Frequently Asked Questions
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There is the Somers store a 20 minute walk away and a supermarket a 10 minute drive away. We do suggest you may prefer to stay on site and enjoy the chance to retreat from the world however if you need to the shops are not hard to access.
No, we only offer a full retreat ticket. If you can’t stay for the full time, that’s OK and we’ll ask you to notify us if that’s the case, however there is just one set price.
Of course! You are most welcome to attend Yogafest during your pregnancy. Just make sure you consult your doctor and only do things you are comfortable with. Llet the teacher of each session you are attending know about your status.
Yogafest is staffed by volunteers and we ask for your understanding that emails make take a longer to receive replies than usual. Rest assured your communications will be attended to and all contact information is on the website.
All money raised goes directly to Amma’s Australian Ashram Building Fund, which includes the building works of a large commercial kitchen used for outreach programs including feeding children healthy nutritious breakfasts before school and supplying food to those in need in Melbourne’s inner north/east. This is a growing program and we are very proud to be able to bring growth to light through Amma’s direction.
Participants will be asked to leave cars at a reserved car park across the road from the Camp. We ask people to drive up the Camp, unload bags and check in with Registration, then move cars to the specified site across the road. The car park onsite is reserved for Lord Somers Camp and Yogafest staff and for people with mobility issues, requested in advance. The secure car park over the road is exclusive to Yogafest guests and can be accessed during the weekend if required.
No. It’s a first-come-first-served basis. The rooms are all very similar though and we have a capacity of 120 so everyone is well catered for.
Lord Somers Camp has a range of shared rooms with bunk beds from 2 per room up to larger dorms. The rooms are all very well heated and have shared bathrooms close by. We allocate one dorm to females, one to males then a shared one. The other rooms are all mixed. Each guest finds their own beds – you have the choice of where to stay!
You need to bring sleeping bag/doona, pillow, sheets, pillow case, towels and personal toiletries.
We supply a large number of props, however we also recommend if you have your own to bring them, including a mat. Please label all your things separately and keep them with you at all times so as not to get mixed up in general equipment.
Yogafest Retreat is completely drug and alcohol free and these items are not permitted onsite. Smoking is also banned onsite – inside rooms and on the grounds. If you are a smoker, you will need to head off camp grounds. As the camp is about quality time away from the pressures of our lives, we also ask for no loud music, no intrusive tech devices and for people to refrain from using mobile phones in camp areas, such as our yoga spaces and dorm rooms – this is for the peace and enjoyment for all guests. Yogafest Retreat also is a meat-free environment and we ask that people don’t bring meat products onsite either. If you have any questions regarding any of these items, please let organisers know.
No. We prefer people not to bring their own food and drink and to enjoy the beautiful vegetarian food that is lovingly prepared for us each meal by our volunteer cooks. There are no cooking facilities for guests to use or places to store food. If you feel you need some extra snacks during the day then you are welcome to cater for that, like nuts and dried fruits.
Seva is a sanskrit word which can translate to “selfless service”. Seva is common in ashrams in India as a way to give back to the community in attendance. It’s a lovely way to connect with the community, to share the spirit that we’re all here together to enjoy and from a practical note it means a lot of jobs get done around the retreat that would otherwise require paid staff, meaning the cost of Yogafest Retreat can be kept affordable for you! We ask each participant to do two seva jobs over the weekend as a goodwill gesture for each other as well as to keep our retreat running smoothly. You will select these jobs after registering at the event.
No. It’s your retreat weekend and as we are set in the beautiful landscape of native bush and the sea at Somers, this is a perfect time to rest, restore, enjoying the peace and quiet. The program is full and is offered by the large team of teachers so that there is something for everybody.
Yes! Teachers are highly experienced and ensure students are given appropriate options. The program also offers beginner-specific classes at each yoga session and there are restorative and relaxation classes which are open to all. There is a large group of teaching staff at Yogafest and anyone will be happy to talk if you would like to discuss your practice and experience over the weekend.
Yoga classes range from beginner to experienced and will be highlighted for ease of participation. Teachers are experienced in presenting classes for different capabilities and ensure students are well cared for. Meditation sessions in mornings and evenings are held together in one group and provide a supportive environment for all participants. Yoga classes are themed according to a class intention and are presented with a range of options to cater for the various levels. If you would like to discuss your experience with Yogafest organisers before attending please email us [email protected]. There is also a large group of teachers working at Yogafest ready to help, talk about safe options and your practice at any time.
No. Animals are not allowed onsite at the Lord Somers Camp.
Only by prior arrangement can children attend. Yogafest is not promoted as a family-friendly event as we maintain a quiet focus over the weekend but under special circumstances arrangements can be made. Please contact organisers first before booking with children.
After you have booked and paid for your time, please contact Yogafest organisers to discuss your restrictions on [email protected] We have a very dedicated and experienced team of cooks who are happy to consider options where necessary. The food served is vegetarian and there are always options of what to eat each meal so you can self-manage restrictions as well. We prefer that people do not bring their own food onsite. Personal food cannot be stored in the main kitchen nor can guests use the cooking facilities.
Yes – we are happy to help connect people looking for rides with those offering. When you register you will be asked if this is relevant. A Yogafest organiser will then be in touch to coordinate trips that are needed. Coming home from the Retreat we organise it from Sunday breakfast that those requesting a ride link up with those offerings.
By Car: Follow M1, Eastlink/M3 and Mornington Peninsula Fwy/Peninsula Link/M11 to Mornington-Tyabb Rd/C782 in Moorooduc. Take the exit from Mornington Peninsula Fwy and continue on Mornington-Tyabb Rd/C782. Take Coolart Rd/C785 and follow to Somers.
By Train: Train to Hastings and Bittern with connecting buses to Somers. See http://ptv.vic.gov.au/
By Car Share: You will have the option to request sharing a ride down as you register. You will also be asked if you can offer someone a ride. See below.
By Ferry: If coming from Phillip Island or Gippsland via bus, you can also use the ferry from Cowes to Stoney Point, and organise a car share from there or take a local bus.
Our retreats are held at the Lord Somers Camp in the quiet nook of Somers on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Somers is close to Hastings, Bittern and Merricks, right on the edge of beautiful Western Port Bay. For more information visit: http://www.lordsomerscamp.com/ and http://www.lordsomerscamp.com/location/ for details on where Lord Somers Camp is.