Happy Buddha FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
We are open to everyone!!
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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!
Are you open?
We are open and welcome everyone, regardless of vaccination status. We cannot wait to see your smiling faces and welcome you back to the Blue Mountains!
What is your cancellation and refund policy?
We offer a no-questions-asked opportunity to reschedule your retreat to any available date (with the same monetary value) should you need to change dates.
You may want to refer to our retreat & booking Terms and Conditions.
What is the retreat schedule like?
Depending on the retreat offering you’ve chosen the program and schedule will differ. Check-in on the first day is from 4:30pm and checkout is at 11:00am on the last day and there is ample space for you to have free time as well. For further details, please choose an offering and view the specific program from there.
What is the accommodation like?
If you are participating in an Inner Joy program, all the rooms are twin-share with en-suite and are comfortable. If you’ve chosen another offering you will be staying in our communal house where rooms are cosy and there are shared bathroom amenities.
For your peace of mind, please read our Covid-19 page for how we are managing the retreat with social distancing and hygiene measures. Solo retreaters – for your peace of mind you can upgrade to a private room OR you may also choose to retreat with a stranger (we will pair you up once your booking is confirmed).
Solo retreaters: 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 $124 per night extra (This is a great option if you are a light sleeper or tend to snore!).
Twin-Share: 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 three 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! The communal house has cosy chill out areas, dining area and small lounge.
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. Depending on the retreat program you choose there are also other themed activities & workshops 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. Be sure to check the specific program for all inclusions.
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?
Yes! You can book a massage but only if you are participating in an Inner Joy or Women’s Re-Wilding Retreat. Our wonderful massage therapists offer massage therapy 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. Please note, limited places are available so arrive on time and book in a preferred time slot. Sorry, we cannot pre-book massages.
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. Dinner starts at 7pm sharp and we request you arrive on time for dinner.
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?
Update January, 2021 – Please bring you own yoga mat, props and a blanket for your yoga practice, including a pillow and blanket for yin yoga, relaxation and workshops.
What should I bring?
- Beach towel
- Loose comfortable clothing
- Sport / walking shoes
- Shower gel / shampoo
- Mosquito repellent
- Other personal toiletries
- Yoga mat and props (including a blanket for meditation)
- Personal sanitiser
- Water bottle
Are these retreats women only?
No, not at all! For Inner Joy, Journey Into Stillness and Reconnect retreats we welcome men and women of all walks of life. Occasionally we hold a women-only retreat called Women’s Creative Connection ~ this is taking a pause during Winter 2022.
Can I purchase a Gift Voucher?
Absolutely! You can purchase a gift voucher and add a personal message. Find out more here.
Can I stay an extra day or on Sunday?
We are closed on Sundays however you may want to look at extending your retreat experience with a double retreat!
What are your Retreat Terms & Conditions?
You can view our Retreat & Booking Terms and Conditions and also read our Waiver and Release of Liability here. At the time of booking you will be asked to check a tick box and confirm your agreement to our T&Cs. Thank you!
Can I volunteer?
We call this our Exchange Program. Learn more and apply here.
I'm concerned about Covid-19 and have questions...
We get it. Covid-19 has impacted everyone globally. If you have questions about retreating with us, or would like to know about any of our policies, please send an email to [email protected] and one of the crew will be in contact within 2 business days. Please note, we are currently open to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
If you are currently on retreat and have questions, are feeling unwell or need to have a chat about any concerns, please ask for the retreat manager and they’ll be able to assist you. If you need to leave retreat, and prefer not to talk to anyone about this, please leave a note at reception and email us to let us know.
What's the difference in accommodation between Inner Joy and other programs?
Inner Joy is our signature retreat program which takes place three times a week within our retreat centre accommodation. (Twin-share rooms with ensuites.)
All other programs have a unique twist and are held in our communal house, next door to our retreat centre. The house is very much the same vibe as the retreat centre with an eclectic feel but bathrooms are shared facilities. The beauty of our palace retreats is these are intimate gatherings of only 10 people per retreat. These offerings include Journey into Stillness
You can also opt to have your own room (sharing a bathroom still) for an additional fee of $124 per night.
Occasionally we hold retreats in other destination venues such as Glenrock Scout Camp, and each offering will outline your program and specific accommodation.
Do you offer Long Weekend retreats?
We’ve made a decision to cancel 2022 Long Weekend retreats. Perhaps you might want to book two retreats, back to back instead?
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 or emailing us. We will add you to our reschedule list and you can contact us when you’re ready to retreat with us.
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.
Is the pool heated?
Our pool is not heated. Nice and fresh!
What is the food like? And what if I have a special diet?
Our food is fresh, filling and tasty plant powered with Asian, Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean flavours.
Meals are vegetarian (and almost vegan!). We occasionally include honey in our dishes. For coffee lovers, take a quick drive or stroll to the local cafes or make an instant cuppa in the dining area. We have a selection of herbal teas to try too!
We also cater for strict 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. Sorry, we cannot customise meal times.
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.
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.
Can I stay longer than 3 days?
We know you’ll feel amazing after 1 retreat but sometimes 2 nights is just not enough. You can now book an extended stay however this will not include Sunday nights as we’re closed for some crew rejuvenation.
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.
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.
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. We ask that you be extra cautious with disposal of your cigarette.
Can I retreat on my own?
Absolutely. You’ll have an amazing time during your retreat and the best part is, you’ll meet like-minded people. Some people delay retreating because they’re waiting for their friend, but we really recommend you ‘choose courage’ and book this in for yourself. You won’t regret it. All you need to do is choose your date and book your place. As our rooms are twin-share we’ll pair you up with another retreater of the same gender.
If you prefer your own space, or a light sleeper simply add on your $124 per night private room supplement (via our booking platform.)
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.
Is there parking at the retreat centre?
Yes! If you’re on time you should get a park just outside the retreat centre in allocated car spots, but if all taken, please drive back up towards the entry gate where you can park on the left in an additional designated parking area. If you’re retreating with a friend we recommend car pooling.