The spring of love arrives
to transform the dust into a garden.
The call is heard from the heavens
To bid the wings of soul to fly.
The sea becomes filled with pearls.
The dry land receives the water of life.
The stone becomes a ruby,
And the body becomes all soul.
— Rumi

Let Love Transform You

Qoya is based on the idea that
through movement, we remember
because sometimes...we forget. 

We get lost in friends, family, work, 
obligations, and our ideas of
who we should be to the people around us.

It’s human to resist feeling good,
to forget who we are,
to worry about what others think,
and to close our hearts to love.

Love not only for others but for ourselves.

Welcome to the shift
from external validation
to internal validation!

The first essence of Qoya is shifting from your idea of how something should be (external validation) to the feeling of resonance in your body with how it is (internal validation).

That shift into feeling absolute truth in your body, whether in your life or in a movement class, is where you find love.

Because at the bottom of everything, there is love. At the heart of the heart of the heart of every situation, there is love.

That's really all there is.

How do you make this shift? It's very simple.


In this retreat, you will explore ways to experience love in the body.

Through movement.

Through ritual.

Through community connection.

By taking some time to reconnect with the wisdom that lives in your body,
you will return to love.

Real love.

The kind that isn't dependent on any person or set of circumstances,
 but the love that lives under your skin, always there and always yours.

On this retreat, you will:

  • Remember who you truly are and what really matters to you
  • Nourish the parts of you that are yearning to be revered
  • Transform your relationship to self-love
  • Nurture your body with daily movement, food, and rest
  • Spend time in nature to rejuvenate your soul
  • Create true heart connections with other women
  • Learn practices to trust your body’s wisdom and access the physical sensation of love whenever you need it
  • Connect with your body’s loving core and act from that place of clarity and kindness

"Thank you, from the depths of my heart, soul, being, body. You have found me and freed me and brought me home. I will never be the same. I don't often have the words to express my gratitude for life changing moments, and while I know the divine led me there, danced through us, wove her magic spell around us... you were at the wheel. And I am belly laughing with tear-leaking eyes, heart to the earth with gratitude. Thank you for this cellular teaching of my body's wisdom, of ecstatic sisterhood, of divinity here on earth, of reverence. I will simply never be the same. Everything is changing. Everything is open. Qoya is life, and you were right - it is a lifestyle of reverence."

-ELIZA REYNOLDS, author of "Mothering & Daughtering: Keeping Your Bond Strong Through the Teen Years"

Through movement, you remember
you are the embodiment of love.


Rochelle Schieck

Rochelle Schieck is the founder of Qoya. Since its inception in 2009, she has trained hundreds of Qoya teachers, taught thousands of Qoya movement classes, and led dozens of retreats in the most sacred places on earth with one intention in mind: to remember, and to help others do the same. Her work has been featured in outlets like New York Magazine,, The Telegraph, and Psychology Today. She's the author of Qoya: A Compass for Navigating an Embodied Life that is Wise, Wild and Free.

Suz Mendoza

Suz Mendoza is a Qoya teacher who teaches in the Gold Coast, Sydney, and Hong Kong. She has trained, shared, and cultivated her practices throughout the US, India, Asia and Australia. She first studied Qoya in Kauai, Hawaii, and recently completed her certification with Rochelle in Woodstock, New York. She is in love with love and truth - knowing your truth, embodying your truth, expressing your truth, and trusting the voice of truth always. Read more at


Qoya Initiation Teacher Training will be offered on February 23rd before the retreat begins at an additional cost of $1,085 AUD to cover the course tuition and extra night's accommodation and meals. If you have offsite accommodation or live in the area, you can enroll for $600 AUD. If you wish to join us, simply check Yes on the registration form below, selecting the training either with or without accommodation. Click here to learn more about Qoya Teacher Training. Note: you must complete the Intro to Qoya online training before the Initiation Training in order to participate.


While the official retreat will end on February 26th, you can stay on through February 28th for an additional Integration Day - time to relax, journal, spend time in nature, take another relaxing Qoya class, and have some less structured time to nurture yourself before returning home. The cost is an additional $300. If you wish to add this on, simply check Yes on the registration form below.

RETREAT ITINERARY (exact times may vary)

Friday, February 24th
6:00pm: Arrival Dinner
7pm: Opening Ceremony

Saturday, February 25th
9am: Bountiful Breakfast
9:30am-12pm: Qoya Class with Rochelle
12pm-2pm: Lovely Lunch and time to rest
2pm-6pm: Afternoon massage, beach excursion, hike, swim, or relax!
6pm-7pm: Delicious Dinner
7:30-10pm: Evening Ritual Gratitude Ceremony

Sunday, February 26th
9am: Bountiful Breakfast
9:30am-12pm: Qoya Class with Rochelle
12pm-1pm: Lovely Lunch and blessings for your next adventure!




Rochelle will lead a Qoya Initiation Teacher training on:

Thursday, February 23rd: 6pm-9pm
Friday, February 24th: 9am-3pm

The cost of the training is $600 if you have housing elsewhere, and if you need to stay onsite, the cost is $1,085 to cover your nights' stay on February 23rd and meals.

Click here to learn more about Qoya Teacher Training.


You can stay on the exquisite property for 2 extra nights after the retreat has ended for an additional $300 total. This will include free time to yourself as well as a Qoya class and rituals led by Suz.

Sunday, February 26th
1pm-6pm: Integration Time Begins! Afternoon massage, waterfall excursion, hiking, swimming, relaxing.
6pm-7pm: Delicious Dinner
7:30-10pm: Evening Ritual/Ceremony with Suz

Monday, February 27th
9am-10am: Bountiful Breakfast
9:30am-11am: Qoya Class with Suz
12pm-1:30pm: Lovely Lunch followed by Free Time
6pm-7pm: Delicious Dinner
7pm-9pm: Heart Meditation and Labyrinth

Tuesday, February 28th
9am-10am: Bountiful Breakfast
10am–1pm: Blessings for your next adventure!


The retreat will be held at a beautiful private residence in Byron Bay, Australia. It is 25 minutes from the beaches, next door to the largest waterfalls in NSW, and minutes from Crystal Castle - sublime. The accommodations here are luxury glamping spaces sprawled through the orchards, complete with lounges!

Imagine this: a private property in Byron hinterland. You are immersed in nature, utterly relaxed and peaceful on 120 acres of secluded paradise. You rest on sacred land complete with its own crystal bed creeks (the same creek that flows on from energy and water upstream where blessed Dalai Lama monks play), a stunning nature reserve, acres of gullies with delightful springs to swim in, a vortex tree, hours of hiking trails, koalas, hundreds of butterflies, an infinity pool, mango trees, a citrus orchard, swimming holes with turtles, soft breezes, and sweet sounds of rustling eucalyptus tree leaves and birdsong from over 60 species of birds. At night after an organic, vegetarian meal made with love by a private chef, you'll sit with your sisters in ceremony by a fire pit under the expansive Australian night sky. Twinkling fairy lights will lead you back to bed you through rows of macadamia trees. 


Pricing is per person.

Single Room - $2,200 AUD
Shared Room - $1,800 AUD
Commuter Staying Offsite (transport not included) - $850 AUD

Your tuition includes:

  • 2 nights' luxury glamping accommodations

  • Daily Qoya workshops and rituals

  • 3x delicious organic vegetarian meals per day with private chef

  • 1x bodywork/massage session

  • Access to our stunning property – including guides for hiking, creeks and springs to swim in, orchards, infinity pool, vortex trees, sacred meditation portals and beyond!

Your tuition does not include:

  • Flights to and from Byron Bay

  • Shuttle/transfers to the retreat

  • Crystal Castle/National Park Waterfall access costs

  • Extra massages/bodywork


Register for your spot today.

Complete the form below, and Suz will contact you to make payment arrangements.

Name *
Desired Room Option *
Add on Initiation Teacher Training? *
Add on Post-Retreat Integration Time through February 29th?

Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel for any reason and we can find a person to take your spot, we will refund the amount paid minus a $300 non-refundable deposit. If we cannot find a person to take your spot there are no refunds; however, you can transfer your paid spot to someone else, so you can send a friend or family member to the retreat in your place.

When you enter the garden of the heart, you become fragrant like the rose.
— Rumi


+ What time of day does the course start, and what time does it finish?

Please plan to arrive between 3-6pm on the 24th and plan to leave the property by 1pm on the 26th (or 1pm on the 28th if you're staying for the Integration Day).

+ How do I get to the retreat?

On confirmation of your retreat payment, we will email you all details and directions to reach us. The closest airport is Ballina NSW airport, which is a 45 minute drive from the property. Gold Coast Airport is approximately 1 hour drive.

You can arrange a shuttle/transfer from and to the airport (if there are a number of dancers arriving around the same time we can organise this for you) or we recommend hiring a car if you’d further like to explore the area and beaches during your free time.

+ Do I need to hire a car?

If you’d further like to explore the area and beaches during free time, we recommend you do.

+ Is it women only? What age group?

This is a women only retreat for women ages 18 and up. There are no levels in Qoya, and all levels of movement experience are welcome. No experience with Qoya is required!

+ Do you cater to specific dietary requirements?

The menu at the retreat will be created by our own private chef who will provide three delicious vegetarian meals a day. We will cater for any dietary requirements provided you let us know when booking. Please feel free to bring any special/extra snacks, etc. you desire.

+ What is the Initiation Teacher Training?

Initiation Teacher Training is our second level of teacher training for those people pursuing the journey of becoming a Certified Qoya Teacher or who wish to form their own home practice. If you are a regular Qoya participant, Teacher Training is an amazing way to bring more structure and inspiration to your personal practice, and to go deeper into the fundamentals of Qoya. Similarly, if you are new to Qoya and wish to dive deep with the practices, teacher training is a wonderful way to submerge yourself in all things wise wild and free. For more information:

+ I have more questions. Who do I contact?

Any questions we haven't covered here? Email us at