Book: This Naked Mind

Book: This Naked Mind

Wow – this book is a game changer. This is going to do for alcohol what the Alan Carr book did to help millions of people come off the crazy addiction of smoking. I highly recommend listening to the audio book rather than reading it as the audio book is narrated...
Spicy Baked Eggs

Spicy Baked Eggs

Si’s amazing spicy baked eggs with beans and toasted sesame recipe. Serves about 4. INGREDIENTS: Extra virgin olive oil (enough to thinly coat your pan or tray) 1/2 clove x garlic (roughly chopped) 1/2 x medium leek (roughly chopped) 1 tsp x fennel seeds 1 tsp x...
Raw Tiramisu

Raw Tiramisu

Makes 12 slices Biscuit layer 1 cup almond meal 1 cup dried macadamia 1 cup cashews 1 cup pitted soaked dates with 1/4 cup of date water 1/4 tsp celtic salt 2 tbsp melted cold-pressed coconut oil 1 tbsp maca powder 1 tsp of wattle seed powder 2 shots of espresso Cream...
Quinoa Salad

Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salad with turmeric and mountain pepper dressing Salad (makes 6 serves) 2 capsicum 1 fennel with long tips if possible 1 cup of cooked quinoa (soaked first and then cooked) 6 generous hand full of fresh organic greens half a purple cabbage 1/4 cup of finely...
Altered Traits Book Review

Altered Traits Book Review

This book is amazing. For those of us who like a bit of science with our ancient wisdom then look no further than ‘Altered Traits’ by Daniel Goleman and Richard Davidson. Both these authors are well know and are well established within the mindfulness and...
The Divided Brain

The Divided Brain

I am fascinated by this TED discussion by Psychiatrist Iain McGilchrist how our brain fundamentally works in two different ways yet this duality is often masked by our mindlessness. Our left brain is good are knowing defined detail yet this often delivers a...
Video: Spiced Pumpkin & Quinoa Loaf

Video: Spiced Pumpkin & Quinoa Loaf

Here is beautiful and simple recipe from Billabong chef Simon Favorito for anyone wanting to create a rustic gluten-free loaf full of flavour and whole food goodness. This is lovely hearty bread alternative to serve with breakfast, afternoon snack or as a side with...
Metta Meditation by Basia

Metta Meditation by Basia

This technique is a method of developing compassion – essentially about cultivating love. A love that is unconditional, inclusive, and with no expectations of anything in return. It can be helpful when there is a concern about someone and the continuous worrying...
Cacao, Berry and Quinoa cake

Cacao, Berry and Quinoa cake

Another amazing cake from Billabong chef Tash Burbury Ingredients 1/3 cup milk (I used almond) 4 eggs (can also use chia egg replacements) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 cups of cooked quinoa (make sure you soak your quinoa before cooking for better digestion) 1/4 cup melted...
Forest Bathing is Scientifically Good for You!

Forest Bathing is Scientifically Good for You!

We were fascinated by this article about some scientific research in Japan that actually explains why hanging out with trees improves your immune function! The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone...
Toni’s Veggie Curry

Toni’s Veggie Curry

Check out Billabong chef Toni explaining how to make her famous veggie curry! You can enjoy Toni’s cooking every Wednesday to Friday at Billabong Retreat and she also offers a catering service. See her via https://www.facebook.com/feastthesenses/
Kiwi, Avocado and Lime slice

Kiwi, Avocado and Lime slice

Base 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup of walnuts 1 cup cashews 1/4 tsp salt 2 tbsp melted coconut oil 2 tbsp cacao Centre 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup of melted coconut oil 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup 2 cups of soaked cashews 1 ripe avocado juice of one...
Womens Day June 17

Womens Day June 17

Women’s Day tried a Weekend of Wellness “No longer just for celebs, wellbeing breaks are more a ordable and accessible than ever before”
Tash’s Breakfast Frittata

Tash’s Breakfast Frittata

You can’t beat a frittata for breakfast – this is Tash’s version and serves around 6 Ingredients: 8 beaten eggs 1/2 cup of milk of choice 3 cups of chopped veggies of choice. I used sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, carrot and sweet corn. 1/2 fine...
Instinct vs Impulse by Paul von Bergen

Instinct vs Impulse by Paul von Bergen

On first look, an impulse can feel very much like an instinct. It comes from inside and seems to drive you to do something. Instincts also come from inside but are more a general gut feeling that you should follow a particular path. Impulses are not always good for...
On Being with Krista Tippet

On Being with Krista Tippet

We highly recommend these series of podcasts particularly Becoming Wise. In their words… Becoming Wise is an inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett engages wise lives of our day — from Brian Greene and Jon...
Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard

We had the honour of welcoming Lee Holmes to the retreat recently, not only did she write a great review she kindly left us a great recipe! GF WF SF makes 375 ml (13 fl oz/11/2 cups) There’s nothing more soothing and indulgent than rich, velvety custard, but...
Film: The Living Matrix

Film: The Living Matrix

An oldie but a goldie! Great film that explains the importance of understanding the power of placebo and the energetic field that we all inhabit. Features interviews with leading scientists including one of our heroes Bruce Lipton. View the trailer AND then support...
Kindness is King

Kindness is King

By Paul von Bergen Compassion and kindness starts with the self. This is not narcissistic or self-centred but the best contribution you can make to the universe. When you love yourself you will project love to others. When you hate yourself this is what you will...
Jaffa Almond Cake With Chocolate Sauce

Jaffa Almond Cake With Chocolate Sauce

If you have a kids party with 16 hungry children coming this is a great healthy recipe to feed them. Otherwise just half or quarter the ingredients to serve less. BOIL ORANGES for : 30-45 Minutes PREP TIME : 15-20 Minutes BAKING TIME : 45-60 Minutes INGREDIENTS...
Activated Savoury Seed and Nut Loaf

Activated Savoury Seed and Nut Loaf

Recipe by Billabong chef Si Favorito GF, Paleo, Vegan, Sugar free, yeast free This loaf is beautifully satisfying and is loaded of wholefood goodness and nutrition. It makes a perfect breakfast loaf with some avocado, fresh herbs, lime & chilli or even an...
What Are Your Wellness Goals?

What Are Your Wellness Goals?

We just did some great research to find out what bothered people in their lives and we had nearly 5,000 submissions. It really seems that in today’s world many of us want to find a way to calm our busy minds, reduce the effects of stress and improve our energy...
Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

The use of cauliflower instead of rice brings a lightness, as well as a unique flavour and texture. It is great as a side or a main dish. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil 1 Spanish onion finely chopped 1 medium cauliflower in chunks 1 carrot, peeled &...
Easy Vegan Pancakes

Easy Vegan Pancakes

This is one of the guests favourites here at Billabong Retreat. A simple and delicious vegan breakfast. Ingredients (serves 4) 1 cup of buckwheat 1 banana 1 teaspoon of baking powder 1 cup of almond milk (or coconut, soy, rice milk) 1 heaped tablespoon of ground flax...
Our Food Philosophy

Our Food Philosophy

We believe that good nutrition is one of the foundations of good health and longevity and that it should not be complicated. We serve wholefoods, as nature produced them, free from artificial pesticides, chemicals and antibiotics. We serve vegetarian food not because...
Life After a Retreat – What Now?

Life After a Retreat – What Now?

How many of you have been on a retreat, especially a Yoga retreat, experienced breakthroughs, learnt skills and come out revitalised and inspired to practice on the ‘outside’? In reality, this often proves more challenging than that first day you go back into the...
What is Yoga by Paul von Bergen

What is Yoga by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Yoga is an ancient guide to bringing joy and contentment to human beings. It originates from the Vedas, one of the earliest sources of human wisdom that is over four thousand years old and was chanted from generation to generation before the written...
What Is Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

What Is Mindfulness by Paul von Bergen

By Paul von Bergen Mindfulness is quite simply the biggest revolution in health and wellness but not because it is new, it is not. The concepts and ideas of mindfulness have been around for thousands of years. It is because the concept of mindfulness has captured the...
Travel Insider Best Retreats

Travel Insider Best Retreats

We are pleased to be featured on Travel Insider as one of Australia’s best retreats! http://travelinsider.qantas.com.au/experiences/stay-fit-and-relax/australia-s-best-wellness-retreats
Archie’s Raspberry & Coconut Cake

Archie’s Raspberry & Coconut Cake

This is Archie’s first contribution to the Billabong recipes! Ingredients 3 eggs 3 cups desiccated coconut 1 cup almond meal 100g butter 1 cup rice mil 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup coconut oil tablespoon vanilla essence table spoon bicarb tablespoon beetroot...
Spiced Chai

Spiced Chai

“This spiced-chai is made out of using the poaching liquid for the spiced-stewed apples I serve on Sunday breakfast. It’s a very warming drink, perfect for the winter season. Doing it this way we don’t waste any of the liquid goodness by throwing the liquid out after...
Creamy Sweet Potato Dahl

Creamy Sweet Potato Dahl

GF, DF, NF, VEGAN I love this recipe in winter, it’s warming both in spice and heat, nurturing and just tastes wonderful. The sweet potato gives this dish such a lovely texture as well as adding a delicious sweetness. Enjoy! Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1 cup split red...
Winter Pumpkin and Chicken soup  

Winter Pumpkin and Chicken soup  

Why not combine our two favourite winter soups to create one delicious soup. Inspired by trying to please everyone at meal times I did just that. This recipe uses a whole chicken and creates a large batch of soup to freeze. Halve the recipe if you only want to feed...
Delicious Fudge

Delicious Fudge

A delicious and easy healthy alternative for afternoon tea for the kids or a pick me up for yourself. With the addition of protein rich nuts and energizing coconut oil you don’t have to feel guilty. Ingredients ½ cup of liquid coconut oil, 1 tbsp cacao powder 1 cup of...
CEO Magazine June 2016

CEO Magazine June 2016

A wellness sanctuary just outside of Sydney provides all the right ingredients to help guests reassess the way they’ve been hurtling through life. PR – CEO_AUG16_Relax__Rejuvenate_Billabong_Retreat
Raspberry Choc Coconut Spelt Slice

Raspberry Choc Coconut Spelt Slice

Great for school lunches or an afternoon snack or with tea for you and friends. Ingredients ½ cup dessicated coconut 1 cup spelt flour ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ cup melted coconut oil 3 tblsps rice syrup or honey 3 organic eggs ½ cup almond milk or milk of your...
Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Soup

GF, DF, NF, SF, GRF, VEGAN Anti-inflammatory through the addition of ginger and turmeric, this soup is truly warming and satisfying. Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1.2 kg pumpkin (such as Jap), peeled and diced 300 g sweet potato, peeled and diced 1 medium brown onion,...
Dear Body

Dear Body

By Charlotte Thaarup-Owen We protect what we fall in love with– fall in love with your dear body. Sometimes I think that the relationship we have with our body is like a veil that stops us from stepping fully into life due to feelings of shame and ‘not good enough’....
Lemon Avocado Pudding

Lemon Avocado Pudding

This is such a fresh, light and delicious dessert. It’s quick to make and will delight your guests every time! GF, DF, NF, GRF, VEGAN Serves 3-4 Ingredients 3 large ripe avocados Juice of 1-2 lemons (depending on taste) 1/3 cup raw honey (or to taste) 2 cups coconut...
How to Make New Year Intentions Stick

How to Make New Year Intentions Stick

It’s that time of the year where new resolutions and intentions are set, but how do we actually make them stick? Here are some quick and easy tips. Limit how many resolutions you have to three (If you accomplish them early, then add more) Work out how you’ll deal with...
Chocolate Sesame Cookies

Chocolate Sesame Cookies

This is a great go-to recipe for when a serious cookie is required. The sesame and chocolate combination is just lovely and the texture is solid, which for me is just perfect. GF, DF, VEGAN Makes 10-12 cookies Ingredients 1 cup sesame seeds 1 cup almond meal ½ cup...
Parsley Tahini Dressing

Parsley Tahini Dressing

Creamy and divine, this dressing has been a crowd pleaser since its creation many years ago. Serve it on roast vegetables, as a dip or as a creamy sauce on dairy-free pizza. GF, DF, NF, SF, GRF, VEGAN Makes approximately 2 cups Ingredients 1 cup hulled tahini Juice of...
Choc-banana Cake

Choc-banana Cake

This delicious gluten and dairy free cake is so easy to make and great with strawberries piled on top for any special day. ingredients 3 cups blanched almond meal ½ teaspoon bi carb 3 medium size black bananas 4 organic eggs 2 tspns vanilla tspn of cinnamon ½ cup of...
Massaged Kale and Carrot Salad

Massaged Kale and Carrot Salad

This delicious kale salad recipe is perfect for first time kale cooks and experienced kale lovers, a simple yet tasty combination we be sure to have yourself and your guests going back for more. Ingredients 1 medium bunch kale – stalks removed and shredded or...
Newcastle Herald Weekender

Newcastle Herald Weekender

Inside the chill-out zone A collection of private treehouses overlooking two billabongs is the ideal set-up for a peaceful holiday, writes ALYSSON WATSON. pr-newcastle herald
Kale and Broccoli Soup  

Kale and Broccoli Soup  

This soup is delicious, alkalising and ever so simple to make plus, with the addition of the unpastuerised paste at the end, the soup includes beneficial bacteria. Serves 4-5 Ingredients 1 medium onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin coconut oil 1 clove...
Golden Milk

Golden Milk

Turmeric has been used for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also known for it’s benefits to liver function, digestion, immune function and even protection from cancer. It’s great to put in curries, soups and fresh juices,...
How to do Mantra Meditation

How to do Mantra Meditation

A mantra is a word or sound repeated to help in concentration and meditation. The yogic mantra Soham (Pronounced as So’ Hum) translates to I am that” (so = “I am” and hum = “that”). To practice this begin by bringing your attention to the rhythm of your breath,...
Flourless orange and chia seed cake 

Flourless orange and chia seed cake 

So easy and delicious especially with some local or organic oranges. A healthy gluten free version on the old orange and poppyseed cake rich in good fats, fibre and protein. Ingredients: 3 organic eggs ½ cup of cold pressed olive or macadamia oil juice of 2 oranges...
Blueberry Chia Porridge

Blueberry Chia Porridge

Serves 2 Ingredients 1/3 cup chia seeds 1 ½ cups almond milk or coconut milk (or a mix of coconut rice milk) ½ cup coconut cream (check the label when purchasing) to ensure there are no preservatives) 1 tsp ground cinnamon ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries Pinch of...
Lemon & Spice Carrot Soup

Lemon & Spice Carrot Soup

Serves 3-4 This is a wonderfully spiced soup that will definitely raise the temperature of the bodies delighting in it. Ingredients 550g carrots, peeled and roughly chopped 1 brown onion, roughly chopped 1 tbsp ghee or extra virgin coconut oil for cooking 1 ½ tsp...
Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

Gluten free, Nut free, Vegan Blender required (Serves 6) A surprisingly decadent taste and texture, this is a long-standing crowd pleaser. Enjoy it as a simple chocolate mousse or as a soft vegan icing. Ingredients 2 ripe small/medium avocados ¾ cup real maple syrup 1...
The New Year: Are we evolving?

The New Year: Are we evolving?

For many of us, the start of a new year usually marks the beginning of a new cycle. It is often a time of reflection on the various events that have happened in the prior year, what we have achieved or not, and the setting for new resolutions based on what we would...
Celebration Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Celebration Chocolate Beetroot Cake

This is a seriously delicious and earthy chocolate cake. This recipe has been used for many a wedding, engagement party, birthday or baby shower and is a perfect treat for Christmas! it never fails to impress. Ingredients: 3 medium beetroots 2 cups brown rice flour ½...
Easy Lemon Curd Cheese Cake

Easy Lemon Curd Cheese Cake

This scrumptious creamy cake is high in healthy fats and virtually fructose free. It is Gluten and grain free too. Its super easy and looks really special too You will need 1 x 12 inch spring form cake tin lined with baking paper Base 2 ½ cups almond meal ¾...
Pumpkin Frittata

Pumpkin Frittata

Serves: 4 Time to make: 40 mins Ingredients: ½ a pumpkin 1 red capsicum 2 cups chopped spinach 5 eggs 150g cottage cheese salt and pepper Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C. Have a large baking dish ready, lightly greased. Dice pumpkin into little squares. Place...
Beetroot Salad

Beetroot Salad

A Super simple salad! Ingredients: 2-3 Beetroots 2 Stocks of Spring onion Dressing: 250 ml Apple Cider Vinegar 250ml Olive Oil 2 table spoons Honey Mix the Apple cider vinegar, olive oil and honey in a 500ml glass bottle. Shake well. Keep in fridge for later use....
Spicy Pumpkin & Apple Cake

Spicy Pumpkin & Apple Cake

Ingredients:     4 eggs (free range)     2/3 cup of olive oil     ½ cup of honey (to taste, can add a little more)     3 cups spelt flour     1tsp bicarbonate     1tsp baking powder     2tsp ginger powder     2tsp cinnamon     ½ nutmeg     1 ½ – 2 cups grated...
Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie

Big Fat Lies by David Gillespie

By Paul von Bergen There is a lot of confusion out there at the moment about what exactly is causing the high rates of cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes that we are seeing particularly in the Western world. Certainly the trend over the past fifty years of...
Apricot, Coconut & Almond Meal Bliss Balls

Apricot, Coconut & Almond Meal Bliss Balls

Makes around 15 Bliss Balls are such a wonderful treat and super-food snack. You can put almost anything in them, nuts seeds, dried fruit, peppermint or orange oils! And it’s so easy too. 2 cups almond meal 200 g of dried apricots (soak over night) 11/2 cups...
Gluten Free Banana Muffins

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

with Coconut, Vanilla, Honey. Dairy, Wheat & Gluten Free.  Recipe: Makes at least 68 mini muffins. Ingredients: 4 Bananas 100grams of Desiccated Coconut 3 table spoons of Honey 1 table spoon of Vanilla Extract ½ cup of Almond Milk (room temperature) 3 Eggs (room...
Biology of Belief

Biology of Belief

By Paul von Bergen We have been fans of Bruce Lipton for a while now and the more we read and absorb, the more obvious and simple his teachings become. His core statement is that our thoughts affect our genes. We think thoughts which create emotional chemicals that...
Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

Cookies with Macadamia Nuts

(courtesy of the Merrymaker Sisters ) We have forever been searching for the perfect paleo cookies. Several faileos (too hard, tastes like cardboard, crumbles + falls apart = gross) later, here it is! Our (to date) favourite paleo cookies! We like ours soft + chewy...
Top Tips Supporting You Through Chemotherapy

Top Tips Supporting You Through Chemotherapy

Embarking on the road of chemotherapy treatment for cancer can be a difficult and trying time for anyone to endure. Having gone through chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer just over 5 years ago, here are some tips that I can offer to support you through...
Avocado cacao mousse with raspberries and coconut cream

Avocado cacao mousse with raspberries and coconut cream

serves 6 2 large avocados 1tsp vanilla 3 tblsp sweetner of choice, honey or coconut syrup (or equivalent stevia if avoiding sugars) 3 tblsp cacao powder 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries 6 individual glasses Use a food processor or stick blender to combine all...
Raw Gluten free muesli

Raw Gluten free muesli

Ingredients ½ cups sesame seeds  ground ½ cups linseeds ground 1/2cups sunflower seeds not ground ½ cups almonds, raw or baked ½ cups of coconut flakes or shredded.  (optional) ½ cups pepitas ½ bag brown rice puffs 2-3 tblsp  cinnamon Combine all ingredients well,...
Black Sticky Rice and Spinach Pie

Black Sticky Rice and Spinach Pie

Serves 4-5 125 gram cup brown rice 75gram black rice 1 x lg cottage cheese 1/8 small block cheddar 1-2 pkts chopped spinach, Seasoning 2 sheets filo Black sesame seeds Veg stock 1 onions 1 cloves garlic Basil 1 teaspoons Dill 1 teaspoons Nutmeg 1 teaspoons Tamari...
Billabong Vegetable Curry

Billabong Vegetable Curry

Serves four This is a really simple delicious curry, you can use whatever veg you like, I love sweet potato as it thickens and sweetens the curry adding loads of fibre without being too starchy 1 tblspn of ghee or coconut oil 1 large onion 2 garlic cloves 2 tsp of...
Gluten Free Buckwheat  Pancakes

Gluten Free Buckwheat  Pancakes

(makes about 16 pancakes) Tory has made these pancakes for years with just the buckwheat flour, they are delicious and so easy. The rule of thumb with pancakes is often the first one is not so good, so don’t worry, the rest will be great. The flax seeds add fibre and...
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