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Yoga by the Sea
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Breath, Body & Brain

Yoga & Psychology Retreat

August 2021


Amity Point
- Minjerribah - 
North Stradbroke Island

August 15 - 17, 2021

2-day Compassion Training Retreat

Beginner-Intermediate Level

From mindfulness to somatic experiencing, compassionate embracing and non-violent communication, this 2-day retreat will walk you through the complete 4-step process of Compassion Training.


Private waterfront accommodation. Confidential and sensitive facilitation.

On-site team of Post-grad-qualified practitioners (10+yr clinical exp, 15+yr buddhist contemplative practice).


Compassion training has been shown to reduce amygdala reactivity & increase prosocial behaviour, reducing stress, anxiety and loneliness.

Our last retreat sold out within weeks. 

Book now to avoid disappointment.


Our retreats are run by an onsite team of qualified health practitioners who share complementary practices on our common values and vision.

We value your privacy and create a safe, respectful inclusive space, in which all participants are held in the highest positive regard.

We maintain the tradition of our contemplative teachers (Mr SN Goenka and Mr Marshall Rosenberg) including critical thinking.

The frameworks we teach are grounded in psycho-social-neuroscience. 

We have a strong connection with Stradbroke Island and its original inhabitants, where  participants have enjoyed the vitality and vibrancy now for over 7 years.


Early bird offer ends 9pm Sunday July 11th (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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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"

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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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. 



One Natural Therapies

Alexis has recently moved her practice from Brisbane's CBD to the commercial-precinct of Graceville.  

Having been contracted by legal and finance organisations for over 15 years, she translated her skills in corporate wellness to women's empowerment and saw hundreds of babies born to mothers using their innate strength and competence.  She has seen how yoga therapy helps us stand in our true power, under the immense pressure experienced both in the board room and the birth suite.  


Alexis has applied meditation techniques consistently since adolescence, Iyengar's yogic alignment since her early 20's and the Sanskrit yoga teachings for over a decade.  Her strength lies in the anatomical translation of yoga & meditation therapeutics to specific conditions, including congestion, inflammation, neural-related digestive and immune conditions, as well as weight-management, adolescence, menopause, ageing and the peri-natal period.

Alexis has run biannual retreats at Stradbroke Island for over 8 years. 

Retreat Schedule

'Breath & Brain'

Sunday Afternoon -


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'



Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Calm-abiding, Pranayama + Restorative postures

Plant-based Breakfast

Yoga & Meditation Workshop

Structural alignment (Iyengar Yoga) + application to Vinyasa (Flow/Sequence)

Psychology Workshop

Locating feelings & the Beauty of the needs

Plant-based Lunch

'Body & Brain'


Afternoon -


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


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'




Yoga & Meditation Workshop Review

Pranayama + Vinyasa

Plant-based breakfast

Pack cars for 11am ferry home.

Retreat FAQ's

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


Our approach to yoga is mindful movement. Having worked with all abilities, all ages and all levels of fitness we aim to share a practice accessible to all walks of life. You will walk away with an expanded view of "yoga" ie not 'what' we do but 'why' and 'how'.

What happens if we go into lockdown when retreat is scheduled?

In the case of government restrictions which prevent travel or affect the number of participants who can attend, our retreats are 100% fully refundable. The full cost of your ticket will be returned prior to retreat commencement date.  Please see our COVID Procedures page for more information. 

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, newly renovated ensuite and kitchenette, table/desk space and outdoor courtyard. Photos in the slide gallery above are all taken on location. 

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. Movement is facilitated on the grassy waterfront early morning and sunset. 

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

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 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