My girlfriend and I booked in for 3 nights to Swamis at Kenthurst. It was a decision based on two things: needing to really relax and accessibility to Sydney. When we drove down the long sweeping drive, I knew we were in for something different, The place has a feeling of yesteryear - but in a friendly comforting way. Swami's son met us near reception (he pretty much manages the retreat). Straight away, I could feel myself transitioning from the speed of city life to "being in the moment". Aha, so my objectives for a trip were being accomplished pretty quickly! If I have one piece of advice for travellers to Swamis - go with an open mind: do not expect a Gaia retreat or green smoothies brought to you by some luxury pool. It is simple vegetarian fare, basic but comfortable rooms, calm and friendly staff, and some yoga/meditating/bush walking thrown in for good measure. A lot of what people pay for in more expensive retreats is frills. Here the frills consist of witnessing the exquisite relationship between Swami and her son, the unhurried way in which a day unfolds, the sounds of nature all around. For us, it was refuelling. Reenergising. We'll be back soon, even if its just for a night or two.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Swami's Yoga Retreat is located in North West Sydney in the Hills area. We offer yoga, meditation and relaxation classes, massages & treatments, full board accommodation with healthy vegetarian cuisine. ... more less