Aichi, Japan | 2018

Autumn Yoga & Hot Spring Retreat
with Lucy Roberts & Maho Shimada

No retreat in 2017, but please email your interest for future dates. 

Shared Room ¥79,000 (Traditional Japanese-style accom)
Couple or 2-person room ¥93,000  (limited availability)
Prices and payment in Japanese Yen (¥)!
[NB. Rooms vary in size & luxuriousness… it’s a first-in, first-served situation!]

Please read all info below, email Maho at with any queries, & your completed registration form.

Download Registration Form: 2016 Japan Retreat Registration Form

Info in Japanese

“Thank you for this wonderful retreat! And for your beautiful energies (you are soul sisters) and for leading the workshops with such wholesomeness, beauty, ease and grace”.
~ Carmela Fleury, Life Coach and mother of two, Tokyo

3 nights and 3 full days of Yoga, meditation, devotion, connection, hot spring bathing (onsen), and traditional Japanese food, in a gorgeous natural setting of lush forest, deep valleys, and swiftly-flowing rivers.

We’ve timed the retreat to coincide with the stunning colours of autumn in the countryside – as well a little bit of chill – the best time to enjoy the hot healing waters of a natural hot spring (onsen). Hazu Onsen has beautiful outdoor cedar baths (rotenburo), from where you can bathe, river below and moon above.

Lucy will share her love of asana, pranayama, mantra, meditation, and heart-centred yoga philosophy, softened and sweetened by the devotional arts and attitudes of bhakti (the yoga of devotion/surrender). Maho will add her sensitive hands-on adjustments and translation, and an introduction to the art of contact improvisation.

“Arigatoo x 100! I can’t thank you enough for this past weekend. I was moved, spiritually & physically. I got what I wanted out of the retreat & more!!! ” ~ Vanessa Falzon, Sydney

“A very big thank you for a wonderful weekend. I can’t begin to describe how big a treat it was to be able to take part and get back on my mat (and into my body) after the wonderful craziness of the past few years.”
~ Danielle Demetriou – Journalist, Photographer & Mother of 2yr old Kiko & 4-month old Mai, Tokyo

Click here to see some gorgeous pix from the 2015 retreat…

Retreat Includes:
3 nights accommodation at Hazu Onsen, including use of hot-spring baths
Traditional Japanese breakfast & multi-course dinner daily (vegetarian)
All day tea available & morning coffee
Twice-daily guided sessions of Yoga or other
1 x Nature outing including transport & picnic lunch

Not included:
Travel costs – airfare, transport to/from onsen.

Sample Program:
Check-in from 2pm
4:00 – 6:00pm – First class and welcome circle
6:30pm – Dinner
After dinner onsen soak and bed

Silent Morning Rotenburo (outdoor hot spring bathing – optional)
6:45 – 9:00am – Morning Yoga
9am – Breakfast
Free Time – Nature walks, temple visit, rest
4:00 – 6:00pm – Afternoon Session
6:30pm – Dinner

Silent Morning Rotenburo (outdoor hot spring bathing – optional)
6:45 – 9:00am – Morning Yoga
9am – Breakfast
10:30am – Nature Outing
4:00 – 6:00pm – Afternoon Session
6:30pm – Dinner
Free time for Onsen & Rest

Silent Morning Rotenburo (outdoor hot spring bathing – optional)
6:45– 9:00am – Morning Yoga & Closing Circle
9am – Breakfast
Check-out by 12noon,  with option to spend rest of day in nearby nature

* noble silence (mouna) everyday from wake-up until breakfast
* sample schedule only, may vary slightly

About Hazu Onsen and the area:
The hotel (ryokan) itself is called Yunokaze Hazu Onsen, in an area known as Yuya Onsen, a small hot spring town in the heart of Oku-Mikawa, in eastern Aichi prefecture. Positioned along the Ure River (Ure-gawa), Yuya offers an increasingly rare experience of an older, slower, more relaxing Japan, amidst stunning nature and ancient temples. Nearby you will find Uma-no-se-iwa, or horseback rocks, designated a national precious natural monument, the verdant Horai Valley and Mt. Horaiji-san, home to Japanese scops owls and eagles. There are several famous temples, the 7 Adera Waterfalls, plus an exhaustive network of trails and nature walks, many accessible from the ryokan itself.
From Tokyo – 3.5hrs
From Nagoya – 2.5hrs
From Osaka – 2.5hrs

What’s an Onsen?
Onsen is the Japanese word for hot spring, and can refer to the bath itself, or the whole hotel/area around it. Communal bathing is central to Japanese culture and as such they have made a very beautiful art of it. Onsen water is believed to have healing powers derived from its mineral content. Long, languid soaks, in combination with twice daily Yoga, in the embrace of wild nature is, we think, a perfect combination for a Yoga Retreat!
NB. Rooms do not come with own bath/shower, as this is to be done communally in the onsen itself. You’ll find multiple shower/washing areas where soap & all toiletries are provided. The tradition is to really thoroughly wash here first, and then slide into the large communal bath already clean, to enjoy a nice long soak. We know this can be a new experience for non-Japanese friends, but just about everyone comes to love it.

Is traditional Japanese ryokan (inn) style – shared rooms and futon on tatami floors. Super fluffy futons with wonderful heavy doonas for the best sleep ever!

Never been to Japan but always wanted to…
I meet so many people with a Japan curiosity who never quite get there. Starting with a retreat is a very gentle entry because part of your trip has been organised for you, with a chance to be-friend some locals straight away. And if you were afraid of being all alone, a stranger in a strange land… you won’t be.

Getting There & Away:
By Plane…
Closest airport is in Nagoya, called Centrair Chubu International Airport. Not all airlines fly there though, so another option is to fly to Tokyo (Narita) or Osaka (Kansai International Airport), with the option to spend a few days in either of those cities first, then come by Japan’s famous fast-train, the shinkansen (an extremely comfortable mode of travel!).
Good website for finding flights:
By Train…
From Centrair International Airport: Take Musky 22mins to Jingumae Stn. Then Meitetsu Line to Toyohashi Stn.
From Nagoya, Tokyo or Osaka: Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line to Toyohashi Station.
From Toyohashi Stn: Take the JR Iida Line towards Iida or another station and get off at Yuya Onsen Station (about 60 minutes). The hotel is about 6 minutes from the station on foot. Transfer by shuttle can be pre-arranged.
Meitetsu Line Info:
JR Line Info:
Jorudan (excellent English website for all Japan transport):
By Car…
Please email Maho and she will send you a map and directions. Car parking available.

To register:
Please email your interest & completed Registration Form to Maho at You’ll then receive details regarding payment.

Download Registration Form: 2016 Japan Retreat Registration Form

If any problems to download, just email Maho and she will email it to you.

Thank you!!

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