3 large, comfortable bedrooms with either twin beds or a king bed.

One separate shower room, plus a separate shower with bath and double vanity; plus a separate toilet with handbasin.

There is a large communal room with a refreshment and limited meal preparation facility. This includes fridge, crockery, cutlery, microwave, benchtop oven, slow cooker and barbecue (just out the door). In this communal space there is the sauna and plenty of flexibility for sitting and relaxing.

This room also accesses (as well as the barbecue), outdoor dining and the expansive deck area, spa pool and salt water swimming pool.



There are several options for meals.  We can cater for groups with simple, tasty and delicious vegetarian meals.  They will be from our own vegetable garden or local organic produce wherever possible. We also have experience in catering for those with dietary intolerances.

Alternatively if guests prefer to self-cater in a simple manner, this is also possible.  For the warmer months a barbecue is available.  Also available are a microwave and a slow cooker. 

There are also a number of local cafes and restaurants a short drive away.


Shubha Room

 Shubha is a Sanskrit word meaning: splendid, beautiful, auspicious. A place of bliss, happiness and an assembly of the Gods!

This beautiful, generous space is available for a variety of group activities.  For example: yoga, tai chi, healing/therapy training workshops, dance and movement work-play, group meditation or chant/singing and other gatherings.
It will be available for our retreats and also available for hire to other groups needing a quality venue. 

It has been insulated, lined and painted; double glazed windows installed; comprehensive lighting and also skylights fitted.  An attractive quality flooring has been put down suitable for movement work.  An eco-efficient heat pump is available to keep us cool in summer and warm in winter.  The final touch was the large leadlight feature window which is simply stunning. 


Spa Pool

A six person spa with all the jets and bubbles you would need.  It is always on and available and now chlorine free.  Great for a late night soak whilst observing the night sky!

Swimming Pool

This large pool is a salt water pool which is also heated, allowing a few extra months of use in the year. If you haven’t experienced a salt water pool you will find that it feels extra good on the skin and eyes.


 This is a 4 person ‘Far Infrared Sauna’ This ‘dry’ sauna replicates and resonates with the body’s natural energy band. The technology was first used in hospital incubators. The energy penetrates the body’s tissue, affecting skin, muscle and organ tissue, the circulatory system, joints and ligaments. It also counters toxic electromagnetic influences that the body may have acquired. Colour therapy is also incorporated in a sauna session. So in summary the benefits are: stress relief, pain relief, cardiovascular and circulatory conditioning, deep detox, weight loss, improvements to skin, joint mobility and immune function. The ‘soft’ radiant heat created by the sauna has been likened to the comforting warmth felt being behind a glass window on an autumn afternoon and, unlike the stifling heat of conventional saunas, this sauna allows fresh air to circulate.

Other Extras

Zen Chi Massager - relaxes muscles, increases metabolism and circulation of blood, reduces backache, aids detoxification, massages internal organs aiding digestion and elimination – all whilst having your feet up and cradled in the massager and enjoying some quiet time!

Exercycle, Electronic piano (with headphones!), Exquisite and eclectic collection of music and guided meditation for relaxation, unwinding or expression (free dance or vocal!) and a fine range of uplifting and useful literature about mind body and spirit to browse through and be inspired.

Close proximity to a variety of well maintained bush walks and Bethells Beach.

Vartamana Retreat offers healing spaces, resources, practitioners and accommodation in a peaceful and welcoming environment where a deep level of care and acceptance is our promise to you.  If you do not feel completely satisfied, we welcome you back to find out what we can do better and offer you a complementary treatment for your efforts. 

The range of treatments and experience is not often found elsewhere. Come and see this new and unique venture for yourself.  We are awaiting your testimonial !!!

Treatments We Offer

Sattva Bodywork
 Sattva is a Sanskrit word meaning 'clarity; the quality that illumines; the principle of light and harmony in nature; the mode of peace and happiness and poise of the whole being' .  This bodywork has evolved from Trager . 

It is a mind body healing approach that increases mobility, relaxation and inner peace through touch and movement. It is a form of neuromuscular reprogramming and movement re-education.  During a session, the practitioner is reminding the muscle memory, and therefore the mind of the client, what the feeling of softer, of easer, of freer is.   The utilization of these gentle, non-intrusive movements helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility and mental clarity.  Every contact with muscle and joint is an opportunity to create and deepen the feelings of lightness, freedom, ease and peace.

The effects of a Sattva session penetrates below the level of conscious awareness and continues to produce positive results long after the session has ended.  Changes described have included the disappearance of specific symptoms, discomfits or pains, heightened levels of energy and vitality, more effortless posture and carriage, greater joint mobility and deeper states of relaxation than were previously possible.  These changes occur through the breaking up of holding patterns that cause dysfunction. These may be massive or minor, old or relatively new, generated by psychological or by physical trauma, overwhelmingly debilitating or merely uncomfortable and inhibiting.

Therapeutic massage
can relieve muscle tension, provide greater joint flexibility, improve circulation, reduce blood pressure and strengthen the immune system.  It also can allow us deeply rest and connect with our own healing ability.

Ren-ai and Robyn are qualified practitioners of therapeutic massage.

A non invasive natural therapy based on the principle that reflexes or areas in the feet, hands and ears, relate to the internal organs and systems in the body.  It is based on ancient Chinese and Egyptian healing arts, and draws on the oriental meridian theory.

Palpation or alternating pressure applied to reflex points helps to achieve balance in the body, by normalizing the function of the internal organs that the reflexes relate to.  Reflexology helps to stimulate the body's natural healing process allowing the person to achieve physical and emotional well being.  It is an exceptionally therapeutic way to relieve many acute and chronic conditions and in addition, it is very effective at maintaining sound general health and well being.

Miho and Judith are qualified practitioners of Reflexology

A non-invasive healing system that is gentle, safe and effective. It recognises that health is our natural state and our bodies have perpetual healing mechanisms that maintain life.   A BodyTalk treatment can stimulate your innate healing ability which then powerfully activates your body to heal at a deep and lasting level. It utilises: the most up-to-date research into anatomy and physiology; the wisdom of advanced yoga; the knowledge of modern physics and ancient philosophy; the energy dynamics of acupuncture and the principles of osteopathy and chiropractic.

Your symptoms are just the “tip of the iceberg” – BodyTalk does not “try” to just fix your symptoms, instead it checks all the functions of the body to see where the unresolved emotional, physical and chemical traumas are blocking your ability to complete the healing cycle. Once they are brought to resolution, you can automatically maintain a healthy and vital body.

Shane is a qualified practitioner of Body Talk

Reiki is a technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. When the flow of the "Life Force Energy" is disrupted, weakened or blocked, emotional or health problems tend to occur. Imbalances can be caused from many situations occurring in our lives, such as: emotional or physical trauma, injury, toxicity, nutritional depletion, negative thoughts and feelings, including fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, negative self-talk, and from emotions that are not expressed in a healthy way. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Deborah is a Reiki Master Teacher and Holistic Coach.

Soul Voice work

Sound healing is an ancient, present and future healing tool. It can be used alone or in conjunction with almost any other healing modality. Sound has the ability to penetrate the cells of the body, the conscious and the unconscious mind, the seen and the unseen.  Every word we speak carries the tone of our sound as an instrument of communication and healing. Understanding how to tune and use this instrument effectively shifts not only our own consciousness, but also that of those who receive (hear) our sounds. Opening and clearing the throat chakra allows a freedom of self-expression that supports communication and healing on every level.   To expand our vocal range is to expand our view of life; healing limitations and releasing false beliefs and negative programming.  We may then become a vibrational instrument of the highest creative force.  This is the Soul Voice journey.

Crystal ~ Energy Healing
Chakras are energy centers that, according to Yoga philosophy, govern the core emotional and physical functions of our being. They are junction points between consciousness and physiology.

"When these energy centres are congested or out of harmony your vital life force is unable to freely circulate resulting in di-stress, dis-ease and a lack of mind-body integrity" (Deepak Chopra).

In Crystal healing, specific crystals associated with each chakra are used to help re-align, balance and restore optimum wellbeing.

ThetaHealing is a safe, gentle yet powerful healing modality. It is a modality that combines theta brainwaves, natural intuition and focused thought with a conscious connection to the energy of 'All that is', bringing spiritual, physical and emotional well being.  In a ThetaHealing session we can identify and shift subconscious beliefs that are causing problems either with your health or some other area of your life.

Belief and feeling work can also be done to remove and replace negative emotions, feelings and thoughts with positive, beneficial ones. In this way, gently helping us heal and transform our lives, assisting us to create health, happiness and abundance.

During a session many clients experience feelings of deep peace, love and nurturing. ThetaHealing can be used to heal: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Nirvyaja is your qualified Theta Healing practitioner. 


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