An intimate winter retreat.

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 & breathe with yoga and myofascial release.
Chill, reflect and tap into your zen with morning circle.
Pamper yourself with incredible food and great company in a stunning location.
Consider this your retreat – time to shine, chill, giggle, rest and play.

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

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.

When: 2-4 July 2021
Where: Maitripa Centre, Healesville

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

Hoop Away has a limit of only 24 participants. It is a hoop retreat that is a curated experience of flow, choreography and technical workshops, offering a space to reconnect with body and spirit, expand your dance and be welcomed into a vibrant global community.

Let’s hoop together.



It's Just Pete - Hoop Away Retreat 2021 Instructor | Hoop Sparx

Hailing from the UK, It’s Just Pete is a Circus Performer and Dancer specialising in hula hooping. He has a strong and unique style.
Pete trained for four years in two Circus Schools in Europe (Circomedia in the UK and Flic in Italy) and has performed on stages and streets around the world.

His acts have received immensely positive reviews and his 100 days of hoops created a sparkly storm on Facebook! Pete combines elements of theatre and hula hoop dance to blend traditional circus with a contemporary and theatrical twist. With years of experience in act creation, improvisation, stage shows, street theatre and even television, the choreography and concepts he will be teaching at Hoop Away are sure to be impressive!

It's Just Pete - Hoop Away Retreat VIC 2021 | Hoop Sparx


Portland, USA

Laura - Hoop Away Retreat Victoria 2021

New to Australia from Portland, Oregon, Laura has been teaching hoop dance for a decade. Her dance focused style embraces sensuality, flow and grace. Laura’s joyful approach to teaching encourages her students to listen and respond to not only music, but to their state of mind and individual bodies; to inspire a unique, liberating improvisational flow state.

Laura has studied under the pioneers of contemporary hoop dance including Anah “Hoopalicious” Reichenbach and Brecken Rivara and further developed her unique meditative approach under Jonathan Livingston Baxter.

Most of her life dancing made her feel vulnerable and awkward. Once she began exploring movement with the hoop, a deeper connection to her body naturally unfolded. The hoop has been by far Laura’s best dance teacher. It is her movement meditation, her passion and life practice.

Laura is also participating in the embodied leadership program through Soul Motion. Don’t miss this opportunity to dive into the unique combination of conscious dance and hooping.

Laura - Hoop Away Retreat Victoria 2021


Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Shona has been hooping since 2005 and specializes in circus-style multi-hooping. She has twirled her hoops up and down Australia and internationally. Boasting international tours, training, and performances in New Zealand, the UK, the EU, and China.

Shona is currently Melbourne based and works for internationally acclaimed company Dummies Corp. in their latest creation, Don’t mess with the Dummies. Shona also co-produces and co-stars in her own award-winning show, Big Glittery SH!TSHOW. When not performing, Shona is passionate about teaching amazing circus hoops tricks to other members of the community in Australia and abroad.



Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Donna Sparx - Hoop Away Retreat Instructor

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 and performed with the Women’s Circus, bringing 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. Hoop Away NZ will be the 3rd hoop retreat she has coordinated – with many more to come!

When not playing with or teaching hoops, Donna can be found training acro, 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. And always spread the sparkle.



Melbourne, AUSTRALIA

Jo Stewart - Hoop Away Retreat VIC 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.

Jo Stewart | Hoop Sparx
Jo Stewart - Hoop Away Retreat VIC 2021


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.

Family Friendly Hula Hoop Retreat


So all you hoop mamas out there can get your hoop on without having to leave bubba at home.

Kids are welcome at the retreat and so is a partner/support person. And – you can share a family room!

Kids under 5 are free – we just ask that you bring your own baby change table and bed as the beds there aren’t safe for toddlers/infants.

How to make this magic happen? The additional charge for meals and accommodation for your partner/support person is $275 and this can either be added to your ticket if purchasing online, or added into your payment plan.

Note: For safety reasons, kids are not to enter the workshop spaces.

“What didn’t I love?! The people made the event! The open and kind attitudes, eagerness to share and learn. The abundance of fun, smiles and connection. Oh and the hooping was just incredible!”

Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville

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

Participant of Hoop Away ‘18, Healesville

“A great, fun weekend away to nurture yourself and make space for me. I loved all the teachers, the workshops and the food.”

Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville

“Hoop Away brings together wonderfully creative women, who all come to share and play and support each other in their hooping journeys – no matter what level. I feel nourished physically, psychologically and spiritually. A great experience if you’re a beginner or a pro.”

Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville

“I enjoyed all the sessions and the instructors were fantastic. A great variety, great vibes – I felt like I learnt something new in each session and had the opportunity to develop my existing knowledge and skills.”

Participant of Hoop Away ‘18, Healesville

“You created such an open, comfortable space which allowed beautiful communication and a trusting space to explore and play in. Thank you.”

Participant of Hoop Away ‘19, Healesville