About This Center
Iyengar Yoga Retreats and Food
Griffins Hill is a peaceful, contemporary, architect designed yoga retreat set within a six acre bountiful landscaped garden, two kilometres from Dunkeld in Victoria's west. Surrounded by panoramic views of the Southern Grampians, Griffins Hill yoga retreats focus on yoga, rest and organic vegetarian meals.
Frank Jesse: 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 practising yoga for 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 practising 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.
Here's how Frank discovered yoga, and why it became so important to him.
"building a mud brick house changed my life. My parents purchased a bush block in the Yarra Valley back in the '70s. I was a teenager, and my brothers, sisters Mum and Dad all set about building this massive three-story house out of mud bricks all individually made.
I didn’t realise at the time, but this experience shaped my attitude to life. Later, when I first started to practice yoga, I realised that becoming a yoga teacher was the same sort of journey. We built that house one brick at a time. I built my yoga practice one pose, one muscle at a time. I learned to love big projects, like starting Griffins Hill retreat, and to enjoy working slowly over a long period of time, little by little to create something really worthwhile."
ReviewsWrite a review - tell others about your experience.
Margot Trinder December 17, 2017
I did the 5 day retreat at Griffins Hill. This is my third and there are many reasons I keep going back: Frank is a highly experienced and knowledgeable teacher. He is warm and generous and creates a lovely group to work with. The group is small enough to get lots of individual attention and he is experienced enough to ensure that the diverse abilities are catered for. His attention to detail means that you learn a lot and go home with renewed enthusiasm for continuing your yoga journey. The yoga itself is worth the trip. Then add in the beautiful food that Jane prepares - much of it from her own garden. Fresh, tasty, nourishing and great diversity - all eaten at a lovely large, shared table with magnificent views of the nearby Grampians. The grounds of Griffins Hill are beautiful and with the backdrop of the Grampians it is a very special place indeed. I can't recommend this retreat highly enough. Do yourself a favour and book in.
Chris Richards December 03, 2017
As a relative new comer to yoga the Griffith Hill retreat was like drinking from a fire hose, because Frank has so much knowledge and attention to detail. Even so it never felt overwhelming as Frank would tailor each session to the group, pushing everyone just that little bit further, but never too far that I felt overwhelmed. In fact I am now doing moves that I could not find accessible before - thank to Frank’s patient and thoughtful teaching style. I can wholeheartedly recommend this retreat to anyone interested in yoga and how their body moves. Apart from the yoga, which is great, the food and the location are also excellent. Jane makes every meal special, with a good selection of dishes and plenty to eat (even for me as a non-vegetarian). Do yourself and your yoga a favor...