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Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat

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Address: 170 Victoria Valley Rd, Dunkeld, Victoria, Australia
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+61 3 5577 2499
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

Griffins Hill is a peaceful, contemporary, architect designed yoga retreat...

Griffins Hill is a peaceful, contemporary, architect designed yoga retreat set within a six acre bountiful landscaped garden, two kilometres from Dunkeld in Victorias west.

Surrounded by panoramic views of the Southern Grampians, Griffins Hill yoga retreats focus on yoga, rest and organic vegetarian meals.

All classes at Griffins Hill yoga retreat are taught by Frank Jesse, who is one of just 27 Senior Iyengar Teachers in Australia.

Senior Teacher is the highest designation that a teacher is accredited by the BKS Iyengar Association of Australia.

Frank has spent more than 40,000 hours teaching and practicing yoga in the past 25 years and has attended classes run by the founding master of Iyengar yoga, Mr BKS Iyengar, at his school in Pune, India. He has taught many other Iyengar teachers practicing today.

Frank Jesse and Jane Gibb started Clifton Hill Yoga Studio in 1995, building it into the highly successful Iyengar yoga school that it remains today.

Frank introduced innovations in teaching methods, such as the week-long morning intensive courses (before work hours for five working days), which are now commonplace in many yoga schools.

Griffins Hill is another innovative idea, combining a full program of yoga and delicious organic vegetarian fare, mostly home-grown, with the chance to walk around the spectacular local bushland and visit neighboring sights.

Running yoga retreats and weekly yoga classes at Griffins Hill, Frank has further refined his teaching skills and become highly regarded for his ability to cater to the differing needs of individual students, who range widely in age (up to 80) and ability.

Jane Gibb : Jane is a successful entrepreneur and landscape gardener who is trained in science and horticulture.

Jane's upbringing in the remote alpine region southeast of Mansfield forged the self-reliance, keen observation and love of nature that is so important to her now.

Jane sold her highly successful Richmond-based plant nursery and landscape design business, built over 15 years to establish Griffins Hill with Frank Jesse.

Here Jane is realising her long-held dream of creating an ecosystem -- a garden for birds and animals, and the little critters --alongside her extensive organic produce gardens that provide the for guests all year round. She has expanded her expertise into creating fabulous vegetarian food from her garden that look and taste wonderful.

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First timer for yoga retreat

First time and certainly not the last. Jane and frank made us all feel very welcoming in their comfortable cozy home. Janes food was nurturing, healthy, creative, and freshly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 July 2015
McLaren Vale, Australia
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McLaren Vale, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2015

First time and certainly not the last. Jane and frank made us all feel very welcoming in their comfortable cozy home. Janes food was nurturing, healthy, creative, and freshly picked from her garden daily..... I could turn vegetarian...... In my opinion, Jane' s meals could easily beat any top class restaurant.... The food sustained me .... And gave me the... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2015

The five day winter yoga retreat at Griffins Hill I have just returned from was a delight for the senses. Views, birdlife, walks, abseiling and the friendly local community and unique stores of Dunkeld were wonderful. But above all the yoga and food were incredible. Franks yoga instruction was encouraging and motivating, allowing for many different levels of capability. He... More 

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Warrnambool, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

I have just returned from a two day retreat at Griffin Hill. It was the first time that I had done any yoga or been to anything like this however, after this weekend I know that I will be going back to Dunkeld and Griffin Hill again. Frank is an amazing yoga teacher and was encouraging and supportive and gave... More 

Thank DiEss2015
Frank J, Manager at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review. It was a pleasure to host you for a retreat and so pleased you enjoyed yoga food and the landscape of the Southern Grampians. More 

Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2015 via mobile

Griffins Hill Retreat is the ultimate getaway: fantastic yoga instruction, spectacular location, lovely company and the most delicious food. Frank is a great teacher and bread maker and Jane creates truly wonderful vegetarian meals from her garden. Highly recommended.

Thank S M
Frank J, Owner at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you and so pleased we were able to ease you into a yoga practice. Thanks also for the lovely comments about the vegetarian food its always a pleasure to cook food thats fresh from the garden. Clara is certainly a retreat dog she loves joining in and enjoys helping organise things. Look forward to your return soon. More 

Coochiemudlo Island, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2014

I have greatly enjoyed three visits to Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat over the past four years. 2014 has provided an opportunity to once again revitalise my body and mind in a place both familiar and ever changing. The setting of the comfortable modern homestead with its’ well equipped yoga studio in the shadow of Mr. Sturgeon and Mt. Abrupt makes... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2014

I have just returned from 5 day at the beautiful Griffins Hill Retreat along with around 10 other like-minded yogis and yoginis from various states in Australia. Frank Jesse is an extremely talented Iyengar teacher with a gentle but strong approach to his teaching style. We all loved the energy of his classes and always looked forward to the next... More 

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Frank J, Owner at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you for such a glowing and honest review, we are thrilled you enjoyed the Griffins Hill five-day summer retreat and very much look forward to hosting you again soon. More 

Port Lincoln, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013

After looking for a yoga retreat that we could drive to (from Adelaide) we found Griffins Hill and stayed for a two day retreat, Oct 11-13. We can't recommend it highly enough. Frank is one of the best Iyenga yoga teachers I have come across and Jane is the most fabulous cook continually providing variety of delicious organic vegetarian dishes.... More 

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FrankJesse, Owner at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you it was our pleasure to host you. Looking forward to your return for Griffins Hill five-day retreat in 2014 More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2013

I've been to the Griffin's Hill five day retreat twice now and both times have returned home feeling stronger and rejuvenated. Frank's yoga classes have a warm, personal approach . His 20 years of yoga teaching experience are evident in the way he is able to make adjustments so that the pose works for each individual body, regardless of its... More 

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FrankJesse, Owner at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, responded to this review

We loved hosting you for a retreat and thank you for your review More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2013 via mobile

I have been coming to visit Griffins Hill for a few years now and it is always a transformative experience. Frank is a world class yoga teacher and his classes are always full of laughter. Jane grows her and prepares her own delicious meals which leave you glowing with health and energy. If you are ever feeling tired or beleaguered,... More 

Thank Trish L
FrankJesse, Manager at Griffins Hill Yoga Retreat, responded to this review

Thank you we are proud to provide such a wonderful place for everyone to enjoy a retreat More 

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