Hello and welcome,

I am a teacher of restorative yoga, slowing down, relaxation therapy, and earth remedies.

My mantra is “Pause, Breathe. Repeat”.

I’ve been crafting Slow Rest retreats since 2006.   They are my absolute joy and passion. 

I guess you could say I’m officially an Elder. Born in Melbourne, Australia 1958. I am a mother of 3 grown boys, youngest being 21.  I happily raised them, mostly on my own. Being a mother is my greatest love and biggest achievement by far.

The recent arrival of empty nest  is not an easy one for me. No one tells you how hard and difficult to navigate it is.  I’m still feeling the loss but  I’m getting there though.  One step at a time.


I’ve been nomadic for the past 2 years.  Sold everything up (when the boys left home) and been living out of a suitcase ever since. Simple and slow.  Exactly how I like it.

My time is spent teaching my retreats, writing and researching, getting to know who I was before being a mother, and catching up with life long friends.  I think of it all,as preparation for the next chapter of my life.


There is an ancient proverb which says “Travel is a return to the essentials” and that’s so true.  My essentials are chai pot (yes, I travel with a chai pot), tea, essential oils and mini difuser, an oracle deck (or two), journal and a good book.  When all my possessions and stuff has been stripped away these are the few things which comfort my soul.

These days I lean towards Ayurvedic lifestyle, especially around food. Warm food and warm drinks suit my body and mind.  Also love and incorporate the wisdom of Chinese medicine. Especially acupuncture and herbs.

I’m a qualified counsellor, and studied restorative yoga teacher training with Judith Lassater.

I’ve completed a long list of trainings over the past 30 years (I love learning) including psychological first aid, flower essences, crystal therapy, geomancy, space clearing, feng shui, vibrational medicine, intuitive healing, meditation, aromatherapy, Ayuruveda and reiki.  They are all tools in my back pack these days for my Slow Rest retreats and private sessions.

I’m a life learner and continue to explore, research and learn ancient ways, folklore remedies, breath wisdom and earth medicine.   

My blog posts are all about helping you be your own medicine one pause, one breath and one healing ritual a time.  

Thank you for reading all the way down to here. Bless. Who knows we may get to meet one day at one of my slow rest retreats.

Flow gently.

xox  Carole Bourne


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 Weekly ritual:

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Private session  with Carole:

In between Slow Rest retreats Carole offers a small number of  1:1 Slow Rest Energy Balancing sessions via skype.

30 minute sessions available

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Slow rest retreats in France. Australia and Bali:

Click here for a list of my slow rest retreats in 2019 and 2020.

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Guided meditations free:

Click here to listen to a few guided meditations that I’ve recorded for you over on soundcloud.


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