With kind thanks to John Adorney for allowing us to play his music: Dance of the Moon and Stars

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About Us


Vartamana began operating in January 2010. It had been a vision of mine (Dianne) for several years to provide a resource for those interested in alternative healing and a more connected, mindful life. The focus is on releasing old limiting habits; learning to cope better with the stress we experience and becoming, and being, more at ease and happy in ones life.

As a healing practitioner myself and with the resources of this beautiful environment so available, I have brought together a team of therapists and practitioners at the retreat centre, thereby enriching their own unique work, but more importantly, providing a range of treatments and experiences not generally found at other retreats.

I have spent the past 15 years studying and training in the healing arts.  The healing therapy I practice, which has evolved from Trager,  integrates mind and body, in essence, reminding the body of peace. Alongside this, I follow a path of practical spiritual philosophy which includes meditation and mindfulness practices, simply reflected with these words:

A quiet mind is all you need.  All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet.

I have also studied academically, gaining a BA in Anthropology with the particular focus of healing systems, such as Chinese Traditional Medicine and Ayurveda.

I am supported at the Retreat by my husband, Mark, who is my business mentor, retreat handyman and IT genius.

All therapists and healers whose services and care you could be receiving are fully qualified in their particular field.  I can guarantee from my own personal experience over the years that their work is of the highest standard. 

If you do not feel completely satisfied, we welcome you back to find out what we can do better and offer you a complementary treatment.

Vartamana Retreat offers healing spaces, resources, practitioners and accommodation in a peaceful and welcoming environment where a deep level of care and acceptance is our promise to you.