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Our History

Initially our focus was on retreats and the large tents were just for accommodation. As the demands for the unique, hosted experience grew, we started focusing on the the glamping part of the business.

In Exmouth 2021, we created a very special experience, see below, establishing us as a leader in off-grid properties. This built on knowledge built through our bush survival course done by our partner Adventure Out.

In our retreats, we have taken people on unique adventures: Rock climbing in Kalbarri, Acro Yoga in Dwellingup, Costuming in beachside Binningup and a fitness weekend in Moore River where we had organised a giant Slip and Slide. Each retreat is different. This is not a cookie-cutter experience.

At the end please see Manu's island resort in India, Bamboostix

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Giralia Station Exmouth

Winter 2021

In June 2021, we set up a semi-permanent camp at the historic, 650,000 acre Giralia station in between Exmouth and Coral Bay, WA. 

The camp was completely off-road and off-grid. It established our ability to survive in one of the harshest environments on the planet. It also meant that we have great power and related solutions for sites where you have no facilities.

We are so proud that we built the kitchen and many other structures from found materials the tip!

This was a hosted experience with Manu cooking an insane campfire dinner, on a bullet-ridden washing machine drum, under the stars, for guests, each night. 

Every single customer gave us a 10/10 review. There were no 4 stars or an 8 out of 10.

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Individual experiences

(currently not offered)

We have organised individual romantic glamping getaways, anniversaries, birthdays and special events in the past. However due to the high cost of labour in WA these days we are now restricting ourselves to DIY equipment hire and events only. We are looking for a property for a semi permanent setup.

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Dark Moon Sound Healing

Fri 12 Mar 2021

Set amongst the stone walls of the Perth hills, Sascha Martineau mesmerised everyone with her voice, handpan, gong, and singing bowls. No matter what stress you are going through in life, the frequencies will cleanse you of them even if only for this evening.

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Albany Glamping Fitness Retreat

18 Dec 2020 to 4 Jan 2021

We rented out a farm on a hillside in Albany and ran an adventure, fitness and glamp camp. Living off grid for a month was a very back to basics experience that every city slicker needs to experience.

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Kalbarri Rock Climbing

28-31 Aug 2020

Rock Climbing and Abseiling were the main goals in the breath-taking gorges of Kalbarri.  The small group bonded over Acro Yoga, Yarning Session with a local Indigenous Elder, Kayaking, Good Food, Great Company.

The highlight of the trip was night-time sound and visual experience we had created in the gorges. No photo or video can capture that. 

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Dwellingup Acro Yoga

24 - 27 July 2020

"Looking forward to the healing" said one of the guests. It's when I realised that I had focused only on the acro yoga strength and fitness side of things. So, when Laila from Margaret River came over to do the sound healing session on the first night, it set everyone's minds at ease. Ready to take in the challenges we had planned for them with the amazing Acro Yoga teacher Tori from Fireflight yoga. And did we mention the food? Tommo, as usual, was his impressive, creative self.

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Costuming for Blazing Swan: Binningup

March 2019

Many of our friends wanted costumes for Blazing Swan. They had the ideas in their heads but not the skills to bring them to life. So we rented out a beach house down south and got my fashion designer friend Marianna Kuklinska to teach us all how to sew. People said that it changed their life! And they looked amazing too!

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Flexibility and Strength Weekend

Moore River, WA

No matter what sport you are in to, you need flexibility and strength! So we invited the amazing Nevio to give us an intensive introduction! 

So we rented a couple of homes in Margaret River and 21 people had an amazing time! Especially on the second day when we did a 35m slip and slide from the dunes in to the river. 

Our head chef Tommo made sure that we were very well fed. Guilia Bianchi celebrated her birthday with us!

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Bamboostix Island Resort

2007 Alleppey, Kerala, India

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In 2007, Manu built and operated a 42 bed, backpacker hostel on an island in Kerala, Southern India. 

Constructed with the maximum use of bamboosticks, coconut tree trunks and thatched leaves, it was a haven for travelers. People who visited said it was the best food they had ever eaten. 

Manu was a pioneer in organising self paddled canoe trips, overnight cycling trips through the tranquil villages and much more. 

Past Retreats: Portfolio
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