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Out of silence arises strength and wisdom...

Self-Compassion in Nature Retreat

for Professionals

Mindfulness Silent  Retreat (5 days)

Book early to avoid disappointment: only 3 places left!


“as we quiet our mind, we can hear”   Rumi


We pause, to take care of ourselves, to replenish, so we can better take care of others.


You are invited to join us for five exquisite days to come home to yourself with kindness. We will gather at a beautiful place in the spectacular Gondwana Rainforest in Springbrook National Park on the Gold Coast.  There you can enjoy privacy, peace solitude to de-stress, to meditate, to reconnect with yourself.

This is a wonderful opportunity to unwind, away from the demands of work and family life to re-charge. This will be a time to care for yourself, to refresh your practices in mindfulness and self-compassion, to cultivate your inner resources.  You can pause, to better relate to yourself in your own mind and in this way improve your relationships with others. Again and again, you can attend to yourself like you would attend to a dear friend, giving yourself what you need to thrive, to flourish, so in return, you can better support others. Your well-being and positive engagement will benefit everyone.

Self-Compassion,  mindfulness and forest bathing greatly increase our ability to deal with difficulties with balance, to protect us from burnout and caregiver fatigue.

Give yourself the gift of silence!

Revitalise in nature! 

Connect with your inner joy and sense of purpose!


Why a silent self-compassion retreat in nature?
Maintaining silence in a retreat frees you from the distraction of engaging with others so that you can begin to meet yourself anew, with kind awareness. You can let go of doing and striving, to allow yourself simply to be. In addition, when we are silent, in nature, engaging in forest bathing,  our senses are more open, we are more present, we feel more alive, we connect to something that is greater than us, greater than our difficulties, pain and drama. Nature gives us a sense of space, allowing us to be in touch with our spirituality, connecting with a compassionate inner knowing, that is uplifting and empowering.

Who it is for?
This retreat targets professionals and caregivers, such as psychologists, social workers, counsellors, occupational therapists, teachers, nurses, medical practitioners, coaches, yoga teachers and anyone else who is in a helping role. It is an opportunity to stop, to re-charge, to fill our cup so we can give back. 

This retreat is also for anyone who is interested in teaching Mindful Self-Compassion, and other mindfulness-based programs (MBP) such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.  The five-day retreat meets the requirement to have attended a five-day, silent, teacher-led retreat to become a Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher.

What to expect?
The retreat aims to deepen our capacity to respond to the difficult moments in our lives with kindness, care, courage, and wisdom. The content of the retreat will consist of topics, teacher-guided and self-guided seating/movement/walking meditations, as well as self-reflective exercises in self-compassion, compassion and mindfulness to promote wellbeing and resilience. 

We wish to take full advantage of the picturesque surroundings by providing ample opportunities to go on mindful walks for contemplative reflections where you can immerse yourself in nature. You will be introduced to different aspects of forest bathing.

We aim to provide a peaceful and relaxing retreat for a small number of participants (15). You will be staying in a room of your own with a single bed using shared bathroom facilities. Delicious healthy vegetarian meals will be served with vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free options. The participants will be asked to take turns in kitchen duties. 

The use of mobile phones and other Internet-connected devices will be strongly discouraged.

Short individual interviews with Marianna or Marie can be scheduled throughout the retreat for clarification and support. During the retreat, at any time, if issues arise, you will be able to communicate with the manager.

Retreat Training objectives
After participating in this retreat, you will be more able to:   
     - Understand and practice forest bathing
     - Practice mindfulness and self-compassion in daily life
     - Extend feelings of goodwill, kindness and warmth towards self and others
     - Motivate self and others with encouragement rather than harsh self-criticism
     - Handle difficult emotions with greater balance
     - Manage stress, anxiety, anger, guilt and shame with greater ease 
     - Meet difficult relationships with compassion
     - Manage burnout, caregiver fatigue and vicarious trauma
     - Become more aware and able to attend skilfully to the needs of self and others
     - Promote positive emotions in self and others
     - Teach self-compassion practices to patients, clients, students, and children

The Retreat is located in peaceful surroundings, with panoramic views of tropical rainforest, mountains and waterfalls. 

It is located 1 hour and 30 minutes from Brisbane, 50 minutes from the Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta- closest airport) and 30 minutes inland from Mudgeeraba. It is accessible by private car or taxi (13CABS around $130.00 each way from Gold Coast airport).  

Shared Taxi

A Maxi Taxi (10 seats) has been booked to take participants from Gold Coast- Coolangatta Airport to the Retreat Centre in Springbrook for the cost of $50.00 each way. The Maxi Taxi will pick up at the Gold Coast Airport on the  30 November at 1:30 pm to be at the Retreat Centre around 2:00 pm. On Monday 5 December a Maxi Taxi will pick up at the Retreat at 2:30 pm to take whoever wants to return to Gold Coast Airport.

Continued Professional Development (CPD)
A Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certificate providing the number of hours attended will be given to everyone to provide evidence of professional development training (i.e. psychologists, social workers, counsellors, teachers, medical practitioners, nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, yoga teachers etc.). The Self-Compassion in Nature Retreat will provide 30 CPD hours. This Retreat also satisfies one of the requirements for the Mindful Self-Compassion teacher training to attend a five-day silent retreat. 


The pre-requisites are that you have already been introduced to mindfulness, self-compassion and meditation and that you have a regular practice.  The expectation is that you have an understanding of Mindful Self-Compassion (Kristin Neff and Chris Germer) and/or Compassion-Focused Therapy (Paul Gilbert). Prior to the retreat, you will be required to complete a Registration Form and sign a Release of Liability. 

Only fully vaccinated participants will be allowed.

What Self-Compassion in Nature Retreat is not:
We believe that this Retreat will be most beneficial if you have been introduced already to mindfulness and self-compassion. This Retreat is not group therapy and does not replace psychological or psychiatric treatment and it may not be suitable if you have certain medical conditions.  If you are receiving treatment for a serious physical or health problem, or have a history of a serious physical or mental health disorder, you should consult with your medical practitioner or health care provider to check if your participation in the Retreat is suitable for someone in your condition,  and inform the organiser Marie Bloomfield. The Retreat consists of an educational and self-practice program and is not a substitute for medical or psychological treatments.  The emphasis is on skill-building to enhance emotional resources and personal capacities to learn for ourselves and to teach others.

Suggested prior reading (optional)

Experiencing Compassion-Focused Therapy from the inside out by R. Kolts,  T. Bell,  J. Bennett-Levy, &  C. Irons, 2018

Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook by Kristin Neff & Christopher Germer, 2018

Fierce Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff, 2021

Living with an open heart by Russell Kolts & Thubten Chodron, 2012

The Compassionate Mind by Paul Gilbert, 2013


Cancellation Policy

The cancellation policy is as follows:

  •  If the retreat is cancelled because you have Covid or have a severe medical condition you will be fully refunded.
  •  If you make the payment and cancel 28 days before the start of the retreat you will be fully refunded minus the booking fee of $100.00.
  • If you cancel 14-28 days prior to the retreat you will be refunded 50% of your payment.
  • If you want to cancel less than 14 days before the retreat, you will be given a 25% refund of your payment.
  • Sorry, there will be no refund 7 days prior to or during the retreat. 



Marie Bloomfield: Clinical Psychologist and Senior Certified Mindful Self-Compassion teacher. Marie is an accomplished teacher in mindful self-compassion having presented over 50 workshops most of which were targeting health professionals since 2014.  As a clinical psychologist, Marie has over 40 years of experience in working in mental health, including public, academic and private sectors.  Marie has been using Compassion-Focused Therapy and Mindful Self-Compassion in her clinical practice since 2011. She is a leader in teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion for health professionals in Australia.

Marianna Lolas: Clinical Psychologist and trained Mindful Self-Compassion teacher.

Next Retreat:
Self-Compassion in Nature Retreat For Professionals (5 days)

Register early to avoid disappointment: Only three places left!

Presenters: Marie Bloomfield and assistant teacher Marianna Lolas, Clinical Psychologists
Dates: 5-Day Retreat: 30 November - 5 December 2022
  -arriving at 3 pm on Wednesday 30 Nov., and finishing at 2 pm Monday 5 December 2022
Location: 2184 Springbrook Rd, Springbrook QLD 4213

Cost: Early bird (24 Oct): $1,975.00

           Regular: $2,225.00

The fees will include teachings, accommodation, and vegetarian meals.

To Register


Discounts available for direct payments

Only fully vaccinated participants will be allowed

Before you register, please read the Terms & Conditions for the Retreat

Retreat Registration Form

 Terms and Conditions for the Self-Compassion in Nature Retreat


If you would like to know more or to register please contact us

We would love to meet you there!