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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 August Creative Arts and Yoga with Kate Tenni and Julia Gibson
Stillness to Creativity - Enliven your Being
A retreat for women that will nourish, inspire and rejuvenate.
Yoga, drawing, singing, painting, meditation and deep relaxation.
The rhythm of our time together allows space to both share with others and be in gentle self-reflection.
For more information contact Kate 0362674992

5-7 September Private Retreat

19-21 September Destress and Refresh with Sonja Preston For more info:
0412 888 052

27 Sep-2 Oct A 5 Day Retreat for Women with Sahaja
Join with us in this intimate and deeply bonding journey into the discovery of profound self love, acceptance and a new depth of love and compassion for humanity. Powerful group practices and facilitated small group work, blissful guided meditations gentle yoga, evening spiritual cinema. Please see website for testimonials of recent retreats held at Niche
Price $895 ($750 early bird if paid in full by 16 August)
Email ph. 0435 947 959

10-12 Oct Private Retreat

17-19 October Mindful Eating Retreat with Debbie Pannowitz
Last year's Retreat was an amazing success...such a beautiful, joyful program and a wonderful way to re Treat yourself. For a wealth of information please see the website Price $380 includes all accom, meals and the power of a guided retreat. Early Bird and Bring a Friend discounts also available.
Debbie is a Nutritionist and qualified Kinesiologist
Contact 62675050 mob. 0400 855 745

23-27 October 4 Day Breathe Retreat with Cindy Aulby Information and enquiries: 03 62 243211

28-30 Oct. Private Retreat

Oct 31st - Nov 2nd. De-Stress & Refresh Retreat. These popular Retreats facilitated by Sonja Preston give women the opportunity for some ‘me-time’, enabling rest & relaxation, and learning skills such as looking at the balance in your life, setting goals and creating a Vision Board, letting go of unwanted ‘baggage’, and learning simple breathing techniques - all of which will help you more forward in your life with a more positive spirit. The fee of $597 includes accommodation, all meals, tuition, course materials, and a massage (yahoo!). Email for more details:

7-9 Nov. The Hero’s Journey – Becoming your Authentic Self This Retreat explores the lessons of life through the lens of the Hero’s journey, an effective tool for personal transformation. Your Facilitators are Liane Anderson , psychologist and university lecturer and Liila Hass, yoga and meditation teacher.
Through the programme of yoga, meditation and inspiring workshops this is a precious opportunity to explore what it is to come in touch with one’s innermost self on the divine journey to personal healing.
Cost $480 For more information contact Liila 0417232221

14-16 Nov. Tassie Indulgence Yoga Retreat with Ramone Bisset. Includes a visit to MONA, Mindfulness Meditation and a variety of Yoga sessions.
For more information and bookings:

21-23 Nov. Yoga and Tea with Gabe Gartrelle and Allan Halyk
For more Information: gabe@theyogaeffect 0457 024 267 Allan

5-7 Dec Private Retreat

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 $195 (for 2 nights) per person

Smaller Group Weekend Rates
(minimum occupancy 4, maximum 6)
All meals included (delicious vegetarian)
Twin share with ensuite $250 (for 2 nights) per person
Additional Options for Private Retreats:
Yoga classes $15 per person per session Massage $60 (booked in advance)

Please email Kathy for any other accommodation arrangement enquiries.

To pay by electronic transfer :
ANZ Acc. K. Rudolf T/A Niche Retreats
BSB: 017312 Acc. No: 496397258
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 traffic island
  • 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