Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Sunshine Coast - QLD
Retreat | 5 - 7 October, 2018
Check-in Friday from 5 pm. Concludes 3:00pm Sunday
We all have the experience sometimes of feeling stuck in our lives - whether it is feeling emotionally trapped, bombarded by negative mind states,
feeling powerless over unhelpful habits, or unable to bring to fruition something we long for. And the harder we keep trying to free ourselves
the more stuck we feel - in just the same way that spinning the wheels when our car becomes bogged sinks us deeper into the mud.
The Becoming Unstuck Retreat offers an opportunity to change your relationship with your physical, emotional, spiritual and mental distress. You will learn how to navigate difficult emotions and reduce the impact of negative thought patterns. You will discover for yourself the paradoxical truth that what we resist persists, and what we embrace dissolves - and experience the freedom that comes from that discovery. This weekend is also designed to help you look at yourself with kinder eyes that recognise your own good qualities. As one participant commented, "I feel myself again!".
What to expect at the retreat?
In Becoming Unstuck we use a combination of mindfulness meditation practices and Western mind science to teach you how to step out of unhelpful
patterns and develop new habits and perspectives that nourish. The retreat will be partly in silence, and will include guided meditation practices,
class exercises, group discussions, gentle yoga, and some periods of free time to go for a walk, journal or just rest. The advantage of a weekend
retreat is the opportunity to go deeper into meditation and self-exploration processes. This deeper work often leads to significant shifts.
The retreat is held at the idyllic Innistaigh Mountain Retreat (just 10 minutes from Maleny at Mount Mellum, Sunshine Coast Hinterland), tucked away on a peaceful 100 acres with lovely views. Accommodation is a combination of non-residential (you go home at night) and residential, at Innistaigh Mountain Retreat. All meals are included, for all retreat attendees, and is delicious vegetarian food catered by Innistaigh.
Start and Finish Times
The retreat starts on Friday 5th October from 5 pm (dinner is at 6 pm, program starts at 7 pm). All participants are welcome to arrive earlier, from 2 pm onwards, if you would like to explore this very scenic area e.g. take a walk at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, visit Maleny or Montville for some interesting shopping, or just rest on the wonderful verandas and soak in the peace and tranquillity. The retreat finishes at 3 pm on Sunday 7th October.
The retreat is guided by Astrid de Ruiter and Kerry Greene.
For any questions about this weekend, please contact Astrid on 0401 624 757 or firstname.lastname@example.org
There are four different options:
- Non-residential (you go home at night or organize your own accommodation off-site): $350
- Twin shared room (you share a room with one other person): $480
- Double room (room with a double bed, this is for couples): $480 (per person)
- Private room: $520
You can register below with just a deposit of $100 to reserve your spot. We will send you an invoice later for the remainder of the fee. After you have submitted the registration form, you will receive an automated confirmation email with a Questionnaire attached to it. PLEASE INDICATE YOUR PREFERRED ACCOMMODATION OPTION ON THIS FORM. There are also some other questions on this form to help us work out how to best support you during the weekend.
Astrid de Ruiter
Astrid is a counsellor/ psychotherapist and certified mindfulness teacher. She has been teaching mindfulness to groups and individuals since 2006, and continues to take great delight in seeing people get the benefits of practicing mindfulness in their daily life. Astrid brings a gentle yet lively and engaging presence to her teaching of mindfulness, and is gifted in her capacity to balance theory and practice, and to make the learning journey an inspiring and productive one
Kerry has been practicing meditation, primarily in Buddhist traditions, for 16 years. She has a Bachelor of Psychology and a Masters of Social Work (almost complete). Kerry is also a teacher of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (trained by the Mindfulness Training Institute).
Some feedback from past participants
"Like all your teachings, it has been enlightening and absolutely wonderful! Highly recommend it to everyone and can't wait for the next one."
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