ABOUT RADIANCE RETREATS, THE YOGA & FACILITATORS
Jessie Chapman has been running Radiance Yoga Retreats for the past 10 years
in Byron Bay Australia, Asia and Europe. The retreats are an inspiring blend of quality yoga practice, guided beach and nature walks, hiking, massage & spa treatments, core strength classes, guided meditation, nutrition & healthy lifestyle discussions, evening yoga nidra, cultural
tours, cooking classes, bhajans, yogadance and a range of other healing art classes with healthy meals & cleansing juices set in beautiful locations.
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 the other Radiance teachers & facilitators:
- Yoga Teacher & Retreat Operator
Jessie has been exploring yoga since 1991 and began developing her teaching in 1997. Jessie has published 4 yoga books (HarperCollins Publishers AUS & Ulysses Press USA) including Australia's bestselling Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul and created the inspirational 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. Click here to read more about Jessie
|Lee Purdie - Yoga Assistant & Yogadance Teacher
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.
|Karena Williams - Yoga Teacher & Assistant
Karena is a dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner who teaches some of the yoga classes on our Byron Bay & Bali 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 senoir Iyengar Yoga teachers and currently holds an Intro Level I certification from the BKS Iyengar Yoga Association of Australia. She is also a mother, a qualified counsellor and a massage therapist.
|Haydie Osborne – Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Talks, Yoga Teacher & Assistant
Haydie is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher, naturopath and nutrition coach. She has been practicing Naturopathy for the past 13 years with an emphasis on diet, nutrition and women and children’s health. During the Byron Bay Retreats Haydie offers advice on ways to keep one's inner vitality glowing and ways to formulate a healthy diet, promote good eating habits, ways to steer away from processed food, best food supplements, food combining, healthy snacks, healthy kids meals and looks at. various health and stress related issues. Haydie is available for private naturopathic consultations on our Byron Bay Retreats. Haydie is a dedicated yoga practitioner who gives adjustments and assistance in the yoga classes as well as offers retorative yoga sequences for wellbeing.
|Carmelle Moore- Chakra Awareness Meditation & VoiceMovesYoga
Carmelle is a Speech Pathologist who specialises in the voice and has a Diploma in teaching Ki- Yoga. She has studied “Voice Culture” yoga therapy in India and runs a ‘chakra awareness and meditation class’ on the Radiance Retreats in Byron Bay. Carmelle also specialises in yoga practiced with sounding and is passionate about supporting every body and voice to express their full potential with power and joy. She loves teaching the techniques she has found through her extensive research, to enable people to deeply relax, harmonise, energise and experience “resonance”.
- Yoga Assistant & Vision Quests
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 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.
Jacinta O'Leary - Yoga Teacher
|Kevin - Bhajans/Kirtan (chanting)
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 otpion of sitting in stillness (or lying down) and simply absorbing the wonderful sounds.