Think that meditation retreats are all about early wake-up calls and lots of serious silences? Well, not anymore. Say hello to Soundscape, a three-day sensory experience to be held in NSW's Southern Highlands this August.
A wellness getaway that breaks with tradition, this one's focused on music, food and great company. It's the brainchild of the team at Surry Hills mindfulness studio The Indigo Project, a progressive practice that runs naptime and mindful pasta making classes, and relatable courses like Get Your Shit Together. And for its third iteration, it's being helmed by a trio that describes itself as "an experimental chef, a rebel psychologist and an electronic music producer".
Over one weekend at Highball House, The Indigo Project founder and head psychologist Mary Hoang, music producer Rich Lucano and chef Harry Bourne will guide guests through an exploration of sound, designed to help recharge, connect and unravel all that stress. Here, you'll take meditative walks through the forest, feel inspired during guided creativity sessions and experience fun sound immersion sessions based around The Indigo Project's popular Listen Up workshops.
And with Love Supreme chef Bourne helping to run the show, boring food is definitely not part of the agenda. Instead, enjoy gourmet snacks and a few mindblowing woodfired feasts.
There are still a few spots available if you're willing to part with around $900 for the weekend. If this sounds like your bag, you'll probably be interested in Yoga Cucina, a yoga, wine and pasta-filled retreat that takes place a couple of times a year also in the Southern Highlands.