Do you ever find yourself caught up in cycles of stress, anxiety or negative thinking? Does life ever feel overwhelming, or like a struggle?

Are you craving to find a sense of meaning and purpose in this frantic world?

Are you longing to find a sense of inner peace to carry you through it all?

Then this retreat is for you.

Imagine if you had the tools to align with your authentic self, untangle from unhelpful thoughts and emotions and connect with a deep sense of purpose, meaning and passion for life.

At the Art of Mindful Living Retreat you’ll be learning these tools. Tools that have been handed down from ancient wisdom traditions that are now proven by modern neuroscience.

At the Art of Mindful Living Retreat you will learn truly powerful skills that will last a lifetime. You’ll leave feeling empowered, inspired and rejuvenated.


Embark on a five-day ‘immersion’ mindfulness retreat where you will learn how to practice meditation and also how to integrate mindfulness into your everyday life...but also so much more.

You see this retreat isn’t just about mindfulness, it’s about living a meaningful life. That’s really what the art of mindful living really is. It is living a life that is not determined by the fears, conditioning and beliefs that can hold you back, but instead living consciously. Living a life that fulfils you. One with your inner compass set to ‘true north’ and one where you can feel at home and at ease within your own skin.

Melli O’Brien has dedicated the last two decades of her life to studying what it takes to live a fulfilling and meaningful life. She has developed a methodology based five core principles drawn from the world's wisdom traditions that are now proven by modern neuroscience. These principles are shared over the five days of the Art of Mindful Living Retreat and they have changed hundreds of lives.

The five-day process will give you all the tools and practice you need to feel confident in integrating meditation and mindfulness into your life. It will also give you a firm resolve in who you are in your deepest essence and what you stand for in life, so you that you can live in a way that continues to nourish and fulfil you over the course of time.

Emerge with renewed clarity, focus and strength – a sense of confidence that you can stand in your own centre, no matter what life throws at you.

“Mindfulness is being in touch with your own deepest nature and letting it ‘flow’ out of you unimpeded.”

– Jon Kabat-Zinn


  • How to practice meditation (the formal practice of mindfulness)
  • How to bring mindfulness in daily life (the informal practice of mindfulness)
  • How to untangle from unhelpful thoughts and emotions (like anxiety, depression and stress)
  • How to ease the voice of the inner critic and develop a kinder, more compassionate mind
  • How to switch out of stress and find a calm centre in under 60 seconds
  • A powerful method to help you respond rather than react to life’s challenges when they arise
  • Seven strategies to integrate mindfulness into a busy or stressful life
  • How to build a sense of self-worth and confidence that does not depend on others
  • How to break through limiting beliefs and negative thinking patterns
  • How to meet your fears with courage and compassion so that they no longer define you
  • How to develop a deep sense of contentment and fulfilment (without losing your edge and engagement in life!)
  • How to live your own ‘true north’ by identifying and living your values


You'll Also Receive

  • A workbook and meditation audio pack to keep for life
  • An invitation to participate in a 30-day ‘mindfulness challenge’ post-retreat to integrate everything you have learned
  • Two online group coaching sessions post-retreat (during the 30 day challenge) to support your integration of the five principles into your life

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

– Viktor Frankl

You'll also enjoy

Daily yoga/meditation classes that are accessible to all levels of experience

Daily ‘yoga nidra’ (deep relaxation meditation done lying down)

Delicious, healthy vegetarian food

A relaxing atmosphere, surrounded by nature in a beautiful retreat venue

Free time to enjoy bushwalks 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-Zinn

Benefits you'll walk away with

You’ll stress less and respond more skilfully
After learning key skills you’ll be better equipped to respond (wisely) 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 old conditioning and unhelpful thinking you’ll feel a sense liberation and ease within.

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 strength.

You’ll understand yourself on a deeper level
Better self-awareness means you’ll be more able to live in harmony with yourself, with others and with the world around you.

You’ll gain greater physical and psychological wellbeing
Research shows that mindfulness improves our physical and mental health as well as our relationships and overall feelings of happiness in life.

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

You’ll gain a sense of meaning and purpose
After identifying your values and learning the bulls-eye method for living ‘true north’ you’ll feel more passion, vitality and meaning in everyday life.

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 and integrate everything when you go back home.

You’ll have a way to find peace and wholeness in this busy stressful world we live in.
Learning how to cultivate happiness from within means you can carry a sense of wholeness and completeness with you wherever you go.

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

“What I know for sure is that you feel real joy in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth.”
– Oprah Winfrey

The venue

The retreat is held at the Sangsurya which is conveniently located along a tree-lined ridge on the outskirts of Byron Bay, NSW. It’s one of those places with a really special vibe. It’s an oasis of peace, surrounded by calming bodies of water with the property overlooking Tallow Beach and with easterly views of the Pacific Ocean.

The property features several beautifully designed buildings and fresh water swimming pool, all sensitively located along the central ridgeline of a 10-acre forested subtropical area. Here you can enjoy trail walks, bird watching or just relaxing in the beautifully landscaped gardens.

Accommodations are luxurious and usually shared. Delicious, healthy vegetarian food will be provided.


Your Host

Melli O’ Brien

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. Ms. O’Brien was selected by the Mangrove Mountain Retreat Centre (the largest retreat centre in the southern hemisphere) to teach their 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 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.


What people are saying

“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

Mangrove Mountain, Australia

“Did this weekend meet my expectations? Above and beyond. These days at the ‘Art of Mindful Living Retreat’ have been a life changer”

Claire Toohey

Newcastle, Australia

“Dear Melli I just wanted to thank you again for a fabulous weekend of mindfulness. It really was a life-changing experience for me and I appreciated all the love you put into every little detail to make it so special. Your intelligent and engaging approach was inspiring and I particularly enjoyed your gift of storytelling and the lovely parables and the poems you shared with us.”

Susan Chin

NSW, Australia

“I am enthralled when I listen to Mellissa teach because there is a delightful mixture of gentleness and incredible power that comes through her message. She has intelligent ideas, a strength of experience, and a driving passion to help the world in an area that is most neglected – the mind. If we tuned in to her message, we would make profound changes in our lives. She is a voice that must be heard.”

Charmaine Burke

Sydney, Australia

‘The Art of Mindful Living’ Retreat with Mellissa exceeded all my expectations.”

Penny Moyes

Western Australia

I got a lot from the program and am very excited to ‘come back to reality’ with a renewed sense of calmness and confidence. I really enjoyed learning from you, and hope to join you for another of your programs soon.”

Penny Jones

NSW, Australia


JULY 3 – 8, 2020

Tickets For This Event Are Strictly Limited




(all retreat fees are in AUD)

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