Dave's Story

Dave Deakin 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 has been practising yoga since 2012. He has practised in India. Lived in Bali and Thailand, while practising with many world-class teachers and is always evolving his own practice. 

Dave's journey of how he arrived at building Mt. Jukes Eco Retreat...
He left school at 14 and could not read and write. “I never liked school, I just wanted to work and move forward with life.” 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. 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;  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, 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 and emotionally, 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 re-alien his hip to his 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 traditional path of yoga, 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, you will resurface with life being bigger than ever. Most of us only go halfway; 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. Cause and Effect, 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. grows his own food, water is stored from the sky and Mt Jukes Eco Retreat is powered by solar and battries. When you leave the material World of buying bigger houses, bigger cars, fancier holidays and restaurants, you start to live. You 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/founder of Apple, 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 you 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

Giving Back
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

Dari Malul
Dari Malul
2024-06-25
After three incredible days at Mt. Jukes, I am grateful for the experience. My accommodations were perfect—a cozy wooden cabin surrounded by green mountains. The meals were outstanding, each one delicious and nourishing for both body and soul, lovingly prepared by the amazing Aune. You can truly taste the freshness of the ingredients grown right on the retreat grounds. The sessions led by Dave, from yoga and breathwork to the healing sound therapy, were exceptional and deeply enriching. I left feeling peaceful and equipped with valuable tools to continue this healthy and fulfilling routine in my daily life. Thank you, Dave and Aune, for this unforgettable experience!
Steven Williams
Steven Williams
2024-06-25
Silent retreat was awesome! The food, yoga and tranquillity of the place were just what I needed to feel more grounded and alive. Thanks Aune and Dave!
Michelle Johnston
Michelle Johnston
2024-06-03
Such a special place to visit and spend some time. Thank you for the amazing sound healing and delicious lunch. I can't wait to come back for the silent retreat in August for my birthday. I brought my 2 friends with me for the afternoon retreat and we all loved our time. So much gratitude for your Beautiful eco resort ❤️
Siobhan Dyball
Siobhan Dyball
2024-06-02
Beautiful property, healing space and people. Dave has created something magical! I came for a half day retreat and am already looking forward to joining them again in something more immersive
Zoe Gabriel
Zoe Gabriel
2024-06-02
Wonderful! I love the flexibility of whole day and half day retreats and on a Sunday. An immersive experience that I feel blessed to have in this region.
Marnie Laffin
Marnie Laffin
2024-06-02
I had an incredible experience at Mt Jukes Eco Retreat! From the moment I arrived, I could feel the carefully crafted ambiance. I've never experienced anything quite like it. The food prepared by Aune was extraordinary! Dave facilitated profound yoga and sound healing ceremonies, providing extensive information. I feel so blessed to have this amazing retreat nearby and can't wait to return!
Marguerette Bane
Marguerette Bane
2024-06-02
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Very peaceful and beneficial
Merle Partmaa
Merle Partmaa
2024-05-25
I attended their Mothers day Yoga retreat. Its was a perfect gift! The property is situated in a stunning location surrounded by tranquil nature and includes a flowing stream that runs of Mt Jukes mountain. I highly recommend visiting Mt Jukes Eco Retreat to see what this place stands for and come and enjoy yummiest vegetarian food and homemade chai tea. Once you visit this paradise you don't want to leave!
Netta Hobbs
Netta Hobbs
2024-05-13
Very relaxing and rejuvenating!
Karen Heath
Karen Heath
2024-05-12
What can I say this place is fantastic. I had the most wonderful time at the Mothers day Retreat. From the Sauna to the cool refreshing creek, Yoga practice, AMAZING Food, Sound Healing practice. This was one fantastic day. The location, the program, the people, the food. In the hectic lifestyle we lead, this was the perfect way to spend to calm your mind, connect with nature and yourself. Mackay is so lucky to have such a top quality retreat right in our own backyard. This may have been my first retreat, but it will not be my last. Thank you so much

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