Yoga by the Sea
Yoga by the Sea

The Study of Asana is - yoga pic
The Study of Asana is - yoga pic

Warm Up on the Beach
Warm Up on the Beach

Yoga by the Sea
Yoga by the Sea

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Breath, Body & Brain

Yoga & Psychology Retreat

 

Minjerribah | North Stradbroke Island
August 2021

Private waterfront accommodation 

Trauma-sensitive, confidential facilitation

Experienced team of post-graduate qualified practitioners

Evidence-based techniques for lasting mental wellness

August 15 - 16, 2021

Beginners Retreat

A two-day program for learning evidence-based mental wellness in a space dedicated to beginners, or those practicing  'beginner's mind'.

Use code EB for Early Bird Discount.

August 17 - 19, 2021

Level Up - Level 2 Retreat

A two-day immersion in Non-Violent Communication and compassionate embracing. Learn practices true to contemplative tradition facilitated by contemporary science. 

Use code EB for Early Bird Discount.

August 15 - 19, 2021

4-Day Compassion Retreat

A four-day retreat for somatic integration. Extended practice in Vipassana meditation (in the tradition of SN Goenka) and Non-Violent Communication (Marshall Rosenberg.)

Use code EB for Early Bird Discount.

 

Not sure which retreat suits you? Contact Alexis (click here to email).

BECAUSE YOUR MIND MATTERS

Our retreats are run by qualified health practitioners.

We value your privacy and create a safe, welcoming space for our retreats which we have successfully run for a number of years.

We understand the many hats we wear every day, and we know that there is a direct link between our physical and mental well-being.

 

Our retreats are designed to help you explore the tools and techniques you can practically apply to your every-day to achieve mind-body balance.

EARLY BIRD BOOKINGS OPEN

Early bird offer ends 30 June (use promo code EB)

Please note, to ensure you gain the most from our practitioners we run our retreats in small groups and there are limited spaces available.

 
 
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RESERVE YOUR PLACE

We have limited spaces for this unique experience.

Book to today!

Beginners Retreat Participant

"The content was informative, well integrated and relevant.

 The facilitation was fantastic.

The focus on going inward and being present lent itself really well to the psychology content.  

The environment was refreshing and calm... I loved having such a large space to share. The practical aspects really lit me up.

 

I feel I got exactly what I needed".

From our most Recent Retreat

"The facilitators worked so well as a team...

I felt at ease immediately.

There was plenty of time for reflection, consolidation and integration.

I felt very spoilt / well cared-for in such a beautiful venue.

I loved coming together for meals...the fireside chat... and the deep relaxation under the tree.  

Thank you all for an amazing weekend...Life changing"

Recent Participant

"The facilitation exceeded my expectations...such a nice mix of skills from the practitioners. 

The personal touches helped to feel supported, as did being guided through to the very end.

I most enjoyed the breathing exercises and the hands-on touch with the yoga.

I was impressed with the meals....the beautiful setting...

 

It certainly met my intention. I've learned new skills and developed a deeper understanding"

Reviews

Meet Your Instructors

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Rachel Hannam

Rachel runs four busy psychology practices across Brisbane and still makes time for her own clients. Rachel holds a doctorate in Psychology and draws heavily upon acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), positive psychology, schema therapy, emotion-focussed couples therapy (EFCT), The Gottman Method, neuro-psychotherapy, and nonviolent communication (NVC).

 

Rachel will be co-facilitating Non-violent Communication on retreat and in the meantime you can catch her podcast "Help me! I'm a Comedian".  Rachel is also a wicked 80's dancer and we expect to be seeing much more of her stage performance in the future. 

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JEREMY GATES

Jeremy is flat out running "Couples Marathons", a weekend of intensive counselling for couples using Gottman Techniques. His coaching and counselling approach incorporates strategies and interventions from Hypnotherapy and Hypnosis, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Gottman Couples Therapy and Non-Violent Communication (NVC) mediation.

 

Jeremy will be co-facilitating Non-violent Communication on retreat.  Jeremy is also a brilliant stand-up comedian.

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EMMA STARK

Queensland Health

A practicing paediatric and adult speech pathologist, Emma trained in Body Balance to share her love of movement to music.  A wealth of personal experience in complementary and alternative therapies, Emma shares a passion for vibrant food, served with rich and nourishing company.

 

Emma will be teaching body balance vinyasa and keeping an inspired flow in the kitchen. Emma is also a stunning pianist and devoted parent. 

ALEXIS DENNEHY

One Natural Therapies

A naturopath specialising in yoga therapy, Alexis will be overseeing facilitation of retreat. Grounded in yogic fundamentals, she brings yoga philosophy and alignment to her workshops and welcomes dynamic input from participants.  

 

She is passionate about using yoga to relieve tension, congestion and inflammation, enabling the body to restore balance and the natural glow of wellbeing.  Alexis is also renowned for having food stuck in her teeth (this photo is a moment of rarity).

Retreat Schedule

'Breath & Brain'

Sunday Afternoon -

Evening

Intro to Retreat 

Overview and introduction to retreat content

Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Calm-abiding meditation, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras + Restorative postures

Psychology Workshop

Self-regulation, Top-down, bottom-up processing, Poly-vagal theory

Integration Time

Plant-based Dinner

Cleansing ceremony & quiet contemplation

Optional journal exercises 

'Breath & Body'

Monday 

Morning

Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Calm-abiding, Pranayama + Restorative postures

Plant-based Breakfast

Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Structural alignment (Iyengar Yoga) + Surya Namaskar

Psychology Workshop

Locating feelings & the Beauty of the needs

Plant-based Lunch

'Body & Brain'

Monday 

Afternoon -

Evening

Yoga Workshop

Yoga Therapy (protocols for specific conditions including headache, sciatica, menstrual pain, digestive complaints, insomnia and anxiety)

Yoga & Psychology Workshop

Compassionate Embracing + Yoga Nidra 

Afternoon Tea

Integration 

Free Time

 

Sunset Yoga Flow

Loosen and release of the day

 

Plant-based dinner

Campfire on the water's edge

Group reflection & your favourite tunes

Optional Journal exercises

'Breath, Body & Brain'

Tuesday 

Morning

 

Yoga & Meditation Workshop Review

Pranayama + Vinyasa

Plant-based breakfast

Pack cars for 8am ferry home.

Retreat FAQ's

Do you have to be good at yoga to come on retreat?

 

One of the first things you'll learn on retreat is that yoga is so much more than exercise on a mat. In fact, just by showing up you'll have fulfilled a large portion of yogic recommendations.  Our primary focus on retreat is calm-abiding meditation.  Our secondary focus mindful communication.  Movement is merely a way to understand ourselves and to facilitate a more present experience.  So no, you do not need to be good at yoga to come on retreat. You need only the willingness to extend and be extended.

I have special dietary needs. Will that be tricky with catering?

We love creating whole food, plant-based nutrition so retreat, by nature, is clean eating.  

Meals are prepared free from gluten, refined sugar, animal products including dairy.

We offer herbal and black tea, but no alcohol or coffee. 

Each cabin has its own kitchenette, so you are welcome to bring extras (including your own coffee). There is also a cafe within 50 metres of the property for an espresso fix during free time.

Are there any rules on retreat?

Yes. We ask that you keep five precepts for the weekend:

1. No alcohol, cigarettes or recreational drugs.

2. No lying.

3. No stealing.

4. No sexual misconduct (ie sex or the intention for sexual relations outside of partnership)

5. No killing (including vegetarian eating for the weekend) 

These precepts are maintained by monastic tradition and designed to facilitate focus during retreat.

What does our accommodation look like? Will I be sharing with someone from the group?

Each self contained cabin contains a queen bed, single and pull-out trundle bed

so its ideal to either come solo if you're actively seeking like-minded crew or to come with someone you already know.

Each cabin has its own newly renovated ensuite and kitchenette, table/desk space and outdoor courtyard.

The property itself is absolute waterfront with a much-loved grassy area and jetty, large shady fig tree, commercial-kitchen and marquee-style long table with weather protection. 

Meditation workshops take place in a weather-proof timber-floored building. Yoga & Psychology workshops take place in the spacious local community hall. Yoga vinyasa happens on the grassy waterfront early morning and sunset. 

I'm working to rehabilitate an injury. Will it be safe to practice yoga?

Yes. Injury will keep you mindful and focused on your goals. Yoga is the practice of ongoing rehabilitation and every human body is in a state of dynamic rehabilitation. You are safe to practice chronic or acute injury using sensitivity, and adaptations where necessary. 

I'm not keen on too much sun.  Will we be outdoors a lot?

The Yoga and Psychology Retreat is a sun-safe event. All workshops and meals take place under full cover.  Outdoor events (sun salutations and restorative practice take place during the early morning and sunset).

Remember, places are strictly limited to a 'first come, first served' basis. As  accommodation is strictly limited, we cannot take any further bookings once the quota is reached. 

Book now to reserve your place on The Yoga & Psychology Retreat. 

Retreat Location

Amity Point, North Stradbroke Island