DBL Rainbow

 A Double Rainbow – photo taken from Byron Women’s Retreat and Day Spa at Horizon in Byron Bay



The following testimonials, gratitude and praise are from clients who have stayed at the Byron Women’s Retreat, or attended massage sessions, courses, workshops, and readings. They are in no certain order



I am a 65 year old medical practitioner who has explored many modalities of touch in my search to feel good within my body and maintain health. Carla’s formal training in massage, together with her intuitive hands have been the most wonderful experience and have had the most long lasting benefits of any of the touch therapies I have experienced. Her amazing gentle strength and sensitivity to the client have meant that I have never experienced the same process twice and each session was the most appropriate for me at the time.

Everyone that I have recommended to make an appointment with Carla have given me nothing but glowing feedback on her skill, sensitivity and professionalism.

– Dr Tony Z.  GP, Melbourne, Australia




I have chronic pain in my shoulders and neck so I’m always in search of a good massage. Having tried everything from shiatsu to swedish, thai bodywork to tui na, and pretty much everything else in between, few have impressed me as much as Carla’s bodywork treatment. My massage with Carla has to be one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Carla’s intuitive ability to assess the body’s pain and relieve its stress is amazing. Her technique is both incredibly calming and healing. I anticipated a deep tissue approach to my shoulder and hip pain, but Carla’s gentle technique was a pleasant surprise and proved more affective than other massages I’ve had. I left feeling centered and renewed…and I called the next day to make another appointment! I would be going back regularly if I lived in Byron, and I couldn’t recommend her enough. She is wonderful!

- Catherine C, New York City, USA


It was such a pleasure to meet you today, I am so grateful for your beautiful energy and treatment, I honestly feel amazing after your healing massage. I knew from the very first line of the first review I read about your work that I needed to meet you on my journey to Byron Bay and am truly better for the experience. You will see me next time I visit and the next and the next!!

- Jemma U, Australia


I need to thank you…I am back into yoga and exercise all thanks to you! So a huge big thank you!
Sometimes I think we forget how we can touch other peoples lives and never realize what/how we do actually effect others….I often think of you…I came back a new person!

- Sue R, Noosa


It was great to stay with Carla. Close enough to Byron Bay but not in the busy center, 2 minutes from a paradise beach where I saw a rainbow behind turquoise water and golden sand.. Aboriginal lake with healing powers ;-), painting workshop, vegan market, biking, nature; perfect place for a few days retreat. Carla, thank you so much for your lovely presence & amazing massage. I will come again!

- Mieke K, Consultant, Netherlands


Thank you so much for your generosity, kindness and nurturing during my last visits to you. Have to say I am really looking forward to returning, I felt so “connected” to you and I learned so much.

- Caroline M, Melbourne, Australia



Carla is a truly wonderful masseuse. Healing touch with a rich and sensual grace. I felt a deep connection and trust with Carla, an experience that enlivened body and soul.

Dr Belinda L, Australia



I find Carla Ireton who operates Byron Women’s retreat and day spa to be the best masseuse I have ever experienced. All of my friends who visit Byron have had a “Carla experience” and all have emerged with a promise to themselves, that time with Carla will always be a priority when next they visit.

- Joy M, Byron Bay, Australia


I visited Carla while on holiday in Byron and was treated with a heart body soul healing massage & reading. When I arrived I was feeling out of sorts, tense and a little confused about direction and when I left I felt calm, centered, balanced and clear about a lot of things! The massage was relaxing and Carla really opened me up emotionally in a very gentle way. I highly recommend her, and I will definitely be back next time I am in Byron. I can only imagine how wonderful all her other treatments are.

- Lisa, Sydney


After an intensive personal growth workshop, this was the perfect place to rest and integrate.  The massage grounded me again! Thank you Carla for all your support.

- Kath C, Melbourne


A Heart Reading with Carla is a uniquely relaxing and enlightening experience. Let her take your thoughts to unexplored places, relax and be receptive to having your mind opened to fresh ideas and directions while your body unwinds under a calming massage. Enjoy emerging grounded, rested – and inspired.

– Edna C. Mullumbimby, Australia


Thank you for my much needed healing time and space. It was very special. I trust you will continue to spread your healing magic to those who are in need. Keep up the good work.

– Tash W. Yoga teacher & massage therapist, NZ



I am very grateful for being led to you whilst staying at Suffolk Park. I really was quite distraught regarding how my life was. I lacked hope for the future and I was quite frightened that my life was indeed going to be wasted on mundane, boring, difficult experiences.

Your Heart reading showed me to honour my gifts and listen to my intuition, which I’d been conditioned not to do for so long. You have re-connected me to my true being. It is the most precious gift. I have been given. I had tried so hard, to logically define myself and made decisions based on what would suit other people, not fully aware how damaging to my true self that would be. Sometimes, it simply is a matter of trusting your heart and listening to another perspective that can tune into the core issues.

I would ask that anyone considering having a Heart reading to trust, surrender and let the inner wisdom that Carla tunes into, speak.

– Sarah B. Victoria, Australia


I couldn’t have found a better place for the new year and my many resolutions.  The place has a calmness to it that helps you to recharge. And the massage is worth trying. Sorted my aches and pains right out. Thank you Carla.

Nona A, Wales, United Kingdom.


Perfectly, positively peaceful. A most calming space with beach, bike riding, walking, massage and of course, great company! Thanks Carla

Donna J, Queensland, Australia


What a wonderful hideaway in an ideal setting – perfectly complementing a relaxing retreat. Carla’s natural warmth was as evident face to face as it was in her therapies. A truly refreshing experience. Thank you! :)

- Rachel M, Brisbane, Australia



I have personally found significant improvement in my health and well-being since I have been attending treatments with Carla and would recommend her highly as a very competent and professional practitioner.

– Dr Andrew C. Tauranga, NZ


My stay at the Byron Women’s Retreat was truly transformative.The house has a quiet calming energy, and Carla keeps it clean and inviting. I made the trip here with my sister, so we each rented a room which worked out great. We rode our bikes every morning, walked to get our daily coffee fix, took frequent strolls on the beautiful Tallows beach, and cooked at least one meal a day together. How I miss our lovely routine at the Retreat! Suffolk Park was the perfect location for a peaceful getaway with the beach only a skip and a hop away, and the town center easily accessible. Coming from NYC, I was hesitant – and resistant – to letting go of the hustle and bustle of the big city and just immersing myself in the slow, soft pace of Byron Bay, but it was the best possible three weeks I could have imagined and it wouldn’t have been possible without the Byron Womens’ Retreat. Carla’s amazing presence made the stay so much more memorable, and I miss her incredible massages! I left the retreat feeling renewed and reconnected, and I cannot wait to go back.

- Catherine C, Architect, USA


The healing course I attended with Carla was facilitated professionally and taught with an expertise and honesty I have not experienced since.  It is a rare gift you can give yourself, I highly recommend it.

– Megan C. Bikram Yoga Teacher, Wellington, NZ


I very much enjoyed my short stay at the Byron Women’s Retreat and found the quiet space I so much needed, while feeling wonderfully looked after, great massage! Thank you.

- Monika K, Singapore


Thank you for a life changing experience! I feel fantastic…

– Julie. Brisbane, Australia



I found Byron Women’s Retreat online, shortly after a relationship break up.  I didn’t know what I was looking for, but I found a lot of retreats that didn’t quite feel right…! Finally I came across this website. I had never been on a ‘proper’ retreat before either, so really was a bit in the dark. It just goes to show that somehow your instinct knows best.

The Rejoice Retreat was the perfect journey  for me to go on.  At first I just wanted to get rid of all the horrible feelings I had about my failed relationship, but what I found was much more than that.With Carla and Greg’s support I am back on track with a connection to myself, what it means to be me in the world, and how to live my life from a more authentic place – based on what works for me. I no longer feel sad, devastated, angry or lonely. And I don’t feel sorry for myself either. I am back in the groove of a loving and fulfilled life, and ready for whatever life has in store: a man, a family, career or some other adventure.

-Olivia, Melbourne, Australia


You really have an extraordinary gift. Thank you Carla for triggering new understandings and encouraging me to honor my ways of knowing…

– Kirsty M. Sydney, Australia


Carla’s teaching method is simple and powerful.  She has a wealth of knowledge and her intuition is acute.

– JB, Lennox Head, Australia


A huge thank you for creating such a “space” to just BE! Your retreat and your energy is special. Amazing intuitive massage – beautiful. And a special thank you to Greg for his amazing insights.

- Sue R, Noosa, Sunshine Coast


“I came to Yoga 4 Women to nurture myself and reconnect my wondering mind with my body at the end of the day. Carla has a remarkable way of creating a peaceful and safe space for women to completely relax, let go and be present. I leave feeling rested and centered, and always sleep really well afterwards. Definitely recommend and look forward to future classes”

- Elisabeth

“I didn’t really thank you for the awesome yoga. It really was incredible. I was SO ridiculously sore (in that nice way) the next day and today also. Which is kinda strange because as I said to a mate, it was so gentle it was almost like an excuse to sleep on warm carpet…”

- Rebecka

“I loved yoga last night. I slept really well and I felt really good this morning!!! Less pain than usual. Just tightness around my thoracic which I wasn’t surprised by. I would love to book in to come continuously.  Thank you Carla”

- Melissa

I had the most amazing time on the Replenish Retreat. You are a true blessing to this world.  Thank you Carla

- Tahlia P, NSW, Australia


I have a feeling of wellness, aliveness and being energetically aligned.  A truly inspiring and healing course.

– Natalie. Byron Bay, Australia


Carla is the most gifted masseuse that I have ever met.  She has an amazing awareness of the body and an intuitive way of knowing which areas need the most attention. She has a wonderful grounded approach and is interested in not only what’s going on with your body, but in who you are.  I always leave her sessions with an amazing peace in my mind, body and soul.

– Emily M. Yoga Students, Sydney, Australia


After years of receiving massages from Carla I have come to the conclusion there is none better. Her precision and depth are unsurpassed but ultimately her intuitive gifts are what set her apart from the rest. Carla’s ability to read the body and its story leads you to the heart of the matter and in turn to your own heart. A recommendation is not enough… you must experience a massage with Carla to believe it.

– Paul S. Yoga Teacher & Massage Therapist,  NZ




Several months ago I started to experience headaches, pain in my neck, shoulder, wrist and back from repeated welding work. I had to stop work as it worsened to the stage of continuous pain. Over the past few weeks I have been having weekly sessions with Carla, and I am now working most days pain free along with weekend farm work.

– Grant S. Welder & Farmer, NZ


Such an effective massage that creates instant relief.  Carla is very good at what she does and is able to teach with such clarity.

– BN, Ballina


Dear Carla & Greg, I Just wanted to say thank you for our session we all had together, amazing stuff! You answered a few questions that I had had in my head for a long time…so thank you!  Feeling quite strange since I returned especially with people…I do know that my grief has gone which is amazing and will use the knowledge I have gained this weekend with two clients that I know will benefit from it, will let you know the outcome. Thanks again.

S.R, Queensland

My stay at the Byron Women’s Retreat was so much more than I expected. Carla’s home is beautiful, peaceful, Loving and so close to the beach! She was accommodating, relaxed and I left feeling like I’d made a friend for life. I can’t wait to stay with her again! Her massages are 10/10 and are a must for anyone who stays with her. You are close to town (12 min bike ride for me) but also a good distance away from town. Best of all you come home feeling like you had a true break.

-Hayley R, Melbourne, Australia


Thank you so much for creating this space and opportunity for women.  It was exactly what I needed! Thank you for all the little treats to take home and support myself.

O.M, Victoria, Australia


Idyllic, peaceful, clean accommodation, so close to everything! And the treatments provided by Carla were amazing. Thank you.

- Pam O, Brisbane, Australia



In 40 years of massage, Carla’s massages are the most uplifting and energizing I have ever experienced…

– Bev. Melbourne, Australia


Everyone should treat themselves to one of Carla’s signature massages. With her great intuitive skills, she doesn’t only make contact with your body, but also with your soul and gets straight to the heart of the problem. This is not just a massage, this massage can change your life!

- Marije d, Social Worker, Netherlands


Thank you Carla, this week has been MEGA, a lot of letting go and forward movement! I am in total integration. You are amazing at what you do!

– Natalia. Byron Bay, Australia.


Thank you Carla for helping me figure “it” out! …

– Erica. Nimbin, Australia


For the past 30 yrs I have had at times severe lower back pain. There has been endless visits to doctors, osteopaths and chiropractors and money spent on pain killers. Doctors suggested spinal fusion. I declined. In just 5 treatments with Carla my back has not felt this good in 30 years.

–  Paddy F. Gardner, Tauranga, NZ



If you want a massage with someone who understands on both a physical and emotional level how to work your body then this is the person for you.  Carla has a magical touch and your body is taken on a journey and you will want to go back for more.  Carla has massaged myself and partner for a number of years and I cannot find anyone else that has been able to do the same for my body. All I can say is give her a go and you won’t be disappointed

–  Jenny & Dave M. Tauranga NZ


I have had a number of treatments with Carla over the last 4 years and she always gets right to the heart of whatever is “happening” for me at the time and I am always glad that I have been to see her.  Not only does she find all those physical aches and pains that are the things we easily identify ourselves with, she also finds the aches and pains of the soul and spirit that are much harder to recognise and set right.  Her treatments are holistic and I often come away from our sessions with a new sense of direction and awareness of self, as well as feeling freer in my body.  She has a very rare intuitive ability  to “read” bodies and to pass on her observations.  I would recommend Carla to anyone who is feeling those aches and pains, whether in body or spirit or both.  She is a remarkable practitioner

– Victoria. Yoga Teacher, Wellington, New Zealand


In the few short months that I have been seeing Carla, my migraines, nausea and dizziness have greatly decreased. Carla has a very healing, caring and soothing nature, and her intuitive understanding of how to work with the body is her true gift

– Bec D. Suffolk Park, Australia


Thank you Carla for an amazing retreat, without having to travel too far!  The time to reflect, be pampered and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings was just what I needed to recharge and set my focus for 2013.

-Andrea C. Byron Bay, Australia



A beautiful and inspiring weekend, I learnt so much.  Thank you Carla.

- Jennifer C. Pottsville, NSW, Australia


Carla massaged me throughout my pregnancy, even at nine months. She was totally in tune and sensitive to my needs and those of my baby in each moment. I felt truly nurtured.

– Duska J.  Mother & Yoga Teacher, Ocean Shores, Australia


Solitude and sea – perfect for one.  Thanks Carla for you compassionate support and wonderful massage.

-Amanda S, Kingston, Tasmania




I came to Byron to relax and heal, so the Rejuvenate package was just what I needed. The house is very peaceful and right next to beautiful Tallow’s beach which makes it perfect for endless beach walks to unwind, gather your thoughts and get in touch with yourself. Carla’s energy is amazing, the way she connects with you makes you feel very special and safe to really get to the heart of things. In the 5 days I spend with her I learnt a lot from Carla about reconnecting with my body and intuition. She also gave me the tools to keep working on it at home. Thank you Carla, for a life changing experience!

- Marije D, Social Worker/Councillor, The Netherlands



I love Carla’s massages. She is so accurate in pinpointing tension in my body, and yet so gentle. I have since recommended her to friends and family. How lucky we are to have her in our neighborhood.

– Claudia. Suffolk Park, Australia


When a friend referred me to see Carla about my chronic back pain I was a little skeptical. But as the weeks passed my back pain not only disappeared, but I noticed myself less prone to triggers of stress, more relaxed and balanced and found it easier to “let go” of trivial matters. Carla’s work has been transformational in more ways than one

–  Shelly G. Mother, Papamoa, NZ


Carla is deeply intuitive and soulful, bringing a vast amount of compassion, insight and knowledge to the way she works. I always leave a session with a strong sense of well being, feeling calm, uplifted and enlivened, my hope and optimism for my life re energized.   Carla is a truly gifted healer.

–   Ruth P. Celebrant, Wellington, NZ



Carla is the most effective and highly skilled therapist I have ever been to. Overtime joint problems I have had for years have completely disappeared as a result of her treatments.

– Janice C. Wellington, NZ


Thank you Carla for the best massage I have ever had. I look forward to seeing you again when I visit next.

–  Prue. School Teacher, Melbourne, Australia


What I gain from your sessions the most is your ability to read with insight and intuition. I feel like you take the messages which you receive and hold them gently in offering to me, so that I can receive them. This gentle and loving process is laced with your humor and understanding and always leaves me feeling cared for and understood.

– TB. Byron Bay, Australia


I would highly recommend Carla’s massage.  She has a great ability to work deeply on a number of levels – physical, emotional and spiritual.

– Nigel. IT, Wellington, NZ


A most perfect and peaceful retreat. Carla is a generous and warm host and her massages amazingly intuitive. Definitely hoping to return.

- Athena K. Sydney, Australia



I was introduced to Carla Ireton through a client of mine who teaches yoga and is very thorough with who she would recommend.  On my client’s recommendation i was fortunate enough to be able to book in with Carla. My treatment with Carla was one of deep relaxation and I immediately felt a presence of calm, and a feeling that Carla was very knowing in her work.   Her intuitive connection to me was remarkable.  What she told me in my treatment has stayed with me and I often think and dwell on this.

–  Margaret H, Wellington NZ


Carla’s massages are a very holistic experience not only nurturing the body but the mind and soul also. Every time I have a massage with Carla I learn something new about myself and feel a positive and revitalising energy release in my whole being. I recommend massages from Carla for physical release and an uplifting of your mind and soul.

– Naomi W. Wellington, NZ


Carla has a gift. She gives a strong, sensitive & healing massage with unique intuition.

– Luke, Broken Head, Australia


Carla reconnects me with my body and soul like no other.  It’s my good fortune to have met her.

 Rob C. Ocean Shores, Australia



Most intuitive massage!

 Mariyke. Melbourne, Australia


After years of having massages with you I still feel the same amazing results every time

 Bec. Business Owner, Byron Bay


It was like we were meant to meet. Carla is very professional and gave me one of the best massages I have ever had. We had a good chat too! I would highly recommend her.

- Narelle Brisbane, QLD


A beautiful massage that worked on so many different levels

 Hillary B. Melbourne, Australia


Carla needed to deal with a number of my aches and pains and did so brilliantly. A most intuitive therapist

 Eric M, Adelaide


A fantastic weekend course, I thoroughly enjoyed learning, it was practical and wonderful and I walked away feeling lighter and brighter.

 Sharee W. Ballina, Australia


Carla has opened doors for me and shown me a path and life journey, which previously I could have only imagined.

Megan. New Zealand