Built in 2008 and known as “Yoga Gurukul” (meaning Yoga Teaching School), the retreat centre has been renamed SKYS Retreat (an acronym for St Kilda Yoga School Retreat).
With an emphasis on Iyengar yoga SKYS is more than a great yoga studio. Built as a second limb growing from Melbourne’s iconic St. Kilda Yoga School, Simon has created an organic and beautiful setting for people to practice yoga, connect with nature, and find their own sense of inner peace.
Set on 20 acres, the block of land has an ancient old growth rain forest, a multitude of fruit trees, beautiful walking tracks and ‘time stopping’ views at every junction.
SKYS features simple, dormitory style accommodation for up to 18 people, with three dorm rooms and 3 single/twin rooms and includes ample places to set up a tent. There is a small, shared kitchen with a spectacular view that provides the means to make home cooked meals. Depending on the season there’s a good chance some ‘on site’ produce will be available for consumption.
Cabarita Beach is a 25 minute drive if you’d like a dip in the ocean or a walk on the beach. The scenic country town of Murwillumbah, is only a 15 minute drive, with majestic views of Mt Warning.
The Northern rivers region of NSW is a crossroads of healers, artists and organic farmers and every road/track will take you someplace amazing.
About Simon Marrocco
Simon is the founder and director of the St. Kilda Iyengar Yoga School in Melbourne, which opened in September 1989.
Simon has been practising and teaching yoga for over 30 years. He has been teacher-training in Australia since 1989, when he founded his first yoga centre in St Kilda, Melbourne. In 2004 he purchased the future site of SKYS Retreat and began teacher training within the then humble on-site facilities. By 2008 he had the unique studio and dorm rooms built, and then permanently moved to the SKYS retreat in 2010. Simon continues to run monthly teacher training in both Melbourne and the West End Yoga Centre in Brisbane.
He teaches all over Australia and internationally and supplements his personal practice with regular visits to India. He has a deep understanding of yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation and mantra. India has become Simon’s second home, returning nearly every year to study with the Iyengar family. Simon attended BKS Iyengar’s 75th birthday Intensive in Panchagani India in 1993 and 1996 and both Pranayama Intensives with Guruji in Pune in February 1995 and 1996 as well as the Rishikiesh Intensive’s with Guruji. He has attended many other conventions with Guruji and his daughter, the world-renowned teacher Geeta Iyengar.
Simon has served for many years on the BKS Iyengar Yoga Australian Association Certification Committee and has trained many teachers over the years through his teacher training programs.
You can learn to be an Iyengar Yoga teacher in a 300-hour Teacher Training Course (30 Modules over 3 years) and 100-hour Adjusting under the guidance of Senior Iyengar Yoga teacher Simon Marrocco, founder and director of the St.Kilda Iyengar Yoga School in Melbourne and SKYS Retreat in Reserve Creek Northern NSW.