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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

Blue Bedroom   yogaroom   Yellow Bedroom

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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


coastal strolls



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29-31 May Yoga Retreat with Alison Eastland
For more info. 0400 288 545


7-9 August Retreat with Mandy , Tracey and Deb
For more information: 0418 498 061

14-16 August Private Retreat

21-23 August Seven Arrows Yoga Art Retreat with Jane Anderson and Diane Mooy-Summers
Come and immerse yourself for a weekend, in the beauty of Deep Bay Tasmania whilst doing deep relaxation, Nidra practice, beginners yoga and meditation.
Enjoy intuitive art lessons over the weekend where you will be inspired to create your own large painting on canvas to take home for continued meditation.
Intuitive art has nothing to do with being an ‘artist’, it is about letting go of expectations and outcomes and trusting in yourself. Manifest a window into your soul on canvas as you explore deeply into YOU.
A deeply profound and healing activity that has been enjoyed by many.
The retreat is $495 Our website has more details
For more information and bookings call Jane on 0428 402 314 or Diane on 0418 202 393 email

28-30 August Stillness to Creativity – Rest Deep with Kate Tenni and Julia Gibson
A retreat for women offering yoga, meditation and artistic practices… an opportunity to replenish your creative and spiritual resources. Enjoy time and space to pause, breathe and connect with your creative energy.
Fee $420 For more details and to enrol contact Kate Tenni on 0362 674 992 email

18-20 September Yoga Retreat with Alison Eastland
Come and be nurtured! Friendly, welcoming, fun and relaxed, this retreat is suitable for women who would like to enjoy Restorative Yoga, relaxation & guided meditation, Yoga activities, great healthy food and a deep sense of nurturing and restoration. No previous Yoga experience required. Led by Alison Eastland from Huon Valley Yoga, this nurturing retreat includes: friendly, warm and encouraging Yoga tuition, with practice tips to take home; restorative Yoga for deep unwinding; fun Yoga activities to put a smile on your face & lighten your spirits; special meditation and relaxation sessions to leave you feeling deeply calm and centred; and time to unwind & just be, in the serene natural setting of Niche’s bushland garden or private fossil beach, or in the cosy library.
An optional massage is available (for an additional fee) $450. (Pay-by-installments available). Huon Valley Yoga 0400 288 545

25-30 September Women’s 4 day Spiritual Awakening Retreat with Sahaja deep emotional healing gentle yoga and meditation rites of initiation.
Slow down, heal the heart, quieten the mind, know who you are.
Includes a free one hour session with Sahaja value $110 This heartfelt retreat is an opportunity to relax and spend time in a safe, sacred and unconditionally loving environment where you will be seen, heard, and loved for who you are. Away from the external stresses of life it is chance to reconnect with your heart and soul and allow yourself the time and space to heal. Slowing down, going within, and healing unresolved emotional pain that blocks one from a peaceful heart and mind. Letting go of fear and opening to self love and love from others. Each woman will be given the opportunity to undertake a rite of initiation. This is a deeply powerful and transformative experience that can be described as a doorway into one’s true self.
Friday 6.30pm 25th September (arrivals from 4pm) -. 4pm Tuesday 29th Sept
$745 or $595 with e bird by 14th August includes all vegetarian meals
$150 deposit
Bookings mob. 0435 947 959

30th October to 1st November Mindfulness Eating Retreat with Debbie Pannowitz
This intimate retreat is an invitation for you to reconnect with yourself through food. Using discussion, meditation, exercises and laughter, you will develop the tools to identify habits around food and a more compassionate attitude to eating. Let Mindfulness create the relationship you want with food. A place has been set for you so contact Deb for more information and registration!
Enquiries to Debbie Pannowitz 03 62 675050
Price : $395 ( also ask about 'Early Bird ' Rate, 'Bring a Friend" Rate and payment plans)

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

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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