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Mindfulness Weekend Retreat - Hepburn Springs - Vic

Rest & restore

2 days

Weekend Retreat | 28 - 30 August 2020 | $ Various
With Maggie O'Shea and Nik Welsh

Our big, busy lives can easily leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed or “wired, yet tired.”
This unique retreat offers permission to really stop, rest and re-connect with what really
matters in mind, body and heart. Although formal proceedings don’t begin until the Arrival
Dinner at 6pm, participants are strongly encouraged to make this a 3-day Retreat and
arrive in time to enjoy lunch at a local cafe in Daylesford or Hepburn before checking in
around 2:30pm and enjoying a bush walk, a group excursion down the hill to the
Bath-house, or staying on-site for a massage or the unique Turkish Steam Hammam
experience. Pampering the body first is the perfect way to help the nervous system relax so
that we can get the most from a restorative weekend of meditation and silence.

In addition to the guided yoga and meditation sessions, there will be long hikes along the
beautiful Goldfields Walking Trail, delicious vegetarian meals (including yummy desserts,
cakes and good quality teas and coffee), and unstructured times to relax in front of one of
the log fires in the beautifully refurbished 1920s Continental Guesthouse

Nik and Maggie both teach from a trauma-sensitive mindfulness orientation so this secular
retreat will feature choice and flexibility.

The fee includes all meals, teaching and accommodation. Massages or steam treatments on
site can be arranged for an additional fee. The retreat will finish by 3pm on the Sunday.



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   (6 available)
Please email [email protected] to go on a wait list.
Early-bird - $799 - Early-bird until 1 June 2020
Full price - $849 

Twin Share Room  
Early-bird - $649 until 1 June 2020
Full price - $699



Date and Time

Friday (6pm) August 28th to Sunday (3pm) August 30th, 2020                       
The retreat will commence officially with our arrival dinner at 6pm Friday, and conclude around 3pm Sunday. You can also check in earlier from around 2 or 3 and join a group for a Turkish steam experience or take the short walk down to the Hepburn bathhouse. Be in touch if you are interested.


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:

7:30-8:30am Yoga
8:30-9:30am Breakfast
9:30-11am Guided Meditatation
11:30-1pm Guided Bushwalk
1 – 2:30pm Lunch
2:30-3:30 Guided Relaxation, Compassion or YogaNidra practice
3:30 – 5pm Meditation &/or Optional Enquiry Circle
5-6:30pm Free Time
6:30-7:30 Dinner
7:30 – 9pm Talk (by Maggie or Nik) followed by Meditation

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.


What is a secular retreat?


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Secular means "of our age". 

We offer retreats that are open to people of any and no faith. Our retreats are informed by both ancient knowledge and contemporary understandings about human flourishing, including scientific findings about health and well-being. 

While mindfulness is a natural human capacity, we draw explicitly on the very practical teachings of the Buddha, which describe experiences that are shared by all humans. We bring understandings from Buddhist psychology to inquire into the nature of suffering and how to incline the mind towards  freedom. We bring an interest in the the fields of neuroscience and psychology which continue to expand our understandings of how to live a fulfilling life with less struggle, and to make links to practical teachings that have existed for thousands of years.

Our retreats makes the practical learning from Buddhism, as well as modern science, available in an ordinary, secular and accessible way that is applicable in your everyday life.