K'gari Paradise Island 4WD & Yoga Adventure

12 Oct 22, 4 nights

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Retreat Highlights 

  • Wholesome, healthy daily meals.
  • Sleep under the brilliant stars around a campfire, in a private campground with all facilities 
  • Guided outdoor yoga and pranayama classes​ with an experienced 600 hours YTT certified yoga teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience.
  • Learn off-road 4WD skills and venture across magical Fraser Island, with an experienced guide, leading the convoy of self-drive 4x4s with a group of fun, adventurous travellers.
  • Visit the beautiful Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and the S.S Maheno shipwreck, explore the ancient rainforest and Champagne Pools, Hike to Indian Head to be rewarded with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean 

An island escape and spiritual journey. K'gari (Fraser Island), at 122kms long, is the largest sand island in the world. Home to native Australian Dingoes, majestic remnants of tall rainforest and pristine inland freshwater lakes, K'gari is not just a dream holiday but a destination paradise.

YAMA adventures have the most comprehensive access to this stunning region. Glamping, yoga, movement and 4WD allow a self-driven experience to discover this wonderful island! At night, retreat to your own private campsite just metres from the beach and relax by the fire with your fellow adventurers! 

This trip entails a four-wheel-drive tag along adventure over shifting sand-dunes. You can either sit back and enjoy the ride or take the reins and choose to drive yourself, by having your own assigned four-wheel-drive for the adventure. Imagine this: Sand dunes, tropical rainforests, beautiful lakes, nutritious food, good conversation and a deep connection with nature. 

We will journey into Pranayama breathwork, yoga, movement, arts, hiking, and camping. You will enjoy whole goodness foods that warm your heart and belly, and connect with like-minded souls in rich, fulfilling campfire conversation. If you are after a perfect blend of movement, nature, relaxation, conversation and adventure, this trip is for you.

YOGA / HIKING / CAMPING

4WD

If you are a full license holder, you will have the chance to drive your own 4WD! Or, you can sit back and enjoy the ride. There are 5 people in a 4WD and two to three 4WDs on the adventure. 

If you choose to drive, you will get a safety briefing and lessons on how to drive on the sand. We will explore the beautiful island of Fraser in the most adventurous and exciting ways with one lead vehicle driven by a professional guide who understands the tides and ins and outs of driving on Fraser Island. If you choose to drive your own 4WD, you will tag along following the main lead driver. This is a truly exhilarating way to explore Fraser Island - whether you’re driving or a passenger!

Yoga and Movement

Each day there will be one yoga or movement class, and a night session of pranayama breathwork and meditation guided and taught by Elissa. We will explore yoga asana, acro yoga, primal movement, handstand and more. The class is for anyone from beginners to advanced level. Elissa will tailor the class based on the energy and level of the group and will provide variations to accommodate all fitness levels.

Each night we will close the day with a short sharing circle, breathwork exploring techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing, box breath, introduction to breath retention, tummo breathing, Kapalbhati and Sitali, followed by a guided meditation. Elissa has an in-depth knowledge of yogic philosophy and is open to conversations and lessons for those who want to learn more. ​

Hiking

There will be low-impact hikes on the trip. You do not need too be an experienced hiker, most of the hikes on the trip are in the spectacular rolling sand dunes, so we welcome walking barefoot. Take off your shoes and connect with the earth. 

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Elissa Chrisson & Jacob Stuth

Elissa Chrisson & Jacob Stuth

Elissa Chrisson

Yoga Teacher

Who am I? Well, I am just like you, insignificant yet a part of something so much more. Unique, just like everyone else. I am everything and nothing. A student of the world, traveller on the road, always searching, driven by curiosity but also by love. My name is Elissa Chrisson, Taurus sun and moon, Leo rising, and fellow earthling. I started travelling at 18 and never stopped, nor do I plan too. Magic is only available to those who believe, and I'm a believer. I found magic and never looked back; nothing was to prepare me for the years to come, the wild and wonderful journey ahead, profoundly moving and valuable lessons. Absorbing knowledge from the most experienced gurus, open/conscious people and soulful, natural places. Connection to mother nature brought an abundant and endless flow of joy, peace, and understanding to my life. I acknowledge and gracefully accept that I will forever be a student as life has countless lessons for us all. But also feel I have acquired enough knowledge on my way to now give back, share and help others.

My mission in life is to open the heart, mind and souls of those who seek growth to live in love and harmony with themselves and the world around them. I wish to share with you my experiences and my story, the places I have been, the things I have seen, life, love & everything in between, keeping animals safe and our world green, my yoga journey and my artist dream. Exploration of my inner and outer world through yoga, art, movement and adventure. My YAMA journey.

'Inspired by dreams and guided by knowledge.'

My Joga journey 

I have always loved movement in any form. Growing up I was best known for my sporting abilities, being a national swimmer and involved in various other sporting groups. Although I thought I was doing what I loved, I still found myself spending most of my time as a young adult travelling the world searching for answers. As I returned home to Sydney for what I hoped was an opportunity to settle and find my path, I found myself practising yoga every single day for 3 weeks at a local studio. By the 4th week I was on a plane to India to find out more about this so-called "yoga".

During my time in India I completed one 200 hour teacher training in the Raja Dhi Raja style of yoga. I was also honoured to serve as an assistant teacher at the Himalayan Yoga Institute with Ganga Devi. I practised with some of India's most experienced teachers who introduced me to various teaching styles such as Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Iyengar.

This time for me was where I excelled in physical, mental and spiritual growth. I worked out what that missing link was; yoga, my Svaddharma (purpose) for this lifetime. As much as I am a physically active person I came to realise that what I truly loved about yoga was not just asana practise but yogic philosophy - the science of yoga. It's the unity of body, mind and soul, the holistic practice, the cessation of mind, the teaching of presence and acceptance of what is that I love the most.

I have since worked with a very inspirational teacher Nikki Knoff. Her teachings are traditional and a direct lineage to Krishnamacharya. This practice takes from the dynamic series of Ashtanga and refined alignment of BKS Iyengar. Yoga is a living art form and my approach to yoga has been inspired by my teachers. Within the practice I adopt the qualities of Sthira and Sukha. Finding gentleness and steadiness within the asana practise through controlled breath to progressively exert less effort. I also aim to practise in a structured and conscious way, using a step by step progression to develop the practice in accordance with your abilities.

In Sydney, I have furthered my skills under the guidance of Elise Campbell, a friend and inspiration.

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and hard work. I am a big believer that without effort there is no reward. My teaching will allow you to work hard, softly.

I understand and accept that each body has different requirements and I endeavour to practice taking this into account. This is holistic yoga. As a teacher, my passion lies in allowing you to take away the skills you have learnt from my teachings and develop a home practice where you become the teacher.

I will forever be a student to yoga and will continue to dedicate time to furthering my knowledge and advancing my asana practice. This is the beauty of yoga. It is encapsulating, empowering and endless.

Jacob Stuth

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