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Three Capes Lodge 'Mindful Tasmania' Walk

Departure: October 19-22, 2020 | Price $2,095 pp

You're invited to join Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teacher Dr. Varuni Kulasekera on a reflective walk along the inspiring Three Capes Track during the height of spring.

You will be afforded the opportunity to immerse in nature by paying attention and maintaining a moment-to-moment awareness of our surrounding environment through a nurturing lens. 

 Mindfulness helps you build resilience, improve concentration, develop a sense of connectedness, regulate and express emotions, learn to response than react and get back into harmony with our natural environment.

The Three Capes Lodge Walk is the only guided walk offering the full Three Capes Track experience including the only private lodge accommodation inside the national park.

  Direct bookings only.  For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au.

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Introducing Mindful Tasmania and Varuni Kulasekera

Mindful Tasmania offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for individuals and groups. Dr. Varuni Kulasekera is a Center for Mindfulness (University of Massachusetts, USA) qualified MBSR Teacher. Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a scientifically supported program was first introduced by Dr. Jon Kat Zinn three decades ago to help people respond more effectively to stress, depression and restore balance in life.

Workshop inclusions

Scheduled around the 48km hike led by Tasmanian Walking Company guides,  Varuni will create a learning environment for the reflective practices of mindfulness meditation. You will experience a variety of meditation methods designed to help you get in touch with yourself and what is most meaningful to you. The elegant design of the lodges puts you lightly into the landscape where you can be renewed by the wonders of nature.  

The retreat includes periods of guided mindfulness instruction, periods of exploration with the natural environment and periods of collective inquiry and dialogue; all aimed at cultivating deep, penetrative awareness and insight and the creativity that flows from them.

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Day 1: Hobart - Crescent Lodge

Approximately 2 hours walking

Upon arrival at Stewarts Bay, we will make our way down to the jetty where a private boat will be waiting to depart for our short trip across to Denman’s Cove at 1.15 pm. Cruising with views back to Port Arthur, aside from the possible seal and dolphin spotting, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view, an indication of the drama to come.

In Denman’s Cove, we’ll fuel you with local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. At this point, if the Southern Ocean begs, head for a dip before a gradual incline up to the lodge.

Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local fare. Post dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck for your own private sunset.

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Day 2: Crescent Lodge - Cape Pillar Lodge

Approximately 5 hours walking

Wake to the silence of Crescent Lodge and wander down to the stunning dining room for a hearty breakfast to start the day. From here, head due south with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300 metres above sea level, is worth the oceanic vista. In these parts, White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents, so be sure to look skyward. Lunch isn’t far away, an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are plenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica.

Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken in the knowledge there is a massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer at Cape Pillar Lodge.

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Day 3: Cape Pillar Lodge return

Approximately 6 hours walking (optional)

This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names - Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.

Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout - with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct return journey home to Cape Pillar Lodge where the relaxation pavilion, three-course goodness and ocean views await. By now, walking strangers might just have become firm friends. Unlace the boots, read a book with sea breeze in your toes.

Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Cape Pillar Lodge. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 30 to 60 minutes and immerse yourself in the enchanting surrounds.

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Day 4: Cape Pillar Lodge - Fortescue Bay

Approximately 6 hours walking (Cape Hauy side trip optional)

Time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) en route to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in - lush mosses, ferns and vibrant greens. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 metres above sea level. Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.

Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy - or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes in pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear waves. We will then travel back to Hobart via the airport. We will finish in Hobart with a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Itinerary Details

Three Capes Lodge Mindful Tasmania Walk with Dr. Varuni Kulasekera

Departure October 19-22, 2020

  • 4 Day Guided Walk 
  • Minimum guests - 12 
  • Maximum guests - 13
Price per person for departures (inc GST) $2,095.00

Direct bookings only:

Single supplement

Single supplements are not available for this experience. Single travellers will be accommodated in twin-shared tents (of the same gender) that afford the required social distancing.

Terms and Conditions 

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST and are subject to change without notice 
  • Minimum numbers are required for this trip to depart
  • Once minimum numbers are confirmed the full payment and Guest Information Form are due immediately
  • Cancellations will not be possible after the final payment although bookings are transferable to another person
  • This is a group booking for Tasmanians only 
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.

Please view our traditional booking terms and conditions 

Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for the yoga departure with no additional fee or rebook a traditional Three Capes Lodge Walk within 24 months. Guests can transfer to a traditional Three Capes Lodge Walk itinerary and have the difference in price refunded. Cancellations for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

Inclusions

  • Return transfers from Hobart
  • Lodge accommodation 
  • All meals,  non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of Tasmanian wines
  • National Park Pass
  • Boat transfer from Port Arthur to Denman's Cove
  • Use of a backpack and weather-proof jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Linen and comfortable beds
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk

Additional information

  • Have a burning question?  Check out our FAQ page, and if you need further help please don't hesitate to contact our friendly reservations team
  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring. Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If your unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to you local outdoor adventure store
  • Oh... and finally don't forget to bring comfortable athletic wear for yoga and meditation practices!

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