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Weekend Retreat: Opening the Heart and Mind - Stanley, Tasmania

  • Highfield Historic Site Green Hills Stanley, Tasmania Australia (map)

Explore healing practices that bring together

Heart, Body and Mind.

  • Yin Yoga: Fully come home to the body in each session. Yin is a slow paced stlyle where asanas or poses are held for a sustained time.

  • Hatha Yoga: Includes the practice of asanas and pranayama, which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

  • Dynamic Pilates: Find your centre using flexibility, muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasises proper alignment, core strength and muscle balance. 

  • Mediation: See clearly the reactions and distortions that arise in our daily life and cultivate an awareness of the freedom and clarity that is available in each precious moment.

  • Dharma Talks: Cultivate the Heart-Mind connection through the life and teachings of the Buddha.

  • Cooking Workshop: Discover the art of preparing delicious, gourmet, vegan cuisine

  • Ritual and Ceremony: Inquire within your heart to find out what new intentions you would like to set for your life and all that you are ready to let go of.

All movement sessions offer progressions and regressions and alternatives if you have any aches and pains. The Weekend Retreat has been designed to serve both experienced meditators and beginners. We welcome men and women 18 years and older.


Day one begins in the recently renovated threshing barn of Highfield Historic Site at 2pm. After practice we will enjoy a delicious seasonal vegan dinner together.

Day two begins with a morning movement session and a nourishing breakfast. A variety of movement and meditative practices will be explored throughout the day, which concludes at 7pm. 

Day three will also commence with a morning movement session and the retreat will close at 3:30pm. 

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


All 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:

Presenting Team

Venerable Shih Jingang


"...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.

Emma Bruce - Founder of Provenance Kitchen Cooking School


Emma founded Provenance Kitchen in 2017 as a way to share her infectious love of Tasmanian produce with the world. She now runs boutique cooking classes showcasing local produce and exploring its origins.

The catering side of Provenance Kitchen provides private function catering. In her spare time Emma makes custom cakes, including wedding cakes and other sweet treats. Emma likes to bring a sense of calm to the kitchen and seeks to promote enjoyable, stress-free cooking. Her cooking style can best be described as ‘glass-of-wine-in-hand’.

Cassie Thomas - Cofounder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats


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.

Jessica Maguire - Cofounder of Coming Home To Your Body Retreats


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

Jessica Maguire is a Physiotherapist who integrates manual therapy, Japanese classical acupuncture, meridian therapy, Clinical Pilates and Mindfulness to treat her patients in private practice. She works at Integrative Acupuncture and Physiotherapy in Brunswick Heads, northern New South Wales.

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. She also studied self-compassion with Dr Kristen Neff in Denver, Colorado. 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. 
She also hosts Awakening the Body and Mind Podcast., which creates conversations that are honest, raw and vulnerable so that a deep insight into the life of each storyteller is gained.

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Testimonials from 2019

A life changing experience that helped me realise the need for me to pay attention to myself and my needs.”

Thank you soooo much. With love and sincere appreciation.”

Blissful and calming. Wonderful space to feel trust and kindness.”

It was all a treasured moment in time for me. I guess my favourite aspect was the relaxed atmosphere with no pressure, how we were encouraged to listen to our bodies rather than conform to all aspects of the presentations. This allowed me to get the most out of the whole experience.”