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Nourishing Mindfulness Weekend Retreat

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Nourishing Mindfulness Weekend Retreat 

With Dr Sharn Rocco

At the Old Monastery Stroud 

Nestled in the magnificent foothills of the Barrington Tops, an hours drive north of Newcastle or just three from Sydney, it's the perfect place to leave your worries behind and … 

Learn to Love the Life You Live


The monastery has only 20 rooms. Each with a single bed and a view of the garden, the lotus pond and the rolling hills and forest beyond.

You will leave feeling clear, calm, confident and connected.

Throughout this special two days Sharn will invite and support you to nourish your natural capacity for mindful living and share the insights and understandings she has gleaned from her decades of teaching, study and practice. 

The supportive, mostly silent program includes guided meditation, mindful movement, walking, speaking, listening, observing and delicious, nourishing mindful meals. 

"The retreat was very calming. … everything was taken care of … everything was done with an attitude of nourishment and care. – Maryann Murdoch

Give yourself the gift of time to let go of worrying and rediscover what really matters. 

You will open to what is calling for your attention and notice what resonates and inspires. 

"Amazing how much better one feels after two days… wonderfully peaceful and relaxed. …We learned some excellent tools to cope with this busy life." – Gisela Duber

Learn strategies for transforming what no longer serves you well. 

Whether you are a complete beginner or you are wanting to deepen or renew your meditation and mindfulness practice, this retreat will give you the gift of time - time to simply be, to nourish your body, mind and spirit with stillness, spaciousness and silence. This is a precious opportunity to reconnect with simple pleasures and live life with a lighter heart.

"I enjoyed the rhythm of the days, the gentle practice and the kindness displayed. I wish it was longer, a way of life." – Cariad Kilby.

Enjoy exquisite vegetarian meals, thoughtfully prepared from locally sourced produce. 

The retreat menu is designed to inspire and sustain you throughout the retreat and beyond. For anyone interested in creating fabulous healthy meals for whoever is lucky enough to have a seat at your table, this alone makes the retreat great value.

About the facilitator

Teaching from the depth and heart of her personal practice and experience as an educator, Sharn Rocco PhD, has led mindfulness retreats, workshops and short courses in Australia and internationally.  Twice scholar-in-residence at the Garrison Institute New York she has received teachings and attended retreats with some of the great meditation masters of our time, including Thich Nhat Hanh, HH Dalai Lama, Mingyur Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Lama Choedak. As founder and facilitator of Mindful Works Sharn empowers leaders and their teams to become more focussed, less reactive and more connected.

People return to this annual retreat again and again.

"It's like coming home." – Maura Luxford

Places are strictly limited.

The Monastery has only 18 guest rooms.  

$795  |  $695 –Single Early-bird 


  • More than 18 hours of inspiring, supportive instruction and guidance 
  • All ix meals and accommodation - Friday evening to Sunday afternoon
  • Discounts on all subsequent Mindful Works courses and retreats
  • Recipes for nourishing, mindful vegetarian meals
  • Guided practice recordings

Get Your Tickets and secure your place now

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to sit on the floor? NO. There will be a chair there for everyone.

Do I need to know how to meditate? NO. The meditation and mindfulness practices – including mindful, sitting, moving, walking and eating, will benefit complete beginners, experienced meditators and everyone in between. 

Will my special dietary requirements be catered for? YES. Once you purchase your ticket, you'll be sent an email inviting you to answer a few questions - including your dietary requirements.

Can I pay by instalments? YES. Pay $250 up and pay the remainder before 1st May. Simply select 'Payment Plan' as your ticket type. Sharn will be in touch to personalise your payment plan.

Is the venue suitable for people with limited mobility? YES and NO. Accommodation at the monastery and the path between the accommodation and the hall are sloping and uneven. However, the hall has ramp access. If you have limited mobility contact Sharn to find out more about whether this can work for you.

What do I need to bring? Once you purchase your ticket, you'll be sent an email with more information including what to bring and how to find the monastery.

Click on the 'GET TICKETS' link above to purchase your preferred ticket and secure your place. 

If you have other questions, simply email or give Sharn a call: 0458 111 373

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Refund policy

If Mindful Works cancels the retreat your payment will be refunded in full (or held as credit if preferred by you). If your cancellation of registration is received more than 30 days before the close of registration Mindful Works undertake to refund the amount paid less $100 admin fee. If cancellation is received less than 30 days before close of registration or any time thereafter, Mindful Works will hold credit to the value of the amount paid less $350 ($100 admin fee + $250 cancellation fee).