Wednesday 7 December 2011

Relax with a Peppers yoga escape by the sea

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa at Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales has just announced their schedule of weekend yoga retreats for 2012, offering guests four unique opportunities to relax with a rejuvenating weekend of self discovery for the health conscious.
The seasonal yoga retreats, which have been designed for beginners through to experienced practitioners and combine soothing yoga, wholesome cuisine and a The Golden Door Spa experience, will take place on 17-19 February, 18-20 May, 20-22 July and 12-14 October.

Hosted by YOGA TV host, Kris McIntyre, each weekend will vary to suit the changing needs of the seasons according to Ryoho (a form of yoga therapy combining traditional Indian Hatha poses with the meridian based healing arts of China and Japan) and a new Mother and Daughter yoga retreat will be held in May.

17-19 February: good digestion, weight loss, improving energy levels and kicking sugar cravings

18-20 May (Mother & Daughter Retreat): women's health, sugar cravings, stress release and core strength
20-22 July: lower back strength, stress release and sexual energy

12-14 October: power and strength, upper back release, blood pressure and circulation and happy hearts

Kris said the weekend yoga retreats, which are now in their third year, are attracting many repeat guests who return season after season.

"My aim was to create a yoga escape that is approachable, both financially and in terms of accessibility of the program - something that sits between the existing offerings of intense, strict and often expensive health retreats and, at the other end of the scale, the more hippie, bunk-style intense yoga camps which aren't for everyone," Kris said.

"The weekend yoga escape at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa isn't a yoga 'boot camp' and we don't have any 'rules'… we instead provide a platform for attendees to get as much as they want out of the weekend." 

Priced from $557* per person twin share, the all-inclusive escape includes two nights accommodation, full buffet breakfast daily, five yoga classes with yoga teacher Kris McIntyre, a yoga mat and DVD, workshops and Zumba hosted by The Golden Door, a 50 minute spa treatment at The Golden Door Spa, wholesome meals including lunch supper on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday inspired by The Golden Door cook book and prepared by Peppers Salt Resort & Spa's onsite restaurant Season, full use of resort leisure facilities, unlimited in-room movies and more.

Non-residential packages are available from $407* per person including all yoga classes, mat, The Golden Door Spa treatment, one dinner and two lunches.

When guests aren't striking a pose, they can step out into nature and enjoy a network of beachside walking and bicycle tracks, unspoilt surf beaches, the resort's large tropical beach lagoon pool, or head to The Golden Door Spa for a wide range of soul soothing spa treatments.

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa is located just 15 minutes from Gold Coast Airport, 60 minutes from Ballina Airport and less than 90 minutes drive from Brisbane.

For bookings call Jolene Napper at Conferences and Events at Salt on 02 6670 5027 or email

* Subject to availability.


Kris McIntyre is a Ryoho yoga therapist and writer and is best-known as the host of Australia's YOGA TV, which has been syndicated around the world. She has studied Ryoho therapy and Zen Shiatsu with renowned teachers, Andzej Gospodarczyk and Lisa Foster. Combining traditional Indian Hatha yoga with the principles of Yin and Yang, the Five Element Theory and the healing arts of China and Japan, Ryoho shifts in focus with each season. In addressing specific conditions through yoga and food advise, it is also efficient and effective in dealing with conditions ranging from back and neck pain to women's health issues, weight control, joint problems, stress, anxiety, respiratory and circulatory problems. Kris' teaching style is firmly rooted in being strongly connected to the 'real world' and stresses of normal everyday people off the yoga mat. In her 'day job', Kris is an editor and writer for strategic design and communications agency, Generation Alliance. As a freelance travel and wellness writer, she is a founding editor and contributor to and has also written for publications including body+soul (News Limited), marie claire Australia, Australian Yoga Journal, Spa Life and dumbo feather magazine. She's also been a co-author and contributor to two books: Yoga for Switched in Living (Pan McMillian, 2002) and the Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide to London, Rome, Paris and New York.


Peppers is Mantra Group's luxury level brand of accommodation. There are 26 Peppers Retreats, Resorts and Hotels in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, resort destinations and metropolitan locations with the first Peppers in Fiji due to open in 2012.  All offer a level of boutique style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller.

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