Our Origins

About US

ABOUT MANA®

At Mana we bring you back to the source. We remind you how good the simple things are. Warm sand. The smell of salt water. A breezy mountain top. The touch of the sun on you skin. We relax in the steam room, hike at sunrise, learn pranayama and bask in meditation. We send you home awake, refreshed, connected + whole. Since 2014, Mana has been a place to reconnect with yourself + reignite your inner fire. Created from a passion to bring yoga and people together, Patty Perlman joins together a yoga community of like minded people in a fun and inspiring atmosphere.

Mana is a spiritual life force energy, or healing power, that permeates the universe. When we learn how to harness it, it permeates through us.

These retreats are a melting pot of people, from CEO’s to busy mom’s to ER doctors. Post retreat, the Mana Community continues to flourish with its 200hr Teacher Training's and the crown favourite - our annual rooftop drinks organised specially for Mana Retreaters to reconnect and hang out.

Retreat Food. Fresh, organic and local produce are served daily in delicious and mouth-watering recipes. These recipes are created to assist the detoxifying process, cleanse the organs and digestion and revitalise the body from inside out. Every meal is prepared fresh daily by our chef, and all food requirements are catered to. 

These exclusive retreats accommodate up to 12 guests maximum and take place beachfront in Byron Bay, mountain top in Queenstown + Japan, and seaside in Bali. With 14 years of yoga teaching experience and over 55 yoga retreats in Australia and abroad, Patty + the Mana team take you to well-appointed location to provide yoga, meditation, surfing, hiking, kayaking, skiing, pampering, cooking, drinking wine and more in a fun, adventurous and enriching environment.

Patty Perlman

ERYT 500, Owner

Retreat Leader + Head Trainer

Patty grew up in Acadia National Park in Maine, USA + began practicing yoga in her high school at age 15. She continued her education at university before taking a variety of teacher training’s which will be a lifelong educational journey. Patty has been tracing the globe + exploring the wellness industry to find the best locations + activities for retreat. From Miami to Macau, Mexico to Barcelona, she now spends her time at home in Byron Bay Australia, hiking and riding her bike with her Australian Shepherd Nala running my her side.

Over the past 17 years Patty has studied with:
Douglas Allen, Buddhism Professor of University of Maine 2004


Craig and Shane Perkins, founders of Yandara Yoga Institute in Todos Santos, Mexico 2008 + 2018


Gopala, founder of Rainbow Kids Yoga, Worldwide 2010


Tammy Williams, founder of Sunshine Coast’s Yoga NRG, Australia 2012


Julie Smerdon, founder Shri Yoga, Australia 2015


Lorine Roche, Meditation teacher and Author, USA 2015

Carlos Pomeda, Creature Yoga, 2020

Dena Kingsberg, Creature Yoga, 2020

  • A truly magical yoga retreat in Byron Bay. Patty is a highly skilled and caring yoga teacher who will elevate your body and mind. Add to this luxe accommodation, amazing food, wine and like minded people... and you have a beautiful retreat. Don’t think about it... book in and treat yourself.

    Cass Koutouridis

  • I booked this retreat to have some time out from a busy life to reconnect, treat myself and connect with friends. This was SO much MORE! Beautiful location, lovely healthy food, great people and fabulous Yoga. I came away feeling refreshed, with lots of more energy and ready for anything. We shouldn’t have to wait until we're nearly burnt out.

    Jacqui Rylance

  • I attended the Mana Yoga Queenstown yoga snow retreat last year and had an excellent time. Being a busy corporate, I don’t easily pass on an opportunity to escape the four walls of my office – especially when it involves combining yoga, snowboarding and good food/wine! Patty’s retreats are well organised yet balanced.

    Ben Bourke

  • In search of a fun getaway with friends in Byron Bay I found Mana Yoga Retreats. WOW what a find! It was everything we could have hoped for and so much more... magical location, delicious healthy food, amazing group of girls and a great mix of activities. Patty's energy is contagious. She is such a fun, warm, caring soul and her attention to detail is incredible.

    Tracey Carter

Shae Gready

Retreat Leader

Shae is a proud graduate from Mana Yoga’s first class of teacher trainees - Vinyasa and Yin. Lead and supported by Patty Perlman, Jana Jones and Martyn Collier, Shae found her authentic teaching voice, influenced by a combination of shared knowledge, ancient wisdom and her own personal experiences and realizations through the practice of self reflection, acceptance and understanding.

Deeply connected to Mother Earth, Shae’s energy is grounding. Her classes are inclusive with the intention that each and every student feel safe and supported wherever they may be within their practice. She provides clear and direct cues, offering variations and encouraging the use of props to support optimal alignment. Whilst also providing opportunities that allow strengths and abilities to be challenged. 

Shae has a particular interest in subtle energy systems, sound healing and Vedic philosophy, as well as other ancient cultures and transcendental beliefs. She receives the practice of yoga as a doorway into what lies beyond the physical realm and is always up for exploring this.

When she isn’t geeking out on yoga stuff, you can find Shae at the beach or in the mountains with her much adored family, two young daughters, husband/best friend and her yellow ball of sunshine, Labrador Daphne.

Martin Collyer

Teacher Trainer

Marty is a long term movement and yoga enthusiast.  His yoga practice spans almost two decades, his diligent practice and exploration of movement and artistry around three decades.  This passion led Marty to study physiotherapy full time at the University of Queensland, which he began in 2019.  He is passionate about effectively using yoga in all its facets to explore what it means to be most deeply, fully and exquisitely in this project of being human.  Moreover, he is deeply engaged in guiding new and established yoga teachers to find the most elegant expression of their work.  

Sarah Fahy

Retreat Leader
An Irish native, her love of yoga began 16 years ago when she began attending weekly classes taught at her high school. Sarah moved to Brisbane in 2009 and continued to practice yoga while exploring different class formats and teaching styles. Her personal practice deepened after completing a 40-day challenge with Shri Yoga.  This challenge inspired her to train as a yoga teacher, a qualification she completed under senior teacher Julie Smerdon of Shri Yoga.

Sarah leads an alignment-based class in the vinyasa style blending a fluid flow with awareness to the connection between movement and breath. She is passionate about helping people cultivate a yoga practice both on and off the mat.

Sarah is currently studying Health and Physical Education at University and also holds qualifications in Nutrition, Fitness, Holistic and Remedial Massage Therapy and utilises all of these elements to inform her teaching.

Jana Jones

Teacher Trainer

Jana Jones is the owner of Zen Yoga + Pilates and is the warm and loving face of our favourite yin yoga classes. Her knowledge of assisting and modifying poses to suit a variety of bodies shines strong through her gentle and dedicated practice. She has been a student of yoga and Buddhism for nearly 20 years and holds a degree in psychology. This combination is a big part of her love to improve happiness + wellness of all Zen clients.

Evan White + Amelia Stokes

Head Chefs

Meet our culinary masterminds, Chef Evan White + Amelia Stokes. Evan's worked in some of London, Florence and Sydney’s best restaurants (including Nobu Park Lane, Harvey’s, White House, Lumiere). Evan considers the time he spent with grassroots cooks and kitchens on the beaches of the Yucatan coast to be what made him the chef he is today. And thats why we love him. His cuisine is rustic and wholesome, and his passion is for food made slowly, with love and integrity. ⁠

As they say in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" Evan may be the Lions head... but Amelia is the neck. 'Mim' as we call her is our Zen Duck. She's cool and calm on the surface, and under the water she has the entire program organised to a tee - along with her brilliant knowledge of the local produce and growers and looking after their restaurant, Chupacabra.⁠

RETREAT LOCATIONS

Our exclusive retreats accommodate up to 12 guests maximum and take place across the globe, from a beachfront in Byron Bay to a mountain top in Queenstown.

Retreat FAQs

Guests welcome from age 18+

We carefully teach to welcome beginners and challenge seasoned yogis

All food is gluten and dairy free

We serve fish and vegetarian

Couples, friends and solo yogis of all ages attend our retreats

Most guests are 25 – 70 years old

70% women, 30% men on most retreats

You will learn about yoga, meditation, chakras and meridians

Of course we have wifi and chocolate

Yes you can bring wine

Parking available