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.
Rev it up and take your skills to the next level.
“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 heading to Queenscliff for a summer hula hoop retreat where local dolphins are often spotted frolicking. A short, 1.5 hour drive from Melbourne CBD, Queenscliff is a small town on the Bellarine Peninsula. This retreat will provide an intimate setting to dive deep into your hoop tech and flow and connect with other hoopers. 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: 3-5 December 2021
Covid Safe: Hoop Away will run in alignment with all relevant, current Dept of Health guidelines and is a double-vaxxed/AIR exemption only event.
Details of the incredible retreat teachers and workshops, accommodation, food and venue below.
With only 24 participants, Hoop Away 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 community.
Let’s hoop together.
Lightning speed meets creative flow and freakishly impressive tricks, Mel Wheeler takes Hula Hooping to the extreme!
Her style combines ninja-like movement with some of the most intricate and difficult tricks around. Her performances rev the crowd as she builds her act from 1 up to 6 hoops, then turns into a spectacular Human Slinky spinning a stack of 30 for the grand finale! All performed with high energy and huge smiles, a guaranteed crowd pleaser!
Not only is Mel an incredible performer, she is also passionate about teaching hoop.
Her Hula Hoop videos have gone viral around the world, with features on People Are Awesome, Daily Mail, Australia’s Got Talent, RTM and Power of Positivity to name a few. Her Hula Hooping bottom has been turned into a Mexican Meme and she once lost half a butt cheek after being wiped out by a gigantic wave while hula hooping on a cliff face.
A mother of 4 and an Arts Teacher by trade, she is passionate about sharing the magic of hula hooping and inspiring creative play with everyone she meets.
Can’t wait to hoop with you all at Hoop Away!
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!
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 Queenscliff will be the 4th 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.
Ciara Thorburn is a circus artist, variety performer, collector of tricks, clown, mouth juggler, street performer, ping pong poppin’ cabaret luminary and funny lady. Recent shows include Bubblegum Bitch and The Thesis. She’ll be teaching intro to acro (aka standing on each other) and balloon twisting (aka twisting balloons) at Hoop Away 2021!
Ciara is a NICA graduate and has been teaching and performing all over Australia and the world for the past decade. She has a passion for the quirky and eccentric, a knack for turning the mundane into the astonishing and has more than a few tricks up her sleeve for Hoop Away 2021!
Jo (she/her) has been teaching yoga and pilates since 2005. She has a creative approach that adapts to individual’s needs and focusses on body positivity, self-compassion and inner awareness. She is excited to share the whole spectrum of yogic experience – from high flying fun in the aerial hammock to Accessible Yoga in a chair and calm meditation in the quiet of yin style yoga.
Jo loves hooping in her spare time and has developed a self-myofascial release practise – Self Care for Hula Hoopers.
Jo is a level 3 Senior teacher with Yoga Australia; founder of Garden of Yoga, an inclusive yoga, pilates and aerial yoga studio in Northcote, Melbourne; and co-host of the Flow Artists Podcast where they speak to teachers and thinkers about yoga, meditation, social justice and more.
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.
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.