Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Sunshine Coast - QLD

Becoming Unstuck


Retreat | 5 - 7 October, 2018

Check-in Friday from 5 pm. Concludes 3:00pm Sunday


"Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is more painful than staying stuck somewhere you don't belong"

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?

Innistaigh main verandah

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 Venue

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 astrid@openground.com.au



There are four different options:

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.    


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Retreat Facilitators

Astrid de Ruiter

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 Greene             

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

"I Loved all of the retreat, I will be recommending it to friends and family!"
"Location beautiful and very conducive to purpose. Content fantastic - very helpful and appropriate."
"Like all your teachings, it has been enlightening and absolutely wonderful! Highly recommend it to everyone and can't wait for the next one."



"Why do you stay in prison

when the door is so

wide open?"

- Rumi






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