Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Hepburn Springs -VIC

Rest and Restore


Weekend Retreat | 7 - 9 September 2018


So I gently urge you Vasco, do as we do in Curly Flat - learn to curl up and rest - feel your noble tiredness - learn about it and make a generous place for it in your life and enjoyment will surely follow. I repeat: it's worth doing nothing and having a rest.

(excerpt from a letter by Mr Culy to lone voyager Vasco Pyjama in The Curly Pyjama Letters by Michael Leunig, Viking Penguin 2001)


We reckon Mr Curly is right! So often we have to override our tiredness and “push on,” feeding into what Michael Leunig suggests are pervasive states of anxiety and restlessness. Retreats are a unique opportunity to give ourselves permission to stop, rest and restore the mind, body and heart. Join Nik and Maggie again for a beautiful weekend of nature, meditation, movement, delicious food, connection, steam treatments, massage and rest. 


What's included with the Retreat

The retreat will once again take place in the beautifully refurbished 1920s Continental Guesthouse, perched high in the bushland of Hepburn Springs, and just across the road from the Goldfields Walking Trail.

The retreat will mostly be silent, but with some times for connecting & sharing with other participants, including the Friday night meal on arrival.

Guidance will be provided by Nik & Maggie as we practice mindfulness in movement, yoga and stillness.

All food – delicious & nutritious vegetarian meals – will be prepared by a local caterer specialising in slow food. There will also be time to visit the Springs, walk in the bush, enjoy a massage, or simply rest.

The retreat will officially commence around 6pm with dinner on the Friday, but participants are invited to make the most of the opportunity to check in anytime from 2pm & enjoy a trip down to the Hepburn Bathhouse, a bushwalk or book into a massage at the Guesthouse. We will finish by 3pm Sunday.

Registration Details

Single Room  
Price - $799 

Twin Share Room  
Price - $649

Non Residential  
Price - $499


Friday September 7th to Sunday September 9th, 2018            


The retreat will commence officially with our arrival dinner at 6pm Friday, and conclude around 3pm Sunday, with the possibility of checking in from around 2 or 3pm and joining a group for a Turkish steam experience or taking the short walk down to the Hepburn bathhouse (details will be confirmed closer to the time).


Continental House, Hepburn Springs


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