Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Hepburn Springs -VIC

Cultivating Joy


Weekend Retreat | 18 - 20 August 2017

Checkin from 2:00pm Friday. Concludes 3:00pm Sunday

If you joined Nik & Maggie on any of the last retreats in Hepburn Springs, you might remember that many of us left on the Sunday with a beautiful sense of peace, gratitude and joy. We felt inspired for this retreat to bring Joy to centre-stage. It might surprise you to learn that these days emotional intelligence researchers like Brene Brown are telling us that Joy is one of the hardest emotions to actually feel, because our tricky survival-oriented brains don’t quite trust it. The unspoken assumption is that if we lean into joy, perhaps we won’t be able to cope if the source of the joy disappears! 

The retreat will include lots of silent mindfulness meditation & yoga practice, non-structured time for relaxing in front of the log fires, and long walks in the beautiful bush surrounds. You will also have the opportunity to connect with others and make this a 3-day retreat, by checking in early and enjoying a massage, walk, or the amazing Turkish Steam Hamman experience in a small group.

The retreat will take place in the beautifully refurbished 1020s 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 & enjoy a bush walk, a massage on site, or the Turkish Steam Hamman experience. We will finish by 3pm Sunday. 

Please note that this retreat is suitable for people who have some experience of mindfulness meditation already - for example - for those who have completed the MBSR course of equivalent. It is not an introduction to mindfulness.

Registration Details

Single Room  
Full Price - $799 

Twin Share Room  
Full Price - $649

Non Residential  
Full Price - $499


Friday August 18th to Sunday August 20th, 2017            


Check in from 2pm onwards, on Friday August 18th. Retreat will finish at 3pm Sunday August 20th. 


Continental House, Hepburn Springs


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