Shala Om Winter Yoga Retreat 2023

The Shala Om Yoga Winter Yoga Retreat will run from 1 to 4 June and will be held at the beautiful Old Pear Farm in Upper Sturt, a renovated farmhouse surrounded by 7 acres of peaceful bushland in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, a 20 minute drive from the CBD.

A retreat with a difference

Not just a yoga retreat, this magical time will be imbued with meditation, art and live music.

The retreat will give you an opportunity to engage in:

  • Daily guided meditation 
  • Daily Hatha and Yin Yoga practice
  • Nightly Yoga Nidra so you can drift off effortlessly to a peaceful sleep.
  • An art therapy session
  • A session creating ephemeral nature art
  • Unique music experiences including a sound bath and a special musical presentation on the last night

You will also have free time for conversation, exploring the grounds and journaling.

The retreat is fully catered (Vegetarian / Vegan) by Raw n More of Semaphore. Sheridan bed linen and fluffy towels are supplied. In addition, there are two wood fires and an on-site sauna to warm the winter chill.

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The Venue

The Old Pear Farm, Upper Sturt

Escape to the Adelaide Hills while being so near to the city!

Our Retreat Venue is a newly renovated 1880 Pear Farm transformed into a gorgeous modern Adelaide hills get away.

The space

The house is a perfect combination of old meets new, the 1880’s rustic stone cottage is cute and cosy while the new extension is hip and modern. The house has six bedrooms, all individually styled with crisp laundered Sheridan linen and fluffy towels. The master suite comes with a king sized bed and en-suite bathroom with a huge stone bath, with views across the valley. This bathroom also has a built in sauna, that is fantastic to use on a cold wintery day. There are two further bathrooms, each with walk in showers for easy access and one with a huge pink bath! There are two living rooms, each with large wood fires so you can get cosy in the evening, a large dining room with stunning views across the valley and a brand-new kitchen with all the mod-cons ready to cook up a feast!

There is a gorgeous outdoor deck overlooking the valley and smaller secluded courtyard where you can enjoy dinner and a glass of wine or keep warm during the cool nights with the outdoor fire.

The property hosts an abundance of flora and fauna, with a resident mob of kangaroos as well as local koalas plus countless parrots and birds.

Much of the land is currently being sensitively re-vegetated with indigenous South Australian plants which you are welcome to

Guest access

The guests have access to the full 7 acres.

Other things to note

Please bring warm clothes, the Adelaide Hills can get chilly in the evenings even during the summer months.

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Your Retreat Team

The retreat is being led by four uniquely talented and personable individuals.


Unjay has been teaching yoga for eight years, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Yoga Teacher (E- RYT 200). He founded Shala Om in 2015 with the dual mission of spreading the light of authentic yoga and building local community. He was voted as one of the top twenty yoga teachers in Adelaide by an Advertiser poll in 2022, and Shala Om has won several awards in the fitness and health category nationally and internationally.

Unjay found yoga in a time of great upheaval in his personal and professional life and can testify to its sustaining and transformative power. In his teaching, he always seeks to meet his students where they are both in their practice and in their lives, making his classes accessible to everyone while providing a gentle challenge to extend students. He has a unique blend of spirituality, informality and humour in his presentation of Hatha and Yin Yoga. He uses tone drums, voice and singing bowls at the end of each class to provide an ethereal and relaxing live sound track for savasana.

When not doing yoga, Unjay may be found wandering the beach with or without crazy dogs, painting, playing music and writing. Also watching too much KDrama on Netflix.

Jennifer Driver

Hi, I’m Jennifer. I am formally qualified as an art therapist through the Ikon Institute of Australia, graduating in 2018; and have been running my own business since – Star Align Creative. 

I generally work creatively with individuals within a community support context and have experience in facilitating group practice. However my reach also spans into the community toward disability support, aged care practice, and working with kids too! 🙂 I am currently also studying a Bachelor of Publishing/Creative Writing and Visual Culture through Curtin University in W.A.

My yoga practice has been an integral part of my wellbeing for the last 20 years, and reflectively the holistic benefits really are life changing, as anyone who loves yoga I think could agree with. Looking forward to seeing you on the mat, or together for some art making!



Queenie Tsoi

Queenie has a real passion for health and wellbeing. Her background is in aerial yoga, dance, massage and nutrition, with a Bachelor of Human Nutrition and multicultural experiences.

Queenie undertook yoga teacher training in Bali for her own benefit, and that profound journey motivated Queenie to return to the body & nature, start practising the art of self-healing, and share it to others.

Embracing interconnectedness of all things is the key to health and happiness.


Hi, I’m Satyam.

I am a Sound Healer and Meditation Music Producer. I have been providing my support and services to the wellness and yoga community for the past 3 years, performing at various classes and events. Spending a substantial time with nature and animals has allowed me to create music that brings us to a space where we can let go, relax and experience deep peace and tranquility. As a multi instrumentalist, I specialise in Shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and other flutes from around the world, I do throat singing, harmonised polyphonic singing and play jaw harp as well-they allow me to go deeper.

As a frequent practitioner of Pranayama, Yoga and Meditation of various traditions in Mahayana Buddhism , Tibetan Buddhism and Sanātana Dharma, I’ve learned to quieten my mind and observe phenomena as they come, finding equilibrium in the torrents of chaos and distractions of life challenges. Integrity and Authenticity are the values which I hold closely in my heart.

It is my pleasure and honour to be able to co-create a comfortable, supporting and healing space, by sharing with you the music which is close to my heart. Let us surrender and allow ourselves to experience what the Universe has in store for us!
Namaste, Satyam

Investment & Booking Form

The all-inclusive cost is

$1800 for a private room with Queen bed for two people

$1200 for a private room with Queen bed for one person

$900 for a two person shared room with single beds

Participation is limited to 9 places so it will be an intimate experience.

To join us on the retreat, please use the form below to sign up or contact Unjay on 0431928663/ for further details.