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Death & Yoga

4-8th December 2024 @ Wild Retreat

During the Death & Yoga retreat we will gently explore, accept and contemplate our mortality as an 

ecological transition that paradoxically offers us enlivening opportunities.  Death can teach us how to 

live our best life.  Activities during the workshops include death awareness practices, end-of-life 

preparations and remembrance projects. 

These workshops are supported by nurturing yoga practices that relax the body, calm the mind and 

soothe the soul.


with Dr Abby Buckley

Impermanence Workshop:

Ephemeral art 

How old will you be when you die? 

How will you die? 

Where will you die?  

When you die what will happen with your: 

  • Stuff 

  • Body  

  • Identity 

End of Life Preparations Workshop:

- Memento mori concept, practices and tools 

- Life review part 1 - Your eulogy 


Remembrance Projects Workshop: 

- Life review part 2 > Your emotional will 


Yoga with Rose

Rose will be leading us through morning yoga practices that are accessible for everybody.

Her classes will be an opportunity to integrate the workshops lead by Abby throughout the retreat. Rose is a trained Mental Health Aware yoga teacher and has a passion for creating a safe and nourishing space to explore the techniques of yoga. Classes will include Hatha, Yin, Restorative, pranayama (breath work) and yoga nidra/meditation.

“The yogi who during his lifetime has practiced withdrawing his energy and consciousness from the 

body is able to greet death as an old friend. Permanently released by conscious transition, he 

emerges from the body with great joy.” 

— Swami Kriyananda, The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita 


Included & Investment

  • 4 nights accommodation in twin share vintage caravan 

  • 4 Yoga classes with Rose 

  • 3 Yoga Nidras with Rose 

  • 3 Death Workshops with Abby 

  • 2 evening sessions 

  • A personal healing treatment by onsite therapist

  •  Organic Brunch and Dinner daily 

  • Teas, coffee, snacks 

  • Salt water pool 

  • 28 acres to explore at Wild Retreat - Dondingalong, NSW


Twin Share vintage caravan with shared amenities:

- $1400

Camping with shared amenities:

- $990 (bring your own camping gear or van)

Offsite Rate: $790

$300 (non-refundable) Deposit required upon booking, please advise of any dietary requirements.

Prices do not include flights, transfers and lunches. Retreat capacity 8 people.

*Retreat Deposits are non refundable. If the retreat is cancelled for any reason, you will be given the deposit back in full.

**Please note the retreat facilitators are not trained therapists - this retreat is open for anyone wanting to learn about death.

Dr Abby Buckley 

Abby is a community death educator, social ecologist and mother whose career, passions and lived experience of the sudden death of her son connect the worlds of death, sustainability, yoga and 

wellbeing. She finds guidance and inspiration from the outdoors on how to positively embrace death in our everyday lives so we feel connected, empowered and enlivened.


She co-developed and taught 

Sustainable Business Development units to MBA students, gained an understanding of the funeral industry working for Adelaide Cemeteries Authority and became a funeral celebrant

to empower families to create meaningful eco-commemoration practices and rituals. After seven years facilitating 

community events that engage people with death including Death cafes, Before I die walls and Dying to know days; in 2019 Abby created her own community program called the Eco Coffin Project 



She recently completed her doctorate in philosophy with her thesis focussing on creative practices for becoming with death while vitally alive. Abby is member of the Natural Death Advocacy Network and the Australian Death Studies Society. In October 2023 she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Wild Self Yoga where she met Rose. The result is 

this wonderful collaboration where we are now offering the Death & Yoga Retreat. 

Rose Hill

Rose started her yoga journey in 2007 at age 17. Instantly falling in love, she decided to become a teacher. With over 17 years of teaching experience, she is an E-RYT 500 and lead trainer on Wild Self Yoga’s teacher training programs.

Working and studying with Ashram Yoga in New Zealand gave her the opportunity to spend two years living and breathing the yoga lifestyle.

She has gone on to continue training throughout India and abroad, across a wide range of subjects including Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, Yoga Anatomy and most recently Mental Health Aware Yoga.


Rose has travelled and taught all over the world, running retreats and teacher trainings in Portugal, Sri lanka, Thailand and Australia.


Rose’s passion is training individuals to find their unique voice and style. Offering a deep connection with each of her students, they become lifelong friends.

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