Yesterday I paid a visit to Falls Forest Retreat to check it out as a possible venue for holding a yoga retreat in the Spring.
We made a party of it and stayed overnight – Daniel, Rick, and Heather and I – in one of the six two-bedroom townhouses that serve as accommodation. Much more commodious and comfortable than the rustic old cabins of Camp Berringa, where I use to run retreats in the lower Blue Mountains.
Falls Forest Retreat has so much going for it: beautiful established gardens, a saltwater swimming pool, eucalypt and rain forests, creeks, waterfalls, birdlife, wallabies, nature trails, cascade swimming pools and the magnificent backdrop of Middle Brother Mountain.
And, Dr. Mary White, the heart and sould of the Falls Forest Centre, is in residence. She’s an amazing 85 year old who should be, if she hasn’t already been declared, a proper Australian national treasure. She worked as a paleo-botanist for years and wrote many scholarly and interesting books, such as The Greening of Gondwanaland. We met up with her yesterday as she was leaving for Aubury/Wodonga to receive her fourth doctorate, recognising the work she’s done to establish the 250 acres of Falls Forest as a nature conservancy. I would love as many yogis as possible to experience her presence and the extraordinary environment she is the guardian of.
So, what are you doing the October long weekend?