Re-Awakening the Senses Retreat – Mount Alford QLD

Re-Awakening the Senses Retreat – Mount Alford QLD 2017-07-13T07:58:52+00:00


We are gathering together at beautiful Mount Alford, part of the Scenic Rim in South East Queensland to connect with nature and ourselves.

You are invited to join!

Re-Awakening the senses is an important step for any true healing, psychological well-being or spiritual development. This means using the senses to recognise the light, beauty and bliss in the world of nature around us. This reclaiming of the senses for the inner light is one of the greatest tasks for humanity today. However, it requires a radical movement of the mind away from the mass media realm and back to the cavern of the heart. During this retreat you are invited to step through that doorway, the doorway to true perception and connection. 

The Program 

The five senses are the key instruments that we have in life to perceive the world and make our way within it. How we use them determines how our lives will unfold; whether towards health or disease, creativity or stagnation, enlightenment or ignorance. Learning to use our senses correctly is one of the main skills that we need in order to master our existence and experience life in the optimal manner possible for us.

Our outer activities revolve around the messages that the senses convey to us and how we respond to them. Our culminating experiences of pleasure and pain, happiness and sorrow depend upon the acuity of our senses and their range of function. Our minds orient themselves according to the information that the senses bring in, which becomes the basis for building our thoughts, emotions and imagination. The senses provide the nourishment of impressions through which the mind is either made calm or disturbed.

This retreat is the perfect gateway for deepening our connection to ourselves and others. As a circle of kindred souls we will open ourselves to creating a caring space to relax and rejuvenate through nature, yoga, music, play, mindfulness, joy, and quiet moments of contemplation.

Do you feel the call in your heart to stop, step out and connect?

• Awaken your connections with nature through bushwalks, swimming and meditation in nature
• Deeply rest your mind and body, swim, read, have a massage, just do nothing
• Connect with your body, mind, and heart through daily guided practices and workshops focused on engaging your senses
 • Meet other inspired people on the path of conscious change
• Return home inspired to create a joyful and peaceful life

Dive into the time honoured practices of yoga, meditation, dancing, mindfulness, communion with nature, cooking classes, art therapy, aromatherapy and more! Develop your ability to listen and engage with life that is all around you using your five senses. Discover practical ways to follow your heart in daily life.

Your Facilitators

12105886_10206004931935479_4463673388088183806_nTammie Day is a mindfulness, yoga and nia teacher and group facilitator of 17 years. She runs retreats and workshops worldwide. Tammie has been facilitating retreats in Mount Alford for 3 years and has a special connection with this area being born close by in Beaudesert, she is looking forward to sharing with you this unique and magical place. 

Sandy Van Herberghen is an Artist, Fashion Designer/Creator, Holder of space, Traveller, Mother, Wife, Teacher, Lover of Colours, Massages, Open Fires and the Sea.

Sandy’s range of artistic and creative pursuits include shibori, clay sculpture, soap making, jewellery, mosaic, block printing, crochet, essential oils, gardening, reiki and massage… but nothing floats her boat like painting with colours!

Sandy is a Retreat facilitator who loves to share her knowledge and skills to people at all stages of the creative process. She also understands the need for woman to nurture themselves by taking time out to learn and create in a fun, supportive and gentle way.

Sarah Forshaw is a wife and a mother to two young beautiful women. She travels to learn, grow and experience art and culture. She sees the world as a place of intrigue and adventure and expresses this though her teaching of art and food/nutrition. 

Sarah’s field of experience is in using multiple mediums by combining photography, painting, mosaics, sculpture, drawing, desktop publishing’s, printing, essential oils and food. Nutrition and the cultural side of food is also a major passion for Sarah. Exploring the area of food being used as medicine for the body and soul is a vital part of her own well-being. 

Sarah creates a fun and expressive environment for people to gain skills and knowledge about art and food though workshops and facilitating retreats.

The Space

Mount Alford Lodge provides a unique blend of comfort and hospitality. It is warm and friendly yet guests can escape into their own privacy to relax and reflect.

The moods of the surrounding countryside are ever changing; from peace and tranquility with the silence broken only by the song of a nearby bird, to the rumbles of a summer storm as it approaches over the Border Ranges. 

With 59 hectares (140 acres) available to you, there is always somewhere for a quiet stroll. Those with a little more energy can climb to the higher ridges on our property and be rewarded with magnificent views.

When you have stayed at Mount Alford Lodge, you will fall in love with the facilities, the surrounds and the people!


Four detached cabins provide tastefully decorated accommodation, each room can be single or twinshare. Each cabin has three bedrooms allowing comfortable spacious living. 

All bedrooms have en-suite facilities ensuring your total privacy. All bedroom and bathroom linen is provided. 

Kitchenettes with microwave, toaster, electric jug, all cutlery and crockery plus refrigerator together with provided food selections, (toast, cereal, fruit, yogurt, tea and coffee) allow for a relaxed continental breakfast to start the day.

A quiet late afternoon drink on the open verandah of your cabin is the perfect way to relax and enjoy these magic surroundings.  

Your Daily Experience

Saturday – 4 November 2017

Arrive 2pm for afternoon tea, introductions and course overview

Afternoon workshop – Getting in touch with our senses

Settle in and explore your surroundings

6pm – Dinner

After dinner – relaxation guided visualisation

Sunday – 5 November 2017

7.30am Beautiful yoga in nature (if possible) to start your day

9am Breakfast

10am Morning Workshop – “Playing with Colour” with Sandy. A fun, experimental look at using colour. Warning acrylic paints may be used!! Again no artistic ability required just an open heart and the desire to explore colour in its varied and many forms. 

12pm Lunch

Free afternoon for relaxing, massage, swim, nap, chat, enjoy!

6pm Awakening our Senses – Movement – Nia Dance Class

7.30pm Dinner

After Dinner Movie

Monday 6 November 2017

6am – Early morning hike up Mount Edwards (steep in sections with some stairs) 2.2km return takes approx 3 hours. Picnic breakfast at the top (weather depending of course)

10am – 12am Workshop – Awakening our Senses – Taste and Touch cooking class with Sarah, warning art may also be involved!

1pm Lunch

Afternoon trip into the local town of Boonah for some exploring and afternoon tea. 

5pm – restorative yoga class so we aren’t so sore tomorrow after our morning walk

7pm Dinner

Tuesday – 7 November 2017

Optional Early morning Balloon ride over the beautiful scenic rim area. Self Pay $330

9am Depart to Mount Tamborine for a day of shopping and sight seeing, approx 1.5 hour drive. You can view what our day will be like here in our newsletter.

Return to Mount Alford Lodge by 6pm for dinner

Wednesday – 8 November 2017

7.30am Tai Chi and Meditation

9am Breakfast

10am- 12pm Workshop – Awakening our Senses – Aromatherapy for health and well-being, includes making a piece of aromatherapy jewellery.

1pm Lunch at Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm (*self Pay) yes awaken the senses with a walk through a lavender farm and by sipping locally made wine right from the cellar door, not to mention the delicious food on offer. 

Free afternoon for relaxing, massage, swim, nap, chat, enjoy!

5pm – Awakening the Senses – make your own skin care products

7pm Dinner – tonight we will enjoy dinner around the fire pit under the stars

 Thursday – 9 November 2017

7.30am Beautiful yoga in nature (if possible) to start your day

9am Breakfast

10am closing ceremony and comments

12pm Depart (We’ll miss you, safe travels) 

 *Please note there may be some program changes


“Hi Tammie, Thank-you for a wonderful week and for sharing your insight with all of us. Your warm, calm and funny approach was so relatable. The information you shared is adding so much to my life and I can’t put into words just how grateful I am. I am doing daily meditations and my morning walk has gone from another opportunity to beat myself up to a mindful and relaxing walk taking in all the blessings laying out in front of me. My dog is happier too, as I let her sniff the trees and posts for longer than I used to. I have bought mindfulness in to everything I do and the love and confidence I’m feeling is undebatable. I am more connected, focused and life has slowed down. I am no longer doing everything with a tight heart.” Sue  2015

“The retreat and training was presented in a practical, humorous and down to earth way in which I could relate too. I also loved being with like minded people for a week, and value the friendships that I have gained from the retreat. I have my vision board on my fridge and loved this exercise during the retreat. It is a daily reminder of what I have gained and want to impart into my life moving forward. Thank you so much for such a beautiful week – I was truly blessed by this experience. I cannot tell you how much I needed this and how good it was for my soul. Words will never do this justice :-).” Karen 2015 

“The location was amazing, a beautiful country setting, so peaceful and quiet and I could hear the cows mooing at night – lovely ! Had no trouble finding the place and it was a beautiful relaxing drive so it gets you in the right headspace even before you arrive. Scrupulously clean and very comfortable accommodation – great pillows. Breakfast sitting on the patio soaking up the amazing views and the peace and being visited by a bunny – perfect !

The food was amazing: plentiful and delicious and the staff were friendly.

It was a great bunch of women who all seemed to ‘jell’ together and get into the spirit of the weekend and to top it off, Tammie the facilitator is experienced, funny (love the travel stories) , knowledgeable and organized so the whole weekend just flowed.

Being a counselor myself and working in community services the mindfulness concept wasn’t new to me but I still enjoyed the sessions and got so much out of it and practical applications so I Can Do It !!

Having a bad back relieved by the restorative yoga, even though I couldn’t manage all the poses the ones I could do helped and have reaffirmed my need to do this practice regularly.

Completing an art collage of my ‘wishes” from the weekend and how I can do this in my life one step at a time. Step one: book further retreats !!” – Judi 2015 

“Great accommodation, yummy food, loved the juicing machine, swimming pool, butterflies and coffee xx  Wonderful meditations, yoga, dance and videos!” – Ildika 2016 

“The accommodation package was good value for money – well-appointed rooms, excellent food and friendly staff. The location itself is very peaceful and this added to the experience.” – Anne 2016

INVESTMENT (5 nights)

SINGLE – $1435 (AUD)



  • 5 Nights’ accommodation

  • Most meals

  • Beautiful Practices to connect to yourself and nature

  • Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi, Guided walks

  • Workshops on Connecting to your 5 Senses – Art, Cooking, Self Care, Essential Oils

Optional Extras:

  • Massages

  • Day Trip to Tamborine Mountain and local winery for lunch

  • Hot Air Balloon ride

  • 2 Lunches self pay


  • Beautiful modern ensuited accommodation (3 rooms per cottage). There are no TV’s in the rooms, however in the communal lounge area there is a television and DVD player

  • Lagoon style swimming pool, outdoor checkers set, fire pit

  • 140 acres of bushland

  • Communal workshop space, lounge and dining room 

What to Bring:

  • Journal for all your musings and pens

  • Toiletries, swimmers, towel, pillow if you like to sleep with your own 

  • An inspirational book you have been wanting to read

  • Breakfast provided is continental, if you require something other than, cereal, orange juice, toast, yoghurt, tea and coffee then please feel free to bring extras. There is a kitchen with microwave available

  • An open heart

Payment Options

A $500AUD non refundable deposit will secure your place on this retreat. This deposit of $500AUD is non refundable which is why travel insurance is compulsory. The remainder is to be paid one month prior to the start of the retreat. Alternatively you can arrange a payment plan. Please see your options below. 

Deposits can be paid via Direct Bank Transfer or via PayPal.

If you pay via PayPal you can use your credit card.

Direct Bank Deposit

Vibrant Women

BSB: 803-205

Account Number: 20375892

Please write your name and retreat in the reference section.


$500 Deposit via PayPal (3% surcharge applied) Credit Card Option


For monthly Repayments please use the buttons below, included is a $50 administration fee.

Single Room

Twinshare Room

Cancellation Policy

This retreat has a $500AUD non-refundable deposit which is why travel insurance is compulsory.


Mount Alford is surrounded by picturesque countryside and is a very special and serene place. The Scenic Rim is home to six National Parks, World Heritage listed rainforest, three dams and located just 1.5 hours from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. One of these dams (lake Moogerah) is on our doorstep.

Mount Alford Lodge is near Boonah in South East Queensland and is approx 2 hours from the Gold Coast or Brisbane airports. There are no shuttle buses or public transport services to this area. If travelling from interstate you will need to hire a car at the airport. There could be the opportunity of sharing a hire car with another participant if arriving at a similar time. Please discuss your need with us.

1269 Mount Alford Road, Mount Alford QLD