Yoga & Psychology Retreat Schedule

 

Friday Night - 'Breath & Brain'

7-8pm

Psychology Workshop: 

Introduction to Non-Violent Communication +Dyad exercises 

 

8-9pm

Yoga & Meditation Workshop: 

Restorative asana + Patanjali's Yoga Sutras

From 9pm

Journal exercises

Saturday Morning - 'Breath & Body'

5-6am

Yoga & Meditation Workshop:

Breathe & Flow (pranayama + vinyasa)

6:30am

Plant-based Breakfast 

8-9am 

Yoga & Meditation Workshop:

Align & Flow (biofeedback for asana + vinyasa)

9-11am

Psychology Workshop: 

Non-violent Communication + Dyad exercises 

12pm

Plant-based Lunch

Saturday Afternoon - 'Body & Brain'

1-2:30pm

Yoga & Meditation Workshop:

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

2:30-3:30pm

Yoga & Meditation Workshop:

Restore & integrate (deep relaxation postures, pressure points + sutras)

3:30pm

Afternoon Tea

4-5:30pm 

Psychology Workshop 3

NVC in daily life

 

Group reflection

5:30-6:30pm 

Free Time

6:30pm

Plant-based dinner

7:30-9pm

Psychology Workshop:

'Sensuality & Sexuality' + Embodiment  exercises

From 9pm 

Journal exercises

 

Sunday Morning - 'Breath, Body & Brain'

5-6am

Yoga & Meditation Workshop Review

Pranayama + Vinyasa

6:30am

Plant-based breakfast

Emma's 'Bircher of Bounty'

8-9:30am

Yoga & Meditation Workshop Review

Alignment + Vinyasa 

 

9:30am Pack cars. Drive to Brown lake.

 

10:30-12

Psychology Workshop Review

Non-Violent Communication 

12pm

Plant-based Picnic by the lake

Sunday Afternoon - 'Review & Release'

12:30 - 1:30pm 

Retreat Review

Group Reflection & Closure

1:30-2:15pm 

Free time

2:15pm

Drive to Dunwich to catch the 3pm Ferry home

This May, my colleagues and I are proud to announce the 'Breath, Body and Brain' Yoga & Psychology Retreat.

Retreat includes:

  • 2 nights waterfront accomodation on Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island

  • All plant-based meals prepared on-site

  • Six experiential workshops led by experts in the fields of mental wellness and communication

  • Seven yoga and meditation workshops led by experts in the fields of postural alignment and mindful flow

  • 3+ hours of free time/day

Learn new tools and apply good technique with interactive workshops designed for optimal learning. 

Start or extend a practice in yoga and meditation with safe guidance from experienced teachers.

Explore new ways of seeing. Find out more about yourself. Enjoy a place of serene natural beauty.

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. 

 

 

to reserve your place on this unique learning experience. 

FAQs

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

 

Definitely not. Yoga is about growth. Our groups come from a broad range of experience levels.  You do not need to be flexible, experienced, fit or anything else. Our retreats are a safe space to stretch yourself. 

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 judgement-free.

Are there any rules on retreat?

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

No alcohol, cigarettes or recreational drugs.

No lying.

No stealing.

No sexual misconduct (outside of partnership)

No killing (all meals are vegan) 

Other than that, it is expected that you will participate in all workshops and meals, unless excused with good reason.

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

Twin-share accommodation means you and another member of the group will have your own self-contained cabin to share. Each cabin has its own newly renovated ensuite and kitchenette, table/desk space, outside table and chair space, as well as a queen bed and a single bed with privacy partitions.  

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

Workshops take place in a weather-proof timber-floored building. 

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

Yes. Injury will keep you focused on your goals. Yoga is the practice of ongoing rehabilitation. Under the guidance of an experienced practitioner, and within a group small, you are entirely safe to practice yoga with chronic or acute injury.

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

No. The Yoga and Psychology Retreat is a sun-safe event. All workshops and meals take place under full cover.

Your Induction Pack includes a check list of what to bring so we will remind you to bring your sun-safe kit. 

It's Mother's Day Weekend.  Am I being a bad Mum/Dad if I go?

Definitely not. Good parents model healthy habits. We are confident a supportive family will back your decision, and find ways to show their appreciation every day.

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. 

 

 

to reserve your place on The Yoga & Psychology Retreat. 

Meet your facilitators:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Hannam - North Brisbane Psychologists

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeremy Gates - North Brisbane Psychologists

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bec Reale - WestCASA & Aurora Psychology

A Melbourne-based psychologist, Bec shares a naturalness in communicating our most taboo topics. Bec uses Psychodynamic Therapy, CBT, ACT, Self-Compassion Mindfulness, Schema therapy, as well as somatic (body-based)-therapy and Interpersonal therapy, and has worked with clients and their families in treating depression and anxiety, bipolar, suicide ideation, body image distresses, eating disorders, BPD, personality disturbances, complex PTSD, trauma, autism, social anxiety, OCD and insomnia.  Having completed her masters thesis on female embodiment, Bec draws from a breadth of theory and experience for standing in our true power. Bec will be presenting on 'Sensuality 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Remember, this opportunity will be snapped up if you don't grab it. Physical pain, stress and ongoing discomfort do not go away on their own. Be proactive and get the support you need to instil habits of life long wellbeing.

Don't miss your chance to join this small group on the Yoga & Psychology Retreat.  

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work.  The Turrbal and Yuggara people of Maiwar, The Quandamooka people of Minjerribah, the Bunjalung people to the south, Waka Waka and Gubi Gubi to the north, Burrangum to the west, and particularly to the Gammilray people who have shared deep knowledgeand lore.  We acknowledge sovereignty has not yet been ceded and we stand with you in reconciliation. 

 

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1/ 417 Honour Ave Graceville 

Brisbane 

Queensland 4075

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