Contact Details & FAQ
At Happy Buddha Retreats we’re here to make life easy! There’s no fees for cancellations and changes ~ just give us a day or so to get back to you.
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Where is the retreat ?
Our relaxing retreat centre is nestled in the Blue Mountains, approximately 90 minutes by car or 2 and a half hours by train from Sydney city. The nearest town and train station is Wentworth Falls. Our address is: Happy Buddha Retreats, 50 Railway Parade, Wentworth Falls. We have big Happy Buddha Retreat signs at the entrance so you can’t miss us!
What is the retreat schedule like?
We run midweek retreats (Monday to Wednesday and also Wednesday to Friday) as well as weekend retreats (Friday to Sunday). Check-in on the first day is from 4:30pm and checkout is at 11:00am on the last day. For further details, please check our time table
What is the accommodation like?
All the rooms are twin-share with ensuite and are comfortable. If you’re retreating on your own you will be paired with another retreater of the same demographic in a twin share room, or you can opt to have your own room for $249 extra (This is a great option if you are a light sleeper or tend to snore!). When attending the retreat with a friend or a partner, let us know at the time of the booking so that we make sure we make your bedding arrangement right (twin or double). The rooms are warm and heated during the winter months and stay cool with a ceiling fan during summer.
As for the retreat facilities, in the past two years we’ve added our own “Happy Buddha boho” style to this chalet style retreat centre. Along with two levels of rooms, the centre includes a ‘hidden’ yoga space, quiet zen den, communal dining area, foyer lounge, outdoor patio with tables and of course the swimming pool!
How can I make sure I am in the same room as my friend?
While going through the booking process, there will be a field called “Attending With”. Just type the name of your friend and you will be paired together in the same room.
What are the activities?
Our yoga and meditation classes are suitable for ALL levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. There are also other activities such as a fun drumming circle and guided meditations. You may also want to take a dip in the swimming pool or book in for a relaxing massages (extra cost). All activities (including yoga) are optional and our guests are free to occupy their time however they want, after all, this stay is all about YOU.
I have never done yoga, can I join?
Yes, you can! Our yoga and meditation classes are suitable to ALL levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners and you’ll feel included in our classes. If a pose is challenging, we recommend listening to your body and if you need to, just take a lie down or child’s pose (kneeling seat and bowing forward into a comfortable position).
Do I have to attend all classes?
Even though we recommend attending most classes to get the full benefits of the retreat, all classes are optional and our guests are free to occupy their time however they want.
Do you offer massages?
Our wonderful massage therapists offer massages on the second day of the retreat. You can book your massage at the time of check in. The price is $110 an hour and payment is made to the therapist with cash.
How can I get to Wentworth Falls?
You can drive and park at the retreat. Public transport is also convenient. We suggest a train from Sydney Central to Wentworth Falls station. Rather than walking 15minutes with baggage we encourage retreaters to book a quick taxi (132227) to the retreat centre. If flying from interstate you can catch a train to Sydney Central. Check 131500.com.au for trip planning and schedules. Read Getting Here and Away for train and car directions.
When can I check in?
Check in is 4:30pm. As we run our retreats back to back our friendly crew are working on housekeeping and retreat preparation. If you do arrive earlier, you may leave you bag at reception and explore Wentworth Falls village.
When is check out?
Check out is 11am. As we need to get ready for the next retreat, we ask all retreaters to be packed and ready to leave your room by 11:00am.
Do I need to bring my own yoga mat?
All yoga mats and props are provided so you don’t need to bring your own.
What should I bring?
- Beach towel
- Loose comfortable clothing
- Sport / walking shoes
- Shower gel / shampoo
- Mosquito repellent
- Other personal toiletries
Are these retreats women only?
No, not at all! We welcome men and women of all walks of life. Our only limitation is our retreat centre caters for ages 16+
Can I purchase a Gift Voucher?
Yes, absolutely! We have a selection of Gift Vouchers available for purchase. Please click here to select the best option for you.
Can I stay an extra day or on Sunday?
Sorry, no. We are super proud of our 2 Night program and are unable to offer nightly extensions. We are closed on Sundays.
I have specific dietary requirements; can I come?
Our food is 100% vegetarian and freshly made. We also cater for vegans and people requiring dairy or gluten free foods due to intolerance. Allergies will also be carefully noted. Please let us know your specific restrictions and allergies in the booking form.
Can I bring my kids?
In order to keep a consistent group and to enable everyone to speak freely during the meditation talks, the minimum age to take part in our retreat is 16 years old.
Can I stay longer than 3 days?
We’re no longer taking bookings for back to back retreats. We’re proud of our 2 Night retreat program and know you’ll feel uplifted by closing circle. Why not retreat with us and then seek out somewhere local in the Blue Mountains for some additional rest if you’re looking at more time?
If I book and can’t make it, can I reschedule?
We get it. Life happens! You are able to reschedule your retreat by contacting the crew via our contact form.
Is the pool heated?
Our pool is not heated. Nice and fresh!
What is your pet policy?
We do not allow outside pets on the property. If you have an assistance dog, please email us and we can discuss further. Please note, we do have a very friendly resident domestic cat who lives at the separate retreat house and very occasionally says hi to retreaters at the retreat centre.
Why can’t we drink alcohol?
This three days are for everyone to take a step back with a clear mind. Our retreat is 100% alcohol free in order to create the same safe space for all our retreaters.
I don’t speak english very well, can I join?
We have had non-English speakers attend retreats, however, you will need to be able to follow the instructions given during the yoga classes and we encourage all retreaters to partake in meditation talks. So it all depends on you, whether you feel able to do this or not.
Do you have Wifi?
We don’t have wifi at the retreat although there is good mobile reception available. However, we do encourage our guests to take a step back and to disconnect from technology for the time of their retreat.
Do you have a laundry?
There is no laundry facility for our guests. Any emergency laundry can be done at the laundromat in Wentworth Falls (15 minute walk).
I am pregnant, can I join?
Yes you can, however, we would recommend you speak to your medical practitioner if you have specific concerns. Our yoga teachers will help you to adapt any poses to ensure they are done safely during your pregnancy.
What's your smoking policy?
Smoking is prohibited in the retreat centre hotel and surrounding grounds. Patrons who wish to smoke can do so at the car park located at the top driveway entrance only.
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We have a two week exchange program. Learn more about this opportunity here.
Can I retreat with my partner?
We welcome you and your partner to experience a retreat! Simply choose a date, book for 2 people and let us know you are retreating together.
Can you cater for vegans?
All of our food is vegetarian and we can easily cater for plant-powered vegans! If you have other requirements such as gluten free or perhaps you are exploring a fodmap diet, that’s ok too. Just be sure to let us know all the details in your booking form.