We’re so glad your thinking about retreating with us in the Blue Mountains! Be sure to check retreat dates and availability here, and if you have additional questions not outlined below in our very handy FAQ section, email us via our contact form.
Still have questions? View our FAQs
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 3pm and checkout is at 11:45am on the last day. For further details, please check our time table
What is the accommodation like?
All the rooms are very comfortable and have a private ensuite bathroom. If you’re a solo retreater you will be paired with another retreater of the same demographic in a twin share room, or you can upgrade to your own room for $249 extra. 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.
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 drumming circles, guided meditations, and self-guided hikes. 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 through an email that will be sent to you 2 days before the retreat starts. Prices are $110 an hour, or $65 for half an hour; payment has to be made to the masseuse on the day in cash only.
How can I get to Wentworth Falls by public transport?
You can catch a train from Sydney Central to Wentworth Falls. Rather than walking 15minutes with baggage we encourage retreaters to book a quick taxi (132227) to the retreat centre.
Can we arrive earlier than 3pm?
As our friendly team are working on housekeeping and retreat preparation, we kindly ask our guests to arrive no earlier than 3pm.
Can we depart later than 11:45am?
As we need to get ready for the next retreat, we ask all retreaters to be packed and ready to leave your room by 11:45am.
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.
I have specific dietary requirements; can I come?
Our food is 100% vegetarian and freshly made. We do our best to adapt to any kind of dietary requirements so please let us know if you have an allergies or food in-tolerances. When going through the booking process just include your dietary requirements in the dedicated field.
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?
Yes! You can stay longer than three days if you’re booking two retreats in a row. It’s important to note, we can only accept back to back retreat bookings in the following combinations: Monday – Wednesday and Wednesday to Friday OR the Wednesday – Friday and Friday – Sunday retreats. Lunch will not be included for each retreat’s departure day so we recommend exploring one of the local cafes for your lunch that day. Please call us if you have any questions regarding your back to back retreat booking.
If I book and can’t make it, can I reschedule?
When booking on our website you are able to reschedule your retreat one time for free. Any further rescheduling will be charged $25 per person.
Is the pool heated?
Our pool is not heated. Nice and fresh!
Can I come with my dog?
In order to create a safe space for everyone and in case of allergy, dogs are not allowed in our venue. Even when they are very small.
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 Volunteer Exchange program and you can read all about it 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.