ABOUT RADIANCE RETREATS, THE YOGA & FACILITATORS
Jessie Chapman has been offering Radiance Yoga Wellness Retreats since 2002 in Byron Bay, Bali & Europe. The retreats are a soulful blend of inspirational yoga classes, beautiful beach & nature walks, massage & spa therapies, healthy meals & juices, core strength classes, meditation, yoga nidra, cultural tours, awe-inspiring hiking & lots more in beautiful locations. Everyone is welcome, from beginners to experienced yoga practitioners.
People join our retreats for many different reasons - everyone leaves feeling relaxed, healthy, clear & inspired. Click here to read what people have said about their Radiance Retreat experience.
About the Yoga: The retreats are based upon the foundation of dedicated yoga practice with Jessie Chapman and the experienced Radiance yoga teachers & facilitators. All levels of yoga experience are well catered for including complete yoga beginners. People are challenged according to their experience with plenty of individual attention and adjustments given in the classes by our experienced Radiance facilitators. The classes combine gentle warm up sequences with Vinyasa yoga (moving through the postures with breath awareness) and holding in postures to build strength, stability and alignment. Many variations of the postures are given so people can practice according to their experience and individual needs. The classes are designed to allow people to journey deep into their practice with awareness and ease. Yoga props are often used to go deeper and to experience complete relaxation and renewal in the restorative yoga postures. Retreat guests range from those completely new to yoga to those looking to renew an existing practice to experienced practitioners wanting to go deeper.
About Jessie Chapman and some of the Radiance Retreats teachers & facilitators:
Jessie has been exploring yoga since 1991 and began developing her teaching in 1997. Jessie published 4 yoga books with HarperCollins Publishers AUS & Ulysses Press USA including Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul and created the popular Radiance Yoga DVD series for home practice. Jessie has studied yoga with many leading teachers in various yoga styles. “I remember attending my first yoga class, it was a profound and life changing experience. I fell in love with exploring the many and varied yoga postures, the physical sensation of stretching, challenging and awakening my body. My breathing improved and there was an immediate shift in my state of mind. A feeling of calm and inner peace washed over me and I knew that yoga would become a natural part of my life.” Becoming a qualified teacher in 1997, Jessie continues to study and develop her teaching skills and understanding of yoga practice and wisdom. She loves being apart of the transformational yoga journey and creating a space for people to relax and connect within.
Haydie is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher, naturopath and nutrition coach who teaches and assists on Radiance Retreats in Byron Bay and Bali. Haydie began practicing yoga 20 years ago and has been teaching for 12 years. She is a certified Yoga Teacher who combines her years of yoga experience to create inspirational classes that challenge people at their level and aim to cultivate restoration, inspiration, transformation, physical synergy and mental and emotional quietness. Haydie has a personal passion for women's & men's health issues and is available for support and advice throughout the retreat.
Lee is a certified yoga teacher who has been practicing yoga for many years and loves the balancing affect the practice brings to all areas of her life. Lee gives one-to-one adjustments in the yoga classes and also offers the yogadance class on the retreats. Lee has studied and performed many different styles of dance and created a unique blend of yoga and dance, which transcends the traditional boundaries of yoga to incorporate the flowing movements of dance. An inspiring selection of music, from soothing rhythms to funky beats, helps set the mood. Lee's yogadance sequences are accessible to all, dancers and non-dancers alike. People who rarely dance are amazed at how easy, empowering, enjoyably and healthy the classes are. Lee resides in Byron Bay Australia and offers Yogadance and adjusts on Radiance Retreats in Australia and Asia.
Anthea has been working in the field of natural health and healing for the past 18 years. Anthea is a certified yoga teacher who gives nurturing one-to-one adjustments in the yoga classes and also guides Vision Quests Ceremonies on the retreats using visualisation, wish lists, meditation and ritual to promote self awareness and the re discovery of what our true passions are in life. She's a passionate Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Natural Beauty Therapist and offers massage, Reiki Healing & beauty treatments on the Byron Bay Retreats.
Jen is an experienced yoga teacher who hosts some of our European Retreats. Based in Italy Jen has a passion for travel, yoga, meditation and living a healthy lifestyle. She has trained in many different styles of yoga and is also a therapeutic yoga teacher, Reiki healer, an holistic lifestyle coach and an Ayurvedic consultant. Jen's yoga is suitable to beginners, intermediates, well-seasoned yogis, professional and non athletes, those recovering from injuries, and those who are navigating illness. Her philosophy is that yoga is designed to offer an experience for anyone, and everyone and that Yoga and meditation work for wherever you find yourself in life.
Jacinta teaches some of the Radiance Retreats in Spain and is a certified and experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher. Her classes cater to all levels of practice and experience with particular focus on developing the foundations of the yoga postures and correct breathing. Her classes are of great benefit to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to refine their practice combining gentle sequencing with dynamic asana work, pranayama as well as deeply restorative yoga for relaxation, healing and stillness. Jacinta is also apt to cater to those with various physical conditions or injuries.
Kevin leads Bhajans and Kirtan on many of our Byron Bay and Bali retreats. With Kevin singing on guitar we're guided through simple chants in Sanskrit and English. The singing creates an elevated mental condition for practicing meditation and sitting in stillness. People feel empowered and honoured by contributing their voice. In these sessions there is also the option of sitting in stillness (or lying down) and simply absorbing the wonderful sounds.
Karena is a dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner who teaches some of the yoga classes on our Byron Bay Retreats as well as assists and gives adjustments in the classes. Karena began exploring yoga in 2001 and loves to share the inspiring nature of yoga to know ourselves better and to create positive changes in our lives. Karena's classes are inspiring, nurturing, intelligent and full of depth. She attends ongoing teacher trainings with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers and currently holds a teachers certification from the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. She is also a mother, a qualified counsellor and a massage therapist.
Oles has been chanting Sanskrit chants ever since he first visited India over 2 decades ago. Using his experience and training as a professional musician and music teacher he leas the chanting sessions on our Byron Bay Retreats. “Chanting is an ancient and important part of yoga practice. Just as music sometimes allows us to access parts of ourselves that sometimes we can’t so easily reach, chanting mantras gives us the opportunity to lose ourselves, to open up, and in doing so it can allow us to really transform ourselves.”