The Tarkine Rainforest Yoga Retreat
Suitable for all levels of yoga experience, including beginners.
There is no better way to experience yoga than by immersing yourself in nature. Let go of your everyday routine and become present under a canopy of tall trees, breathe in the cleanest air in the world and find an all new heightened sense of inner peace and true calm.
Tarkine Trails have joined forces with Tasmania’s renowned yogini Emma Miley (Founder of Loosen Up and Delicious Yoga Retreats and owner of Yoga from the Heart) to offer you a Tasmanian yoga and wilderness retreat like no other.
Emma Miley will guide you through daily yoga, pranayama (breathing) and meditation along with classes of varying yoga styles including aerial yoga, suspended in beautiful load tested hammocks. All levels of skill and experience are welcome and catered for.
Our highly trained and experienced wilderness guides will lead you on walks through the takayna/Tarkine, our ancient cool temperate rainforest, sharing their knowledge, warmth and love for this magical part of the planet.
Fine vegan food is an essential ingredient to the retreat. Every meal that is served bears testimony to the quality of Tasmanian produce.
Open your eyes, your mind and your body to a magical world of pristine ancient wilderness rarely seen by mankind.
Departure & Return Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Duration: 4 days
Weight Carried: Day packs (~5kgs)
Accommodation: Wilderness Camping
Difficulty Level: Easy-Moderate
Environment: Rainforests and rivers
What to expect on the Tarkine Yoga Retreat
3 nights accommodation in our exclusive rainforest camp
All meals and drinks during the trip (excluding breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 4) - plant based, environmental and ethical meals
All group camping equipment, including all first aid and safety gear
Experienced and professional guides
An experienced and professional yoga teacher
Return transfers from Launceston
A magnificent rainforest like no other
Meet your yoga instructor - Emma Miley
Registered Yoga teacher 500hrs
Senior Rainbow Kids Yoga Teacher trainer
Pre and postnatal Yoga
Kids and Family Yoga
Yoga Australia Level 2
Yoga Alliance 500hr and Continued Education provider
When yoga and I first met it really was like coming home.
A place I felt I was so aligned to.
A place where I could rediscover my body and its healthy range of movement (quite a difference to the world of dance I grew up in).
A place where I didn’t have to perform but instead just explore the feeling sense of the body so intricately, it was this wonderful inquisitive approach that encouraged me to be present and it was this presence that really changed my life.
Yoga helped me be the best version of myself I could be, both on and off the mat, and this is what I became so passionate about sharing.
It was such an easy and natural progression for me and one I wanted to continue to explore on a deeper level, so it is no wonder my study into yoga has been in a range of styles.
Yoga today is so accessible and has many ways to in which to explore it, I am proud to be a part of this shift.
In my yoga teacher offerings you can expect a safe, fun and curious practice, weaving yoga philosophy and functional movement.
I love learning and sharing my knowledge to help promote, health, wellbeing and presence.
I love what I do and because of that I feel better after a day of work and I feel so lucky to be able to say that.
Smile and the world smiles back.
Full Tarkine Yoga Retreat Itinerary
Our first day will take you from the inevitable hustle and bustle of the city into the vast quiet of the takayna/Tarkine.
The trusty Tarkine Trails bus will swing past your Launceston accommodation and head towards Tasmania’s north-west region. You'll get to know your fellow trekkers as our guides will keep you entertained. They'll also ensure everyone’s gear is ship shape, then it is onward to where a dusty, nondescript road veers west off the highway and into the takayna/Tarkine.
It'll seem like an odd place to stop and unload - in the middle of the dusty track with no signs of human life around - but duck in past the trees and you'll find yourself in a vast, tumbling forest. It is such a stunning shift from the world you have left behind, you may need a moment to adjust.
After spending some time amongst the small rainforest stream, it is a short climb to Tiger Ridge base camp, where we will settle in before we open our bodies with a yoga practice to stretch out after a day of travelling before connecting over dinner around the fire.
An evening meditation practice after dinner will leave you calm and ready for a great night sleep in the silent starry surrounds.
Wake up to the sound of the birds and slowly uncurl like the ferns. Today will start with a gentle morning pranayama (breathing exercises), asana (yoga movement) and meditation practice – and that’s all before breakfast!
Day two focuses on the beautiful forests to the east of Tiger Ridge.
Today is about getting to know and understand this cool-temperate rainforest in its many forms. Yesterday you may have noticed the expanse of the rainforest - and today you'll discover the tiny ecosystems hidden within - unique fungi, plants and insects that often go unnoticed to the untrained eye.
Following a spot of afternoon tea and debriefing, it’s time to fly! Safely supported in luxurious silk hammocks you will find yourself soaring like a wedge-tailed eagle, hanging like a chocolate wattled bat, and giggling with exhilaration as you discover the exciting art of Aerial Yoga.
As the sun and hammocks descend, you’ll relax and unwind over dinner, discourse and perhaps a glass of wine for those who wish to contribute and partake in a night cap.
We’ll be exploring deeper into the forest today and having lunch out on the trail but not before your morning meditation, pranayama and asana followed by a scrumptious breakfast and your favourite morning beverage (you could get used to this!)
The Huskisson river is a wild river that broadens in the valley floor and, if the water level is low, meanders and warms in pools perfect for a midday swim. We’ll enjoy lunch on the riverbank today and a meditation afterwards to make the most of this truly stunning setting.
After making our way back to Tiger Ridge and perhaps a relaxing clean up in the Japanese Onsen, you’ll enjoy a refreshing yoga practice, holding poses for extended periods as we open and relax, ready to settle in for the night with a yoga nidra (guided meditation).
It is hard to say goodbye to the takayna/Tarkine. But we aren’t going to even think about doing so until we have enjoyed one last special dose of morning meditation, pranayama and asana, followed by a healthy breakfast and your favourite morning beverage.
Take in the incredible rainforest for one last time (for this trip, at least), share your highlights with your companions and prepare for your walk out of the wilderness before we head home.
Tarkine Yoga Retreat Track Grading
This tour is designed to give people with a broad range of fitness levels access to the stunning Tarkine wilderness. We've had a large range of ages and fitness levels complete the Tarkine Rainforest Walk. This includes teenagers all the way through to 80-year-olds!
Walking in a rainforest environment like the Tarkine is certainly different to taking a stroll on the street, or on regularly maintained bushwalking trails.
There are hills and slopes, easy sections and more challenging sections - and sometimes a fallen hundred-year-old tree or two to get over.
Our guides take great care to help those that need it, and the challenging sections are always taken slowly and carefully.
Consider your fitness in this way:
If you've completed overnight bushwalks with full packs recently, you might find these walks slightly challenging, but well within your experience.
If you've never done a 4-5 hour bushwalk before, but consider yourself fit and confident, you will likely find these walks challenging but doable.
If you've never really done any extensive walking and consider yourself very unfit, you may well still be capable of this trip - however we would recommend a pre-trip training regime, along with discussing your fitness level your doctor and our staff.
Another consideration is carrying your gear. To get to and from base camp, your gear does need to get up the hill! We expect, based on our packing recommendations, that your gear will weigh between 8-12kgs, which is a comfortable carrying weight for many. However if you are concerned about carrying this pack weight, you can select the option of using our power carrier. This means you will only need to carry your lightweight day pack (including water bottle, snacks, wet weather gear, etc).
We want this trip to be a rewarding challenge for our guests, not a stressful experience. We have two guides accompany all walks to cater for all fitness levels - you should never worry about holding up other members of the group. That said, it is important you ensure the trip is within your capabilities before booking.
As we travel to a remote wilderness area, we reserve the right to request all our guests complete a provided medical form to ensure your safety, and that of our other guests.