The “busy-ness” and pressure of everyday life, the stress of timelines and fulfilling responsibilities, often makes finding time to truly connect and “be” with one another an effort, instead of joyful.

Retreating together, even if it’s only for two and half days away, can be the precious time you both need to reignite and remind yourselves of the sacred bond between you.

This exclusive and intimate couples weekend retreat, held on 125 acres, nestled in the heart of Byron’s hinterland, provides the perfect environment, and opportunity, to rejuvenate your relationship.

We combine the joy of cooking together as a key to reconnecting to the fun and lightness within your relationship.

We explore ways for you to practically support each other’s health and wellbeing.

We help you reclaim your vitality, reconnect with yourself and each other, with your needs and with nature and step into a more vibrant, purposeful and joy filled relationship.

Who is this retreat for?

Definitely for couples who wish to learn to support one another in looking after ones health, lifestyle and wellbeing choices.

For couples which share a love of food and wish to discover natural aphrodisiacs, to support a healthy libido.

For couples committed to deepening their connection and seek the opportunity to clarify their dreams and the vision they hold for the future of their relationship.

For couples looking to spend quality time together in an authentic, relaxed, fun and intimate setting with like minded couples who value the opportunity to learn and grow together in a supportive and nurturing environment through the richness of exploration and conversation.

What can I expect from the weekend?

Led by Joanna Rushton, holistic wellness coach, energy medicine therapist, author and teacher together with Helen Padarin, naturopath, nutritionist, author and speaker.

Jo and Helen will lead you through a weekend of aphrodisiac nourishment, education, balanced movement and hands-on practical experiences in the kitchen, you will take away and implement in REAL life.

We will be deep diving into:

  • “Real food” and how to apply fundamental principles to your everyday.
  • How to incorporate natural aphrodisiacs into your diet.
  • How certain foods affect your mood and suppress your sex drive.
  • How to listen to your body’s biofeedback and fulfill its needs.
  • How to emotionally recover your mojo and support a healthy libido.
  • The art of sacred listening.
  • Gentle meditations, movement and life-changing insights.


You will spend time harvesting produce in Bhavana’s organic garden. As part of your cooking experience, you will be creating decadent and nourishing meals, which will uplift and inspire your senses.

We will support you through this entire experience from the moment you join us as our guests, to the moment you leave, to head back home.

About Jo & Helen

Jo Rushton, formerly a qualified Chef, has studied under some of the worlds leading holistic health practitioners and healers and is a Faculty Member of the CHEK Institute and teaches Holistic Lifestyle Coach (HLC) Level 1 and 2 across Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada and the UK.

She is a two times #1 Amazon Best Selling author of ‘Rocket Fuel On A Budget’ and ‘All Things Coconut’ and is also a Co-Founder and Director of Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School. Jo has been studying and practicing energy medicine since 2005 and has a multi-disciplinary private practice, working with individuals, families and organisations, leading the way in preventative health and adding quality years to peoples lives.

Helen Padarin has been in clinical practice since 2001. She works from one of Sydney’s most highly regarded integrated medical centres along with GP’s, a paediatrician and other practitioners. Helen holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Sciences (Naturopathy), Advanced Diplomas in Nutrition, Herbal Medicine and Massage and has completed extensive Post-Praduate training in treatment for metabolic, neurologic, digestive and immune disorders.

Since 2011 Helen has been a regular presenter and ambassador for the Mindd Foundation, and has presented for Health Masters Live and ACNEM, providing post-graduate education for GP’s, naturopaths, nutritionists and other health care professionals. Helen has co-authored the book “Bubba Yum Yum” with Charlotte Carr and Pete Evans, she also co-authored the “The Complete Gut Health Cookbook” with Chef Pete Evans.

What is Included?

  • All education and teaching materials with Jo & Helen covering key topics on food, nutrition, a healthy libido, food sensitivities, processes for deeper and authentic connection and strategies for managing stress.
  • Full support during your experience.
  • All organic meals, snacks and beverages.
  • Aphrodisiac remedies and elixirs.
  • A farm to table menu created to cleanse and nourish your body.
  • Time spent harvesting, gathering and meal preparation, to renew your confidence, fun and connection together for creating nourishing and healing meals for each other at home.
  • All recipes.
  • Guided teachings.
  • Yoga.
  • Quiet time.
  • Farm appreciation, insights into the inspiring and dedicated work behind the scenes to care for this land in a way that nourishes it and us.
  • Gift bag full of beautiful products to keep the fire burning.
  • Access to Helen’s 9V9 – a 9 day challenge to increase your vegetable intake. It’s highly recommended as a post retreat support tool.
  • A copy of Joanna’s book Rocket Fuel On A Budget.
  • Transport to and from your accommodation at The Bower

What’s not included?

  • Return Flights
  • Accommodation – there is a variety of accommodation options to choose from nearby. We have however, organised a special rate for luxury accommodation with ‘The Bower’ in Byron.
    The following options are available:
  • Double Twin (2 x Double beds) $245.00 per room per night
  • Queen Suite (1 Queen bed) $230.00 per room per night
  • The Cottage (5 bedrooms, shared living space) $1,120.00 per night
  • The House (4 bedrooms, shared living space) $880.00 per night
  • Airport transfers to and from ‘The Bower’ (if there are enough people
    arriving/leaving at a similar time we will organise a shuttle bus for you).


September 6th – 9th 2019


Bhavana Organic Farm + Cooking School
841 Fernleigh Road, Brooklet,


$3250.00 per couple. Exclusive of GST
Early bird $2995.00 per couple. Exclusive of GST by June 10th 2019