Emerging from Winter to Spring



Arrive from 2.00pm Thursday 30 August, to commence at 6.30pm

Depart 10.00am Sunday 2 September



836 Hawkesbury Road

Hawkesbury Heights NSW 2777



Refunds up to 21 days before the event. After this time, refunds will only be possible if we can replace your spot.


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Retreat to recharge

Take the opportunity to unplug and recharge your batteries in preparation for spring, in the peaceful surrounds of the lower Blue Mountains. This three night retreat will give you the time to explore ways of reconnecting with yourself, and perhaps reigniting your connection to spirit. If you’ve discovered that there’s ‘more to life’ and are wondering where to start, this is the retreat for you.

Nourishing your body with vegetarian food and plenty of fresh air, we will spend from Thursday night to Sunday morning away from work and the chores of home life, supporting ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

A relaxed schedule will allow for the spontaneous—which is just the way nature intended. We will honour the change of seasons, and provide a group healing to assist with releasing the past and allowing for the new energies of spring to emerge within.

Physical activity will include a bush walk and time to stroll to the local lookout. By spending time with our bare feet on the ground, we are ‘earthing’ ourselves. How often do you do this in daily life? We will spend time grounding each day during the retreat, as it’s a really simple way to re-centre ourselves and re-connect.

As part of the movement from winter to spring, we will begin creating a small aura cleansing fan. You will be able to use it to assist in cleansing your own energy field, and that of your family, as well as your home and office.

Most important, is the opportunity to explore your spirituality and honour your connection to the Divine. There will be meditation and mantra, time for journaling, colouring in, or just sitting in the sun.

Why join this retreat?

Your retreat facilitators Shelley and Jason are passionate about helping people heal and achieve balance in the world. They provide group healings, energy balancing sessions as a duo to individual clients, run crystal workshops, and much more. With a love of the peacefulness of nature and preparing delicious nutritious vegetarian food, you will leave feeling refreshed and nurtured.

Recounted after a group healing: “Individually you can feel their energy, together they pack a beautiful and powerful collection of healing and supportive energy! Jason and Shelley work beautifully together and I could feel them both working with their spiritual guides during the circle, offering everyone the support they needed, a beautiful experience!”

You will receive countless gifts
Divine Balance gift

Not only will you leave feeling better energetically, you will receive:

  • Tools to help manage your energy on a daily basis
  • A deeper connection to nature, your own spirit, and the greater universal energy that holds us all
  • Sore stomach muscles from laughing
  • New friends
  • The beginnings of an aura cleansing fan – or perhaps we will get to finish it together
  • Surprise gifts from Divine Balance® along the way… like a treasure hunt for your soul.

What is provided

  • Three nights of shared accommodation
  • All vegetarian meals and snacks
  • A group healing featuring crystals, sound and energy medicine
  • Ceremonies to farewell winter and welcome spring
  • Materials to create your own aura cleansing fan
  • Daily meditation
  • Lots of laughter guaranteed


What to bring – the fun stuff

  • Journal and pen/pencil
  • Favourite crystal—if you have one—to meditate with
  • Colouring in materials to enjoy during quiet times
  • Feathers and other items like small stones, or shells that you collect on your daily walks, to use when creating your aura cleansing fan

What to bring – the essentials

You’ll need the following to ensure a comfortable stay:

  • Warm jacket—preferably waterproof in case of rain
  • Warm clothing layers and pyjamas
  • Gloves and beanie in case you want to join in the stargazing
  • Sun protection ie hat, long sleeves, sunscreen
  • Mozzie repellent
  • Comfortable walking shoes with good support
  • Backpack to carry essentials and snacks/lunch/water for the bushwalk
  • Yoga mat, cushion, and blanket for meditation
  • Warm socks or slippers to wear inside
  • Bed sheets and 2 x pillowslips
  • Bath towel and face washer
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Torch
  • Drinking water bottle
  • Hot water bottle if you feel the cold at night

Venue information

This lower Blue Mountains venue is right on the edge of the National Park. It’s solar-powered, on rainwater tanks, and eco-friendly, and entirely ours for the duration of the retreat. With sweeping views and nature on the doorstep, this refuge away from busy modern life is the perfect place to unwind and relax.

Featuring multiple outdoor seating areas, the main kitchen and dining room plus indoor lounge—there’s plenty of space to chill out. A gathering place outside complete with an open fire awaits our presence, and the indoor fireplace is a homely addition that efficiently heats the upstairs bedrooms.

Meals will be prepared on the BBQ and in the large indoor kitchen. Shared bathrooms are downstairs, with twin-share bedrooms upstairs.

Please note regarding mobility support, that whilst the venue is accessible via a wheelchair-accessible pathway, the building is surrounded by uneven grass and pavers, and the bedrooms are up one flight of stairs without elevator access.

There are no washing facilities onsite, so please pack enough clothing and back up options in case of wet weather.

Note on bedding: Most of the bedrooms have two single beds, although there are two rooms with a double bed and a single bed. Bring sheets that will fit both – in case you’re fortunate to arrive early enough to grab a double!

Getting to the venue

There is limited parking at the venue itself, so car-pooling is recommended. Once capacity is reached, cars can be unpacked at the venue and parked up on Hawkesbury Road—a 2-minute walk up the drive.

By train
10 km to station. Hourly from Sydney and Katoomba.

By bus
3 km to stop at Old Hawkesbury Road & Coramandel Avenue with Pearce’s Buses. Limited public transport, bus runs (Mon-Fri) during school term to Roberts Parade from Macquarie Rd, Springwood.

By car or taxi
Taxi from Springwood. If travelling west by car, you need to turn left off the Great Western Highway via Springwood to Winmalee/Richmond.


Retreat team

Shelley McConaghy

Shelley has been on her own spiritual journey since she was a teenager. As a very sensitive child, she picked up on what the people around her were feeling. This manifested in daily stomach aches and headaches from the age of seven. It was a relief later on to discover that she was literally taking on others pain as an ’empath’. Learning techniques to help manage this has proven invaluable in her work as a natural therapist.

As the founder of Divine Balance® Shelley is passionate about helping people on their spiritual journey. Her clients have described what she provides during healings as being bathed in the energy of the Divine Mother. Shelley certainly doesn’t have all the answers, but she is very willing to share what has worked for her, and what techniques her clients have found useful.

Jason Engelbrecht

As an Indigenous man of mixed genealogy, Jason brings a wealth of experience to his role as a Kurradji (Aboriginal medicine man). Jason’s abilities have been awoken through various spiritual initiations that began when he was a child. He works with a variety of different crystals to conduit the energy to his client, with the help of medicine people in the ancestral realms. Sound medicine always features as part of his healings, and smoke is used to cleanse and purify the energy field.

Jason’s clients experience pain relief and the freedom from spiritual ‘heaviness’ that can weigh us down. The lifting of the energetic dross from stored trauma in the body is something that Jason specialises in, as it’s something that he is passionate about helping his people heal.

Duty of care

Caring for your health and wellbeing during the retreat is of utmost importance to us. Your retreat team has current certifications in first aid, mental health first aid, as well as current police checks and working with children checks.

Please advise when you book, whether you have any particular medical requirements so that we can ensure your needs are taken into consideration when planning activities.

There will be smoke in the house from the open fire, and there is likely to also be incense smoke, sage smoke, and the burning of leaves. Please ensure to bring any necessary medications should your breathing be affected by being exposed to smoke.

By booking to attend this retreat you agree to follow the safety guidelines set in place by your retreat team, and to alert them immediately should you have any concerns for your physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual wellbeing.

Please note that this is a drug- and alcohol-free event.

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