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Mindfulness Compassion Retreat

Deep Rest - Hepburn Springs - Vic

3 days

Deep Rest Mindfulness Compassion Retreat
Friday 31st May - Sunday 2nd June 2024

Continental House, Hepburn Springs, Vic
With Maggie O'Shea


The Openground Deep Rest Mindfulness & Compassion Retreat is hosted at the lovingly restored 1920s Continental Guesthouse in the beautiful bush setting of Hepburn Springs, an area considered by traditional Dja Dja Wurrung custodians to have special healing properties. Gentle yoga, mindfulness meditation, bushwalking, loving-kindness, Nidra and compassion practices, combined with optional extras such as on-site massage or steam treatment to allow the body to rest fully, and from this rested place open to our ‘already here’ awareness and wisdom. To support this process, we drop into a “warm silence” together at the conclusion of the first evening session, and continue this until our closing circle on Sunday (your teacher, Maggie O’Shea, will still guide the practices throughout).

You are strongly encouraged to take the day off work on Friday to make this a three-day retreat. Enjoy lunch and exploring in Daylesford or Hepburn, before checking in from 3pm. Depending on interest, there may be the opportunity for an on-site Turkish Hammam experience, or if preferred take yourself off for a bush-walk, enjoy a massage, or settle in with a book near one of the log fires. An optional restorative yoga session will be offered around 5:15pm. Continental House is the perfect winter venue with cosy spaces, log fires, and hydronic heating (plus own ensuite) in each bedroom.

This retreat is suitable for any mindfulness practitioner who has completed the eight-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindful Self Compassion trainings or a previous retreat. You do not need any prior yoga experience. If you don’t have any previous meditation experience, please contact Openground to discuss before enrolling.

While we encourage an afternoon check-in, our official starting time on Friday is 6:30pm for a delicious Welcome Dinner, followed by our first practice session. The retreat will conclude by 2pm Sunday. Please ensure you are able to be present for the beginning and end of the retreat.

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Rest and restore

The space, time and good food and company will enable you to dissolve stress and holding and restore your energy for life.


Deepen your mindfulness practice

Sustained, restful practice over the three days will deepen your sense of presence and focus.


Take in the good

Let go of an orientation of 'doing' and 'managing' and embrace moments of ease, support, delight and stillness.

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Single Room  with ensuite 
Price - $890  -  (six rooms available) *FULLY BOOKED
Twin share with ensuite  
Price - $690 per person  (12 beds available)

Fee ncludes: 2 nights/ 3 days accommodation plus all delicious vegetarian meals
Fee d
oes not include: optional Massage or Turkish Steam Room sessions.  

Date and Time

Friday from 3pm, May 31st to Sunday 2pm, June 2nd 2024                 
The retreat will commence officially with our arrival dinner at 6pm on Friday, however you are warmly invited to check in from around 2:30pm and join a group for a Turkish steam experience onsite or an excursion to the Hepburn bathhouse. The retreat will conclude around 3pm Sunday.


Venue and Catering

Continental Guesthouse, Hepburn Springs
9 Lone Pine Ave, Hepburn Springs, Victoria 3461

The retreat will take place in the beautifully refurbished 1920s Continental Guesthouse, perched high in the bushland of Hepburn Springs. All food – delicious & nutritious vegetarian meals – will be prepared by a local caterer specialising in slow food. 




A typical schedule might include:

7:15 - 8:15am: Gentle yoga
8:30: Breakfast
9:30am - 1pm: Practice session
1pm –2:30pm Lunch & Rest 
2:30 - 5pm: Practice session
6:30 – 7:30pm: Dinner
7:30 – 9pm: Session

Practice sessions might include any of the following:
mindfulness and compassion meditation, yoga, bushwalking, guided rest, evening talk

Cancellation policy
  • Cancellations received up to or before 1 month before the event – the fee will be refunded less $110.
  • Cancellations received up to 10 working days before the event – 50% of the fee will be refunded.
  • Cancellations received 10 working days or less before the event – no refund will be made.
  • However, if a substitute person can be found so that Openground is not impacted financially there will be a full refund less 10% admin fee.

Maggie O'Shea

Masters of Couple Counselling, MA, BSW, MAASW

Maggie is a mental health social worker, couple therapist, and mother, and brings to teaching mindfulness a deep sensitivity and warmth. After twenty years of social work in health settings, she moved into private practice, specialising in loss, grief and trauma, before more recently focusing on couples. Health issues nudged her into yoga and her first 10-day meditation retreat in 1994, however combining daily meditation with motherhood proved elusive until discovering MBSR & what she experiences as the more practical and integrated, mind-body approach of Jon Kabat Zinn.

Maggie’s MBSR teacher training includes a 7-day residential with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, a 10-week teacher training Practicum, and the 8-day Teacher Development Intensive with Openground & the Center for Mindfulness, UMass. She has also completed teacher training in Mindful Self Compassion, Positive Neuroplasticity, and Brene Brown’s Rising Strong & Daring Way programs. She lives near the bush in Castlemaine with her partner, 3 teenage daughters & chocolate lab, Charlie.