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Mindfulness Intensive Retreat – September 2017

Eventbrite - The Art of Mindful Living Retreat - January 2016

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” – Herman Hesse

Enjoy five days of ‘me time’ to reconnect, refresh and immerse yourself in yoga, mindfulness and meditation. Held in a tranquil bush setting in Mangrove Mountain, the Mindfulness Intensive retreat offers a space where you can simply be.

This semi-silent retreat is a nurturing, enlightening and rejuvenating retreat that will leave you feeling more conscious and connected when you return to daily life.

Over the course of the retreat, you’ll through rounds of mindful yoga (accessible to all levels of experience), sitting meditation, walking meditation and body scan (lying down) meditations. Most of the retreat will be held in silence in order to support a deepening of practice.

On the ‘mindfulness intensive’ retreat you will experience…

• Rounds of guided sitting meditation, mindful walking, mindful yoga and body scan meditation (lying down). The four practices  keep your body moving in different positions throughout the retreat to aid comfort, ease and enjoyment.yoganidra
• Long periods of silence to deepen practice.
• Brief daily teaching to support your practice.
• Delicious healthy vegetarian food.
• Immersion in mindfulness practice for five days (without distractions).
• A modern teaching style free from affiliation with any particular religion, tradition or belief system. It’s secular but still sacred. Spiritual but not religious. There will be depth but no dogma.

This retreat is accessible to all levels of experience. But to be clear, this is not a ‘how to’ retreat. This is a ‘practice’ retreat which will be fully guided but will not include lengthy instructions on how to meditate. If you’d like a retreat more suited to total beginners, or with in-depth instructions, you might like The Art of Mindful Living’ retreat instead.

For those who have had at least some exposure to mediation, mindfulness or yoga you will particularly love this opportunity to immerse yourself in pure practice.

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The retreat is held at the Mangrove Mountain ashram which is conveniently located only 90 mins north of Sydney. For the past 25 years the ashram has promoted sustainable, simple and mindful living through both its courses for the public and by its own example.

It’s one of those places with a really special vibe. It’s an oasis of peace, surrounded by beautiful forests and majestic cliffs.

Here you can enjoy bushwalks and kayaking in between sessions, or simply relax in the garden or library.mangrove kayak

Accommodations are simple, clean and usually shared. If you prefer camping or a single/double room those options are also available (full details below). Delicious, healthy vegetarian food will be provided.


Retreat Facilitator

Melli O’Brien is an internationally-accredited meditation and yoga teacher who specializes in ‘immersion’ mindfulness retreats. Known for her down-to-earth, engaging and authentic teaching, she has guided thousands of people through her popular retreats and courses.

Melli was selected by the Mangrove Mountain Ashram (the largest ashram in the southern hemisphere) to teach mindfulness retreats.

Her passion is demystifying and simplifying the world’s wisdom teachings and making them accessible and practical for everyday people.

Melli is also the co-founder and host of The Mindfulness Summit, the world’s largest mindfulness conference, which was attended by 250,000 people when it launched online in 2015. The summit  is a not-for-profit project with a mission to make mindfulness mainstream and so far has raised over 1 million dollars for mindfulness-based charities around the world.

You can read more about Melli here

What others are saying about Melli’s Retreats

“It is one thing to talk eloquently on the subject of mindfulness and it is another thing to actually practice mindfulness. Melli is one of those select few who walks her talk.”

-Swami Kriyatma Saraswati

“I enjoyed learning more about mindfulness and in particular the opportunities to practice. The setting is beautiful and my time at Mangrove Mountain is well spent.”

-Jonathan Scott

“I enjoyed learning more about mindfulness and in particular the opportunities to practice. The setting is beautiful and my time at Mangrove Mountain is well spent.” -Jonathan Scott “What struck me about Mellissa’s teachings on mindfulness was how she was able to offer simple, creative and practical ways to integrate mindfulness into daily life. As a meditation teacher myself, I gained valuable insight from Mel’s calm wisdom.”

-Swami Chintanshuddhi

Tickets For This Event Are Strictly Limited So Book Your Place Now

Eventbrite - The Art of Mindful Living Retreat - January 2016

*All  ticket prices are inclusive of GST.

Got more questions about your retreat? Get the answers on our frequently asked questions page

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