Five Day Backbend Retreat

Keep moving with your yoga by joining expert Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher Frank Jesse on a backbend yoga immersion. Over the five days, Frank will teach you how to ease into backbends without overstretching and help improve your yoga practice and teaching. 

With a maximum of 12 participants, there is plenty of opportunities for individualised expert attention and Q&A. 

 This retreat is suitable for experienced yoga practitioners, teachers, and teacher trainees. 

Walk or cycle through the Grampians National Park in your free time between your daily yoga practices and scrumptious gourmet vegetarian meals. Rest, read or enjoy great company. Book a massage. Sample our local cafés and restaurants. Or simply soak up the stunning mountain views from our peaceful, architect-designed accommodation. 


"Frank thank you again for an amazing five days. Frank, you are a truly empathic teacher, and your food and garden are as nourishing as yoga. Being able to sit on your verandah and stare at the mountains (or better yet walk on them) is a perfect way to reflect on the learnings from yoga and digest the delicious meals. I encourage everyone to treat themselves to this amazing experience." Kimina 

Retreat packages

We offer a range of retreat packages including accommodation in modern luxurious mountain view king rooms with ensuite facilities or twin share rooms with shared facilities. 

We also offer yoga and food packages that allow you the flexibility to choose from one of the fabulous accommodation providers nearby. See our recommended list of accommodation providers under the Yoga and Food Package on the booking page.


Transport: Griffins Hill, located 3 hours west of Melbourne, its a relaxing self-drive through Western Victoria's magnificent landscape. You can tick the ride share option when booking, and we will help create a carpool.

 There are twice daily VLine public transport services between Southern Cross Station Melbourne and Dunkeld with free transfers from the Dunkeld bus stop to the retreat.


Retreat meals are carefully crafted vegetarian fare prepared with fresh produce from the kitchen garden. Tea and coffee provided.

Your Retreat Schedual

Day One

12:00pm Welcome lunch. Retreat gates open
2:30 – 5:30 Coming Together Yoga Workshop
7:00pm Damn delightful dinner
9:00 Rest

Day Two and Day Four

7:30 Light refreshments
8:00 – 11:00am Deep Yoga Backbend Workshop
11:30 Brilliant brunch
1:00 Explore, rest or walk the mountains
4:30 – 6:00pm Restorative yoga
7:00 OMG dinner
9:00 Deeply satisfying rest

Day Three

7:30 Light refreshments
8:00 – 11:00am Deep Yoga Backbend Workshop
11:30pm Scrumptious brunch
1:00pm Explore, rest or walk the mountains
4:30 – 6:00pm Restorative yoga
7:00 – 9:00pm Divine dinner

Day Five

7:30 Light refreshments
8:00 – 11:00am Bringing it Together Yoga Workshop
11:30pm See you next time brunch
2:00pm Farewell (feeling fabulous)

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   Acknowledgement  of Country

Griffins Hill Retreat acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Custodians of the land we are on, the Gunditjmara and Eastern Maar Peoples and their elders past, present and emerging.


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