Dave's Story

Dave Deakin has been practising yoga since 2012. He has practised in India, Bali and Thailand with many world-class teachers. Dave did his teacher training in Bali, where he studied Tantra/Hatha, a lineage-based yoga over 2500 years old, not altered for the audience in the modern world. Meditation is one of the main goals of yoga. The best gauge of your yoga practice is how well your life is going. Are you happy, vibrant, and in good health, mentally, physically and emotionally? This is the science of yoga. Be the best version of yourself to live with infinite possibilities. Yoga is built for optimum well-being, not flexibility. Dave is also trained in traditional Tibetan Singing Bowls, Ayurveda/ The Science of Life and NLP.
"It's not what we do on the mat. It's what we do off the mat. Yoga gives us the tools to live an infinite life; it's not about form. It's about function. Flexibility comes when the mind becomes flexible."

Dave's journey of how he arrived at building Mt. Jukes Eco Retreat...
He left school at 14 and could not read or write. “I never liked school and just wanted to work and make money.” Dave went on to teach himself how to read and write and start up seven businesses in 7 different industries, all successful and many still operating today. The retreat centre is the eighth. “We need to believe that we can do anything. We are Infinite Possibilities. Get up at 5.00 am or earlier every morning with a purpose, move, breathe, meditate, plan your day and get on with it.”

Dave's spiritual journey started when his brother was killed in a car accident. “That day, he was coming to my place for lunch, Good Friday; That morning I was sick like I had never been before. I experienced something much deeper that morning. A couple of years before this, my brother and I were at the same café, not together, and we discovered that we had the same watches bought in two different cities. When he was labelled clinically dead, my watch stopped at that time and is still at that time today. It was a life-changing moment and changed the direction of my life forever. This was the start of my real-life journey, and the spiritual path had started. I had woken up that there was something much bigger than me and my ego.”

Dave went from a control freak to allowing and letting go. He was making a 7 figure net income year after year in debt for as much as $10,000,000 at a time. He started to realise many things: his health was not good, he was drinking and eating the wrong food, he was stressed all the time, and he was starting to dislike who he was. The way he was living was forming who he was, and he didn't want to be that person. “I started yoga because I wanted to reform myself into a person I liked.” He spent much time in Asia alone, in the mountains in Bali and Thailand, up to 8 months at a time. This is where he did most of his yoga training. It was life-changing on many fronts. When he started to let go mentally, his body became pain-free, a place he had not been before. Free mind, free body.

He has broken most bones on the left side of his body, had a knee operation where they had to break his leg to alien his hip to ankle, a broken hip, a broken arm twice, shoulder reconstruction and a few ribs. He did everything till he broke, all from different events. Today, he has no pain in his body. I feel like I have been given a second chance at life. When you bring your mind and body together, it does incredible things. He thanks the right path of yoga, Ayurveda and his life lessons for this path: Free mind, Free body.

 He has learned that adversity is where life begins; it doesn't matter if it is losing all your money, losing a family member or your marriage, have done it all. If you are prepared to go to the bottom of the sea, you will resurface with life being bigger than ever. Most of us will only swim halfway down; you need to go to the bottom. That's where you learn the lessons. If you don't learn the lesson, it will happen again. That is Karma. The other thing we experience is we must own all aspects of life. Relationships, Wealth, Health and everything in between.
What we eat and what we think is our destiny. When we take full ownership of all our actions, we start to live.

Dave lives fully off the grid. “I stopped complaining about tasteless, non-nutritious food and funny-tasting water. If you don’t like something, don’t complain, do something about it.  When you leave the material World of buying bigger houses, bigger cars, fancier holidays and restaurants, you start to live, don't spend your life working for things that don't serve you, your health is no 1. You can't take your money with you. Why are you doing it to die early? For what? Ask Steve Jobs, the richest man in the world, who dies at 56; money doesn't buy everything. Yes, we need it, but how much and what do we spend it on? I feel fortunate that I have lived the material life. I don't need to wonder what it was like; it fuelled my Ego but not my Soul. You don't live if you don't serve your Soul. My life experience and money were invested into buying and developing this property (Mt Jukes Eco Retreat) This is my Dharma/life purpose to share my experiences and this incredible place.

If you want to do the EXTRAORDINARY, you have to get out of the ORDINARY. Life is all about moments; one minute, we are in joy; next, we have bad news. Today it is sunny, and tomorrow it will rain. life is always Sun and Moon/ Hatha.

Breathe and keep moving. It always gets better.”

Om, Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

Dave is a true pioneer in the field of modern spirituality. His approach allows him to navigate various topics and modalities while drawing connections and offering profound insights into consciousness and the spiritual path. Dave is a qualified yoga teacher, a meditator, and an Ayurveda coach and holds certifications in NLP and Permaculture. One of Dave’s purpose is to awaken individuals to the power of the human soul and discover a life of true purpose and inspiration through food, movement, stillness, knowledge, and the tools of the traditional yoga path to empower them.

His skill in seamlessly blending ancient practices with modern applications brings together lineage-based spirituality and contemporary lifestyle demands. With insightful perspectives, deep knowledge, and a wealth of life experiences, he provides a unique and valuable approach to personal growth and well-being in the present era.

Dave started and fully funded a local charity call Mackay Biggest Bike Ride, now call River to Reef which has raised Hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities. He has supported schools and many local programs. Today, Dave's goal is to grow extra food for the homeless and women's shelters, and share the profits from Mt Jukes with more local programs.  


Testimonials

Reeli Lonks
Reeli Lonks
2024-02-03
Mt Jukes Eco Village is one truly amazing, beautiful and peaceful place in the middle of stunning nature full of wonderful wildlife, tropical fruits, good weather, kind and hard working people, super tasty food (!) and really nice comfortable tiny houses next to a big majestic Jukes mountain. We instantly felt good there, in very high energy and easygoing relaxing vibes. I would happily go back any time to relax, meditate, be humble with others and my authentic self and just enjoy the beauty of nature. Thank you for creating that space, showing your kindness and hosting us so well! One of the best experiences and definitely a place to visit in colourful Queensland! Visited in August ‘23, still thinking about it and the good memories!:)
Brad Baker
Brad Baker
2024-01-31
Thank you Mount Jukes Eco Retreat for an outstanding visit! This break away to reconnect was just what I needed! Friendly and welcoming hosts, beautiful accomodation that takes in the awesome natural surroundings, delicious and deeply nourishing meals. Dave gently guided us through a form of traditional yoga practice that is very rare today, and a sound healing session gave me some profound insights. Walking through the many different fruit trees, I discovered some fruits that I had not seen or tasted before. The sauna session followed by a refreshing swim in the creek was a winner too. Thank you so much Dave and Aune! I will be back again!
Carla and Bruce Shute
Carla and Bruce Shute
2024-01-15
An escape from the trappings of life as we know it and return to life as it should be. Mt Jukes Eco Retreat is an immersion into peace and tranquility. This place will quiet your mind while you invigorate your soul and awaken your spirit. How? By allowing you to slow your pace, take each step and breath with mindfulness and gratitude while you take in your surroundings and explore the offerings with likeminded individuals. Dave and Aune have created a space that is perfect for us to let go of the daily grind and focus on nourishing our mind, body and soul. This retreat offers guests Yoga, swimming in fresh natural spring waters, infared sauna, walks amongst the gardens, Ayurvedic meals with the taste of sun kissed fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices grown on the grounds, sound healing and informative teachings on topics specific to Mt Jukes Eco Retreat plus so many other beautiful surprises. I won’t give away all their secrets! This is a place that we all deserve to enjoy and be a part of. Thank you Dave and Aune for sharing your paradise with me. I look forward to another visit soon.
Jasmine Lee
Jasmine Lee
2024-01-14
It was an amazing experience on a full day retreat - sauna, yoga/meditation, sound healing and Ayurveda lunch! The Ayurveda meals was delicious! Aune is such a great cook! I would definitely recommend anyone to go at least for a session and see for themselves. It is only around 40 mins drive from Mackay. Thank you Dave & Aune!
Nic kleindeinst
Nic kleindeinst
2024-01-13
The retreat is absolutely devine . I have had a very traumatic past and the retreat has helped me a lot for my mental health . I did not want to leave ! Thank you again
Jessica Laslett
Jessica Laslett
2023-10-03
Great get away spot to recharge and switch off
verner mägi
verner mägi
2023-09-06
The energy of that place is magical. Calms your mind and clears your head.
Jo-Anne Beckingsale
Jo-Anne Beckingsale
2023-09-03
What a little piece of Paradise. So private, quiet and peaceful. The bath was perfect, the bed comfortable and a fabulous coffee machine. See you again ❤️
Rebecca Anderson
Rebecca Anderson
2023-08-03
We had a wonderful, peaceful stay. The accommodation was very comfortable, well presented and clean. David and Aune are great hosts and we loved the home-grown fresh herbs and fruit they left out for us. Would definitely recommend staying here!
Yvette Vezzoli
Yvette Vezzoli
2023-07-31
Mt Jukes Eco Resort was wonderful 🤗🤩 I have only good things to say!! The cottage smells beautiful of the carved wood. The outdoor bath with view of the mountain is very relaxing. Our hosts very friendly and gifting fresh herbs. Everything you need in the kitchen to cook a 5-star meal. The air is fresh, the water is clean. Disconnect from busy life and remember what is important at Mt Jukes 🙏 ❤️ 🌱

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