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Breath, Body & Brain

The Yoga & Psychology Retreat

November 18th-22nd


North Stradbroke Island
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A two-day guided experience

for resources in mental and physical wellness.

  • Absolute waterfront location

  • Naturopathically-designed nutrition plan

  • Onsite team of trauma=informed practitioners

  • Small inclusive group for safety and privacy

Your facilitators, Dr Rachel Hannam and Alexis Dennehy, are both post-graduate qualified and

bring over 10-years clinical practice. 

The experience is built on many years of attending retreats with our own teachers, and extensive experience facilitating in one-on-one, corporate and group settings.

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


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.

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

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 is Clinical Director and Principal Psychologist at North Brisbane Psychologists. She 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).


Inspired by many years of Retreats with her teacher, Robert Gonzales (a student of Dr Marshall Rosenberg), Rachel will be sharing a unique psychological framework and facilitating Non-violent Communication. 



One Natural Therapies

Alexis is Director and Principal Practitioner of One Natural Therapies.  She holds a Masters of Public Health from The University of Queensland and draws strongly from Embodied Psychotherapy, Naturopathy, Yoga Therapeutics, Western Herbal Medicine and Trigger Point Therapy .   

Inspired by several years experiece of Vipassana Meditation 10-day silent retreats, Alexis has run retreats to Minjeribah | North Stradbroke Island for over 8 years.  With a strong spiritual connection to the island, Alexis continues to seek guidance from the local Indigenous Elders in maintaining cultural- and historical-sensitivity.

Alexis will be facilitating practices from Vipassana Meditation and Yoga-based perspective. 

Retreat Schedule

Day 1



1pm Intro to Retreat Principles & Practices 

Frameworks and their origins:

Contemplative practice in the tradition of SN Goenka. 

Non-Violent Communication in the tradition of Marshall Rosenberg

(Observations, Feelings, Needs and Requests)


2pm Anchoring: Understanding and Applying Centering Practices

Breath as our reference point of stability (Figure of 8-breathing, breathing in a square and breath counting)

Sensation for grounding in the present (Locate and sustain in stillness. Stimulate and sustain with movement)

Stability and presence: The key to Observation.

3pm Self-Regulation: What is it and how do we do it?

Sensation as direct experience - Building sensory literacy 

Inner vs Outer. Cultivating an inside-out perspective.

'Faux Observations' vs evaluation, judgement, analysis or interpretation.

4pm Integration Time

5:30pm Yoga Flow on the waterfront

Simple sequences, accessible to abilities, enjoyed with music.

6pm Four-Corners Hearty Lentil Soup with Crusty Sourdough

Comforting and nutritious plant-based nourishment.

7pm Journalling

Guided written exercises - Practicing NVC between your Inner Child & Inner Parent

8pm Quiet contemplation

Reading & Reflection in your own room or shared spaces

Day 2 Morning


5am Walking Beach Meditation 

Staying anchored in the breath amidst a changing backdrop. 

7am Bircher or Toasted muesli with Yoghurt (Coconut / Natural) + Fresh Fruit

Metabolic-stimulant for a healthy bowel and clear thinking.

8am Locating and Naming Feelings

Translating Sensory Literacy to Emotional Literacy

Sensation as indicators of our Feelings

Being mindful of 'Faux feelings' and 'Victim Verbs'

9am Building Tolerance

Cultivating an approaching mind-set

'Compassionate Embracing'

Edging / Flow State 

10:30 Integration Time

12noon Stradbroke Island Poke Bowl

Local ingredients including fermented foods for good gut flora

Day 2 Afternoon 



1pm Needs, Values and Longings

Dyad (partnered) exercises for using feelings as indicators.

Experiencing the difference: Needs met vs unmet.

Differentiating our personal needs, values and longings.

2pm Requests of Self in Action

Fulfilling our needs with actions. 

Compassionate requests of self. "Shoulding" vs "Choosing".

Experiencing the difference: Requests vs demands.

Being mindful of blame and strategies. 

What you "do want", rather than "what you don't"

Cultivating trust in meeting our own needs.


3pm Raspberry Dream Cake & Afternoon Tea

4pm Integration Time - Requests of Self in the Flesh

5:30pm Yoga Flow on the waterfront

Simple sequences, accessible to abilities, enjoyed with music.

6pm Mexican Fiesta with Lime & Coconut Mocktails

Vibrant celebration of our retreat community and your growth

7pm Journalling

Guided written exercises - Reflections on Retreat

8pm Campfire on the water's edge

Optional sharing of reflections

Day 3 Morning



5am Walking Beach Meditation 

Staying anchored in the breath amidst a changing backdrop

7am Tempeh Gado-Gado with Cashew butter and finely vegetables

Fullsome breakfast for our travels home


8am Review of your Retreat Experience

Q & A Discussion

Feedback Forms

9am Integration Time

9:30am Pack cars for check out at 10am.

Retreat FAQ's

I'm a total beginner.  I've never done yoga. Can I still 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. 

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