Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Mount Mellum - QLD

Becoming Unstuck


Retreat | 9 - 11 February, 2018

Check-in Friday from 2pm. Concludes 3:00pm Sunday


We all have the experience sometimes of feeling stuck in our lives – whether it is feeling emotionally trapped, bombarded by negative mind states, feeling powerless over unhelpful habits, or unable to bring to fruition something we long for. And the harder we keep trying to free ourselves the more stuck we feel - in just the same way that spinning the wheels when our car becomes bogged sinks us deeper into the mud. Or when we become stuck in quicksand, the more we struggle the deeper we sink. 

What do we need to do when we find ourselves in quicksand? We need to stop struggling, spread our arms and legs wide and float. In the Becoming Unstuck Retreat you will learn to change your relationship with your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental distress. You will discover for yourself the paradoxical truth that what we resist persists, and what we embrace dissolves, and experience the freedom that comes from that discovery.

What to expect at the retreat?

Innistaigh main verandah

In Becoming Unstuck we use a combination of mindfulness meditation practices and Western mind science to teach you how to step out of unhelpful patterns and develop new habits and perspectives that nourish. The retreat will be partly in silence, and will include guided meditation practices, class exercises, group discussions, gentle yoga, and some periods of free time to go for a walk, have a massage (needs to be booked beforehand), journal or to just rest.

The retreat is held at the idyllic Innistaigh Mountain Retreat (just 10 minutes from Maleny at Mount Mellum, Sunshine Coast Hinterland), tucked away on a peaceful 100 acres with lovely views.

Accommodation will be a combination of non-residential and residential, at either Innistaigh or Tranquil Park (5 minutes away towards Maleny). All meals are delicious vegetarian provided by Innistaigh. 

The retreat starts on Friday 9th February from 6 pm, but participants are welcome to arrive from 2 pm onwards and then take some time to go for a walk (e.g. at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve), drive around this very scenic area, visit Maleny or Montville for some interesting shopping, or to just rest on the wonderful verandas and soak in the peace and tranquillity. The retreat finishes at 3 pm on Sunday 11th Feb.

The retreat is guided by Astrid de Ruiter and Kerry Greene.

For any questions about this weekend, please contact Astrid on 0401 624 757 or astrid@openground.com.au



There are four different options:
You can register below with just a deposit of $100 to reserve your spot. We will send you an invoice later for the remainder of the fee. After you have submitted the registration form, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a Questionnaire attached to it. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR PREFERRED ACCOMMODATION OPTION ON THIS FORM. There are also some other questions on this form to help us work out how to best support you during the weekend.    


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Retreat Facilitators

Astrid de Ruiter

Astrid de Ruiter

Astrid is a counsellor/ psychotherapist and certified mindfulness teacher. She has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals since 2006, and continues to take great delight in seeing people get the benefits of practicing mindfulness in their daily life. Astrid brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness, and is gifted in her capacity to balance theory and practice, and to make the learning journey an inspiring and productive one



Kerry Greene             

Kerry has been practicing meditation, primarily in Buddhist traditions, for 16 years. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Social Work (almost complete). Kerry is also a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (trained by the Mindfulness Training Institute).







What People Are Saying

I gained a lot from this course! I would definitely recommend it to friends and already have. I hadn’t been feeling ‘myself’ at the start of the course, and hadn’t been for almost a year. I had long term RSI which has gotten better in the 8 weeks – not 100% yet, but better than 6-8 months of physio beforehand! I feel myself again, and friends and work colleagues have noticed I seem happier, less stressed and I feel able to cope with stresses easier.

Tracey, 2017

Inner strength, confidence through knowing myself better, a more positive view of my future knowing that all I need is to turn into my pain and remember it will pass

Anna, 2016

It has definitely changed relationships in my life. Also it has helped me deal with confrontation a lot better. It has helped me become a lot more task focussed and given me the skill to see where my mind often wanders and why it goes to certain places. Loved the course and would recommend it to everyone.

Lacee, 2015

The course has made me feel a lot calmer in a busy life. It has reminded me to stop and smell the roses. It has taught me that awareness – is just that – not complicated! That meditation is not about stopping all thoughts but acknowledging them and letting them pass and then focussing back on the here and now.

Lisa 2016

It is hard to verbalise the surprisingly profound impact this experience (so much more than a course) has had on me. It has been so complete—spiritually, emotionally, professionally and intellectually.

Patrick 2016