A Beginner & Intermediate Hula Hoop, Dance & Yoga Retreat.

Hoop Away is Australia’s only winter hula hoop retreat. An easy 1 hour drive from Melbourne, surrounded by native bushland, it is LUSH! An intimate setting with a maximum of 24 retreat participants and no more than 10 people in each workshop. The Hoop Away retreat is all about exploration, inspiration, connection, play, and taking your hooping to the next level. It’s a weekend away with a focus on YOU.

“A supportive environment  with workshops really well-designed for all skill levels. The whole vibe this weekend has been amazing. Beautiful, friendly and empowering.”

When: 5-7 July 2019
Where: Maitripa Centre, Healesville

Details of the incredible retreat teachers and workshops; accommodation, food and venue below.

hoop dance | hoop tech | hoop choreo | flow
yoga | myofascial release | meditation

• Rev it up and take your skills to the next level
• Explore the dance in hoop dance
• Learn a hoop swag of new moves
• Play with as many hoops as you can handle
• Take home loads of techniques and tricks
• Stretch, release and strengthen with yoga, acro and myofascial release
• Chill, reflect and tap into your zen with morning circle and meditation
• Pamper yourself with incredible food and great company in a stunning location
• Consider this your retreat - time to shine, chill, giggle, rest and play

Meet the retreat instructors - more to be announced soon


Donna is a hula hoop dancer, teacher, performer and lover with a background in Creative Arts.
Recognised globally for her creativity, innovation, flow facilitation and playful approach, she has taught thousands of people to hula hoop!
Donna has performed with the Women’s Circus and brings a passion and playfulness to her work that is infectious.
Fuelled by a passion for transformation and growth on a personal, business, local and global level, she is a born facilitator with an appreciation for the power found in play and flow.
When not playing with or teaching hoops, Donna can be found training with the Women’s Circus, dancing, inventing new smoothies, getting out of the city, or deciding which leggings will best reflect her mood.
Her motto: Do it ‘til you can.


Helly is a professional hula hoop dance performer and teacher. Trained in performance, fine art, and clowning, she will arrive back in Australia from her latest international teaching and performing tour just in time for Hoop Away. Helly has taught at hoop conventions in Australia, the UK and Europe and performed at festivals all over the world including Rainbow Serpent Festival (Aus), Electric Forest (US) and Earthcore (Aus) to name a few. Think quad hoops, tech and flow with a whole lot of sass. 


She’s the Queen of Hoophop, Captain of the Hoop Army and plays a character Hoopdogg who performs helium Hoop Raps! Her name’s Hayley Hoopla! Part Hooper, Costumier, Dancer, Choreographer and GANGSTA!
Known for her kooky facial expressions and myriad of stage characters, she’s best described as Betty Boop meets Snoop!
Her latest obsession Hoop-Hop is inspiring the hoopdance world into a funky frenzy, giving a unique flavour, and a safe and exciting realm of body-moving confidence to dive-on-in and celebrate together!
She is proud to say her Mum taught her to dance. Debuting on stage at the age of 3 in a hot pink leotard is a memory she carries with her when she’s about to perform to a sea of smiling faces. Her freestyle Hooping has been invited to perform alongside Producers Opiou, Beats Antique, Human Experience, KLab and Spoonbill to name a few.
In the most least cult-ish way…Hayley believes that Hoopdance is making the world a happier place, many hoopers at a time! She’s Uber excited to share choreo with you at the Hoop Away retreat, so we can dance as one, and get our funk ON!

Jo Stewart - Hoop Away Retreat 2021

Jo has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and currently teaches Antigravity Aerial Yoga, Pilates, Yin and Vinyasa classes to small groups. She is a level 3 Senior teacher with Yoga Australia.
Jo’s creative approach adapts to each individual’s needs. She loves bringing yoga out of the studio and into the world and shares her meditations online via Insight Timer.
As a hooper herself, Jo loves experimenting with combinations of movements from all disciplines to nurture those stubborn niggles and tight spots that can develop, and to enhance the feeling of free-flowing movement in the body. She works with Internationally performing hoop artists, helping heal injuries, and reach their strength and flexibility goals. This body of knowledge continues to evolve as Jo’s focus is on helping each individual tune into their own body’s unique needs and equip them with a selection of self-care techniques to feel as fabulous as possible in their dance and their hoop!
Oh, and did I mention she’s super qualified:
Jo has Completed over 2000 hours of teacher training including Advanced Diploma of Yoga Teaching (CAE/Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy), Studio Pilates certification with Taube Pilates, SomaChi yoga certification with Lianne Metcalfe, and Myofasical Release and Yin Yoga teacher training with Jo Phee.


  • Techin’ Out

  • Hoop Dance

  • Hoop Flow

  • Pyjama Jam

  • Hoop Choreo

  • Twin Hoops

  • Creative Crafting

  • Circus & Theatre Games

  • Myofascial Release for Hoopers

  • Yoga and Stretch

  • Meditation

  • Acro

What's included at the Hoop Away retreat?


Delicious, delectable and scrumptious vegan and vegetarian meals.
Includes dinner on Friday night, all three meals on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.


Twin share rooms that are super comfy with all linen provided.
If you are coming by yourself, this is an opportunity to meet your new hoop homie, your flowmie!
And, if you are coming with a friend, we will be in touch closer to the retreat to find out who you want to have a sleepover with.


All workshops are included. Come to them all or take some time off to read, relax and wander the beautiful grounds at the Maitripa Centre.

Maitripa Centre