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The Medicine of Mindfulness

A Holistic Health Retreat

Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga and Qigong

with Shirsha Marie and Lisa Brown


The Medicine of Mindfulness Retreat offers a comprehensive programme of essential tools and skills in traditional Mindfulness Meditation and the ancient arts of Qigong and Restorative Yoga.

With expert instruction from Shirsha and Lisa, these time-honoured practices will support your good health and help you be resilient, energised and present when meeting stress-related challenges in daily life.

Traditionally, mindfulness meditation practices support the cultivation of the heart and compassion for self and others. They are taught as medicine for developing healthy patterns of relationship and have been shown to increase psychological wellbeing and enhance a range of areas including health, wellbeing, parenting, education, relationships and our work.

September 16th – 21st, 2022

May 12th – 17th, 2023

September 15th – 20th, 2023

Mindfulness Meditation – Lisa and Shirsha draw on training in the ancient Buddhist traditions as well as the contemporary psychological practices. The retreat involves sitting meditations and mindful walking practices, morning guidance in mindfulness and evening wellness talks.

Qigong – Shirsha teaches the ancient art of Qigong with depth and insight. She’ll also lead you through a range of transformative body-mind energy techniques for grounding, revitalising and integrating mindfulness in movement.

Restorative Yoga – Allowing for deep relaxation of our stressed nervous systems, Lisa offers guidance and practice in this gentle art where flexibility, experience and lycra are  not pre-requisites.

To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Medicine of Mindfulness Retreat  offers unique opportunities to regulate and restore the nervous system, with time to cultivate the heart-mind and awaken psychological freedom. It provides a space for inner transformation, peace and harmony with ourselves and with others, while reconnecting us to remember what is important in our lives.

The Medicine of Mindfulness Retreats are set amidst the forested beauty and refreshing sea breezes of Sangsurya, a beautiful eco-friendly retreat in Byron Bay. Sangsurya is a spiritual place of meditation, reflection and rejuvenation. It is world renowned for its peaceful ambience and healing energy.

Shirsha Marie and Lisa Brown have created The Medicine of Mindfulness Retreat as a unique opportunity to learn comprehensive and empowering methods of energy development and meditation, for living a vital and conscious life. Their integrated approach provides practical tools of mindfulness both in movement and in rest.

“This is a great retreat which I highly recommend. It helped me release years of built up stress and anxiety and taught me many mindfulness, yoga and qigong techniques to take home with me.
This retreat generated so much joy, positivity and relaxation.”


Byron Bay - 5 night Retreat

The retreat price includes:

  • 5 nights lovely accommodation
  • All farm-fresh vegetarian meals
  • A 1 hour massage or healing treatment
  • Daily Qigong, Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation
  • Instruction in Mindfulness skills for daily life
  • Self-healing meditations and practices
  • Guided relaxation and wellness talks
  • Evening sound healing and sacred music
  • Rainforest and beach walks


Each day there will be free time and some periods of silence for quiet rest and inner reflection. Please feel free to join in as much or as little of the retreat program as you wish, at whatever feels right for your relaxation and renewal.


All meals at the retreat are lovingly prepared by our chefs using fresh spray free and organic ingredients, mainly sourced from the local area. Our abundant menu is vegan/vegetarian with delicious, healthy, unprocessed wholefoods. By the end of the retreat you’ll be feeling clear, nourished and energised.


Accommodation is Balinese style, hand-built, timber-floored houses and cabins, exquisitely furnished, each with their own unique flavour. Rooms are nestled throughout sub-tropical gardens which surround the main hall, dining room and pool. All have air conditioning and fans.

September 16th – 21st, 2022

May 12th – 17th, 2023

September 15th – 20th, 2023

5 Night Retreat


  • Twin or Couple’s Room + own bathroom – AUD $2375 p/p
  • Large Deluxe Room + shared bathroom (between 2 rooms) – AUD $2675 p/p
  • Small Single Room + own bathroom – AUD $2675 p/p
  • Large Deluxe Room + own bathroom – AUD $2875 p/p


  • Airfares, travel insurance, airport transfers and
  • any extra massages or spa treatments you book

RETREAT PROGRAM – a typical full day

Day 1: Arrive and settle into your accommodation from 2.00 pm and enjoy the relaxing ambience of Sangsurya. At 4.30 we meet up for a group welcome followed by soft Qigong loosening exercises to relax and unwind. We then gather for a delicious evening meal. After dinner there will be a reclining guided relaxation.

Days 2, 3, 4 & 5 are as follows:

7.00 am:        Morning Vitalising Qigong
1.00 pm:        Nutritious Lunch
8.30 am:        Healthy Breakfast
2.00 pm:        Rest / Massage / Pool
9.45 am:        Grounding and Centring Practices
4.30 pm:        Afternoon Restorative Yoga
10.30 am:      Instruction in Mindfulness
6.00pm:         Sitting Meditation
11.30 am:      Walking Meditation
6.30pm:         Delicious Dinner
12.00 pm:      Sitting Meditation
7.30 pm:        Wellness talk / Sound Healing

Day 6: we have our last morning programme followed by a closing circle. We then enjoy a delicious farewell lunch. Check out is 1.00pm.


  • One morning walk to Tallows Beach, through the Arakwal National Park walking trail. We practice Qigong with our feet in the sand, absorbing the restorative effects of Chi energy from the earth, sky and ocean.

  • Guided Zen Walk along the walking trail through Sangsurya’s sub-tropical rainforest. We embody mindfulness with every step and absorb the energy of the forest.


You will receive one complimentary Massage or treatment with our fully qualified therapist. Extra treatments will be available on request.


Additional nights either side of retreat can be booked depending on availability.


How to get to Sangsurya: If travelling by plane there are shuttle bus services direct to the Retreat Centre – from Ballina Airport (30 mins), from Coolangatta Airport (50 mins) and from Brisbane Airport (2 hours). More details are provided upon Registration or Contact Us with any questions.

Retreats at Sangsurya, Byron Bay

September 16th – 21st, 2022

May 12th – 17th, 2023

September 15th – 20th, 2023


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