Weekend Retreat: The Awakened Heart
Mar
17
to Mar 18

Weekend Retreat: The Awakened Heart

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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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"I have attended two day retreats and two weekend retreats and am looking forward to the next one in March. 

Each time I come away feeling relaxed and armed with more skills to deal with "life".

The gentle exercises and stretches of Pilates and yoga and the mindfulness and meditation sessions combined are great. Add to that some freestyle dance and sound sessions, makes a good all round workout for the body and mind” - Bev Leale

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Oceans Mindset Retreat
May
4
to May 6

Oceans Mindset Retreat

The present moment is the place from which our entire world is created.

Our work, relationships and day to day experiences all arise from what we're thinking, our feelings and the choices that occur in a connection of infinite moments.

But how many of us are truly aware of our thoughts, our feelings and the actions that give rise to our lives?

How many of us have taken the time to cultivate and grow one of the critical skills required to create the life and world we dream of? 


In-depth mindfulness training is perhaps one of the most important steps you can take on your path of personal growth and evolution.

And this is why we're thrilled to invite you to participate in our upcoming Oceans Mindset Retreat.

Over this unique three day event at Australia's newest beachfront retreat, you'll learn how to overcome the roadblocks of your mind.

We'll use evidence-based techniques in mindfulness, neuroscience, modern research, Buddhist psychology, somatics, biology, manual therapy, ancient wisdom and spirituality to help you become more aware of your thoughts and emotions. This enhances our capacity to cope with life’s challenges with grace and wisdom. 

Over the three days you will journey into the mind to:

  • Learn to work with and transform your difficult emotions, feelings and thoughts on a moment to moment basis. You'll learn how to work with fear, stress and how to relate wisely to self-doubt. 
  • Learn to stay calm and focused for greater effectiveness regardless of what external events and circumstances are in your life. You'll leave this retreat with the skills to better manage stress and anxiety. 
  • Learn to bring presence to your daily interactions by slowing them down and responding to them instead of habitually reacting to situations. You'll increase your emotional intelligence, decrease overwhelm and conflict and improve your relationships.
  • Learn what limiting beliefs and negative thought patterns are holding you back from reaching your true potential and living the life you dreamed of. 
  • Learn more about what your deepest and truest intention are for work, relationships and living so that you can feel more alive. 

Are you ready to feel vibrant and happy and let go of the negativity and blockages that have held you back?

And are you ready to create the life and existence you know is possible and waiting for you?

You’ll learn how to watch and quiet the mind. You’ll learn to slow down.

At the end of the retreat you’ll be on your way to having your own meditation practice, one that you continue to use well into the future. You'll be given audio resources for your own personal and spiritual growth. 


Teaching Sessions

Throughout the retreat you’ll immerse yourself in the best content focused on neuroscience and mindfulness concepts, practices, and instructions.

  • Teaching sessions: this will cover mindfulness concepts and practices, intentional living, working with limiting beliefs, changing the voice of the inner critic, overcoming the fear of failure, working with self-doubt
  • Meditations within the teachings: At the end of the teaching sessions you will be given a short guided meditation practice.
  • Daily Guided Meditations: You will be given daily meditations to help you go deeper with the existing teachings - including a sunrise beach meditation. You'll receive audio recordings to go home with. 
  • Personal Journalling Exercises: Journalling is one of the most powerful tools for deepening your self-understanding. The retreat includes your own, personal journal time with allocated questions that you can access any time 

Extra Activities

  • A powerful opening and closing ceremony and steps on how to integrate the training and practices into your everyday life. 
  • Each day includes a movement based class to move and release your physical body and shift any long-held tension. The body is also a profound training ground for developing awareness.
  • We'll utilise the power of the ocean in both ceremony and play to refresh and renew.
  • You will have free time to enjoy a beach walk or swim. 

What's Included?

  • Accommodation at Oceans Wellness Retreat. Check in is prior to 10am on day one so you can fully immerse yourself in the retreat. If you wish to arrive before the retreat begins or spend another night to yourself, tailored packages can be arranged to suit your needs.
  • Nutrition: Oceans Retreat showcases how food can be just as enjoyable on the palate as it is good for your body.  The menu is flexible and meals are both delicious and nutritious by design. All meals, snacks and refreshments are included in this retreat. 
  • Daily Movement: Contemporary Pilates Flow classes, embodied movement and myofascial release sessions will help you to reconnect to your body and quiet a busy mind. All equipment is provided so you only have to worry about enjoying yourself. 
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding, swimming and beach walks: the beach is just 50 metres away and the perfect place for refreshing, reflecting and renewing whilst being immersed in this retreat.
  • Take home resources: you will be supplied with audio files of the teachings and practices, journalling exercises and reflections. 

Massage and spa treatments can be pre-booked and scheduled in your free time (additional costs apply). 


Presenting

Jessica Maguire is a Mindfulness Teacher, Physiotherapist and Clinical Pilates instructor.

On discovering the transformative power of Mindfulness, Jess applied the life-changing tool in the treatment of her patients who were then able to reach their health and fitness goals consistently and improve their physical, mental and emotional health. Emphasising the use of mindfulness, neuroscience, movement, contemplative practices and taking time out to retreat from the hectic pace of every day life, Jess co-created the Coming Home to Your Body Retreats in 2016 with Cassie Thomas.

Their weekend and week-long retreats are held throughout Australia and also Asia. They join with other practitioners to offer an unforgettable and life changing experience.

After six years running her own physiotherapy practice in Tasmania, Jess undertook a world-wide sabbatical to delve further into the world of neuroscience and mindfulness, learning from the best teachers and researchers she could find. Extensive travel through Asia and the USA led her to undertaking Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification in Scotts Valley, California with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, two renowned meditation teachers, psychologists and authors, influential in bringing eastern meditation practices to the western world.

Jess learned about self-compassion from its original researcher, Dr Kristen Neff and also studied mindful movement and neuroscience with psychotherapist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes in London.

These teachings have helped people free themselves from the suffering of fear, stress, worry and shame for over 2500 years and are supported by the most modern research in neuroscience.

The studies Jess undertook throughout 2017 will be the foundation of this retreat. She will blend modern neuroscience with ancient wisdom to improve awareness and self-understanding for each person who attends. 

Jess will be supported by the warm Oceans Retreat team throughout the weekend.


Investment

Oceans Mindset Retreat - Private Room
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If you would like a twin share option and are taking the retreat alone, we will assist you to find a suitable person to share with.

Payment plans can be arranged - please email hello@cominghometoyourbodyretreats.com

 

 

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Luxury Bali Retreat
May
21
to May 27

Luxury Bali Retreat

  • Floating Leaf Eco Luxury Resort (map)
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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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Mind-Body Wellness Retreat, NSW
Oct
7
to Oct 13

Mind-Body Wellness Retreat, NSW

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Our seven day Mind-Body Wellness Retreat will take place at one of Australia’s most desired beachfront coastlines, Oceans Retreat. 

We'll guide you through a mind and body experienced carefully prepared to help you re-centre and reconnect within:

Embodied Movement

Daily classes are lead by Cassie Thomas (Yoga Instructor) and Jessica Maguire (Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor). They work together in each class to assist with modifications and technique correction.

  • Yin yoga
  • Yang yoga
  • Pilates
  • Walking meditation
  • Connective release work
  • Fascial release 

Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Learn how the restorative practices of meditation and mindfulness can lead to deep relaxation, peace and contentment
  • Insight meditation techniques to cultivate self-awareness
  • Explore the practices of self-compassion to let go of the inner critic and reconnect to your heart
  • Breath work and eastern practices to free the mind and allow you to drop into a state of ease and flow
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Optimised Meals and Cooking Lessons

This retreat will showcase how food can be just as enjoyable on the palate as it is good for your body.

The Oceans menu is a colourful and flavorsome exploration of clean, simple and inspiring foods that you can take back to your own dinner table.

With it, you will integrate the Oceans kitchen with yours in the easiest way possible, helping you to optimise your health and wellbeing for life.

All meals and snacks at Oceans Retreat can cater to your specific needs, whether that be gluten free, lactose free or vegetarian. They use free-range, organic wholefoods from local sustainable sources. You will also enjoy a cooking lesson with market fresh produce purchased on our excursion to Byron Bay. 

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Excursions

The Northern Rivers region of New South Wales is an area which encompasses the worlds oldest subtropical rainforests, magnificent beaches stretching from the Gold Coast to Byron Bay and mountains forged by ancient volcanoes more than 23 million years ago.

  • Visit local markets, explore and spend time in the heart of Byron Bay
  • Enjoy a day trip to explore a local majestic mountain that culminates in breathtaking 360 degree views around the ancient caldera with coastal views
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Extras

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding 
  • Beach walks (just 50 metres away)
  • Optional beach fitness sessions 
  • Whale watching
  • Spa treatments with highly experienced practitioners (additional costs apply)
  • Airport transfers from the Gold Coast airport 
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The retreat is open to men and women 18 years and older. This is an opportunity to share a beautiful experience with your partner or a friend. If you are travelling alone but would like to share a room, we can help you find a suitable room-mate. 

The yoga, Pilates and meditation sessions are suitable for beginners. We cater for all fitness levels with our combined expertise, making this a personalised and tailored experience. We're happy to discuss this with you prior to the retreat. 

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Your retreat will be hosted by Cassie Thomas and Jessica Maguire, co-founders of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats. 

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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. She is the owner of Paraka Yoga studio.

It is her belief that yoga has the potential to bring into the lives of those who practice it a greater balance, and greater awareness oof the world at large. Cassie believes that the practice of yoga has the ability to bring increased 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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Jessica Maguire is a Physiotherapist, clinical Pilates instructor and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher in Byron Bay. 

On discovering the transformative power of Mindfulness, Jess applied the life-changing tool in the treatment of her patients who were then able to reach their health and fitness goals consistently and improve their physical, mental and emotional health. Emphasising the use of mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, contemplative practices and taking time out to retreat from the hectic pace of every day life, Jess co-created the Coming Home to Your Body Retreats in 2016 with Cassie.

Their weekend and week-long retreats are held in Tasmania, Bali and also New South Wales, and join with other practitioners to offer an unforgettable and life changing experience.

After six years running her own physiotherapy practice in Tasmania, Jess undertook a world-wide sabbatical to delve fully into the world of neuroscience and mindfulness, learning from the best teachers and researchers she could find. Extensive travel through Asia and the USA led her to undertaking Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification in Scotts Valley, California with Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield, two renowned meditation teachers, psychologists and authors, influential in bringing eastern meditation practices to the western world.

Jess learned about self-compassion from its original researcher, Dr Kristen Neff and also studied mindful movement and neuroscience with psychotherapist and yoga therapist Bo Forbes in London.

These teachings have helped people free themselves from the suffering of fear, stress, worry and shame for over 2500 years and are supported by the most modern research in neuroscience.

Jess blends modern neuroscience and physiotherapy with ancient wisdom to improve wellness and health through the mind-body connection.


We are delighted to have Damien Rider joining us for the week! 

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Damien is a world record international ultra endurance athlete, well known for paddling 800km on a prone paddle board from the Gold Coast to Sydney. You can find out more about this journey by watching his documentary "Heart of the Sea". He is also a mindset transformation & optimisation specialist and a functional strength & endurance conditioning expert. He'll be taking fitness sessions at the retreat that are challenging, yet achievable. 


PRICING

Mind-Body Wellness 7 Day Retreat (Single)
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Please note that places are limited to keep the retreat personalised and intimate.

Payment plans are available by arrangement. A $500 non-refundable deposit is required to book your place. Please email hello@cominghometoyourbodyretreats.com if you wish to create a payment plan. 

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We understand that taking a retreat requires some planning! We would be happy to answer any of your questions to make the booking process as smooth as possible: hello@cominghometoyourbodyretreats.com

 

 

 

 

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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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