Weekend Retreat: The Awakened Heart
Mar
17
to Mar 18

Weekend Retreat: The Awakened Heart

  • Highfield Historic Site (map)
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The Awakened Heart retreat will take place on March 17th and 18th at Highfield Historic Site, in Stanley, Tasmania.

It is an invitation to pause and go within. To let go of that which has been weighing on your heart in a kind, caring space. To give yourself the time to nourish your body, mind and soul. For self-care, contemplation and deep rest.

This retreat will help you to develop a long-term spiritual practice, or teach you how to deepen your current one. 

It is through practice that we turn to the heart, opening more and more to the space it holds. It’s a natural process, but is hindered by the distractions of daily life.
— Jack Kornfield

Four presenters will combine movement, mindfulness, meditation and more to guide you through that which you are ready to release, and that which you wish to cultivate that's inline with your hearts deepest aspiration.

Embodied movement

The body is a pathway to healing. We will blend the art and science of:

  • yang yoga
  • yin yoga
  • Pilates
  • mindful movement
  • walking meditation
  • restorative practices for deep relaxation
  • connective tissue release work

Mindfulness and Meditation

Ancient practices can be medicine for the heart and the antidote for pain and suffering. You will learn:

  • insight meditation techniques to cultivate self-awareness
  • the practices of self-compassion and self-forgiveness
  • how to be present with limiting beliefs and difficult emotions for healing
  • how to hold your own pain, grief and suffering with a tenderness and care
  • how to let go of self-judgment and blame: true transformation happens when we let go of the inner-critic. 
  • loving-kindness practices for our own heart as well as for others.

Sound Session

Sound will be used throughout to help with quieting the mind, releasing stagnant energy, healing and intention setting. Over the weekend you will enjoy sessions with

  • Himalayan singing bowls
  • French chimes
  • sounds from the bowls used in the Medicine Buddha ceremony

Ritual

You will learn daily rituals that can help connect you to your own heart and the heart of the world. This retreat will include:

  • intention ceremony to discover what it is that our heart truly longs for
  • an evening ceremony incorporating the elements of fire, water, earth, air and spirit
  • how to develop a spiritual practice at home that keeps you connected to the present moment
  • a new moon ceremony for alchemy of our pain and suffering into re-newed wisdom
  • a medicine Buddha healing ceremony
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Day one begins in the recently renovated threshing barn of Highfield Historic Site. Two seasonal vegan feasts will be prepared for you to enjoy for lunch and dinner, with the day concluding at 8pm.

We welcome in day two with a hike, meditation and outdoor movement session. Breakfast and lunch will again be a seasonal delight of local, nourishing produce.

Delicious, raw snacks will be provided over the weekend alongside our refreshing tea blends. All meals, refreshments and snacks are included.

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Equipment will be provided so you don't need to worry about a thing except letting go and enjoying yourself!

Special accommodation packages are available to retreat participants. Click below to find out how you can save up to 25% off accommodation in Stanley:


  Our Guest Speakers

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"You are not a drop in the ocean, but an entire ocean in a drop". - Rumi

Melissa is a yoga teacher based in the Macedon Ranges in Victoria. She teaches both yin and yang styles of yoga, facilitates group sound meditations and practices 1:1 sound massage.

Melissa previously worked in marine biology and anthropology and has a keen interest in exploring our inner world and capacity for living more authentic and connected lives.

Melissa will hold a one hour sound session using bowls and chimes. Sound can be used to help quiet the mind, enhance self-awareness, release stagnant energy, and induce deep relaxation. She will also hold a yin yoga class. 

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"...the path and the purpose are one." (Excerpt from: A Sparrow Splashing by Ven. Shih Jingang. Published by Ginninderra Press)

Venerable Shih Jingang is a Buddhist Priest of the Nien-Fo Ch’an Order of Monks, and is Resident Teacher of the Buddha-Heart Fellowship of Tasmania.

He was first ordained at 6 years of age as a Rabjung Monk of the Rechung Kagyu lineage, and was trained in the ways of the Mahayana and Vajrayana paths by his Heart Guru Venerable Lama Senge Tashi.

In later years he completed a three year solitary retreat, and then trained under teachers of various traditions until eventually finding a home in the unified Ch’an and Pure Land Buddhist tradition.

With over 45 years of training and practice, “Sifu” draws upon teachings from a range of Mahayana lineages. He is a member of the Australian Sangha Association (ASA), and Buddhist Contemplative Care Tasmania (BCCT); a CPE-trained Chaplain working in hospitals and hospice settings; and is an experienced Volunteer Firefighter. Sifu regularly holds classes, retreats, and is asked to speak at public and private events. He is known for his calmness, gentle compassion and good humoured teaching style.

At the retreat Sifu will present teachings on: “Boundless Compassion,” focusing on Visualization and Recitation as a means of awakening the heart to the way of true understanding and love. The session will conclude with a Medicine Buddha healing ceremony.


Coming Home To Your Body was co-founded by Cassie Thomas and Jessica Maguire in January 2016.

They offer retreats in Tasmania, New South Wales and Bali. 

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Since 2006 Cassie Thomas has been dedicated to a daily practice of yoga, thriving on the physicality of Asana, the wonder of Pranayama, the basic goodness of Yamas and Niyamas and growth that can occur through meditation.

It is her belief that yoga has the potential to bring into the lives of those who practice it a greater balance, and awareness to the world at large. Cassie believes that the practice of yoga has the ability to bring greater clarity into daily life resulting in one simply being the best that they can be.

Paraka yoga is based around the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. The word Paraka is derived from the Tasmania Aboriginal word meaning to Blossom. It has meaning in Sanskrit, inhalation, inspiration. Throughout the retreat weekend Cassie will be using Vinyasa Flow with emphasis on dynamic movement and flow of breath, meditation and practices of eastern philosophy.

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“There is a wonderful way to overcome difficulty and discover well-being and freedom. It is mindfulness.” – Buddha

Jessica Maguire is a Mindfulness teacher and Physiotherapist who works at the the Centre For Mind Body Wellness, Byron Bay. 

She teaches the fundamental tools of mindfulness using inquiry, insight meditation, open awareness and heart meditations. These ancient teachings help those who practice to develop a stability of core well-being and a greater sense of present awareness. At the retreat Jessica will teach on self-compassion, self-forgiveness and working with painful emotions. These teachings help us to discover wisdom, peace and to open our heart. She blends these practices with mindful movement and Pilates.

Jessica has been studying under Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach in California. They are two renowned meditation teachers, psychologists and authors, influential in bringing eastern meditation practices to the west. Jessica is passionate about helping people cultivate daily mindfulness and meditation practices to ease their suffering and bring a sense of well-being to their lives.


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Luxury Bali Retreat
May
21
to May 27

Luxury Bali Retreat

  • Floating Leaf Eco Luxury Resort (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 2018 Bali Retreat will take place from May 21-27 at Floating Leaf Eco Luxury Resort. This package includes:

-all delicious, healthy meals
-daily yoga, Pilates and meditation classes
-daily excursions: in 2018 we will also be visiting a renowned island for it's beautiful beaches and snorkelling and taking a hike to view one of Bali's best known volcanoes
-cooking classes
-Balinese massages
-airport transfers (note this is if you are flying in and out on day 1 and day 7 of the retreat)

To secure your place a $500 non refundable deposit is required. 
Prices:
$2900 twin share/double share
$3740 single room

Early bird price (paid prior to November 1st or until sold out):
$2525 twin share/$3390 single room. 

Please email hello@cominghometoyourbodyretreats.com to arrange your booking.

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Weekend Retreat
Oct
7
to Oct 8

Weekend Retreat

Finding Stillness

Do you need some quality time to relax and replenish your body and soul?

Do you want to learn more about mindfulness, meditation and practices to help with stress management and living at your best?

Join us for an unforgettable Weekend Retreat at the beautiful Highfield Historic Site in Stanley, Tasmania on October 7th and 8th.

Five presenters of the movement and music therapies, will be collaborating to offer you a wellness weekend of:

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

  • Meditation

  • Mindfulness

  • Relaxation

  • Chanting

  • Freestyle Dance

  • Breath-work

  • Time in Nature

  • Educational talks

  • Time to explore the quaint historic town of Stanley

  • Take home resources for ongoing practice

 

Day one begins in the recently renovated threshing barn of Highfield Historic Site. Two seasonal vegan feasts will be prepared for you to enjoy for lunch and dinner, with the day concluding at 8pm.

We welcome in day two with a hike, meditation and outdoor movement session. Breakfast and lunch will again be a seasonal delight of local, nourishing produce.

Delicious, raw snacks will be provided over the weekend alongside our refreshing tea blends. All meals, refreshments and snacks are included.

Equipment will be provided so you don't need to worry about a thing except letting go and enjoying yourself!

Special accommodation packages are available to retreat participants. Click below to find out how you can save up to 25% off accommodation in Stanley:


 

Our Guest Speakers

Allison Davies: Neurologic Music Therapist, owner of Oh My Musical Goodness

Allison Davies: Neurologic Music Therapist, owner of Oh My Musical Goodness

We are honoured to have the passionate and talented Allison Davies join us once again as a presenter at our Weekend Retreat.

Allison is a Neurologic Music Therapist and the owner of Oh My Musical Goodness.

She has 15 years experience working with children in both clinical and education settings and her focus is on using music to nourish and develop neural, sensory and emotional development.

Chanting is Allison's number one tip for supporting brain function in adults and throughout this workshop you will learn why it's so important to your brain health as well as how to do it. Once you've experienced group chanting you'll be hooked for life. Prepare to be relaxed, revived and renewed!

 

Christine Hiltner: Social Worker, certified yoga instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) expert, co-founder of Mindfulness Programs Australasia

Christine Hiltner: Social Worker, certified yoga instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) expert, co-founder of Mindfulness Programs Australasia

Christine Hiltner is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher. She is the co-founder of Mindfulness Programs Australasia, who offer a range of programs to help with improving mental health and wellbeing.

Christine is also a certified Yoga Instructor, specialising in yoga for anxiety, trauma and addiction.

Christine uses her unique skills as a social worker, yoga instructor and Mindfulness teacher to focus on healing through the mind-body connection.

Christine will be presenting on how Mindfulness can help us to live with more present moment awareness, to engage more fully in life.

 

 

 

We are blessed to also have the incredible Tarnie Blint joining us as a presenter for a second time. She is the owner of Dancing Freedom in Torquay, Victoria and we can't wait to have her in Tasmania again.

She will guide a wildly inspiring & supportive free-style dance journey that helps with letting go of inhibitions to freely express unique movement & rhythm.

She facilitates freedom dancing, providing a space for equality, honesty, acceptance, tolerance, compassion & support. Her session will involve exploring your own timing, intuition & body intelligence, without judgement.


 

Coming Home To Your Body was founded by Cassie Thomas and Jessica Maguire in January 2016.

They combine their teachings to offer life changing retreats in Tasmania and Bali.

Cassie Thomas: Owner of Paraka Yoga and co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats with Jessica Maguire.

Cassie Thomas: Owner of Paraka Yoga and co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats with Jessica Maguire.

Since 2006 Cassie has been dedicated to a daily practice of yoga, thriving on the physicality of Asana, the wonder of Pranayama, the basic goodness of Yamas and Niyamas and growth that can occur through meditation.

It is her belief that yoga has the potential to bring into the lives of those who practice it a greater balance, and awareness to the world at large. Cassie believes that the practice of yoga has the ability to bring greater clarity into daily life resulting in one simply being the best that they can be.

Paraka yoga is based around the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. The word Paraka is derived from the Tasmania Aboriginal word meaning to Blossom. It has meaning in Sanskrit, inhalation, inspiration. Throughout the retreat weekend Cassie will be using Vinyasa Flow with emphasis on dynamic movement and flow of breath, meditation and practices of eastern philosophy.

Jessica Maguire: Physiotherapist, owner of Flex Physio and Pilates and is the co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body with Cassie Thomas.

Jessica Maguire: Physiotherapist, owner of Flex Physio and Pilates and is the co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body with Cassie Thomas.

Jessica Maguire is passionate about helping people overcome pain, illness and limitations to reach their potential. She balances her hands-on Physiotherapy treatment skills with movement therapy and also brain-based modalities.

Jessica is the owner of Flex Physio and Pilates and is the co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body with Cassie Thomas. She's currently completing the Mindfulness Meditation teacher certification through Berkeley University.

Jessica will be presenting on how to balance the nervous system to decrease anxiety using the breath, movement, meditation and mindfulness based practices in a unique blend. Her Pilates will focus on the fascial web: the connective tissue matrix that links every cell in our body!


The weekend retreat is open to men and women 16 years and older. It caters for all fitness levels and is suitable even if you have had no meditation experience.

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Seven Day Luxury Bali Retreat
May
21
to May 27

Seven Day Luxury Bali Retreat

Enjoy luxurious comfort and a perfect home base in which to enjoy all the wonders of Bali at Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Resort. Beautiful villas overlooking the ocean and surrounding rice fields in a secluded setting are the perfect place for you to centre, stretch and reconnect back to your body.

Daily Pilates, yoga and meditation sessions will take place in an open air pavilion. You will be challenged physically and you will also be taken to blissful states of deep relaxation.

The grounds feature an permaculture garden as well as a large open kitchen where a private chef will prepare delectable healthy meals, juices and snacks with locally grown organic nutrient-rich food.

You can indulge at the award winning spa and enjoy a Balinese massage. The healing pool is specifically created with relaxation and replenishment in mind.

Daily activities are included such as hiking, swimming at local waterfalls and enjoying time by the ocean.

Double/Twin share places are available from AUD$2926. Single rooms have now all sold out. This price includes all taxes, airport transfers, classes, meals, accommodation, Balinese massage, ceremonies and excursions.

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Weekend Retreat
Apr
8
to Apr 9

Weekend Retreat

Returning To Presence

Join us for an unforgettable weekend retreat at the beautiful Highfield House in Stanley, Tasmania.

Five presenters of the movement and music therapies, will be collaborating to offer you a wellness weekend of:

  • Yoga

  • Pilates

  • Meditation

  • Chanting

  • Dancing

  • Mindfulness

  • Relaxation

  • Breath-work

  • Time in Nature

  • Educational talks

  • Take home resources for ongoing practice

Day one begins at 10:00am in the recently renovated threshing barn of Highfield House. Two seasonal vegan feasts will be prepared for you to enjoy for lunch and dinner, with the day concluding at 9pm.

We welcome in day two with a hike, meditation and outdoor movement session. Breakfast and lunch will again be a seasonal delight of local, nourishing produce.

Delicious, raw snacks will be provided over the weekend alongside our refreshing tea blends. All meals, refreshments and snacks are included.

Equipment will be provided so you don't need to worry about a thing except enjoying yourself!

Special accommodation packages are available to retreat participants. Click below to find out how you can save up to 25% off accommodation in Stanley.


Our Guest Speakers

Allison Davies -Neurologic Music Therapist, owner of Oh My Musical Goodness

Allison Davies -Neurologic Music Therapist, owner of Oh My Musical Goodness

Allison Davies is a Neurologic Music Therapist and National 2016 AMP Tomorrow Maker, based in Wynyard, Tasmania.

She has 15 years experience working with children in both clinical and education settings and her focus is on using music to nourish and develop neural, sensory and emotional development.

Chanting is Allison's number one tip for supporting brain function in adults and throughout this workshop you will learn why it's so important to your health as well as how to do it. Once you've experienced group chanting you'll be hooked for life. Prepare to be relaxed, revived and renewed!

Christine Hiltner - Social Worker, certified yoga instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) expert, co-founder of Mindfulness Programs Australasia

Christine Hiltner - Social Worker, certified yoga instructor, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) expert, co-founder of Mindfulness Programs Australasia

Christine Hiltner is a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Teacher. She uses a person-centred approach for assisting people to enable their own capabilities for engaging fully in life.

She is also a certified Yoga Instructor, specialising in yoga for anxiety, trauma and addiction.

Christine uses her unique skills to focus on healing through the mind-body connection. She will presenting on mindfulness over the weekend retreat and it's transformative qualities.

 

Tarnie Blint - owner of Dancing Freedom, Torquay

Tarnie Blint - owner of Dancing Freedom, Torquay

 

Tarnie Blint guides a wildly inspiring & supportive free-style dance journey for anyone wishing to let go of their inhibitions so they can freely express their unique movement & rhythm.

Her session involves exploring your own timing, intuition & body intelligence, without judgement. 

In each journey we traverse the file elements of nature, experiencing our intrinsic connection with each element: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether (Spirit).

Coming together in an opening & closing circle, we develop & encourage a culture of equality, honesty, acceptance, tolerance, compassion & support, understanding we are all in this together & that each perspective is sacred .

 


Coming Home To Your Body was founded by Cassie Thomas and Jessica Maguire in January 2016. They combine their teachings to offer life changing retreats.

Cassie Thomas - Certified Yoga Instructor, owner Paraka Yoga, co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats

Cassie Thomas - Certified Yoga Instructor, owner Paraka Yoga, co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats

Since 2006 Cassie has been dedicated to a daily practice of yoga, thriving on the physicality of Asana, the wonder of Pranayama, the basic goodness of Yamas and Niyamas and growth that can occur through meditation.

It is her belief that yoga has the potential to bring into the lives of those who practice it a greater balance, and awareness to the world at large. Cassie believes that the practice of yoga has the ability to bring greater clarity into daily life resulting in one simply being the best that they can be.

Paraka yoga is based around the teachings of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya. The word Paraka is derived from the Tasmania Aboriginal word meaning to Blossom. It has meaning in Sanskrit, inhalation, inspiration. Throughout the retreat weekend Cassie will be using Vinyasa Flow with emphasis on dynamic movement and flow of breath, meditation and practices of eastern philosophy.

Jessica Maguire - Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor, owner Flex Physio & Pilates and co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats

Jessica Maguire - Physiotherapist, Clinical Pilates Instructor, owner Flex Physio & Pilates and co-founder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats

Jessica is passionate about helping people overcome pain, illness and limitations to reach their potential. She balances her hands-on Physiotherapy treatment skills with movement therapy and also brain-based modalities. She's currently studying the latest on mediation and mindfulness through Berkley University in California. She has worked in health and fitness for over 13 years and now brings together unique programs to help people function at their best.

Jessica will be presenting on how to balance the nervous system to decrease anxiety and to think and feel your best. She will use the breath, movement, mobility training, meditation and mindfulness based practices in a unique blend over the weekend.

You will learn the practices of self-compassion and how creating change to your health and wellness happens when you stop self-criticism, comparison and expecting yourself to be perfect!


The weekend retreat is open to men and women 16 years and older. It caters for all fitness levels and is suitable even if you have had no meditation experience.


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Summer Day Retreat
Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Day Retreat

Do you need some quality time to relax and replenish your body and soul?

Do you want to start using meditation to help with stress management and coping with your emotions, feelings of overwhelm or anxiety but are not sure where to begin?

Our Summer Day Retreat on February 25th 2017 may be just the thing!

We are delighted to have Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction expert Christine Hiltner as our guest speaker for the day, joining us at the beautiful Highfield House in Stanley.

Learn how mindfulness and meditation can help enrich your life and your relationships and improve your health and well-being.

Self-compassion involves offering kindness towards yourself when you are having a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself.

Instead of judging and criticising yourself for various inadequacies, self-compassion means you are understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?

The day will run from 9am-4:30pm and also includes:

Pilates
Yoga
Meditation
Mindfulness
Relaxation
Take Home Resources

This day is suitable even if you have no previous meditation, yoga or Pilates experience. A seasonal vegan lunch, delicious raw snacks and refreshing tea blends will be served.

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Summer Day Retreat
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

Summer Day Retreat

Do you need some quality time to relax and replenish your body and soul?

Do you want to start using meditation to help with stress management and coping with your emotions, feelings of overwhelm or anxiety but are not sure where to begin?

Our Summer Day Retreat on February 25th 2017 may be just the thing!

We are delighted to have Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction expert Christine Hiltner as our guest speaker for the day, joining us at the beautiful Highfield House in Stanley.

Learn how mindfulness and meditation can help enrich your life and your relationships and improve your health and well-being.

Self-compassion involves offering kindness towards yourself when you are having a difficult time, fail, or notice something you don’t like about yourself.

Instead of judging and criticising yourself for various inadequacies, self-compassion means you are understanding when confronted with personal failings – after all, who ever said you were supposed to be perfect?

The day will run from 9am-4:30pm and also includes:

Pilates
Yoga
Meditation
Mindfulness
Relaxation
Take Home Resources

This day is suitable even if you have no previous meditation, yoga or Pilates experience. A seasonal vegan lunch, delicious raw snacks and refreshing tea blends will be served.

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Spring Day Retreat - Heart Aspirations
Oct
22
10:00 AM10:00

Spring Day Retreat - Heart Aspirations

Join us at the Historic Highfield House for a day of movement, mindfulness and meditation in the newly renovated space at Highfield House. A brand new Tasmanian oak timber floor awaits for yoga and Pilates sessions, as well as a commercial kitchen for a delicious chef prepared seasonal lunch.

This retreat is suitable for all fitness levels and beginners are welcome - it's open to men and women 16 years and older.

All equipment, lunch, snacks and refreshments are included in the cost.

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"Letting Go" Mini Day Retreat
Jul
16
8:30 AM08:30

"Letting Go" Mini Day Retreat

Join Cassie and Jessica from 8:30am - 11am at Flex Physio for a morning of:

-Myofascial Release using equipment and props: learn how to release those tight muscles that you just can't stretch. You can become your very own massage therapist. 

-Learn mindfulness techniques so you can break limiting patterns of thinking that keep you stuck and prevent you reaching your full potential

-Experience yoga and Pilates practices to help release and open up through the body including dynamic hip opening work, postural corrective exercises and deep stretching.

Suitable for all fitness levels and includes a delicious morning tea. 

$40

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