Gratitude Vietnam retreat venue, yoga retreat, reiki training, meditation retreat and private villa Hoi An

Alternative Christmas Retreat

rest, relax, rebalance

22 - 26 December 2020

22 - 26 December 2021

(4 nights, 5 days)

About the retreat

Looking to relax and enjoy an Alternative Christmas with like-minded people?  Escape the pressure of the festive season and instead, cultivate a calm and quiet nervous system.  Honour body, mind and spirit with nourishment, peace and love in place of arbitrary stresses and over-indulgence.


Gift yourself 5 days to explore focused workshops, daily restorative yoga, sound healing meditations, onsite massage, pampering and deliciously healthy food.  Enjoy the time, space and compassionate support to just be.

Reconnect with yourself and bring balance back into your life.  Forge new friendships and make room for more joy, laughter, compassion, love and awareness.

The workshops

We’ve designed the workshops to allow for deep rest, restoration and gentle loving awareness.  Learn techniques to calm the nervous system, explore traditional herbal skin-care and tea recipes and easy to implement dietary changes to nourish your body.  Leave feeling truly relaxed, at peace in your being, and connected with yourself.  


Workshops and evening meditations will be led by retreat host, reiki master and sound bowl practitioner, Naomi Rowan.

Workshops include


*An Introduction to the Polyvagal Theory

& Tools to Calm and Ground the Nervous System

*Guilt-free sweet treats and mindful eating

*Incorporating mindfulness into the every day

*Discover the properties of traditional herbs, spices and roots and make an organic face mask and herbal teas at An Farm

When you arrive, we’ll present you with a beautiful booklet to guide your journey, not only during the retreat, but for when you transition back into your daily life.

Daily meditations 

Allow the powerful healing vibrations of a daily sound-bath meditation journey to take you into alpha-state and encourage deep and restorative sleep.   All you have to do is lie back, relax and be.



Each day you’ll practise the art of conscious rest with a gentle and deeply restorative yoga class, focused on bringing awareness and harmony to the body-mind connection.


All sessions will take place in our stunning open-air yoga sala.



With private ensuite accommodation in our eco-friendly retreat centre, you are promised a week of relaxation, self-exploration, mindful awareness and reconnection with yourself in the present moment.  

The programme


The programme incorporates daily workshops, yoga, meditations and a 60 minute onsite massage of your choice - all designed to allow you time and space to rest, relax and rebalance


See the full programme outline here!



All your meals and soft drinks are included. We offer nutritious and delicious, farm-to-table food with minimal processing and optimal flavour. 

Just let us know of any dietary requirements in advance so we can adapt the menu accordingly. 

Planned excursions


Your stay will include:

*A delightful visit to the beautiful An Farm where you will recreate ancient tea and face-mask recipes, discover the properties of forgotten ingredients, and enjoy a permaculture tour.

*Dinner in the UNESCO world heritage site, Hoi An old town


These excursions are private to our 'Alternative Christmas' retreat participants.

Extend your retreat experience with an Alternative New Year

- reflect, release, renew

End 2020 and begin the new year with a mindful weekend of yoga, meditation, rest and relaxation. Reflect on 2020 to find gratitude for the moments of joy, love and laughter. Release any obstacles encountered, and find compassion for all that did not quite go to plan. Manifest the 2021 you wish to see, with a grounding puja ceremony.

Combine the Alternative Christmas and New Year Retreats to receive a discount ($150-$250) and a free night of accommodation on 26th December.

What’s included

  • 4 nights' accommodation

  • All food, soft drinks and snacks

  • Traditional skincare and tea workshop at An Farm

  • Dinner in Hoi An old town

  • 1 x 60 minute onsite massage of your choice

  • All scheduled yoga classes, meditation and workshops

  • Transfers to / from Danang International Airport

  • Welcome pack and retreat booklet

  • Pool / use of communal facilities

  • Use of bikes throughout your stay

  • Use of yoga mats, bolsters and props

  • Check in from 2pm on 22nd December / Check out until 1pm on 26th December.

What's not included

  • Flight costs

  • Alcoholic drinks

  • 1:1 sessions or additional in-house massage (available)

  • Additional excursions (not included above)

  • Visas  

  • Health / Travel Insurance

  • Extra nights – you are welcome to extend your stay at an additional cost

  • 5% Paypal / Currency commission fee - contact us to make a bank transfer / price match 

Payment options 2020


1. Payment Plan

20% (due: when booking)

20% (due: 22nd May)

20% (due: 22nd July)

20% (due: 22nd September)

20% (due: 22nd November)


2. Deposit and payment


50% deposit

50% (due 22nd November)


3. Payment in full

Pay 100% upon booking to receive an extra $25 discount (before 22nd August 2020)

*Additional 5% discount for returning retreatees!

Cancellation Policy

  • Early Bird pricing ends 22nd September 2020.

  • All payments are non-refundable.

  • For bookings made after 22nd October 2020 payment must be made in full (discount does not apply).

  • Any additional costs will require cash payment at the villa upon departure

  • In the unlikely event we have to cancel the retreat for any reason, a full refund of payments made to us will be given (this does not include any additional expenses incurred for flights, travel or additional accommodation).