About our Retreats

At Graciosa Byron Bay

Intimate Retreats Limited to 10 Guests

Shannon Fricke and Graciosa Byron Bay retreats have been created to build a connection to your creative self, a re-alignment to your soul purpose and an opportunity for you to withdraw from the frenetically charged pace of the modern world, rest and recalibrate.

Graciosa Byron Bay is an 80-acre property nestled into the Byron Bay Hinterland – close to the Bangalow and Newrybar towns and a short drive to the pristine beaches of Byron Bay.  In this environment of beauty and charm we offer the space for you to rest, unwind and reacquaint yourself with the most sacred aspects of you, your life and your wellness. Our retreats work on the principles of alignment utilising the ancient wisdom of energy medicine, moving and still meditation in a group environment alongside one-on-one coaching and mentoring sessions giving you tangible tools to take home back into your daily life.

Our thoughtfully created retreats offer you a pause from life. A time to stop, reassess and create a new, aligned pathway forward for your life, work and wellness.


Graciosa Byron Bay is a grand old house (built in 1900) situated in Talofa – a 4-minute drive to Bangalow and 10-minutes to Byron Bay. The house has been designed with theatre and comfort in mind. All accommodation during your stay will be twin share. The house has five bedrooms in total with two single beds per room. There are two bathrooms available. One with a shower and claw foot bath. The second with a shower only. The bathrooms will be shared amongst participants. The house is positioned to take advantage of sweeping rural views and enjoys a lovely breeze during most of the year. There is no central heating or air-conditioning in the house however there are fans and a roaring fireplace. The 10-metre swimming pool, nestled into the abundant garden is for the enjoyment of retreat guests.


“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. Howard Thurman (author, philosopher, theologian, educator, and civil rights leader)

For over 20 years, creative entrepreneur Shannon Fricke has been designing homes driven by the mantra – a life lived with love, sensuality and an open-heart is a life better lived. A home designed with your individual creativity in mind is more than a home – it’s a heart centre. Creating from the heart and understanding the effect energy has on your space has driven all of her work as creative director for the diverse range of projects that sit under the Shannon Fricke brand.

Shannon’s work as an interior designer and stylist has been captivating readers across the media landscape in Australia and around the globe. Her work  regularly appears in magazines and newspapers such as as Home Beautiful, Inside Out, Country Style, Real Living, Elle Decoration UK, Elle Decor Denmark, Marie Claire and Bolig Liv. Her dedicated community of design followers have tuned into her work on Channel 10’s The Living Room. She has presented over 60 episodes of the award-winning design programme HOME on the LIfestyle Channel as well as Postcards from HOME and House Guests.

Her books, Sense of Style: Colour and Sense of style: Space have been translated into Dutch, Danish, Spanish, Finnish and Chinese. Her latest book, How To Decorate has been published in Australia and the USA through Penguin and Random House.

Shannon is co-owner of Newrybar Merchants – a collective of local, creative artisans and purveyors of fine goods from the Byron Bay region and beyond. Alongside her co-merchants, Shannon has created a unique environment, enabling customers to experience rustic charm effortlessly blended with sophistication within a beautiful and unique retail space.

Shannon’s passion however, is working with women at a creative crossroads. Through her workshops, retreats and one-on-one mentoring, she offers an inspiring and nurturing environment for women to realign with their truest creative voice and shares the spirit healing and wellness tools needed for vibrancy, focus and clarity for their life, work and wellness purpose. For many years she hosted the How To Decorate, Building Your Brand and Styling 101 workshops in her hometown of Byron Bay. These workshops seeded many new and exciting creative businesses and passions for the women who attended.

In 2017, she co-hosted the Creative Immersion retreat on the picturesque island of Lemnos in Greece and the Remember Your Story workshop alongside international photographer and coach, Carla Coulson. Her interest and education in spirit healing modalities, energy wellbeing and psychology coupled with her understanding of the principles of design have seen her carve out a unique offering in the lifestyle and wellness space. She consults to companies on how to use all facets of design to improve energy and wellbeing in the home and the workplace. Healing tools and product defines her own home and lifestyle brand, Shannon Fricke Heart and Home. In 2018, Shannon achieved a long held dream – turning her family home, Graciosa Byron Bay www.graciosabyronbay.com.au into a spirit wellness retreat. The April 2018 Vision Retreat will be the first two day retreat she’s personally hosted on the property.

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