Fosterton Retreat is located on the Fosterton Loop, nestled in the foothills of the Barrington Tops. It is only 10 minutes drive from Dungog, an hour from Newcastle and two and a half hours from Sydney travelling north via the M1 Pacific Motorway (formerly F3 freeway). The location is also convenient to those travelling from the mid north coast through Stroud on the Bucketts Way.
The property of 100 acres overlooks a pristine rainforest valley and the Barrington Tops. The House and Cabins are conveniently located, with easy access, breathtaking views across the valley to the Barrington Tops and a short stroll to the pristine “Die Happy” creek. The picnic and swimming holes along the flowing Williams River are only a 2km drive away.
The Fosterton Loop provides all weather roads, is well signposted and forms part of the network of tourist drives in the area. Fosterton Retreat makes a perfect place to take in the beauty of the area as it provides uninterrupted relaxation, leisurely walks, and good old fashioned peace and quiet. Only the wallabies and abundant birdlife will be sharing your view of the beautiful Barrington Tops National Park.
We offer two self-contained one-bedroom spa cabins for their guests. For larger groups such as birdwatchers, painters, photographers, or family and friends, homestead accommodation (with spa and pool) is available in Fosterton House, set up for 10-14 people. We now have beds for 22 people if you want to book the whole property.
Just 12 minutes from Dungog, a thriving community which provides the most convenient access point to the Barrington Tops World Heritage areas for visitors with a range of activities and experiences to enjoy. Here there is a local supermarket, shops, cafes, churches, art gallery, hotels, and a tourist information centre.
Max & Bronwyn Greive
We are privileged to have taken over this lovely property and are discovering more things about it every week. Walks are being set out on the property with a list of native Australian flora and fauna compiled. You can learn more and add to this list. It is three years in before we sighted (with much excitement) our first koala. We are hoping to discover more about the history of this land, stories from Indigenous people and those who settled it after them. You might meet us when you stay & don't be scared because while Max looks like a pirate he's really quite lovely. Here's some more information about the two of us:
Bronwyn and Max Greive are both artists with decades of experience in creativity, spiritual and personal growth and developing creative and interactive practices which feed your soul. Bronwyn and Max have been community workers, pastors, and counsellors, as well as parents and grandparents. We like to help people in their quest to find a greater depth, meaning, peace and enjoyment in life. We also like to facilitate opportunities to deepen people's self-awareness and sense of being by nurturing their soul, strengthening their connections with nature and the divine.
Max has training in: Choice Theory, Spiritual Direction, Labyrinth Facilitation and an Associate Diploma in Welfare,
Bronwyn has training in Choice Theory, The Enneagram, a Bachelor of Natural History Illustration and is currently a PhD candidate & in Spiritual Direction formation.
We look forward to meeting you one day,
Max & Bronwyn Greive
Here are our values and some of the ways we try to integrate them. This is a work in progress.
Fosterton retreat is to be a place of:
An annual Open Day where people can come & enjoy/experience Fosterton Retreat for free, Providing opportunities for families & groups to spend time together, Team building & retreats, Both Max & Bronwyn are involved in the wider Dungog shire community through work, community building & art.
We provide a gentle, comfortable setting to physically unwind & detox from a busy life; a place for the deeper parts of ourselves to be nurtured through reflection & understanding-a soul connection, with various retreats, workshops & connections to nature.
Transformation via nature
Nature nurtures us & teaches us, so our property is set up to encourage visitors to explore, relax in & reflect on nature; our retreats & other activities all have components so participants are intentionally learning from & connecting to nature.
Art is on display at Fosterton Retreat via sculptures, decor & 2D works but there are many ways anyone can be creative; retreats & workshops incorporate creative exercises designed to enable all people to create ( we believe everyone is creative in some way).
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