Book: Meditation for the love of it

Book: Meditation for the love of it

Meditation… We all hear that it is good for us and many ‘wish’ they could do it daily, yet most still struggle to get it done. Why is that? In this book Sally Kempton encourages you to uncover your love for meditation. She implores us to stop making...
Tips for staying cool this summer

Tips for staying cool this summer

With our beautiful country being ravaged by fires and drought it looks like we are going to be in for a hot summer. We asked around the retreat and here are some tips from our team to help keep you cool, calm and collected. Simon – Executive Chef The food we eat...
Billabong Christmas gift buying explained

Billabong Christmas gift buying explained

This year we are seeing a huge movement towards gifting experiences rather than things and we are totally on board. Often people buy gifts simply so that they have something to give and I know I am not alone in being given many gifts over the years that I never end up...
Carrot and Fennel Top Salad

Carrot and Fennel Top Salad

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free ABOUT Did you know that fennel actually has this amazing top part of the herb. For some reason when you buy fennel from the shops they chop off one of the best parts. My suggestion is to ask your farmer to keep the tops of the...
Conscious Manifestation: Joy in Action

Conscious Manifestation: Joy in Action

How do we bring forth our deepest aspirations into a living experience? In this article we’ll be looking at how to distinguish when we manifest from a place of presence and when we let ego run the show. We’ll also explore how we can work with our insecurities and...
Meditation on breath with Larissa

Meditation on breath with Larissa

A simple guided breath awareness meditation designed to take us to a place of rest and relaxation. Take a little break out of our day to connect within for as little as 6 minutes. Just sit or recline back and listen to the recording below.   About Larissa Larissa...
Book: Why We Sleep

Book: Why We Sleep

We have been told for decades that sleep and exercise are crucial for optimal health but we don’t really consider sleep to be just as important… until now! Matthew Walker is a neuroscientist and psychologist that has dedicated his days to understanding...
Meditation: “Let go” mantra with Larissa

Meditation: “Let go” mantra with Larissa

Below is a simple guided mantra (words repeated) meditation linked with the breath to create a sense of freedom and release. The mantra is simply “Let Go”. If there is anything that may be causing you stress or tension this is a great meditation to begin...
Activated Raw Vegan Pizza

Activated Raw Vegan Pizza

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free Equipment Food processor Blender Dehydrator or oven Base 3 cups x buckwheat (soaked for 10-12 hours) 8 x medium carrots 1 tsp x salt 2 tbsp x honey 3 tbsp x Italian herbs 1 1/2 cups x golden flaxseeds 1/2 cup x cold pressed olive...
Meditation 101: How to develop a daily practice

Meditation 101: How to develop a daily practice

Most of us agree that meditation is good for us yet why do we find it so hard to actually practise it every day? Host Basia shares her best tips for developing a daily meditation practice. A must watch for all of you who are struggling to carve time out every day for...
Beetroot and Cacao Brownie

Beetroot and Cacao Brownie

About I love this recipe because you can make a large batch and keep them in the freezer. That way when you are craving something sweet you have a healthier option instead of reaching for a chocolate with refined sugars that are often wrapped in plastic. Better for...
Book: The top five regrets of the dying

Book: The top five regrets of the dying

Have you ever spent time with a loved one at the end of their life and asked them about their regrets? What they wish they spent more time on? Less time on? Things they wish they did? In the film Embrace, Nigel Marsh talks about how we all wait for the big four before...
Meditation 101: Acknowledging thoughts with Basia

Meditation 101: Acknowledging thoughts with Basia

We all have thoughts circulating around our mind all the time, but are you ever actually aware of them? Can you connect with the space behind thought? Watch this video with Basia where she introduces this idea and then guides a short meditation for acknowledging...
Vegan Panna Cotta

Vegan Panna Cotta

Makes 6 small or 4 regular size INGREDIENTS Panna cotta 1 can full fat coconut milk (400mls) 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 cup white sugar (I never usually use this sugar but I wanted the traditional white look) 3/4 tsp agar powder – you can buy this at health food stores...
Cultivating self compassion with Larissa

Cultivating self compassion with Larissa

When we are compassionate towards ourselves we are more likely to keep trying and keep moving forward. The opposite is also true when we are hard or more critical towards ourselves, we are more likely to want to give up in despair and stop trying. Over the years of...
Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Homemade Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ghee has a whole scope of benefits. Ayurvedic traditions prescribe ghee for digestive issues, ulcers, and for its natural vitalizing properties. Only problem is, that when you buy it at the store it can cost you anywhere between $15-$45. The thing is, ghee is made by...
Book: First We Make The Beast Beautiful

Book: First We Make The Beast Beautiful

It seems like almost everyone I speak to has some form of history with anxiety. Is it an epidemic? What is happening to make us so anxious and overwhelmed…? Author of “I Quit Sugar”, Sarah Wilson, delivers this candid, lighthearted book exploring her...
Bone Healing Beetroot Soup

Bone Healing Beetroot Soup

Vegan option, gluten free I have recently had a knee injury. Through lots of reading and different bits of advice, I’ve decided to support the healing with organic food, supplements, gentle movement, sunshine and meditation/visualisation. To help with the inflammation...
Winter Yin-spiration with Phoebe

Winter Yin-spiration with Phoebe

Winter is a time for slowing down, rugging up in your cosy woolies, drinking warm mugs of tea and nourishing yourself inside and out. When the colder and darker months approach us, we often do hibernate and curl ourselves into tight little balls of goodness and this...
Salted Caramel Cake

Salted Caramel Cake

Vegan, refined sugar free, gluten free Ingredients  Makes one layer of the cake Base 1/2 cup x almonds 1/2 cup x cashews or macadamia (or mixture of both) 1/2 cup x cacao powder 1 cup x soaked dates (soak in boiling water) pinch x salt (preferably celtic or pink salt)...
Benefits of bulk food purchasing at Naked Foods

Benefits of bulk food purchasing at Naked Foods

Being an eco retreat, at Billabong we are always trying to reduce the amount of plastic that we use. There has been a big push in recent times towards bamboo toothbrushes, stainless steel straws and canvas shopping bags and that is great. But, one of the biggest ways...
Cocoa v Cacao

Cocoa v Cacao

What’s the difference between Cadbury chocolate and the chocolate we make? A few different reasons but one of them being cacao! The difference between cocOA and cacAO is simple.  Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing cacao (unroasted cacao beans). The process keeps...
Falling asleep in meditation? Watch this!

Falling asleep in meditation? Watch this!

Our current lifestyle tends to be so busy and frantic that the body only knows how to move or sleep. This often means that when we sit for meditation, we find ourselves constantly nodding off. Sound familiar? Check out this video by Retreat Host, Basia. About Basia...
Why turmeric and black pepper are the perfect match

Why turmeric and black pepper are the perfect match

Turmeric is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine with numerous health benefits. It is filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, antiseptic agents, anti-fungal agents and anti-bacterial agents. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which contains all...
Book: Yoga – The Path to Holistic Health

Book: Yoga – The Path to Holistic Health

I would be really surprised if you have practiced yoga for a long time and have not heard of “Iyengar”. BKS Iyengar is considered one of the founding fathers of modern yoga and the creator of the Iyengar Yoga brand / style of yoga practice. He was a...
Mushroom and Lentil Hot Pot

Mushroom and Lentil Hot Pot

Vegan, vegetarian Serves 5 I had it with purple sweet potato mash, beans & toasted sourdough Since cutting out meaty things from my diet I always thought it would be such a mission to make rich gravy-ish sauces, try this dish and I guarantee you wont feel like...
Sesame Treats

Sesame Treats

Sesame is highly regarded in Ayurveda for its powerful rejuvenative qualities on Vata dosha. This nourishing seed has long been used for its grounding and warming effects on the body and particularly the nervous system. Incorporate sesame seeds into tasty treats like...
Book: 12 Rules for Life

Book: 12 Rules for Life

By Jordan Peterson, reviewed by Paul von Bergen # Warning: We have had reports that some people are offended by some of the things that this author has said in public. We make no judgement or support for the author. Below is simply a review of this one book # This is...
Raw Cherry Bites

Raw Cherry Bites

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free I’ve never really been a fan of Cherry Ripes… Not sure if that’s because they taste like plastic/processed cherries or what. But I do love real cherries and their in season so I have adapted my own recipe so you can taste...
How well do you AUM?

How well do you AUM?

AUM is one of the most recognisable mantras in Eastern philosophy, it has amazing benefits and makes you feel so good when you chant it! Read on to learn more about this magical sound… Did you know there are four sounds which make are the mantra? AAAA UUUUU...
Stuffed Capsicums

Stuffed Capsicums

Gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free Ingredients (makes 10) 5 x red capsicum 1 1/2 x cups of quinoa 1 cup x kidney beans or one can x organic kidney beans 1/4 cup x cashews 1/2 cup x black olives (without pips) 1 x medium brown onion 2 cloves x garlic 4 x medium...
Bed Yoga with Larissa

Bed Yoga with Larissa

Yoga promotes a bounty of mind and body benefits, including things like strength, flexibility and stress relief… and we can do yoga without even leaving our bed. It’s all about finding ways that works for us that is realistic and accessible to us. There are so...
Roast pumpkin with whole spices

Roast pumpkin with whole spices

Gluten free, vegan A perfect companion on those cold winter nights! Ingredients  1 x medium size Jap (Kent) pumpkin 1 tsp x coriander seeds 1 tsp x fennel seeds 1 tsp x cumin seeds 1 tsp x fenugreek seeds 2 tbsp x fresh rosemary 1/2 tsp x black pepper 1 tsp x celtic...
Feeling scattered and unstable? Try this!

Feeling scattered and unstable? Try this!

You probably learnt about the five elements growing up but have you ever considered how they affect us? Our current society rewards doing, achieving and succeeding and all of that physical and mental movement can mean we spend a lot of time with fire and air running...
Raspberry Mousse Cups

Raspberry Mousse Cups

Gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free Ingredients 1 cup x frozen raspberries 1/2 cup x cashews 1 can x coconut cream 4 tbsp x maple syrup 1/2 tsp x vanilla 1/4 cup x melted coconut oil juice and zest of 1 lemon Optional: 1 tsp x lucuma powder 1 tsp x Reishi mushrooms...
Does meditation mean stopping your thoughts?

Does meditation mean stopping your thoughts?

We hear it all the time, “I can’t meditate because I can’t stop my thoughts”. Our lovely retreat host Basia is on a myth busting mission. Watch her most recent video on the concept of stopping thoughts during meditation: About Basia Basia is a...
Mint, cacao and cinnamon myrtle bliss balls

Mint, cacao and cinnamon myrtle bliss balls

Gluten free, vegan, refined sugar free The perfect recipe to add to your prep day so that when you’re craving something to pick you up in the afternoon you’re not always reaching for something with sugar. We love having a batch of these in our freezer for...
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...
Two Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

Two Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

This summer is set to be a hot one. Host Phoebe has provided two ways that you can beat the heat using tried and tested yogic techniques. Sitali Breath During these hot, steamy summery days and nights, we tend to lean on the use of fans, air conditioning, icy cold...
Book: Making Peace Before You Eat

Book: Making Peace Before You Eat

We might be a little bit biased, since Angie used to be a chef at Billabong, but we think that this is one of the best cookbooks out there. More than just a cookbook, Making Peace Before You Eat inspires the reader to connect with their meal, eating with mindfulness...
Don’t search for happiness, create it!

Don’t search for happiness, create it!

I remember a few years ago walking past a colourfully painted mural of a rainbow sitting in a blue sky with a quote saying, “Don’t search for happiness, create it!” and I just stood in front of that mural thinking about what happiness means to me and whether I was...
Moving from “Health” to “Wellness”

Moving from “Health” to “Wellness”

As human beings, we have always been aware that it is important to be healthy but it is only in recent times that we have had such a big focus on wellness. So what does that actually mean? Personally, I think that when people think of being healthy they think more of...
Book: Recovery – Freedom from Our Addictions

Book: Recovery – Freedom from Our Addictions

When you think of ‘addiction’, what do you think of? Addiction comes in many forms, from the more obvious and in your face like drug addiction and alcoholism to the more subtle forms of food addiction, materialism and addiction to technology. Russell Brand...
How to Surrender to Uncomfortable Feelings

How to Surrender to Uncomfortable Feelings

Feeling our emotions can be scary. Many of us are not afraid of our emotions themselves, but of experiencing them. We may have a resistance to the vulnerability that accompanies emotional expression especially when, during our most influential years of life, we were...
Documentary: Willandra Wisdom Walk

Documentary: Willandra Wisdom Walk

Walking has been used as a way of contemplation for thousands of years, a path for uncovering the wisdom embedded in the Earth, our bodies and spirits. Here is a short and sweet documentary exploring what wisdom means across different cultures and eras:...
The Ethics of Yoga: The Yamas

The Ethics of Yoga: The Yamas

Although yoga has been around for thousands of years, it has evolved in the West to often be nothing more than a form of exercise that incorporates breath. Although this is great for some and is the reason why most people come to the practice, we are missing some of...
Book: Ishmael – An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Book: Ishmael – An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

The thing I love about Ishmael is that it is written as a novel which means it is so easy to read! Too often I buy books that are full of wisdom but I struggle to sit down and actually read them. But not Ishmael. Daniel Quinn finally got this book published in 1992...
Tips for a Conscious Christmas

Tips for a Conscious Christmas

Somehow 2018 has whizzed by and we are jetting towards Christmas at lightning speed. Given the state of our environment, the effects of the boom in social media and the increasing busy-ness of our lifestyle, it is more important than ever to be conscious of what we...
What are Whole Foods and why should you care?

What are Whole Foods and why should you care?

Eating healthy can be tricky.  For most of us, the discourse around nutrition and diet has come a long way since we zoned out whilst being fed the importance of the food pyramid or meat and two veg.  Yet somewhat lucky and unlucky for us, many people are now zoning...
Meditation According to Tash

Meditation According to Tash

It feels like such a buzz word at the moment.  Before I did a meditation course, to me, it felt like yet another thing to add to the to-do list. Meditation (according to Buddhism ideology) is basically focusing on one thing.  When practiced regularly, it enables the...
Nourishing Sweet Potato, Zucchini and Spinach Dhal

Nourishing Sweet Potato, Zucchini and Spinach Dhal

Gluten free, refined sugar free Dhal is a highly regarded meal in Ayurveda due to its gentle and soothing effect on our digestive system. It has been used in India as medicine for thousands of years, being the first food babies are given due to the gentle nourishment...
Watch your Words

Watch your Words

I mean really watch them. What are you saying to yourself over and over again on a regular basis? Notice if we say I don’t have this or this always happens to me. I can’t do this or perhaps I can do that. What happens?  Does it ironically always happen to you? If we...
Self-Abdominal Massage: Why and How?

Self-Abdominal Massage: Why and How?

Self-abdominal massage can encourage digestion and ease stomach discomfort. Essential oils such as peppermint, ginger, lavender and fennel are great for digestive issues. Combine a few drops of essential oil to some warm carrier oil. Massage the belly in a circular...
Book Review: Lost Connections

Book Review: Lost Connections

If you haven’t already heard of Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions, you should have. For me, it has been one of the most insightful books that I have read for a long time. Written by Johann Hari, this book...
Edamame and Brown Rice Salad

Edamame and Brown Rice Salad

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free This is a super easy recipe and perfect if you have left over rice. It can be easily changed to whatever veggies you have at home! INGREDIENTS: 250g x brown rice – cooked 1/2 bunch x mint 1/2 bunch x coriander 1 x bag...
Self Love with Larissa

Self Love with Larissa

So many are constantly looking outside themselves for love. In the next relationship, chocolate bar, cigarette, drugs, sex, what ever it might be, take your pick. There is a feeling you are seeking whether you realise it or not in everything we do or purchase. Love...
Pesto Mushrooms with Herbed Chilli Oil

Pesto Mushrooms with Herbed Chilli Oil

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free This recipe is so versatile. I make both the pesto and the herbed chilli and just keep them in my fridge and add them to anything really. Dip fresh bread in the oil or add to a salad. Add the pesto to pasta (I recommend buckwheat...
The Best Rumi Quotes for Inspiration

The Best Rumi Quotes for Inspiration

It is no secret that I love Rumi. I read his quotes and poems in my yoga classes all the time because I find that he has such a knack for explaining something deep and profound in one short sentence that makes so much sense! If you are sitting there wondering...
Tash’s Ratatouille

Tash’s Ratatouille

Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free My Mum finally shared her ratatouille recipe and now I am sharing it with the world! A french classic and a dish I lived on growing up. It’s packed with so many veggies and is great as a main or a side dish. INGREDIENTS: 8...
Raw Vegan “Joyous” Jaffa Balls

Raw Vegan “Joyous” Jaffa Balls

Gluten free, vegan, no added sugar A quick word: Here is a simple little treat that brings a vibrant joyous aroma and taste. Filled with 100% wholefood goodness and natural sweetness, they bring an uplifting zing while satiating that inner cry for a sweet treat (but...
Book: Wholesome Child

Book: Wholesome Child

A fantastic book for all parents out there that would love to incorporate more healthy food into their child’s diet. Mandy Sacher is passionate about feeding whole foods to even the fussiest of children. Even if you don’t have children, the recipes are...
Why guys should be going on retreat

Why guys should be going on retreat

Statistically, women are much more likely to go on retreat than men. There seems to be a stereotype that retreats mean eating rabbit food, talking about your feelings and getting pampered. Although you can talk about your feelings if you want and, of course, we can...
Spring Rejuvenation Retreat

Spring Rejuvenation Retreat

Sunday 2nd to Wednesday 5th September 2018 Spring is about to arrive and we want to celebrate! Join us for our special Spring Rejuvenation Retreat to welcome the end of winter and the start of spring with open arms. Spring is a time when we awaken from the winter...
End of Winter Wellness Ritual

End of Winter Wellness Ritual

The cold of winter is lingering a little longer than we may have hoped. Once winter sets in it’s easy to let health slide as we indulge in rich foods, slow down our outdoor activities and basically bunker down until the cold passes. Winter is actually a beautiful time...
Activated Buckwheat Granola

Activated Buckwheat Granola

Gluten free A quick word: We hear a lot about activated nuts and seeds today, and for good reason. By activating our nuts and seeds we “switch on” the beneficial enzymes within them to allow them to be more digestible. Activating our nuts and seeds also gives our...
Ten Ways to Practice Self Care in Spring

Ten Ways to Practice Self Care in Spring

Spring is almost here! This is very exciting news as it means longer days and more importantly, warmer weather. Spring is traditionally a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. Did you know? In Australia we classify seasons in terms of calendar months which means...
Billabong Mighty Spread

Billabong Mighty Spread

If there’s one food that most Australians hold close to their hearts, it’s Vegemite. The savoury spread represents a metaphorical black and gold of Australian culture being enjoyed by countless Australians since it’s introduction to our shelves in 1923. Throughout...
Book: The Untethered Soul

Book: The Untethered Soul

A fantastic book encouraging you to explore who ‘you’ really are. Are you the voices in your head? Are you simply a body? Are you something more? Michael A Singer explores the notion of consciousness using methods of meditation and mindfulness. We really...
Dark Jaffa Cacao Sponge Cake with Raw Cacao Fudge Sauce

Dark Jaffa Cacao Sponge Cake with Raw Cacao Fudge Sauce

Gluten free & Dairy free Sometimes only a chocolate cake will satisfy our taste buds’ silent cries for some sweet attention. As someone who prefers not to consume dairy or gluten, I decided to create this dark cacao sponge so that is was gluten & dairy free as...
Meditation for Sleep

Meditation for Sleep

Sometimes it’s hard to fall asleep, the body and mind probably feel tired, but once in bed, the mind continues to race and keep us awake. For those times, try this meditation which can be done in bed, with the intention to fall asleep. While it is a meditation...
Documentary: Brain Games

Documentary: Brain Games

Brain Games is a Netflix documentary looking at how our brains affect our reality. We recommend Season 4 Episode 1 which is a brilliant short film aimed at kids and adults alike about how our brains are wired for compassion. Check it out on Netflix.
Book: The Mind Workout

Book: The Mind Workout

A really simple and user friendly book that was recommended by a recent guest that explains basic mindfulness practices in ways that are really easily digested and put into practice in every day lives. Mark talks about learning to notice urges, break compulsive...
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...
Roast Pumpkin Hummus

Roast Pumpkin Hummus

Ingredients 3/4 cup ice cold water 400g of cooked chickpeas 200g of cooked white beans juice of 1 lemon 1 clove of garlic tsp of cumin tsp of turmeric 1/3 cup of tahini 1 cup of roast pumpkin 1 tsp of salt Method Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place sliced pumpkin...
Mindful Eating

Mindful Eating

Mindfulness is a very practical way to bring meditation into your everyday life. It’s a technique that can be practised at any time of the day, wherever you are and what better activity to practice it than when you are eating a meal or a consuming food. When we bring...
Books: A New Earth and The Power of Now

Books: A New Earth and The Power of Now

Here are 2 books we would recommend to everyone! A New Earth and The Power of Now, both by Eckhart Tolle. “Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious...
Visualise your day meditation

Visualise your day meditation

This is a short 6-minute meditation to do in the mornings. It’s a meditation which envisions your day and the way you would like to feel during the activities you have planned. There is a lot that is out of our control in our days but how we perceive and therefore how...
Moroccan spiced pumpkin with cauliflower/cashew cheese sauce

Moroccan spiced pumpkin with cauliflower/cashew cheese sauce

This is a beautiful, simple and very tasty way to cook pumpkin for a small group or to a family. It saves time cutting and presents really nicely and creates a great sharing atmosphere while everyone has to scoop into the golden, caramelise wheel in the middle of the...
Zesty Basil & Almond Pesto

Zesty Basil & Almond Pesto

I love vibrant, bright and full flavoured sauces and dressings like this! They make the best accompaniment to balance slightly sweet, rich and full-bodied offerings like pumpkin, sweet potato, polenta, eggplant, lasagna thick vegetable stews. This pesto is also an...
Meet our new Retreat Host Phoebe

Meet our new Retreat Host Phoebe

Q. What’s one piece of advice you could give to someone to transform or take their yoga practice to the next year ( from a beginner to an intermediate) Pheobe: Oh! that’s a tough one. I would say, listen to your body, but also challenge yourself. Flirt...
Seeded loaf

Seeded loaf

This bread is packed full of nutrient-dense fibre, protein, healthy fats like omega-3 & omega-6, carbohydrates (from nuts + seeds), vitamins and minerals. Free from gluten, dairy, eggs and refined sugar. Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa or brown rice 1/2 cup ...
Stuffed eggplant on leek puree

Stuffed eggplant on leek puree

Stuffed eggplant on leek puree makes 8 serves Ingredients 2 large eggplants 1 cup cooked quinoa (make sure you have soaked before cooking to aid digestion) 1 small red onion diced and sautéed in coconut oil 6 medjool dates pipped and chopped 1 capsicum diced 1/4 cup...
Farm Shop with a Heart

Farm Shop with a Heart

Warrah Biodynamic Farm at Dural supplies all of our organic fruit and vegetables and are a registered charity providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney’s North West.  They grow a wide range of certified biodynamic/organic seasonal produce,...
Balancing Kitchari

Balancing Kitchari

A balancing comfort food, filled with fibre, protein and complex carbohydrates. Kitchari is often given as an Ayurvedic remedy to people who need rejuvenation from chronic exhaustion, poor digestion, or an over-toxic system. This seriously tasty kitchari offers warmth...
Si’s Mediterranean Spiced Olives

Si’s Mediterranean Spiced Olives

Love olives? Try this next time to add some extra flavour. Ingredients: 2 cups of unpitted kalamatta or Sicilian olives.(drains and rinsed well) 1 clove of garlic (roughly chopped) 1 Tablespoon of fennel seeds 2 bay leaves 1/2 teaspoon of cracked black pepper 1/2...
Morning Elixir

Morning Elixir

Starting your internal fire with a bang in the morning. Have this hit of health (preferably half an hour before you eat) every morning to help boost start your metabolism, boost your immune system, aid digestion, repair cells, balance your pH, cleans your urinary...
Book: Loving What Is

Book: Loving What Is

This book is extremely helpful if you ever find that you have disturbing emotional thoughts that are very hard to ignore or to get rid of. In this book Byron Katie gives format and formula for conversations which create breakthroughs and transformation.
Vegan Salted Caramel Slice

Vegan Salted Caramel Slice

Using all Natural Sugars. Dairy Free, Gluten free and Vegan Ingredients: Base 1/2 cup of almonds 1/2 cup of cashews or macadamia (or mixture of both) 1/2 cup of cacao powder 1 cup of soaked dates (soak in boiling water) pinch of salt (preferably celtic or pink salt)...
Golden-Spiced Coconut Chai Elixir

Golden-Spiced Coconut Chai Elixir

Creating healthy habits and rituals are the fertile ground for a happy & joyous life. I personally love finding ways to include potent, life-enhancing Ingredients to my personal food culture that enrich my life and my senses simulataneoulsly and one of the easiest...
Thai Sweet Potato Patties

Thai Sweet Potato Patties

Thai Sweet Potato Patties Ingredients 3 x medium sweet potato grated (skin can be left on if organic) 2 tablespoons x coconut oil zest x 1 lime 2 x large leaves of silverbeet finely chopped 2 x organic free range eggs beaten 1 tablespoon x fresh chopped coriander 2...
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...
Top Three Books: Pregnancy Yoga

Top Three Books: Pregnancy Yoga

Here are 3 books our yoga teachers recommend for all the pregnant goddesses Yoga Mama, Yoga Baby: Ayurveda and Yoga for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth by Margo Shapiro Bachman M.D Yoga Mama: The Practitioner’s Guide to Prenatal Yoga; by Linda Sparrowe Yoga for...
Book: We’re All Going To Die

Book: We’re All Going To Die

This is a beautiful joyful book that understands one of the keys to enjoying life is to come to terms with our own inevitable death. Written by an Australian medical doctor this book explains the wisdom that comes from reconciling ourselves with death, a skill that...
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...
Book: Sapiens

Book: Sapiens

This book gives a great understanding of how us humans evolved and the biological and cultural history that has shaped each and every one of us today. Once you fully understand where you come from and the forces that have created you it is far easier to break free...
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...
Apple & Cinnamon Chia Porridge

Apple & Cinnamon Chia Porridge

Ingredients Serves 4 ½ Cup Chia Seeds 500ml Almond Milk (Liquid of your choice) 2 Green Apples 2 Cinnamon Sticks 1 Star Anise 2 cloves Water Method Soak Chia seeds in a bowl with 500ml of Almond Milk and stir with a whisk. Let sit for 5 minutes and give it another...
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...
Raw Carrot Cake

Raw Carrot Cake

This raw carrot cake is GF, DF, Sugar free and packed with veggies, nuts and natural fruits. Plus its delicious! Ingredients  Make 16 serves Carrot cake layer  1 1/4 cups of almonds 1 1/4 cup of cashews 2 cups of shredded coconut 1 1/2 cups almond meal (or pulp from...
Book: Wherever You Go, There You Are

Book: Wherever You Go, There You Are

“Wherever you go, there you are. Whatever you wind up doing, that’s what you’ve wound up doing. Whatever you are thinking right now, that’s what’s on your mind. The important question is how are you going to handle it?” Jon...
Book: You Can Heal Your Life

Book: You Can Heal Your Life

This book is designed to help anyone come to the realisation that we are the creators of our own suffering and we can be the creators of our own joy. This book has sold 50 million copies – think of all those lives helped. What a woman, what a life. Here are some...
Dal-licious Dal

Dal-licious Dal

Ingredients  500g of moog dal Home made vegetable stock (or water) Half medium size pumpkin cubed about 1cm 2 carrots diced 1 leek diced 1/4 cup of fresh grater ginger (loosely packed) 2 teaspoons of coriander seeds 2 teaspoons of cumin seeds 2 table spoons of coconut...
Zucchini, Fig and Apple Loaf

Zucchini, Fig and Apple Loaf

Makes 1 large loaf Ingredients 1/2 cup of coconut oil, melted 1/2 cup honey 3 eggs or 3 flax eggs (3 tablespoons of flax to 2 tablespoons filtered water) 2 teaspoons vanilla powder 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate soda 2 1/2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder 1 teaspoons...
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...
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