Mindfulness Essentials Retreat

Change Your Brain

Create habitual patterns that serve you well

Reduce Your Stress

Be highly productive without stress and dis-ease

Be Inspired

By world leaders in mindfulness, neuroscience, cosmology and philosophy.

Evolve Your Mind

Train yourself to use your most evolved brain functions

Be Healthier and Happier

Find peace of mind and contentment


Mindfulness Essentials

2pm Sun to 1pm Wed – Every 12wks

Join Billabong Retreat and The Mindfulness Show founder Paul von Bergen to understand how the science of neuroplasticity explains how we can refine the habitual patterns of the mind to improve function and abilities through a deliberate and regular brain training practice.

  • Train yourself to reduce stress
  • Increase resilience to conflict and change
  • Understand how to train your own mind
  • Learn the science of neuroplasticity & epigenetics
  • Experience the power of breath awareness.
  • Become happier, healthier and more productive

This Mindfulness Essentials Retreat includes daily yoga, a short 3 hr period of silence, mindfulness and meditation workshops and evening meditation every other night.

This program is complimentary to Mindfulness Essentials II and can be done in either order.


  • Improved decisions
  • Better relationships
  • Calmer mind
  • Less stress
  • More focus
  • Increased productivity
  • Peace of mind


  • Lectures
  • Meditations
  • Mindful Eating
  • Silent Time
  • Podcasts
  • Yoga
  • Documentaries

I am inspired and will practice daily

Paul’s passion shows and he is so committed to the benefits, history and contemporary research for these essential life practices.


“Mindfulness retreat - Sensational!”

I learnt so much about how meditation and mindfulness work and small changes I can make to improve how I experience my life.



Fantastic programme of mindfulness and meditation all grounded in science- not new age fluff.


I've gained some marvellous techniques

The mindfulness retreat course was great and provided me with some fantastic tools to help me become more aware and able to relax and destress.



I have just experienced a Mindfulness Course at Billabong and found the combination of science and thousands-of-years-old yoga and meditation practice so appropriate for where I am at now.


Paul von Bergen

Mindfulness is about changing how you respond to your internal and external environment, so that you can direct your life in line with your true values and goals.

Paul von Bergen

Founder, Billabong Retreat

Paul von Bergen


Paul von Bergen

Inspired by Thought Leaders from Around The World

Paul’s teachings at Billabong Retreat combine ancient wisdom with modern scientific thinking. They are not affiliated with any particular organisation or religion but instead a summary of the experiences and knowledge that Paul has acquired through scientific reading, commercial work experience and most importantly, personal yoga, meditation and mindfulness practice.
Real Paul’s Bio     Go To Paul’s Articles & Podcasts


Topics Covered

History of Mindfulness

  • Evolution of the human mind
  • Culture, language and religions
  • The Yoga Sutras & Buddism
  • Psychology and neuroscience

Definition of Mindfulness

  • Key global teachers
  • Descriptions of mindfulness
  • Theory versus practice
  • Benefits of mindfulness

Mindfulness in Action

  • Mindfulness at work
  • Mindfulness in life
  • Mindful parenting
  • Mindful relationships

Science of Mindfulness

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Sympathetic stress response
  • Meta-Cognition
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Epigenetics

Mindful Practices

  • Mindful Meditation
  • Mindful Eating
  • Mindful Movement
  • Mindful Breathing

Mindful Practices

  • Eating
  • Talking & Listening
  • Breathing & Moving
  • Heart awareness

Retreat Programs

Our programs include daily yoga classes, alternate evening meditation and daily workshops exploring yoga philosophy, meditation techniques, mindfulness, stress relief or self care. They are optional to attend. Combine two programs for a longer stay.

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What's Included?

Your stay with us is packed with value and everything you need for a relaxing retreat. You'll receive accommodation, linen and towels, daily themed workshops, daily yoga, evening meditations, all delicious wholefood meals, all drinks and snacks.

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Treat Yourself with Extras

Indulge, refresh & transform yourself with our optional extras. Choose private yoga or relaxing massages, hot stone, facials or reiki  - there is something for everyone.

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