Connect to what’s Natural

Byron Nature Inspired Wellness Retreats

Due to a range of unstable factors the 2022 retreats have been postponed for now

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Align with the healing power of nature


If your are tired, run down, or lacking mojo, these retreats will …

  • Calm your mind in a relaxing, natural setting; Be computer free
  • Restore and reset your energy; Simplify, eat better and sleep deeper
  • Relax in a small group of good company
  • Experience and learn about well being with expert facilitation
  • Focus on your health; Reduce pain. Improve diseases like arthritis, pre-diabetes, digestive issues (5-day fasting)
  • Be professionally supported through fasting (5-day fasting)
  • Drop some weight; Safely, sustainably and wisely (5-day fasting)
  • Change bad habits and reset ones that regenerate your body and mind (5-day fasting)

Feeling a “YES”?

There are limited places on each retreat

Connect. Clarify. Calm.

Restore & Rejuvenate your Body & Mind.

Nourishing and Vitalising ‘Nature Cure’ Practices

Support and Encouragement from Experienced Practitioners

Connecting to what’s natural in a beautiful environment

Access your inner wisdom and healing capacity

This retreat is held mostly outdoors. This means sleeping in Tipis (glamping), open fires, hanging in hammocks nestled between trees, outdoor hot and cold tubs, outdoor shower, fresh nature walks, vistas and waterfalls. We have use the house’s grand communal space, kitchen and bathroom (plus a hired bathroom close to tipis).

In the case of unseasonal weather, we can enjoy the combustion fire and large living spaces, and the large covered deck.

Experienced facilitators

A team of caring, experienced, qualified, and professional facilitators will support you to realise your wellness aims, relax and deeply connect.
Principal facilitator is practicing naturopath (since 2003) and health educator Sally Mathrick.

Experienced facilitators in Sound Healing, Art Therapy, Freeing Your Voice, Emotional Medicine, Meditation, Yoga & Movement Therapies, Nature Cure Practices and Deep Ecology will guide you through restorative and vitalising experiences to help you connect with your true nature.

Naturopath Sally Mathrick - Facilitator

Naturopath Sally Mathrick
Principal Facilitator

Naturopath Layla Metcalfe

Osteopath Dr Egbert Weber

Speech Pathologist Carmelle Moore Voice Moves

Art Teacher Xochitl Quintanar, M. Teach (Syd U.), B. Visual Arts (SCU)

Sound Healer, Gong Practitioner Angelique Barbour, Gaia Rising Activations

Movement Meditation and Improvisation teacher Camille Scarf

Chef and Caterer Extraordinaire Elintari Webb

Student Naturopath Loretta King

3-step Retreat Process

Step 1: Preparation

Decide on your date and accomodation

Arrange your transport to Byron Bay for pick up or if self driving to Alcheringa

Complete an application form (comprehensive intake form if fasting) and email it back

If fasting – Schedule an initial consultation with Sally (online) to establish your personalised health plan

If fasting – Prescribed supplements are delivered to your door. Ideally you will have 1-3 weeks preparation for fast

You access recipes, shopping list for your new pantry, additional guidance and insights via Sparkle Well School Cleanse Courses

Tick off your “what to bring” list as you pack

Step 2: Residential

Your nature-inspired, residential retreat unfolds

Glamping Tipi accommodation – solo, twin or triple share – or BYO camping option

Immerse yourself in nature – guided nature walk each morning, resting and revitalising in the afternoon, stars and campfires at night

Daily cleansing practices

Spaciously curated program of workshops with gifted facilitators

Relaxation yoga and meditation daily

Massage and optional extras of osteopathy and beauty therapy

Nourishment on organic vitalising meals 3-day nature retreat

5-day fasting – Consuming delicious broths, juices, teas, elixirs, with an option of a 24-hr water fast

5-day fasting – Mindful breaking the fast process

5-day fasting – Daily check ins and testing to track your process

Step 3: Integration

You arrive home to activate and implement the changes you’ve decided to make, to create the world that you want to live in

Enjoy exploring the new eating patterns, and share with ideas with the group on social or private chat

5-day fasting – enjoy your reworked kitchen cupboard and clear plan on reintroduction to eating and living indoors

5-day fasting – Follow up consultation with Sally (online) 7-10 days after to support your making real changes to your health and longevity


Nearest airports are either Ballina (NSW) or Coolangatta (QLD) which have transport running regularly to Byron Bay. We can arrange to collect you from Byron and bring you up to Alcheringa.

If driving, we will send you directions. The road is 2-wheel drive accessible.

Property is close by two beautiful water falls, Hell’s hole and Unicorn Falls.

Retreat is held entirely outdoors on a ridge in Mt Jerusalem National Park

Glamping Accommodation

Spend two or four nights sleeping in the great outdoors, comfortably in a 5m diameter Tipi. Have a Tipi to yourself, twin or triple share (yes, they are that big!) or bring your own camping equipment.

Tipis have a tarpaulin floor with raised single canvas beds with foam mattresses, dressed in fresh linen, bedding and comfy things to make it feel homey. There is dim lighting inside the tipis, as well as outdoor guide lights to help you find your way in and out at night. There is an outdoor shower and hired bathroom, as well as indoor bathroom facilities.

The retreat space has a large house for our use if the weather is inclement. A large living space with combustion wood fire. The kitchen space will be used for food demonstrations. The deck for yoga and meditation, if needed.

What’s included:

  • One-on-one naturopathic preparation plan, coaching and post retreat follow-up to achieve your health goals (5-day retreat only)

  • Personalised herbal and nutritional medicine protocol, individually prescribed and delivered to your door (5-day retreat only)

  • Daily check-ins, ketone and glucose monitoring & testing onsite during your 3 or 5-day retreat (5-day retreat only)

  • Supported 24-hr water fast, as appropriate for you (5-day retreat only)

  • Organic, locally-sourced, and lovingly prepared fasting program, including meals, healing broths, soups, juices, smoothies and waters (5-day retreat) or three nourishing meals and snacks each day (3-day retreat)

  • Guided food reintroduction and menu planning to set you up to succeed back at home (5-day retreat only)

  • Daily retreat program includes; nature walks, meditations, guided movement and/or yoga, hydrotherapy (sauna, spa, shower) and periods of silence.

  • Engaging, experiential and fun workshops including; nutrition and menu planning for food as medicine (5-day retreat), detoxification practices, emotional medicine, guided nature connection, Art Therapy with master teacher, Deep Ecology processes with experienced facilitators and much more (email us for more information)

  • Emotional Medicines workshops plus select your own Australian Bush flower essences and take a remedy home with you

  • Sound medicine and music immersions

  • One 60-minute massage onsite at retreat (5-day retreat only)

  • Additional extras: Treat yourself to natural facials and beauty treatments, individual sound healings and reiki, extra massages, or osteopathy with Dr Egbert Weber

Call us to discuss your needs further +61 413 230 780

Live without walls for your residential; enjoy spacious privacy, luscious gardens and natural vistas.

Feel the breezes, listen to the wild nature around you, sink into the clarifying authenticity of nature.

You will leave feeling calmly invincible.

What people say…

“One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Nurturing, nutritional, loving, relaxing” – Bianca

“Sally’s retreats are more than a cleanse, they are a feast of generosity from a naturopath with a big heart who’s sparkle helps you to sparkle too!”

“Uplifting. Mind and life changing.” – Penny

“A beautiful, supportive, empowering, cleansing experience provided in a beautiful environment by experienced people who are greatly gifted in their healing modalities and so generous in their giving” – Gabrielle

“A must do! This has turned things around for me – We ALL need to do it!” – Judy

“Deeply rewarding. One of the best things I have ever done. So much more than a fasting detox weekend”

“A fantastic opportunity to nuture and pamper yourself and make real inroads into living a cleaner, more vital life” – Jorja

“I wish I hadn’t waited 30 years to try this. Learning fasting was one of the most empowering things of my life. It was so much easier than I expected because of the supportive environment.” – Stephen

Previous Sparkle Well Retreats

2019 Bali Healing Retreat, East Bali – A 7-day/6-night tropical paradise retreat, in a villa perched on a cliff overlooking the Bali Sea. The delightful, wise naturopath Lalya Metcalfe co-facilitated, bringing additional naturopathic insights, plus Sufi wisdom and morning walks through the local villages to watch the simple life, as our bodies and minds restored. The talented Georgia MacNevin provided richness with her array of skills in psychology, yoga and kindness. Deep Ecology processes, yoga, sun bathing and meditation, all supported by delightful local healers Pak Sunaria, Madu & Wayan and chefs Wayan Yanti and Eka. This retreat included 24-73 hours of water fasting, and other liquid fasting processes.

2016 Continental House Hepburn Springs, Victoria – Two separate 3 nights/4 days retreats. February retreat featured the knowledgeable Alexis Pitsoplous walking us through the “weeds” of Continental House, and Elinari Webb sharing with us in the kitchen. September retreat had guest practitioner Grant Smith provide a Sound Healing yin yoga session, as well as some Laughter Yoga, and the acclaimed vegan chef Ricky “Raw” Gopinath gave us awesome insights in the kitchen.

2015 Sangsurya Byron Bay, New South Wales – A 6 day/5 night liquid fasting retreat for deep nourishment at the beautiful Zen-inspired rainforest retreat overlooking the ocean. Facilitated by Naturopath Sally Mathrick and friends, including voice coach and Speech Pathologist Carmelle Moore, international musician and sound healer Aviashai Barnatan, movement facilitator Liat Lev Sokal and chef and grand heart Elyjah McLeod.

2015 Continental House Hepburn Springs, Victoria – This 3 day/2 night retreat was set at Continental House and was facilitated by Sally along with Rose Moylan offering Mindfulness, Alexis Pitsoplous providing insight into local flora, vegan chef Elintari Webb and master masseur, Michael Cauce. A stellar team delivering exceptional healing.

2014 Continental House Hepburn Springs, Victoria – 2 x weekend retreats focused on increasing vitality and energy in life. Included soaking in the Hepburn Bath house spa, internationally renown constitutional hydrotherapy with the talented Kelly Galvin, meditation instruction from wonderful heart Jess Huon, naturopathic workshops and yoga with Sally Mathrick.

2013 “Lochinver Country Homestead” Maryborough, Central Victoria – Imagine yourself laying peacefully by a meandering river, lined with magnificent river gums, soaking up the sun, fresh air and calm, feeling centered and grounded from a balanced yoga session, a profound massage or deep restorative sleep or sauna, visualising a successful and joyous life. Held at the heritage homestead by the red river gums and playing platypus.

2011 “The Gums” homestead, Daylesford, Central Victoria–  Raw food, nourishing broths and juicing fasting retreat. Unlimited use of solocarbon far-infra-red saunas, ionic filtered spa, restful yoga, meditation, massage, shiatsu, beauty treatments, big log fires, silence, meaningful conversations and a beautiful forest.


Cleanse your body with optimal nutrition. Sparkle retreats nourish you with water, organic vegetable juices, mineral broths, herbal teas, soups, elixirs and food as medicine.


  • Practice rejuvenating yoga
  • Sauna and Hydrotherapy
  • Massage
  • Cleansing program with supportive tool & supplements
  • Deep rest


  • Quieten with ‘Noble silence’ practice each day
  • Be guided to relax & meditate
  • Breathing practices that enhance detoxification
  • Emotional medicines discussion using Australian bush flower therapy
  • Free time for rest, nature walks, self care and fun things
  • Connect with the beauty of nature – both external and internal
  • Be inspired with some fresh thinking, drawn from effective methodologies


  • Learn how to fast as a tool for ongoing health
  • Access lots of tools through Sparkle Well Complete Cleanse online course
  • Pre- and post naturopathic consultations for individualised attention
  • Conversations about health and wholeness
  • Insights through Deep Ecology experiences
  • Time for reflection and integration