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Niche : 'a place to settle or ensconce oneself quietly or comfortably'
(Oxford dictionary)

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Come and experience a beautiful retreat in the magnificent Huon Valley, Tasmania

This peaceful, private, waterfront retreat is surrounded by native garden and natural bushland with breathtaking views of Cygnet Bay.

Niche is unique in Tasmania… an idyllic space to revitalise in a naturally uplifting environment, yet less than an hour’s easy drive from Hobart.

The tranquil atmosphere of Niche is ideal for yoga teachers to hold small retreats, and suits a diverse range of workshops and residential weekends (meditation, creative arts, writing, music etc).

Niche offers the perfect base for yoga travellers to explore the natural delights of southern Tasmania.

Designed with quality, space and light in mind, the building has a sunny northerly aspect, three bathrooms, sauna and the four large bedrooms comfortably accommodate up to 12 adults

The inspiring yoga space, centre of the building, opens out to the lower deck and tranquil water views, bringing the natural world in. Wide verandahs and outdoor areas are ideal for group and personal practice

Delicious vegetarian meals and special dietary requirements are fully catered for.
Fruit and vegetables in season are picked fresh from the organic garden


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27-29 November Yoga and Chado Retreat with Tea Sensai Allan Halyk and Iyengar Yoga teacher Gabe Gartrelle
Enquiries/bookings contact Gabe 0457 024 267

4-6 December Private Retreat



21-25 January Restore Wellbeing Retreat with Jaye Hayes and Stephanie Honey

29-31 January Private Retreat

5-8 February Women’s Spiritual Deepening Retreat with Sahaja
Enquiries/bookings: Mob: 0435 947 959

19-21 February Private Retreat

25-29 February Yoga and Bushwalking Wilderness Retreat with Bernie Moris
Enquiries/bookings: Mob: 0409 391 454

1-3 March Private Retreat

4-6 March Doll Making Retreat with Nelly Hampbel
Enquiries/booking: Nelly Mob: 0437 716 249

11-16 March Mindfulness Retreat with Bruno Cayoun Mindfulness Institute 03 62 248 448

1-3 April WOMENS’ REJUVENATION Retreat with Life Coach and Core Yoga instructor Greer Sakul.
Do you long for time out to simply relax, unwind and reconnect with yourself? This is your opportunity to separate yourself from the busyness and concerns of daily life. Nurture your body, mind and soul as you receive the support you crave and deserve in your search for deep fulfilment.

Morning yoga to energise the body and quieten your mind
Cleansing, nourishing and delicious vegetarian food
Group life coaching workshops
Private reflection exercises
Space each day for yourself to do and be whatever you desire
Evening meditations to harmonise your heart and mind
Multi-share private accommodation with like-minded women
Enriched with tranquil surroundings and authentic connections with new friends, you will leave feeling restored and inspired to create a new sense of space, peace and energy in your daily life.

$330 (Super) Early bird rate – Paid in full by 31/12/15. $350 Early-bird rate – Paid in full by 29/2/16. $390 Regular rate. Payment plan available. Please contact Greer on 0409 789 238 or

8-10 April Yoga and Art with Maddy Goodwolf 03 62 234 303

15-17 April Private Retreat

21-23 April Art Therapy Retreat with Arwen Dyer and Andrea Bream
Information and Enquiries Mob: 0419 249 867

25-28 April 4 Day Easter Breathe Retreat with Cindy Aulby
Enquiries/bookings: Mob: 0429 167 480

29 – 1 May Private Retreat

20-22 May Stillness to Creativity …Creative Arts and Yoga Retreat with Kate Tenni and Julia Gibson
Enquiries/bookings: Kate 03 62 674 992 or


5-7 August Women’s Retreat with Sahaja

12-14 August Yoga Retreat with Alison Eastland

16-18 August Private Retreat

26-28 August Creative Arts and Yoga with Kate Tenni and Julia Gibson

2-4 September Private Retreat

16-18 September Women’s Destress Retreat with Sonja Preston

23-25 September Private Retreat

7-9 October Yoga retreat with Alison Eastland

20-23 October Breathe Retreat with Cindy Aulby

25-27 October Private Retreat

3-7 November Yoga and Wilderness Walks with Bernie Morris Flourish Yoga

Regarding Private Retreats

Private Retreats are groups of friends booking Niche just for themselves, to enjoy a special weekend together.
Take some time out of the busyness to relax in the company of good friends, being looked after and nourished with delicious vegetarian cuisine.
There are the options of gentle yoga sessions, a massage, a sauna, stroll, siesta...and simply the luxury of restful time in a beautiful space.


Group Weekend Rates
(minimum occupancy 7, maximum 12)
All meals included (delicious vegetarian)
Multi share (3/4 bedroom) with ensuite $210 (for 2 nights) per person

Smaller Group Weekend Rates
(minimum occupancy 4, maximum 6)
All meals included (delicious vegetarian)
Twin share with ensuite $260 (for 2 nights) per person
Additional Options for Private Retreats:
Yoga classes $15 per person per session Massage $65 (booked in advance)

Please email Kathy for any other accommodation arrangement enquiries.

To pay by electronic transfer :
Name : Kathy Rudolf
BSB : 06 7009
Acc. No. : 10038005
or cheque / money order to:
K. Rudolf
206 Abels Bay Rd Cygnet Tas. 7112

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About Us

About Kathy
I've been practicing yoga since 1977 (Sydney teachers course with Martyn Jackson) and teaching in Tasmania for 20 years, holding a Senior Teachers Certificate with the YTAA. My practice has its foundation in Iyengar yoga and has also been inspired by recent studies in various yogic traditions. I teach several weekly classes in Hobart, from gentle beginners to progressive levels, and focus on active and restorative poses, breath awareness and conscious relaxation.It is a joy to propagate the gift of yoga, so sorely needed in these 'interesting times,' to help people improve their overall health and wellbeing ,and rediscover a feeling of peace and harmony within.
About Niche
As a working mother and grandmother, I well understand the desire to take some time out to revive one's spirit. In 2005 I established a yoga retreat centre for just that take a little niche of time for oneself. The word niche already had a couple of auspicious associations for me, and the dictionary meaning 'to settle or ensconce oneself quietly' - well that settled it!. From my inaugural little group of students over three years ago, a wonderful array of people have stayed here . I've met some truly inspiring teachers and feel very privileged to be in this beautiful place doing what I love. Another vital aspect of Niche is of course the food! We have a flourishing vegie garden and try to supply the table with as much freshly picked produce as possible...a stay at Niche is simply nourishing on all levels.

Visitors Comments

“What a beautiful relaxing weekend! Heaven …away from the madness of work. Thank you.” Sarah, Hobart

“Kathy creates a loving environment which enables the teacher and yoga students to feel held and cared for. Her food is full of love and nourishment. This house [rather home] has a warm personality, gently bringing in the outdoors to soak our souls.” Lyndel Dean, Director The Yoga Point Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

“Thank you for making us feel so welcome in your beautiful home. I love the setting, the yummy food, the yoga, but most of all the caring and friendly people.” Donna, Hobart

“Just idyllic !! Such a nurturing environment. The benefits of this retreat and the location, together with fabulous hospitality will remain instilled! Thank you!” Narelle, Hobart (Suncoast Yoga Centre, Moving Meditation Retreat with Glenda Hartley)

“What a wonderful way to usher in the summer! I feel replenished. Great food, company, yoga, walks, swims, riding, saunas and resting.” Lynette, Margate

“Thank you Kathy for a luxurious, nurturing, pampering time. You have perfected the art.” Jan, Hobart (Pampering Retreat)

“It was a pleasure to practice yoga in such a beautiful setting. The texture, flavour and colour of the food was inspirational.” Alison, Hobart (Satyananda Yoga Centre, Relax & Recharge Retreat)

“Grateful for this special ‘niche’ to enjoy a special group weekend. Taking a piece of peace within me.” Leonie Northfield, Ashtanga Yoga teacher (Qld)

“Perfect! Thank you for the warmth in every sense – I want to come back.” Joy, Launceston (Creative Writing & Gita Yoga Retreat)

“What a lovely weekend. Great group of people and fantastic food. The space is very calming – feel ready to face the world again.” Vicky, Hobart

Available for retreats, seminars, group accommodation and private bookings.

Information and Bookings:
Kathy Rudolf
ph: 0400 993 024


Directions to Niche:
206 Abels Bay Road
Deep Bay 7112
Niche is a 55 minute drive from Hobart
to just south of Cygnet


  • from Hobart take the A6 Hwy to Huonville
  • at Huonville turn left just before the bridge onto the B68 Channel Highway to Cygnet
  • as you drive through Cygnet, turn left at the Roundabout Service Station
  • Continue along the Channel Highway around
    the coast for approx 5 minutes (8kms) until you get to Deep Bay
  • at Deep Bay Creek turn right onto Abels Bay Rd
  • 2.06 km along is the retreat - 206 Abels Bay Rd
  • look for the “Niche” sign on the right