.

Yoga And The Great Outdoors – Your Zen Life

Yoga And The Great Outdoors

Mar 1, 2015 Contributed by: Charlotte Dodson
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For those of us who enjoy the combination of fitness and outdoor activities, how can we stay in shape while simultaneously keeping our internal body systems warm and fully-functional as the winter season approaches?

During wellness weeks for Pinetrees Lodge on Lord Howe Island, I teach the last class of the week near the base of Mount Gower mountain – a majestic area with ocean views –  at a spot called Little Island. Situated a short walk along a disused road, this is a rewarding trek for anyone. The track passes in and out of the palm forest, and at the end of the path, the vegetation forms a tunnel to walk through-and-under.  At Little Island, I have spectacular views, both of the cliff walls above, and the ocean beyond.  As I look up at the cliffs and mountain top, the epic scenery reminds me – much like the ‘mountain-top’ pose in yoga – to stand tall and proud, and to hold my ground. The glimmering ocean water views teach me to flow with my practice (and with life itself); and as the birds float in the air-streams – which mirror the ebb and flow of the ‘crow pose’ – I’m reminded of the importance of my freedom to make choices and adjust with every up and down of my individual journey. As a turtle swims by, I see the connection to the ‘turtle pose’, which teaches me to turn inwardly and accept “what is”, without judgment. It’s during these moments when I truly come to appreciate how the combination of yoga and the outdoors assists an individual in reflecting the beauty that exists everywhere, both within and without.

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Wellness with Charlotte Dodson

Lord Howe Island is known as a place of peace, tranquility and seclusion. For many guests, a week on Lord Howe is their only chance to escape the persistent phone calls, emails and traffic jams of the ‘real world’, and enjoy a much simpler lifestyle that rejuvenates mind, body and soul.

A Pinetrees holiday has always featured healthy food, daily exercise in spectacular locations, massage, socialising with like-minded people and, of course, sleeping. From 18-22 May 2015, 30 August-4 September 2015, 19-23 October 2015 and 16-20 November 2015, we’ll structure these activities, engage some expert practitioners and host four rejuvenating Wellness Weeks.

Over five days, we’ll offer a daily program of yoga, spa treatments, massage, adventure fitness, wholefood cooking classes and organic gardening classes, as well as our ‘normal’ repertoire of swimming, snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking, walking, golf, biking and mountain climbing. Combine these activities with three gourmet meals every day, organic wine tasting and a complete disconnect from the outside world, and you’ll experience one of the most rejuvenating weeks of your life. You’ll also learn a range of new skills to help continue a healthier lifestyle at home. Our Wellness Weeks have had great feature articles in the Australian Yoga Journal, Green Lifestyle Magazine, Women’s Fitness Magazine and The Glow. More details at www.pinetrees.com.au

Thanks to film maker Andy Lloyd for his creative talent and enthusiasm. www.andylloydcreative.com

Thanks also to Charlotte Dodson for her patience and grace.

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Bauer Media brings back Health and Wellbeing Weekend

Bauer Media has announced its Health and Well being Weekend will return for its second year in October.

The announcement:

Bauer Media today announced that Health & Wellbeing Weekend will return for its second year in October, 2013 with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice, fitness expert Blake Worrall-Thompson and celebrity yoga teacher Charlotte Dodson as event ambassadors.

Health & Wellbeing Weekend is a two-day event and will be held at the Chinese Garden Forecourt, Darling Harbour, Sydney, and open to the public from Saturday 5th to Sunday 6th October. The cross platform editorial initiative is designed to promote health awareness and physical and emotional wellbeing.

Health & Wellbeing Weekend is a free event and features exercise classes including yoga, Pilates and Zumba, as well as meditation, product sampling, onsite massages and makeovers, plus celebrity seminars and expert advice on how to look after yourself inside and out. Event ambassadors will lead fun, informative and inspiring sessions across the weekend.

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