The Most Frequently Asked Questions
How much do the retreats cost?
What does this cost cover?
These prices cover your accommodation for 4 nights from arrival on Thursday to departure the following Monday, all private and fully catered boating expenses, all retreat costs.
Airfares, food, and transfers are not included.
Are The Retreats for Men and Women
Yes. These retreats are for men and women.
The balance of masculine and feminine is required in the world today. More than ever before. And we honour this within our retreats. Bringing together the masculine and feminine in a balanced way, whilst also encouraging the balancing of these energies within each participant.
The Lemurian Sisterhood Circles are empowerment and healing circles that celebrate the gifts of the Lemurian women. And these retreats, although largely based upon these gifts of celebration, healing, re-birth, intuition, and channelling, are for both men and women.
What else can I do in Hervey Bay?
During the retreat, we recommend gentle activities in your down time. It’s important to integrate your personal messages from the whales in a way that is meaningful for you. Lying on the beach, reading an inspirational book, writing, walking and sleeping. Sleeping is the best way to integrate your messages and enhance your personal and spiritual growth.
There is not much time during our retreat for sightseeing. However before the retreat begins and after it is over, we highly recommend you spend some time on 'K'gari (Fraser Island).
What can I expect to achieve from this retreat?
You can expect to grow and open your heart and mind to new possibilities. Of course, it also depends on what you are hoping to achieve, because the Whales of Lemuria will meet you on your path, exactly where you are, and assist you.
You can expect happiness, acceptance and love, and to feel joy. You will feel a strong bond begin to form within our small intimate groups even before you arrive at the retreat. And you will make very special friendships with people who love and are called by the whales, and who are wanting to awaken their inner Lemurian aspects, and their own inner portals to Lemuria.
If you are wanting personal growth, and to understand the fullness of who you really are, then you will find what this means for you.
If you are wanting to understand why you are here, to understand your purpose, or to begin to understand your purpose work, then these possibilities will be shown, and awakened in you.
How Does This Retreat Differ From Others?
These retreats are very special. We combine the beauty and the sacredness of the Fraser Coast with the Humpback Whales, and the channelled messages from the Whales of Lemuria in our evening retreats.
We do have an outline and structure for the Lemurian Unity Invocations, and what we know to be the most helpful for our participants, but we are also guided by the whales, and their messages for our group.
You will find your most intimate needs are addressed, even if you do not speak them out loud.
We will receive channelled messages for our group, each participant will receive channelled messages and have the chance to ask a personal question of the Whales of Lemuria.
Light language blessings and clearings will be given to the group, and this will be further enhanced by the cleansing salt water that we are immersed in every day.
Is it Easy To Get There?
Virgin and Qantas both fly into Hervey Bay. From the Hervey Bay airport, it is a very short 5 minute drive to our accommodation.
Hervey Bay is approximately a 3 hour drive from Brisbane, and hire cars can be dropped at the Hervey Bay airport.
Do I Need To Be On A Spiritual Journey
You do not need to be in any particular spiritual space, or have completed any certificates or study of any modalities.
The Humpback Whales will meet you on your path, where ever you are on your life journey.
But if you are not interested in spiritual growth, or things of a metaphysical or spiritual nature, then you will find our retreats in this format unsuitable for you.
For a group, upon request we will tailor a personal growth, and leadership retreat.
What Does The Accommodation Provide?
The luxury accommodation is across the road from the Great Sandy Straits Marina.
There is a mixture of 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, each with water views, and balconies that look to the water. Spacious and beautifully appointed, and well set up for cooking your own breakfasts and light meals.
Accommodation is shared with others on the retreat, ona first in best dressed basis.
What Happens If There Are No Whales?
The whales are here in the waters of Hervey Bay at this time.
They migrate here to give birth and to recover from birth, to allow their babies to grow stronger in the warm waters before they migrate home again a few months later. So, the whales will be present.
We will venture out to them every day, intuit where they are, use the expertise and local knowledge of our boat captain and guides to locate them, and then wait to be invited in to swim with them.
There is no money back guarantee if we do not swim with the whales.
We intend to be immersed in the water with the whales, and for this to happen, conditions need to be perfect, and the whales need to invite us in to be with them.
Do I Have To Go In The Water?
If you are not comfortable going into deep ocean, then do not go in. You are welcome to stay in the boat. And you will have a wonderful experience in the boat also, tuning into the whales from above the water.
The idea is to be with them, present in the water next to them, and experience a real closeness with these angels of the sea.
Do I Need To Be Able To Swim?
Yes, you must be comfortable in the water, and able to tread water unassisted.
Technically we are not swimming - we will be floating next to and above the whales.
Do I Need To Be An Experienced Snorkeller?
Yes, you must be able to comfortably wear a mask and breathe through a snorkel. You need to have a full understanding of your snorkelling gear, how to use it, fix it, work with it before you get onto the boat.
Are There Other Activities in Hervey Bay?
At night time we can eat meals together in a local restaurant or you might choose to spend a night just resting quietly in preparation for our early morning swims.
There are cafés at the marina where you can book for dinner on your own, or self cater in your accomodation.
To be as clear as possible, to receive the healings, blessings and messages from the Whales of Lemuria, and to receive the energy from the Humpback Whales in the water, we encourage an alcohol-free retreat.
When the retreat is over, we highly suggest you visit K'gari (Fraser Island) to further integrate the energies from the retreat.
What Will The Temperature Be?
Expect the temperatures to be cool overnight, and into the low 20 degrees Celsius during the day. Be prepared for wind and rain, and bring adequate protective clothing for the boat trips.
What Happens In Rough Weather?
If the weather is overcast and rainy, we will still go out. If there are winds that make it too dangerous for us to go out in the boat, then the captain will advise us.
Whilst we may still go out in the boat if the conditions are not perfect, we may not swim under these conditions. We will always act upon advice from the captain.
Who Facilitates The Retreat
Letina Russell facilitates the retreat, and works with experienced boat captains and boat owners, local to the Hervey Bay area.
What Do I Bring?
Swim wear, two pairs a good idea.
Light wetsuit or shorty dive suit 2 mm will be enough. Or long-sleeved swim top, with long pants, and a light vest for added buoyancy.
The wetsuit not only protects you from becoming cold in the water (we could be in the water for a couple hours at a time), but it provides sun protection whilst on the boat.
Mask and snorkel – must be in perfect working order. Flippers not required.
Towel for the boat, wind proof jacket, and hat, sunglasses.
Sunblock, environmentally friendly if possible. WOT NOT is a great Australian brand that we highly recommend.
Sea sickness medication if you usually require it.
A good idea to pack your swim gear, mask and snorkel in your hand luggage. If luggage is lost, you will still have your swimming gear and be ready for the first whale swim.
Neat casual dress for dinner in the restaurants is acceptable.
A small torch for walking at night.
Insect repellent. It doesn’t have to be heavy duty. We found that essential oils of citronella, tea tree, lavender, peppermint, orange etc is strong enough. You can easily make your own blend.
Are There Toilets On The Boats?
Yes there is a full working toilet on the boat. With clean dry areas for storing your gear and changing.