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Mindfulness in Daily Life Weekend Retreat

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Feeling overworked and overwhelmed? Wanting to get away from it all? Wondering where to from here? Maybe a retreat is the answer!

All sorts of people and enterprises are offering opportunities to retreat these days. There are yoga retreats, leadership retreats, staff development retreats, spiritual retreats, writing retreats, painting retreats, meditation retreats and the list goes on.

There are retreats in exotic locations with breathtaking views and equally breathtaking price tags with little opportunity to learn anything of lasting value, there are monastic-like retreats where you are fed little and you say and pay even less, and there are all sorts of retreats in between these extremes.

With so much on offer, there must be lots of people wanting to retreat. So what's the attraction? I decided to ask someone with plenty of experience, Dr Sharn Rocco, founder and facilitator of Mindful Works. This is what she had to say:

"Retreat turns down the volume of radio non-stop thinking giving you the opportunity to unload, clean out and empty your mental desktop. You step away from the rush and demands of your daily schedule. Time opens up. Clarity and calm appear.

Retreat is this opportunity to pull back from running on autopilot, to step off the treadmill and discover where you're at, remember who you are and, how you can get to where you want to be. You can drop all the roles, let go of fears and simply be who you are in the moment.

In retreat, you can reconnect with yourself and what inspires you. A retreat gives you time and space to reflect and revitalize, to take stock and restock. In retreat, there is the space and time to listen to the call of your heart and the calls of nature."

Before taking up the mantle of meditation and mindfulness teacher, Sharn attended all sorts of retreats and continues to retreat at least annually with renowned Buddhist meditation masters. Sharn brings highlights of these experiences to the retreats she leads. An advocate for finding what works for you while discovering who you really are, her retreats offer a range of simple mindfulness practices, guided meditation, periods of companionable silence, meaningful exchange and connection with nature.

You can join Sharn for a retreat in November at The Old Monastery Stroud. It's less than three hours drive from Sydney and only an hour north of Newcastle.

Nestled among towering eucalypts in the foothills of the Barrington tops, the hand-built, mud-brick accommodation and meditation hall provide the perfect setting for retreating from all the usual demands and distractions.

This will be the fifth annual 'Mindfulness in Daily Life Weekend' retreat that Sharn has led at The Old Monastery Stroud. People return again and again. Here's some of what they have said about their experience:

"As usual, a very valuable experience! I loved the instruction, the silence, the food, the accommodation, all good." - Julia, Journalist

"Sharn created a warm, friendly and open learning environment with a high degree of support and encouragement to explore mindfulness practice. Very enlightening." - Steve, Site Supervisor

"Bookended by the friendly sharing of delicious meals, this time in retreat was my first opportunity to sit with myself since my mum's passing. …at times challenging, on occasion confronting but in its entirety, extremely rewarding." - Megan, Mediator

"Doing a wonderful, brief retreat like this with an experienced, delightful teacher makes me interested in returning…" - Jude, Musician

Join Sharn for this retreat and be nourished by the guidance of an experienced teacher, a supportive daily schedule, periods of companionable silence and superb meals thoughtfully prepared from locally sourced ingredients.

Whether you have never before experienced retreat or practised mindfulness, are wanting to refresh or deepen your practice or simply want to step off the treadmill and turn down the volume of radio non-stop thinking, this retreat is for you!

To participate in an upcoming retreat, bookings are essential.

The all-inclusive fee is $475 pp and includes more than 16 hours of expert instruction plus all meals and accommodation.

To make a booking, please email or call 0458 111 373.

For more information on this retreat or other Mindful Works workshops, please visit the Mindful Works website and 'like' the Facebook profile.

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When: 17-19 November
Where: The Old Monastery Stroud, 230 Bucketts Way, Stroud NSW 2425
Cost: $475
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