A creative eco-retreat
Eco Wellness Retreat From USD $100
Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia
1 Bedroom, sleeps 2
From USD $100
A secluded and tranquil stay in one of Australia’s most rich farming regions where there’s an emphasis on reducing one’s ecological footprint and being artistically engaged in life.
Eternity Springs Art Farm is located in the “rainbow region” of northern New South Wales just outside the picturesque village of The Channon.
The original farm house was built in the 1920s from good solid timber and was originally used as a dairy and grew peanuts and pineapples. The current owner, Amanda, bought the house in 1997 and set about salvaging the best elements and transforming it first into her home and later as an art farm.
There’s a strong emphasis on recycling at Eternity Springs and those with an interest in organic cycles and permaculture will love the worm farm, the solar power generation, the planting of native species and the on site spring. Amanda reuses everything and the result is inspiring. Her commitment reflects much of the local community.
Eternity Springs is a unique place for a sojourn. You can eat seasonal organic fruit, meditate or be creative, enjoy the sounds of birds and frogs, relax in a hammock or be inspired by the friendly atmosphere.
Eternity Springs is open for special events and retreats for up to 20 or more guests. There is a variety of accommodation available at the farm and each is connected via pathways between fruit trees and flowers.
Luxury lotus Cabin: This is the option to pick for ultimate seclusion. The cabin is set higher than the main farm house and has a full kitchen, living room with television and video and sofa bed for any extra people. There’s a queen bed and ensuite with a back verandah and delicious sunken bath.
Gabi Rose Room: This remains the long time favourite for many guests at the front of the house. The room is divided by inside ‘trees’ and has a netted queen bed and ensuite.
Cedar Room: This can bed four with two single beds in a small room off the verandah and a queen sized bedroom with an ensuite.
The Farmhouse: This includes access to both the Cedar and Gabi Rose room, the living areas of the house, the open kitchen and scullery. It’s the best option for families or groups.
Cubby Cabins: More modest in price and décor these rooms are located in the garden and have a double bed and two single bunk beds. They share a verandah with a sink, fridge and gas stove. They also share a nearby bath house.
Prices are reduced for retreat bookings.
A basic organic breakfast is included in all room rates and consists of fruit in season, muesli, home-made yoghurt & bread, and free-range eggs straight from the chook-house.
Bed and breakfast guests can utilise the kitchen for an additional cost, but retreat package visitors and those that book the Farmhouse have direct access to the kitchen.
Eternity Springs is entirely what you want to make it - there’s plenty to do or very little at all. While the farm attracts couples, families and individuals it can also be used for groups of 24 or more for various activities. There’s an enormous open deck called ‘heaven’ that is suitable for yoga, dance, celebrations or gatherings – when it’s not in use by groups you can simply come up here with a book.
The other communal internal space is the ‘pentagon’ that can be used for meditation, teaching or simply movies. There’s also an art studio that is open sided with drop screens that is described as “a place to creatively make mess”.
Apart from these spaces you can wander the gardens and take the walk to the secluded waterfall, take a blissful open rock shower or chat to others on the farm.
The Channon craft market is held on the second Sunday of the month and well worth a visit. There are also nearby markets in Nimbin and Byron Bay. Those with a car might also like to journey to the coast for some beach time.
"The accommodation boasts a variety of five comfortable and inspiring rooms from self contained luxury to budget cubbies set in a tropical garden with access to an extensive semi tropical orchard, a secluded waterfall, a Labyrinth and large viewing platform called ‘heaven’. A perfect place for special gatherings." Ecohotelsoftheworld.com
"On the outskirts of The Channon, this 1920s farmhouse with its colourful accommodation has a fabulously reclusive yet creative vibe. Art tuition is available and guests are encouraged to learn more about the local ecology by volunteering with reforestation projects." Ninemsn.com.au
"A stay at Eternity Springs Art Farm will bring you back to your centre, through interaction with nature & creativityeverywhere." Stayau.com
From USD $104 per night including breakfast.