Overnight Retreats

Overnight and Weekend Retreats in Far-north Queensland

Are you needing to take some time out for yourself to de-stress, relax, and rejuvenate? Julie runs overnight and weekend meditation retreats several times per year in Mission Beach, Cairns, and other beautiful destinations in Far-north Queensland.

Meditation retreats combine the elements of Japanese Reiki, mindfulness meditation, and gentle yoga. So whether you’re an experienced practitioner, or curious about building your own meditation practice, these retreats give you the time and space to free your mind and away from your regular routines.

Scroll down the page for Julie’s next overnight retreats in Far-north Queensland. Or if you don’t have a whole weekend to spare, click through to view our retreat days (mini-retreats that only take a day).

3 Day/4 Night Retreat @ Sanctuary, Mission Beach

Dive deeper into your reiki and meditation practice — in a beautiful rainforest hideaway @ Sanctuary, Mission Beach.

Do you need some downtime from an intense corporate job, or a quiet space to ground yourself away from all the noise?

Sanctuary is a stunning eco-lodge tucked away in the rainforest and is the perfect place to combine self-healing reiki, gentle yoga, mindful walks along a private beach, and enjoy delicious locally grown foods**.

The retreat will allow you to step away from your busy schedule for some self-care and grounding — which is so needed in these rapidly changing times.


We will be together for 3 days (and 4 nights) practising the Japanese esoteric meditations as a group. A gentle yoga class is included each morning and there is plenty of downtime to enjoy the beautiful rainforest trails, chill out in the lounge, swim in the pool, or mindfully wander Garner’s Beach.

On Monday our check-out time is at 10am. So you’ll have time to visit Dunk Island or explore the Mission Beach coffee shops and surrounds, before taking a leisurely drive home.  Shorter stays are available.  Please contact Julie for pricing.

Whats included:

  • Yin or Gentle yoga sessions (9.30am-10.15am) each morning.
  • Meditation sessions (10.15am-11.30am) and (2.30pm-5pm) each day. Meditations are semi-guided and include chanting, walking and moving meditations.
  • 4 nights accommodation @ Sanctuary Retreat
  • Yoga mats, bolsters, chairs are provided
  • Healing reiki swap sessions (with a partner)
  • Guided Self-reiki sessions

Reiki Teacher: All sessions are conducted by Julie Heskins, a qualified Reiki Master, Reiki Teacher, Meditation and Yoga instructor from Cairns.

Venue:The Sanctuary, 72 Holt Road, Garners Beach, 4852

Date: Thursday 23rd September to Monday 27th September

Check-in and Check-out: Check-in after 2pm on Thursday. Check-out @ 10am on Monday.

Retreat Fees:  Retreat fees vary depending on your choice of accommodation. See options below.


Please contact Julie to book your space at the retreat and your accommodation.


Retreat fees do not include meals or drinks. Delicious meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan meals are available (at your cost) in the Restaurant @ Sanctuary. You can also use the community kitchen to prepare your own food.  

Please note: If you are self-catering bring your food (and drinks) with you as the nearest supermarket is a 20 minute drive from Sanctuary.


For the safety of all our guests, facilitators, and staff, Sanctuary maintains proper COVID19 controls. For this reason we can only group couples and friends in shared rooms. Please talk to Julie about your accommodation options if you are attending the retreat as a single.



Choose your accommodation @ Sanctuary and take advantage of these great retreat-only prices. 


Simple rainforest huts are for the minimalist. You’ll sleep soundly in the rainforest in a beautiful rainforest hut with no solid walls. Instead the timber structure is screened on all four sides with weather proof curtains able to be drawn for privacy and protection from adverse weather. Each hut has a small verandah, lights, fans, drinking water, and simple furnishings.

(No bathroom. Hot showers, toilets, charging points are available in the main building.)

Double bed: $750



Elegant and yet rustic at the same time. Accessed by a boardwalk to protect the forest floor, the rainforest huts are designed to be like a bubble in the rainforest and can be opened on three sides by sliding timber and glass panels giving a beautiful close rainforest experience.

Each hut has a small verandah and simple furnishings.  Gravity fed with fresh, cold water collected onsite, the outside ensuites are appointed with a shower, toilet and hand wash basin so that you can shower in the forest, naturally.  (Hot showers are available in the main building.)

Twin share: $680 per person (available for friends & family members)

Single: $830


For those wanting a solid room — with ample screen glass windows — the canopy cabins offer maximum protection from the elements, while still offering a close connection to the sights and sounds of the forest.

Larger than the rainforest huts, these cabins are stylishly appointed with polished wooden floors, handmade natural timber furniture and spectacular glass-walled bathrooms looking out high in the trees.

The deluxe canopy cabins have private verandahs, mini bar fridge, charging outlets, beautiful ensuite with glass-walled shower.

Twin share: $830 pp (available for friends & family members)

Single: $1,110

For more information regarding the accommodation and facilities see Sanctuary website.



Are you ready for 3 days of relaxation, renewal and regeneration? Get in touch with Julie Heskins today to book your space in this wonderful retreat.