The former St Andrew’s Church in Thoona, in north east Victoria is a lovely old redbrick building, built in 1906, now renovated into a dwelling with a rustic garden. Enjoy the Naples paved area with a rock pizza oven and if it’s sunny we can dine outdoors in the Tuscan area surrounded by olive trees.
The church has 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and 3 toilets. In addition there is an annex with 4 king single beds. A solid fuel slow combustion heater keeps the building cozy and atmospheric. Lovely walks, outdoor seating areas and places for reflection are abundant.
Thoona is a small rural village situated midway between Shepparton (less than an hour’s drive) and Wangaratta (25 minutes) and Benalla (30 minutes). It is 2 hours 45 minutes from Melbourne.
Imagine the smells and tastes of delicious home cooked winter comfort food: soups, delicious casserole, home cooked pizzas from the rock pizza oven.
Simple food – but healthy, and mostly self serve. Vegetarians and meat eaters will both be catered for.
Our program will allow you to awaken and engage the senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch, plus of course, a sixth sense, your intuition. Through a series of simple safe exercises to enable you to fully embrace the sensory life, you spend time inside and out, together and alone and enjoy an outing with your fellow participants. You’ll come away refreshed and reconnected to your spirit and know what’s important in your life.
So what can you expect if you spend 3 days with us?
Andrea LOVES retreats!
Having also attended several retreats as a participant she has now run 2 successful retreats in Torquay, Victoria, and is running a 6-days retreat in Bali in early June 2017. She has navigated her own life transformation since turning 40, and now uses her extensive counselling, coaching and training experience to engage women in the transformative process of retreats to reinvent their lives.
Andrea helps you Reach Your Potential to create a life you love.
After facing some major challenges in her life, Amanda attended Andrea’s first retreat as a first step in creating a new positive view of the future.
She has returned to assist Andrea in further retreats in Australia and Bali. She draws on her experience in working with individuals and groups and brings her own unique insights.
**Early Bird Price | ***Regular Price
Shared room (up to 4 people in king single beds)
$547 | $647
Semi Private Double (Single Occupancy)
$567 | $667
Private Single Room
$567 | $667
Private Double Room (Single Occupancy)
$587 | $687
*Payment plans are available – discuss with Andrea ** Early Bird price for payment made by July 7*** Regular Price for payment made after July 7
How do I get there?
There is no public transport, so plan to drive. Specific direction will be provided after registration. However, it is an easy 55 minute drive from Shepparton and about 30 minutes or less from Benalla and Wangaratta.
Special Dietary Needs?
Food will be simple, largely self serve food, and will be mainly warm comfort winter style food. If you have specific dietary needs, please contact Andrea before to discuss. Vegetarians will be catered for.
AS a small intimate style retreat it is likely that places will fill quickly. In order to gain your commitment, there is a firm cancelation policy so that others don’t miss out. If you cancel more than a month before, you will receive your fee back, less a deposit of $150. Cancel less than a month before the retreat and you will lose 50% of the fee. If you cancel less than a week before, you will lose 75% of your fee.
Do I need to Share a Bathroom or Room?
The retreat is held in a converted church. The owner Glenda reminds us that “it is not the Hyatt” but it has it’s own charm and attraction and is very comfortable.
Not all the rooms have solid walls.
Those described as semi private may have a shared wall that is a curtain or concertina wall, offering visual privacy but not 100% auditory privacy.
There is also an annex separate to the church which has 4 king single bed upstairs. It is heated with a reverse cycle air conditioner.
It may not be suitable for you if you need your own room with sole use of an ensuite.
There may be room for some people who have their own accommodation on wheels – eg a mobile home of campervan, at a special price.