Workshop and Retreat Venue in Central Victoria

Bring your Retreats to Life

Give your students an experience to remember
in the heart of Central Victoria.

Welcome to Tara Springs

A teaching studio oozing
heart and soul

Step into our newly opened, light-filled luxury teaching studio.

Be nurtured and supported by the beauty and bounty of the permaculture inspired gardens that surround the studio

Tara Springs is a place that instantly nurtures and holds all who walk through its doors.

Who is it for?

What's included

Hiring is as easy as 1, 2, 3

Our aim is to make the process of running your event with us as easy as possible so you can focus on creating an amazing experience for your students.

Discover the Space

Take a photo tour of the teaching space, the kitchen dining & the gardens & surrounds.

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The Vision of Tara Springs

Tara Springs was birthed in 2017 as a place for community to gather to enjoy and learn about healthy lifestyle within the seasonal permaculture food garden. Our personal and professional passion lies in sharing our knowledge and expertise in empowering people around their health and wellbeing.

We invite you to enjoy this short video created in 2018 by one of our WWOOFers of our initial vision. And then check out our photo gallery below to see the changes from then to now.

Venue information

Studio hire rates range from $30/hour for a weekday through to $550 for a weekend. Special rates available for community events.

As each person’s requirements are unique, please get in touch using the form below to discuss your particular needs so we can find what works for us both.

We do require teachers/facilitators using the  space to have current Public Liability & Indemnity Insurance.

The Studio size is approx. 8m x 7m with two large double glazed sliding doors leading out onto a 5m x 4m wooden deck.

Projector and Sound system.

Fully equiped kitchen with seating for 12 people in the dining area.

2 toilets & 1 accessible toilet and shower.

An outdoor undercover area with table and bench seats.

How to get to Tara Springs

By car from Melbourne, take the Calder Freeway (M79) towards Bendigo. Take the Malmsbury turnoff onto the Old Calder Highway (C794) to Taradale

By car from Bendigo, take the Calder Freeway (M79) towards Melbourne. Take the Castlemaine turnoff onto the Pyrenees Highway (B180) towards Castlemaine before turning onto the Old Calder Highway (C794) to Taradale

By train on the Melbourne-Bendigo line; the closest station is Malmsbury which is 7km away

A local bus runs between Taradale and Castlemaine during the week.

Pickups from the train station is possible by arrangement.

Parking is available at the centre for 12 cars with space on the road for any overflow.

The studio is surrounded by permaculture inspired gardens with plenty of colour, fragrance & beauty to sooth the soul.

Seasonal herbs & garden produce are available upon request.

A large fire circle. For use out of the fire season only. 

A range of spaces for quiet meditation and contemplation including different garden ‘rooms’, a dam with indigenous native trees, and elevation points with views out across the valley to the surrounding forest.

Currently we do not have accommodation available at Tara Springs.

The Castlemaine & Kyneton region has a wealth of B&B’s to suit all tastes and budgets. We can provide a list of options available in Taradale.

We are planning to offer some accomodation on site in the second half of 2024, including a cabin and camping options. 

Walk to the Taradale Mineral Springs Park and taste the local mineral water.

Take a short walk to the iconic Taradale viaduct built in 1863.

Enjoy wood fired pizza and local wines at Taradale Wine and Produce on a Friday and Sunday night. 

Easy walking access into the box ironbark forest of the Fryers Ridge Nature Conservation Reserve with its myriad of tracks.

Visit the rugged beauty of Leanganook with its spectacular vistas over the surrounding countryside.

Enjoy the flowing waters of the Cascades at Metcalfe on the Coliban River.

A 15-minute drive to the Goldfields towns of Castlemaine and Kyneton; 25min through to the Spa towns of Daylesford and Hepburn Springs.

Meet your Hosts

Jane Mallick & Glenn Polley

With 30 years of teaching between us, Jane of Yoga and Glenn of Shiatsu, we understand the importance of having a beautiful teaching space that holds and supports both the teacher and its participants. Integral to that support is a deep connection to the earth and nature.

For many years we have held a vision of building a community of like-minded complementary health practitioners to educate and empower our wider community with tools and resources for their health and wellbeing.

In 2019 we embarked on transforming our family home and gardens into this unique retreat centre. The project has had a sustainable focus up-cycling materials from original buildings and using locally sourced materials.

We are passionate about mutual collaborations and as your hosts, we are available for you all the way through the process to ensure your event is a success.
Tara Springs is beautiful. It is like walking into another world where nature thrives and is tended to with love.
Regini Prasad
Retreat Attendee

Get in Touch with Us

If you have any questions or want to arrange a time to talk through with us your specific needs, fill out the form below and we will get back to you.
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We acknowledge the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present and emerging.


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Retreat Itinerary


17.00    Arrival and check in

17.30    Opening circle 

18.30    Dinner

19.30    Sound bath with Nina Hakamies 

21.00    Close 


09.00    Yoga practice

10.30    Naturopathy for all phases of menopause with Lisa Eastley

12.30    Lunch

14.00    Yin yoga

15.30    Afternoon tea and free time to rest, journal, and/or walk around Taradale 

18.00    Dinner

19.00    Cacao ceremony and fire ritual

21.00    Close


09.00    Yoga practice 

10.30    Ayurveda for menopause with Sara Vanis

12.30    Lunch 

14.00    Closing circle 

15.30    Close

*Please note, there may be small changes to this itinerary.