Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Bay of Fires -Tasmania

Remember, Restore, Renew


Retreat | 16 - 19 May, 2019

One spot left


Today we are all intimately acquainted with a constant demanding environment and pressures to rapidly respond. Often we find ourselves feeling less equipped to handle the onslaught than we would like. It is difficult to slow down and take a bigger picture view when conditions push against us like a gale-forced wind.

Remember, Restore, Renew is a four-day mindfulness retreat designed to offer you some valuable time to reflect and come to find new ways of knowing and being. You will be afforded the opportunity to explore the power of mindfulness – a meditation practice of moment-to-moment awareness, without our habitual ways of reacting and judging situations. Mindfulness helps you cultivate a sense of connectedness, better emotional regulation, flexibility in our responses and insight.

Set on a hilltop, 40 metres above the pounding of the sea and surrounded by National Park, the Bay of Fires Lodge has been purposely chosen to give you the bigger picture view. It is the only building on 20 km of outstanding coastal wilderness. Drinking in this pristine natural environment is an invitation in itself to help you uncover once again what is most important to you.


Program - Nature or Nurture?

Why not both? This four-day intensive retreat creates a learning environment for the reflective practices of mindfulness meditation. You will experience a variety of meditation methods designed to help you get in touch with yourself and what is most meaningful to you. The seamless design of the Bay of Fires Lodge puts you lightly into the landscape where you can bask in its magnificent beauty and be renewed by the wonders of nature.  

The retreat includes periods of guided mindfulness instruction, periods of exploration with the natural environment and periods of collective inquiry and dialogue; all aimed at cultivating deep, penetrative awareness and insight and the creativity that flows from them.



More than 35 years of research in the field of mindfulness has found evidence for:

  • Greater capacity to deal with stress
  • Increased sense of well-being and balance
  • Decrease in both physical and psychological symptoms
  • Increased energy and productivity, feeling more engaged with life
  • Increased levels of attention and concentration
  • More creative problem solving and greater focus
  • Increased sense of connection, meaning and purpose
Who is it for

This retreat is suitable for beginners or those who have some experience of mindfulness meditation.


Arrive at Ansons Bay by 1.30 pm, Thursday 16th May.mindful walking
Retreat concludes at 1.00 pm, Sunday 19th May.
On Sunday please do not book flight out of Launceston before 5 pm.


Please Note:

Registration Details

One spot left!
Either a single room, of if you are female and happy to share there is one bed available in a twin share room.


Room Type Price            
Single Room   $1980 Single Room - Bay of Fires Mindfulness Retreat  
Twin Share Room        $1760         

Twin Share Room - Bay of Fires Mindfulness Retreat



Retreat Facilitators

Mary McIntyre

Mary McIntyre

Mary McIntyre B.A .(Bus), Dip. Couns, Cert Sandplay Therapy & Symbol Work, Cert IV Architecture, MACA II
Mary has practised meditation since 1988, primarily in the Insight tradition and later in other lineages. She came to appreciate the clinical application of mindfulness meditation for anxiety, pain and stress so subsequently completed MBSR professional training and is a certified teacher with MTI, Mindfulness Training Institute.- Australia New Zealand . Mary is passionate about how we can achieve optimal health through inner resources and she loved her stint teaching meditation in a hospital pain management program. She works as a counsellor / psychotherapist in Brisbane and supports trainee teachers in honing their craft.



Pamela Lovell

Pamela Lovell

BSc, MSc, MA Counselling

Pamela trained with the Center for Mindfulness and Openground and is a certified MBSR teacher with the Centre of Mindfulness, UMass. She is an Organisational Development Consultant with 20 years of experience working with leaders, managers and staff to effectively handle change and improve communication and behaviours for a better workplace. Pamela’s interest in teaching MBSR came through her work with organisations where work/life balance seemed elusive and many people were finding the stress of everyday life overwhelming. Since 2007 Pamela has taught MBSR privately and in organisation settings. Pamela has 13 years of experience with mindfulness and has studied this work for 20 years.



Day One
Guests arrive in the afternoon at Anson’s Bay where your luggage is taken and the group walks through native bush and beach to arrive at the Lodge. Settling in and having dinner before our evening session begins.
Day Two
Rise early and catch the morning sun off the ocean while you participate in mindful yoga. After breakfast, a morning session of mindfulness practices. After lunch, some mindful beachcombing where native animals and sea birds are often seen. Dinner and evening session
Day Three
Rise early for mindful yoga. After breakfast, a morning session of mindfulness practices before we pack our lunch and head off to Eddystone Point for an extended walk of about 5 hours. Arrive back at the Lodge late afternoon for afternoon tea before a pre-dinner session. Dinner and evening session.
Day Four
Rise early for mindful yoga. After breakfast, a morning session of mindfulness practices and summary of the retreat, followed by lunch. After lunch, guests walk back along the beach and out to Anson’s Bay.
**Please note this is an alcohol free retreat**
bay of fire mindfulness retreat collage

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