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 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