Retreat, Rest & Renew

Experience the heart of Yoga & Mindfulness

A Residential Retreat with Lisa Pollard

1.5 hours by car from Newcastle & Sydney, this accessible retreat centre offers comfort and tranquility. 

Single rooms come with an ensuite. There are extensive gardens and lawns to the edge of Brisbane Waters & swimming pool. Yoga & Meditation props provided.

Mindfulness based practices in the spirit of self-care


Your Teacher

Lisa Pollard mindfulness & yoga newcastleLisa Pollard

Lisa is a Yoga and Meditation Teacher with more than 27 years of self practice and teaching experience, in educational, corporate, medical and organisational settings. She has been facilitating 8-week Mindfulness-based interventions since 2007, including MBSR, MB-Stillness Meditation and MB-Restorative Yoga.

Lisa feels Yoga is an embodied organic practice that explores the interconnectedness of movement and stillness, in the spirit of self-care. Her openhearted approach to teaching creates a warm inviting space to discover the joys of these mind-body practices.

Lisa is particularly interested in the effects of restorative yoga and its application in supporting wellness and reducing stress and anxiety. She teaches weekly yoga and meditation classes, retreats and also has a private practice working therapeutically with adults and couples. This work includes 8-week interventions, individual self-practice, yoga mentoring and consulting. Lisa has trained in the applications of mindfulness in clinical settings, including MiCBT and Advanced Training in ACT.
Lisa is also a visual artist, who has been exhibiting her paintings since 2000, she loves photograpghy, travel and surfing. Lisa has two young children and enjoys living in the community of Newcastle.


$745 includes all vegetarian meals, accommodation, Yoga & Mindfulness. Massage available by appointment. 


Fri 3pm, May 19th – Mon 2pm – May 22nd, 2017


St. Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre, 8 Humphreys Road, Kincumber South


* Required lisapollard@mail.comWalking & eating meditation * Sequencing

Postural alignment & breath awareness
Non-striving, patience, kindness & generosity



What People Are Saying

I have learnt a lot about myself through the MBSR course. Coming from a place of feeling very disconnected to myself, I now feel I am engaged and listening to what I need, which then has allowed me to handle what life has to offer in a positive way.

Anonymous, 2018

Since doing your course (Living with Wisdom and Compassion) my major transformation has been in my daily work as a family doctor. Instead of being the best doctor I can so that patients will admire me and appreciate me I am aware that I am regularly “putting myself in my patients shoes.” I want their lives to be better and their suffering to diminish. Whether that is through my doctoring or something not related to me is not relevant.



Ingrid (GP), 2018

Understanding mindfulness has changed my life.



Lee-Anne , 2018

It was great to be able to explore the strength of compassion, both internally and externally, through Living with Wisdom and Compassion. This course builds on what MBSR began. While it had its challenging moments, I came away from it feeling stress-relief thanks to my heart softening yet strengthening. And from the ability to see that even though we are all unique individuals, and we may express ourselves in wildly different ways, we all have the same needs. The better I can get at understanding those needs the more effective I can be in helping myself and others. I highly recommend this course to everyone.

Lisa, 2018

Bravo Ingrid Jolley and Openground! Thank you for your soothing and strengthening MBSR course. I’m feeling grounded, curious and hopeful about the future. I have the tools I need to lead an authentic, fulfilling life. 


Roz , 2018