Stress Management Programs are 100% Tax Deductible


Stress Management Training

Thriving (not just surviving)

  • Learn how to use the simple tools of mindfulness to handle pressure and stress with ease and grace.
  • Discover how unhelpful evolutionary tendencies can be overridden through the power of meta cognition
  • Increase your productivity through intention and attention training.
  • Cultivate team cohesion and inspiring leadership through improved Emotional Intelligence.
  • Become skilled in noticing the patterns of thoughts, sensations and emotions that trigger stress and how to diffuse it.
Yoga Essentials Retreat

Safe Work estimates that stress costs Australian business more than $10bn every year due to absenteeism.

How much is it costing your workplace?

Program Components

Modern Science

Our program is based on the latest neuroscience of how the brain is able to change itself through neuroplasticity and  how we can use this to our advantage to create beneficial habitual patterns.

Skills developed through daily audio recordings and themed workshops.


Mindfulness teaches us to train our brain to pay attention to particular thoughts, emotions or sensations to ensure our choices determine positive mental habits that develop the results we want.

Skills developed through audio lessons plus meditation & yoga workshops.

Emotional Intelligence

EQ teaches us to become sensitive to our own and others emotions and learn to discriminate between them to ensure they do not dominate in our decision making.

Skills learnt through audio lessons and body-mind awareness training in group classes.

Nutrition & Fitness

It is now well understood that a healthy gut microbiome, good nutrition and regular exercise improves mental focus, energy levels and resilience.

Delivered through twice daily stretch and movement classes, a 100% organic plant based menu and a nutrition program (5 nights only)

Mindfulness trains the mind to become aware of awareness itself and to pay attention to one’s own intention.

Dan Siegel

Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

Viktor Frankl

Benefits of Stress Management Training

Reduced Absenteeism

Employees who handle stress well don’t get sick as much and don’t need time off

Improved Decision Making

When stressed parts of our neural circuits close down leading us to make more emotionally charged decisions.

More Effective Team Work

Mindful staff are better able to understand each others needs and be less reactive when someone is having a bad day

Enhances Wellbeing

Staff that manage pressure effectively are happier, fitter, more content and thrive in a friendly and busy workplace.

Paul von Bergen


Paul von Bergen

Inspired by Thought Leaders from Around The World

This program has been developed by Paul von Bergen the founder of Billabong Retreat and combines ancient wisdom with modern scientific thinking. Paul is inspired by world class thought leaders, neuroscientists, mindfulness experts and psychiatrists. You can read Paul’s articles in CEO magazine or on the Billabong blog. The Stress Management Training is delivered either via Paul’s audio recordings plus classes held by Billabong Retreat in house teachers or in person by Paul during Mindfulness Retreat weeks or via private workshop bookings.

Articles by Paul    Paul’s Bio