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Winter Solstice Full Nature Immersion Retreat at The Sanctuary, Yundi: South Australia Fleurieu Peninsula

  • The Sanctuary, Yundi 103 Enterprise Rd., Yundi 5172 Australia (map)

Saturday 22nd June 2019 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of daylight of the year. The Winter Solstice marks the birth of a new solar year after which the days start to lengthen. I like this description of the significance of the solstice;

'The winter is a time of darkness, and one way to honor the equinox is to lean into that darkness by enjoying the silence it brings, and by going within yourself to find your own unique light. Since the days grow shorter and the night grows longer, the winter solstice isn't about having more light, but it's about carrying it within yourself, whatever that means to you.' (

Our nature immersion retreat is 'modular' in its format - you can book for the whole experience, or pick and choose those parts that suit you. The details are in the ticket options, with the schedule being;

Saturday 22nd June

5pm-7pm    Dinner around the fire (including non-alcoholic drinks)

7pm-9.30pm Night forest bathing - star gazing, stillness, quiet, meeting the night creatures. 

9.30pm-10.30pm Complimentary supper around the fire

Sunday 23rd June

8am-9am    Hot breakfast around the fire

9.30am-11.30am Morning Forest Bathing experience

You are welcome to camp overnight for no charge. If that's not for you there are local accommodation options e.g., Compass Country Cabins and others.


If you book a ticket for 'The total package' for 2 you will receive your own china tea set for 2 to enjoy your own Forest Bathing tea ceremony.

We will keep you warm with fire and lots of blankets but you will need to dress warmly - further suggestions are in the confirmation e-mail that you will receive after you book.

The Sanctuary, Yundi is our private National Park Sanctuary. Just before Mt Compass heading south from Adelaide on the Victor Harbor road - less than an hour from Adelaide CBD (45 minutes from Glenelg).

This event is a special extended opportunity to access this pristine and protected environment to experience an incredibly peaceful, restorative connection with nature.

Forest Bathing is not about bushwalking or nature identification, or ‘thinking’. It is also not about swimming or getting wet - it's about 'bathing' ourselves in the natural environment. It is an opportunity to engage our 5 senses - listening, touching, smelling, tasting and seeing as we allow ourselves to just ‘be’ in nature. The experience involves guided ‘invitations’ to help us connect with nature, calm our busy minds, perhaps be playful and have some fun and is tailored to the needs of the group.

Nature connection supports the development of sensory awareness, physical skills, emotional regulation and connecting with others in a group - plus many other benefits. As an occupational therapist I know that all of these can support our ability to do the things we need, want and have to do every day.

In a world where people of all ages are increasingly disconnected from nature, a deliberate nature-based experience such as this can help us access the wellbeing benefits of nature. Spend the weekend with us in our off-grid sanctuary to disconnect with technology and connect with yourself, connect with nature and connect with community. 

The Sanctuary is 82 acres, with most of the bush protected by a Heritage Bush Agreement since 1993. The property is also a private National Park Sanctuary. We have the beginning of the Finnis River running through the property and it has been running all summer as it is also spring fed. There are rare species of plants, birds and animals. We see many many blue wrens every time we are there, as well as 'vulnerable' yellow tail black cockatoos, beautiful little scarlet robins and bright yellow golden whistlers. There are kangaroos, koalas and echidnas. The river is unbelievably beautiful and a rare example of a very healthy ecosystem with reeds, fallen trees, lots of fish, yabbies and dragon flies. We have a large forest of blue gums as well as enormous stringy barks that are flowering now. The Sanctuary is a sensory delight and stepping out of the car after driving from the city is a beautiful experience to inhale the clean, scented air.


Where will we meet?

When you register you will receive a link to the visitor information for The Sanctuary, Yundi. Access is very easy from the Southern Expressway, Victor Harbor Rd, and turn off before Mt Compass - with bitumen road all the way.

Will I be safe?

I have a current first aid certificate and will be carrying a first aid kit. There is mobile phone reception where we will be. Please advise any particular health concerns that may be relevant. Please feel free to contact Bronwyn to discuss any concerns on 0412404700.

This event is held on our bush property - we will be walking across uneven ground and across rocks in the creek as well as on slopes and in the dark. You will require a reasonable level of mobility to feel comfortable on these walks.  

What should I bring into the event?

We will go ahead regardless of the weather so dress appropriately as it will be really cold. Bring waterproof clothing in case of rain. You will need layers of clothing, a warm coat, beanie (hat), gloves and scarf.  If sunny then suncream and a shady hat are recommended.

If you or anyone in your group have any dietary restrictions or allergies please contact the organiser at to advise prior to the event.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

e-mail or phone Bronwyn on 0412404700

For bookings click here.