Yoga Retreat hosted by renowned yoga teacher, Marty Coles.

What To Expect

A resort style, coastal yoga retreat set in the beautiful and tranquil grounds of White Grass Ocean Resort on Tanna, overlooking the sapphire waters of the Pacific Ocean.  Each morning there will be an energising yoga session to set you up for your day’s adventure, focussing on the sun salutation and beautiful variations – some challenging and some fun. Afternoon practice will be a slow “vinyasa” movement which will evolve into a gentle “yin” practice, unlocking any tension allowing your body and mind some space to relax for the evening.

Your Teacher

Marty Coles has embraced the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual outcomes of practicing yoga after injuring himself at sport. Having been a coach himself, and in the health and fitness industry for well over a decade, what started out as a rehabilitation and stretch class for his injury, became and enduring and spiritual passion which he has devoted himself to, becoming an instructor himself. Marty’s classes offer a strong physical practice whilst delivering a powerful message. He is a dedicated family man who values enthusiasm, compassion and authenticity. He teaches at a number of Sydney based studios.

The Accommodation

3 Double

4 Twin (2 single beds)

5 Triple (Q+1S)

1 Family bure (1Q+3S)

3 Family Villas (2KS or 4S)

Total 16 rooms (first in first served)

All south sea island bures and 2 bedroom/2 bathroom villas have well equipped en-suite bathrooms, ocean views and ceiling fans.

A spacious restaurant and lounge occupies one of five sunset points where you can enjoy a cocktail or a mocktail whilst either taking in the view or exchanging stories of the day’s adventures.

The Food

All produce is sourced locally, predominately from the local village market, where local villagers pluck the best seasonal produce from their gardens and bring them to market 3 times a week. You will enjoy a morning market tour with chef Charlie, who will be happy to share in his knowledge of local delicacies. You will also be able to see local villagers enjoying their happy exchanges at this tri-weekly social event. A real insight into this simple and uncomplicated way of life, which has not changed for generations. All dietary requirements can be catered for.  Please advise at the time of booking.

Tours Included

These will be organised around the daily yoga practice.

  • Blue Cave Tour
  • Yasur Volcano Tour
  • Local Market Tour
  • Snorkelling gear is available

Nabisa beach side spa treatments can be booked and any other island activities you may be interested in. You need to leave time for high tide snorkelling, hammock nap time, wellness goal setting….A Village tour is also worthwhile considering

The Spa

Nabisa beach side spa offers relaxation and hot rock massages and treatments by well trained local staff. 

What Else?

You will need to set aside time for high tide snorkelling, hammock time, reading, relaxing and wellness goal setting. There are also amazing tours of this unique island, including a volcano safari, blue hole swim or snorkelling on the adjacent reef. Complimentary basic snorkelling gear is available from the Dive bure.

Bring your own favourite yoga mat or we can supply one (please advise at time of booking). Dress is casual around the resort, and please wear comfortable clothing for yoga sessions, as it’s warm shorts are ideal.  Temperatures range from 18 degrees to 25 degrees at this time of year.  Non practising partners are welcome at a special rate.

What To Pack

  • Warm jacket + comfy walking shoes for the Volcano tour
  • Swimmers
  • Loose yoga gear
  • Long sleeve tops/light pants in case you choose to do a village tour.
  • Drink bottle to minimise use of plastic, which can be filled directly from the tap with our fresh, filtered spring water.

Getting There

There are a few options re flights – you can get there whenever it works for you  – we suggest checking into Whitegrass Tanna on Sunday 3 May all set for a Monday morning kick off and depart Friday 8 May. You will need to book your own flights. All will be greeted at the Tanna airport by a welcoming Whitegrass team and dropped off for your departing flight.

Flight Guide

Sydney to Port Vila 

Sat May 2 – Qantas/Air Vanuatu 6.15pm depart Syd land Port Vila 21.45 via direct flight

Sat May 2 – Stay Iririkki Resort Port Vila  (Tracey & Marty will be staying here) or you can stay elsewhere,

Sun May 3 – Fly to Tanna via Air Vanuatu 9.30 – land 10.10 or 15.10 land 15.50

Fri May 8 – Tanna to Port Vila 9.30 land 10.30 or 15.30 land 16.30

Fri May 8 – Stay Port Vila – Iririkki or wherever suits

Sat May 9 – Port Vila Sydney  Air Vanuatu/Qantas 13.20 land Syd 17.15

Melbourne – Port Vila

Air Vanuatu Sat May 2 7am land 12.30

Sat May 2 – Stay Iririkki Resort Port Vila  (Tracey & Marty will be staying here) or you can stay elsewhere,

Sun May 3 – Fly to Tanna via Air Vanuatu 9.30 – land 10.10 or 15.10 land 15.50

Fri 8 May –  Tanna to Port Vila 9.30 land 10.30  then  Port Vila to Melb 13.20 land 17.15 via Air Vanuatu direct.

Brisbane To Port Vila

Sat 2nd May Qantas 8am land 11.50 or Air Van 10.40 land 14.20

Stay overnight at Port Vila (Iririkki resort with us?) then fly to Tanna with the rest of us on Sunday as noted above.

Fly to Bris Friday 8th 21.30 land 23.30 via Air Vanuatu

How To Book

In order to confirm your booking or for further information please contact Tracy Kerr at White Grass Ocean Resort and Spa

We look forward to welcoming you.