ATTENTION: Ladies too busy Overthinking the Past and Worrying about the Future, to STOP and smell the roses and DO something for YOU!…
This 2-Week Meditation Adventure (5-19 May 2023) Guarantees To Reignite Your Zest For Life! Help You Slow Down, Stop The Worrying & Live Every Moment to the Full…
This retreat is ideal for women who:
Have a sense of adventure
Need to do something for themselves
Enjoy meeting like-minded women
Are considering buying a van but want to try one first
Want to travel but prefer groups rather than solo
Support regional communities
Have an interest in Qld outback culture and history
Want to learn how to manage their thoughts
Love trying new things
14 Nights Accommodation
Hiking and Wallaroo Eco tour
Mindfulness, meditation & self care workshops
Visits to lavender farm and cheese factory
Art and drum making workshops
Big Rig show and botanic gardens tour
Cultivating a Calm Mind Membership
What an adventure ! Michelle’s Bush to Beach campervan trip was a perfect blend of exploration, education, relaxation and just plain fun.
The organisation was impeccable with plenty to see and do. The meditation and mindfulness sessions were informative and inspirational. I would definitely consider doing the whole thing again. Thank you, Michelle, for such a great trip.
What Others Have to Say...
I loved driving on the outback Queensland road, the scenery and visiting all the different places.
The meditations were relaxing and stress relieving and Michelle is a great teacher.
I found this retreat so well-balanced. Such a nourishing combination of mindfulness and meditation practices and activities set in beautiful locations shared with a fabulous group of women. Thank you Michelle for organising this retreat. Full of so many wonderful experiences and yet allowing for enough downtime to integrate it all. I loved it all from meditation to creativity to exploring what the local areas had to offer and everything in between. It truly was a magical experience, and I would certainly recommend it. Loved the goody bags!
I'm Michelle, owner of Meditation Sunshine Coast and author of Cultivating a Calm Mind.
Mindfulness and meditation have had a major impact on my life.
I became curious about meditation during a challenging period of my life. I was feeling completely overwhelmed nearly every day and faced with a path of antidepressants. I knew I had to find something (other than drugs or alcohol) that not only reduced the feelings of overwhelm but stopped me from getting to that stage in the first place.
And so I tried meditation. And full disclosure – I couldn't sit still for more than five minutes or count to ten breaths! I found trying to learn through an app or on my own just wasn't working and so I began looking for teachers and studying and researching meditation and then mindfulness.
As a result, I completed:
Realising the benefits mindfulness and meditation could have on younger people, I also went on to complete extensive training for teaching kids yoga, mindfulness and meditation.
In my work life, practising mindfulness was essential to my success as an events manager for high profile speakers such as Brene Brown, Malala Yousafzai, Simon Sinek and the Obamas. It enabled me to remain calm, focussed and productive in this demanding role. It also gave me the resilience I needed when that career ended due to COVID.
In my private life, practising meditation has enabled me to be less reactive and more patient, healthier, kinder and compassionate to myself, as well as to those around me. This has become essential with two teens and a grandmother with dementia to care for.
For several years I ran my Mindfulness Meditation for Beginners program for kids, teens and adults, from my studio on the Sunshine Coast. I have now extended my teaching capacity to incorporate community classes, online courses, workplace workshops, programs, coaching and retreats. I also facilitate programs on behalf of Mindfulness Works Australia and am a registered provider for the Healthy Sunshine Coast Program and Career, Money, Life.
I am passionate about educating and demonstrating the benefits of practising mindfulness and meditation to help reduce feelings of overwhelm and stress, and increase feelings of calm, clarity and connection.
I am a member of the Meditation Association of Australia and mindful.org and a Veriditas trained and certified labyrinth facilitator.
Book a call with me to find out if this retreat is suitable for you:
Frequently Asked Questions
Please phone Michelle on 0438 915 830 or firstname.lastname@example.org - I'm more than happy to answer any questions about whether this retreat is suitable for you.
Friday 5th to Friday 19th May 2023
Packages start from $3,050
There are options to suit everyone:
Yes I will be booking powered sites at each campground.
Yes there are shared facilities at each campground.
In most locations there are cafes nearby but not in Moogerah or Carnarvon - you need to have your own food in these places. We will be able to stock up on supplies in several locations along the way.
Food, petrol, linen in some of the safari tents, cooking utensils, Lady Musgrave Island tour.
I can help you hire one! Have a look on camplify to get an idea. I have a relationship with a couple of van hirers who will offer 10% discount.
The majority of my retreat participants are in their 60s.
No sorry, this is a women only retreat and we will be visiting national parks.
Please read the full terms and conditions here: https://www.cultivatingacalmmind.com/bush-to-beach-retreat-terms
Mindfulness is the practise of paying attention to what you are doing. Meditation is one way to practise being mindful.
It's a myth that meditation is about not thinking! It's impossible! The idea is to become aware of your thoughts and when you become distracted by them, gently bring your attention back to what you were doing.
Mindfulness meditation can be done anywhere, anytime and is simple. You don't have to sit on a pillow for 20 minutes in the lotus position. I have included lots of different exercises and meditations you can try to see what works for you.
You don't have to sit on a cushion for 30 minutes to practise mindfulness and meditation. The book includes dozens of tips and exercises you can do anywhere, anytime so you can slot them into your busy schedule or incorporate them into an activity you are already doing.
Please consult your doctor before practising any of these exercises or listening to the meditations.
Practising mindful awareness and meditation can help you view pain with a different perspective and as a sensation rather than the label of pain. Please consult your doctor if you have persistent ongoing pain.
Unless you are meditating for the purpose of trying to go to sleep at night, try sitting rather than laying down and meditate somewhere other than your bedroom. Also avoid drugs, alcohol and eating too much before you meditate.
Just like physical exercise the longer you do it the more you benefit you will feel. Consistency is key to build up a bank of resilience. Aim for between 5 and 20 minutes per day rather than one longer session a week.
That is a personal choice based on your objectives and lifestyle. First thing in the morning is ideal before you get distracted by the day. Or last thing at night if you suffer from insomnia. You can practise mindfulness at any time of the day or night – simply pay attention to whatever is it you are doing in any given moment and nothing else.
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