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Mindfulness Intensive Retreat – September 2017

Eventbrite - The Art of Mindful Living Retreat - January 2016

Escape to a lush peaceful meditatingtogethersanctuary only 90 mins north of Sydney. Relax, unwind and learn valuable skills that will last a lifetime. 

The mindfulness intensive retreat is an inspiring and rejuvenating 4 1/2 day retreat run over a long weekend.

You Will Learn…

• How to practice meditation (the formal practice of mindfulness)
• How to practice mindfulness in daily life (the informal practice of mindfulness)
• The 8 foundations of mindful Exif_JPEG_PICTUREliving
• How to work skilfully with difficult emotions and thoughts
• 7 strategies to integrate mindfulness into a busy or stressful life
• The 3 most common beginner mistakes (and how not to make them)
• How to switch out of stress and into calm in under 60 seconds
• How to shift from autopilot living into conscious living
• How to break through limiting beliefs and mind patterns
• How to work skilfully with addictive behaviour
• Powerful methods to help
you respond rather than react and make wiser choices
• How to unveil the innate peace, wholeness and wisdom that are your birthright

“Between stimulus and meditatinggroupresponse there is space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

—  Victor Frankl


You’ll also enjoy…

• Daily yoga/meditation classes
• Daily ‘yoga nidra’ (deep relaxation meditation done lying down)
• Delicious, healthy vegetarian food
• Relaxing atmosphere in the picturesque forest ashramrelaxing at mangrove
• Free time to enjoy bushwalks, kayaking or simply relaxing in the beautiful surrounds
• Periods of silence (from 8pm to after breakfast the next day) to encourage reflection and relaxation

Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation and healing.”

—  Jon Kabat-Zinnyoga

The benefits you’ll walk away with are…

• You’ll stress less and respond more skilfully – After learning key skills you’ll be better equipped to respond rather than react to life’s challenges when they arise

• You’ll gain a new sense of inner freedom – After learning mindfulness and how to break free of oltransfoprmstressresized conditioning you’ll feel a sense of liberation

 You’ll understand and manage your mind better -Your mind is your instrument. Once it’s ‘in tune’ you can make beautiful ‘music’ with it and make wiser choices

 You’ll gain greater physical and psychological well-being

• You’ll feel more confident and have greater mental resilience -Learning to work skilfully with difficult emotions and impulses will give you a new sense of inner meditateinnaturestrength

• You’ll know how to practice mindfulness anytime and anywhere – and feel more connection and aliveness as a result

• Your mind will be less distracted leading to greater productivity and enjoyment of work

• You’ll have all the tools and support you need to establish a daily mindfulness practice when you go back home – As part of the course, you’ll receive a workbook and also a free double CD of  mindfulness meditations to take home with youwoman-smelling-orange

• You’ll have a way to find peace and wholeness in this busy stressful world we live in

• You’ll emerge feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and armed with powerful new insights to take back into your daily life

“In a world where being stressed, anxious, depressed and unhealthy is the norm, we need to  do something different to take control of our lives again. If we keep doing what the masses are doing, we get the same result.” 

―Melli O’Brien

The Venuemangrove reception

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 ‘The Art of Mindful Living Retreat’

“Thank you Melli for your amazing retreat. I have loved soaking up your wisdom and I found myself continuously nodding, acknowledging and learning. This exceeded my expectations. I thought I would relax and learn a few things but this has been life-changing”

– Carol Boman

“What did I enjoy the most about this weekend? The mindfulness sessions with Mellissa. She makes it so fascinating and keeps you constantly engaged. I’m looking forward to follow up sessions”

– Jeremy Mohamed

“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

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

Mrs. Mindfulness